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Marrakech, Morocco

United Nations Climate Change Conference
November 7-18, 2016

COP 22 entrance
COP22 Blue Zone entrance
COP22 Plenary with smiling earth
1.5 C is Possible
We will Move Ahead
At COP22, INFORSE and its members were involved in many ways:
We were happy to meet many of You at the 2-weeks EXIHIBITION and the SIDE EVENTS on November 8, 11 and 15, 2016.
Please see details below. INFORSE network was represented at by several members including:
INFORSE-Europe: SustainableEnergy, Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy, and DIB from Denmark; Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), UK, Friends of Baltic, Russia, REA Ukraine.

INFORSE-South Asia: INSEDA & WAFD, India; IDEA, Sri Lanka; Grameen Shakti, Bangladesh; and CRT/N Nepal.
INFORSE-Africa: ENDA, Senegal, Mali Folkecenter, Mali
100% Renewable energy for 1.5 C

Side Event COP22 November 15, 2016

Time: 10.00-11.00. Venue: Climate Change Studio (COP22 Blue Zone)

Title: Starting the Transition to Zero Emission Societies
Download: Program Leaflet (pdf file).

- Experiences and Proposals for South Australia. By Stuart Hocking, Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Treasury and Finance, Government of South Australia. (pdf file 0.7 MB)
- Driving zero emissions and 100% renewables in the ACT* Government in Australia. By Stephan Bygrave, Executive Director for Sustainability and Climate Change, ACT Environment and Planning Directorate. (pdf file 5 MB)
- How to make zero carbon transition happen? (presentation of the new publication Zero Carbon: Making It Happen). By Paul Allen, External Relations, Director, Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales, UK. (pdf 2MB file)
- 100% renewable energy and the transition to zero carbon societies, an upcoming global movement. By Gunnar Boye Olesen, Coordinator, International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE) & SustainableEnergy, Denmark. (pdf file 0. (MB)
- Discussion on how to take the transition to zero carbon societies forward

This Mini Side Event was co-organised by INFORSE and Australia ACT Government. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is a self-governing territory including the Australian Capital Canberra.

Program November 11, 2016

Time: 16:45-18:15. Room: Mediterranean (COP22 Blue Zone)

Title: Improving NDCs: Ecovillage Development, Energy Access, & Zero Carbon Societies in Africa, Asia & EU

How can local solutions lead to ambitious NDCs, provide energy access & improve livelihoods? Many ecovillages and local communities are net zero carbon, energy self-sufficient, and offer extraordinary opportunities to scale up local renewables, climate friendly agriculture, ecosystem restoration etc.

Download: Program Leaflet ( pdf file).

WATCH / LISTEN: UNFCCC Climate Change Studio (the sound track is missing in the beginning, and at the end. We were informed that it will be fixed)

- Opening by Thomas H. Meister, Head of Division, Climate and Environmental Foreign Policy, Sustainable Economy, Federal Foreign Office, Federal Republic of Germany;

GEN - ECOLISE Session:
- Ecovillage Programmes and the Promise of SDG’s and the Climate Agreement, by Kosha Joubert, Executive Director of Global Ecovillage Network;
- Community-led Approaches to the Implementation of SDG’s and Climate Agreements, by Tim Clarke, ECOLISE;
- Bringing Ecovillage Programmes to Africa, by Linda Kabaira, Council member, GEN Africa;
- Going Carbon Negative and 100% Organic, by Delegate representing the Government of Bhutan.

INFORSE-South Asia Session:
Eco-village Development in South Asia
- Program (pdf file, 0.5 MB)
Welcome by Gunnar Boye Olesen, INFORSE
- How can local solutions support energy access & improved livelihoods? By Kavita Myles, Integrated Sustainable Energy and Ecological Development. Association - INSEDA and INFORSE - South Asia;
- Experiences from Nepal. By Shovana Maharjan, Centre for Rural Technology - CRT/N, Nepal;
- How to include Eco-village developments in national plans, in improved NDCs? By Dumindu Herath, Integrated Development Association - IDEA, Sri Lanka;
- Eco-village developments in South Asia, mitigation effects, proposals climate finance/markets, By M. Mahmodul Hasan, Grameen Shakti, Bangladesh;
- Regional cooperation for local climate action as Eco-village development, by Santosh Patnaik, CAN-South Asia.
Download: Presentations in one file: (pdf file, 2 MB)
Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy- INFORSE-Europe Session:
Transition to 100% Renewable Energy and Zero Carbon Economies with Local Solutions.
- Program (pdf file, 0.5 MB)

- Transition to Zero Carbon - how we can make it happen in the UK, based on new report. By Paul Allen, Center for Alternative Technology, Wales, UK. Presentation (pdf file, 1,6 MB)

- Transition to 100% Renewable Energy with Local Actors in the Driving Seat. How can community power & other local initiatives contribute as solutions? By Preben Maegaard and Leire Gorroño, Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy, Denmark. Presentation (pdf file, 1 MB)
  The side event was co-organised by INFORSE, Global Ecovillage Network (GEN); European Network for Community-Led Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability (ECOLISE), the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.

Program November 8, 2016 side event COP22

Time: 12.00-13.00. Venue: Climate Change Studio (COP22 Blue Zone)

Title: Eco Village Development - A Low-Carbon Adaptation and Mitigation Strategy for Development in South Asia.
Speakers from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Download: Program Leaflet (pdf file, 0.1 MB).

- M. Mahmodul Hasan Grameen Shakti, Bangladesh
- Zareen Myles, Women’s Action For Development, India
- Dumindu Herath, Integrated Development Association, Sri Lanka
- Kavita Myles, Integrated Sustainable Energy and Ecological Development Association, India
- Shovana Maharajan, Centre For Rural Technology/Nepal, Nepal
- Santosh Patnaik, Climate Action Network South Asia, South Asia

Download: Program / Contents (pdf file, 0.5 MB, 4 slides) and
Program with resentations (pdf file, 2.1 MB).

The Mini Side Event was organised by INSEDA and INFORSE.


EXHIBITION: INFORSE, INSEDA, AIWC and the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy
Time: 7-11 November, 2016

The exhibition featured the activities of the INFORSE network, and we could meet personally.
A new issue of Sustainable Energy News was be published for the event. Brochures, publications were available with Q-R code download, and by poken account. These including: Publication of a cooperation project "Eco-village Development as Climate Solution, Proposals from South Asia
", a connected UN Policy Brief.
Contact to coordinator from INFORSE: Gunnar Boye Olesen: ove @, Office phone: +45 86227000.
Read more:

- INFORSE-South Asia and the NGO Advocacy EVD Project behind the Side Event on November 11, 2016 at INFORSE-Asia.
- INFORSE-CANSA Policy Brief, "Eco-village Development as Climate Solution, Proposals from South Asia" PDF file May 20, 2016 (6-pages, 0.5MB).
- All India Women's Conference - -
Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy --- Global Ecovillage Network --- European Network for Community-Led Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability (ECOLISE) --- INFORSE-Europe Visions 2030-50 --- Zero Carbon Britain, UK --- 100% Renewables, Denmark.

See INFORSE's Participation at Previous, Present, and Following UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP):
- INFORSE at UNFCCC COP24 in Katowice, Poland, 2018
- INFORSE at UNFCCC SB48, in Bonn, Germany, April 30-May 10, 2018
- INFORSE at UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn/Fiji, 2017
- INFORSE at UNFCCC COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco, 2016
- INFORSE at UNFCCC SBI44 PreCOP22 in Bonn, Germany, 2016
- INFORSE at UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris, France, 2015.
- INFORSE at UNFCCC SBI42 PreCOP21 in Bonn, Germany 2015
- INFORSE at UNFCCC COP 20 in Lima, Peru, 2014.
- INFORSE at UNFCCC COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland, 2013.
- INFORSE at UNFCCC COP 18 in Doha, Qatar, 2012.
- INFORSE at UNFCCC COP 17 in Durban, South Africa 2011.
- INFORSE at UNFCCC COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico, 2010.
- INFORSE at UNFCCC COP 15 in Copenhagen, Denmark, 2009.
- INFORSE's Position Paper on Climate Change (INFORSE's Position pdf file 99 kB) at the start of COP15, 7 December, 2009.
- INFORSE's brief analysis of the outcome of COP15 (INFORSE's Analysis pdf file 64 kB), 21 December, 2009.
- INFORSE at COP14 in 2008 in Poznan, Poland.

See other INFORSE participation at UN Conferences

Read more:
The UNFCCC archive site of Side Events.