Momentum for Change Initiative
MEDIA ALERT: UNFCCC calls for applications of activities addressing climate change in urban
communities in developing countries
The secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is seeking to acknowledge
the increasing momentum for stronger local, regional and national action on climate change by
highlighting actions in the field of climate change mitigation and adaptation which will increase
innovation, hope, passion and momentum for further change.
The “Momentum for Change” initiative is seeking applications for climate change
mitigation and adaptation activities that have delivered social and environmental benefits to the
urban poor in a developing country as part of a cooperative effort between the public and private
sector. The deadline for applications is 13 July 2012.
“It is time that we recognize the extraordinary work taking place at the local, national and
regional levels by those committed to tackling climate change. Momentum for Change aims to shed a
light on existing efforts to creatively and effectively respond to the climate challenge,” said
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, the UN’s top climate change official.
A small number of these will be chosen by the Momentum for Change Advisory
Panel as the 2012 Momentum for Change activities, and will be presented at COP 18/CMP 8, in Doha,
Qatar from 26 November to 7 December 2012. These and all projects which are considered to have met
the basic eligibility criteria will also be displayed on the UNFCCC web site and via various media
Momentum for Change was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa at the
end of last year. Projects showcased in Durban included providing farmers in the Horn of Africa with
micro-insurance against crop failure, the distribution of clean cook stoves, and the use of solar
“bottle lights” in the Philippines.
“Following the successful launch in Durban, Momentum for Change provides an opportunity for
governments, civil society and the private sector to remain inspired and committed to further success
in Doha,” Ms. Figures said. “I am convinced that the partnerships we plan to showcase
through Momentum for Change, will help us remain focused on the long-term challenge to address
climate change,” she added.
More information on Momentum for Change, including details on the application process, can be found
on the Momentum for Change
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