Nomination / Application Form: Civil Society Speakers for UN President of General Assembly's 29 June High-level Event on Climate Change

PLEASE READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS IN FULL.
DEADLINES:
12 May 2015: Apply for Civil Society Selection Committee
17 May 2015: Apply for Speaking Roles

On 29 June 2015, the President of the United Nations General Assembly (PGA), H.E. Mr. Sam Kahamba Kutesa, will host a High-level Event on Climate Change at UN Headquarters in New York to highlight the world's leading initiatives on tackling this global challenge. Government, private sector, and civil society leaders will show that momentum is building toward an ambitious global agreement at the climate change negotiations in December 2015 in Paris. At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is leading a process to find three speakers from civil society for the 29 June High-level Event. We invite you to share your story of successful local climate action to help inspire the world to find a more sustainable path, enabling economic opportunity, equality, and a healthy environment for all. Apply now for the following speaking opportunities:

One speaker for the Opening Ceremony:
The President of the General Assembly requests candidates to be young and from a developing country for this key speaking role. This is an opportunity to tell Member States, Government Ministers, high-level participants, and other representatives about how you are succeeding in taking climate action.
> Travel funding will be provided for this speaker and a supporter if the candidate is under 18.

One respondent for Panel Discussion 1:
Mobilizing political momentum for ambitious actions on mitigation, adaptation and means of implementation
> Applicants must be representatives of civil society organizations with expertise in this topic.
> Travel funding is not available for this speaking role.

One respondent for Panel Discussion 2:
Mobilizing stakeholders for ambitious actions on mitigation, adaptation and means of implementation
> Applicants must be representatives of civil society organizations with expertise in this topic.
> Travel funding is not available for this speaking role.

Please review the background information and concept note for this event:
http://www.un.org/pga/290615_hle-climate-change/

Before submitting a nomination, please confirm that the candidate meets all of the following criteria:

• is a representative of a civil society organization, and officially authorized by their organization/network to speak on the organization/network’s behalf;
• can address the relevant topics and guiding questions in the event concept note (link above);
• has demonstrated ability to engage constructively with a variety of stakeholders;
• would be a compelling public speaker;
• is available to be in New York on 28-29 June 2015 and for travel if necessary.
• has a visa for travel to New York, or is able to obtain one within 2 weeks for travel to New York. Please check with the US Embassy or Consulate in the candidate's country or place of residence. The Office of the President of the General Assembly will provide an invitation letter to the selected candidate to support a visa application. The participant will be responsible for obtaining the visa for travel.

Applications / Nominations received will post online automatically here:
http://bit.ly/PGA-29June-climate-apps-received

A civil society Selection Committee of diverse representatives will choose five candidates to present to the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA) per speaking role as a short-list for their consideration. The Committee will ensure regional and gender balance, and diversity of age and expertise in the overall set of candidates. The President of the General Assembly will make the final selection of the civil society speaker for this event.

To apply for the civil society Selection Committee, please visit:
http://bit.ly/29June-PGA-Climate-Change-SC-Apply

The event will be webcast and is likely to attract considerable media attention. The outcome of the event will be a President's summary, which will be circulated to all UN Member States and other stakeholders.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
- A nominee will only be represented once in the responses spreadsheet. If a candidate is nominated more than once, the first nomination will be retained and all others removed. Candidates will be reviewed on how well they meet the criteria, not on how many people nominate them.

- If you submit a nominee that does not meet all of the criteria, the nominee will be automatically disqualified, and the text for the entry in the responses spreadsheet will be changed to light grey.

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