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
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
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
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
Asia Pacific Adaptation NetworkThe 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Think Forward Film Festival and Short Film Competition on Climate Change and Renewable EnergyThe 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Posted on 20 July 2012
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
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.
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.
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/).
"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
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.
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.
Odyssey 2050 The Movie
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.more >>
World Thinking Day Activity Pack
Each 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)
UNESCO Experts Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development and Adaptation in Small Island Developing States
21 to 23 September 2011
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
Together with its partners, START has:
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.
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.
One 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.
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.
|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.|
UNFCCC Youth Booth
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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..