The NGO Action day on Climate Change took place on the 6th of October 2015.
This event, organized by the NGO- UNESCO Liaison Committee and its Climate Change working group included 70 representatives of NGOs from 26 countries holding official relations with the UNESCO. The aim of the day was to unite NGOs to map, share and raise awareness about each organization’s actions on climate change and to develop a common declaration on climate change to be presented to the COP21.
Opened by Martine Levy, president of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee and with key note speaker Peter Dogse, Co-Chair UNESCO Task Force on COP21 and Climate Change, the event saw speeches from a panel of experts :
- Renée Gerard, Former international official UNDP and UNICEF, Vice Honorary President UWE / UWE, Member of the IAW / AIF extended board, and MSc Columbia University (New York) postgraduate NYU,
- Paul Winter, activist for International Voluntary Service and legal expert , and
- Marc Delepouve, Professor of Mathematics and researcher on the relation between research and Society, Member of the Scité ( a research team of Lille University), Co-animator of the working group Democratic Energy Transition of Akademia/Transform (An European Researchers network).
They provided participants with crucial data on Climate Change and answered their questions.
The NGOs presented their organizations, networked, discussed and debated their different actions before participating in a World Café that had been prepared thanks to a survey sent out by email prior to the event. The feedback from this World Café was presented in plenary by the facilitators of each table before moving on to the reading and correcting of the common declaration.
A team of volunteers shall include the proposed corrections and it shall be published on the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee website in November.