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On 18 and 19 May, the 4th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment will take place at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. The Dialogue is an annual forum for Parties and stakeholders to share their experiences, exchange ideas, good practices and lessons learned regarding the implementation of Article 6 of the Convention, which relates to climate change education and public awareness.

This year’s Dialogue will focus on public awareness, public participation, public access to information and international cooperation on these matters. The Dialogue is divided into two three-hour sessions, featuring a diverse range of presentations of real-world success stories that have raised public awareness and mobilized public engagement on climate change. The event is open to all registered participants.  

Session I: Public awareness and international cooperation
Date: Wednesday 18 May
Time: 15.00 – 18.00
Location: Bonn World Conference Center, Room Santiago de Chile

Session II: Public participation, public access to information and international cooperation
Date: Thursday 19 May
Time: 15.00 – 18.00
Location: Bonn World Conference Center, Room Santiago de Chile


  • Mr. Ashok Sridharan, Mayor of Bonn, will speak about how his city is empowering communities and mobilizing climate action
  • Ms. Fiona May, permanent representative at the Italian National Olympic Committee, will speak about raising public awareness on climate change at the World Expo Milano 2015
  • Mr. Florent Tiassou, journalist with Deutsche Welle, will speak about the challenges and opportunities when reporting on climate change in Africa
  • Ms. Mandy Jean Woods, WWF International Global Climate and Energy Initiative, will speak about the popular global campaign Earth Hour
  • Ms. Ella Behlyarova, Secrertary of the Aarhus Convention, will speak about how the Convention promotes access to information and public participation
  • Representatives from the national governments of Costa Rica, Chile, Ghana, Mexico and Norway will also speak about concrete examples and success stories in their countries
  • And many more, including youth representatives and NGOs


Date: Friday 20 May
Time: 12.30 – 13.30
Location: Bonn World Conference Center, Press Conference Room


  • The Global Youth Video Competition highlights climate action by youth through videos; giving them a platform to share their successes and inspire other youth and policy-makers
  • The 2016 competition is being organized by the UNFCCC secretariat, and implemented in partnership with the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme , the members of the JFI, and the UNFCCC constituency of youth non-governmental organizations (YOUNGO)
  • Young people between 18 and 30 will be invited to enter a 3-minute video about their activities to combat climate change
  • Two winners will receive a round trip to COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco; and a position as a youth reporter at COP22, assisting the UNFCCC Newsroom team

Watch the winning videos from the 2015 Global Youth Video Competition below.

The video “Small Efforts for Big Change” by Saraswati Upadhaya shows the vulnerability of regions in Nepal that need to deal with the impacts of climate change such as diminishing water supplies, and how local communities deal with the problem. The young activist also highlights her efforts to communicate her knowledge of climate change to children at local schools.

In his video entry, Charles Batte portrays the “Tree Adoption Uganda” project which helps to combat climate change through tree planting. The project involves individual companies planting trees and provides employment for youth.

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