Learning and community building in support of collective action: Toward a new climate of communication at the COP

Mar, Kathleen A., Schäpke, Niko, Fraude, Carolin, Bruhn, Thomas, Wamsler, Christine, Stasiak, Dorota, Schroeder, Heike ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2342-2030 and Lawrence, Mark G. (2023) Learning and community building in support of collective action: Toward a new climate of communication at the COP. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 14 (4). ISSN 1757-7780

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Abstract

The international UN Climate Change conferences known as “Conferences of the Parties (COPs)” have an enormous convening power and are attended annually by tens of thousands of actors working on climate change topics from a wide range of perspectives. In the COP spaces outside of the formal negotiations, the communication culture is dominated by “side events,” a format that relies heavily on conventional presentations and panels that can be informative, but is generally not conducive to mutual engagement, reflection, or dialogue. There is an urgent need for new dialogue formats that can better foster learning and community-building and thereby harness the enormous latent potential for climate action represented by the diverse stakeholders that gather at the COP. Against this backdrop, and drawing on our experience with the development and implementation of the Co-Creative Reflection and Dialogue Spaces at COP25, COP26, and COP27, we make recommendations for further developing the communication culture of the COPs. At the level of individual sessions, we provide recommendations for designing participatory dialogues that can better support reflection, interconnection, and action orientation. In addition, we offer guidance for scaling up these practices, for instance through networks and communities of practice to support a shift of the overall communication culture of the COPs. Our recommendations focus on interactions and exchanges that unfold outside of the formal negotiation sessions, with a view toward enabling and accelerating transformative action by non-state actors.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Research Funding: Chalmers Energy Area of Advance; Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany (BMBF); Ministry for Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg (MWFK); Svenska Forskningsrådet Formas. Grant Numbers: 2019-00390, 2019-01969
Uncontrolled Keywords: communication,cop,dialogue,non-state actors,unfccc,geography, planning and development,global and planetary change,atmospheric science,sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3305
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Climate Change
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Global Environmental Justice
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Globalisation and CSR
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2023 09:40
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 10:50
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/91569
DOI: 10.1002/wcc.832

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