WIN Dialogue at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 21)

COP21 logoRepresentatives of the 21 Equator Prize 2015 winning initiatives flew to Paris, France for two weeks of events associated with the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 21). Community members started their visit with an event at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 26 November and then participated in five days of World Indigenous Network community dialogues hosted at both the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Espace Krajcberg. During the dialogues, participants developed their elevator pitch, shared best practices, and heard from representatives of OECD, Kimberley Land Council, the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP), and The Nature Conservancy. Topics included negotiating with governments, land tenure, promoting the sustainable development goals, and practical skills in marketing, fundraising and photography. Following the dialogues, the communities participated in COP 21 side events alongside other indigenous peoples and local communities.


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Participants create visual representations of their communities’ work

27 November: Welcome & Introductions

The Paris Community Dialogues commenced with a warm welcome by the Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation (OECD). In addition to physically hosting the first two of the dialogues, OECD representatives highlighted how their work to encourage governmental change partners the efforts of the prize winners to spur local action. The winners received a description of the dialogue program and learned how the Equator Initiative promotes the objectives of the United Nations Development Programme. Participating in an ice breaker, the communities were able to share pride in their work and discover linkages across cultures.

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Equator Prize 2015 Winners at the OECD

27 November: OECD Luncheon

During the first day of community dialogues, participants attended a multi-stakeholder luncheon hosted by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). During the lunch, Equator Prize 2015 winners were introduced to high-profile stakeholders from their countries, allowing them to share their voices and stories, and inform national policy formation. The OECD Secretary General, Angel Gurria, and the Equator Initiative Manager, Eileen de Ravin, offered words of welcome to over 100 guests and thanked the winners for serving as daily inspiration. Ms. Kamal-Chaoui concluded the event reinforcing that local success must inform global solutions, as we build a path to a sustainable future.

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Yawanawa Lui from Brazil

27 November: Past Winners’ Experiences & Elevator Pitches

Three past Equator Prize winners joined the first day of dialogues to share their experiences after becoming winners. The communities gained insight into how to leverage the Equator Prize to scale their work, engage with government and pursue partnerships. Following these presentations, participants discussed the components of an effective elevator pitch. Several communities practiced these five minute speeches and received feedback from their peers. The day ended with a reflection and a performance by Patxon Metuktir from Brazil.

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Lewi Gala Paru from Indonesia presents an elevator pitch on behalf of FORMADAT

28 November: Climate Negotiations & Elevator Pitches

The second day of dialogues began with presentations by Isabel Aranda of the UNFCCCC Secretariat and Johnson Cerda of Conservation International. The two speakers provided historical context to the COP 21 negotiations highlighting the positive inclusion of indigenous peoples but the necessity to secure greater attention. Participants received information on the side events at which their participation could help inform global policy. Winners then assembled into thematic groups and offered peer feedback to hone elevator pitches.

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Themed clusters create statements for the Equator Prize 2015 Award Ceremony

30 November: Community Statements & The GEF Small Grants Programme

The community dialogues continued at a new venue, L’Espace Krajcberg, where participants enjoyed a sculpture collection created from burnt Amazonian trees. Guest speaker, Terence Hay-Edie, described the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme and encouraged all Equator Prize winners to apply. The remainder of the communities presented their elevator pitches and received feedback. Time was devoted to themed clusters crafting statements to be presented at the Equator Prize 2015 Award Ceremony.

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Equator Prize Winners visit the Generations Space at COP21 for the first time

1 December: Savanna Burning Institute, RARE and Social Marketing

While one member of each initiative attended the first day of events at the Climate Generations Space at COP21, the other participated in another full day of community dialogues. Guest speakers came from the Kimberely Land Council and the United Nations University to share the innovative work of the Savanna Burning Initiative. Facilitator Japy Silapan also explained his work at RARE and guided activities exploring the use of social marketing to shift behavioral norms affecting conservation efforts. The day concluded with cluster groups finalizing a first draft of their community statements.

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Hernando Chindoy, Wuasikamas, el Modelo del Pueblo Inga en Aponte, Colombia presents

2 December: Presentation of the Declarations and Global Greengrants Fund Workshop

The Community Dialogues and Workshops continued at L’Espace Krajcberg on Wednesday. To start off the day, winners from four thematic groups – Forests, Land Rights, Adaptation, and Sustainable Livelihoods – presented statements that will be shared at the Equator Prize Award Ceremony and received feedback from the other award winners. Global Greengrants Fund led a workshop with three indigenous youth leaders who described their experiences. A discussion on how to involve youth in community and indigenous activism followed. In the afternoon, many of the winners spent the afternoon exploring the Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion at Le Bourget.

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Charles McNeill, Senior Advisor, Forests and Climate, UNDP. Photo Credit: IISD/ENB+.

3 December: Rio Conventions Pavilion at COP21

Equator Prize winners spent the day at the Rio Conventions Pavilion of the COP21 Climate Generations Space, to take part in the UNDP-hosted “Day for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities.” The morning session included a panel discussion on the impact of local-national dialogues on climate change and a second panel with Equator Prize winners and international experts addressing gender-responsive climate action. The afternoon, session included three consecutive panels with Equator Prize winners and multiple stakeholders on community responses in the face of conflict; local actions for strengthening climate resilience; and the role of protected areas in climate change mitigation and adaptation. In the evening, a reception was held for event participants to meet the Equator Prize 2015 winners.

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Petrus Asuy from Indonesia presents on behalf of Komunitas Adat Muara Tae

4 December: Solutions to Climate Change: The Power of Local Action at Sorbonne University

An afternoon seminar entitled, “Solutions to Climate Change: The Power of Local Action” was held Friday at Panthéon Sorbonne in partnership with the Sorbonne University, National Geographic, and Arizona State University. Bringing together past and present Equator Prize winners, scholars, photographers, students, and guests, the event highlighted local approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Following an afternoon of learning and sharing, participants enjoyed a dinner reception.

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Equator Prize winners gather for the final session

Equator Prize winners gather for the final session

8 December: Closing Session & Next Steps

A morning closing session was held for Equator Prize winners at L’Italia in Bocca in Bercy Village. Bringing together community representatives and Equator Initiative staff for the final time, the event enabled participants to reflect on their experiences in Paris and to begin to think about leveraging the Equator Prize for future work. The session concluded with a farewell lunch.

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