Side Events At High Level UN Conferences

Side events and exhibits are a platform for observer organisations, which have limited speaking opportunities in the formal negotiations, to engage with parties and other participants for knowledge sharing, capacity building, networking, and exploring actionable options for meeting the climate/environment challenge. Considering our active participation at these high level United Nation conferences, we have proactively organised a number highly engaging side events 

Side Events at Conference of Parties 27

The Conference of Parties 27  took place in the Egyptian coastal city of Sharm el-Sheikh, concluded with a historic decision to establish and operationalize a loss and damage fund. From 6 to 20 November, COP27 held high-level and side events, key negotiations, and press conferences, hosting more than 100 Heads of State and Governments, over 35,000 participants and numerous pavilions showcasing climate action around the world and across different sectors. At COP27 

Side Events at Conference of Parties 28

The COP28 UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, was the biggest of its kind. Some 85,000 participants, including more than 150 Heads of State and Government, were among the representatives of national delegations, civil society, business, Indigenous Peoples, youth, philanthropy, and international organizations in attendance at the Conference from 30 November to 13 December 2023. The the historic event we host two amazing events which was attending by government representatives, leading CSO representatives, youth, children etc. 

The inaugural side event,
titled  “Educating the Next Generation of Climate Action Champions” was held on December 8th at 1 pm Dubai time. Moderated by Ineza Grace, TGP’s CEO, the session surpassed expectations, lasting just over an hour. Key highlights included a compelling keynote speech by Mwale Brenda, the CFO at the Green Girls Platform, a thought-provoking animation on Loss and Damage, and a poignant 3-minute video showcasing TGP’s impactful education initiatives. The ensuing panel discussion featured exceptional speakers, including Licypriya Kangujam, founder of Child Movement, Faith, a child speaker from Malawi, and Paul Chukwuma, communication co-coordinator from the Loss and Damage Youth Coalition. This session delved into the critical role of education, particularly climate change education, in propelling sustainable climate action. It underscored the significance of integrating children’s perspectives, yielding crucial insights into Educating the Next Generation of Climate  Action Champions. The event contribute substantially to the overarching conference discussion on climate action.  

The second side event, “
Climate Change and Conservation Action: A Community Conservation Story” was held on December 9th at 1 pm Dubai time. Again moderated by Ineza Grace, TGP’s CEO, the session, lasting just over an hour, continued the triumph of visionary discussions. Creative visual elements, including a keynote video presentation by Beth A. Kaplin, Director at the University of Rwanda, Kwita Izina highlights, and TGP’s project in Bugesera, set the stage for a thought- provoking panel discussion. Distinguished panelists, including Leonard Iyamuremye, Youth4Nature Ambassador and IUCN-PAPACO representative, Irene Natukunda Kananura, Co-Founder and COO at Biodiversity Hub International, and Mamadou Sylla, Advocacy Coordinator at the Loss and Damage Youth Coalition, engaged in an insightful conversation. The discussion elucidated the interlinkage of concrete climate action with nature, showcased impactful youth and women’s initiatives in nature-based solutions, and shed light on Rwanda’s commendable approach to empowering local actors. The profound interconnections between non- economic loss and damage and conservation were significantly highlighted, leveraging the expertise of the distinguished panelists


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