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When: 1300 on Thursday, 30 October 2014

Where: CARE Danmark offices, Jemtelandsgade 1, København S, 2300.

Register: By 28 October with Esben Boutrop Møller on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

On the 30th of October, the Southern Voices Programme will be hosting a seminar in Copenhagen, Denmark where the lessons learned from Phase II of the program will be discussed, and presentations will also be given by four partner networks involved in the programme.

Over three years from 2011 to mid 2014 the Southern Voices on Climate Change programme supported around 20 climate policy networks in the South in their efforts to influence climate change policies at national, regional and international levels. With funding from the Danish Climate Envelope (Klimapuljen) the project was implemented through a consortium including Sustainable Energy Denmark, IBIS, DanChurchAid, CARE Danmark (lead agency), Climate Action Network International and IIED – the International Institute for Environment and Development.


Seminar program
Welcome and introduction
by Peter With, Programme Coordinator
Southern Voices on Climate Change, CARE Danmark
13:10 Learning from the Southern Voices Programme Phase 1-2
Facilitation Hans Peter Dejgaard, INKA Consult
Presentation by Raja Jarrah,
Consultant in the Review of Southern Voices on Climate Change - Phase 2
The session is based on the review from the Southern Voices Phase 2 and the publication "Learning from Southern Voices – how to make advocacy on climate change more effective" based on the lessons learned from both phase 1 and 2
13:25 Debate and discussion with the floor
Comments by Discussant(s):
Danida colleague – (tbc)
Sven Harmeling, Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator, CARE-International
13:50 Tea-break
Results and challenges– cases presented by SV climate networks
Four SV partners present cases illustrating the achievements and challenges in the SV programme, covering both capacity building , policy advocacy and cross-learning between civil society climate networks.
  • Herbert Mwalukomo, CISONECC, Malawi: "Influencing the climate policy of the Government of Malawi"
  • Tania Guillén Bolaños, Sustainability Watch, Nicaragua: "Getting climate change higher up on the national and regional policy agendas in Central America"
  • Emmanuel Seck, ENDA, Senegal: "Sustainable energy for all – from community projects to policy action in West Africa"
  • Vositha Wijenayake, CAN South Asia – "Southern Voices working in synergy with established international networks"
14:40 Discussion based comments by discussants and on questions and answers from the floor
15:00 Tea-break
Launching the SV Climate Change Advocacy Toolkits
As a key output of the Southern Voices Phase 2 this session launches six toolkits on climate change advocacy informed by the experiences of the partner networks in the Southern Voices programme – and Southern activists.
The climate change advocacy toolkits 1-6 are presented here by for the first time, including presentation of some of the case study examples from SV partners present.


Building on the Southern Voices experience:
Presentation and early lessons from the two projects funded by the CISU Climate and Development Fund – which are following up on the SV on Climate Change.

The Southern Voices on Adaptation Project
Presentation Peter With,  and SVA regional facilitators on the project implemented by CARE, IBIS and DCA, which is piloting the “Joint Principles for Adaptation” as a tool to influence national adaptation policies in the South with civil society priorities.

Promoting Pro-Poor Low-Carbon Development Strategies
Presentation by Gunnar Boyesen, INFORSE /or Emmanuel Seck, ENDA on the project hosted by Sustainable Energy Denmark with CAN-International, 

 16:10 Debate: The role of civil society in the addressing climate change disruption

Guiding questions:

  • What is the role and added value of Southern civil society in the international movement against climate change disruption?
  • Is it relevant to include support for civil society as part of Danish and international climate finance?

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