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Climate Change: Implications for Cities

Urban centers account for more than half of the world's population, most of its economic activities and the majority of energy-related emissions. This publication by the European Climate Foundation (ECF), Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and the University of Cambridge offers a summary on key findings of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) regarding implications of climate change for urban areas. Read more

Climate Change: Implications for Cities

Posted on 31 July 2014

Communicating climate change:
Climate Access

Climate Access is a global network of climate and clean energy communicators, serving more than 2,000 members in 57 countries. Through Climate Access, members are connected to a diverse group of experts, cutting-edge research and proven techniques for mobilizing audiences for climate action. It offers a broad range of resource materials, a campaign gallery and a special section where practitioners and researchers can discuss the latest research. Read more

Climate Access

Posted on 24 July 2014

Learning about climate change: the Pacific way

Check out ‘Learning about Climate Change the Pacific Way’ – a comprehensive collection of education resources for students, teachers and facilitators equipped with information relevant to all Pacific Island countries and territories.

Explore colorful visual guides showcasing causes and effects of climate change and local level mitigation and adaptation responses from the Pacific.

The accompanying teacher guides offer background information and hands-on teaching activities.

Learning about climate change: the Pacific way

Posted on 18 July 2014

Communicating climate change:
What you can do

Do you want to talk about climate change in a way that is easy to understand and relevant for your audience? The BBC Media Action toolkit "Communicating Climate Change: What You Can Do" is based on the results of more than 30,000 interviews on climate change perceptions in Asia. Read more

The BBC Media Action toolkit

Posted on 10 July 2014

Plant for the planet – Become a Climate Justice Ambassador

Plant-for-the-Planet is a children’s initiative that aims to raise awareness amongst children and adults about climate change and global justice.

During the “Plant- for-the-Planet Academies” students improve their knowledge about climate change and global justice. Participants learn how to give a lecture and to organize planting sessions. Learn more

See some inspiring examples from Cameroon:

Plant for the Planet

Posted on 3 July 2014

Communicating climate change:
Climate Silence (and how to break it)

This briefing paper by COIN, the Climate Outreach & Information Network, examines the various ways climate change has been framed in recent years. Building on examples from the United Kingdom, the authors argue that the debate urgently needs new narratives that make the link between the climate challenge and ordinary people’s lives more visible. Read more

climate Silence (and how to break it)

Posted on 26 June 2014

Launch of the new Capacity Development for Climate Change Partnership (C3D+) website

The Capacity Development for Climate Change Partnership (C3D+) aims to strengthen capacities of developing countries to address climate change through nationally appropriate measures and planning strategies.

Coordinated by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the nine regional C3D+ partner organizations support research and training institutions in developing countries to identify, develop, test and apply new analytical tools and methods that can build their capacities.

The revamped website promotes knowledge-sharing among developing country researchers and practitioners and shares the experience of ten years of analytical work on adaptation and mitigation solutions in developing countries. The site is organized around C3D+'s five service areas: Climate Science and Information Services; Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Services; Climate Mitigation Services; Mainstreaming Services; and Capacity Development. Read more


Posted on 18 June 2014

“Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world”
now also available in Arabic and Russian

Today we are launching the latest flagship publication by the United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change in Arabic and Russian. Download it in one of the six official UN languages here or pick up a copy at the UNFCCC Climate Change Publications Counter, if you are attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany from 4 to 15 June.

The publication was prepared with the generous financial support from the European Union and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

Youth In Action

Posted on 3 June 2014

Earthbook - Project Earth: Our Future 2.0

What would planet Earth post about humans on its social media profile? Watch this humorous, but thought-provoking video by the Climate Media Factory.

Read more

Posted on 29 May 2014

Empowered Generation: Youth Action on Climate Change

This publication by the Global Environment Facility (GEF)’s Small Grants Programme (SGP) highlights how young people address climate change at the grass-roots level and aims to inspire broad engagement of youth in climate action. The SGP supports children and youth to take leadership roles in promoting low emission and climate resilient development by providing financial and technical support to youth organizations around the world.

Empowering Generation

Posted on 21 May 2014

Climate Change: Children’s Challenge

UNICEF’s new report draws on five years of research, highlighting perspectives on climate change from young people in the UK and all over the world. Children - unlike many adults - understand the reality of climate change. It is already threatening their access to food, clean water, education and shelter, and these threats will continue to grow unless we act now.

The report shows that three-quarters of 11-16 year-olds in the UK are worried about how climate change will affect their future and wish the government would do more to tackle it.

Climate Change: Children's Challenge

Posted on 15 May 2014

Halving meat consumption offers ‘significant’ climate benefits

Strategies for Mitigating Climate Change in Agriculture, a California Environmental Associates and Climate Focus authored report, finds that annual carbon emissions from global agriculture can be reduced by as much as 50 to 90 percent by 2030.

The study highlights key strategies – led by reduced global beef consumption, reduced food waste, and better farm nutrient management and production – that can deliver big climate wins while maintaining food security and building resilience.

“Reducing demand of meat by a relatively small amount would have a significant absolute impact on greenhouse gas emissions, human health and the environment associated with livestock production”

Read more or download the report.

Halving Meat consumption

Posted on 08 May 2014

Our giant game of Tetris

This video illustrates global warming in an eye-catching way. Do you remember the video game of Tetris? There's a game of Tetris happening on a global scale: The playing space is planet Earth, and all those pesky, stacking blocks represent carbon dioxide -- a greenhouse gas that is piling up ever more rapidly as we burn the fossil fuels that run our cars, factories and power plants.

This time the game is real and, unlike with Tetris, we won't get an opportunity to start over and try again…

Posted on 30 April 2014

Young Voices for the Planet
“Kids Have Power”

Young Voices for the Planet is a film series featuring young people who are making a difference! They are shrinking the carbon footprint of their homes, schools and communities. You, too, can do something about global warming! Click here for more inspiring examples or see the introductory video below:

Posted on 24 April 2014

Meat Atlas 2014 -
Facts and Figures about the animals we eat

The newly published ‘Meat Atlas’ by the Heinrich Böll Foundation sheds light on the impacts of meat and dairy production, and aims to catalyse the debate over the need for more sustainable food and farming.

With its vivid graphs and references to everyday life, the atlas raises awareness on the consequences of meat consumption and industrial livestock production for climate change, poverty and hunger, displacement and migration, animal welfare and biodiversity.

If you are wondering how to move towards a more sustainable lifestyle – here is a good starting point!

Meat Atlas

Posted on 15 April 2014

“Everything you need to know about the IPCC fifth Assessment Report”
– Impacts, Adaptation & Vulnerability

Recently, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued the second volume of its Fifth Assessment Report on Climate Change, probably the most updated and comprehensive overview on scientific knowledge about climate change.

The video by the International Center for Climate Governance "Everything you need to know about the IPCC fifth Assessment Report - Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability" explores the content of the report by breaking the narratives by leading scientists down into vivid graphics which helps to better digest the somehow bulky substance. However, the message behind the report is clear:

Climate change is happening – and climate action is needed now!

Posted on 09 April 2014

Expedition Hope – Stop the global meltdown

Today, 2 April 2014 Plant-for-the-Plant is launching Expedition Hope to raise awareness on the devastating effects of global warming and the artic meltdown. The over 1000 km long expedition starts with the symbolic planting of a tree at the North Pole and will end in Canada in May.

Interact with the expedition members via their blog and Facebook page and learn more about the objectives and background of Expedition Hope here :

Expedition Hope

Posted on 02 April 2014

Video contest: What does climate change mean to you?

The Action4Climate video challenge invites young aspiring film makers to produce and submit by 1 April 2014 a 1-12 minute video documentary telling a story about climate change. How is climate change impacting your community? What are you doing about it? What needs to be done to solve the climate challenge? For more information, click here or look out for hashtag #Action4Climate on Twitter!

Posted on 26 March 2014

World Meteorological Day 2014 - Weather and Climate: Engaging Youth

This year's World Meteorological Day theme is "Weather and climate: engaging youth." While today’s youth will benefit from the dramatic advances being made in our ability to understand and forecast the Earth’s weather and climate, most of them will also experience the increasing impacts of global warming.

The World Meteorological Organization has published a number of resource materials, such as the guide to meteorology and the revamped Youth Corner, to encourage young people to learn more about our weather and climate system and to contribute to action on climate change.

Weather and Climate, Engaging Youth

Posted on 20 March 2014

A Girls’ Guide to COP 19

Is it possible for 6 girls to change the world? Watch the ‘Girls’ Guide to COP 19’ video by My Climate & Me to find out!

Posted on 6 March 2014

International Women’s Day 2014: Equality for women is progress for all

To commemorate International Women’s Day 2014 on 8 March, a variety of recent publications that highlight the tremendous scope and importance of linkages between women, gender and climate change have been included on CC:iNet. Click on one of the covers below or browse the database to learn more.

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Posted on 6 March 2014

UN CC:Learn

UN CC:Learn has recently launched a One UN Introductory e-course on Climate Change as well as a Guidance Note to help countries adopt more strategic and systematic approaches to climate change learning, both of which support the implementation of Article 6 of the Convention.
These products have been developed through extensive dialogue and support provided by more than 30 UN organizations, together with on the ground experience from 5 countries, Benin, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi and Uganda.

Posted on 25 February 2014

UNWTO Guidebook ‘Sustainable Tourism for Development’

Tourism is a major sector and a valuable agent for economic and social growth. However, the need to tackle climate change and adapt to its impacts must be recognized in tourism policies and strategies in the short and long term. The World Tourism Organization’s brand new guidebook ‘Sustainable Tourism for Development’ helps to pave the way. Read more

Posted on 20 February 2014

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)

CLEAN, the “Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network” was launched in 2010 as a pathway project by academic, science, and national administrations. It serves as a one-stop shop for interested audience to become literate with topics surrounding climate and energy. With a comprehensive set of essential information on the key science and teaching strategies, CLEAN offers a variety of tools and educational material to improve the understanding of your impact on climate and climate's impact on you and society.



Posted on 12 February 2014

Greening China`s Financial System

This International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Development Research Center of the State Council of China are collaborating on an exploration of policy options to support China in developing a ‘green financial system’ and to encourage such developments internationally. The ‘Greening China`s Financial System’ report highlights the findings from the first phase of this partnership, such as that China’s financial regulators are committed to advancing policies and regulations that will encourage green credit, and also equivalent developments in insurance and securities.


Climate Change in Africa

UNESCO: Climate Change in Africa -
A Guidebook for Journalists

Journalists in Africa have critical roles to play in explaining the causes and effects of climate change, in describing what countries and communities can do to mitigate and adapt to the impacts ahead, and in reporting on what governments and companies do, or do not do, to respond to these challenges. This UNESCO guidebook aims to support journalists by making available the most important background information in a concise manner as well as practical recommendations that came out of consultations with journalists involved in climate change reporting in Africa.


Posted on 31 January 2014

Greening Universities

UNEP Greening Universities Toolkit

The objective of the UNEP Greening Universities Toolkit is to inspire, encourage and support university staff and students to develop and implement their own transformative strategies for creating green, resource-efficient and low emission campuses.

The toolkit is part of a wider ‘Greening Universities Initiative’ established by UNEP in collaboration with other United Nations organizations under the umbrella of the Global Universities Partnership for Environment and Sustainability (GUPES). GUPES brings together over 100 universities from across the world.


Posted on 23 January 2014

Adaptation Fund Photo Contest

Adaptation Fund's 2013-14 Photo Contest

Photographers heads up! Have you taken a photo that says a thousand words about urban climate adaptation and resilience? Submit your best shots to the Adaptation Fund’s photo contest by 31 January 2014! The contest is addressed to everybody - professional and amateur photographers. Click the following link to see how to participate.


Posted on 16 January 2014

UNESCO video on ‘Learning to address climate change’

This animated video by UNESCO shows in four minutes why climate change education is important and how it shapes sustainable development in practice. The video also helps to better understand the causes of climate change and highlights examples of how teachers and students can take climate action.


Posted on 08 January 2014

Alliance for Climate Education

The “Alliance for Climate Education” (ACE) is an award-winning national nonprofit organization dedicated to educating US high school students about the science behind climate change and inspiring them take climate action while having fun along the way. Visit the ACE website, which offers detailed information for interested students as well as background knowledge for teachers.


Climate Change Youth Video Contest

The Will Steger Foundation invites young US citizens to share their actions on and help raise awareness about climate change in the form of a video. The “Youth Voices of Change” video contest is now open for transmissions from young people in Grades 4-12 during the 2013-2014 school year. Watch the promotional video to find out how you can participate here.


Posted on 19 December 2013


Interview by the UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness

Only through a fundamental change in the way we think and act our societies can step on a path to sustainability. In 2012, the UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness was formed to unite the expertise and comparative strengths of thirteen UN entities to work with governments and other stakeholders on mobilizing a universal public support for ambitious climate action. View the interview to find out more about the work of the Alliance.


Posted on 13 December 2013

COP 19/CMP 9 Side Event on “Combatting Climate Change through Education and Training”

Organized by the United Nations Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness , this side event featured a lively panel discussion on the fundamental importance of education and training for climate change action. It showcased the pivotal role played by young people in advancing knowledge on mitigating and adapting to climate change. The large panel included representatives from several UN Alliance member organizations, NGO partners and - of course - youth leaders. The event was opened by the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, who emphasized that climate change education was the key to building a sustaining and equitable future.


Posted on 16 November 2013

Intergenerational Inquiry at COP 19/CMP 9

Attended by more than 200 participants, the Intergenerational Inquiry was the highlight of the Young and Future Generations Day on 14 November. It gave youth delegates from around the world the opportunity to engage with key players in the intergovernmental climate change arena: UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi and French Climate Ambassador, Jacques Lapouge were on the panel alongside Nathan Niedermeier and Sylvia Yirenkyi, two youth delegates. The discussion focused on intergenerational equity as a moral principle that can unite developing and developed country Parties with civil society, older, younger and future generations and all genders in pursuit of climate justice and an ambitious post 2015 climate agreement. Watch the event’s summary video here.


Posted on 14 November 2013

Youth Publication Launch

COP 19/CMP 9: "Youth in Action on Climate Change: Inspirations from Around the World" now also available in Chinese!

Click here to download the Youth in Action on Climate Change: Inspirations from Around the World in English, French, Spanish – and now also Chinese! Developed by the United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change with the generous financial support of the European Union and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the publication showcases on-the-ground examples of United Nations entities and youth-focused and youth-led organizations across the globe working together to create a more sustainable world. The Chinese language version was launched by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and a delegation of Chinese minors at COP 19/CMP 9 in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday, 14 November on the occasion of Young and Future Generations Day.


Posted on 14 November 2013

Youth Portal

Check out the CC:iNet Youth Portal page for COP 19/CMP 9

At COP 19/CMP 9 youth delegates continue to engage in the intergovernmental negotiation progress through various activities. The CC:iNet Youth Portal provides a central hub for information on activities for, with and by youth during COP 19/CMP 9 happening both inside and outside the conference venue. Check out the frequently updated Daily Schedule of Youth Events to see what's going on and how you can participate. If you want to include an event on the calendar, contact us at youth@unfccc.int . Please also make information on your activities available to a global audience by uploading it directly to the CC:iNet database .


Posted on 7 November 2013

Ocean Badge

YUNGA launches Ocean Challenge Badge

The ocean plays an essential role in regulating the world's climate. The latest addition to the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA) challenge badge series is designed to help educate children and young people about the vital role the ocean plays in supporting life on Earth. The badge looks at how people live by, explore and use the coast, the seas and marine products, describing the effect this has on the marine environment and offering ideas on how individuals can take action to help make this close relationship more sustainable. This material is appropriate for use in school classes, Guide or Scout groups or youth meetings generally. Dive in and discover activities that you can do to help protect the ocean:


Posted on 31 October 2013

‘Building the Change’: LEGO® workshop at & EcoCity World Summit 2013

What happens if 4,000 children are given 2 million bricks to build the world’s future city? Watch the following video from a LEGO® workshop at the Eco City World Summit 2013 and experience refreshing ideas of how a climate-friendly and sustainable city looks like through the eyes of a child:


Posted on 24 October 2013

Meat Consumption

What’s Your ‘Steak’ In It? Youth Involvement in Animal Agriculture & Climate Change

Eye-opening report by students from New York University sheds the light on considerable and ever growing adverse impacts of meat production on the global climate system and offers insights on how you can reduce your personal carbon footprint by limiting your meat consumption.


Posted on 17 October 2013

Climate Adaptation Mitigation E-Learning’ (CAMEL) platform

Climate Adaptation Mitigation E-Learning’ (CAMEL) platform

Check out the ‘Climate Adaptation Mitigation E-Learning’ (CAMEL) platform – a comprehensive, free multimedia resource for educators. It includes materials on over 300 interdisciplinary topic areas as tools for educators to teach about climate change causes, consequences, solutions and actions. The platform allows educators to create courses, teaching materials, administer exams and surveys and collaborate with others.


Posted on 10 October 2013

GHG Management Institute

GHGMI offers new online courses on GHG accounting and management

The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute (GHGMI) has expanded its education programme, which includes online courses and diploma programmes on GHG accounting and carbon management. All courses are self-paced and may be taken individually or as part of a diploma programme.

The Institute offers financial assistance for course and diploma fees to individuals working for non-profit, non-governmental organizations, as well as those working in governments and small to medium-sized enterprises in developing countries.


Posted on 1 October 2013

UNICEF Resource Manual

UNICEF launches new resource manual on

“Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Education Sector”

Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Education Sector’ is a comprehensive resource manual for governments and education practitioners to scaling up and mainstreaming climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the education sector. The manual is comprised of 10 modules that identify key entry points at the policy, planning and advocacy levels.


Posted on 25 September 2013

Agriculture Guide

Farming First launches Guide to UNFCCC Negotiations on Agriculture

The guide aims to provide key stakeholders with a one-stop source of information on the UNFCCC discussion on agriculture by offering a series of videos, infographics, quotes and key facts and figures on the relationship between agriculture and climate change. Developed by Farming First, a coalition of multi-stakeholder organizations that aims to articulate, endorse and promote practical, actionable programmes and activities to further sustainable agricultural development worldwide, the guide can be used as a toolkit for communications and outreach activities on matters related to agriculture and climate change.


Posted on 12 September 2013

Think Forward Film Festival

Think Forward Film Festival on climate change, energy efficiency and renewable energy

The 3rd Think Forward Film Festival is a project of the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) that aims at studying, discussing, and disseminating information on climate change and issues related to energy efficiency and renewable energy through short and feature films and discussions with film directors and actors. The annual festival will take place in Venice, Italy from 6-7 December 2013. Deadline for participating is 15 October 2013. Find more information on the film contest here


Posted on 4 September 2013

Youth Report Youth Publication 2013 - Spanish version Youth Publication 2013 - French version

‘Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world’
- now also available in French and Spanish!

The new publication by the United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change, which highlights concrete work young people do to incite their governments and the international community to scale up action on climate change and raise ambition towards a post-2020 climate change regime, is now also available in French and Spanish.


Posted on 31 August 2013

Knowledge Navigator

Developed by IDS Knowledge Services with the support of the Climate Development Knowledge Network, the Knowledge Navigator widget is an online application that helps to find and easily access selected climate change platforms. In the form of a categorized and searchable dataset, it covers the topics of adaptation, mitigation and development. The dataset provides knowledge brokers, intermediaries and other practitioners with a clearer picture of who is working in the Climate Change sector, to enable them to link up more effectively.

Posted on 16 July 2013


UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace

UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace

​​The UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace brings needs and possible solutions together, directly linking demand and supply for all concerned directly or otherwise with the UNCCD process, and in particular with the implementation of its 10-Year Strategy.

Posted on 20 June 2013



Pacific Climate Change Roundtable

3 – 5 July 2013, Nadi, Fiji

The Pacific Climate Change Roundtable is a bi-annual meeting of regional and national governments, organizations, partners and donors concerned by climate change. It is the premier forum in the Pacific Region to share ideas on climate change and to ensure coordination in support of Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) efforts on climate change. The Roundtable is organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme in collaboration with other organizations.

Posted on 02 July 2013


Global Power Shift

Global Power Shift

24-30 June 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

The Global Power Shift summit brings together more than 500 climate activists from 134 countries to work on building a global movement to solve the climate crisis. Global Power Shift is being convened by 350.org, an international climate campaign that has organized over 20,000 climate demonstrations worldwide, and a coalition of partners including Avaaz, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace International, Jubilee South and numerous youth organizations. During the summit seasoned activists that were behind some of the past decade’s most successful environmental and social justice campaigns, will train participants in campaign strategy, online organizing, communications, and public mobilization. Participants will then head home to organize their own national Power Shift summits, mobilisations, and campaigns around the world.

Posted on 27 June 2013


Earth Care Awards

Earth Care Awards 2014

Awards for Excellence in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

The Earth Care Awards are an effort to recognize excellence in initiatives to counter climate change and recognize efforts towards mitigation and adaptation projects by industries, communities and individuals. Projects include innovations for climate protection, emission reduction in small and medium enterprises, emission reduction in large scale industries, and community based mitigation and adaptation to climate change with respect to water resources, land use, land use change and forestry. Applications are open for projects from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The application deadline is 31 July 2013.

Posted on 20 June 2013



UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon holds virtual dialogue with youth

On the margins of the UN Climate Change Conference Bonn June 2013, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited youth delegates to share their hopes and concerns about climate change at a virtual dialogue. The Secretary-General stressed the importance of young people in combatting climate change and their role as ‘agents of change’ to achieve a more ‘loving and caring’ relationship with our planet. He pledged to ensure that youth will have a ‘seat at the table’ at the 2014 climate change summit of world leaders that he will convene to mobilize the necessary political will for an ambitious new climate change regime by 2015. View the webcast of the event.

Young people from around the world contributed to the dialogue via Twitter (hashtag #TellBanKiMoon) and UNFCCC facebook. The call for youth statements on climate change remains open until 30 June 2013. Don’t miss the chance!


Youth Report

Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

The objective of this new publication by the United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change is to highlight concrete work young people do to incite their governments and the international community to scale up action on climate change and raise ambition towards a post-2020 climate change regime. It is designed as a tool and a source of inspiration for developing and carrying out projects, initiatives and campaigns to increase awareness of the causes and impacts of climate change, promote sustainable lifestyles and advance green low-carbon development.


youth publication launch

Launch of new publication: "Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world"

Tuesday, 11 June 2013, 13:15-14:35
Room Solar, Ministry of the Environment, Bonn, Germany

The United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change is pleased to invite you to attend the launch of an inspiring new publication that shows how young people are taking action on climate change. The publication, Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world, will be launched at the Bonn Climate Change Conference at a side event in Room Solar, Ministry of the Environment, Bonn, Germany, from 13:15 to 14:35 on Tuesday, 11 June 2013. The side event is open to accredited media and all registered conference participants.

Posted on 7 June 2013


Climate CAMEL

Climate Adaptation and Mitigation E-Learning (CAMEL)

Climate Adaptation and Mitigation E-Learning (CAMEL) is a free, comprehensive, multi-disciplinary multi-media resource for educators developed by the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors of the National Council for Science and the Environment of the United States of America. CAMEL provides over 300 interdisciplinary topic areas and numerous resource types to give the educator the tools they need to teach about climate change causes, consequences, solutions and actions. The educator is able to create courses, textbooks, administer exams and surveys, invite others and collaborate around teaching materials, strategies and assessment.

Posted on 5 June 2013



Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2013

30 October – 1 November 2013, Dar el Salaam, Tanzania

The biennial Local Climate Solutions for Africa Congress series (LOCS) provides a platform for African local and national governments, scientists, technical experts, development partners, business, industry and civil society to engage on the complex issues and innovative solutions related to urbanisation in Africa through the context of climate change. This year’s Congress, convened by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability in partnership with the host city Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, will provide an opportunity to strengthen the sharing of global good practice and locally appropriate solutions and technologies towards accelerated climate action on the ground. Congress themes will include a strong emphasis on local leadership, financing and accelerated integrated action at the local and sub-national level, underpinned by a special focus on integrated planning towards addressing climate resilience in Africa.

Posted on 29 May 2013



Traditional Knowledge and Climate Science Toolkit

This toolkit provides access to articles, videos and various other resources that will assist indigenous peoples, local communities, policy makers and other stakeholders in accessing research on climate change adaptation and mitigation. Indigenous societies have elaborated coping strategies to deal with unstable environments, and in some cases, are already actively adapting to early climate change impacts. While the transformations due to climate change are expected to be unprecedented, indigenous knowledge and coping strategies provide a crucial foundation for community-based adaptation measures. The toolkit is available in English, French, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese.

Posted on 22 May 2013



The Children Take Action – a Climate Change Story

Developed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, "The Children Take Action – a Climate Change Story" is a children's story book that pursues the twofold aim of increasing literacy skills and knowledge about climate change among primary school kids in Kiribati. In a very simplified way, the book enables children to learn the basics of climate change and its impacts on our environment. The story book is available in both English and te-Kiribati and will accompany the new syllabus and teacher guides currently being developed for Kiribati primary schools.

Posted on 8 May 2013



The Great Transformation: Climate – Will We Get Our Act Together?

Based on a report prepared by the German Advisory Council on Global Change, this comic book aims to showcase how a paradigm shift towards a low carbon economy, sustainable consumption patterns and sustainable lifestyles can be achieved. Through ‘graphic interviews’ nine scientists from different disciplines (climate change, economics, behavioural science among others) explain problems and highlight solutions towards achieving the ‘great transformation’. The comic book is part of a wider research project on communicating complex future issues to the public. It also contains additional educational materials and recommendations for further reading.

Posted on 1 May 2013


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A summary of current climate change findings and figures

This WMO information note summarizes current observations and scientific findings about global climate change. It will be the first in a series that will aim to make the science underlying the weather, climate and water issues addressed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) more easily accessible to the general public.

Posted on 24 April 2013


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Commit2Act – Commit to a Better World!

Small actions can have a big impact! The Commit2Act App allows you to join likeminded people in taking action for a better world, by signing on to commitments to reduce your personal carbon footprint. Keep track of your progress and get inspired by a community of change makers.

Posted on 17 April 2013


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Water Challenge Badge

Developed in collaboration with United Nations agencies, civil society and other organizations, the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA) challenge badges are intended to raise awareness, educate and motivate young people to change their behaviour and be active agents of change in their local communities. This particular challenge badge is explores the crucial role water plays on our planet and motivates young people to save water and engage in efforts to increase equitable access to clean water.

Posted on 10 April 2013


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Asia Pacific Adaptation Network

The Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) is a regional programme that aims to support governments and non-governmental organizations to build, manage and apply adaptation knowledge. Its mission is to build climate change resilient and sustainable human systems, ecosystems and economies in the Asia-Pacific Region and improve understanding and knowledge of adaptation to past, current and future climate conditions.

Posted on 27 March 2013


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My World. The United Nations Global Survey for a Better World

My World is a global survey developed by the United Nations with several partner organizations. It asks individuals which six of sixteen possible issues they think would make the most difference to their lives, one of them being action taken on climate change. Citizens of all ages, genders and backgrounds, particularly the world's poor and marginalized communities, are called upon to get involved and let the world know their priorities and views, so that world leaders can be informed as they begin the process of setting the next global development agenda.

Posted on 20 March 2013


Climate Literacy: Navigating Climate Conversations

"Climate Literacy: Navigating Climate Conversations" is a free course offered by the University of British Columbia tackling both the scientific and socio-political dimensions of climate change. The course introduces the basics of the climate system, models and predictions, human and natural impacts, mitigative and adaptive responses, and the evolution of climate policy. Furthermore, it explores the basic concepts and terms needed to understand the science of climate change, and the available mitigation, adaptation and policy options.

Posted on 13 March 2013



Africa Adaptation Knowledge Network

The Africa Adaptation Knowledge Network (AAKNet) is a platform aimed at building a shared knowledge base to help shape an innovative community of practice. Implemented by the Global Adaptation Network, it builds on ongoing efforts around the region to mobilize existing knowledge and best adaptation practices. Practitioners, policy makers, researchers and community members will be brought together so as to compare, contrast and collate the lessons learnt from their actions addressing climate risks.

Posted on 6 March 2013



First Online Climate Change Education Course for Teachers

The innovative online learning course, entitled 'UNESCO Course for Secondary Teachers on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development (CCESD)' is designed to give teachers confidence, through a series of six-day programmes, to help young people understand the causes and consequences of climate change today.

The course aims to bring climate change education outside the science classroom into all subject areas liable to be affected by climate change. These include as ethics, social studies, economics and political science, among many others.

Using a holistic approach, pedagogical approaches and techniques in their own school environment, teachers can develop the capacities to facilitate climate change mitigation, adaptation and disaster risk reduction learning. Teacher education institutions can also use the course to update CCESD content in their pre-service and in-service training programmes through pedagogical frameworks, exercises, regional resources and guidelines.

Users can access to the learning materials through Flash-based software. The Flipbook format provides an on-screen textbook experience along with the functionality of web links to quickly access other pages, or complementary information (e.g. PowerPoint slides).

Posted on 26 February 2013


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Youth @ COP18

Young People returned to COP18 united and ready to fight climate change. This report explains the instrumental role YOUNGO, the youth constituency, play at the UNFCCC. It details youth participation through policy creation, interventions, actions and lobbying. The report exemplifies the importance of youth; their creativity, passion and dedication for solving climate change.

Posted on 20 February 2013


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Forward on Climate

On 17 February 2013 the Forward on Climate campaign brought together 40,000+ people from more than 30 states across the US, including students, scientists and indigenous peoples, to tell President Obama to move forward on climate change. The event, organized by 350.org, was reported as one of the largest climate rallies in US history supported by more than twenty solidarity rallies across the country and more than one million online activists.

Posted on 20 February 2013


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Food Security and Climate Change Challenge Badge

The Food Security and Climate Change Challenge Badge is designed to help educate children and young people about climate change and food security while encouraging them to take action against global warming, environmental degradation and hunger in the world. By carrying out activities described in the manual young people will identify and take actions to reduce their environmental footprint and learn how to make better consumer and life-style choices.

Posted on 13 February 2013


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Climate Think Tank Map

The Think Tank Map provides an overview on the think tanks active in the field of climate change governance. Through an interactive world map, this tool makes it possible to understand where research organizations working on climate change are based and which projects are currently worked on. The Think Tank Map also aims to be a catalyst for new cooperation opportunities, allowing stakeholders, researchers, institutions, and the media to be informed on past, ongoing and future activities.

Posted on 6 February 2013


Warm and Cold, We Share Together

Warm and Cold, We Share Together“ is a 12-episode documentary that showcases adverse effects of climate change in ten countries on five continents. The documentary was co-produced by China Central Television (CCTV), Huafeng Meteorological Media Group and Central Xinying Group and builds on interviews with about 100 experts and government officials.

Posted on 30 January 2013


Connect4Climate and the Global Environment Facility launch "Not Afraid" Voices4Climate Video Campaign in Times Square

The American rapper Eminem and the Kenyan hip hop group TS1 have produced a remix of Eminem’s song „Not Afraid“ to raise awareness on climate change issues. The music video was played on 18 December 2012 throughout the day on two giant screens in New York City’s Time Square. The project was realized by Connect4Climate in cooperation with MTV and Artists Project Earth.

Posted on 23 January 2013



Webinar "Governing Climate Change: Shifting Priorities in Urban Decision Making"

The Security and Sustainability Forum is a public interest educational organization that convenes global experts in free events to address threats to society from climate and other disruptions to natural systems. The next webinar will take place on Thursday, 31 January 2013 and explore the effects of climate change on urban governance. Trends of shifting priorities in decision making and community engagement are being seen in light of challenges posed by climate change and urbanization. Learning partner organizations for the series include Abt Associates, the World Bank, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Penn Institute for Urban Research and the International Housing Coalition.

Posted on 16 January 2013


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My Little COP Pocket Book

“My little COP Pocket Book“ is an easy-to-read guidebook on the UNFCCC process published by the youth-led Green bits Initiative on the occasion of COP 18/CMP 8 to foster a better understanding of the climate change process. The publication has been translated into seven languages, including French, Swahili and Urdu among others.

Posted on 9 January 2013



Seeds of knowledge. Contributing to Climate Change Solutions

The Seeds of Knowledge booklet presents 24 case studies from 17 countries on grassroots solutions to the impacts of climate change. The publication aims to show that grassroots, community-led responses are already playing an essential role in building resilience to climate change across all regions of the world. With the right levels of investment and support, such initiatives can be scaled up and become a central component in reducing climate risks and supporting the transition to an inclusive Green Economy.

Posted on 18 December 2012



Arabic version of "Growing together in a Changing Climate" brochure
is now online

The most popular publication of the United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change has been translated into Arabic to reach out to a growing network of climate activists in the Arab region. Growing Together in a Changing Climate: The United Nations, Young People, and Climate Change contains information on some of the many climate change projects, campaigns, educational tools, websites and publications produced by the United Nations and young people, independently or in partnership. Prepared with financial support from the European Union, the publication lists inspiring examples of youth-focussed activities – from on-the-ground action to raising awareness to advocacy efforts at the UNFCCC negotiations.

Posted on 07 December 2012


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Launch of the United Nations Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness
at COP 18/CMP 8

Monday, 3 December 2012, 13:15-14:45
Side Event Room 1 (Hall 5, ground floor)

At this side event the UNFCCC secretariat together with senior representatives of the other founding members will launch the United Nations Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness. High-level representatives from Parties and the Global Environment Facility will highlight examples of successful cooperation with founding members on climate change education, training and public awareness activities. The Alliance’s objectives will be presented and its founding members, including FAO, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFCCC, UNICEF, UNITAR and WMO will showcase how they will provide support to and benefit of this new interagency cooperation. Participants will be invited to share their views on the Alliance’s draft framework for action and contribute to its further development.

Posted on 30 November 2012



Monday, 1 to 8 December 2012

"Qatar in Brussels. European youth convergence for climate justice" is a youth conference bringing together young activists from all over Europe during the second week of the UN climate talks in Doha, Qatar. From 1 to 8 December over 100 people will come together to follow the negotiations, link up with activists and civil society in Qatar, share skills and learn about climate justice and act in solidarity, putting pressure on the European Union without having to travel all the way to Qatar.

Posted on 4 December 2012


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Intergenerational Inquiry at COP 18/CMP 8

Thursday, 29 November, 13:30-14:30,
Meeting Room 4 (ground floor)

At this year's fifth annual "Intergenerational Inquiry" youth delegates from around the world will engage with high-level representatives and the UNFCCC Executive Secretary to discuss the role and importance of young people in the UNFCCC process. The Inquiry will continue its tradition of being one of the most lively events on the United Nations Climate Change Conference calendar. Guests will be invited to gain a better understanding of youth’s perspective through the climate change game "Turn the Round" and a reverse question and answers session.

Posted on 28 November 2012



The The eighth Conference of Youth (COY8) brings together international youth to learn about the UNFCCC, build networks and work on climate justice issues worldwide. COY8 will take place in Doha, Qatar, from 23 to 25 November, and aims to deliver a conference that seasoned campaigners and beginners alike can attend, providing a platform to learn from each other on how to address the pressing environmental issues of our generation.

Posted on 23 November 2012



The Arab Youth Climate Movement was simultaneously launched across more than a dozen countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa on 10 November 2012. The movement, the first of its kind in the Arab region, unites hundreds of grass roots activists and was established with the backing of campaigners from regional and international organizations.

Posted on 15 November 2012


Youth-IN Climate Change Cartoon Competition

Youth-In Climate Change Cartoon Competition

The Youth-IN Climate Change Cartoon Competition aims to bring young people to the center of climate change debates by encouraging youth from the Caribbean to portray issues of concern related to climate change in their region. The call for submissions for the cartoon competition runs until 15 October 2012.

Posted on 26 September


Climate Change in the Indian Mind


The report "Climate Change in the Indian Mind" is based on a national survey conducted of 4,031 Indian adults in 2011, using a combined urban and rural sample. The study was designed to investigate the current state of public climate change awareness, beliefs, attitudes, policy support, and behavior, as well as public observations of changes in local weather and climate patterns and self-reported vulnerability to extreme weather events.

Posted on 6 September 2012


Think Forward Film Festival and Short Film Competition on Climate Change and Renewable Energy


The Think Forward Film Festival was created with the aim to investigate, discuss and disseminate, through short films and feature films, the theme of climate change and the issues surrounding the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy. The second edition of the Think Forward Film Festival will be held in Venice from 30 November to 1 December, 2012. This year, the festival is launching its first international film competition involving short films made using different techniques, including animation that are focused on the themes of climate change and renewable energy, produced after 1 January 2010.

Posted on 30 August 2012


Climate Change and Environmental Education - A companion to the Child Friendly Schools Manual


The module “Climate Change and Environmental Education” is a companion to UNICEF’s Child Friendly Schools Manual. Over the past decade, the child-friendly schools approach has emerged as UNICEF’s means to advocate for and promote quality education for every girl and boy. Child-friendly schools enable all children to achieve their full potential. The purpose of this module is to provide in-depth information on how Climate Change and Environmental Education (CCEE) can be integrated into the design, implementation and practice of child-friendly schools. Many schools are incorporating CCEE in their curricula. While it is impossible to present a complete account of these efforts, this module includes the most relevant examples and illustrates the diversity of approaches.

Posted on 30 August 2012


UNU Video Series on Traditional Knowledge and Climate Science


The Video Series on Traditional Knowledge and Climate Science released by the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies focuses on some of the key links between traditional knowledge and science regarding climate change. With deep connections to nature, the world's indigenous people and local communities are experiencing some of the most pronounced affects of climate change.

Posted on 23 August 2012


Disaster Risk Reduction and Education

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UNICEF's publication on `Disaster Risk and Education` showcases how UNICEF integrates disaster risk reduction (DRR) into its development programmes. "DDR, education and equity" and "DDR and children's rights" are highlighted among other issues.

Posted on 23 August 2012



The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)is a continental coalition of civil society organizations in the African continent, brought together by the common goal of promoting and advocating for climate-friendly and equity-based development. Currently drawing its membership from 300 non-governmental organizations, foundations, trusts, community-based organizations, faith-based networks, national coalitions and regional networks from 45 countries in Africa; PACJA aims to unify isolated civil society efforts on climate change advocacy and coordination in Africa, so as to ensure that pro-poor and people-centred response measures are put into consideration as governments in Africa seek to mainstream climate change into national development strategies.

Posted on 16 August 2012



Climate Wise Womenis a global platform for the promotion of women’s leadership on climate change. Through powerful personal narratives, Climate Wise Women gives a human face and voice to an issue that sits squarely at the nexus of the conversation on gender equality, environmental justice, food security, the eradication of extreme poverty, and public health.

Posted on 9 August 2012



The "After the Storm: The Hidden Health Risks of Flooding in a Warming World" report combines a review of flooding health risks with a look at how climate change will likely increase the risks in the years ahead. It identifies the top five hidden health risks of extreme precipitation and flooding and highlights the growing flood risk from climate change and current development patterns.

Posted on 3 August 2012


The ''Transforming the lives of children affected by climate change'' Brochure presents UNICEF's work on incorporating climate change and environmental education into a child-friendly education curriculum. Compared to adults, children are more susceptible to the negative effects of environmental degradation and more vulnerable to conditions such as poor air quality, contaminated water and extreme heat. Child-friendly education is a means by which children and adolescents can develop the capacity and skills needed to withstand projected climate shocks and natural disasters.

Posted on 26 July 2012



The Heinrich Böll Foundation is organizing a regional summer school from 30 September to 4 October 2012 in Amman, Jordan on "Climate Change Challenges in the Arab Middle East and North Africa”. The summer school will focus on climate change adaptation strategies throughout the Arab Middle East and North Africa, tackling specifically the question of gender-responsiveness in these efforts (overall assessment, best practices, risks and challenges) and the impact of climate change on urban livelihoods and living conditions. The summer school aims at building capacity of participants, promoting networks among civil society groups and academia and stirring a debate on pressing policy issue.

Posted on 26 July 2012


The Voices4Climate Photo/Video/Music Video Competition invites young people from the ages of 18 to 35 to submit photos and videos relating to climate change. Photo, video, and music video submissions must tell a climate change story related to one of these seven categories: Jobs, Agriculture, Energy, Forests, Gender, Health, and Water. Prizes are solar backpacks, digital still/video cameras, computer tablets, and portable DVD players.

Posted on 20 July 2012



The UNITAR training course "Negotiating Climate Change: from Durban and beyond" will develop participants’ understanding of the climate change policy framework, by building an appreciation of the science, causes and impacts of climate change, the history of the policy making process and the UNFCCC framework, and will also consider the pertinent challenges currently facing diplomats and international decision makers in making progress with what is currently on the negotiating table. The course targets not only government officers and diplomats, but also private sector specialists and students.

Posted on 20 July 2012

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Learning to Tackle Climate Change is an interactive pdf-document that aims to support individuals on climate change learning - no matter what their country, context or level of personal expertise. The different sections of the document support the reader to reflect on different aspects of climate change and development in relation to their own work. The sections can be read individually and in any order depending on the reader's learning needs. The pdf includes clickable links between document sections as well as external links to other relevant resources. The project builds on the Learning Hub led by the Institute of Development Studies of the University of Sussex.

Posted on 13 July 2012



The Climate Change Media Partnership supports journalists from developing countries in reporting on international climate negotiations. Journalists from Asia, Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Latin America are taking part in the Climate Change Media Partnership fellowship programme to improve media coverage of climate change issues in their home countries.

Posted on 13 July 2012

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The Indigenous Climate Portal aims to provide indigenous peoples and the general public with relevant information and resources on climate change and indigenous peoples, and on REDD+ or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. Specifically, it serves as the portal for the project "Ensuring the Effective Participation of Indigenous Peoples in Global and National REDD Processes." The website is managed by Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples International Centre for Policy Research and Education) and is made possible through the support of the Norwegian International Forest and Climate Initiative through the Norwegian Agency for Development and Cooperation (NORAD).



The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change. Acting both locally and collaboratively, C40 Cities are having a meaningful global impact in reducing both greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks. Through a partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative, C40 brings together a unique set of assets and creates a shared sense of purpose. C40 offers cities an effective forum where they can collaborate, share knowledge and drive meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate change.

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Cape Farewell - Climate is Culture

Established in 2001, the London-based project aims at giving a cultural response to climate change issues by working in partnership with scientific and cultural institutions to deliver an innovative programme of public engagement. Cape Farewell organizes expeditions to interrogate the scientific, social and economic realities that lead to climate disruption, and to inspire the creation of climate focused art which is disseminated across a range of platforms, such as exhibitions, festivals, publications and films.

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Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) is a network of ten cities in India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, experimenting with a range of activities that will collectively improve the ability of the cities to withstand, prepare for, and recover from current and future impacts of climate change. ACCCRN represents a unique initiative to develop, test and demonstrate practical strategies for responding to the impacts of climate change on urban areas.



The African Climate Teach-In Day is committed to foster awareness about climate change in schools and universities in Africa. In this regard, it engages young people and future professionals in the search for local solutions for the problem of climate change which has severe implications for the African continent. Held for the first time successfully in 2011, the initiative will be repeated.

The Teach-In Day is recognized by the UNESCO as a project in the framework of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) (http://www.desd.org/).

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"Connect the Dots" is a project of 350.org (http://www.350.org), a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. It allied to clearly draw the connection between extreme weather and climate change. The first Climate Impacts Day on 5 May, 2012 brought together hundreds of communities all over the globe to highlight the dramatic climate change impacts we are already witnessing.



The Climate Change Virtual School raises awareness on climate change related issues among governments and civil society through e-learning courses. Currently the virtual school offers a course on Mainstreaming Climate Change in Development Planning and Implementation. The course aims at building capacity of governmental and non-governmental actors for an improved understanding of linkages between climate change and development issues.

The Climate Change Virtual School is hosted by the Development Reality Institute, a Zimbabwean youth oriented organization that focuses on building capacity for climate change mitigation and adaptation in Africa.

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Enhanced Youth Participation toolkit

The tool kit focuses on how youth and youth organizations can contribute to the implementation of the Article 6 decision from Cancun, with emphasis on participation and education and includes a range of examples of actions youth petition in their own country.


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The Odyssey 2050 Film

The Odyssey 2050 film project aims at getting young people from around the world motivated into taking action on climate change. The young people of today did not cause most of the environmental damage we see on our planet but it falls on them to be part of the solution. The film is being produced in Costa Rica by Daniel and Miguel Bermejo of the Synchro Film company, Bruce Callow of the British Embassy under the technical supervision of Thelvin Cabezas, director of animation for the film Avatar. The objective is to engage young people of all nationalities around the world in making a feature-length film about climate change and to communicate with other young people about it. To date a 6 minute short film has been completed which sets the stage for what will come.

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World Thinking Day Activity Pack

World Thinking Day 2012 BadgeEach year on 22 February, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world celebrate World Thinking Day. World Thinking Day was first created in 1926 at the 4th Girl Guide/Girl Scout International Conference, held at Girl Scouts of the USA’s Camp Edith Macy (now called Edith Macy Conference Center). Conference attendees decided that there should be a special day when Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all around the world think of each other and give thanks and appreciation to their “sister” Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Each year on 22 February, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world celebrate World Thinking Day. It’s a day when Girl Guides and Girl Scouts think of each other and give thanks and appreciation for the international friendship they find in our Movement.

The theme for World Thinking Day 2012 is “we can save our planet”, based on UN Millennium Development Goal 7: environmental sustainability.

The new activity pack for World Thinking Day 2012 is bigger than ever! It’s packed with lots of fun and educational activities, extra information on the theme of environmental sustainability, plus ideas for how you can speak out on environmental issues. There are activities for all ages, and we also have a list of fundraising ideas to make your events as successful as possible.

This year the activities have been divided into four sections.

1. Reduce the use of fossil fuels (complete two activities)
2. Save resources in and around your home (complete two activities)
3. Switch to sustainable energy solutions (complete two activities)
4. Speak out to make a difference (complete any one activity that delivers WAGGGS’ demands on MDG 7)

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UNESCO Experts Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development and Adaptation in Small Island Developing States

21 to 23 September 2011
Nassau, The Bahamas

This three-day meeting will focus on the challenges that climate change poses to education systems in Small Island Developing States, and the role that education can play in adaptation to climate change.

Adaptation to climate change requires that individuals understand why and how the climate is changing, and the implications of these changes for their lives. Education plays an essential role in increasing the adaptation capacity of communities and nations in regard to climate change by enabling individuals to make informed decisions in this regard.

The meeting will bring together approximately 75 participants primarily from SIDS in the Caribbean, the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, representing a multi-disciplinary and diverse group of stakeholders. It will including national education representatives, curriculum development experts, representatives of school and education networks, scientists and climate change experts, and representatives of multilateral agencies and civil society who will develop a roadmap to guide and promote education as an important means to enhancing adaptation to climate change in the context of sustainable development.

The roadmap and its recommendations will serve as a contribution to the upcoming 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2011 and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 Conference) in June 2012, setting the stage for the remaining years of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, which is led globally by UNESCO.

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The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is pleased to announce the Online Course "Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for the Finance Sector." The 2011 course is an updated version of the highly successful course launched in June 2007 and re-run in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

The course run by the UNEP FI Climate Change Working Group offered courses on this important issue over the internet with the aim of increased quality and effectiveness in training. Through the running of the first course, UNEP FI has found strong demand amongst financial institutions to learn about climate change and how it affects their industry. Today, with the climate change agenda becoming even more relevant for the financial services sector, UNEP FI is pleased to offer this sixth course.

The course is geared to executives and middle management from financial institutions such as banks, insurers, reinsurers, and fund managers, from both developed and developing regions and Governments and civil society who want to learn the climate change issue from the perspective of the financial industry.

The course addressed the key areas of:

  • A general introduction to climate change, the science and impacts, and key international and regional policies in place to tackle it i.e. the Kyoto Protocol and the post-Kyoto discussions.
  • Climate Risk: What are the key risks and what does it mean for the banking, insurance and fund management sectors?
  • Climate change and the energy economy: What does it mean for energy financing and what are the opportunities in alternative energy technologies?
  • Carbon finance and the Kyoto Mechanisms: Emissions trading i.e. the European Union Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS), the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and the Joint Implementation (JI).

The goal is to educate and enable key senior and mid-level executives to further understand the business complexities presented by climate change so that they can:

  • Integrate it into corporate action plans and strategies
  • Identify risks, opportunities and markets for new plans and strategies
  • Adapt the material for internal use, and use course material as a stand-alone reference guide.

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Sustainability Frontiers

Sustainability Frontiers is an international alliance of sustainability and global educators seeking transformation of the human condition through repaired and restored earth connection. We are concerned with formal, non-formal and informal education that addresses the current confluence of threats to the environment and to human society globally. We call for education that questions and offers alternatives to dominant assumptions and current orthodoxies such as the myth of unending progress built on economic growth, human separateness from nature, and reliance on policy, technical and market solutions to global problems.

Members of the alliance are concerned with formal, non-formal and informal education that works fluently across social, psychological and spiritual levels of experience as it addresses the current confluence of threats to the environment and human society globally. Members embrace the intrinsic value and right to exist of the other-than-human and of natural environments, and recognize that the pursuance and advocacy of a planetary ethic of environmental and social justice needs to be grounded in, as well as restorative and celebratory of, local and indigenous communities and cultures.

Sustainability education with the potential to truly sustain must be whole-person, whole planet education that is locally and deeply experienced as it engages the rich, but oftentimes dormant, reservoir of potentials in the learner. As such, it necessarily embraces themes, concepts and insights from educational fields marginalized or left untouched by mainstream sustainability education, such as education for peace, holistic health education, humane education and indigenous education.

Belonging to a deliberately small group of academic educators, each with a strong practitioner history, members of Sustainability Frontiers have agreed to collaborate in different combinations as they undertake local, national and international projects, consultancies and initiatives at the leading edge of sustainability education, often in partnership with other organizations.

Seven key interconnected themes are currently being addressed by the alliance, more than one theme being taken up in any particular project or initiative, the range of themes being subject to periodic review:

  • Climate Change Education
  • Emergency Education
  • The Education for Sustainability/Education for All Interface
  • Widening the Scope of Sustainability Education
  • Bio-centric Education
  • Bio-regional Education
  • A Multi-dimensional Epistemology for Sustainability Education

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The implementation of internationally agreed development goals in SIDS, in particular the Mauritius Strategy of Implementation (MSI), the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA), and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has been assisted by the Small Island Developing States Network (SIDSNet).

Established in 1997 as a direct follow-up to the 1994 Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA), the primary goal of SIDSnet is to support the sustainable development of SIDS through enhanced information and communication technology (ICT).

SIDSNet responds to several critical challenges faced by small islands including (1) remoteness, isolation and geographic dispersion, (2) poor connectivity and data management, particularly through ICT, (3) limited human and technological capacity, and (4) the need for greater international recognition and assistance in reducing SIDS’ economic and environmental vulnerability. SIDSNet has been a valuable tool for linking remote and isolated SIDS, where the technical expertise, education, and knowledge sharing facilitated by the site enhances the possibilities for improving welfare and reducing poverty through innovation, expanded national capacity, and the better use of scarce resources.

SIDSNet was designed to significantly improve SIDS’ use of ICT in support of their sustainable development. Through the website, affiliated countries could maintain contact with each other for the purpose of sharing information on best practices in the priority areas such as health, conservation, education, freshwater and sanitation, tourism, and human resource development. The network also seeks to facilitate the virtual exchange of expertise through the SIDS Technical Assistance Programme (SIDSTAP), which is a roster of experts whose information to be made available through the site. SIDSNet will serve as a clearinghouse for data, information, expertise, UN decisions and resolutions, and current events relevant to island development. SIDSNET has also been proposed for use as the portal to and home for the University Consortium of the Small Island States (UC-SIS), which was endorsed at the 2005 Mauritius International Meeting.

SIDSnet is undergoing a complete redesign and revitalization as part of a new project generously funded by the Government of Spain, entitled Capacity Development through Education for Sustainable Development and Knowledge Management for Small Island Developing States. The project will redevelop SIDSnet, creating a much-needed central knowledge management system to facilitate information sharing and collaboration.

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START is the global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training, a non-governmental research organization. We assist developing countries in building the expertise and knowledge needed to explore the drivers of and solutions to global and regional environmental change. Our goal is to reduce vulnerability through informed decision-making.

Climate change, land and ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss are all drivers of global environmental change. Developing regions are not only particularly vulnerable to adverse impacts of these changes, but have very limited access to scientific and technical knowledge to assist in formulating solutions. This is the gap START seeks to fill by:

  • Developing regional networks of collaborating scientists and institutions that assess the causes and impacts of global environmental change and provide relevant information to policymakers and governments to assist in formulating adaptation strategies.
  • Ennhancing scientific capacity in developing countries by strengthening and connecting existing institutions, training global change scientists, and providing them with better access to data, research, and communication technology skills.
  • Securing resources that will augment existing capabilities and actions on global environmental change in developing countries.

Together with its partners, START has:

  • Established a network of regional science committees and research centers for global change research and capacity building in Africa, Asia and the Pacific;
  • Leveraged substantial resources to strengthen the START network and support its programs;
  • Involved over 1000 developing-country scientists in global change research and training;
  • Developed programs to provide fellowships and other research opportunities to young scientists from Africa and Asia;
  • Published hundreds of peer-reviewed papers in journals, and also published several books on global environmental change; and
  • Involved over 100 of its Fellows as authors in the IPCC 4th Assessment, the Millennium Ecosystems Assessment, and the International Assessment of Agricultural Science & Technology for Development.

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International Development Law Organization
IDLO’s customized and user-friendly e-learning training system aims to combine the best elements of traditional training methodologies with new information technology. The combination of audio, text, graphics and documentation provides our participants with a meaningful learning experience. In addition, questions, case studies and country practice reports make the learning experience interactive. The IDLO e-learning courses are moderated by experts and give an emphasis on online discussions, best practices, exchange and self-paced learning. IDLO’s moderators support participants in technical, administrative and substantive matters and ensure that each participant to our e-learning courses is comfortable with both content design and site navigation.

The course will be conducted online from May 9 to June 3, 2011 and is geared for climate change, natural resources and energy, finance and environment specialists from developing countries, countries in economic transition and countries emerging from armed conflict working in the field of supervision and execution of development projects; lawyers and legal advisors who assist in the area of climate change, natural resources and energy, finance and environmental policy; Ministry and local government level climate change officers; Finance Officials from the Ministry of Finance and officials from National Authorities or UNFCCC National Contact Points.

The overall objective of the e-learning course is to enable self-paced training on legal preparedness for climate change which aims at enhancing the capacity of legal experts, public sector energy, environment and other officers and managers of climate-related institutions to implement adaptation to climate change, nationally appropriate mitigation of green house gases, and access to climate finance, and to recommend actions on how to strengthen sustainable development law, policy and practice on climate change (regulations, management system and procedures) in their countries.

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Considering that the Latin America and the Caribbean is highly vulnerable socially, economically and environmentally to climate change, it is imperative to find innovative solutions to address the effects of this phenomenon.
According to the recommendations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the amended New Delhi work programme for Article 6 of the Convention, the UNFCCC Secretariat, in conjunction with the Government of the Dominican Republic, organized the "Regional Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean on the implementation of Article 6 ", held in Bavaro, Dominican Republic from 27 to 30 April 2010. Representatives of 21 countries in the region made recommendations for strengthening and extending activities on climate change education, training and public awareness for Latin American and Caribbean societies.

lac best practices thumbOne of the proposals of the workshop was the compilation of best practices in Latin America and the Caribbean, on implementing Article 6. In response to this proposal, the National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism of the Dominican Republic in collaboration with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UK and Government of Spain, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE), compiled experiences in the region on the implementation of the amended New Delhi work programme.

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Youth Activites at COP 15


Young people have been present at climate negotiations since the Rio Earth summit in 1992, and their actions have resulted in widespread media coverage and the mobilization of thousands of their peers. It is estimated that 200 young people participated at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) at its thirteenth session held in Bali in December 2007, 500 at COP 14 in Poznan in December 2008, and indications are that more than 1,500 youth attended COP 15 in Copenhagen.

Since September 2008, the UNFCCC secretariat has liased with youth organizations around the world in an effort to facilitate participation by young people in the UNFCCC process. A year later, the secretariat granted probationary constituency status to youth, now recognized as the YOUNGO.constituency.

Youth activities cop15 clip 002 With the financial support of the government of the Netherlands and input from the youth constituency YOUNGO, the UNFCCC secretariat has designed and planned a series of events to support and enhance the COP preparatory activities of the youth, to increase youth participation from developing countries and to support and enhance youth contribution to COP 15. In this context, the secretariat has hosted a series of youth events during COP 15 to facilitate dialogue between youth and other influencial actors in the intergovernmental process - notably negotiators and UN senior officials.

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UNFCCC Youth Booth
Youth Briefings
Intergenerational Commitment Book
Growing Together in a Changing Climate: The United Nations, Young People, and Climate Change - publication

The School of Environment, Resources and Development is committed to excellence in graduate education as well as research and outreach activities. Through its academic programs and outreach units, SERD, AIT’s largest School, has been working towards capacity building and human resource development in the areas of environmental and resources management, poverty alleviation and socio-economic/gender development.

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Since its establishment in 1974, the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) has been playing a major role in environmental research in Japan. We are proud of the integrative expertise to tackle environmental issues through the collaboration of our researchers and staff with diversified specialties such as physics, chemistry, engineering, agriculture, fisheries, medicine, pharmacology, law/politics and economics.

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FAO, together with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and other partners, has launched the "Inspire and Educate" competition which is being held as part of the educational initiative 'Our World, Our Climate, Our Food'. This worldwide project aims to raise awareness on such issues as climate change, environment and food security. It also aims to encourage children and young people to take part in activities, reduce our impact on the environment and take action against hunger in the world. The competition is divided into photo, video and local adaptation categories.

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Unite for Climate is a growing global online community of young people and organizations working together on youth-powered solutions to climate change. It is designed to facilitate collaboration, coordination and resource sharing. The site features youth media and voices, information on climate change and its adverse effects on the MDGs, and a clearinghouse of campaigns that users can easily browse and join.

Unite for Climate wants to showcase the initial work done by the youth community. We are keen to gather YOUR feedback ahead of the official launch at the TUNZA International Youth Conference in Daejeon, South Korea, on August 20th. The social network and website will see many additional upgrades between now and then.

Become part of a space that fosters collaboration and social networking between young people and youth groups; join Unite for Climate. The soft launch of Unite for Climate will take place on Tuesday, June 23rd for NGO, UN, academic and private sector partners.


The International Youth Forum, organized by the National Youth Council of Korea and hosted by the Korean Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs, will focus on Climate Change and Green Development. The Forum intends to provide youth from Korea and abroad with a place where they can meet and share opinions on these issues, allowing them to find ways to cooperate with each other. Youth between the ages of 18 and 30 are eligible to apply. Youth who study a related field or have relevant work experience with NGOs or IGOs are preferred.


The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the UNEP National Committee for the Republic of Korea will be organizing its Tunza International Youth Conference on the Environment in Daejeon. The Conference will bring together 200 youth, to learn about the environment through plenary sessions, workshops and field trips. The Conference will be in three segments: a Global Town Hall meeting on 21 August, Regional Meetings from 22-23 August and a Conference from 24-26 August.

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The European Regional Workshop on Article 6 of the Convention (Education, Training and Public Awareness) took place from 18-20 May 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden. Over 40 national experts from the European region met to share best practices in their efforts to educate their citizens on ways to raise public awareness and improve public participation in matters of climate change.

The workshop was organized in response to a request by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), at its twenty-seventh session (Bali, December 2007), where it was recognized that the five-year New Delhi work programme has proved to be a good framework for action, and the Conference of Parties (COP), at its thirteenth session (Bali, December 2007) adopted the amended New Delhi work programme for a further five years (decision 9/CP.13). The secretariat was mandated to organize thematic regional and sub-regional workshops to share lessons learned and best practices. The workshop will contribute to the review of the work programme which will be undertaken in 2012, with an intermediate review of progress in 2010, to evaluate its effectiveness and identify emerging gaps and opportunities of the European region in fulfilling their commitments under Article 6 of the Convention.

The discussions at the workshop contribute to assessing the level of implementation of the New Delhi work programme in the region, identifying needs and persistent gaps, with a view to making recommendations on how to enhance the level of implementation and to contribute to the interim review process.

The workshop will contribute to a publication on best practices for the implementation of the New Dehli work programme in the European region that will be promoted in the EU pavillon in Copenhagen COP 15.

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In order to expand the scope and coverage of the "World Youth Report 2009: Youth and Climate Change", the UN Programme on Youth is seeking input from experts in the field of youth and climate change, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as from young people. Submissions may be academic research, case studies, publications, best practices, effective interventions, as well as national youth policies currently being implemented .

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To facilitate keeping track of progress in international climate negotiations, the Swedish EPA, in cooperation with the Swedish Ministry of Environment, would like to offer you the newsletter “Global News on Climate Action”. The newsletter will be published monthly until the meeting in Copenhagen and reflect international media coverage on the issues pointed out in the Bali Action Plan.

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SPREP is a regional organisation established by the governments and administrations of the Pacific region to look after its environment. It has grown from a small programme attached to the South Pacific Commission (SPC) in the 1980s into the Pacific region’s major intergovernmental organisation charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources.

The SPREP website includes a dedicated section on climate change which provides information on topics including warming the atmosphere - the greenhouse effect, the danger in the Pacific, key issues, the regional framework, mitigation, adaptation and scientific activities and financing of climate change activities.

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EduGreen is a website for students about enviromental learning and impacts. Students learn about life on earth, forestry, energy, water, air pollution, climate change, biotechnology, and solid waste. There is information on all of these topics, as well as games, quizes and other fun things to help students learn..

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