Promoting climate action at the individual level

To enhance awareness and increase voluntary action at the individual citizen level, including in collaboration with the secretariat’s Climate Neutral Now initiative

I. Background

The secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (the “Convention”), the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement (the “secretariat”) seeks to engage in mutually beneficial collaborative partnerships with non-Party stakeholders that share the values and principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter, the Convention, the Kyoto Procotol and the Paris Agreement, as well as internationally recognized principles concerning human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption, as reflected in the United Nations Global Compact, and whose behavior demonstrates a willingness to exercise social and environmental responsibility, towards global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions and enhanced resilience.

Such collaborative partnerships are to be understood as voluntary and mutually agreed between the secretariat and the selected non-Party stakeholder(s), in which the participants agree to work together, free of charge, and make contributions to achieve a common purpose, to undertake a specific task, and to share risks and responsibilities, resources and benefits. It is by no means intended to establish any commercial relationship or contract among the parties involved, nor to procure any financial gain for the selected partner(s).

II. Scope

As part of Decision 1/CP.21, Parties welcomed the efforts of non-Party stakeholders to address and respond to climate change, including those of civil society, the private sector, financial institutions, cities and other subnational authorities and invited the non-Party stakeholders to scale up their efforts and support actions on mitigation and/or adaptation.

In this context, the secretariat envisages to establish a collaborative partnership with a non-Party stakeholder in order to enhance awareness and increase voluntary action at the individual citizen level, including in collaboration with the secretariat’s Climate Neutral Now initiative (www.climateneutralnow.org).

The secretariat invites other entities interested in joining this or similar partnerships to also submit their proposals.

III. Opportunities

Collaborative partnerships concluded under this Advance Notice of Partnership would implement one or several projects that can make a significant difference in individual citizen engagement for climate action.

Potential collaboration activities could include:

  • Web-based campaigns aimed at spurring individual action, including the use of Climate Neutral Now’s call for action.
  • Expansion of Climate Neutral Now existing initiative towards individual citizens, through development of region or country-specific webpages, or through the translation of Climate Neutral Now’s messaging to other languages.
  • Alignment of existing initiatives (web-based or not) aimed towards individuals with Climate Neutral Now’s call for action, with the goal of reinforcing the initiatives and delivering a consistent message.
  • Development of digital assets to be used for outreach to individuals.

Additional ideas for potential collaborations in reaching out to individual citizens to raise awareness about their potential to contribute to climate action, and to encourage their taking action, are also welcome.

IV. Responsibilities

Each selected partner will have the following responsibilities:

(a) Implementation of the project(s) in accordance with the Collaboration Agreement/Memorandum of Understanding (the “Legal Instrument”) to be concluded between each selected partner and the secretariat.

(b) In connection with the implementation of the project(s), each selected partner shall be responsible for and incur all costs associated with its participation in the collaboration arrangement. No financial support will be provided by the secretariat.

(c) Each selected partner shall act in a manner consistent with the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

(d) After project implementation, each selected partner will provide the secretariat with feedback detailing its experiences in the project(s).

The secretariat will be responsible for the preparation of the Legal Instrument detailing the project responsibilities of the selected partner(s) which will be jointly signed by the secretariat and the selected partner(s).

V. Eligibility and exclusionary criteria

To be eligible, proponents should substantiate the following with statements or/and relevant evidence when available:

(a) Responsible corporate citizenship or civil society work by supporting the core values of the United Nations and its causes and in particular those committed to the principles of sustainable development, including an active and leading role in developing, deploying or disseminating low-carbon technologies, increasing energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions and in assisting society to adapt to climate change;

(b) Records of constructive engagement in UNFCCC process;

(c) No history of allegations for human rights and environmental abuse;

(d) No history of allegation for abuse of UN partnerships;

(e) No previous involvement in corruption;

(f) Transparent financial reporting;

(g) Disclosure of any conflicts of interest;

(h) Respect of UN Charter, UN Declaration of Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework;

(i) Proof of successful delivery of similar projects with UN organizations, non-governmental organizations or private companies;

(j) No violation of sanctions established by the United Nations Security Council; and

(k) No involvement in the sale or manufacture of anti-personnel or landmines or cluster bombs.

VI. Use of Secretariat’s name and logo

The secretariat may agree on a case by case basis and upon request, to exceptionally authorize the use of its name and logo and/or the name and logo of the Climate Neutral Now initiative on a non-exclusive basis. The use of the name and logo must be expressly approved in advance in writing and upon such terms and conditions as may be specified by the secretariat.

VII. Submissions of proposals

Proposals should be sent to partnerships@unfccc.int, marked for the attention of “Individual Citizen Action Partnership”. The present Advance Notice of Partnership is a standing call; the selection of projects depends on the feasibility assessment made by the secretariat based on the timing of the proposals. To this effect we encourage early submissions of proposals.

Proposals submitted within 14 calendar days from publication of this Advance Notice of Partnerships will be reviewed and responded to promptly; proposals received later will be reviewed as time allows. The secretariat reserves the right to decline any proposal.

The proposals should:

(a) Indicate within 900 words, the scope, objective(s), timeframe of the proposed partnership, and a summary of the financial value of the partner’s contribution in terms of the costs of all resources used in association with this partnership;

(b) Include a statement, within 900 words, on the applicant’s eligibility, in accordance with the eligibility and exclusionary criteria set out above with all supporting documentation attached;

(c) Include a statement of the intention to fully comply with the terms of the Legal Instrument to be concluded with the selected partner;

(d) Indicate any requirements regarding the use of secretariat’s name and logo.

If a proposal is deemed acceptable, the secretariat will inform the proponent and a Legal Instrument will be concluded in writing. The Legal Instrument prepared by the secretariat will clearly set out, inter alia, the following:

(a) Scope, objectives, and timeframe of the collaboration;

(b) Specific roles and responsibilities of the parties, including operational targets and activities;

(c) Treatment of confidential information exchanged by the parties;

(d) Conditions relating to the use of secretariat’s name and logo;

(e) Reporting, monitoring and evaluation requirements for the collaboration;

(f) Provisions for liabilities, indemnity and settlement of disputes.