Negotiations on Action for Climate Empowerment

Decisions, Conclusions and Reports

Relevant information regarding decisions, conclusions and reports related to Article 6 of the Convention can be found here. More>>  

Overview of Negotiations on Action for Climate Empowerment

SBI 48, May 2018, Bonn

During SBI 48, Parties agreed on an ACE Decision, which will be a part of the work programme of the Paris Agreement to be adopted at COP 24 in Katowice, Poland. The draft CMA decision reaffirms the close linkages between ACE and Sustainable Development Goals, calling on Parties to appoint ACE national focal points and develop national strategies for promoting ACE. The Decision encourages the integration of gender-sensitive and participatory education, training, public awareness, public participation, public access to information and regional and international cooperation into all mitigation and adaptation activities implemented under the Convention, as well as the Paris Agreement. In addition, Parties agreed draft Conclusions  on the terms of reference for the review of the Doha work programme to be prepared at SBI 50 (June 2019) in accordance with decision 15/CP.18. Furthermore, the SBI 48 agreed draft Conclusions and invited Parties and observers to submit via the submission portal by 10 March 2019 their views on the agenda for the 7th in-session ACE Dialogue.

SBI 47, November 2017, Bonn

During SBI47 Parties adopted Conclusions, and requested the secretariat to organize a workshop, preferably in session, or as appropriate, in conjunction with SBI 48 (April–May 2018) to develop a list of actions to enhance the implementation of the Paris Agreement through ACE-related activities, under the guidance of the SBI Chair and with the participation of Parties, representatives of relevant bodies established under the Convention, relevant experts, youth, practitioners and stakeholders. The SBI invited Parties and observers to submit, by 26 January 2018, their views on the role of ACE and topics for the workshop referred to in paragraph 5 above that can enhance the implementation of ACE under the Paris Agreement. 

COP 22/CMP 12/CMA1, November 2016, Marrakech

Parties adopted the Decision 17/CP.22, for improving the effectiveness of the Doha work programme on Article 6 of the Convention. By this Decision, the Conference of Parties encourage Parties to continue to promote the systematic integration of gender-sensitive and participatory education, training, public awareness, public participation and public access to information into all mitigation and adaptation activities implemented under the Convention, as well as under the Paris Agreement, including into the implementation of their nationally determined contributions and the formulation of long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies. Furthermore, Parties decided that efforts related to the implementation of Article 6 of the Convention shall be referred to as Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE).

SBI 44, May 2016, Bonn

During SBI44 Parties completed the intermediate review of progress made in implementing the Doha work programme on Article 6 of the Convention see document FCCC/SBI/2016/L.15 and recommended a draft decision on improving  the effectiveness of  the Doha work programme for consideration and adoption by the Conference of  the Parties at its twenty-second session in November 2016 (for the text of the draft decision, see document FCCC/SBI/2016/L.15/Add.1).

COP 21/CMP 11, November - December 2015, Paris

Parties adopted the Decision 15/CP.21, terms of reference for the intermediate review of the Doha work programme on Article 6 of the Convention. By this Decision, the Conference of Parties requested the Subsidiary Body for Implementation to launch the intermediate review of the implementation of the Doha work programme on Article 6 of the Convention at its forty-fourth session (May 2016), with a view to the review being completed by November 2016.

SBI 42, June 2015, Bonn

During SBI42 Parties prepared the terms of reference for the intermediate review of the Doha work programme on Article 6 of the Convention to evaluate its effectiveness, identify any emerging gaps and needs, and inform any decisions on improving the work programme’s effectiveness, with a view to launching the review at SBI 44 in 2016. The SBI invited Parties, admitted observer organizations and other stakeholders to submit to the secretariat, by 19 February 2016, information on the steps they have taken to implement the Doha work programme, such as efforts to consider the linkages between Article 6 activities, implementation of policies and measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and on emerging gaps and needs, as well as recommendations on further steps for improving the effective implementation of the Doha work programme.

The SBI adopted the conclusions see document FCCC/SBI/2015/L.11 and recommended a draft decision on the intermediate review of the implementation of the Doha work programme for consideration and adoption by the Conference of the Parties at its twenty-first session (for the text of the draft decision, see document FCCC/SBI/2015/L.11/Add.1).

COP 20/CMP 10, December 2014, Lima

The  Lima Ministerial Declaration on Education and Awareness-raising (decision 19/CP.20) marked a key turning point in the evolution of Article 6 of the Convention. It pushed for greater momentum in integrating formal and informal education and public awareness-raising efforts in promoting climate-resilient and sustainable development. Furthermore, it encouraged governments to integrate the issue of climate change into national curricula, and to strengthen people’s participation in climate-smart decision making and action.

SBI 41, December 2014, Lima

SBI 41 took note of the summary report on the 2nd Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention contained in document FCCC/SBI/2014/15. Furthermore, it encouraged Parties and other stakeholders to use the information contained in the report when planning, designing and implementing activities related to public participation, public awareness, public access to information and international cooperation.

SBI 40, June 2014, Bonn

Parties concluded that the 3rd and 4th Dialogues on Article 6 of the Convention will be convened during SBI 42 (June 2015) and SBI 44 (May 2016), respectively, in Bonn, Germany. It was agreed that the format of subsequent Dialogue meetings would be discussed as part of the intermediate review of the Doha work programme at SBI 44 in 2016. Moreover, the secretariat presented the report on good practices of stakeholder participation in implementing Article 6 of the Convention, contained in document FCCC/SBI/2014/3.

SBI 39, November 2013, Warsaw

SBI 39 took note of the summary report on the 1st Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention. It also welcomed the progress made in the implementation of Article 6 as a result of the Doha work programme, and the establishment of the annual Dialogue on Article 6. It concluded that the 2nd Dialogue would be convened during SBI 40 in 2014.

COP 18/CMP 8, November & December 2012, Doha

Parties adopted the eight-year Doha work programme on Article 6 of the Convention (decision 15/CP.18) reaffirming the importance of climate change education, training, public awareness, public participation, public access to information and international cooperation in achieving the ultimate objective of the Convention. Parties also requested that the SBI organizes an annual in-session Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention to strengthen its work to share their experiences and exchange ideas, best practices and lessons learned regarding the implementation of the work programme.

SBI 37, December 2012, Doha

Parties exchanged views on progress made, and the effectiveness of, the implementation of the amended New Delhi work programme and discussed possible elements of a successor work programme on Article 6 of the Convention as contained in the document FCCC/SBI/2012/5.

SBI 36, May 2012, Bonn

SBI 36 launched the review of the implementation of the amended New Delhi work programme on Article 6 of the Convention, with further discussions planned at SBI 37 using the draft text contained in document FCCC/SBI/2012/L.26.

SBI 34, June 2011, Bonn

Parties endorsed the terms of reference for the review of the implementation of the amended New Delhi work programme on Article 6 of the Convention as contained in document FCCC/SBI/2011/7.

COP 16/CMP 6, November 2010, Cancun

Parties acknowledged the progress in, and ways of enhancing the implementation of the amended New Delhi work programme on Article 6 of the Convention (decision 7/CP.16).

SBI 32, May & June 2010, Bonn

SBI 32 endorsed the terms of reference for the intermediate review of progress of the amended New Delhi work programme, contained in document FCCC/SBI/2010/1. Furthermore, the secretariat was requested to prepare reports to support the intermediate review of progress for consideration at SBI 33.

COP 13/CMP 3, December 2007, Bali

Parties adopted the five-year amended New Delhi work programme on Article 6 of the Convention (decision 9/CP.13). Parties decided to undertake a review of progress on the implementation of the five-year amended New Delhi work programme in 2012. An intermediate review of progress was planned in 2010.

SBI 27, December 2007, Bali

Parties expressed their views on the implementation of the New Delhi work programme and took note of the issues relating to the information network clearing house (CC:iNet) contained in this document  FCCC/SBI/2007/26.

SBI 26, May 2007, Bonn

SBI 26 considered the compilation of views from Parties with regard to their varied experiences in implementing the New Delhi work programme under Article 6 of the Convention, and views on a possible strategic approach for the future, contained in document FCCC/SBI/2007/MISC.3.

SBI 25, November 2006, Nairobi

SBI 25 took note of the compilation of views which contributed to the information network clearing house (CC:iNet), noting that it was among the many tools needed in strengthening the implementation of Article 6. It also took note of the synthesis report on the regional workshops of Article 6 of the Convention, contained in document FCCC/SBI/2006/L.26.

SBI 23, December 2005, Montreal

SBI 23 welcomed the progress made in implementing activities relating to Article 6 of the Convention and the New Delhi work programme on Article 6 of the Convention. They further welcomed the launch of the prototype information network clearing house (CC:iNet) for Article 6 of the Convention at its twenty-third session contained in document FCCC/SBI/2005/L.18.

SBI 21, December 2004, Buenos Aires

The SBI 21 recommended a draft decision on the subject of the implementation of the New Delhi work programme to be adopted by the Conference of the Parties at its tenth session, contained in FCCC/SBI/2004/L.16.

SBI 20, June 2004, Bonn

Parties decided to undertake an intermediate review of the New Delhi Work programme in 2004, as contained in FCCC/SBI/2004/L.6.

SBI 19, December 2003, Milan

Parties requested the secretariat to create an interim informal advisory group to facilitate the preparatory stage of an information network clearing house, contained in document FCCC/SBI/2003/L.20.

SBI 18, June 2003, Bonn

Parties agreed to consider the first compilation and synthesis of initial communications from non-Annex 1 Parties containing information on education, training and public awareness. Furthermore, the secretariat presented a report on the implementation of the New Delhi work programme, contained in document FCCC/SBI/2003/7/Add.4.

COP 8, October and November 2002, New Delhi

Parties adopted the five-year New Delhi work programme on Article 6 of the Convention by Decision 11/CP.8 at COP 8 in India. This work programme set out the scope of, and provided the basis for action on activities related to Article 6 in accordance with the provisions of the Convention. Parties agreed that the six elements of Article 6 include: education, training, public awareness, public participation, public access to information and international cooperation.

SBSTA 16, June 2002, Bonn

The preparation for the establishment of a work programme on Article 6 of the Convention began with a SBSTA request to the secretariat to organize a workshop that prioritizes key elements for this programme. The recommendations of the workshops are contained in the document FCCC/SBSTA/2002/INF.10.