Wednesday, September 23, 2009

World Wide Views on Global Warming: A global citizen consultation on climate policy

World Wide Views on Global Warming: A global citizen consultation on climate policy

On September 26, 2009, citizens get the chance to communicate their views on global warming.

On September 26, 2009, World Wide Views on Global Warming (WWViews) will give citizens all over the world a possibility to define and communicate their positions on issues and questions central to the negotiations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen, starting two months later. Decisions made at COP15 will shape the global climate policy for years to come. Furthermore, citizens of the world have to live with global warming and this future climate policy, which is why they should be consulted before political decision-makers negotiate at the COP15.

In their Letter of Support, The United Nations Development Program says that "... citizens, businesses, and non-governmental organizations need to engage in identifying and implementing the right solutions. World Wide Views can help bring that change about."

And this is what WWViews will do: engage citizens and bring forward their views through citizen consultations in 38 countries all over the world. During these consultations citizens will deliberate and vote on some of the questions negotiated at the COP15.

WWViews Day: Sept. 26th 2009

  • Global citizen consultation on climate change
  • National citizen meetings around the globe, connected and communicated on the Internet
  • Will inform the UN COP15 conference on climate change in Copenhagen, December 2009
  • Initiated and coordinated by The Danish Board of Technology and The Danish Cultural Institute
  • National citizen meetings coordinated by partners all over the world

The Method

The WWViews method is a hybrid based on several decades of innovation by the Danish Board of Technology (DBT – the Danish Parliament’s Office of Technology Assessment), and by other organizations, in engaging citizens in political decision-making processes. The WWViews citizen deliberations will be informed by well-balanced briefing material. Scientific experts, political decisionmakers, a diverse range of other stakeholders, and international citizen focus groups have contributed to formulating the questions and briefing packets, which have been distributed centrally from the DBT and translated into local languages.

Send a global message

We encourage national and international press along with other interested parties to follow World Wide Views on Global Warming, to report the process, and to make citizens' views on future climate policy known to political decision-makers anywhere on the globe.

National partners, India

  • CSSP - Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • CSM - Centre for Social Markets, Bangalore

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