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Media Training Workshop for developing country journalists

Durban, South Africa - 28 November- 9 December 2011

International Convention Centre (ICC) & Durban Exhibition Centre (DEC)

Media Workshop Durban

To coincide with UN Climate Change Talks in Durban, the UNFCCC Secretariat is organizing a two-week media training workshop as a capacity-building initiative for developing country journalists.

The workshop is jointly organized with Com+, the sustainable development communications alliance. It has been made possible through capacity-building support provided by Spanish and Norwegian Governments along with Com+,the sustainable development communications alliance.

The invited participants are journalists from Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. The main topics covered this year are climate change science and key issues discussed by Parties in Durban, particularly relating to climate finance, technology transfer and adaptation. A special focus in 2011 is on the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and how it benefits people on the ground, not least in Africa.

On 1 December, as part of its programme for Durban, the Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP)  will organize a Climate Communication Day with different panelists speaking on topics such as innovations in Information and Communications Technology sector that enable people to adapt to climate change and help reduce greenhouse gases, and what governments are doing to communicate climate change-related issues. This event is open to all interested media; subject to capacity (registration is required).

The bulk of Com+ presentations are open to all developing country media on site, subject to space limitations. To see which events are open and which are on special invitation only, please consult the color-coded programme.

For questions regarding the workshop, please contact Lucy Waruingi,

 Friday, 9 December 2011 - Press conference room: Kosi Palm

 CDM briefing / presentation:

- pdf-icon The Role of the Mechanisms in and Evolving International Climate Change Regime (239 kB)

- pdf-icon The Future of Market Based Mechanism Related to Status of Negotiations
(3514 kB)
Discussion/Questions and Answers

Robin Rix, Programme Officer, UNFCCC; Andrew Gilder, Director, IMBEWU Sustainability Legal Specialists Ltd (tbc)
 Wednesday, 7 December 2011 - Press conference room: Kosi Palm
 CDM briefing / presentation:

- pdf-icon Update on the Report: Benefits of CDM- 2011 (926 kB)

- pdf-icon SASSA Low Pressure Solar Water Heater Project (3320 kB)

- pdf-icon Durban's Gas to Electricity Project (782 kB)

Niclas Svenningsen, Manager, Strategy and Policy Development Unit, UNFCCC (TBC); Laura Lahti, Director & CDM Expert, Int’l Carbon and Project Developer, Solar Water Heaters PoA, South Africa
 Tuesday, 6 December 2011 - Press conference room: Kosi Palm
CDM briefing / presentation:

- pdf-icon Regional Distribution of CDM projects (490 kB)

- pdf-icon Nairobi Framework - Enhancing regional distribution of CDM projects (1584 kB)

John Kilani, Director of Sustainable Development Mechanisms programme, UNFCCC (tbc); John Christensen, Head of Centre, UNEP Risoe Centre (TBC); Glenn S. Hodes, Manager, African Carbon Asset Development Facility, Johannesburg, South Africa
 Monday, 5 December 2011 - Press conference room: Kosi Palm

- pdf-icon Introduction to United Nations University (1247 kB)

- pdf-icon Vulnerability, World Risk index and Loss and Damage
(533 kB)

Koko Warner, United Nations University
 Friday, 2 December 2011 - Press conference room: Kosi Palm

1. CDM briefing / presentation:

pdf-icon Overview of the PD- Forum
(96 kB)
pdf-icon CDM and Carbon Market Actors (586 kB)

pdf-icon IETA- CDM and its Critics (330 kB)

pdf-icon GHG Management Institute - the society of greenhouse gas professionals (202 kB)

pdf-icon (3592 kB)  

Henry Derwent, President and CEO of IETA; Neeraj Prasad, Manager, Climate Change Practice, The World Bank Institute, Washington DC,  USA; Tim Stumhofer, Senior Program Associate, Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, Washington DC, USA

2. Technology:

pdf-icon Clean technology and status of wind energy in developing countries, including what the new mechanisms can achieve, (3592 kB)

Discussion/Questions and Answers

Steve Sawyer, Global Wind Council
Thursday, 1 December 2011

Climate Communication Day ( venue to be confirmed)

 Wednesday,  30 November 2011 - Press conference room: Kosi Palm

 1. CDM briefing / presentation:

pdf-icon CDM Programme of Activities (PoA) - Mexico (87 kB)
pdf-icon CDM Programme of Activities (PoA) - South Africa
(275 kB)

Nic Frances, Project Developer of PoA 2535, Cuidemos, Mexico; Luis Muñozcano Álvarez, Mexican DNA (tbc), Lindiwe Chauke, Designated National Authority (DNA), South Africa (tbc)

2.  Climate Finance

pdf-icon Presenting the National Climate Fund new guidebook to help developing countries speed up access to climate finance (510 kB) .

Discussion - questions and answers

 Cassie Flynn, UNDP
 Tuesday, 29 November 2011 - Press conference room: Kosi Palm

CDM briefing / presentation:

pdf-icon Introduction to the CDM, its governance and regulatory bodies (567 kB)

Discussion - questions and answers

Niels Lohmann, Learning Specialist and Irini Roumboglou, Communications Officer, UNFCCC
Reporting on COP 17
Reports by workshop participants
pdf-icon Workshop programme (262 kB)
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