Tag Archives: Paris Agreement

Entry into Force of Paris Agreement on Climate Change

paris-agreement-logo-2016

Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change 4 November, UN Headquarters in New York The landmark Paris Agreement to address climate change, adopted by world leaders last December at the Climate Conference in Paris (COP21), will officially enter into force on 4 November, before the opening of COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco, from 7 to 18 November.

The agreement sets a course for all countries to limit global temperature rise and to strengthen resilience to the inevitable impacts of climate change. The entry into force of the Paris Agreement marks the beginning of a new chapter for humankind and demonstrates that countries are serious about addressing climate change.

To commemorate this historic day for people and the planet, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will invite representatives of civil society groups to a conversation with him at the UN Headquarters. This meeting will provide civil society groups with the opportunity to share with the Secretary-General how their organizations will contribute to the objectives of the Paris Agreement, as well as their visions and concerns.

Who:  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon  Representatives of civil society groups

What: Discussion with civil society organization on the Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

When: Friday 4 November, 10:00-10:45 a.m. EDT

Where: Conference Room 8, UN Headquarters or live through http://webtv.un.org

Media contact UN Department of Public Information

Dan Shepard, T: +1 (212) 963-9495 |E: shepard@un.org For more information on the Sustainable Development Goals, please visit website: www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/or follow us on Twitter at @GlobalGoalsUN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/globalgoalsUN.

UNIC Windhoek participates in Namibian Women’s Association Climate Change workshop for the Namibian Children’s Movement

DSC_0423The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek took part in a climate change workshop run by the Namibian Women Association (NAWA) which was attended by the Namibian Children’s movement and other students.

Under the theme, ‘We Shall Change the World” the workshop aimed to teach students about climate change, the Paris Agreement, the impact climate change has had on Namibia as well as the importance of climate action with the hopes that the students would share the information with their respective institutions and communities and spark change.

DSC_0461UNIC Windhoek presented two hour-long PowerPoint presentations as part of the workshop, one about climate change and the other about the Paris Agreement. Enthralled by the topics, the students asked questions and shared their ideas throughout the presentations.

There were students from local schools in Windhoek as well as from the North and South of Namibia. Although the students attending the workshop came from all over the country, they were united by the passion to learn about climate change as well as the determination to make a difference. Continue reading

“Youth Climate Dialogue” held to mark the occasion of the Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony

DSC_0384On 22 April 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed by 175 world leaders at United Nations Headquarters in New York. It was recorded as being a historic day as the UN Secretary General,Ban Ki-moon said, as it is by far the largest number of countries ever to sign an international agreement on a single day.

Adopted in Paris by the 195 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at a conference known as (COP21) last December, the Agreement’s objective is to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to strive for 1.5 degrees Celsius. It will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposits their instruments of ratification.

DSC_0163To mark this momentous occasion, UNIC Windhoek hosted a “Youth Climate Dialogue” at Jan Möhr Secondary School to coincide with the Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony and Mother Earth Day. The Youth engagement was hosted in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

The dialogue is an educational programme on the effects of climate change in Namibia and what is being done to mitigate the impacts thereof. Representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Mr. Sion Shifa, (Senior Conservation Scientist) highlighted the Paris Agreement, Namibia’s role as a signatory as well as how the funding process works for developing countries. Mr. Chunga (Project Coordinator) from the Ministry of Environment & Toursim outlined Climate Change in Namibia and alluded to various projects in place within communities as part of the mitigation and adaption process in Namibia. An engaging dialogue followed suit between the learners and panel of presenters. The session was informative and allowed the youth to ask questions and share their opinions with the presenters from the Ministry of Environment & Tourism and UNDP Environment Unit. Continue reading

Provisional list of Parties that have indicated their intentions to sign the Paris Agreement

Paris_Agreement_Logo_Final_E

Information as of 14 April, 2016

The Paris Agreement will be open for signature by the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on 22 April and will remain open for signature for one year. This list only contains information about States that will participate in the Signature Ceremony on 22 April and is subject to change.

(*) States that have indicated that they intend to sign the Paris Agreement at the Ceremony for the Opening for Signature, on 22 April 2016. This information is subject to change: the definitive list of States that have signed the Agreement will only be made available following the ceremony.

 (**) States that have indicated that they intend to sign the Paris Agreement and deposit their instrument of ratification at the Ceremony for the Opening for Signature, on 22 April 2016. This information is subject to change: the definitive list of States that have ratified the Agreement will only be made available following the ceremony.
Continue reading

UNIC launches 55 Facts about Climate Change & Paris Agreement Social Media Campaign

 

Earth 1-5Starting on April 1st, 55 facts about climate change and the Paris Agreement will be cross-posted on UNIC Windhoek’s social media pages in order to educate the broader Namibian public about climate change and the Paris Agreement.

The Campaign will run until April 22, Mother Earth Day, at which world powers will go to the United Nations Headquarters in New York to sign the Agreement into effect.

The Campaign will utilize the hashtags: #55Facts, #ClimateChange and #ParisAgreement. 55 is an educational number that represents an important part of the adoption of the Paris Agreement.

As stated in UNFCC’s Adoption of the Paris Agreement Proposal by the President, “This Agreement shall enter into force on the thirtieth day after the date on which at least 55 Parties to the Convention accounting in total for at least an estimated 55 percent of the total global greenhouse gas emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.”

Each day, one fact about #ClimateChange and one fact about the #ParisAgreement will be cross-posted on UNIC Windhoek’s social media platforms. Every other day there will be an extra fact in order to fit in 55 facts by the end of the day on April 22. Dynamic videos and photos will also be included in the campaign. Continue reading

Learning about Climate Change & the Paris Agreement

group picOn Friday, 26 February 2016 UNIC Windhoek hosted a Climate Change and the Paris Agreement Outreach Programme at Jakob Marengo Secondary School in Katutura, Windhoek. With over 70 students accompanied by a team of teachers, the team was ready to create dialogue on a topic under discussion across the globe!

During the presentation, the UNIC Windhoek team displayed photos depicting climate change in Namibia. Grade 12 students pensively thought about the photos and were asked to define what climate change is and how it caused what was depicted in the photos.

sharing ideasThe students eagerly raised their hands and many students cited the drought, which has ravaged Namibia’s landscape for the past several years, as the cause of what they were seeing in the photos.

After this interactive discussion, the UNIC Windhoek team explained what climate change is and the science behind the Green House Effect.

cop21Through verbal explanation as well as a video depicting climate change across the globe, UNIC Windhoek explained that with the burning of fossil fuels and other human influences, there has been an increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere which has resulted in the Earth becoming warmer.

This has caused changes in the water cycle, weather patterns, ecosystems and global temperatures.Then, the students were asked to look at the photos again, but this time to think about the impact climate change has had on Namibia’s people and economy. The students, who have experienced climate change on a day to day basis, were eager to share how they had seen climate change impact the nation. Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek creates #ParisAgreement #Means4Me video

The UNIC Windhoek team created a video about what the Paris Agreement means to them.

The historic Paris Agreement, which was drafted at COP21, is an agreement between 195 nations to fight climate change that will be signed on 22 April this year. Through the agreement, nations will work to mitigate and adapt to climate change in order to move towards a sustainable future.

This video is part of an initiative run by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). People from around the globe were encouraged to share thoughts about the Paris Agreement using the hashtags #ParisAgreement and #Means4Me.

“The Paris Agreement can only be successful if everyone fully supports it and helps bring it to life- from national, regional and local leaders; from investors and businesses to citizens who desire to live in a safe and prosperous world, and who want to actively shape that world” UNFCCC said in its UN Climate Change newsroom regarding the initiative. Continue reading