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5th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment

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Climate Change Education and Training, and International Cooperation on these matters
15 and 16 May 2017, World Conference Center, Bonn, Germany

Background: At COP 18 the Parties adopted the pdf-icon Doha work programme on Article 6 of the Convention and requested that the SBI organize an annual in-session Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention in order to enhance work in the areas of climate change education, training, public awareness, public participation, public access to information, and international cooperation on these matters. This decision reaffirmed that the thematic areas of Action for Climate Empowerment are vital to achieve the ultimate objective of the Convention, and for the effective implementation of adaptation and mitigation measures.

Objective: To provide a regular forum for Parties and other stakeholders to share their experiences, good practices and lessons learned, and exchange ideas regarding the implementation of Action for Climate Empowerment.

Organization: For the purpose of organizing the Dialogue, the six elements of Action for Climate Empowerment are clustered into two focal areas, the consideration of which alternates on an annual basis. The first focal area consists of education and training, while the second focal area consists of public awareness, public participation and public access to information. International cooperation is considered a cross-cutting theme of both focal areas. The 5th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment was held during SBI 46 and focused on the first focal area.

Methodology: The 5th Dialogue was organized in two sessions which each focused on one of the thematic areas, with international cooperation as a cross-cutting theme. Both sessions included presentations on good practices and lessons learned followed by working-group discussions.

  • Session I: Climate Change Education and International Cooperation on this matter, 15 May 2017 15:00-18:00
  • Session II: Climate Change Training and International Cooperation on this matter, 16 May 2017 15:00-18:00

Participation: The Dialogue was open for participation by Parties, representatives of relevant bodies established under the Convention and relevant experts, practitioners and stakeholders. The Doha work programme specifies that key stakeholders include intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, in particular women, indigenous peoples and youth-focused organizations, the private sector and the media.

5th Dialogue photos

Key Information

pdf-icon Lima Ministerial Declaration on Education and Awareness Raising

pdf-icon Doha Work Programme on Article 6 of the Convention

Previous Dialogues on ACE

pdf-icon Agenda of the 5th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment (99 kB)

Video feed from Session I: Climate change education 15 May 2017

Video feed from Session II: Climate change training 16 May 2017



Session I: Climate change education and international cooperation on this matter
Monday, 15 May 2017, 15:00 - 18:00
Room: Santiago de Chile

Opening of the 5th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment

15:00 - 15:20

Mr. Tomasz Chruszczow, Chair of the SBI and Chair of the ACE Dialogue

Welcoming remarks


H.E. Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, COP 22 President
Video Message

Ms. Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary
Welcoming remarks

Ms. Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary and Mr. Jakob Rhyner, Vice Rector, United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security Launch of the Young Climate Fellowship Programme

H.E. Mr. Deo Saran, Ambassador of Fiji, COP 23 Presidency, facilitator of the Dialogue
Outline and objectives

Inspirational Speech

15:20 - 15:30 Ms. Marie-Christine Ghanbari Jahromi, top ten finalist, Global Teacher Prize 2017
pdf-icon "The role of teachers in fostering transformational change towards low-emission and climate-resilient development" (783 kB)

Introductory Presentation

15:30 - 15:55 Ms. Paula Caballero, World Resources Institute “Challenges, opportunities and recommendations for integrating education and training into NDCs”

pdf-icon Ms. Adriana Valenzuela, UNFCCC (1491 kB)
pdf-icon Ms. Miriam Tereick, UNESCO (825 kB)
pdf-icon Ms. Ilaria Gallo, UNITAR (576 kB)
“Advancing climate change education through international cooperation”, joint presentation by UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness

Presentation of good practices and lessons learned on climate change education

15:55 - 16:45 Ms. Elisabeth Ellegaard, National ACE focal point, Belgium pdf-icon "Educational tools for a Low Carbon Development: Web tool My2050" (843 kB)
pdf-icon My2050 brochure English (3102 kB)
pdf-icon My2050 brochure French (3155 kB)

Ms. Kenza Khallafi, Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, Morocco pdf-icon "Showcasing climate education: Education Day at COP 22" (1115 kB)

Mr. Jonny Sadler, Manchester Climate Change Agency and Mr. Henry McGhie, Manchester Museum, part of the University of Manchester (UK) pdf-icon “Cities and museums fostering climate education and empowerment" (594 kB)

Mr. Daniel Schaffer, Foundation for Environmental Education
pdf-icon “Fostering low emission and climate resilience in schools and communities” (619 kB)

Question and answer session

Working groups

16:45 - 17:30

Moderated dialogue between participants on key topics related to climate change education



Working group 1 “Climate change education in the context of NAPs and NDCs"

Working group 2 “Integrating climate change education into national curricula"

Working group 3 “Messaging for climate change education for all"

Working group 4 “Approaches, tools and materials for climate change education"

Working group 5 “Engagement of non-Party stakeholders in climate change education "

Conclusions of the working groups

17:30 - 17:50

Presentation of conclusions


Closure of Session I of the 5th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment

17:50 - 18:00

H.E. Mr. Deo Saran, Ambassador of Fiji, COP 23 Presidency, Facilitator of the Dialogue

Closing remarks on Session I
Session II: Climate training and international cooperation on this matter
Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 15:00 - 18:00
Room: Santiago de Chile

Opening of Session II of the 5th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment

15:00 - 15:10 H.E. Mr. Deo Saran, Ambassador of Fiji, COP 23 Presidency, Facilitator of the Dialogue
Outline and objectives of session II

Panel: Enhancing the implementation of climate change education and training through international cooperation and financial support

15:10 - 15:35 Ms. Milena Gonzalez-Vasquez
Ms. Carolina Fuentes
Mr. Farayi Madziwa
pdf-icon Global Environment Facility (467 kB)
pdf-icon Green Climate Fund (427 kB)
pdf-icon The Adaptation Fund (514 kB)

Presentation of good practices and lessons learned on climate change training

15:35 - 16:35 Ms. Barbara Hemkes, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, Germany
pdf-icon Technical and vocational education and training (463 kB) ”

Ms. Julia Rawlins, Climate-KIC pdf-icon A public-private partnership approach – how entrepreneurship training builds capacity for climate action (824 kB) ”

Ms. Sara Kupka, Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development pdf-icon RegionsAdapt-initiative (304 kB) ”

Ms. Bridget Burns, Women's Environment & Development Organization
pdf-icon Women's leadership training for climate diplomacy (189 kB) ”

Ms. Silke Bölts and Mr. Pierre Candelon, YOUNGO pdf-icon Empowering young people through peer to peer training: the experience of the Conference of Youth (COY) (340 kB) ”

Question and answer session

Working groups

16:35 - 17:20 Moderated dialogue between participants on key topics related to climate change training

Working group 1 “Climate change training in the context of NAPs and NDCs"

Working group 2 “Skills knowledge and competences needed to address climate change"

Working group 3 “Funding for climate education and training"

Working group 4 “Approaches, tools and materials for climate change training"

Working group 5 “Engagement of non-party stakeholders in climate change training"

Conclusions of the working groups

17:20 - 17:40

Presentation of conclusions


Closure of the 5th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment

17:40 - 18:00

H.E. Mr. Deo Saran, Ambassador of Fiji, COP 23 Presidency, Facilitator of the Dialogue

Closing remarks


Mr. Tomasz Chruszczow, Chair of the SBI and Chair of the ACE Dialogue
Closing remarks