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NRW@Talanoa Space at the International Climate Change Conference COP23

On 14 November 2017 the State of North Rhine-Westphalia will be organising an interactive event format entitled "People and Climate Change – How Do We Want to Live Tomorrow" in the Talanoa Space in the Bonn Zone at COP23 .

"Talanoa" is Fijian and means "story telling". In the Talanoa Space the intention is to focus on the commitment of subnational players, civil society and industry because one thing is certain: achieving the 1.5 degree target is a global task and one which can only be performed jointly by all players involved. The State of North Rhine-Westphalia is therefore inviting players and projects who are tackling the challenge of climate change with good ideas and initiatives to come to the Talanoa Space.

Four formats will be presented. The subjects concerned are sustainably operating school student co-operatives, climate protection and migration, international municipal climate partnerships and energy conservation, enhancing user awareness and motivation.

In the form of presentations and interviews the aim is to show under the heading "Sustainably operating school student co-operatives" how school students are developing their own ideas geared to the UN's sustainability goals –  and how school student enterprises can prepare themselves in a practical way for a working life. A round-table discussion with players from project control, politics, industry and the university domain will deal with fair trade, eco-tourism, school apiaries and other climate protection topics.

In the interactive format: "Migration as a climate change adaptation strategy: the gender perspective" the concern is, among other things, the climate-related migration due to extreme weather events. Women and girls are often affected to a particularly high degree. This interdisciplinary event is being organised by the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Bonn jointly with a network of organisations and the City of Bonn. It will investigate the impact, challenges and opportunities of migration as a climate protection adaptation strategy from a gender perspective.

The third format will centre on the results obtained in the projects "Municipal Climate Partnerships" and "Globally Sustainable Community NRW". The Service Agency Communities in One World and the State Working Group Agenda 21 NRW will be showing how bilateral programmes of action on climate protection and adaptation to climate change are being drawn up and implemented with partners from the global south.

To conclude the programme Dr. Katrin Gehles and Tom Küster from the EnergyAgency.NRW will discuss "The human factor and the reduction of energy consumption by raising the awareness of employees". This involves primarily a presentation of practical examples of implementation and specific successes in conservation in the context of "mission E", and how users can be motivated permanently and with success to save energy.


UN accreditation is required for admission.




Talanoa Space, Site of the UN Climate Change Conference COP23, Bonn Zone


State of North Rhine-Westphalia in collaboration with the EnergyAgency.NRW.

Frau Anja Funke
Phone: 0202 2455258

Herr Rainer van Loon
Beratung nationaler und internationaler Klimaschutz
Phone: 0211 86642287

You can contact the EnergyAgency.NRW additionally on weekdays between 8am and 6pm by calling our hotline on: +49 211 - 8371930