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Experts meeting during the May UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn (8 - 18 May) said that increased learning is a main part of the puzzle in the fight to tackle climate change and to accelerate effective climate action.

They pointed out that embedding climate change knowledge and information into curricula, training programmes, national climate action plans (Nationally  Determined Contributions, or NDCs), and national adaptation plans (NAPs) requires concrete global, national, regional, and local solutions.

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ducation, training and international cooperation" as a cross-cutting theme was at the heart of the two-day 5th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) held in Bonn last week.

Via a video message, the President of last year's UN Climate Change Conference in Morocco (COP22), Salaheddine Mezour, welcomed participants and made a plea for all organizations, foundations, states, and actors to financially support climate education.

The dialogue was facilitated by the Fijian Ambassador Deo Saran, who informed participants that he is looking forward to working with the UNFCCC secretariat and the German government to organize  Education Day at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn in November (COP23).

In her introductory remarks, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said that with the adoption of the Paris Agreement, the world is moving into a new era of implementation, where education and training are key drivers in advancing the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.


Ms. Espinosa said that this will require motivating people to adopt sustainable lifestyles. It also means enabling a transition to greener economies and societies, equipping learners with skills for ‘green jobs’, building climate resilience and empowering people to take climate action.

She encouraged participants to consult the “Action for Climate Empowerment Guidelines” to accelerate climate solutions through education, training, and public awareness.

This year’s dialogue provided a forum for multiple stakeholders from the education and training arena to come together, showcase and share their real-world experiences and lessons learned, exchange ground-breaking ideas, and brainstorm on innovative approaches and tools to address this complex issue.



Participants were treated to a wide variety of presentations, outlining descriptions of real-world efforts and tangible examples of best practices that could be replicated in other countries. Examples included:

- Dr. Marie Christine Ghanbari, one of the top-ten finalists of the Global Teacher prize for 2017, presented an inspirational speech on “The role of teachers in fostering transformational change towards low emission and climate resilient development.”

- The Ace Focal Point from Brussels, Ms. Elisabeth Ellegaard, outlined the advantages of “Educational tools for a low Carbon development web tool - MY2050.”

- In a joint presentation, Mr. Jonny Sadler, Manchester Climate Change Agency and Mr. Henry McGhie, Manchester Museum, part of the University of Manchester, explained how cities and museums can foster climate education and empowerment.

All presentations and speakers can be found on the ACE Dialogue webpage. 

About Action for Climate Empowerment

Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) - is the focus of Article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change related to – education, training, public awareness, public participation, public access to information and international cooperation.

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