Call for Action: 2019 Partnerships including COP25

Supporting and promoting the work of UN Climate Change during 2019, including at the upcoming COP25 negotiations in Santiago, Chile.

Background

The secretariat is interested in partnering with stakeholders who demonstrate a willingness to exercise social and environmental responsibility towards the fast reduction of emissions and enhanced resilience.

Support from stakeholders from different sectors significantly enhances the work of the secretariat as it offers key resources such as knowledge, expertise, financing, access and outreach that accelerate progress towards the implementation of its mandates. The secretariat welcomes the opportunity to engage and collaborate with stakeholders to achieve the aims and ambitions of the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. In this regard, our Global Climate Action program is particularly designed to structure and enhance coherence of the activities of the various coalitions, initiatives and organizations with a view to mobilizing climate action and raising ambition. 

Every positive action is needed and welcomed. The UN Climate Change conferences are the platform for Parties to negotiate policies, to take stock of and celebrate commitments, highlight and catalyze action by non-party stakeholders, expand the network of coalitions and partnerships and to inspire others. The secretariat is also promoting the alignment of climate action with the wider implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals within the United Nations system and beyond. This requires a strong multilateral system that effectively fosters cooperation and enhances transparency, efficiency and coherence of efforts.

The secretariat aims to promote global climate action by:

• Convening climate stakeholders – from governments, cities, states, business, civil society and multilateral organizations, in particular the UN system, – to share best practices, facilitate collaboration, and inspire enhanced action around key themes.

• Tracking and highlighting year-on-year progress of commitments by all  stakeholders, including via the NAZCA portal, the Momentum for Change awards and the Climate Neutral Now initiative to illustrate growing momentum, share experiences, and inspire enhanced action.

• Informing the inter-governmental climate change process on the actions and proposals of climate stakeholders, by consolidating inputs from a wide range of sources and conveying these to Parties through the Global Climate Action agenda at COP, through publications and online platforms, and through direct consultations and contributions to other meetings and events throughout the year.

• Through initiatives such as Momentum for Change, the secretariat implements rewarding with recognition exemplary climate action to encourage still greater action by stakeholders and demonstrate momentum to inform and inspire in the context of the inter-governmental climate process,

• Building capacity and awareness by supporting education, training, public awareness, transparency and access to information under the Action for Climate Empowerment agenda.

Opportunities for Partnerships

The secretariat welcomes a partnership with mutually beneficial objectives, financial or in-kind contribution from all stakeholders to support the secretariat’s work. 

The financial or in-kind contribution (skills, human resources, tools, technology, materials and equipment) will increase the secretariat’s capacity and resources to support developing countries to undertake the transformation required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, carry out strategic outreach to promote climate action among stakeholders such as the public, cities, regions, business and civil society and to deploy technology and innovation.

Partnership proposals which address one of the six focus areas below are especially welcome:

  • Finance: mobilizing public and private sources of finance to drive decarbonization of all priority sectors and advance resilience;
  • Energy Transition: accelerating the shift away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy, as well as making significant gains in energy efficiency;
  • Industry Transition: transforming industries such as Oil and Gas, Steel, Cement, Chemicals and Information Technology;
  • Nature-Based Solutions: Reducing emissions, increasing sink capacity and enhancing resilience within and across forestry, agriculture, oceans and food systems, including through biodiversity conservation, leveraging supply chains and technology;
  • Cities and Local Action: Advancing mitigation and resilience at urban and local levels, with a focus on new commitments on low-emission buildings, mass transport and urban infrastructure; and resilience for the urban poor;
  • Resilience and Adaptation: advancing global efforts to address and manage the impacts and risks of climate change, particularly in those communities and nations most vulnerable.

The six action portfolios have been prioritized by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, as the main thematic areas of the United Nations Climate Summit to take place in New York in September 2019 and are recognized as having high potential to curb greenhouse gas emissions and increased global action on adaptation and resilience.

Scope of the Intended Partnerships

Interested parties can support the secretariat by:

  1. Carrying out strategic outreach to promote climate action among stakeholders including cities, regions, business and civil society. The secretariat seeks partnerships that can support it in facilitating cooperative activities to catalyze climate action, for instance, by mobilizing public and private actors to address climate change, leading the organization of high-level events on how to enhance climate action or sharing best practices. 
  2. Supporting projects of the secretariat aimed at addressing its institutional needs and strengthening the services related to the administration of the secretariat, information and communication technologies (ICT), communications and the organization of conferences and meetings through technology and innovation. 
  3. Engaging with the secretariat to showcase relevant content, as well as products and services that can enable or support the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Collaborating with content partners, the secretariat aims to highlight and encourage corporate and civil leadership through activities such as:
  • Joint events: This can include round table discussions, presentations, media briefings, media stunts, among others.
  • Content production and dissemination: this includes, but is not limited to, video interviews, blog posts, news articles, and joint exhibitions and installations.

To achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and deliver a low emission, resilient and more secure future for every man, woman and child, it is critical for all actors to reaffirm their willingness to work together in partnership.

The partnerships including financial and in-kind contributions will be recognized by the secretariat in its communication and outreach as well as during its major conferences.

Please see here all current calls for partnerships to support specific projects of the secretariat.

See how partners have collaborated with the secretariat in support of the goals of the Paris Agreement during COP24 in Katowice, Poland.

It is expected that the partnerships would run through 2019 with the possibility of extending for a total period of 2 years upon mutual agreement by the secretariat and the partner(s).

The secretariat hereby invites entities interested in entering into such a partnership with the secretariat to submit their proposal for partnership in accordance with the processes below.

Submission of a Proposal for Partnership

For more information, clarification or to explore areas for collaboration, prospective partners are invited to contact us by email at rmp@unfccc.int.

Entities interested in entering into a partnership with the secretariat under this call for proposal should submit their formal proposal by e-mail to rmp@unfccc.int.
The proposal should:

  1. Clearly reference this call for proposal;
  2. Indicate the scope, objectives and duration of the proposed partnership and, if applicable, the financial value of the entity’s contribution;
  3. Address, to the extent possible and with supporting documentation, its capacity to enter into and implement the partnership (including proof of juridical personality, proof of sound financial management and proof of technical capacities to carry out the partnership);
  4. Address, to the extent possible and with supporting documentation, whether and how it meets each of the eligibility criteria set out in the annex to the UNFCCC Partnership Guidelines, indicating any relevant present and/or past activity or advocacy regarding these criteria;
  5. Confirm by a formal statement that it does not meet any of the exclusionary criteria set out in the annex to the UNFCCC Partnership Guidelines, indicating any relevant present and/or past activity or advocacy with regard to these criteria;
  6. Include a statement of its intention to fully comply with the terms of a partnership agreement to be agreed with the secretariat, as outlined in the UNFCCC Partnership Guidelines;
  7. Indicate any requirements regarding the use of the UNFCCC name and logo in accordance with paragraph 39 of the UNFCCC Partnership Guidelines.
The Selection Process

A partnership is understood as a voluntary agreement between the secretariat and one or more partner entities, in which participants agree to collaborate in achieving a common goal or undertaking a specific task. This contribution may include any combination of financial, in-kind and knowledge resources, as well as a commitment to share in any potential risks, responsibilities and benefits.

All partnerships entered into by the secretariat shall be subject to the UNFCCC secretariat guidelines for partnership.

The purpose of a partnership is not to establish a commercial relationship, or for commercial or private gain. Partnerships are non-exclusive and are open to multiple partners at any time. As stated in the UNFCCC Partnership Guidelines, cooperation with the secretariat explicitly excludes any role of the partner to influence the secretariat’s governance, decision-making processes or policies. Partnerships should maintain the integrity, independence and impartiality of the secretariat and its partners. In selecting its partners, the secretariat shall respect the process of due diligence as outlined in the annex to the UNFCCC Partnership Guidelines, which includes the application of eligibility and the exclusionary criteria.

The UNFCCC Partnership Guidelines stipulate that a partnership will be formalized through a partnership agreement which, among other things, requires parties to carry out their responsibilities and obligations in accordance with their respective regulations, rules, policies and procedures, as well as the decisions of their governing bodies.

In selecting its partners, the secretariat shall respect the process of due diligence, set out in the annex to the UNFCCC Partnership Guidelines, which includes the application of eligibility and exclusionary criteria. The secretariat reserves the right to reject or propose modifications to any proposal, and inform the proponent accordingly.

The prospective partner responding to this call for proposal shall therefore disclose to the secretariat all relevant information that will allow the secretariat to conduct due diligence.

In the case that an entity’s proposal is selected for a partnership under this call for proposal, the secretariat will inform the entity accordingly and a partnership agreement will be concluded in writing in accordance with the UNFCCC Partnership Guidelines.