As the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia and the British Embassy Slovenia bring together experts from the politics, business world and academia in Ljubljana on 16 November for a conference on climate opportunities, we wish to engage the civil society in the process as well and open a place for NGOs to update their strategies and exchange experiences and positions.

The global climate negotiations are entering a critical phase and although the progress so far has been marginal, this is the only global initiative for safeguarding the planet’s climate. NGO action on local level is crucial, but only by linking the local action to the global movement will result in synergies that are necessary to move the mainstream climate policies to the ambitious edge.

The aim of this strategic NGO meeting is twofold. On one hand it aims at building capacity of national NGOs to engage in the international climate negotiation process by transferring knowledge about the process and sharing experiences from the past. On the other hand it aims at providing a platform for exchanging opinions on what is the best strategy to effectively engage in the international process.


8.30 – 9.00 Welcome coffee and registration
9.00 – 9.10 Welcome note by the organisers (Lidija Živčič, Focus)
9.10 – 9.30 Current situation in the global climate talks (Mathias Duwe, CAN Europe)
9.30 – 10.00 CEE countries’ position in the UN climate negotiations (Irina Stavchuk, NECU; Barbara Kvac, Focus)
10.00 – 10.30 NGO expectations for Bali and beyond (Matthias Duwe, CAN Europe)
10.30 – 11.00 The role of the NGOs in the UNFCCC process (Matthias Duwe, CAN Europe)
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 12.00 Preparations for 2008 and 2009 COPs (Alexandra Arcipowska, Poland; Soren Dyck Madson, Denmark)
12.00 – 12.30 Bridging the gap between national work and global climate talks (Lidija Živčič, Focus)
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break
13.30 – 14.30 Ensuring meaningful CEE NGOs participation in the UN process (Group discussion)
14.30 – 16.00 Action plan for building the road from Bali to Copenhagen (Group discussion)
18.00 Dinner

Post 2012 position of Ukraine
Preparations for COP in Denmark
Presentations of CAN Europe
List of participants

Further information:

Barbara Kvac, [email protected] , +386 40 722 149

This event is supported by the British Embassy in Slovenia and the European Commission.


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