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Climate CoLab at COP 22 in Morocco

World flags outside the UNFCCC COP 22 conference
venue in Marrakech, Morocco on Nov. 8

Monday began the United Nations climate talks, also known as COP 22, taking place in Marrakech, Morroco, November 7 – 18, 2016. Climate CoLab’s Laur Hesse Fisher, Project Manager, and Jenn Perron, Community & Partnerships Manager, will be on the ground in Marrakech, meeting with organizational and governmental partners about how crowds and online collaborative tools can help support and enhance global actions on climate change, including implementation of the Paris international climate agreement established last year. 

The Paris Agreement entered into legal force on November 4, earlier than many expected– after being ratified (adopted) by over 100 countries. Now, attention turns to accelerating implementation of countries’ emissions reductions targets and adaptation measures pledged in support of the Agreement.

Moreover, as the latest United Nations’ Environmental Programme 2016 Emissions Gap Report clearly demonstrates, even more ambitious climate targets and actions will be needed in the near-term to avert the most dangerous impacts of global climate change.

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See below for details about Climate CoLab events at COP 22, and you can follow along on Twitter, Facebook, and via UNFCCC live webcasts.

MIT Climate CoLab Events at COP 22

Meeting the Paris Goals Through Decision-Maker Tools and Climate Education

Date: Monday, November 14, 2016
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. GMT
:  Room Pacific Observer Room 2, Bab Iglhi, Marrakech, Morroco (Blue Zone event- must have a badge to enter)

Description: Climate CoLab’s Project Manager Laur Hesse Fisher will be speaking at this Official UNFCCC Side Event, co-hosted in collaboration with Climate Interactive, and the Abibimmann Foundation. It will focus on how online decision-maker tools and open innovation approaches, along with enhanced education can help support implementation of the Paris Agreement climate goals and build climate awareness.

Watch the livestream: The event will be webcast on Youtube beginning at 3 p.m. local time in Marrakech, Morocco (10 a.m. Eastern Time/ 3 p.m. GMT).

Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA):
Innovation Labs for unlocking sub-national climate finance 

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 
Time: 7:00 – 8:30  PM GMT
Location:  Green Zone, Room Bouregreg

Description: The aim of this CCFLA’s side-event on innovation labs for sub-national climate finance aims to bring together climate finance laboratories, investors, practitioners, and local authorities, to showcase and discuss existing initiatives and practical examples of approaches intended to accelerate climate action at the urban level. The main findings of the Scoping report of CCFLA members’ initiatives will serve as a basis of discussion to create the foundation from which to accelerate collaboration, replication and scaling-up of high impact initiatives undertaken by the Innovation labs on climate finance. Laur Hesse Fisher will speak about Climate CoLab at this Green Zone event during week two of COP 22.

UNFCCC Climate Change Studio Interview

With Laur Hesse Fisher, Climate CoLab Program Manager
Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 
Time: 3:00 p.m. GMT
Location: UNFCCC Climate Change Studio, Blue Zone, Side Events Hall
Description: Hear from MIT Climate CoLab’s Project Manager, Laur Hesse Fisher, about the project’s innovative approach to tackling the climate issue, using online collaborative tools. Explore ways that online stakeholder engagement can facilitate planning

MIT Climate CoLab UNFCCC Climate Change Studio Mini Side Event: 

Online Tools & Open Innovation to Accelerate Implementation of the Paris Agreement Goals 

Date: Friday, November 15, 2016 
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT

Location:  Blue Zone- UNFCCC ClimateChange Studio

Are you an innovator? A problem-solver? A thinker, a tinkerer?  Join the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Climate CoLab and other solvers to develop and help advance high-impact solutions to one of the world’s greatest challenges: climate change. Explore how online tools and global collaboration can help accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and advance nationally-determined contributions.

Virtual updates from COP 22

Join COP 22 virtually by viewing livestreamed events and
offical UNFCCC social media channels here: connected with Climate CoLab by following @ClimateCoLab, and
using the tags #COP22 and #Marrakech and #ActionTime to
stay connected with the global conversation on social media.Follow along on the Climate CoLab COP22 Storify.

You can also watch a livefeed of the twitter stream at:

Sunset over the COP 22 conference venue and Atlas Mountains in Marrakech.