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About #CCMPCOP28

The 28th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28) will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from November 30 to December 12, 2023. The summit will see the first-ever Global Stocktake, to assess the progress to date on climate mitigation, adaptation and equitable implementation of the Paris Agreement. 

As part of the Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP), co-organized by EJN and the Stanley Center, 30 Fellows have been chosen to cover the COP, from a record number of nearly 600 applications. This year’s fellows, the 16th fellowship cohort of the CCMP, will be supported by seven media trainers at the summit. 

Twenty fellows reporting on the ground in Dubai will participate in orientation activities, daily briefings, interviews with high-level officials, and other interactions to inform and facilitate quality reporting on developments and outcomes at COP28. Five Fellows from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and five from Lower Mekong countries will cover COP28 remotely, with opportunities for mentorship, networking, and virtual interviews with officials at the conference. 

EJN, along with Panos London and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), formed the CCMP in 2007 to enable journalists from low- and middle-income countries to attend and report from the annual UN climate summits. The fellowship aims to improve public awareness of UN negotiations and climate targets in nations that bear the brunt of climate change despite contributing relatively little to global emissions, ensuring communities have access to the information they need from sources they trust to engage with these multilateral processes and hold their governments accountable to their climate commitments. 

This year marks the fifth time the Stanley Center and EJN have collaborated on the CCMP fellowship program. Since launching in 2007, the CCMP has supported more than 400 journalists to report on location from the annual UN climate summit. 

In addition, for the first time this year, Internews’ Middle East and North Africa team with support from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) will bring three journalists and three local partners from Iraq to the summit from December 4-11, 2023. Internews' Health Journalism Network, with support from the Wellcome Trust, is bringing five journalism fellows to COP28, to facilitate access to scientists and experts working at the intersection of climate and health.

Look out for stories and updates from these journalists on the EJN website as they cover COP28 for their home audiences.

Note: In recognition of the emissions produced by air travel, the Earth Journalism Network has committed to purchasing carbon offsets to reduce its impact when staff and Fellows must travel as part of their work, which we believe is essential in this case. Although offsets may not be an ideal solution, we do carefully review and verify that the organizations from which we choose to procure them meet international standards. When possible, we aim to support projects in regions and communities where we regularly work. These efforts are in line with broader Internews' policy and commitment to the environment.

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Meet our CCMP 2023 fellows

The CCMP Fellows covering COP28 in person are:


The CCMP Fellows covering COP28 remotely are:

MENA Cohort

Mekong Cohort


*Note: Per their request, we are protecting the anonymity of fellows reporting from sensitive regions.  

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From Local to Global, How Climate Journalism Can Elevate the Health Story at the Heart of the Climate Crisis

Friday, 1 December 2023
1.30 PM GST / 8:30 AM EST

There is a growing awareness that the climate crisis is a health crisis that demands corresponding policy responses. In mid-November, the 8th annual report of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change outlined several ways in which climate change continues to have a worsening effect on health and mortality around the world. It is a narrative that can be told as a series of stories of tangible impact: existing health threats will intensify, and new health threats will emerge as the planet warms.

Journalists reporting on climate change and health can help the public and policymakers gain a better understanding of climate the impacts as well as the health arguments for climate action. Immediate and urgent, from local to global, climate journalism can elevate the health story at the heart of the climate crisis.

Join this panel discussion among experienced journalists and a One Health expert to learn how to best communicate this story and amplify the inextricable linkages between the health of people, animals, and ecosystems.

Speakers:

  • Ana Carolina Amaral — Specialist writer for Folha de S. Paulo, Executive member of the Brazilian Environmental Journalism Network, and journalism fellow at Internews and Wellcome Trust.
  • Chiamaka Okafor — Senior journalist for Premium Times, Nigeria, recently completed a six-month fellowship with the Oxford Climate Journalism Network, and currently a Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP) and Earth Journalism Network fellow.
  • Joydeep Gupta — Media trainer for EJN, editor-at-large for The Third Pole, Manager, EJN India
  • Alice Bell — Head of Policy, Climate, and Health at Wellcome Trust, PhD in Science Communication


The discussion will be moderated by Ida Jooste, Internews’ Senior Health Media Adviser and award-winning journalist based in South Africa.

Register to join us at the World Health Organization’s COP28 Health Pavilion in the Blue Zone (participants are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis) or to tune in via the livestream:

 

 


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SILENT CRISIS: What is the role of community information in climate response?

Monday, 4 December 2023
5:30 PM GST / 8:30 AM EST

Join us for the unveiling of a cutting-edge report that addresses a significant and urgent gap in understanding the informational needs and ecosystems of frontline communities in climate discussions. Internews, StateUp, Overseas Development Institute, Ground Truth Solutions, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and the Earth Journalism Network will engage in a debate, forging a new agenda on the climate-information-humanitarian nexus.

Our panel, comprised of humanitarian practitioners, researchers, policy professionals, and journalists, is poised to engage in a thought-provoking discussion. Together, they aim to reshape the agenda surrounding the significant and urgent climate impacts facing frontline communities. The conversation will feature research and programming from diverse regions, including Iraq, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Madagascar, India, Nepal, and Bhutan. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of shaping the dialogue on this pressing issue at the intersection of climate information and humanitarian efforts.

Speakers:

  • Tanya Filer — Stateup founder and CEO presenting research from Iraq and Zimbabwe
  • Meg Sattler — Groundtruth Solutions' CEO presenting work from Bangladesh
  • Joydeep Gupta — Media trainer for EJN, editor-at-large for The Third Pole, Manager, EJN India, presenting work from the India, Nepal, and Bhutan border
  • Rado Ravonjiarivelo — Catholic Relief Services' program manager presenting work from Madagascar


This discussion will be moderated by Alejandro Posada, Internews' Lead Social Scientist.

 

 

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