From 23 November to 13 December 2023, UN CC:Learn organized the 11th edition of the Climate Classroomagainst the backdrop of the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The edition titled “Climate Classroom @ COP28” had a brand-new visual identity and built on the successful online format of the past two years.
The “Climate Classroom @ COP28” served as a knowledge hub for people willing to get up-to-speed on key climate topics and helped over 2,500 participants understand many of the discussions taking place in Dubai.
This year’s series had 19 45-minute classes organized with 17 partners and covered a range of important topics, from loss and damage to the Paris Agreement and sustainable infrastructure. This was the biggest edition of the Climate Classroom to date, confirming that the initiative’s three-part format consisting of “substance, illustration, and reflection” is appreciated by learners, many of whom attended more than one class.
This was also the most diverse edition of the Climate Classroom, with people from 121 different countries tuning in to at least one class. Participants were mostly women (60%), and had academia (39%) or private sector (18%) backgrounds.
Overall, participants were extremely satisfied with the classes this year with 95% of respondents in the post-class survey saying that they liked their experience and the teacher, found the content useful, and would recommend the Climate Classroom to a friend. Moreover, 90% of them plan to apply the knowledge they acquired from the classes.
Here’s what a few learners had to say about the Climate Classroom @ COP28:
“I highly recommend the Climate Classroom to anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of climate change and learn about practical solutions. It is a fantastic platform that bridges the gap between knowledge and action, empowering individuals to make a tangible difference in the fight against climate change.”
“It was inspiring to be in such an international audience, feeling connected with so many people across the globe who are concerned about climate change and gender equality”
“The experience was truly amazing. I can’t wait for another Climate Classroom; It was very informative, and it opened my mind to some great ideas in the fight against climate change.”
Moving forward, UN CC:Learn plans to take stock of all the feedback received in the post-class survey to build more successful Climate Classroom editions around important climate change meetings in 2024 and beyond.
The Climate Classroon @ COP28 was possible thanks to this year’s partners – Global Centre on Adaptation, International Labour Organization, International Telecommunications Union, Manila Observatory, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, One Ocean Hub, UN Environment Programme, UNFCCC, UNITAR,UN Women, World Health Organization, World Resources Institute – and thanks to the generous contribution of the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency.