World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Ground covered at the UN climate negotiations in Education


Ground covered at the UN climate negotiations in the education agenda item

For more news and images, please visit www.climatepasifika.blogspot.com

4 December 2012, Doha, Qatar - By the end of the first week of UN Climate change negotiations, the agenda on Article 6 – training, education and public awareness, had reached a decision to be adopted.

The Doha Work Programme on Article 6 of the United Nations Convention Framework on Climate Change, an 8 year plan on how to approach awareness of climate change will be presented to the parties to the convention next week for adoption.

This was a moment to celebrate in these negotiations, where reaching an agreed position is not always easy.

"We are really happy that we have reached a consensus so quickly, it shows the true spirit of cooperation and compromise in this process," said Mii Matamaki of the Cook Islands National Environment Service, she was following this arm of negotiations.

"Article 6 is important to us in the Cook Islands as we do a lot of awareness work with our communities on climate change. We really wanted to follow this through to lobby for more funds so there is no burden on our national budget in carrying out Article 6 of the convention."

In the Solomon Islands, Article 6 features a vital role to ensure that local communities know what climate change is about and how it will impact them.

"It's important for the Solomon Islands government and our communities to ensure that the work we do on climate change awareness and understanding reaches those that are really affected by it," said Chanel Iroi of the Solomon Islands.

There are six thematic areas in the Doha Programme of work under Article 6, these are; Education; Training; Public awareness; Public access to information; Public participation and; International cooperation.

The New Delhi Programme of work that guided all Education, public awareness and training ended this year. It was reviewed and gaps that were identified were included in the Doha programme of work to be adopted by the parties and implemented as of next year.

The Solomon Islands are coming to the end of a climate change awareness raising activity with a twist. The Ministry of Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology have staged a band competition calling for bands to submit lyrics for songs. The Ministry then conducts a climate change session with them to help the bands understand more about the issue, based on that the bands have reworked their lyrics.

20 of the bands were selected to compete in the competition which will have first, second and third place winners. A music video will also be compiled on the bands and their entries.


"This is really exciting and it has helped us target a young audience which was the aim behind this band competition. We were really surprised as we got so many entries for this. While a younger audience was our target for this competition, we also conduct activities and work closely with our stakeholders and NGO community," said Iroi.

The Cook Islands have conducted a number of different climate change awareness activities. The 'Climate Change in the Pacific' booklet produced by WWF South Pacific was translated into Cook Islands Maori using local examples and actions. Presentations on climate change were made with primary and secondary schools, Cook Islands Christian Church council meetings and the theological college.

The Cook Islands National Environment Service supported the Pacific Year of Climate Change in 2009 also. According to Mii Matamaki, the new Doha Programme of Work highlights exciting opportunities.

"We launched our second national communication this year, it's an overall report to the UNFCCC on all climate change work that we have done. It is one of the obligations for the Cook Islands as a party member, in this report we have also listed and discussed all work the Cook Islands conducted under Article 6. We look forward to strengthening this with the Doha Programme of Work."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gaza: Worst And Bloodiest Day Since The Beginning Of The Offensive

• Mass Killings in al-Shuja'iya Neighborhood in Gaza and Dozens of Dismembered Bodies Are in the Streets; More>>

ALSO:

Russia: Lack Of Access At Crash Site Of MH17

We are deeply concerned by the Russia-backed separatists’ refusal to allow OSCE monitors safe and unfettered access to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Yesterday, the monitors were allowed only 75 minutes at the site. Today, they ... More>>

ALSO:

Syria: Palestinians In Refugee Camp 'will Likely Go Hungry'

Unable for more than a month now to deliver food and other supplies to Palestinians trapped in a refugee camp near Damascus, the United Nations agency tasked with ensuring their well-being said today it is urgently seeking to resume its humanitarian activities, ... More>>

Al Jazeera: Egypt Verdict Defies Logic And Any Semblance Of Justice

Following today’s verdict in Cairo, Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey said: “Today three colleagues and friends were sentenced, and will continue behind bars for doing a brilliant job of being great journalists. More>>

Papua New Guinea: Indonesian Troops Fire On PNG Soldiers Along Border

Indonesian troops have opened fire on a PNG Defence Force border patrol, increasing further tension at the Papua New Guinea-Indonesia border. The flare-up at the border compelled the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration to summon the Indonesian ... More>>

World News: Internet Well On Way To 3 Billion Users - UN Telecom Agency

Releasing new statistics today, the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) announced that by end 2014, there will be nearly three billion Internet users – two-thirds of them from the developing world – with mobile-broadband ... More>>

Syria: Gunfire Impedes Food Delivery To Palestinian Refugees

Gunfire stopped distribution of food today in a besieged Palestinian refugee camp, a United Nations spokesperson confirmed today, reiterating demands that the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees be allowed to safely and without interruption distribute ... More>>

Ukraine: Ban Welcomes Release Of Abducted Military Observers

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the release earlier today of European military monitors and accompanying Ukrainian staff abducted a week ago in the country's crisis-torn eastern region, even as he expressed sadness at the loss of life... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news