Time: 1200-1500 (UTC+7)
8th Dialogue on ACE - Asia and the Pacific
Background: Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) denotes work under Article 6 of the Convention and Article 12 of the Paris Agreement (2015) and their six elements: Climate Change Education, Training, Public Awareness, Public Access to Information, Public Participation, and International Cooperation on these issues. Implementation of all six elements has increasingly been recognized as crucial in solving the complex challenges presented by climate change. This is also reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals (for example SDG targets 4.7 and 13.3) to which the ACE agenda is closely related.
Mandate: At COP 18, Parties adopted the Doha work programme on Article 6 of the Convention and requested that the SBI organize an annual in-session Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) in order to enhance work in the areas of climate change education, training, public awareness, public participation, public access to information, and international cooperation on these matters. At COP 25 in Madrid, Spain, Parties adopted the terms of reference for the review of the Doha work programme on Article 6 of the Convention. By this Decision, Parties requested the secretariat to organize the 8th Dialogue on ACE in 2020 to advance the discussions on recommendations and views on future work to enhance implementation of ACE.
Objective: The objective of the Dialogue is to provide a forum for Parties and other non-Party stakeholders to advance the discussions on recommendations and views on future work to enhance implementation of Action for Climate Empowerment. Virtual regional dialogues aim at providing background to and sharing knowledge among Parties and non-Party stakeholders of each region, bringing all onto the same page regarding the current status of ACE implementation. The in-person session will allow participants to further elaborate on the issues discussed during the virtual dialogues, which will inform the negotiation at the 52nd session of SBI.
Methodology: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 8th Dialogue on ACE will be organized through four virtual regional dialogues, two global events, and an in-person session in conjunction with the 52nd session of SBI (2021). Each session of the regional dialogues will focus on the following topics:
- Fostering in-country cross-sectoral collaboration on ACE;
- Promoting regional knowledge sharing and highlighting good practices to follow-up on and review the implementation of the Doha work programme on ACE; and
- Providing recommendations and views on future work to enhance ACE implementation towards 2030.
Participation: The 8th Dialogue will be open for participation by Parties, representatives of relevant bodies established under the Convention, relevant experts, practitioners, and stakeholders. The Doha work programme specifies that key stakeholders include intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, in particular women, indigenous peoples, youth-focused organizations, the private sector, and the media.
With a view to foster virtual participation, the following groups of experts whose work closely relates to the discussed topics will be targeted: ACE focal points, ACE negotiators, UNFCCC focal points, staff responsible for updating the NDCs at the national level, Ministries of education, and other stakeholders engaged in ACE issues.
Registration: Online registration is required for the regional dialogues.
Please use this link to register https://indico.un.org/event/34562/
Logistical arrangements: Regional dialogues will have a duration of three hours.
Recording: The recordings of the virtual session and the PowerPoint presentations will be made available on the UNFCCC website.