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4th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment

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Public Participation, Public Awareness, Public Access to Information and International Cooperation on these matters 18-19 May 2016 from 15:00 to 18:00
World Conference Center, Bonn, Germany

Background: Reaffirming the importance of climate change education, training, public awareness, public participation, public access to information and international cooperation on these matters for achieving the ultimate objective of the Convention and for the effective implementation of adaptation and mitigation actions, COP 18 adopted the pdf-icon Doha work programme on Article 6 of the Convention and requested the SBI to organize an annual in-session Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention to enhance work in this area.

Objective: The objective of the Dialogue is to provide a regular forum to Parties and other stakeholders to share their experiences, exchange ideas, good practices and lessons learned regarding the implementation of Article 6 of the Convention.

Organization: For the purpose of organizing the Dialogue, the six elements of Article 6 of the Convention are clustered into two focal areas, the consideration of which will alternate 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 4th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment has been held during SBI 44 and focused on the second focal area.

Methodology: The 4th Dialogue has been organized in two sessions which included presentations on good practices and lessons learned followed by working-group discussions.

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.

Outcomes: A pdf-icon summary report on the 4th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment will be made available to SBI 45.

Venue: World Conference Center, Bonn, Germany

Impressions of the 4th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment: Pictures and videos of the 18 and 19 May 2016

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Key Information


pdf-icon Lima Ministerial Declaration on Education and Awareness Raising

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

1st Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention

2nd Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention

3rd Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention

pdf-icon Agenda of the 4th Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention (225 kB)

Agenda of the 4th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment

Session I: Public awareness and international cooperation on this matter

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 15:00 - 18:00

Room: Santiago de Chile

Opening of the 4th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment

15:00 - 15:20

Mr. Tomasz Chruszczow, Chair of the SBI and Chair of the Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment

Welcoming and opening remarks


Mr. Nick Nuttall, UNFCCC Spokesperson and Coordinator Communication and Outreach Programme Welcoming and opening remarks
Ms. Marie Jaudet, Facilitator of the 4th Dialogue, National Focal Point for ACE, France Outline and objectives
Videos from the winners of the Global Youth Video Competition and Music Contest 2015

Keynote address

15:20 - 15:40 Mr. Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse Team “Communicating climate change: opportunities for transformational change”

Presentation of good practices and lessons learned on public awareness and international cooperation on this matter

15:40 - 17:00 Ms. Fiona May, permanent representative at the Italian National Olympic Committee and Ms. Gloria Zavatta, Expo-2015 Company pdf-icon “The World Expo Milano 2015 as a positive experience of public awareness on climate change” (749 kB)
Ms. Andrea Meza, Government of Costa Rica pdf-icon “Moving towards a climate-neutral development: awareness raising activities in Costa Rica” (1107 kB)
Mr. Kartikeya V. Sarabhai, Director, Centre for Environment Education pdf-icon “Science Express Climate Action: a mobile train exhibition on climate change travelling through India (1141 kB)
Mr. (Florent) Kossivi Tiassou, Deutsche Welle pdf-icon “Experiences of mass media communicating climate change in Africa" (642 kB)
Mr. Max van Deursen, Youth non-governmental organizations (YOUNGO) pdf-icon "Youth as agents of change: empowering, connecting and raising awareness of the new generations" (973 kB)
Mr. Max T. Edkins, Connect4Climate, Work Bank Group pdf-icon Climate change campaigning "Fiat Lux: Our Common Home" (4339 kB)
Ms. Mandy Jean Woods, WWF International Global Climate and Energy Initiative pdf-icon "Lights-Out to Change Climate Change: The global campaign Earth Hour" (406 kB)
Mr. Timm Duffner, Ben & Jerry's pdf-icon "Save our Swirled campaign: Business promoting climate action" (11518 kB)
Ms. Shyla Raghav, Conservation International pdf-icon "Climate change celebrities: Raising awareness through the use of celebrities in social media campaigns" (1444 kB)
Dr. Charles Hopkins, York University pdf-icon "UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: Lessons learned and key recommendations for raising public awareness" (383 kB)
Question and answer session

Working groups

17:00 - 17:30

Working group discussions on key topics related to public awareness and international cooperation on this matter

Conclusions of the working groups

17:30 - 17:45

Presentation of the working groups conclusions and moderated dialogue between participants


Closure of Session I of the 4th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment

17:45 - 18:00

Closing remarks by facilitator

Session II: Public Participation, Public Access to Information and International Cooperation on these matters

Thursday, 19 May, 15:00 - 18:00

Room: Santiago de Chile

Opening of Session II of the 4th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment

15:00 - 15:05 Ms. Marie Jaudet, Facilitator of the 4th Dialogue, National Focal Point for Article 6 of the Convention, France Outline and objectives

Opening Remarks

15:05 - 15:15 Ms. Ella Behlyarova, Secretary, Aarhus Convention pdf-icon “Aarhus Convention: An effective instrument to promote access to information and public participation in environmental matters" (728 kB)

Presentation of good practices and lessons learned in fostering public participation
in climate change policy decision-making and action

15:15 - 16:00 Mr. Felipe Osses and Julio Cordano Sagredo, Ministry of Environment pdf-icon “Public participation in the preparation and implementation of nationally determined contributions” (407 kB)
Mr. Christoffer Gronstad, Government of Norway pdf-icon “Public participation in climate change action” (806 kB)
Mr. Alejandro Rivera Becerra, Government of Mexico pdf-icon “Legal frameworks for fostering public participation in climate change policy-making and action” (3383 kB)
Ms. Penda Kante-Thiam, Government of Senegal pdf-icon “Building resilience and enhancing public participation in adaptation projects” (774 kB)
Ms. Josephine Castillo, DAMPA Federation, Philippines pdf-icon “Participation of women in the design, planning and implementation of adaptation and capacity building climate actions” (910 kB)
Mr. Anoop Poonia, Climate Action Network South Asia pdf-icon "Citizen participation in climate action: partnerships and networks” (247 kB)
Question and answer session

Keynote address

16:00 - 16:10 Mr. Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, Lord Mayor of the City of Bonn, Germany pdf-icon "Empowering communities, connecting and mobilizing climate action" (763 kB)

Working groups

16:10 - 16:40

Working group discussions on key topics related to public participation and international cooperation on this matter

Conclusions of the working groups

16:40 - 16:55

Presentation of the working groups conclusions and moderated dialogue between participants

Presentations of good practices and lessons learned in fostering public access to information
in climate change policy decision-making and action

16:55 - 17:15 Ms. Alessandra Sgobbi, European Commission's Directorate-General for Climate Action pdf-icon "Access to information and communication platforms: Climate-ADAPT, the European climate adaptation platform” (1529 kB)
Mr. Ian Ponce, UNFCCC secretariat pdf-icon “Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action: NAZCA portal” (803 kB)
Mr. Beomwoong Park, Korea Environment Corporation (KECO) pdf-icon “Public access to information on the carbon content and carbon footprints of products” (4527 kB)
Question and answer session

Working groups

17:15 - 17:40

Working group discussions on key topics related to public access to information and international cooperation on this matter

Conclusions of the working groups

17:40 - 17:50

Presentation of the working groups conclusions and moderated dialogue between participants


Closure of the 4th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment

17:50 - 18:00

Ms. Marie Jaudet, facilitator of the 4th Dialogue and ACE National focal point, France

Closing remarks

Mr. Tomasz Chruszczow, Chair of the SBI and Chair of the 4th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment Closing remarks
Ms. Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Closing remarks
Group photo