Launch of the Community of Practice Learning on Action for Climate Empowerment and EDSfor2030

An initiative of the Euroclima+ Programme, coordinated by FIIAPP and OREALC/UNESCO Santiago (UNESCO Regional Office of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean).

On Thursday, March 25, the Community of Practice Learning on Action for Climate Empowerment-ACE, and EDSfor2030 kicked off with a presentation session to introduce objectives, methodologies, work dynamics and themes, and to share commitments and expectations with participants.

This initiative arises from the countries' demand for the promotion of a space for collective intelligence and collaborative exchange for public institution officials in the region involved in the design and implementation of plans, policies and initiatives in the area of ACE and its six dimensions - education, training, awareness, participation, access to information and international cooperation- as well as EDSpara2030 and its five priority areas of action, which will serve to exchange key initiatives, best practices and methodologies for the implementation of ACE in the region.

During this first session, more than 40 representatives from 17 countries of the region participated, coming from Latin American Ministries of Environment, Education and Science, ACE focal points for the EUROCLIMA+ programme in the Ministries of Environment (MMA), heads of education and networks of UNESCO schools, as well as sectoral heads of bodies linked to regional or municipal governments, and/or similar to previous ones.

During the workday we had the opportunity to share ideas and expectations that include the relevance of learning about practical experiences on ACE and ESDfor2030, which can provide strategies, resources and tools that can be scaled up and replicated in various contexts for the implementation of public policies. Special attention was given to the importance of working on a monitoring and measurement system focused on citizen climate competency that allows measuring the impact of ACE on both public policies and civil society.

Finally, the community has been summoned for the following sessions to be held during 2021 -2022 and to initiate a work of reflection and practical learning to promote public policies to reduce the climate impact in the Latin American region.

Conclusion

Action for Climate Empowerment is identified as an integrative and strategic tool to move forward from different areas, involving the whole society in the commitments for change and driving ambition in the NDC's and Long-Term ACE Strategies. ACE is the name agreed for Article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, reflected in Article 12 of the Paris Agreement, and which contemplates six interdependent and interrelated dimensions: education, training, public awareness, public participation, public access to information and international cooperation. "ACE aims to be an instrument that articulates capacities to put them at the service of designs, strategies and implementation of programmes that act decisively, and from various fronts, in facing the challenges of climate change."

EDSfor2030 is UNESCO’s new framework and roadmap for advancing the Sustainable Development agenda and transforming the way we relate to the environment. EDS enables people to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values needed throughout life to shape a sustainable future and improve their quality of life and that of future generations by re-evaluating what we learn, where we learn and how we learn. The new framework also recognises the transformative role of EDS as an enabler for the achievement of the 17 SDGs, through its five priority areas of action: advancing policies; transforming educational environments; strengthening educator and teacher training; empowering youth; and activating action at the local level.

About EUROCLIMA+

EUROCLIMA+ is a programme funded by the European Union to promote environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient development in 18 Latin American countries, particularly for the benefit of the most vulnerable populations. The Programme is implemented under the synergistic work of seven agencies: the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the French Development Agency (AFD), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Expertise France (EF), the International and Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP), and UN Environment.

OREALC/UNESCO Santiago

The Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago) was created in 1963 with the purpose of supporting Member States in improving their education systems, with the firm conviction that education is a human right for all, throughout life. Our mission is to lead, monitor and provide technical support to the countries of the region through each of its lines of action to advance towards the fulfilment of Sustainable Development Goal 4 - Education 2030, with the involvement of other UNESCO offices and institutes, and with the participation of strategic partners.

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