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Minneapolis 2015: A Last Stop before Paris

Partnership for Change in collaboration with Citizens' Climate Lobby

Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (CDT)

Minneapolis 2015: A Last Stop before Paris

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A Pathway to Paris Dialogue Event bringing Citizen Engagement to Global Climate Talks

On October 25th 2015, under the auspices of Oslo-based Partnership for Change, Citizens’ Climate Lobby will convene a globally-networked discussion on the impact of climate change on communities, the role of citizens in driving change and the catalytic solutions to securing the livable climate future.

This initiative is the first in a series of dialogues that will establish a process connecting citizens to decision-makers, to ensure that what starts in Paris reaches all people and results in real, sustained, and successful outcomes for people and the climate.

The Day of Dialogue will include:

  • Interactive plenary discussion with experts and participants around the world;
  • Sessions featuring leadership from around the Twin Cities;
  • Working groups focused on six work-streams;
  • Discussion of the outcomes of work-streams in plenary session;
  • Foundational meeting of the Citizens’ Climate Engagement Network.

Program for Sunday, October 25, 2015

9:00 am — Coffee & registration 

9:30 am — Plenary Session 1

10:25 am — Dialogue Session 1
Building the Workstreams

  • Carbon Pricing
  • Adaptation
  • Participation
  • Oceans
  • Human Health
  • SDGs & Climate

11:40 am — Dialogue Session 2
How Local Leadership Defines our Climate Future

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul experiences
  • Global-Local experiences
  • Affordable Clean Energy for All
  • Community-driven Policy-making
  • Is sustainability a basic right?
  • Who deploys solutions, and how?

12:40 pm — Working lunch
Opportunities for Informal Discussion of the Day's Lessons

1:30 pm — Plenary Session 2

  • Why participatory citizenship matters
  • Stakeholder leadership: Examples that created better outcomes
  • Government experiences
  • Citizen engagement as catalyst for action
  • Action networks: Who is doing what?

2:40 pm — Dialogue Session 3
Workstream Focus Groups

  • Carbon Pricing: Energy transition and the consumer economy
  • Adaptation: Resilience, preparedness and full-spectrum sustainability
  • Participation: Who can do what to build up to better outcomes?
  • Oceans: How local policies connect (waste, emissions, etc.)
  • Human Health: Local impacts, global policy
  • SDGs & Climate: Which SDGs relate to climate, and what that means for how we live

4:00 pm — Plenary Session 3

  • Citizens’ role in shaping global policy
  • Local experiences
  • Review of CCEN Governance Strategy and Work Program
  • Opportunity for comment
  • Closing remarks

Sunday, October 25, is your opportunity to participate in the creation of a new global network of partners, working locally to empower citizens, strengthen government action on climate, and drive needed solutions across the world. Outcomes from the 25th will inform a high-level Chatham House rules dialogue on Monday, October 26, featuring leaders from business, government, advocacy, and scholarship.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby and the Pathway to Paris coalition will bring outcomes from Minneapolis 2015 to the global climate negotiations that open in Paris on November 30.

Social media discussion for this event will use the hashtags #b4paris#Minneapolis2015, and #peaceitforward

Have questions about Minneapolis 2015: A Last Stop before Paris? Contact Partnership for Change in collaboration with Citizens' Climate Lobby

When & Where

Radisson Blu Minneapolis
35 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (CDT)

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Partnership for Change in collaboration with Citizens' Climate Lobby

Partnership for Change is an Oslo-based organization, with a US-affiliate office in Minneapolis, working to empower individuals, in particular women and youth, through education and job creation to build socially, environmentally, and financially sustainable communities. 

Citizens' Climate Lobby is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization, based in Coronado, California, whose mission is to build political will for a livable world and empower citizen volunteers to have breakthroughs in the exercise of their personal and political power. CCL's Pathway to Paris project is working to bring this kind of deep civic engagement into intergovernmental negotiating processes. 

Honorary Co-Chairs of Minneapolis 2015 include Carlson Holdings' Co-CEO Marilyn Carlson Nelson, former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale, President of the University of Minnesota Eric Kaler, and President of Augsburg College Paul Pribbenow.

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