Advancing knowledge of climate change is essential to inform decision-makers and bring about progress in the implementation of effective and sustainable solutions. The involvement of young people is an asset for international cooperation. They are the new face of knowledge of tomorrow’s world.

 

2

science skills courses launched in July 2018: for the AWARD Panafrican Fellowship in Nairobi and for the AWARD Panafrican Fellowship in Dakar,

$15M

Committed by partners for the next 5 years

$15M

Committed by partners for the next 5 years

Announcements

  • 5-year program launched by AWARD with the BNP Paribas and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations, in partnership with Agropolis Foundation and the French ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.
  • $15M to leverage French, African and European expertise to promote research on climate adaptation and to:
  • Support the work of the next generation of African scientists
  • Help finance the research carried out by African scientists into climate change adaptation
  • Strengthen the capabilities of the African and European science communities through training programmes and networking opportunities

Accomplishments

  • Framework of the program and indicators of progress have been defined Progress on the definition of terms and conditions of the One Planet Fellowship Program Agreements between AWARD and both the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the BNP Paribas Foundation have been signed
  • A proposal for an extension of the program to Europe has been submitted to the EU
  • Participation in YASE, the first conference dedicated to young African scientists in Europe

Next Steps

  • July-Oct 2018: Definition of key themes for webinars
  • July-Nov 2018: Identification of international networks and experts to support selection of the fellows.
  • Sept 2018: Revised work plan and timelines, results framework. 
  • 2018: Official launch of the One Planet Fellowship program at the COP24. 
  • Dec 2018-Jan 2019: Official launch of the One Planet Fellowship Program and Launch of the 1st call for applications.
" Building an African and European scientific community that stands together with rigor and commitment to fight against climate change and adapt agriculture is both a human and a scientific challenge. It calls for all people of good will to join and prepare our common future."

Pascal Kosuth, Director of the Agropolis Foundation

200+

projects in the field of climate action and environment approved in 2017

€7,3M

allocated in 2017

Announcements

  • Engage young people in taking action for climate
  • Offer young people volunteering opportunities in the field of environment and climate action

Accomplishments

  • Establishment and financing of the program: 750 volunteering opportunities supported so far
  • Projects under 2018 call are under assessment and will support several hundred volunteers.
  • By 2020, more than 5,000 young people will volunteer, train or obtain work experience in the areas of environment and climate action and around 250 Solidarity Projects will be implemented by European Solidarity Corps participants in their local community. 

Next Steps

  • Support further opportunities for young people to help tackle climate change and environment issues through the European Solidarity Corps
  • Enhance the scope of these opportunities by offering traineeships and jobs, in addition to volunteering.
  • Support Initiatives related to climate change and environment carried out directly by young people as Solidarity Projects
Many young people feel strongly about fighting climate change and are keen to get involved. I am proud that the European Solidarity Corps gives them opportunities to do just that. This is important in its own right, but also part of our efforts to enable young people to become engaged members of our societies
Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

18,9

provided for the long stay program alongside the investment of host laboratories for a total amount of €49M.

154

laureates for the short-stay programs.

Announcements

  • Presentation of the grantees of the Make Our Planet Great Again initiative: 5,000 researchers answered President Macron’s call launched in June 2017. Launch of a Research Priority Program (€30M) coordinated by CNRS for attracting high level researchers In 2017, selection of the first 18 high level research grantees, under the aegis of CNRS and France’s National Research Agency (ANR) to contribute to better understanding the impact of climate change on hurricanes and on pollution.
  • Germany joins MOPGA initiative by launching a coordinated call for long stay projects in July 2017.

Accomplishments

  • 14 additional French and 13 German high level research grantees selected in 2018.
  • The first research laureates have arrivedin France since early 2018 as part of the long-stay program.
  • On February 26, 2018: launch of four complementary short-stay calls for students and researchers under the “Make Our Planet Great Again” label by the French Ministries of Europe and Foreign Affairs and of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, together with Campus France.

Next Steps

  • Around 10 new grantees will be selected at the end of 2018
  • Networking of these grantees by CNRS, alongside Germany to strenghten and promote the European scientific commitment on climate change.
  • First French German Kick-off conference in Spring 2019.
“Make our planet Great Again is a strong commitment for research to tackle climate change. Following President Macron’s call, Europe is now welcoming high level scientists from every continent. Together, they can build solutions for a sustainable planet.”
Frédérique Vidal, French minister of Higher education, Research and Innovation