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Addressing Climate Change While Improving the Lives of the Urban Poor

June 10, 2014 - From lighting up slums in India with solar power to building more resilient communities in Mozambique, there is an enormous groundswell of action underway across the globe to address climate change. This short video shows some of the highlights of a Momentum for Change special event at the Bonn Climate Change Conference in June 2014 to showcase climate solutions. The event brought together two previous Lighthouse Activity winners to speak about how the urban poor in developing countries are leading climate action.

Google Hangout with UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres

March 31, 2014 - The Lighthouse Activities are shining examples of climate action around the world. Christiana was joined by four representatives of the 2013 Lighthouse Activities who spoke about how their innovative and inspiring projects are creating real change.

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Momentum for Change: Showcasing Climate Action in Warsaw

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Momentum for Change showcased inspiring examples of people taking action on climate change across the globe during a series of special events at the Warsaw Climate Change Conference in November. The events told the stories of the 17 inspiring activities announced in November as 2013 Lighthouse Activities.

From a powerful, women-led climate campaign in Australia to a ground-breaking effort to build climate-smart housing in Mexico, the events showcased how climate action is improving lives, economies and the environment.

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Google Hangout with Christiana Figueres

Wednesday, 13 November 2013
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres hosted a live Google Hangout to celebrate the launch of the 2013 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities. Christiana was joined by five Lighthouse Activity representatives who spoke about how their innovative and inspiring projects are creating real change on the ground. Watch a recording of the event

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Women's leadership on climate change

Tuesday, 19 November 2013
In the context of Gender Day, this event showcased shining examples of climate action led by women, for women, including an activity that builds bamboo bikes in Ghana and a massive climate campaign in Australia. UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres made closing remarks. Watch a recording of the event

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rides a bamboo bicycle

Wednesday, 20 November 2013
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres rode on and posed with two bamboo bicycles, which are made by young women in Ghana as part of efforts to tackle climate change. The Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative was celebrated and recognized as a 2013 Lighthouse Activity. View more photos of the event here.

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Financing for Climate Friendly Investment

Wednesday, 20 November 2013
This event showcased activities that include an innovative finance programme in the Philippines that is paving the way for more private financial sector investment in sustainable energy projects and an activity in Mexico that is unlocking funds for climate friendly housing and green mortgages. Watch a recording of the event


Press conference: Showcasing the groundswell of climate action around the world

Wednesday, 20 November 2013
This press conference gave the big-picture perspective on the groundswell of activities underway across the globe to address climate action, as well as provided information on the 2013 Lighthouse Activities. Remarks were made by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, Rocky Dawuni, Goodwill Ambassador for the Global Alliance of Clean Cookstoves and representatives of two Lighthouse Activities. Watch a recording of the event

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Showcase event to recognize and celebrate the 2013 Lighthouse Activities

Wednesday, 20 November 2013
This exciting evening event featured UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNFCCC Excutive Secretary Christiana Figueres and a musical performance by Rocky Dawuni. It was an Oscar-like celebration of the 2013 Lighthouse Activities with powerful videos, photography and a recognition ceremony. The 400-seat room was filled to capacity and Rocky's rousing performance had everyone on their feet! Watch a recording of the event


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Climate solutions by and for the urban poor

Thursday, 21 November 2013
This event showcased climate action by and for people living in poverty in urban centres, including an activity that brings solar energy to Bangalore's slums and one that employs street youth to turn recyclable waste into low-carbon businesses. Watch a recording of the event


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Launch event: ICT Solutions

Thursday, 21 November 2013
This event launched a new partnership between the UN Climate Change secretariat and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) to underscore the critical role Information and Communication Technology (ICT) plays in tackling climate change. Moderated by Nick Nuttall, Communications Director for the UN Environment Programme, the event featured a high-level discussion among senior government officials and influential corporate leaders from the ICT sector, including:
  • Luis Neves, Chief Sustainability Officer, Deutsche Telekom
  • Matilda Gustaffson, Sustainability Director, Ericsson
  • Niall Dunne, Chief Sustainability Officer, BT
  • Helen Asiamah, Director of Ghana's Environmental Protection Agency
  • Gustavo Petro, Mayor of Bogotá, Columbia
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Momentum for Change: 2012 Events in Doha at COP 18/CMP 8

Lighthouse Activity Showcase Event, 2012 in Doha at COP 18/CMP 8

image On 4 December, the 2012 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity winners were celebrated as part of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, with a showcase event in the Theatre of the Qatar National Convention Centre.

The nine 2012 winners fall under the Urban Poor pillar of Momentum for Change. This pillar, generously supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, recognizes activities that mitigate and/or adapt to climate change, bringing social, economic and environmental benefits to urban communities.

Moderated by Shiulie Ghosh from Al-Jazeera, the event was opened by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres. When addressing the audience, Ban Ki-moon praised the winners' strong community engagement, as well as the importance of public private partnerships in addressing climate change.

On behalf of the lighthouse activity representatives, Neha Misra from Solar Sister and Jorge Delgado Guadalupe from Energy efficiency in artisanal brick kilns in Latin America, spoke about the importance of recognizing public and private partnerships as a concrete means to address climate change and eradicate world poverty. Neha quoted an African proverb:

if u want to go fast, go alone, if u want to go far, go together

The magnitude and urgency of climate change is such that we must go fast, we must go far and we have to go together.

Following a recognition ceremony led by Kelly Rigg, Executive Director of the Global Call for Climate Action and Chair of the Momentum for Change Advisory Panel, the evening concluded with a musical performance by Ragheb Alama, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador for Climate Change in the Arab World.

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For everyone who is and can be affected by climate change the time to act is now.

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Women for Results Launch Event

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On 5 December, Momentum for Change: Women for Results was officially launched as part of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar.

Momentum for Change: Women for Results recognizes the critical leadership and participation of women in addressing climate change, and is looking for inspiring examples of activities from around the world that demonstrate measurable impact on the ground and potential for scalability and transformational change. Momentum for Change: Women for Results is graciously funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. The event was moderated by Al-Jazeera's Folly Bah Thibault, and included remarks by Heather Grady, vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation and Christiana Figueres.

The opening remarks were followed by a high-level roundtable discussion on the role of women as leaders on climate action, including Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator, Lakshmi Puri from UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, and ministers Terezya Huvisa from Tanzania and Mariyam Shakeela from the Maldives.Webcast

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Financing for Climate-Friendly Investment Launch Event

On 6 December, Momentum for Change: Finance for Climate-Friendly Investment was officially launched as part of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar. Momentum for Change: Finance for Climate-Friendly Investment recognizes successful financial innovations delivering clean energy, adaptation and climate mitigation, and serve as an inspiration to replicate and scale up new models. This pillar is implemented in partnership with the World Economic Forum.

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The initiative will showcase "lighthouse activities" that use innovative financing to make a difference in meeting the climate change challenge on the ground. These activities can serve as models for governments, businesses and industry looking for climate-friendly investment vehicles.

The event was moderated by Lord Nicholas Stern, and included remarks by Mohammed Saleh Abdulla Al Sada, Minister of minister of industry and energy of Qatar, Dominic Waughray, Senior Director and Head of Environment and Sustainability Initiatives for the World Economic Forum and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres.

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Momentum for Change side events

11:30 – 13:00 Sustainable Transport:
Moderated by Luc Bas, The Climate Group
Ahmedabad, Bus Rapid Transit system, Janmarg;
Guangzhou Bus Rapid Transit;
Introduction of electric vehicles to Sri Lanka.

13:15 – 14:45 Building resilience against climate change:
Moderated by Heather Grady, Rockefeller Foundation
Adaptation to coastal erosion in vulnerable areas;
Carbon For Water;
Holistic approaches to community adaptation to climate change.

15:00 – 16:30 Mitigating climate change in urban communities:
Moderated by Dominic Waughray, World Economic Forum
Energy Efficiency at Brick Producers in Peru;
Organic waste compost in Nepal;
Solar Sister: A Women Powered Clean Energy Revolution.



Momentum for Change Launch Event, 2011 in Durban at COP 17/CMP 7

In 2011, the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, launched the first pillar of Momentum for Change.

The launch of the Momentum for Change Initiative was introduced by Lord Nicholas Stern, who set the set scene of the significance of the climate change challenge the world faces this century.

Following a film which highlighted the activities, the three special guests, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, President of COP 17/CMP 7, were invited to speak and provide their views on the topic.

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The projects are invaluable contributions to the global effort to combat and eradicate
poverty and promote food security and sustainable livelihoods.
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, President of COP.17/ CMP.7


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