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Climate Classroom @ COP24 Spreads the Message on Key Climate Change Topics

22 December 2018 | Katowice, Poland

For a third consecutive year, the Climate Classroom provided an opportunity to COP participants to get up to speed on key climate change topics through 45-minute learning sessions. The classes provide highlights in key climate change areas for busy delegates to be better prepared when joining discussions and events at COP24 of the UNFCCC, held in Katowice, Poland in December 2018, and beyond.

Mr. Filipe Domingos Freires Lúcio, Director of the Global Framework for Climate Services Office, WMO. Mr. Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Coordinator of the Climate Change and Health Programme, WHO and Mr. Tarek Ezzine, Liaison Officer for Public Health, IFMSA.Mr. Filipe Domingos Freires Lúcio, Director of the Global Framework for Climate Services Office, WMO. Mr. Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Coordinator of the Climate Change and Health Programme, WHO and Mr. Tarek Ezzine, Liaison Officer for Public Health, IFMSA.

On this occasion, 10 sessions were delivered by expert trainers from multiple organizations committed to sustainable development on the following topics: Paris AgreementClimate FinanceHealth and Climate Change, Climate Services for Decision-Making, Climate Information for Renewable Energy Penetration, Decision-making for Water Resources Management, Innovation for Climate Change, Climate Services for NAPs, Agriculture and Food Security.

Prof. Alberto Troccoli, Managing Director of the World Energy & Meteorology Council. Mr. John H. Matthews, Lead and Co-founder of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA).Prof. Alberto Troccoli, Managing Director of the World Energy & Meteorology Council. Mr. John H. Matthews, Lead and Co-founder of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA).

Over 180 people interested in learning more about climate change joined the initiative throughout the 2-weeks of COP. Decision-makers, government officials, practitioners, academics, and students from around the world were all part of the public. 

Mr. Anil Mishra, Programme Specialist, UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP). Dr. Achala Abeysinghe, Principal Researcher at the Climate Change Group of the International Institute for Environment and Development.Mr. Anil Mishra, Programme Specialist, UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP). Dr. Achala Abeysinghe, Principal Researcher at the Climate Change Group of the International Institute for Environment and Development.
At COP24, the Climate Classroom had its greatest reach so far and gathered a lot of positive feedback, comments, and requests for additional 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.

Ms. Elena Zheglova, UNITAR. Mr. John Furlow, Deputy Director and Ms. Mélody Braun, Research Staff Associate, Financial Instruments Sector, The International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia UniversityMs. Elena Zheglova, UNITAR. Mr. John Furlow, Deputy Director and Ms. Mélody Braun, Research Staff Associate, Financial Instruments Sector, The International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University
The Climate Classroom @ COP24 was graciously hosted in the WMO-IPCC Pavilion. The space was visible to a broad public, using a completely mobile “pop-up” set-up, including a flipchart, banners and the headsets that make the class possible in the noisy environment.

Mr. Angus Mackay, Director, Division for Planet, UNITAR. Mrs. Katiuscia Fara, Climate Services and Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor, WFP and Mr. Eddie Jjemba, Urban Resilience Advisor, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre.Mr. Angus Mackay, Director, Division for Planet, UNITAR. Mrs. Katiuscia Fara, Climate Services and Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor, WFP and Mr. Eddie Jjemba, Urban Resilience Advisor, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
The Climate Classroom @ COP24 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. 

About UN CC:Learn

UN CC:Learn is a partnership of more than 30 multilateral organizations supporting countries to design and implement systematic, recurrent and results-oriented climate change learning. At the global level, the partnership supports knowledge-sharing, promotes the development of common climate change learning materials, and coordinates learning interventions through a collaboration of UN agencies and other partners. At the national level, UN CC:Learn supports countries in developing and implementing national climate change learning strategies. Through its engagement at the national and global levels, UN CC:Learn contributes to the implementation of Article 6 of the UNFCCC on training, education and public awareness-raising, and the 2012-2020 Doha Work Programme. Funding for UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government and UN partners. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is hosted by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).