UNESCO launches guide to support countries achieve Paris Agreement’s goals through Action for Climate Empowerment


2020 has already been a year of immense global challenges and changes. It will also be a significant year for action on climate change, because it heralds a new opportunity for countries’ leaders to advance towards sustainability and the achievement of the Paris Agreement’s goals.

UNESCO, in partnership with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has launched a new guide: Integrating action for climate empowerment into nationally determined contributions to support countries achieve their commitments and enhance ambition. The guide provides countries with advice on how to address Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) elements including education and public awareness – in their respective national commitments – called Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in order to make ACE an integral part of countries’ climate responses.

In five simple questions and answers, the guide provides suggestions for elements that can be integrated into the NDCs and shows why Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) is key to achieve the Paris Agreement’s goals and its greenhouse gas emission target. It also provides resources such as online platforms and networks that can support countries to implement ACE.

“The six elements of Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) – education, training, public awareness, public access to information, public participation and international cooperation on these – are essential for countries and communities to counter climate change and adapt to its impacts,” said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The launch of the guide comes after the global launch event of the 8th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment on June 8th 2020; This event will be followed by a series of regional webinars, with the aim to provide background and knowledge sharing among stakeholders of each region.

UNESCO has been providing capacity building for Member States through its Education for Sustainable Development programme to make education a more central element of the international response to climate change,  It encourages innovative pedagogical approaches to integrate Climate Change Education in schools, including through interdisciplinary practices and science education, among others.