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Small island developing States (SIDS) Workshop on the Implementation of UNFCCC Article 6 (Education, Training and Public Awareness)

Bay Gardens Hotel
St. Lucia
3-5 July 2007


The Conference of the Parties, at its eighth session (COP 8, New Delhi, India, October/November 2002), a five-year work programme on Article 6 of the Convention was adopted and named the "New Delhi work programme". Within this five-year framework, Parties have agreed on a list of activities that could be undertaken at the national level to enhance climate focused education and training programmes and increase the availability and dissemination of information on climate change, thereby improving public understanding and participation in addressing climate change issues.

The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), at its seventeenth session, reaffirmed that regional workshops could be a means of further developing and implementing the New Delhi work programme on Article 6, and that such workshops could advance the work on assessing needs, identifying priorities, sharing experience and exchanging information on related activities (FCCC/SBSTA/2002/13, para. 52 (b)). The Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), at its nineteenth and subsequent sessions recognized the need to address the particular needs of the small island developing States in a separate workshop (FCCC/SBI/2003/19, para 41(f)).

Purpose and objectives

The purpose of the workshop is to promote the further development and implementation of the New Delhi Work Programme on Article 6 in the SIDS. The objectives of the workshops are:

  • To share ideas and experiences on national and regional Article 6 activities
  • To develop options and strategies for strengthening and expanding these activities
  • To promote greater regional and international cooperation on implementing the New Delhi Work Programme in SIDS.

Expected outcomes

The expected outcomes will be:

  • To identify progress in implementing UNFCCC Article 6 activities in the islands
  • To help identify areas where progress is slow, not known, or non-existent
  • To identify specific opportunities for international and regional cooperation
  • To identify gaps and needs in implementing the New Delhi work programme, and outline the elements of an extended framework for action
  • To promote partnerships with all sectors of the economy.

Documents and information:

Materials and information for participants