In the lead up to the climate change agreement that the nations of the world will conclude under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris in December, citizens around world are invited to take part in the largest ever public consultation on climate change and energy on 6 June 2015.
World Wide Views on Climate and Energy will bring the views of citizens from 100 countries on climate change to the attention of governments, public officials, UN institutions, local authorities, stakeholders, companies, etc. giving citizens an opportunity to express their views on decisions that will affect their lives.
On June 6, groups of hundreds of citizens reflecting the demographic diversity of their countries will attend day-long meetings to discuss climate change and energy issues, express their views and make up their minds about what they want their governments to do to ensure a sustainable future.
The ambition is to involve 10,000 citizens in 100 countries. All citizens will receive information about pros, cons and views on different climate and energy policies, targets and measures (both in advance and on that day) and all meetings will follow the same agenda and guidelines in order to make the results comparable.
The results from the global event will be ready in June, giving everyone from policy makers to businesses, from civic leaders to investors a unique and timely insight into the views of citizens worldwide on the key issues that governments need to address in order to reach an effective new climate change agreement.
The results from World Wide Views will also be presented at the Paris COP21 UNFCCC climate change conference.
“We are very excited that the World Wide Views on Climate and Energy is being organized and happy to collaborate with such an important initiative. Bringing forward the views and the voices of citizens from across the globe can only 2 contribute to a positive new universal climate agreement in Paris in December. In supporting this unique and novel approach, we believe we are also making an important contribution to Article 6 of the Convention as it relates to education and public awareness.” Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Managing Citizen Participation on a Global Scale All the citizen meetings will be organized in an identical way in order to make the results comparable. The results will be published immediately on a web platform as they are collected throughout the day. They will then be presented and distributed to the negotiating teams and shared with other policy makers and stakeholders not only at COP21 but importantly at key events leading up to the Paris conference.
This is the third time that partners in the World Wide Views Alliance have organized a global citizen consultation, but World Wide Views on Climate and Energy is on track to be the largest ever. Partners around the world are still signing up and over 50 countries are expected to participate. The initiative has received France’s official COP21 label, and French President François Hollande praised it in his yearly speech to the French constitutional bodies, last January.
The project is initiated by the Danish Board of Technology Foundation, Missions Publiques, the UNFCCC Secretariat and the French National Commission for Public Debate in partnership with World Wide Views. The funders The project is funded by the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (MEDDE), 14 French Regions and the City of Paris, the National Commission for Public Debate (CNDP), GDF Suez, the Presidency of the French National Assembly, the German Federal Environment Agency, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), the Fondation de France, and the EE-LV group of the French Senate.