The Climate Classroom provided an opportunity to COP23 attendees to get up to speed on key climate change topics. This 45-minute learning experience aimed at introducing and providing highlights in key climate change areas, for people to be better prepared when joining other discussions and events going on at the annual UN conference on climate change in Bonn, Germany.
On this occasion, the sessions were delivered in English and French by expert trainers from organizations committed to sustainable development, including FAO, IFMSA, ILO, WHO, WMO, UNESCO, and UNDP. Nine classes were delivered throughout COP23 on the following topics: Paris Agreement, Climate Finance, Climate Change and Jobs, Climate Services for Decision-Making, Circular Economy, Adaptation, Climate Change and Health, and Climate Empowerment.
The Climate Classroom @ COP23 has been delivered in an open space, visible to a broad public, using a completely mobile “pop-up” set-up, including chairs, a flipchart and banners. During each session, the lecturer and the 20 participants were equipped with professional head-sets through which were able to follow the lecture and engage in the discussion.
Over 180 people interested in learning more about climate change joined throughout the 2-weeks of COP. Decision-makers, government officials, practitioners, academics, and students from around the world were all part of the public. At COP23, the Climate Classroom proved its continuous success with a full audience at each of the sessions. The pop-up setup and headsets used to discuss different climate change topics are still a learning experience that people find innovative and appealing.
The Climate Classroom @ COP23 is an initiative of the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and the One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn), in collaboration with UN Partners.