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UN CC:Learn Climate Classroom at @SB50

02 September 2019 | Bonn, Germany

For the first time since the launch of the Climate Classrooms, UN CC:Learn brought its flagship ‘espresso shot’ of knowledge series to participants of the Bonn Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany (SB 50). The conference is one of the most important climate change events of the year, crucial for unlocking the negotiations in advance of the UN Climate Change Conference in Santiago, Chile, on December 2019 (COP 25). Over 6,000 decision-makers, government officials, practitioners, academics, and students from around the world attended the SB 50.  

SBI Chair Emmanuel Dlamini, eSwatini, opens the plenary in the World Conference Center Bonn. Source: IIED

Amidst the negotiation sessions, informal consultations, huddles and side-events, delegates could step out of the official programme and into the inviting space of the Climate Classrooms. The open ‘pop-up’ setup, noise-canceling headsets and knowledgeable, engaging teacher offer a 45-min learning experience, so rare for such settings and audiences. 

Stefanos Fotiu, ESCAP, delivers a Climate Classroom on Decarbonization. Source: UN Climate Change Flickr

More than 200 delegates from the private sector, governments, NGO and academia joined the Climate Classrooms @SB 50, which was one the most comprehensive Climate Classroom editions to date. The schedule covered diverse topics around key negotiation areas, such as Mitigation and Carbon Markets, Climate Finance, Adaptation and Technology, delivered by skilled experts from the UNFCCC Secretariat, UN CC:Learn Secretariat, Climate Investment Funds, UN ESCAP, BloombergNEF, and the NDC Partnership.

Laura Chen and Xu Qthyi after the Climate Classroom on Mitigation and Carbon Markets

'I didn’t expect them [Climate Classrooms] to be here, but they have been very helpful, because even if you work on climate change, you can’t be an expert in every aspect. I quite like the headsets because they help you focus' - Xu Qthyi, Climate Politics,  PhD student at Cambridge University


'Climate change is a new portfolio for me. The Classrooms were eye-opening and gave me a foundation of knowledge. I learned about climate finance and got insights on how to write a better proposal and got ideas for what projects we can look into for mitigation, adaptation, the whole works!' - Muntaga Sallah, Permanent Secretary, Office of the President, The Gambia


The Climate Classroom 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. Participation is free and open to anyone participating in SB50 on a first-come, first-served basis. The next edition will take place at COP 25 in December 2019 in Chile. If you have ideas for future Climate Classroom topics or venues, please contact For more information on the initiative, visit our official page.

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).