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CCMP Fellowship to Bring 14 Journalists to Critical UN Climate Negotiations in Bonn, Germany
Invitation only
November 6, 2017 - November 17, 2017
Bonn Germany

In a time of great uncertainty over the future of global climate action, the Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP) led by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN), will bring 14 journalists from around the world to report directly from the upcoming climate talks. This year’s Fellowship group represents some of the most vulnerable countries to climate-related impacts, including six indigenous journalists—three of whom come from the Pacific Islands—who will add unique voices to global coverage as Fiji prepares to lead the talks.

Photos of the Fellowship activity.
Spanish-language reporting for Conexion COP.
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Making The 1.5° C Limit A Reality – Next Steps to Accelerate Action
Policy Dinner - Invitation only
November 15, 2017
Bonn Germany

Two years after governments passed the Paris Agreement, and one year after its entry-into-force, the 1.5° C limit is leaving its footprint in science, policy, and advocacy campaigns. However, much more needs to be done to keep the 1.5° C limit in reach.

This year has shown the following:

  • There is greater understanding of the climate impacts of 1.5° C, as well as the pathways and economic opportunities of a rapid transformation within the 1.5° C limit.
  • 1.5° C has been translated into milestones like bending the global emissions curve by 2020 and net-zero emissions by 2050, sectoral efforts like 100 percent renewable energy, and impacts like the effects of ocean acidification.
  • The 1.5° C limit has galvanized the climate movement into making a united case for early, faster climate action. This focus on early action has allowed the climate movement to take some attention off controversial technologies.
  • Front runners—cities, businesses, states and regions, and countries committing to pursuing 1.5° C and taking the biggest steps in climate action—have emerged to associate ambitious climate action with economic prosperity and political leadership.
  • New coalitions are forming for targeted, 1.5° C-relevant actions (e.g., coal phaseout).

These developments lay the groundwork and present opportunities in light of upcoming moments, including the IPCC Special Report on 1.5° C, the Global Climate Action Summit, and the Facilitative Dialogue. How can we amplify and accelerate these developments in 2018? What are the next issues to tackle on the 1.5° C agenda (for example, sustainable behavior and consumption, just transition, and linkages with the Sustainable Development Goals)? Dinner participants will share strategies and align their next steps.

Unleashing Ambition: How Nonstate and Subnational Actors Can Work With Countries to Step Up Ambition After COP23
Invitation only
November 15, 2017
Bonn, Germany

On behalf of Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions, the Stanley Foundation will co-host a breakfast discussion with Oxford University, the World Resources Institute, and World Wildlife Foundation on the topic of "Unleashing Ambition: How Nonstate and Subnational Actors Can Work With Countries to Step Up Ambition after COP23." Participants in this discussion will include leading subnational and private sector coalitions, civil society representatives, and Parties.

Topics covered in this discussion will include:

  • Opportunities for nonstate and subnational actors to collaborate with Parties to identify ways to raise ambition.
  • Channels that nonstate and subnational actors can use to support raising national ambition.
  • Messages that are emerging and how Parties and state actors can align and sequence those messages to build momentum and enhance ambition by 2020.

COP23 Side Event: Raising the Ambition of Climate Action Through Circular Economy Strategies
Invitation only
November 15, 2017
Bonn, Germany

Effective climate action requires tapping into renewable sources of both energy and materials, and extracting the most societal value and utility out of them at all times. Around 67 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions is related to material management and, taking Europe as example, is allocated to the production products and materials of which 95 percent is waste after just one use-cycle. Practice shows that applying circular economy concepts opens new greenhouse gas mitigation options which are mostly left unexplored, yet crucial to honor the Paris commitments.

This COP23 side event (accreditation required) explores how we can align climate policy, the architecture of the Paris Agreement, and climate finance to develop this potential, while contributing to the economic development and low-carbon growth ambitions of developing countries.

The Stanley Foundation at COP23 The Stanley Foundation at COP23
The Stanley Foundation is taking part in COP23 as a part of our efforts in successfully limiting global warming to 1.5° C. The foundation put forward policy ideas to achieve a global turning point in emissions by 2020, built upon efforts to catalyze global climate action by countries and sub- and non-state actors, and worked with advocacy groups on mobilizing climate action campaigns. 

Courier Courier
The weather has turned chilly, which means it’s time to sit down with the hot beverage of your choice and peruse the Fall 2017 issue of Courier from the Stanley Foundation. This issue includes a look at unarmed civilian protection, the rise of commercial satellite imagery in the monitoring of nuclear proliferation, the threat of environmental problems in Colombia and a tribute to two diplomats from the Marshall Islands. Fall 2017 PDF (1,151K) Subscribe for FREE.

Stanley Foundation Annual Conferences Stanley Foundation Annual Conferences
The Stanley Foundation holds two annual conferences, UN Issues and the Strategy for Peace Conference. These bring together experts from the public and private sectors to meet in a distraction-free setting and candidly exchange ideas on pressing foreign policy challenges.

Divided into roundtable talks, the cutting-edge discussions are intended to inspire group consensus and shared recommendations to push forward the debate on the foundation’s key policy areas.

A Climate for Conflict: Stories from Somalia A Climate for Conflict: Stories from Somalia
The Ground Truth Project, New America, and the Stanley Foundation are hosting a Screening of “A Climate for Conflict” and discussion with the creators followed by a panel discussion on Climate Security and Societal Resilience on May 30, 2017.

Somalia today is at a crossroads between a deepening crisis and a path to stability. Photographer and filmmaker Nichole Sobecki and writer Laura Heaton spent 18 months documenting personal stories of Somalia, creating a film, photography, and reporting that vividly illustrate the human consequences and security risks of a changing climate. Read more.

Follow the conversation online with #AClimateforConflict.

Stanley Foundation at 60
On December 12, 1956, the Stanley Foundation was certified as a nonprofit corporation in the state of Iowa, bringing to life an organization dedicated to creating a world in which there is a secure peace with freedom and justice. Sixty years later, the organization continues to pursue and advance that vision as a thriving nonpartisan operating foundation. Moreover, it remains an organization with a professional staff and the involvement of family members who have an ongoing role in shaping its strategy and core values. More.

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