Signing Ceremony of the Paris Climate Change Agreement at United Nations Headquarters in New York 22 April 2016
Civil Society: Apply to speak in the opening session, or to attend the event
By 16 March: Apply for civil society Selection Committee
By 20 March: Apply to speak or attend
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited all world leaders to a signing ceremony on 22 April for the historic climate agreement that was reached in Paris in December last year. The signing event will take place at UN Headquarters in New York on the first day the agreement will be open for signature, which coincides with the UN observance of International Mother Earth Day. The Secretary-General intends to use the occasion of the signing ceremony to further engage world leaders as well as those from business and civil society to put the new agreement into action as quickly as possible.
At the request of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, UN-NGLS is leading a process for civil society to apply for a speaking role in the opening session of the signing ceremony, or to attend the event as an observer.
For the speaking role in the opening session, the Executive Office of the Secretary-General is seeking someone from a developing country who can share a compelling story of a new innovation or solution (from social entrepreneurship to engineering to community action) that she / he has put into practice that is delivering tangible results on climate change mitigation or adaptation.
Travel funding will be provided for the selected speaker, as well as a supporter if the selected candidate is under 18.
Travel funding is not available from the UN for civil society observers to attend the meeting.
Apply here by 20 March to speak in the opening session, or to attend the event:
Apply here by 16 March for the civil society Selection Committee for this process:
More information about this event is available here.