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The UN is stepping up efforts to support countries, policymakers, and civil society organizations in tackling climate change through better education, training and public awareness, and has issued new guidelines detailing how this can be done.

Empowering societies and all relevant stakeholders is crucial to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to shape a climate-resilient future, and is crucial to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

The new joint guidelines issued by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are designed to help implement so-called “Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) activities at the national level, and include information on how to mobilize financial resources.

ACE covers the areas of education, training, public awareness, public participation, public access to information and international cooperation. Securing resources to implement ACE activities is one of the greatest challenges. This graph shows the key sources climate finance:



Inspiring Examples of ACE Climate Action

National ACE Strategies allow countries to identify their needs and priorities according to national circumstances and to foster long-term planning which is aligned with their national climate action plans and national development goals.

The Dominican Republic serves as an example of how a developing country can develop a National ACE Strategy and use it as a mechanism to mobilize financial resources to meet the country’s needs.

With the support of UN CC:Learn, the government of the Dominican Republic has implemented a climate change training program for teachers at the primary, secondary and higher-education levels. As a result, approximately 3,500 teachers have been trained, benefitting 250,000 students countrywide.

The UN guidelines also showcase good practices in developed countries. For example, Australia has embarked on an information campaign to make households and companies more energy efficient, thereby helping them to curb greenhouse gas emissions and save money in the process. To this end, the Council of Australian Governments established and funded Energy Consumers Australia, with programs providing consumers and businesses with essential information and tools.

To learn more about implementing ACE activities, read the full ACE guidelines for accelerating solutions through education, training and public awareness here.

About Action for Climate Empowerment

Education, training and public awareness on climate change - "Action for Climate Empowerment" (ACE) - is the focus of Article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The critical role of education in the global climate change response was further recognized in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as in the Article 12 of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

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The image at the top of the story shows participants in the women-centered initiative Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangladesh which brings together groups of women who make assessments of risks posed by climate change and then identify action plans.

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