CC:iNet contains a wealth of information on ways Parties are improving the awareness and participation of the
public in climate change matters worldwide. It is intended to strengthen efforts by Parties to the
UNFCCC to implement activities under Article 6 of this Convention, which deals with “Education,
Training, Public Awareness, Public Participation, Access to Information and International
Cooperation”. The basis for this Article is that without awareness and participation by the
public and stakeholders, the objectives of the Convention cannot be adequately met. In order for this
participation to be possible, these groups need to have access to education and training and practical
information about climate change.
The prototype CC:iNet website, launched in Montreal at COP/MOP1, provides relevant information focusing
primarily on education and public awareness. This focus will be expanded in the second stage of its
development to highlight the remaining elements of Article 6 of the Convention. It is also a network
supporting public participation and contains links to key individuals, organizations and other web based
resources (see UNFCCC document FCCC/SBI/2004/14 for more information on the development of the clearing
The secretariat has been developing the concept of this new clearing house over the last three years with
considerable inputs and guidance by Parties to the Convention on how it should be developed, its focus, and
what type of information it should contain.
In its initial prototype phase, CC:iNet users and information contributors are government representatives
attending and/or supporting the UNFCCC, as well as relevant governmental and non-governmental organizations,
working at national as well as international levels. These include the United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP) and the Asia-Pacific Network (AP Net). Additional partners and information
contributors are being sought to broaden the clearing houses pool of practical information. CC:iNet is
publicly accessible on the world wide web at http://unfccc.int/ccinet, and individuals and organizations interested in contributing to
the network can register directly through the website.