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Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Workshop on the Implementation of UNFCCC Article 6: Education, Training and Public Awareness

St. Lucia
3-5 July 2007

Introduction

The Conference of the Parties, at its eighth session (COP 8, New Delhi, India, October/November 2002), adopted a five-year work programme on Article 6 of the Convention named the "New Delhi work programme". Within this five-year framework, Parties 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 was to promote the further development and implementation of the New Delhi Work Programme on Article 6 in SIDS. The objectives of the workshops were:

  • 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 were:

  • 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.

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Documents and information

Agenda

(PDF) Welcome Remarks - Mr. George James- Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Development
(PDF) Welcome Remarks - H.E. Mr. Bagher Asadi, SBI Chair and Chair of the workshop
(PDF) Remarks - Mr.Paul Desanker- UNFCCC Secretariat
Remarks - Mr. Arkadiy Levintanus- United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
(PDF) Feature Address - Honourable Leonard Montoute, Acting Prime Minister of Saint Lucia
(PDF) Vote of Thanks - Mr. Donovan Williams- Permanent Secretary, Minister of Economic Affairs, Economic Planning and National Development

General overview
Ms. Laurence Pollier, UNFCCC secretariat - pdf-icon abstract (143 kB) | (PDF) presentation
Mr. Arkadiy Levintanus, UNEP - pdf-icon abstract (82 kB) | (PDF) presentation
Mr. Carlos Fuller, Deputy Director, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), Belize - pdf-icon abstract (81 kB) | (PDF) presentation

International and regional cooperation
Ms. Tamara Logan, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) - pdf-icon abstract (80 kB) | (PDF) presentation
Mr. Joseph McGann, CARICOM Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) - pdf-icon abstract (80 kB) | (PDF) presentation
Mr. Cletus Springer, Organization of American States (OAS)

Public awareness, communication and access to information
Ms. Carol-Faye George, Government of Antigua & Barbuda - pdf-icon abstract (141 kB) | (PDF) presentation
Mr. Wesley Gibbings, Journalist/General Secretary of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers - pdf-icon abstract (80 kB) | (PDF) presentation
Ms. Marcia Tinto, Environmental Management Authority (EMA), Trinidad & Tobago - pdf-icon abstract (142 kB) | (PDF) presentation

Education and public participation
Ms. Jeanette Larue, Government of the Seychelles - pdf-icon abstract (141 kB) | (PDF) presentation
Mr. Pepe Clarke, IUCN Fiji - pdf-icon abstract (80 kB) | (PDF) presentation
Ms. Fathimath Ghina, UNESCO - abstract | (PDF) presentation

Reports from the Working groups
Group A - Chair: Ms. Marcia Tinto | Rapporteur: Mr. Keri Herman - (PDF) Education and training
Group B - Chair: Mr. Edmund Jackson | Rapporteur: Mr. Muhamed Zuhair -(PDF) Public awareness, communication, access to information and public participation
Group C - Chair: Mr. Cletus Springer | Rapporteur: Mr. Constantinos Papastavros -(PDF) International and regional cooperation

National Case Study - Guinea-Bissau
Mr. Alexandre Cabral, National Director Programme Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment | (PDF) presentation