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Jul 30, 2014

Nominate civil society speakers and attendees for the UN Secretary-General's 2014 Climate Summit

At the request of the United Nations Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team (CCST), the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is conducting an open process to obtain nominations for 4 civil society speakers and 34 additional civil society attendees for the Secretary-General's 2014 Climate Summit, which will take place on 23 September at UN Headquarters in New York. The roles for these representatives are outlined in Section A below. 18 of the 38 representatives will receive travel funding from the Executive Office of the Secretary-General.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited Heads of State and Government along with leaders from business, finance, and civil society to the Climate Summit to catalyze ambitious action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen climate resilience, and to mobilize political will toward achieving an ambitious, legally binding international climate change agreement by 2015. Complete information about the Climate Summit is available here.

Please read this entire email if you will participate in this process, as it has a few steps and specific requirements.
Kindly note: this nomination process is not open to representatives of the private sector. Participation of the private sector in the Climate Summit is facilitated by the UN Global Compact and the CCST.

A. Submit nominations for the following 4 civil society speaking roles and 34 additional attendees for the Climate Summit

1. The following 18 civil society roles in the Climate Summit will receive travel funding from the Executive Office of the Secretary General. All candidates must be representatives of civil society organizations.

a) One speaker in the Opening of the 2014 Climate Summit on behalf of civil society at large
Criteria: For this speaking role, the CCST is seeking a young woman (under the age of 30) from a developing country. Candidates must have a proven track record of effective advocacy or implementation of community based solutions for climate change mitigation or adaptation, as well as proven strong communication and public speaking skills. This speaker will collaborate with a diverse civil society Selection and Drafting Committee for the development of this statement (see Section C below).

b) Three panellists for the Thematic Debate "Voices from the Climate Frontlines" (organized by UNICEF and UN Women)
Criteria: Candidates must be able to proficiently address the questions in the concept note for this Thematic Debate. At least one of these panelist roles will be given to an Indigenous person, and at least one will be given to a person under the age of 30. Two panellists will be from a developing country, and one from a developed country.

c) 14 Summit Attendees
Criteria: Candidates must have a proven track record of effective advocacy or implementation of community based solutions for climate change mitigation or adaptation. These attendees will not have speaking roles in the Summit programme.

2. An additional 20 civil society representatives will be invited to attend the Summit through this nomination process without offer of travel funding support. These representatives will not have speaking roles in the Summit programme.

B.  Instructions for submitting nominations to UN-NGLS

Please submit your nominations using this online form.
All nominations will automatically load into a google doc spreadsheet, published here
Before submitting a nominee, please confirm the nominee:
  • is a representative of a civil society organization, and officially authorized by their organization/network to speak on the organization/network's behalf.
  • has a proven track record of effective advocacy or implementation of community based solutions for climate change mitigation or adaptation.
  • has excellent competency with climate change issues, experience with presenting climate change issues in public fora, and demonstrated ability to engage constructively with a variety of stakeholders.
  • for a speaking role: is a compelling public speaker (the online nomination form requests links to writing samples or remarks delivered at speaking engagements).
  • is available to be at UN Headquarters in NY at 8:30am on 23 September, and for travel if necessary. The nominee must have a US visa, or be able to obtain one within 3 weeks, for travel to the US.
Please note that the Climate Summit also involves Action Area Sessions, and leaders of civil society, non-governmental organizations and indigenous peoples that are actively contributing to announcements for those Sessions have already received invitations to the Summit via another process. Anyone receiving an invitation for an Action Area Session will not be considered for opportunities provided via this process to attend the Summit. Please check with potential nominees to see if they have received an invitation to an Action Area Session before submitting them to this process. The list of attendees for the Action Area Sessions will be provided to the civil society Selection and Drafting Committee for this process.

C.  Apply for the civil society Selection and Drafting Committee 

A civil society Selection and Drafting Committee will be facilitated by UN-NGLS to evaluate all nominees and determine a short-list of 76 candidates for the roles outlined above in Section A.
  • 36 candidates will be submitted to the Secretary-General's CCST for the 18 funded roles; and
  • 40 candidates will be submitted to the Secretary-General's CCST for the 20 unfunded attendees.
The final selection of speakers will be made by the Secretary-General's CCST, with input by UNICEF / UN Women for the roles in the Thematic Session "Voices from the Climate Frontlines," ensuring regional, gender and age balance, and diversity of expertise.

The civil society Selection and Drafting Committee will also serve to collaborate on the drafting of the statement to be delivered by the civil society speaker selected for the Opening of the Summit, to enable a diversity of constituencies to contribute perspectives to these remarks.

To learn more about the Selection and Drafting Committee, and to apply to be a member, please clickhere.

Please note that members of the Selection and Drafting Committee cannot be considered for the civil society roles in the Climate Summit to be filled through this process.

D.  Timeline for participation in the nomination process

Friday, 8 August:  Deadline for applications to participate in the civil society Selection Committee
Friday, 15 August:  Deadline for submission of civil society speaker nominations
Wednesday, 20 August, 8:00-10:00am EST:  Selection Committee conference call #1
Thursday, 21 August, 8:00-10:00am EST: Selection Committee conference call #2
Friday, 22 August, 8:00-10:00am EST:  Selection Committee conference call #3 (if necessary)

E.  Visa arrangements

The Secretary-General's CCST will provide an invitation letter for the selected civil society speakers and attendees. These participants will be responsible for obtaining their visas for travel. Please confirm with candidates you are considering for nominations that the US Embassy/consulate in their home country will be able to issue a visa for travel to the US within 3 weeks.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Thank you and best regards,


United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)
Sign up for the UN-NGLS listserv here

Jul 29, 2014

Invitation to participate in the NGO review Forum from 3-5 November 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland

Dear Colleagues,

The UNECE ahead of its Inter- Governmental Forum, mandated the NGO Committee on the Status of Women in Geneva to organize the NGO review Forum.  This forum is expected to bring together Civil societies and NGOs to contribute to the discussions and bring grass roots women's voices on achievements made, remaining gaps and challenges on the implementation of the 12 critical areas of concern of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA).  As well as on emerging issues that affect women. The outcome of this NGO forum will feed into the UNECE Social Forum in November.  This NGO Forum Beijing +20 review for the 56 countries in the ECE region is scheduled to take place between 3-5 November 2014 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva.
They are reaching out to all CSOs and NGOs working on any aspect of  Sustainable Development and the Environment in the region to participate in this forum. Your assistance in sharing this invitation widely within your network will be appreciated.  You may wish to visit the dedicated website to learn more about this forum or click on the links below for some of these documents. 
Financial support is available for some selected countries from the ECE region. This support is provided by the Canton of Geneva (which overseas Geneva International Cooperation) as part of its policies in support of international solidarity.   Please feel free to contact us for more information on the registration and/or your participation.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), is comprised of 56 countries ( : Albania,Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands,  Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey,Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United - Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uzbekistan.  
Looking forward to your participation!
Lorena Aguilar R.
Global Senior Gender Adviser
International Union for the Conservation of Nature
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'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development' is the theme of the 12th UNCBD Conference of Parties

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The 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP12) will take place from the 6th to the 17th of October, 2014 in PyeongChang, South Korea.  The theme of this meeting will be Biodiversity for Sustainable Development. According to the Korean government up to 20.000 delegates are expected to participate in conference. Of particular importance is the so called “High Level Segment”, which is scheduled to convene from October 15th to 17th. On the days environmental ministers from all over the world will personally take part in the negotiations. It is expected that COP12 will adopt a “Pyeongchang Roadmap” to enhance the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2012 and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. COP12 will, among others, deal with the following agenda items:
  • Mid-Term Review of Progress towards the Goals of the Strategic Plan  for Biodiversity, development of further tools and guidance where necessary
  • Review of updated National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs)
  • Contribution of Biodiversity to the Post-2015 Development Agendaand Mainstreaming of Biodiversity in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Resource Mobilization – setting of a final target for Resource Mobilization
  • Status of the Nagoya-Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources
  • Launch of the 4th Edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO4)
  • Marine and Coastal Biodiversity (Description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs), Ocean Acidification, Coral Bleaching, Underwater Noise, Marine Debris)
  • Climate Change and Biodiversity (Advice on the application of Biodiversity Safeguards in REDDplus, Joint mitigation and adaptation strategies, Geoengineering)
  • Invasive Species (guidance on implementing national measures, best practice to raise awareness on invasive species, avoiding the risks of the introduction and spread of invasive alien animal species from
    commercial zoos and safari parks)
  • New and Emerging Issues – Synthetic Biology
  • Collaboration with IPBES
  • Cooperation with other Biodiversity-related Conventions, the Rio-Conventions and other international organizations
  •  Business and Biodiversity
  • Stakeholder Engagement including youth and children
  • Review of the application of the Guidelines on
    Biodiversity and Tourism Development
  • Progress in achieving the targets of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
All official documents can be found here:
Annotated Provisional Agenda (provisional agenda with brief comments on each agenda item)
Information Note for Participants (useful compilation of logistical information for COP12 participants: transfer from airport, accommodation, shuttle bus schedule, venue etc.) 

Jul 28, 2014

Announcing The 7th World Youth Congress, Conakry, Guinea, November 11-21, 2014


The 7th World Youth Congress
Conakry, Guinea, November 11th to 21st 2014

''Charting a path to Full Youth Employment by 2030'' 

This is a proud moment for Peace Child International to announce that the 7th World Youth Congress will be for the first time in Sub-Saharan Africa; the first to schedule a High Level Segment where the young delegates will discuss their ideas directly with Heads of State and Agency leaders; the first to be organised in partnership with a Minister for Youth Employment, and therefore, the first to focus directly on solving the problem of youth unemployment which will be discussed as part of the The Conakry Commitment: charting a path to full youth employment by 2030.

Peace Child International and the Ministry for Youth and Youth Employment of the Republic of Guinea are proud to announce the 7th World Youth Congress - incorporating the 2nd International Youth Job Creation Summit and the Green Economy Eco-Business Innovations Challenge (GEEBIZ). To be hosted in Conakry, Guinea, from 11-21 November 2014, it will be the first World Youth Congress in Sub-Saharan Africa, the first to host a High Level segment between youth and government ministers and donor agency leaders and the first to focus on the youth unemployment crisis. It aims to deliver the Conakry Commitment: A Road Map to Full Youth Employment by 2030 – Read More…

Age Criteria:  The main age for youth delegates is 18 to 35 years. Anyone born before 11th November 1979 is NOT eligible; 15-18 year olds are eligible (born before 11th November 1999) IF they are exceptional, and if they come with chaperones at their own expense. Apply soon, as the Deadline for Applications is: Sunday 14th September, 2014. You can apply at this link

Guinea is one of the most vibrant, self-confident African countries - one with fantastic entrepreneurs, and one whose current leadership seeks to make it the most transparent, most green, and the most youth-friendly country in Africa. It has some of Africa's most astonishing and beautiful scenery, too. Please also note that Guinea is currently experiencing an outbreak of Ebola. While the government and the UN expect to have the disease under control long before our Congress in November, please know that Peace Child International and the Minister will not invite young people to the Congress until they both confirm the country is 100% Ebola-free. If it is not Ebola-free by November,  the Congress will be postponed.

Jul 27, 2014

Call for side events for the Public Forum of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Applications for side events (such as symposiums, seminars and workshops), exhibition booths, and poster exhibitions that form a part of the Public Forum of the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to be held 14-18 March 2015 in Sendai, Japan are now being accepted. The deadline for submission of applications is 16 September 2014.  Learn more about the Public Forum online.

The Public Forum will promote a shared responsibility of reducing disaster risk and building resilience. The Public Forum will be held in a number of venues across the city of Sendai and is open to Conference participants and the public.

Note: This Public Forum announcement has also been shared with participants of the first session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom1) of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

More on WCDRR:

Jul 26, 2014

With Connect4Climate, Youth speak about Climate Change and Raise Action4Climate on Times Square in New York!

Action4Climate on Times Square

July 24 2014
Connect4Climate has partnered with MTV Voices to celebrate youth climate action documentaries, exhibiting a 30 second compilation of Action4Climate competition submissions on two massive Broadway displays on Times Square. From 22 July until 29 July 2014, the youth stories will be presented on the 38’-wide by 48’-tall LED displays that are positioned in the heart of Times Square at 1515 Broadway.
Action4Climate received stories from 300 young directors in 70 countries. The short documentaries show a new world of climate impacts, solutions and actions, addressing one of our generation’s greatest challenges. As World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim says, “We will never end poverty if we do not tackle climate change.”
Action4Climate stories are of drought in Sub-Saharan Africa, floods in Southeast Asia, extreme weather and regret from the Philippines. They show climate solutions, from renewable energy to inspiring leadership. They are personal stories of society getting together and tackling climate change. They are stories of hope and action, directed at a global audience.
Watch highlighted films on Vimeobrowse the map of all the entries and join the conversation with#Action4Climate.

#Action4Climate showing every 15 minutes

Find the projection on Times Square

What's your #Action4Climate?

Share your photos #action4climate

Jul 24, 2014

Global Video Competition on Education for Sustainable Development for Students Worlwide

About the competition

The Salon Global University Student Video Competition is organized by Salon Films (H.K.) Ltdin the framework of the last year of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014), coordinated by UNESCO. The competition is supported by the Hong Kong Baptist University in partnership with UNESCO.
©Dean Gesch
©UNESCO/Marc Hofer
©UNESCO/Namal Kamalgoda


To achieve sustainable development, political regulations and financial incentives are not enough. A fundamental change is necessary in the way people think and act. The international community has long recognized that education is crucial for bringing about such change. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) allows learners to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. ESD means including key sustainable issues into teaching and learning; for example, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption.
In December 2002, the United Nations’ General Assembly launched the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development running from 2005-2014. The main aim of ESD is to empower citizens to address the challenges of the present and future and to make responsible decisions for a viable world. BUT EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT DOES NOT MEAN PROTECTING OUR PLANET.

Sustainable Development (SD)

Seeks to meet the needs of the present without comprising those of future generations. Sustainable development is a vision of development that encompasses respect for all life – human and non-human – and natural resources, as well as integrating concerns such as poverty reduction, gender equality, human rights, education for all, health, human security and intercultural dialogue.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Aims to help people to develop the attitudes, skills, perspectives and knowledge to make informed decisions and act upon them for the benefit of themselves and others, now and in the future. ESD helps the citizens of the world to learn their way to a more sustainable future.

The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) (2005-2014)

For which UNESCO is the lead agency, seeks to integrate the principles, values and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning, in order to address the social, economic, cultural and environmental issues we face in the 21st century.


  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change Education
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Sustainable Lifestyles
  • Water
  • Poverty Reduction
  • Gender Equality
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Health Promotion

The Aims of the Project

  • Share the experiences of people who have worked or are working on Education for Sustainable Development.
  • Show the variety of interventions and facets of Education for Sustainable Development and demonstrate its importance as a driving force for social change.
  • Promote favourable practices and encourage new projects in Education for Sustainable Development.
  • Celebrate the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development at the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development to be held in November 2014 in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan.

Competition Terms & Conditions

The following Terms and Conditions/Rules apply to the Salon Global University Student Video Competition. By participating in this Competition, the participant undertakes to comply with and abide by these Rules and provide all information required. The participant should understand that any failure to do so will result in disqualification.

Who Can Participate?

University students from all over the world can participate in the competition. However, the videos should have the nomination of their university and each university can nominate a maximum of 3 videos. Participants are required to produce short video on ESD

To Participate

Complete the registration form that can be downloaded by clicking here: English中文 and seek their university’s support. The completed form with university endorsement should be emailed to the following email address: registration@salonmedia.comThe video should be submitted on a DVD and sent by post to the following address together with the original registration formSalon Films (H.K.) Ltd, Unit C, 4/F, Freder Centre, 68 Sung Wong Toi Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The email should be sent out latest by 20 Aug 2014 and the DVD should be received latest by 29 Aug 2014.

About the Video

  • The video must be no more that 5 minutes in length.
  • Any spoken language used in the video that is not English must be accompanied by an English subtitle.
  • The video must not contain violence, profanity, sex or direct attacks on individuals or organizations. Any entries deemed offensive will be immediately disqualified.
  • The video must be the participant’s own original creation – no copyrighted music, video, sounds or images may be used without prior, full permission from the author(s) of the said copyrighted music, video, sounds or images that the participant wishes to include.
  • The video must not infringe on any third party rights.
  • The video must be originals.

The Prize

The video author (or a nominated representative, if a team effort) of each winning video will be invited to attend the UNESCO ESD Youth Conference on 7 November 2014 in Okayama, Japan and also the UNESCO World Conference on ESD in Nagoya, Japan from 10 to 12 November 2014. Travel costs to and from Japan, hotel accommodation and a living allowance will be provided for the duration of stay in Japan. A trophy will also be awarded to the winner.


After the competition closes at midnight 29 August 2014, qualifying video will be judged on adherence to the competition challenge through their creativity, originality, message content and overall presentation (sound and picture quality). Three winning videos will be selected by a special jury.
The competition winners will be announced on 1 October 2014 on the competition web page and winners will also be notified by email.
For more information, please
To learn more and read more about ESD, please go to the following websites: