Combating Climate Change and its impacts

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Working Group discussing Goal 13 'Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts'

The recently concluded COP 21 and the Paris Agreement that got adopted in December 2015 comes soon after the Sustainable Development Goals being adopted by the World leaders in September 2015. Both these define the path to development over the next few decades to meet the challenges of climate change and sustainability.  

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Article 6), Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 13, Target 13.3 and 13b), and the Paris Agreement (Article 11 and 12) – have recognized education, training and public awareness and capacity building as important components in climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies. The Paris Agreement also highlighted the need to change behaviour and lifestyles making them more sustainable.
The workshop discussed how education can support and play an important role in achieving these goals.


  • Share best practices in education and capacity building in climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Identify key areas where education can play a significant role in achieving targets of sustainable development and objective of the UNFCCC, and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) in various sectors
  • Review institutional and clearing house mechanisms in place to achieve this

Expected outcomes

  • Prepare an inventory of good practices, educational tools and a database of institutions engaged in climate change education
  • Suggest an Action Plan for various stakeholders including UNFCCC, Countries and other actors combating climate change to integrate education as a part of their strategy
  • Suggest a platform and institutional mechanisms for sharing practices

Workshop facilitators: AdrianaValenzuela, Focal Point – Education, Training and Public Awareness, UNFCCC and Rixa Schwarz, CEE

CEE Focal Point: Pooja Dave and Purvi Vyas,


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Workshop Sessions




11th January 2016 (Monday )


14:30 - 16:00

Chair – Ashok Khosla, Founder, Development Alternative

Session I Setting the Tone

  • Overview of SDG 13 on Climate Action and Article 6 (Education) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Linkages between UNFCCC and SDGs
  • Outstanding education efforts around the world for mitigation


  • Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director, CEE
  • Adriana Valenzuela, Focal Point, Article 6 Education Training and Public Awareness, UNFCCC


16:30 – 17:30
Chair – Rixa Schwarz, Programme Coordinator, CEE

Session II COP 21 Paris and Way Forward

  • COP 21 outcome and role of education, training and public awareness
  • Educational imperatives to meet INDCs and Paris Agreement


  • Sanjay Vashist, Director, CANSA and Programme Advisor, Climate & Resource, HBF

12th January 2016 (Tuesday)


11:15 - 13:15

Chair – Kiran Karnik

Session III  Impacting Lifestyles

  • Education for low-carbon lifestyles
  • Exploring ways in which citizens from rural and urban areas can adopt low-carbon lifestyles
  • the role for businesses in low-carbon lifestyles


  • Preeti Shroff Mehta, Faculty, World Learning
  • Sweta Rajpurohit, Manager, Climate Change Project, GEER
  • Kiran Karnik

  • Shyam Parekh, Resident Editor, DNA


14:30 - 16:00

Chair – Jim Taylor, Director, Environmental Education, WESSA (tbc)


Session IV Empowering Children and Youth

  • Training the climate change leadership
  • Engaging children and youth through formal, non formal and informal educational methods


  • Bharati Joshi, Technical Advisor, CARE India
  • Stefan Rostock, Teamleader ESD, Germanwatch
  • Darpan Vaishnav, PhD Candidate Gujarat University
  • Supriya Singh, President IYCN
  • Aditya Pundir, Country Manager, The Climate Reality Project, India

13th January 2016 (Wednesday)


9:30 – 10:45
Chair – Kirit Parikh, Chairman, IRADe

Session V Means of Implementation and Measures

  • Setting up mechanisms for sharing and documenting best practices for training the trainer, networks, support, etc
  • Encouraging education as integral part of climate action in implementing organizations, research institutes,  NGOs  and beyond
  • enabling education /communication on means for shifting towards climate action


  • Meagan Fallone, CEO, Barefoot college International
  • Narottam Sahoo, Advisor and Member Secretary, Gujarat Council on Science and Technology
  • Akhilesh Magal, Head Advisor, GERMI


11:15 - 13:15

Chiar - Sunita Narain, Director General, CSE

Session VI Formulating Recommendations

  • Way forward and recommendations to different stakeholders including UNFCCC, to the implementation of SDG 13, for INDCs,  to communities, formal education, NGOs, policy makers, business etc.