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Communicating climate change – Top tips from CDKN

07 December 2018
RYSY Meeting Room 24 – Area E

CDKN will share insights from seven years of framing, communicating and engaging effectively with stakeholders on climate science, impacts and adaptation, and mitigation solutions.

Most importantly, CDKN is soliciting your feedback and your contributions to a work in progress: Communicating climate change: A practitioner’s guide.

The team will be sharing their communications tips, drawn from CDKN’s experience in South Asia and Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. This session and the associated guide are by practitioners for practitioners and are intended for communications officers, and other champions of climate action, who are working nationally and locally in developing countries.

A large amount has been written and debated on how best to communicate climate issues in industrialised countries with a view to both influencing policy debates and changing broader public awareness and behaviour. However, this considerable literature is overwhelmingly ‘Northern’ – focusing CDKN’s experience spans dozens of developing countries, where they have been communicating about:
• the impacts of climate change on poverty and development;
• the potential for building resilience to climate change; and
• the opportunities of embracing a low-emission economy.
The team’s experience spans dozens of low- and middle-income countries.

The climate communicators with whom CDKN has worked in these countries, and their ultimate audiences, don’t need to be convinced that climate change is happening. They see the evidence before their eyes: in searing heatwaves and increasing numbers of heat-related illnesses and death; in failing and flooded food crops, and inundated coastal zones. What these audiences also need is to ‘make sense’ of what they are seeing: to understand their lived experience in scientific context, to know what the future climate might hold, and decide what they should do about it.

Please come and share your stories and suggestions – which could be incorporated into a future edition of CDKN’s guide, to be produced in 2019. We invite you to hear our short presentation then roll up your sleeves to participate in an inclusive discussion, followed by 1:1 brainstorming on climate communications and engagement.

16:30 Welcome and introduction: Shehnaaz Moosa, CDKN Director (SouthSouthNorth)
16:35 Presentation: Mairi Dupar, CDKN Technical Advisor (ODI)
16:50 Case study: Simbisai Zhanje, CDKN Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Lead (SouthSouthNorth)
16:55 Q&A and Discussion of audiences’ experiences and best practices (large group)

Followed by: 1:1 discussion of best practices and contributions to the CDKN Guide / break-out session (to 18:30)
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This presentation and discussion is part of the Paris Committee for Capacity Building’s hub at COP24.

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