04/08/17

Fijian Presidency and Connect4Climate Launch #Uniting4Climate Campaign

Fiji’s incoming COP23 Presidency is joining forces with the World Bank’s Global Partnership Program, Connect4Climate – in collaboration with Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and other partners – to present the #Uniting4Climate communications campaign, which includes a virtual reality video competition.

The goal of the campaign is to highlight the global action being taken by countries, cities, regions, businesses, civil society and individuals, who together are “uniting for climate action.” In the lead up to and during COP23 (the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)) partners will share messages and showcase climate solutions under the #Uniting4Climate hashtag.

As part of the #Uniting4Climate campaign, a competition will be held for those with a passion for how virtual reality and 360 video can be used to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change and drive action toward solutions. The competition will officially be launched in late August.

Fiji’s High-Level Climate Champion, Minister Inia Seruiratu, said that by using the medium of virtual reality, this campaign will help find innovative ways to showcase some of the positive steps being taken to strengthen climate action around the globe.

“One of the key tasks of the climate champions is to share and promote best practices and solutions that are having the greatest impact in terms of reducing emissions and strengthening resilience. We believe the #Uniting4Climate campaign supports this goal by calling on the creativity and passion of climate activists from around the world to find new and engaging ways to communicate, inform and drive action,” the Minister said.

Background

The objectives of the Paris Agreement are to hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C, to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C and, to increase the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development. The latest assessments indicate that current actions are still not ambitious enough to keep global temperature increase to well below 2°C and that the impacts of climate change will continue.

There is a need for collective effort to accelerate the scale and pace of climate action globally, in order to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

This year, Fiji assumes the Presidency of COP23, becoming the first Small Island Developing State to assume the Presidency. Fiji is determined to maintain and increase the momentum generated since the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015. COP23 will take place in Bonn with the support of the Government of Germany, and it is expected to draw nearly 20,000 participants from around the world.

Focus of videos

From the Presidency’s perceptive, competitive submissions would focus on solutions and concrete climate actions targeting Small Island Developing States and vulnerable communities around the world.

Emphasis should be on  solutions to rising oceans and managing vulnerability, the opportunities in climate action, and how low-carbon resilient economies are being built through united actions.

Campaign Format

The #Uniting4Climate communications campaign invites all partners and all audiences to share their climate action experiences and solutions online with the hashtag #Uniting4Climate. It will also support the COP23 communication and foster a sense of unity in addressing the climate challenge.

Competition Format

The details of the competition will be announced during the official launch later in the month.

Please see more information here: https://www.connect4climate.org/initiative/uniting4climate

You can also download and use the logos as you wish. Visuals are being made available her: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B3ukZg8IOjuTMkZWdlhpWjVrWHc