Governments and Civil Society Advancing Climate Agendas

Date
Coming soon
Format
Online

General Description

The Paris Agreement established a new global regime regarding climate change. Over 180 countries committed to keep the increase of the planet’s average temperature below 2°C compared to preindustrial levels. They also pledged to continue the efforts to limit that temperature increase to 1.5°C. Regarding adaptation, governments agreed to strengthen societies’ capacities to face climate change effects. The Paris Agreement, the 2030 Agenda and the Principle 10/Escazú Agreement recognize citizen engagement as crucial for achieving its environmental sustainability goals.

Within this context, participants of Governments and Civil Society Advancing Climate Agendas will learn about best engagement practices among governments and civil society, to advance climate change and environmental sustainability agendas. The training highlights what has already worked out in the joint efforts of these two development stakeholders, using real examples of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Methodology

This is an online self-paced course, meaning that participants manage their learning rhythm and study time. The training has a set of readings, audiovisual aids, and links to other resources and sites. These facilitate learning and eases evaluation.

Participants will review the available contents on their own and will reflect about the benefits of driving an effective civil society-government engagement, at 5 different levels. As a starting point, students will use best practices developed in Latin America and the Caribbean.

At the end of each module there will be a questionnaire based on a case study. Participants will have to respond this instrument within the established period.

Participant Requirements
  • Interest in acquiring skills to articulate projects for advancing climate change agendas, from the civil society, government, or private sector.
  • Capacity for browsing the Internet, performing web searches, selecting and using information.
  • Being a self-paced course, it is fundamental that the participant be constant and systematic in their dedication and weekly time allotment for the course. Therefore, regular connection to the online classroom is vital.
  • Previous general knowledge about sustainability and the international climate change legal framework is helpful, but not required.

Target Audience

Aimed especially, but not solely, at:

  • Civil servants and civil society representatives that focus in area related to: environment, public policy, natural resource management, climate change.
  • Community members from areas particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
  • Civil society organization (CSO) members, especially those focused on environmental issues, mediation, rural development, advocacy.
  • Academia, especially of schools specialized in environment, sustainability, social development.

Goals

By the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  1. Distinguish the 5 levels of engagement between governments and civil society, for the implementation of climate change and sustainability agendas.
  2. Distinguish the 4 criteria to evaluate a climate change best practice.
  3. Describe the main characteristics of an effective engagement practice for climate purposes, according to their compliance of quality criteria.
  4. Analyze examples of best engagement practices from Latin America and the Caribbean.
  5. Identify the elements of best practices applicable to other countries’ climate agendas.

Certificate

By the end of the training, participants who have complied with the course’s participation requirements and achieved a score of at least 80 points, will receive a certificate of approval issued by the IDB.

Team

Juan Cristóbal Bonnefoy

Jefe del Instituto Interamericano para el Desarrollo Económico y Social

INDES, BID

Flavia Milano

Líder del Programa de Capacitación Institucional GBID-Sociedad Civil

Vicepresidencia de Países, BID

Irene Irazábal

Coordinadora del Programa de Capacitación Institucional GBID-Sociedad Civil

Vicepresidencia de Países, BID

Stella Porto

Coordinadora del aula virtual

INDES, BID

Sonia Filippin

Coordinadora del curso virtual

INDES, BID

María Enriqueta Ponce

Diseñadora instruccional

INDES, BID

Content and Structure

 

The course is organized in 5 units, each corresponding to a different level in which the stakeholders engage with each other in the planning and implementation of actions for advancing national climate agendas.

Unit 0: ORIENTATION
It provides general information about the tools available to the participant in the online classroom.

Unit 1: INFORMATION

  • Define engagement among government and civil society stakeholders, at an information level, in the context of advancing national climate agendas.
  • Describe the main characteristics of an information best practice.
  • Recognize the importance of a continuous flow of information that is transparent, timely, and understandable, for an effective engagement between governments and civil society.
  • Observe the compliance of accessibility, sustainability, pertinence, social and gender equity criteria in a best practices of information.

Módulo 2: DIALOGUE

  • Define engagement among government and civil society stakeholders, at a dialogue level, in the context of advancing national climate agendas.
  • Describe the main characteristics of a dialogue best practice.

Módulo 3: CONSULTATION

  • Define engagement among government and civil society stakeholders, at a consultation level, in the context of advancing national climate agendas.
  • Describe the main characteristics of a consultation best practice.

Módulo 4: COLABORATION

  • Define engagement among government and civil society stakeholders, at a collaboration level, in the context of advancing national climate agendas.
  • Describe the main characteristics of a collaboration best practice.

Módulo 5: PARTNERSHIP

  • Define engagement among government and civil society stakeholders, at a partnership level, in the context of advancing national climate agendas.
  • Describe the main characteristics of a partnership best practice.

Additional resources

To know more, download the publication Governments and Civil Society Advancing Climate Agendas.

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