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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
Watch a recording of the event
Momentum for Change: 2012 Events in Doha at COP 18/CMP 8
Lighthouse Activity Showcase Event, 2012 in Doha at COP 18/CMP 8
- 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
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.
For everyone who is and can be affected by climate change the time to act is now.
Women for Results Launch Event
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
Financing for Climate-Friendly Investment Launch Event
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.
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
Momentum for Change side events
11:30 – 13:00 Sustainable Transport:
Moderated by Luc Bas, The Climate Group
Ahmedabad, Bus Rapid Transit
Guangzhou Bus Rapid
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
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
Solar Sister: A Women Powered Clean
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
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