Action for climate empowerment

Strengthening climate change education, participation and awareness


What is Action for Climate Empowerment

Action for Climate Empowerment is a transversal proposal in public policies that seeks to generate and articulate capacities that promote transformative action against climate change, with the depth and urgency that this challenge requires.

It is based on education, training, social awareness, access to information, citizen participation and international cooperation as indispensable elements for the implementation of training processes and political and social strengthening in climate competences.

ACE in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change · UNFCCC

The first decisions taken under the UNFCCC Paris Rules in May 2018 were in the areas of education, training, public awareness, public participation, and access to information. In this way, the Convention has established guidelines for implementing Article 12 of the Paris Agreement, urging countries to take measures to promote and strengthen education, participation, and awareness of climate change.

ACE in the Paris Agreement

Article 12 of the Paris Agreement recognises that improved climate change education, as well as training, awareness and participation, are key elements in enhancing global action on climate change, as they promote changes in lifestyles, attitudes and behaviours that are conducive to a low-emission climate and resilient and sustainable development.

Toward this end, it is also essential to deepen coordination and cooperation between the Ministries of Environment and Education and establish partnerships between governments and non-governmental actors.



It aims to achieve deep and long-term changes in understanding, particularly of young people. It includes curriculum development, training of trainers and educators, and appropriate pedagogical approaches. The results of a successful programme would eventually be a population with a deep awareness of climate challenges, leading to greater commitment and action at the national level.


Ensuring that citizens can effectively participate in climate decision-making and action (adaptation and mitigation activities) would enable governments to integrate civil society perspectives and mobilise the general public. In some contexts, this may require profound changes in the way governments and public servants are used to interacting with citizens and invites citizens to be more alert to political processes


Initiatives for engaging citizens and CSOs in climate change responses can be enhanced to the extent that information becomes freely available. This is key when developing effective policies and engaging people in their implementation. Freely accessible databases and the Internet make relevant information, data, and statistics available to all citizens.


Many governments, NGOs and UN agencies have already launched ambitious public awareness programmes. However, the major challenge of achieving greater outreach remains. A successful, broad-based programme that truly changes social behaviour will require better targeted and more systematic communication.


Training programmes seek to disseminate specific skills that can have immediate practical applications. Examples include: the ability to obtain and interpret climate information, develop emissions inventories, or identify climate-compatible technologies. Training is about learning by doing and this can benefit individuals, communities, and organisations.


International cooperation and exchange can play an important role in boosting ACE efforts. Many governments and stakeholders require access to expertise, funding, and international technical resources to develop their own climate programmes. All countries would benefit from the exchange of best practices, expert staff, and institutional capacity building.

What can EUROCLIMA+ contribute?

  • Support the 18 Latin American countries in the design or reform of strategies, plans or measures for the incorporation of Climate Empowerment Action in formal, non-formal and informal education processes, according to demand.
  • The inclusion of the elements of Climate Empowerment Action: education, training, public awareness, public participation, and access to information in NDC design and implementation processes, national adaptation plans, long-term low-emission development strategies, and climate policies.

  • Develop or strengthen the design or implementation of national Climate Empowerment Action strategies, within the framework of guidelines provided by the UNFCCC and taking national circumstances into account.
  • Promotion of communication and awareness about climate change.
  • Support and innovation under the framework of national strategies, plans and measures adopted by countries in promoting Actions for Climate Empowerment.


Education, training, and awareness about climate change in Uruguay, under the framework of the National Policy on Climate Change · Uruguay
Technical document The Economics of Climate Change in Latin America · Regional
Strategy for Building and Strengthening Capacities, under the framework of the action for climate empowerment promoted by the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement · Chile
Knowledge generation and training in electric mobility · Regional
Course on the Prioritisation of public policies in the context of climate change · Venezuela
Support for the use of the Escazú Agreement · Regional




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