Information for G03360
Executive summary - Southern voices on climate policy choices: analysis of and lessons learned from civil society advocacy on climate change
Climate change is leading to a number of impacts, which are
particularly detrimental to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities. Governments at every level are responsible for helping communities respond to these changes, and yet governments often only take action when under pressure from civil society.
Civil society has a key role to play, both in terms of raising awareness about climate change at local and national levels and also helping governments,donors and international organisations plan for a climate change constrained future. Increasingly, non-government organisations and other stakeholders have been coming together at the national level to form civil society networks in some of the countries that are most affected by climate change. These networks have been involved in a wide range of activities to raise awareness about climate change, support climate change adaptation activities that benefit the most vulnerable, develop low-carbon development pathways to help mitigate climate change and improve local livelihoods, conduct research and disseminate results, build capacity on climate change and influence government planning processes at a variety of levels through a multitude of advocacy activities. Civil society has also come together at the regional level in some parts of the world.
These civil society networks have directed much of their advocacy efforts on particular government policies or actions, but also on international processes, donors and in some cases the private sector.
This is the executive summary to the main report, which includes a collection of case studies which aim to inform, inspire and perhaps forewarn the growing body of dedicated climate change advocates around the world about which advocacy activities have worked, what ones have not, and where others are focusing their efforts.