Education, training and public awareness on climate change is the focus of Article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Governments, secretariat officials and stakeholders traditionally referred to those key elements of climate action as simply "Article 6".
On 2 June 2015 at the opening of the Third Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres invited Parties and stakeholders to find a new way of referring to Article 6 in every day conversation that everyone could better understand. "Why on earth do we call something as important as education and training, why do we call it Article 6?" asked Ms. Figueres before inviting everyone to suggest new short names for education, training and public awareness on climate change.
Watch Ms. Figueres' invitation.
Since then dozens of suggestions were made to the Article 6 Unit in the Communications and Outreach Programme of the UNFCCC secretariat.
Finally on 11 June at the closing press conference of the UN climate change conference in Bonn Ms. Figueres along with UNFCCC Spokesperson Mr. Nick Nuttall announced that after consultations Action for Climate Empowerment had been chosen as the popular way to refer to Article 6.
Watch the announcement.
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