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learning seminar 2014

On the 30th of October 2014, the Southern Voices Programme hosted a seminar in Copenhagen, Denmark where the lessons learned from Phase II of the program were discussed and where four partner networks gave presentations.

Over three years from 2011 to mid 2014 the Southern Voices on Climate Change programme supported around 20 climate policy networks in the South in their efforts to influence climate change policies at national, regional and international levels. 

With funding from the Danish Climate Envelope (Klimapuljen), the project was implemented through a consortium including Sustainable Energy Denmark, IBIS, DanChurchAid, CARE Danmark (lead agency), Climate Action Network International and IIED – the International Institute for Environment and Development.

The Southern Voices Regional Facilitators were in Copenhagen at the end of October 2014 to attend the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. To coincide with the Regional Facilitators visit, stakeholders from DANIDA and the Southern Voices Consortium attended a seminar where the Regional Facilitators presented outcomes from Phase 2 and the Southern Voices consultant, Rajah Jarrah, discussed learnings from the programme.

Seminar program  
The Seminar was broadcast on WebEX and anyone interested in the meeting can replay the stream at (551mb). Specific timings of the presentations are in the brackets below:

Welcome and introduction

by Peter With, Programme Coordinator
Southern Voices on Climate Change, CARE Danmark

Learning from the Southern Voices Programme Phase 1-2
Facilitation Hans Peter Dejgaard, INKA Consult
Presentation by Raja Jarrah, Consultant in the Review of Southern Voices on Climate Change - Phase 2

The session was based on the review from the Southern Voices Phase 2 and the publication "Learning from Southern Voices – how to make advocacy on climate change more effective" based on the lessons learned from both phase 1 and 2
13:25 Debate and discussion with the floor
Sven Harmeling, Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator, CARE-International: " (27:30 - 38:00)
Results and challenges– cases presented by SV climate networks
Four SV partners present cases illustrating the achievements and challenges in the SV programme - covering both capacity building, policy advocacy and cross-learning between civil society climate networks.
14:40 Discussion based on comments by discussants and on questions and answers from the floor 
Launching the SV Climate Change Advocacy Toolkits (2:08:00 - 2:28:00)
As a key output of the Southern Voices Phase 2 this session launches six toolkits on climate change advocacy informed by the experiences of the partner networks in the Southern Voices programme – and Southern activists. The climate change advocacy toolkits 1-6 are presented here for the first time, including presentation of some of the case study examples from SV partners.  


Building on the Southern Voices experience:
Presentation and early lessons from the two projects funded by the CISU Climate and Development Fund – which are following up on the SV on Climate Change. 

The Southern Voices on Adaptation Project 
Presentation Peter With,  and SVA regional facilitators on the project implemented by CARE, IBIS and DCA, which is piloting the “Joint Principles for Adaptation” as a tool to influence national adaptation policies in the South with civil society priorities.

"The Southern Voices on Adaptation and the Joint Principles for Adaptation" (2:29:00 - 2:54:00)

Promoting Pro-Poor Low-Carbon Development Strategies
Presentation by Gunnar Boyesen, INFORSE /or Emmanuel Seck, ENDA on the project hosted by Sustainable Energy Denmark with CAN-International

"Low Carbon Development" (2:55:00 - 3:08:00)

 16:10 Debate: The role of civil society in the addressing climate change disruption

Guiding questions:

  • What is the role and added value of Southern civil society in the international movement against climate change disruption?
  • Is it relevant to include support for civil society as part of Danish and international climate finance?

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