Dialogues: NYC, USA - 2014
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Over 40 participants took part in community dialogues hosted at UNDP headquarters in New York City from September 18th through the 23rd. In conjunction with the 2014 Equator Prize Award Ceremony, this six-day event drew together leaders of local and indigenous organizations from 23 different countries. Participants enjoyed the opportunity to share best practices with one another as well as gain new skills during workshops led by Oxfam, UN-REDD, GEF and other guest speakers. Follow the links below for coverage of individual sessions.

 

Thursday, September 18 2014

Lisa Nepal and NorbuWelcome and Introduction to the Equator Initiative
9:00 - 10:30

The capacity building workshop series for the 2014 Equator Prize award winners began early Thursday morning with facilitators Esther Mwaura and Mohamed Arguine welcoming the group. Participants were asked to introduce themselves to one another and offer a brief summary of the work of their organization.

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Thursday, September 18 2014

BakhtulMessaging with Impact
11:00 - 12:30

The second session of Community Dialogues, titled Messaging with Impact!, was designed to provide the participants with a general background of the Equator Initiative and UNDP, as well as to discuss how the winners might maximize their opportunities to share their messages on an international stage.

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Thursday, September 18 2014

FatimeGrant Seeking: Do's and Don'ts
13:30 - 14:30

The community dialogues commenced with a presentation by Mr. Chris Patterson from Oxfam America.The objective of his workshop was for participants to gain the skillset to secure funding opportunities and to build and sustain positive donor engagements in the future.

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Thursday, September 18 2014

FidisonUN-REDD Presentation
15:30 - 16:30 

The fourth session addressed UN-REDD's work with local and indigenous communities, especially those in forested communities throughout the world. The UN-REDD initiative was jointly established in 2008 by FAO, UNDP, and UNEP with the ultimate goal of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries. 

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Friday, September 19 2014

Rare presentSocial Marketing and Education Workshop by Rare
9:15 - 10:30

Representatives from Rare, Divina Hojas-Lade and Japy Silapan led a discussion on the importance of social marketing and education and outreach as a component of conservation activities. Participants in the community dialogue were presented with a series of actions that they had to identify as a form of knowledge, an attitude, etc. in order to help conceptualize how the process functions.

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Friday, September 19 2014

IvanElevator Pitch Dialogue
11:00 - 12:30

In this session, participants discussed shared challenges and highlighted unique struggles in their particular regions. participants were broken up into four thematic groups: (1) Sustainable Forest Management, (2) Protected Areas: Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas, (3) Sustainable Land Management of Dry Lands, and (4) Marine Resource Management.

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Friday, September 19 2014

KevinGEF Small Grants Programme: “Local Action, Global Impact”
14:00 - 15:30

The host of the workshop was Delfin Ganapin, Global Manager of the Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Program (SGP). Mr. Ganapin provided an overview of the Small Grants Program and invited award winners to take advantage of the funding opportunity to scale their impact when returning home.

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Friday, September 19 2014

Man  HumElevator Pitch Presentations
15:30 - 17:00

During this session, participants were asked to present the elevator pitches that would succinctly capture the essence of their work that they had worked on earlier that day. After the each group presented their work, they were asked to comment on themes they wished to pursue further.

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Friday, September 19 2014

Beatrice tnUN Global Agenda
16:30 - 17:15

The day’s sessions were concluded by guest speaker Susan Alzner of the United Nations Nongovernmental Liaison Service (NGLS). Ms. Alzner explained that the United Nations is currently at work to develop a post-2015 framework for sustainable development.

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Saturday, September 20 2014

Bruno thumbnailElevator Pitch Presentations Continued
9:00 - 9:30

Three more participants gave their elevator pitches during this session. This included representatives from Chile, Ecuador, and Central African Republic.

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Saturday, September 20 2014

WCIP participantsWorld Conference on Indigenous Peoples Outcome Document
9:30 - 11:00

Following the elevator pitches presentations, Mirna Cunningham, the Indigenous Adviser to the President of the General Assembly, spoke to the participants about the relationship between indigenous peoples and the United Nations. She described the process indigenous peoples have undertaken to gain voice at the UN.

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Saturday, September 20 2014

Chavannes tnMediterranean Conservation Society Presentation
11:30 - 12:00

Zafer Ali Kizilkaya of the Mediterranean Conservation Society demonstrated the importance of photographs and visceral imaging in presenting the works of community based projects. Participants heard of the great potential that visual presentations carry to drive home an organization’s message.

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Saturday, September 20 2014

Rare presentationThe Impact of Climate Summit on the Post-2015 Agenda
12:00 - 13:30

Cassie Flynn, the Climate Adviser to the United Nations Development Programme, spoke about the important role the Climate Summit plays in setting the post-2015 development agenda. Ms. Flynn advised Equator Prize winners to consider seeking funds through three major channels for climate funding including GEF, Adaptation Fund, and Green Climate Fund. 

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Tuesday, September 23 2014

Wordsworth tn2014 Equator Prize Reflection
9:00 - 10:30

The community dialogue moderators, Esther Mwaura-Muiru, Mohammed Arguine, and Alejandra Pero invited participants to engage in a verbal reflection of the award ceremony. Alejandra Pero then invited participants to consider how the lessons they had learned in the days prior would inform their continued work.

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Tuesday, September 23 2014

Abbas thumbnailDefining our Future Platform
11:00 - 12:30

Leaders of the different thematic groups presented their findings on how to build a future platform. The groups agreed that the prize presents the responsibility to build awareness of successful efforts to mitigate climate change upon returning home. 

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