UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited all world leaders to a signing ceremony on 22 April at UN Headquarters for the historic climate agreement that was reached in Paris in December last year. At the request of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, UN-NGLS led a process for civil society to apply to attend or speak during the opening session of the signing ceremony. For the speaking role, the Executive Office of the Secretary-General sought applications from individuals in developing countries who could share a compelling story of a new innovation or solution (from social entrepreneurship to engineering to community action) that she/he has put into practice that is delivering tangible results on climate change mitigation or adaptation. Travel funding will be provided for this speaker.
The Executive Office of the Secretary-General has selected as the civil society speaker:
Ms. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim
Association des Femmes Peules Autochtones du Tchad (AFPAT) - Chad
Ms. Ibrahim's bio is available here.
About the selection process
By 20 March, civil society could apply here to attend, or for the speaking role in the opening session:
Applications received can be viewed here:
By 17 March, civil society could apply here for the Selection Committee for this process:
The members of the civil society Selection Committee:
Flaviano Bianchini - Source International
Pefi Kingi - Pacificwin (Pacific Womens' Indigenous Networks)
Jaimie Grant - International Disability Alliance
Chibeze Ezekiel - Strategic Youth Network for Development (SYND) Ghana
Ernestine Johnson - US Climate Action Network
Taynah Reis - Green Cross Brazil
Doreen Stabinsky - College of the Atlantic
Betty Barkha - Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
Omoyemen Lucia Odigie-Emmanuel - Centre for Human Rights and Climate Change Research Nigeria
Zephanii Smith - SustainUS
Timothy Damon - YOUNGO
Roberto Borrero - International Indian Treaty Council
Adriana Martin - ECOTECNICA Colombia
Imran Inam - Community Research and Development Organization (CRDO) Pakistan
The Selection Committee reviewed more than 200 applications, and created a short-list of 16 candidates for the Executive Office of the Secretary-General to consider for the opening session speaking role. The Executive Office of the Secretary-General made the final selection of Ms. Ibrahim as the speaker from among the short-listed candidates.
More information about this event is available here.