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Article 6 of the Convention
 

Warsaw Climate Change Conference November 2013

At its 39th session the SBI considered the summary report on the 1st Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention and welcomed the progress made in the implementation of Article 6 through the adoption of the pdf-icon Doha work programme and the establishment of the annual Dialogue on Article 6.

The SBI acknowledged the success of the 1st Dialogue and concluded that the 2nd Dialogue will be convened during its 40th session in June 2014. The SBI requested the secretariat to prepare a report on good practices of stakeholder participation in implementing Article 6 for consideration at its 40th and as a background document for the 2nd Dialogue.

The SBI further requested the secretariat to continue facilitating the work of the United Nations Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness and coordinating with other stakeholders to catalyse a programmatic response to the implementation of the Doha work programme.

Conclusions adopted as document FCCC/SBI/2013/L.21.




Review of the implementation of the amended New Delhi work programme on Article 6 of the Convention and the development of the Doha work programme

SBI 37, COP 18/CMP 8: 26 November - 7 December 2012, Doha, Qatar
The COP adopted decision 15/CP.18, Doha work programme on Article 6 of the Convention. 

Informal intersessional consultations: 8 August - 25 November 2012
At SBI 36 Parties agreed to undertake intersessional consultations on the draft work programme on Article 6 of the Convention contained in document pdf-icon FCCC/SBI/2012/L.26 with the aim of building further consensus on the text prior to COP 18/CMP 8. The Dominican Republic kindly offered to coordinate these intersessional consultations and initiated the development of an online consultation platform with the technical support of UNITAR and in cooperation with the UNFCCC secretariat.

Workshop on the implementation of Article 6 of the Convention in least developed countries: 19–21 June 2012, Bonn, Germany
The workshop on the implementation of Article 6 of the Convention in least developed countries was organized in response to a request by the SBI 34 (pdf-icon FCCC/SBI/2011/7). It contributed to the review of the implementation of the amended New Delhi work programme on Article 6 of the Convention and the identification of possible elements for a successor work programme. more>>

SBI 36: 14–25 May 2012, Bonn, Germany
The SBI launched the review of the implementation of the pdf-icon amended New Delhi work programme on Article 6 of the Convention and agreed to continue its consideration at SBI 37 on the basis of a draft text contained in document pdf-icon FCCC/SBI/2012/L.26.



Work programme on Article 6 of the Convention
 

To address the challenges of communicating, teaching, and learning about climate change, Parties adopted in 2002 the pdf-icon New Delhi work programme on Article 6 of the Convention (decision 11/CP.8), a five-year country-driven work programme engaging all stakeholders in the implementation of Article 6 commitments and recommending a list of Article 6 related activities that could be undertaken at the national level.

The five-year mandate for the execution of the New Delhi work programme came to an end in 2007. Parties recognized that this work programme had proved to be a good framework for action (FCCC/SBI/2007/34) and decided to adopt the pdf-icon amended New Delhi work programme on Article 6 of the Convention for a further five years (decision 9/CP.13), with a review of progress in the implementation of this work programme to be undertaken in 2012.

The amended New Delhi work programme differs from its predecessor in the scope and implementation chapters. Within the scope of the new work programme, public awareness, public participation and public access to information are given more prominence than they had in the previous one. Within the list of Article 6 related activities that Parties could undertake, the amended New Delhi work programme features also the preparation of a national Article 6 plan of action.  Another new area is related to actions leading to strengthening regional and international efforts in support to the implementation of Article 6. 

CC:iNet
The climate change information network clearing house CC:iNet serves as an information platform in support of Article 6 of the Convention and its implementation. It is designed to help governments, organizations and individuals gain rapid and easy access to ideas, strategies, contacts, experts and materials that can be used to motivate and empower people to take effective action on climate change.

Workshops
Information on previous workshops on the implementation of Article 6 of the Convention, including relevant documents for, and presentations held at, each workshop, is available here.



Background information: Communicating, teaching and learning about climate change
 

Improving awareness and understanding of climate change, and creating solutions to facilitate access to information on a changing climate are key to winning public support for climate related policies.

The UNFCCC, through its Article 6, and the Kyoto Protocol, through its pdf-icon Article 10 (e), call on governments to educate, empower and engage all stakeholders and major groups on policies relating to climate change.

In particular, Article 6 of the Convention, which addresses the issue of climate change related education, training and public awareness, is the main vehicle by means of which the Convention fosters action to develop and implement educational and training programmes on climate change.

Many governments and intergovernmental organizations are already working in partnership with civil society to fulfill the commitments in Article 6.  However, the scale of challenges posed by climate change requires an engagement on outreach activities of a greater magnitude.

Last modified: 13 January 2014

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United Nations Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness
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1st Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention at SBI 38
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National focal points for Article 6 of the Convention

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Key documents
 

FCCC/SBI/2013/L.21.
Article 6 of the Convention. Draft Conclusions proposed by the Chair at SBI 39. Warsaw, 11–16 November 2013.

FCCC/SBI/2013/13
Summary report on the 1st Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention.

pdf-icon Decision 15/CP.18
Doha work programme on Article 6 of the Convention

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