UNESCO's participation in the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2014 (COP 20)

Lima, Peru, 1-12 December 2014

The Lima Climate Change Conference comprises the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol under the UNFCCC. 

This annual gathering is also a technical conference and a climate change expert meeting. Side Events are a vital component of the sessions, as they provide opportunities for information dissemination, capacity building and policy discussions. 

UNESCO and its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission both participate in the Conference of the Parties as observers, providing assistance when appropriate towards a successful conference outcome. They are also involved in a wide range of events relating to their domains of activities.

Exhibits

15 November - 13 December 2014
Climate change impacts on mountain regions of the world
Venue: Pasajes Santa Rosa y Los Escribanos (outdoors, next to the Town Hall, facing the Plaza de Armas)

This exhibition features satellite images of different mountain regions worldwide, many of which are UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and World Heritage sites, and highlights the implications of climate change for mountain ecosystems, water resources and livelihoods. Part of the exhibition will also be shown at the Parque de la Exposición during the International Highlands Music Festival (FIMA) on 28-30 November.

1-12 December 2014

One UN Exhibit
The exhibit aims to raise awareness on important climate change related issues and feature the UN initiatives adressing these issues, while connecting with possible partners for collaboration and foster opportunities. UNESCO will contribute to 2 themes: Climate Science and Information, and Climate Change Education for All.

Ocean Acidification stand
The stand will feature policy briefs, publications, and other materials on ocean acidification. It is a collaboration between IOC-UNESCO, the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the Ocean Acidification International Centre and IAEA.

Events

2 December 2014

Launch of the policy brief "Our global water towers: ensuring ecosystem services from mountains under climate change"
16:00 - 19:00, Palacio municipal de Lima

This policy brief aims to transform scientific information and experience into action by answering local and regional needs for tools to improve adaption to global changes and build capacity to adresse and meet today’s global water challenges. 
The event will also include a visit of the exhibition "Climate change impacts on mountain regions of the world" and a press conference.

4 December 2014

Data, Knowledge Management and Innovations for Climate Action
13:45 – 14:45, room Caral (130)

Data collection, analysis, dissemination and knowledge management have a vital role in bridging science and climate decision-making. This side event seeks to bring together the existing and new data, tools, methodologies, as well as innovative projects and initiatives on data and knowledge management for climate actions. It also seeks to foster partnerships and collaborations among agencies and organization in area of data and knowledge management.

6 December 2014

Climate Breakfast: Local governments and land use planning for risk reduction and adaptation to climate change
Palacio Municipal

This breakfast discussion, designed for local governments, will address the links between risk management, climate change and urban resilience through innovative practices implemented by local governments in Latin America. It is convened by UNESCO, the Uruguayan Government, UNISDR, Fundación Avina and "Soluciones Prácticas" (NGO). UNESCO’s Climate Breakfasts are open platforms for interaction, with brief presentations on selected topics to spark a dialogue among participants.

Watercourse lessons for the new climate deal; How to converge over adaptation and mitigation
13:00 - 15:00, European Pavilion

The side event will address the need for better coherence in development policies and measures to address the water/climate change link holistically. Case studies drawing concrete links between mitigation, adaptation and resilience strategies will be presented, together with recommendations for including an emphasis on improved water management within the new climate agreement at both international, regional and national, local and basin-level.

Ocean Acidification: Understanding the Threats, and Reducing the Impacts
13:00 - 15:00, European Pavilion

This side event will provide an overview of the impacts of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems and on the services they provide. Current efforts to understand the ecological and socioeconomic consequences will be presented. An expert panel will review the main global efforts to improve our understanding of ocean acidification and outline options to reduce its impacts.

8 December 2014

Climate Breakfast: How to incorporate scientific knowledge in public and private management?
Plaza del Bosque Hotel

This breakfast discussion, designed for high-level decision makers from the public and local sectors, aims to foster a joint reflection on scientific concepts related to climate change in everyday decision-making and the challenges and opportunities of the new models of development. It is convened by the Regional Center for Climate Change and Decision Making, a joint initiative by UNESCO and Fundación Avina together with 10 regional institutions.

Climate Change Education and Training for Children, Youth and Adults: How to Make a Difference (Side event on Article 6)
15:00-16:30, room Sipan (300)

The event aims to inspire participants to promote learning on climate change in their own contexts and provide them with a number of specific recommendations on how to influence behavioural change. It will feature ways in which the UN is 'making a difference' on the ground , beginning with climate change education for children; to empowering youth to take action on climate change; to professional training for results among adults.

10 December

Climate Breakfast: Governance and climate change
Plaza del Bosque Hotel

This breakfast discussion, designed for national Ministers, aims to broaden and deepen the exchange of experiences among national governments, thus contributing to build a common vision in the context of the integration and articulation processes promoted through CELAC, MERCOSUR, UNASUR and ECLAC. It is convened by UNESCO, the Uruguayan Government and UNDP.

Displaced children fetch water using a submerged hand pump following flooding caused by extremely heavy early rains in their villages (Aweil, Sudan)

Water holds the key for mitigation, adaptation and for building resilience: towards a climate deal
11:30 - 13:00, room Caral (300)

This side event aims to build recognition of the links between climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience, while focusing on water resources as the common denominator between the strategies.

Education and communication as cornerstones for effective climate action
13:15- 14:45, room Machu Picchu

The objective of the side event is to showcase how education and communication are at the core of climate change solutions and how young people play a key role in advancing knowledge on effective mitigation and adaptation actions. The event is jointly prepared and organized by the UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness. Representatives of governments, the United Nations, civil society and youth organizations will present inspiring examples of building knowledge for climate action and engage in an interactive dialogue with participants.

Ethics at the Heart of Climate Change

15:00 - 16:30, room Caral (130)

Solutions to climate change involve understanding the inherent and instrumental value of human and non-human worlds. The ethical foundation within the climate conversation contrasts the current economic paradigm. Sustainable change in personal lifestyle and government policy require ethical choices.

11-13 December 2014

V Regional Congress of Redbioetica – UNESCO Latin American and Caribbean Bioethics Network

The Congress will tackle important themes related to the ethics of science and environmental ethics in direct connection with issues covered at COP 20.

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