About the ACE Youth Forum

What is ACE?

World governments (called “Parties” under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) adopted the text of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992. Its Article 6 calls on governments to educate, empower and engage all stakeholders and major groups on policies relating to climate change.

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Since 2015, the elements of Article 6 – education, training, public access to information, public awareness, public participation and international cooperation on climate action – have been referred to jointly as “ACE”, which stands for Action for Climate Empowerment.

ACE comprises a multitude of activities on education, training and public awareness on climate change aimed at increasing momentum and effectiveness, such as activities to develop and implement educational and public awareness programmes, train scientific, technical and managerial personnel, foster access to information, and promote public participation in addressing climate change and its effects.

Supporting the involvement of youth, especially those from the Global South, is crucial in international decision making and implementation processes of ACE.

The concept of ACE also urges different countries to cooperate in this process, by exchanging good practices and lessons learned, and strengthening national institutions.

The six priority action areas of ACE – education, training, public access to information, public awareness, public participation and international cooperation – are all guided by specific objectives that, together, are seen as crucial for effectively implementing climate adaptation and mitigation actions, and for achieving the ultimate objective of the Climate Change Convention.

All stakeholders have agreed that the scale of the challenge posed by climate change requires these activities to be stepped up and that they should not only be collaborative but also country-driven, interdisciplinary and respect the culture of each participating country and group.

For further details on ACE visit the official UNFCCC webpage.