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Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse CEO and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, will deliver a video address from a stop on the Solar Impulse’s round-the-world, solar-powered flight at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn today.

Speaking from Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the Solar Impluse landed after an 18-hour flight from Phoenix, Arizona, Mr. Piccard stresses that the sky is the limit when it comes to the benefits and opportunities of addressing climate change.

“Solar Impulse has the goal to demonstrate that we can do incredible, impossible things with clean technology, like flying day and night with no fuel in an airplane,” he said.

Watch the full 4-minute video address below:

The video will be played in front of a global audience on 18 May at the Bonn Climate Change Conference as part of the 4th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment. 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. 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 on real-world success stories that have raised public awareness and mobilized public engagement on climate change. The event is open to all registered participants.

4th DIALOGUE ON ACTION FOR CLIMATE EMPOWERMENT

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 

FEATURED SPEAKERS

  • Mr. Ashok Sridharan, Mayor of Bonn, will speak about how his city is empowering communities and mobilizing climate action
  • Ms. Fiona May, Permanent Pepresentative 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

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