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Member Countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA) Gathered to Discuss the Regional Strategy on Climate Change Education

02 July 2016 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Representatives of El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica, Belize and the Dominican Republic, all member countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA) and partners of the regional UN CC:Learn Program “Scaling-up Climate Change Education, Training and Awareness-Raising in the SICA”, met in a workshop in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on June 30 June and July 1st 2016.

Among the participants were representatives of the ministries of education and environment as well as national focal points to the UNFCCC and national focal points to Article VI of the UNFCCC. The Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD) was also represented.

The workshop aimed at setting the basis for the formulation of a five year action plan (2017-2022) on climate change learning and education in the SICA region to follow the conclusion of the regional UN CC:Learn Project in 2017. To this aim, the participants reviewed progress made in the implementation of the Fourth strategic area of the Regional Strategy on Climate Change (RSCC), which dictates specific lines of action and measures to be taken by SICA countries in the areas of climate change education, awareness raising, communication and civil participation.

National presentations highlighted advances made in legislation and in the implementation of projects and initiatives relevant to the 4th Strategic Area of the RSCC, including the development and successful application of learning methodologies and tools. These presentations generated lively discussions on common interests, needs and opportunities for replicating or upscaling successful cases to other countries in the region.

Based on the discussions and aligned with the RSCC, the workshop participants defined a series of long, middle and short-term activities to be included in the 2017-2022 Action Plan. They agreed on identifying further opportunities and synergies to fundraise for and implement the Action Plan and set-up a Petit Committee to work in the preparation of the final document, after collating all inputs from partner countries. It was also agreed to use the momentum gained during the workshop and work on the early implementation of three priority actions, including the elaboration of a video on climate change learning in the SICA region and the design of a web platform for climate change knowledge exchange and communication among multiple stakeholders in the region.

A draft of the complete Action Plan is currently being discussed by member countries and its final version should be ready in December 2016. 

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).