Public engagement in parliamentary work on climate change

29 January 2024

This Public Engagement Hub seminar will focus on public engagement with regard to climate change.

Speakers: Tyhileka Madubela (National Assembly, Parliament of South Africa); Temitayo Odeyemi (School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds); Omomayowa Abati (Stellenbosch University, South Africa); Pablo García Baccino (Directorio Legilativo)

Chair:  Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira (University of Leeds and Chair of IPEN)

With the profound impact of climate change on people’s lives, there is a growing expectation for parliaments and elected representatives to proactively address this issue. Given the complexity of combating climate change, public engagement is both necessary and challenging. This seminar explores two approaches that demonstrate how parliaments can effectively involve the public in their initiatives on climate change:

Community engagement on the Climate Change Bill in South Africa – This case study showcases how parliaments can consult widely on proposed legislation to combat climate change, taking into account a range of voices from the community..

Escazù Agreement: citizen participation in environmental matters in Latin America – This case study explores the role of parliaments in the Escazú Agreement, which mandates public engagement on environmental issues in Latin America.

The seminar will also hear an update following the Parliamentary Meeting at COP28 in December 2023. Join us for insightful discussions into ways to engage the public in parliamentary efforts in addressing climate change.

This event will take place on Zoom and is open to anyone with an interest in public engagement with parliaments.

It will will be presented in English. Translation will be available from/to French and Spanish.

Find out more and register here.

About the Public Engagement Hub seminar series

This seminar is jointly organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the International Parliament Engagement Network (IPEN). The event is part of a series of webinars hosted by the Public Engagement Hub.

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