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UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness


Background

In response to the increasing impact of climate change on development and security issues, a growing number of United Nations organizations are working closely with governments help build green and climate-resilient societies. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) assembled in Doha at COP 18/CMP 8 in 2012 to launch the Alliance with a view to promoting meaningful, result-oriented and effective international cooperation in support of the action on climate change education, training, public awareness, public participation and access to information on climate change.

Objectives

                                
The objectives of the Alliance are to:     
  • maximize synergies and coherence of activities, avoid duplication of effort and utilize available expertise and resources in an efficient manner through enhanced coordination;
  • support Parties to the UNFCCC in their efforts to design, initiate and undertake activities related to climate change education, training, public awareness, public participation and public access to information;
  • establish a clear link between the work of the member organizations and the UNFCCC process.

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Members

The UN Alliance currently comprises 13 members. Most recently the International Labour Organization (ILO) joined the UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness. More information about the members of the UN Alliance and its activities can be found here.  

Members of the UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness

Events of the UN Alliance

Each year, the UN Alliance organizes a special side event during COPs, at which individual and joint events of UN Alliance members are showcased. Furthermore, the UN Alliance is active throughout the year in organizing activities to enhance cooperation in addressing climate change issues related to education, training and public awareness.
UN Alliance Side Event COP 21 / CMP 11, Paris, December 2015

During the COP21 / CMP11 in Paris in December the UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness will organize side event on climate change education titled “Call to Action: Support today's young generation in developing their knowledge and skills”. The event will showcase innovative ways to promote non-formal education with a special focus on alternative approaches for climate change learning, such as music, social media and video games. The event will take place on 4 December from 18:30 to 20:00 in the "blue zone".                    

1 SB 42, Bonn, June 2015

The UN Alliance last met during an informal meeting during the Bonn International Climate Conference in June this year. During the meeting, they discussed an exciting suite of plans for the near future that will be revealed during a side event in COP 21 in Paris.

1 COP 20 / CMP 10, Lima, December 2014

During the COP 20 / CMP 10 the UN Alliance jointly prepared and organized a side event in collaboration with partner organizations on education and communication as cornerstones for effective climate action. The event showcased how education and communication are at the core of climate change solutions by advancing knowledge on effective mitigation and adaptation actions.

Photos: UNITAR, UNFCCC, UN Photo/JC McIlwaine