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  • 1. Economic Justice Network (EJN)Influencing Key Events: COP 17 in Durban
  • 2. How to influence Public Policy?  Used the Conference of Parties (CoP) 17 as an opportunity for faith communities and leaders to influence decisions in Durban  EJN, working with the Christian Councils in Southern Africa, became a strategic partner in campaign launched in March 2011 as, “We Have Faith” (WHF)
  • 3. We Have Faith Campaign The timing was perfect, South Africa was hosting the 17th CoP in Durban 2011 Climate Change is very relevant in SA and the continent We knew we would therefore have advocacy support from partners and like-minded organizations We couldn‟t miss the opportunity to bring a relevant and pressing issue to the fore In this presentation we seek to demonstrate what is necessary to organise a successful campaign for a mass event. Giving the case of faith communities rallying together for the We Have Faith Campaign
  • 4. Objectives of the Campaign  Strengthen the inter- religious network through mobilising among multi- faith organisations around climate change.  Influence the UNFCCC processes through ensuring that the negotiations have a moral element.  Raise awareness and provide education for local communities on climate change.
  • 5. Objectives Continue Faith networks in Africa to engage, build their capacity on environmental issues and work on a particular campaign. COP 17 to be influenced by the faith communities because the UNFCCC process in the past has been too secular; needs a moral dimension. COP 17 to bring synergy between climate change and economic justice.
  • 6. Strategies to Influence theUNFCCC Process  Youth We Have Faith Caravan - 160 youths travelled from Nairobi to Durban organising concerts, meeting politicians, - gathering petitions in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana and South Africa. - The Caravan generated headline news in national media in all the countries it passed.
  • 7. We Have Faith Petition Campaign  Launched a day after Caravan began its journey to Durban  It was a significant and crucial part of the campaign especially for face to face interaction  Got Icons/ambassdors to sign the petition  the Youth Caravan was used to mobilise communities and collect petitions
  • 8. Educating communities…  Partners mobilised and educated people about climate change and its impact on communities  It was through this process that faith leaders in communities saw the link between climate change and economic justice, giving them adequate info to lobby government
  • 9. Role of media  With the help of media specialists the status of the campaign was raised  This strategy was the key to the success of the campaign  the campaign‟s messages went through mainstream media reaching the public and faith communities via radio, television and newspapers.
  • 10. Results of utilizing Media to RaiseAwareness- 3 websites- 4 Facebook pages- 100 internet articles- 30 radio spots- 8 television interviews- 150 accredited media personalities at the Climate Justice Rally at Kings Park Stadium
  • 11. Climate Justice Rally  multi-faith „Climate Justice Rally’ at King‟s Park Stadium on 27 November 2011  was the magnum opus of the inter-faith activities  Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, Christiana Figueres and Mashabane attended the event  200,000 signed petitions handed over
  • 12. WHF Influence results.. Minister Nkoana-Mashabane explicitly mentioned the campaign, the rally and the petition in her opening statements at COP17. At the rally she asked Archbishop Emeritus Tutu and Bishop Davies to pray for her, literally inviting them to provide chaplaincy support to her during the COP. This is a reminder of the unique capacity that the faith sector has to speak to people at all levels.
  • 13. Concluding remarks.. Evaluation was in March 2012 Report is available We have continued with the campaign and are going to CoP18 THANK YOU!Rev. Malcolm DamonExecutive Director of Economic Justice Network (EJN) +27214249563