Success stories in climate change education at UN World Conference in Cancun (29 November - 10 December)
“Understanding Climate Change: Success Stories in education and awareness-raising” is the theme of a presentation and discussion that UNESCO is co-organizing at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP16) in Cancun, Mexico (29 November to 10 December 2010).
Education, although included in Article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, is often overlooked in climate change debates, strategies and national action plans. This event therefore aims to showcase inspiring case studies and success stories that demonstrate the importance of awareness-raising, education and international solidarity in scaling up actions to deal with this growing threat. The intention is to stimulate a discussion on how public awareness-raising and education on climate change can be improved.
Climate change education and public awareness are prerequisites for action. People in societies around the world need to know what is at stake to better understand, mitigate and adapt to climate change. Education, public awareness and training create informed citizens, a knowledgeable workforce, and enlightened government officials equipped to deal with the causes and impacts of climate change.
UNESCO is organizing the event together with UNEP, WMO, UNICEF and the UN Communication Group.
The annual UN Climate Change Conference is a negotiating forum, a climate change expert meeting and a technical conference where debates on methodological issues relating to climate influence political decision-making. It attracts key stakeholders from governments, UN Organizations and civil society who deal regularly and professionally with climate change.