Partnerships between the UNFCCC Secretariat and the Private Sector
The UNFCCC secretariat may provide opportunities for the private sector to engage in mutually
beneficial collaborative relationships and partnerships with entities that share the values and
principles enshrined in United Nations Charter and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change, as well as internationally recognized principles concerning human rights, labour, the
environment and anti-corruption, as reflected in the United Nations Global Compact.
Public-private partnership for Momentum for Change
Call for proposals
The United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat may provide opportunities for the private sector to engage in
mutually beneficial collaborative relationships and partnerships with entities that share the values
and principles enshrined in United Nations Charter and the UNFCCC, as well as internationally
recognized principles concerning human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption, as
reflected in the United Nations Global Compact.
Momentum for Change is an initiative aiming to provide a public platform to highlight broad-ranging
climate change actions that are already achieving impacts on the ground, in addressing both climate
change and wider economic, social and environmental issues. By demonstrating that climate action is
achievable and economically attractive, and enhances efforts to drive sustainable development,
Momentum for Change aims to inspire decision makers and the public at large to support immediate and
ambitious climate action.
Momentum for Change currently has three areas of focus:
Momentum for Change was launched at the UNFCCC Conference in Durban, South Africa at the end of 2011.
In 2012, the UNFCCC opened a call for climate change mitigation and adaptation activities that have
delivered social and environmental benefits to the urban poor in a developing country as part of a
cooperative effort between the public and private sector. Nine of these activities were chosen by the
Momentum for Change Advisory Panel, as the 2012 Momentum for Change lighthouse activities, and were
presented in a series of special events at the 2012 UNFCCC Conference in Doha, Qatar at the end of
2012. Also at this conference Momentum for Change launched its new partnerships with the Rockefeller
Foundation and the WEF.
In 2013, Momentum for Change opened calls for climate change mitigation and adaptation acitivities
under its three areas of focus, from these applications the Advisory Panel will select a small number
to become the 2013 lighthouse activities, which will be presented at the UNFCCC Conference in Poland
All applications to the Momentum for Change calls for activities which are considered to have met the
basic eligibility criteria are displayed on the UNFCCC website and via various media channels.
The UNFCCC secretariat seeks to engage in mutually beneficial collaborative partnerships with private
sector entities that share the values and principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter and the
Convention, 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 corporate social and environmental responsibility.
Such partnerships are understood as voluntary, mutually agreed and collaborative relationships between
the UNFCCC secretariat and private sector entities, in which all participants agree to work together
and make contributions to achieve a common purpose, to undertake a specific task, and to share risks
and responsibilities, resources and benefits. They must not be for the purpose of establishing a
commercial relationship or for commercial or private gain.
In this regard, the UNFCCC secretariat is seeking partnerships aimed at raising public awareness about
the Momentum for Change initiative, especially to showcase actions on the ground which could inspire
governments, civil society and the private sector to increase their ambition in tackling climate
The partnerships are initially intended for a period of up to three years. At the closure of the
campaign, any relevant content will be transferred, as deemed appropriate, to the UNFCCC secretariat.
The options for the partnership may include some or all of the following:
(a) Developing branding elements, including the identity and brand guidelines for all communications
(b) Producing collateral communications materials, including reports, brochures, exhibition
collateral and billboard ads;
(c) Collecting and producing visual content, including photographs, videos and infographics –
to highlight the work of Momentum for Change. The visual content should profile selected climate
activities and provide compelling messages to raise awareness and encourage concrete action on
(d) Supporting to showcasing events at the annual UN Climate Change Conferences (2013-2015),
including event planning, promotion and implementation. Further assistance will be required in
identifying high-level speakers to host and/or provide entertainment to the events;
(e) Supporting to effectively engage media outlets, including developing press packets,
engaging with targeted media representatives prior to the showcase events and organizing media visits
to selected climate change activities;
(f) Producing publications, preferably in e-formats but also in print, that are produced in
close coordination with the secretariat on how public-private partnerships can play a key role in
tackling climate change, as well as reports of the showcase events.
The provision of:
(a) Evidence of responsible corporate citizenship by supporting the core values of the United
Nations and its causes;
(b) Evidence of successful engagement with UN organizations, non-governmental organizations or
private companies in similar campaigns;
(c) Evidence of successful delivery of products or services on time;
(d) Evidence of compliance to partnership agreements.
V. Use of UNFCCC name and logo
The secretariat may agree on a case by case basis and upon request, to exceptionally
authorize the use of the UNFCCC name and logo 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 UNFCCC secretariat.
Partnership proposals should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
marked for the attention of the Momentum for Change initiative. Proposals may be submitted
on an ongoing basis. The secretariat reserves the right to decline any proposal.
The proposals should:
(a) Indicate the scope, objective, timeframe of the proposed partnership and the financial
value of the private partner’s contribution;
(b) Include a statement on the entity’s eligibility, in accordance with the eligibility
and exclusionary criteria set out above, with supporting documentation;
(c) Include a statement of the intention to fully comply with the terms of a partnership
agreement as outlined in this Guideline;
(d) Indicate any requirements regarding the use of the UNFCCC name and logo.
If the proposal is deemed acceptable, the secretariat will inform the partner and a partnership
agreement will be concluded in writing. The agreement will clearly set out:
(a) The scope, objective and timeframe of the partnership;
(b) The specific roles of the partners, including operational targets and activities;
(c) The possible confidential nature of information exchanged by the UNFCCC secretariat and its
(d) The conditions relating to the use of the UNFCCC name and logo, and United Nations name and
emblem, as necessary;
(e) Reporting, monitoring and evaluation requirements for the partnership.
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