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European Regional Workshop on Article 6 of the Convention
(Education, Training and Public Awareness)


Santa Clara Conference Centre
Stockholm, Sweden

18–20 May 2009

The European Regional Workshop on Article 6 of the Convention, organized in response to a request by the Conference of Parties at its thirteenth session (Bali, December 2007) (decision 9/CP.13), will contribute to the intermediate review of progress in 2010, to evaluate its effectiveness and identify emerging gaps and opportunities.

The discussions at the workshop were expected to contribute to assessing the level of implementation of the New Delhi work programme in the region, identifying needs and persistent gaps, with a view to making recommendations on how to enhance the level of implementation and to contribute to the interim review process.

Purpose and objectives

  • Share experiences, lessons learned and best practices in developing and implementing education and outreach activities, including practical examples of such 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

Expected outcomes

  • Experiences of Parties;
  • Experiences of relevant IGOs and NGOs;
  • Opportunities for enhanced regional cooperation
  • Promotion of and training on CC:iNet to facilitate sharing of information.

Proceedings

Over 40 participants representing 23 countries and several intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations shared experiences and good practices in developing and implementing national education and outreach strategies and activities, and discussed the importance of such activities in supporting a new climate change agreement.  After 2 and a half days of plenary sessions, working groups and social events, participants came up with recommending a list of issues that could be considered in supporting further the implementation of Article 6 and the New Delhi work programme in the European region. 

Furthermore, the workshop contributed to a publication on best practices for the implementation of the New Delhi work programme in the European region. The publication was promoted in the EU pavillon in Copenhagen, at COP 15.

Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has published a website containing additiional resources from the workshop as well as videos of the presentations more>>

Documents and information

Materials and information for participants

Presentations and Materials

Day 1 - Monday, May 18 2009 Day 2 - Tuesday, May 19 2009 Day 3 - Wednesday, May 20 2009
     

Opening session

Eva Lindhé, Information Director, Ministry of Environment:

Setting the Scene – General introduction 

Laurence Pollier, UNFCCC:


Kerstin Heikenfeldt, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency:


Jessica Cederberg Wodmar, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency:

  • About Sweden

Good practices at the international level

Coordinated response from the UN agencies on their work to enhance children and young people understanding and participation in climate change issues.

Laurence Pollier, UNFCCC:


Leif Holmberg, Political Advisor, Ministry of Environment, Sweden, former chair of the CSD youth Caucus:


Steen M. Andersen, Secretary General of UNICEF Denmark:

  • Children’s Climate Forum Copenhagen 2009

Good practices to get the media to write about climate change

Jessica Henryson and Mattias Goldman, Westander Climate & Energy:

  • Communicating climate change

David Paterson, UNFCCC:

Presentation and training on CC:iNet

Panel discussions on good practices

Presentation of case studies and national and regional experiences complemented by comments from panellists and followed by questions and answers session from the floor.

Panel A: Public awareness, communication and access to information on climate change issues

Arend Timmermans, strategic communication Advisor:

  • Presentation of the Dutch public campaign: "The Dutch climb towards a better climate" 

Luc Dries, Communication Officer at the Federal Public Service for Health, Food Chain Safety and the Environment, Belgium:

  • Presentation of the Belgium campaign: "Keep away from energy-guzzlers" 

Gotelind Alber, GenderCC – Women for Climate Justice:

  • Gender sensitive awareness raising and communication: Women protect the climate – women demand climate protection 

Jessica Cederberg Wodmar, Swedish Environmental Protection:

  • IPCC seminars

Panel B: Education, training and public participation

Jana Tesařová, Director of Centre Veronica Hoste(tín:

  • Centre Veronica Hostětín – Model Projects of Sustainable Rural Development

Marc Voinnesson, Casino Group Quality - Project and Sustainable Initiatives Department Manager:

  • Environmental labelling indicating the amount of CO2 emitted by a Casino at key stages of its life cycle

Gaetano Battistella, Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research:

  • Italian good practices on communicating climate change – Game simulation "Tell it to the dinosaurs"

Prof. Lev Karlin and Dr. Savelyev Leonid, Russian Federation:

Sara Nybäck, Globala gymnasiet, Sweden:

Marie Jaudet, Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and House Planning, France:

  • The Clim’City Game

Jeremy Wates, Secretary to the Aarhus Convention, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe:

Daniela Rey, UNITAR:

Panel C: International and regional cooperation

Sascha Gabizon, Executive Director, WECF – Women in Europe for a Common Future:

  • Regional cooperation with partners from 14 countries (EU, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia) on implementation, education and training and policy advocacy

Francisco Heras Hernández, Centro Nacional de Educación Ambiental 

Working groups

Three small-group parallel working sessions to develop options and strategies for strengthening and expanding these activities.

Working group A - Public awareness, communication and access to information. 

Working group B - Education, training and public participation.

Working group C - International and regional cooperation. 

Outcomes and possible ways forward

This session should enable participants to identify key priorities as well as good practices for the implementation of Article 6 in the European and make recommendations on how to promote them.