Article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

About Article 6

Article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) stipulates the promotion of education, training and public awareness on climate change.

Article 6 defines activities in six priority areas that are determined by the UNFCCC as essential for involving all levels of society in the climate change process. The outcomes that the parties are obligated to demonstrate and that should “promote and facilitate at the national and, as appropriate, sub-regional and regional, levels…” are: climate change–related educational programmes at primary and secondary levels; public awareness campaigns; public access to relevant information; public participation; the training of experts; and the enhancement of international cooperation.

In addition to the regulations of the UNFCCC, a special mechanism — the New Delhi Work Programme — was elaborated and launched to provide for the better realisation of the stipulations of Article 6. The work programme was adopted by the Eighth Conference of the Parties, held in New Delhi, India, in 2002 (Decision 11/CP.8), in recognition of the importance of the implementation of the elements of Article 6. The programme is based on country-driven, integrating, interdisciplinary and co-operative approaches, as well as on cost effectiveness and the principles of sustainable development.

In December 2007, the Thirteenth Conference of the Parties (COP13), held in Bali, Indonesia, adopted Decision 9/CP13 on the extension of the New Delhi Work Programme. The decision recognised that the implementation of Article 6 is a long-term process that requires a framework to support national efforts. It was therefore agreed that the New Delhi programme, as such a framework, should be extended for a further five years and adapted to address identified gaps and needs. One important element of the extended New Delhi programme is the strengthening of regional and sub-regional efforts.

National focal points (NFPs) for Article 6 play a vital role in the implementation of its stipulations in their respective countries, taking into consideration each country’s specific conditions and characteristics. In 2004, REC Country Office Turkey was nominated as NFP for Article 6.

Since then, the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe has been acting as the RFP for Article 6, promoting the more efficient implementation of Article 6 in Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey. The ultimate goal of the RFP is to foster national efforts in the REC’s beneficiary countries in Central and Eastern Europe, South Eastern Europe and Turkey towards the implementation of Article 6 and the extended New Delhi Work Programme by supporting the work of the NFPs in relation to all items of Article 6.

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