At COP 18 the Parties adopted the Doha work programme on Article 6 of the Convention and requested that the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SB)I organize an annual in-session Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention in order to enhance work in the areas of climate change education, training, public awareness, public participation, public access to information, and international cooperation on these matters. This decision reaffirmed that the thematic areas of Action for Climate Empowerment are vital to achieving the ultimate objective of the Convention, and for the effective implementation of adaptation and mitigation measures.
The objective of the Dialogue is to provide a regular forum for Parties and other stakeholders to share their experiences, good practices and lessons learned, and exchange ideas regarding the implementation of Action for Climate Empowerment.
For the purpose of organizing the Dialogue, the six elements of Action for Climate Empowerment are clustered into two focal areas, the consideration of which alternates on an annual basis. The first focal area consists of education and training, while the second focal area consists of public awareness, public participation and public access to information. International cooperation is considered a cross-cutting theme of both focal areas. The 5th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment will be held during SBI 46 and will focus on the first focal area.
The 5th Dialogue will be organized in two sessions which will each focus on one thematic area with international cooperation being discussed as a cross-cutting theme. Both sessions will include presentations on good practices and lessons learned followed by working group discussions. The Dialogue will seek to inspire and energize participants through inspirational speeches and presentations.
- Session I: Climate Change Education and International Cooperation on this matter, 15 May 2017 15:00-18:00
- Session II: Climate Change Training and International Cooperation on this matter, 16 May 2017 15:00-18:00
The Dialogue will be open for participation by Parties, representatives of relevant bodies established under the Convention and relevant experts, practitioners, and stakeholders. The Doha work programme specifies that key stakeholders include intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, in particular women, indigenous peoples and youth-focused organizations, the private sector and the media.
For more information on the Dialogue please visit this page for regular updates on the timeline and agenda:
Highlights from last year's 4th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany:
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Session I: Climate change education and international cooperation on this matter
- Welcome and opening remarks
- Mr. Tomasz Chruszczow, Chair of the SBI and Chair of the Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment
- Ms. Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary
- Mr. Jakob Rhyner, United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security, Vice Rector
- Launch of the Young Climate Fellowship Programme
- Ms. Marie-Christine Ghanbari Jahromi, Gesamtschule Gescher School, and University of Münster, "The role of teachers in fostering transformational change towards low-emission and climate-resilient development"
- Ms. Adriana Valenzuela, UNFCCC, Ms. Miriam Tereick, UNESCO, Ms. Ilaria Gallo, UNITAR, “Advancing climate change education through international cooperation”, joint presentation by UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness
- Ms. Paula Caballero, World Resources Institute (tbc), “Integrating education and training into NDCs”
- Ms. Elisabeth Ellegaard, national ACE focal point, Belgium, "Educational tools for a Low Carbon Development: Web tool My2050"
- Mr. Teshome Abune Holate, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change of FDR Ethiopia, "Climate change education in Ethiopia"
- Ms. Kenza Khallafi, Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, Morocco, "Showcasing climate education: Education Day at COP 22"
- Mr. Jonny Sadler, Manchester Climate Change Agency and Mr. Henry McGhie, Manchester Museum, part of the University of Manchester (UK), “Cities and museums fostering climate education and empowerment"
- Mr. Daniel Schaffer, Foundation for Environmental Education, “Fostering low emission and climate resilience in schools and communities”
Question and answer session
Moderated dialogue between participants on key topics related to climate change education
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Session II: Climate training and international cooperation on this matter
- Ms. Milena Gonzalez-Vasquez, Global Environment Facility
- Ms. Carolina Fuentes, Green Climate Fund