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One week left to submit your climate adaptation project and win UN recognition

05 July 2012
One week left to submit your climate adaptation project and win UN recognition

LONDON: A UNFCCC secretariat, Momentum for Change, is calling for climate-focused initiatives to be submitted and considered as their ‘lighthouse projects’ of 2012. Act quickly to enter, as applications close on July 13, 2012.

Momentum for Change will highlight the leading climate change mitigation and adaptation actions from around the globe, which it hopes will boost local, regional and national ambition on climate change.

The first stage of the initiative will focus on those activities that have delivered social and environmental benefits to the urban poor in developing countries.  

All activities submitted under Momentum for Change must:  

  • Address climate change mitigation or adaptation;
  • Already be implemented, or in the course of implementation; 
  • Be scalable or replicable, with potential for long-term impact;
  • Be the result of cooperation between the public and the private sectors;
  • Deliver verifiable social and environmental benefits to an identified community, of which has been engaged in the development and implementation process;
  • Not be registered or have intentions to register as a clean development mechanism (CDM) or joint implementation (JI) initiative

“It is time that we recognize the extraordinary work taking place at the local, national and regional levels by those committed to tackling climate change. Momentum for Change aims to shed a light on existing efforts to creatively and effectively respond to the climate challenge,” said UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres.

Selected projects will be chosen by the Momentum for Change Advisory Panel to be presented at COP 18/CMP 8, in Doha, Qatar from November 16  to December 7, 2012. All projects that meet the criteria will also be showcased on the UNFCCC website.

Momentum for Change was launched at the COP17 in Durban, South Africa, last year, where one of The Climate Group's initiatives in China was announced as a 'lighthouse project'.

“Following the successful launch in Durban, Momentum for Change provides an opportunity for governments, civil society and the private sector to remain inspired and committed to further success in Doha,” Ms. Figures said. “I am convinced that the partnerships we plan to showcase through Momentum for Change, will help us remain focused on the long-term challenge to address climate change,” she added.

More information on Momentum for Change and details on applying, head to the Momentum for Change website.

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