1. Why should I apply?
If your institution has a project, initiative, programme or
other activity that has been implemented to successfully address climate change mitigation or adaptation
while focusing on one of three areas outlined below, we would like to hear about it.
There are three calls for application in 2013, apply to the one which is most relevant to your activity, the
calls are open as follows:
8 March – 26 April: Women for
Results, recognizing the critical leadership and participation of women in addressing climate
12 April – 31 May: Financing for
Climate-friendly Investment, recognizing successful financial innovations for adaptation and
17 May – 28 June: Urban
Poor, recognizing activities addressing climate change while improving the lives of the urban
poor in developing countries.
Selected activities under each of the three calls will be recognised as Momentum for Change lighthouse
activities, and showcased at a special event during the United Nations Climate Change Conference
in Warsaw, Poland in November, 2013. All other activities meeting the eligibility criteria will be
included in Momentum for Change activity database.
2. What are the basic eligibility criteria?
Your activity must meet the
eligibility criteria; each of the three calls has its own criteria which can be found on the respective
Momentum for Change webpages:
Women for Results;
Financing for Climate-friendly
3. What happens after I register for log-in details to submit an application?
receipt of your registration, you will receive an email with your log-in credentials. Please note that if
registering after 17:00 CET or during the weekend, your request will be fulfilled during the next business
4. How do I know if my application has been submitted as final?
Upon submission of
your application you will receive an email to your registered email address.
5. Does my activity have to be based in a developing country?
If you are
submitting your application under the Urban Poor pillar, your activity has to be based in one of the
countries listed on the Urban Poor webpage.
If you are submitting your application under the Women for Results or Financing for Climate-friendly
Investment pillars, your activity may be based anywhere in the world.
6. Are Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI) activities allowed to
Your activity must not be registered or have intentions to register as a CDM or JI
activity for the next 2 years.
CDM and JI projects are excluded from the call for applications because these are regulated under the
provisions of the Kyoto Protocol, the guidance of the Conference of the Parties serving as Meetings of the
Parties of the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) and administrated by the CDM Executive Board and the JI Supervisory
Committee. The UNFCCC secretariat is supporting the work of these regulatory bodies, including the assessment
of projects' registration and issuance of certified emissions reductions requests. The inclusion of any
CDM or JI project would carry an unacceptable risk that it could be perceived that the UNFCCC secretariat is
providing insider information on a project under a market-based mechanism and/or favouring a project which is
to be reviewed and certified by relevant bodies and independent auditors (CDM Executive Board) and Designated
Operational Entities and not the UNFCCC secretariat.
Due to the above, activities which are registered with voluntary standards, such as, Gold Standard and
Verified Carbon Standard are eligible to apply.
7. What are the lighthouse activities and how are they selected?
rigorous evaluation process, the Momentum for
Change Advisory Panel will select a small number of activities from the total pool of submissions to
become “lighthouse activities”.
Lighthouse activities are shining examples of successful mitigation and adaptation actions that serve to
inspire and increase momentum for further action on climate change. The lighthouse activities are chosen on
the basis of predefined selection criteria which, in addition to specific thematic criteria, emphasise
innovative partnerships as a way to achieve long-lasting, transformational change and replicability and
8. If my activity is chosen as a lighthouse activity, what may I expect?
three representatives from your activity will be invited to attend the Momentum for Change events at
the United Nations Climate Change conference in Warsaw, Poland in November and other Momentum for Change
events. In addition, your activity will be highlighted through various media channels, providing you with a
unique chance to gain international visibility and recognition for the activity.
9. When will I know if I have been chosen as a lighthouse activity?
for Change Advisory Panel will select the winning activities in September 2013. The secretariat will inform
the focal points of the activities thereafter.
10. Can I reapply in 2013 if I already applied in 2012?
If you applied for
Momentum for Change in 2012, but were not selected as a lighthouse activity, you may reapply in 2013.
11. Do lighthouse activities receive a grant, funding or any other type of financial
No, lighthouse activities do not receive a grant, funding or any other type
of financial contribution. However, a limited number of representatives of these
acitivites will have their travel costs covered by the United Nations Climate Change
secretariat to the United Nations Climate Change Conferences if they are from a developing country.
The main benefits to lighthouse activities consist of the recognition by the United Nations Climate Change
secretariat, which will include showcasing at the United Nations Climate Change
conferences, acknowledgement in Momentum for Change communication products and access to
extensive networking opportunities.
12. How many applications can one person submit?
Each registered account can
submit a maximum of five applications.