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Aligning Nonparty Stakeholder Engagement with Critical Political Mechanisms at COP24 for a High Ambition Outcome
Invitation Only
December 5, 2018

On behalf of Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Action, this meeting will be hosted by the Climate Action Network-International, Oxford University, the Stanley Foundation, the World Resources Institute, and WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature).

This session aims to take stock of the numerous events and developments over the previous months and inform nonparty stakeholder engagement of the ambition policy mechanisms during COP24. The discussion will focus on the following areas:

  • Take stock of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) and efforts to carry the outcomes forward: As the coalition that delivered GCAS brings the momentum to COP24 and beyond, what objectives and plans have they formulated? What are key goals for COP24 to take this coalition forward? How can they engage further with nonparty stakeholders, governments, and international institutions?
  • Align on an ambition outcome for COP24: With the release of the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C, the conclusion of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Virtual Summit with a strong call for increasing ambition, the call for countries to step up on climate ambition has never been more forceful. What expectation does this set for the outcomes of COP24? How can the GCAS coalition as well as other nonparty stakeholders push countries toward an ambitious outcome?
  • Guidance for engaging political mechanisms at COP24: With the Talanoa Dialogue, there will be more opportunities for nonparty stakeholders to engage countries at a political level than ever before in the UNFCCC. In addition, Global Climate Action continues to mobilize nonparty stakeholders to advance commitments and expand climate action to new areas. What are key messages for nonparty stakeholders to deliver at the Talanoa Dialogue and Global Climate Action sequence? What outcomes in COP24 can put nonparty stakeholders in a stronger position to contribute positively to international climate politics through 2020?

Participants will include leading subnational and private sector coalitions, civil society representatives, and Parties

Stepping Up Short-term and Long-term Ambition to Pursue the 1.5°C Goal
Invitation Only
December 7, 2018

The IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C has thrown into stark relief the benchmark temperature goal of the Paris Agreement. Yet as time passes, the ambition gap grows and becomes more daunting, with climate change impacts increasingly unfolding. How can the world step up the pace to what is required?

At the COP24 1.5°C dinner, particular points participants will discuss the following:

  • In the past three years, while frontrunner businesses, cities, states and regions, and countries set their climate action plans to pursue the 1.5°C goal and advocacy groups might put 1.5°C in the center of their campaigns, others might choose another benchmark. What does the 1.5°C benchmark mean now after the IPCC special report?
  • The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Summit has been a key event building the momentum for raising ambition and enhancing NDCs; how can this momentum be developed towards a positive outcome at COP24? What can the CVF Summit outcomes bring to the Talanoa Dialogue and potential COP decision on ambition?
  • International climate diplomacy has shown remarkable ability to gain ground with the announcements at the Global Climate Action Summit and the recent formation of the Carbon Neutrality Coalition. At the same time, world politics is bringing up considerable setbacks. What dynamics and drivers are at play and how can we better navigate this moment? How might this play out at the UNSG Climate Summit in 2019? What are urgent global policy gaps that need to be addressed to meet the 1.5°C challenge as made stark by the IPCC?

Climate Change Media Partnership—Reporting Fellowship to COP24
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December 8–December 15, 2018

As part of this year’s Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP), the Stanley Foundation is collaborating with Internews’ Earth Journalism Network to organize a reporting fellowship that will bring a group of twenty developing-country journalists to cover two major global climate summits. Selected from an open call for applications, participating journalists will attend the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, California, from September 10–15, and the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Katowice, Poland, from December 8–15.  During the summits, fellows will receive training and guidance from seasoned climate journalists and will participate in briefings and other programmed activities to foster and strengthen reporting.   

The CCMP has brought journalists from developing countries to UN climate summits since 2007. This is the second time that the Stanley Foundation and the CCMP have partnered to offer this program, and the first time the program will bring fellows to two climate summits in the same year.  More details on the fellowship and a list of participating journalists can be found in the announcement here.

Together Possible: How Domestic Alliances for Climate Action Can Accelerate the Low-Carbon Transition
December 11. 2018

This event will showcase the catalytic role that domestic alliances of companies, local and subnational governments, academia and civil society are beginning to play in accelerating climate action and championing opportunities for higher ambition that directly address domestic development needs.

Representatives from the private sector, local government, academia, and civil society from nascent domestic multi-stakeholder alliances will address why growing the base of climate action at the domestic level is needed, what role national diverse coalitions can play to support NDC implementation and enhancement, and how a growing number of these coalitions are joining forces through the global network known as Alliances for Climate Action (ACA) to build the global groundswell of climate action.

In addition, representatives of these coalitions and other key speakers will discuss the role that domestic multi-stakeholder coalitions can play to strengthen the global climate agenda and directly contribute to the push for accelerated action and increased ambition in 2019 and 2020.

The event will be livecast at 10:00 a.m. Central European Time at

The Role of Nonparty Stakeholders in International Climate Politics from COP24 to the UNSG Summit to 2020
Invitation Only
December 13, 2018

The meeting is hosted by the Climate Action Network-International, Oxford University, the Stanley Foundation, the World Resources Institute, and WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) on behalf of Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Action.

This session aims to take stock of the numerous events and developments over the previous days at COP24 and inform the next steps related to nonstate actor climate action, particularly in 2019. The discussion will focus on the following questions:

  • Take stock of Global Climate Action Sequence and Talanoa Dialogue: What outcomes have resulted from nonstate actor engagement in these processes? How effective have they been? What are the next steps for these processes?
  • Domestic climate action in 2019: What sub- and nonstate actor mobilization is taking place in key jurisdictions? How can this be supported and scaled up?
  • Data and analysis: What tracking and aggregation efforts are planned for 2019? How can we make this as effective as possible?
  • Looking forward to the Secretary General’s 2019 summit: How can we contribute?


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Attention all full-time Muscatine Community School District and Saints Mary and Mathias Catholic School K-12 teachers, for the 2019-2020 school year, the Stanley Foundation announces: Catherine Miller Explorer Awards. Enter the drawing.

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The Stanley Foundation convenes its Strategy for Peace Conference annually to consider key policy challenges, drawing on the experience and knowledge of invited experts from the public and private sectors.

Concurrent roundtables focused on each of the foundation’s three current areas of programming—climate changenuclear policy, and mass violence and atrocities. These roundtable discussions are intended to generate group consensus recommendations for policy change and multilateral action. More.

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The Spring 2019 issue of Courier highlights some of the impact-driven activities the Stanley Foundation pursue with its partners. This includes stories that resulted from two journalism workshops: one examining the false missile alert in Hawaii, as well as one focused on issues of conflict and instability. This issue also examines how Green Banks could help bridge the climate finance gap, explores a new initiative that hopes to bring gender equity to the nuclear field, and brings you the stories of three teachers who enhanced their understanding of the world through travel. Spring 2019 PDF. Subscribe for Free.

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As a part of our efforts to limit 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 journalists to strengthen coverage of the UN climate negotiations.