Initiative / 03 Nov, 2017
UN Climate Solution Award Winners at COP23

In a series of special events from 12 - 16 November 2017 at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn (COP23), Momentum for Change will honour nineteen inspiring projects, winners of the United Nations ‘Momentum for Change’ Climate Solutions award, that demonstrate the exceptional amount of climate action happening around the world.  

The Momentum for Change initiative, spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat, shines light on some of the most innovative, scalable and practical examples of what people across the globe are doing to combat climate change. These examples are called “Lighthouse Activities”, and they are part of wider efforts to mobilize action and ambition, as national governments work toward implementing the Paris Climate Change Agreement and supporting the Sustainable Development Goals.

The special events recognizing these winning activities range from an award ceremony (Showcase Event), to a lunchtime “Climate Action Dialogue Series”, and high-level panel discussions.

The exciting and dynamic Showcase Event will feature inspiring videos, photography, and a musical performance by Kenyan musician Suzanna Owiyo. UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa will give welcoming remarks, and it will be held in conjunction with the closing of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action.

The “Climate Action Dialogue Series” highlight the on-the-ground, real-world examples of the 19 winning activities, and cover Momentum for Change’s five focus areas: Women for Results, Financing for Climate Friendly Investment, ICT Solutions, Planetary Health, and Climate Neutral Now. Two high-level events with a panel of experts will further discuss the role of Planetary Health and ICT Solutions in implementing the Paris Agreement and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

See the schedule of the Momentum for Change events at COP23 below.

Momentum for Change Events at COP23

All events will take place inside the Bonn Zone of the conference venue and are open to all registered participants attending COP23.

Sunday 12 November



15:00 to 16:30 | Room 2, Bonn Zone

High Level Event: Planetary Health

A high-level panel of experts will discuss how the new field of Planetary Health focuses on the interplay between human, animal, and environmental health, related to implementing the Paris Agreement and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Monday 13 November



13:00 to 13:45 | Climate Action Studio, Bonn Zone

Momentum for Change: Planetary Health

This event will honour the winning Planetary Health activities, and showcase their on-the-ground examples of how communities, cities, companies, NGOs and other institutions balance the need for healthy communities with stewardship of natural ecosystems.

Tuesday 14 November






13:00 to 13:45 | Climate Action Studio, Bonn Zone

Momentum for Change: Women for Results

By showcasing the winning Women for Results activities, this event demonstrates how women are leading the way on climate action worldwide.

18:15 to 19:45 | Room 8, Bonn Zone

Momentum for Change: Showcase Event

Celebrating the 2017 Lighthouse Activity winners with an exciting award ceremony with all 19 winners present.

Wednesday 15 November












13:00 to 13:45 | Climate Action Studio, Bonn Zone

Momentum for Change: Climate Neutral Now

With a panel discussion featuring the winning Climate Neutral Now activities, this event shows how companies and governments are achieving real results in transitioning to climate neutrality, and making efforts in climate action worldwide.

15:00 to 16:15 | Webinar

SD-Talk: Innovation in Climate Action; click here to register

Live webinar with representatives from three Lighthouse Activity winners: From Waste to WOW of Women for Results; SmartICE of ICT Solutions; and We Care Solar of Planetary Health.

Register here. Event number: 952 264 862. Event password: KCSD2030

18:00 to 18:45 | Climate Action Studio, Bonn Zone

Momentum for Change: Financing for Climate Friendly Investment

The winning Financing for Climate Friendly Investment activities will discuss how innovation is playing a key role in unlocking financial resources, resulting in greater institutional capacity to fund activities that promote low-carbon growth and highly resilient communities.

Thursday 16 November




10:00 to 11:30 | Room 2, Bonn Zone

High Level Event: ICT Solutions

This 90-minute event is divided into two segments: a high-level segment of expert panelists, featuring a thought provoking discussion on the enabling role of ICT in tackling climate change and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals; and a showcasing segment to demonstrate on-the-ground examples of ICT-enabled climate solutions by the winners of the 2017 Momentum for Change award under this focus area.