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By 12 May: Apply for speaking roles in the United Nations President of the General Assembly's 29 June High-level Event on Climate Change

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On 29 June 2015, the President of the United Nations General Assembly (PGA), H.E. Mr. Sam Kahamba Kutesa, will host a High-level Event on Climate Change at United Nations Headquarters in New York to highlight the world's leading initiatives on tackling this global challenge. Government, private sector, and civil society leaders will show that momentum is building toward an ambitious global agreement at the climate change negotiations in December 2015 in Paris. At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is leading a process to find three speakers from civil society for the 29 June High-level Event. We invite you to share your story of successful local climate action to help inspire the world to achieve a more sustainable path, enabling economic opportunity, equality, and a healthy environment for all. Apply now for civil society speaking opportunities during the the opening ceremony, or the two panel discussions of the event.

One speaker for the Opening Ceremony

The President of the General Assembly requests young candidates from developing countries for this key speaking role. This is an opportunity to tell Member States, Government Ministers, high-level participants and other representatives about how you are succeeding in taking climate action.
Travel funding will be provided for this speaker and a supporter if the candidate is under 18.

One respondent for Panel Discussion 1:
Mobilizing political momentum for ambitious actions on mitigation, adaptation and means of implementation

Applicants must be representatives of civil society organizations with expertise in this topic.
Travel funding is not available for this speaking role.

One respondent for Panel Discussion 2:
Mobilizing stakeholders for ambitious actions on mitigation, adaptation and means of implementation

Applicants must be representatives of civil society organizations with expertise in this topic.
Travel funding is not available for this speaking role.

Please review the background information and concept note for this event:

Before submitting a nomination, please confirm that the candidate:
•     is a representative of a civil society organization, and officially authorized by their organization/network to speak on the organization/network’s behalf;
•     can address the relevant topics and guiding questions in the event concept note (link above);
•     would be a compelling public speaker;
•     is available to be in New York on 28-29 June 2015 and for travel if necessary;
•     has a visa for travel to New York, or is able to obtain one within 2 weeks for travel to New York. Please check with the US Embassy or Consulate in the candidate's country or place of residence. The Office of the President of the General Assembly will provide an invitation letter to the selected candidate to support a visa application. The participant will be responsible for obtaining the visa for travel.

Stakeholders could submit applications to speak by 17 May 2015.

Applications received will post online automatically here: http://bit.ly/PGA-29June-climate-apps-received

Civil society Selection Committee

A Selection Committee of diverse representatives from civil society organizations will choose at least five candidates to present to the Office of the President of the General Assembly for each speaking role as a short-list for their consideration. The Committee will ensure regional and gender balance, and diversity of age and expertise in the overall set of candidates. The President of the General Assembly will make the final selection of the civil society speakers for this event.

The civil society Selection Committee was convened through an open application process, with a deadline of 12 May 2015. The members of the Selection Committee are:

Alessandro Attolico - Province of Potenza (Italy)
Annet Birungi - Safeplan Uganda
Ayu Putu Eka Novita - SOS Children's Village Indonesia
Elisabeth Anne Delgado - Kinderenergy Inc.
Elvis Sitati - Youth Environmental Development Association (YEDA)
Essam Hassan Mohamed Ahmed - Nubian Sons for Community Services
Ibrahima Sory Youla - National Advocacy Platform Development Framework Post-2015
Imrana Tiwana - Lahore Conservation Society Lahore Bachao Tehreek
Janvie Amido - World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Community
Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu - SustainUS / A World at School
Jumeira Jazil - Human Rights Commission Pakistan
Lina Dabbagh - Climate Action Network International
Lutchmeecant Soopal - Mauritius Council Of Social Service (Macoss) and Clavet Samelan Sabha
Martha Gallahue - United Religions Initiative
Mohamad Musthafa - Rapid Response
Mowdudur Rahman - Centre for Coastal Environmental Conservation (CCEC), Bangladesh
Nor Nabila Mohd Nasir - ARROW / UNFPA Youth Leadership Working Group
Priscilla Mbarumun Achakpa - Women Environmental Programme/Women’s Major Group
Surveyor Efik - Climate Change Network Nigeria
Teresita Vistro - Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)

The Office of President of the General Assembly is expected to make a decision about the final speakers by 29 May.

The event will be webcast live on UN Web TV. The outcome of the event will be a President's summary, which will be circulated to all Member States of the United Nations General Assembly and other stakeholders.

For updates, please follow the social media accounts at the top of this web page.

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