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Programme overview for journalists. Reporting from the African frontline of the global climate crisis

15-09-22
Photo: Vibeke Quaade, Kigali 2010
Photo: Vibeke Quaade, Kigali 2010

COP27 is just around the corner. Set to take place on the African continent for only the second time, the UN climate change conference, COP27, will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from 6 to 18 November 2022.

It is an important meeting because the latest science shows that climate change is moving much faster than we are and is pushing ecosystems and communities to their limits. Many of the most challenged communities are in Africa, despite Africa contributing only 4 per cent of global gas emissions. This gives thoughts on what a successful COP27 will look like for the continent and how the climate crisis and the COP27 negotiations and its results are reported back to its people.

To pave the way for climate news and feature stories that are relevant to Africans, 24 journalists from Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Niger, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ghana and South Africa take part in Danida Fellowship Centre´s learning programme Reporting from the African frontline of the global climate crisis. This is the programme overview for the journalists. 

WEEK 1/DK: 3 – 7 October 2022

Monday 3 October 2022

8:30 Pickup at the hotel & walk to Danida Fellowship Centre
09:00 – 10:00 Practicalities  Junior Staff, Danida Fellowship Centre
10:00 – 12:00 Kick off Ms Helle Jørgensen & Ms Vibeke Quaade, Danida Fellowship Centre
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch/Sandwich
13:00 – 16: 00
Intro to Climate Change Mr Henrik Borgtoft & Ms Inge Schou, NIRAS

Tuesday 4 October 2022

8:30 Pickup at hotel & Metro to Rådhuspladsen 
9:00-12:00
State of Green. Climate as Business & inside view of the COP27 negotiations Mr Magnus Høberg Mernild, State of Green & Ms Annette Albjerg Ejersted, member of the Danish delegation
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch on your own
13:30 – 16:00
Politiken. Meet the Danish climate journalists & how to cover COP Mr Martin Bahn, journalist Information, Ms Dorrit Saietz, journalist Politiken, Mr Michael Rothenborg, journalist, Teknikens Mediehus                                                          

Wednesday 5 October 2022

8:30 Walk to Danida Fellowship Centre
09:00 – 12:00
Meet the climate NGOs & how the media can use them as a source Mr Mathias Soderberg, DanChurch Aid, Mr John Nordbo, CARE Denmark, Ms Gry Bossen, World Forests
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch on your own
14:00 – 17:00 Meet Internationational Media Support – NGO working to strengthen the work of journalists & how to work across borders Mr Esben Harboe, International Media Support, Mr Oscar Rothstein, Danwatch 

Thursday 6 October 2022

8:30 Pickup at hotel & Metro to Ny Ellebjerg St
09:00 – 12:00
Videnskab.dk. Science journalism & the African frontline of the global climate crisis #1 Ms Lise Brix, science journalist, Videnskab.dk
12:00 – 13:00Transport to DMI by Metro/S-train
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch at DMI
14:00 – 16:00
Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI). Weather data & metrology in the climate debate Ms Anja Fonseca
16:00 – 17:00 Transport to Danida Fellowship Centre – S-train & metro
17:00 – 18:00
Climate & the African food crisis Mr Jørgen E. Olesen, Professor, Århus University
18:00 – 21:00
Debate evening & pizza Ms Ulla Næsby Tawiah

Friday 7 October 2022

8:30 Pickup hotel & Metro to Rådhuspladsen
9:00 – 11:00
Food Nation. Meet the Danish farming sector & how does Danish agriculture become sustainable Ms Maria Dyrby Nielsen, Food Nation
12:20
Boat tour of Copenhagen Harbour from Royal Library
14:00 – 15:00 Restaurant Vandvid. Working lunch / Discussion
15:00 – 15:30 Transport by bus to Danida Fellowship Centre
15:30 – 17:00
Constructive journalism & the climate crisis Mr Ulrik Haagerup, Constructive Institute

WEEK 2/DK: 10 – 14 October 2022

Monday 10 October 2022

08:30 Pickup at hotel & Metro to Nordhavn and Østerbrohuset
09:00 – 11:00
How was the first week Ms Inge Schou, NIRAS, Ms Vibeke Quaade, Danida Fellowship Centre
11:00 – 12:00 Lunch Østerbrohuset
12:00 – 16:00
Walk & Learn. Copenhagen Climate Change Walk Mr Henrik Borgtoft, Ms Inge Schou, NIRAS

Tuesday 11 October 2022

06:15 Meet in the hotel lobby & board the bus
06:30 – 13:00
Excursion (all day) Samsø – a carbon-neutral island in Denmark Mr Henrik Borgtoft, Ms Inge Schou, NIRAS
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch T
he Energy Academy
14:00 – 20:30
Excursion Samsø – a carbon-neutral island in Denmark (continued)

Wednesday 12 October 2022

10:15 Metro to Nørreport bus & walk to Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke  / ActionAid 
11:00 – 14:30
Case-based learning Ms Inge Schou, NIRAS
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch  Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke  / ActionAid
15:00 – 18:30
Excursion. Waste & water: Amager Resources Centre Ms Inge Schou; NIRAS

Thursday 13 October 2022

07:45 Meet in the hotel lobby & board the bus 
08:00 – 14:00
Excursion (all day) Solrødgaard Climate and Environment Park Ms Inge Schou, NIRAS, Mr Arvid Slot, Danida Fellowship Centre
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch NIRAS Allerød
14:30 – 16:00
Intro to “Green-Hub” Ms Inge Schou, NIRAS

Friday 14 October 2022

8.30 Metro to Enghave Plads St
09:00 – 12:00
Walk & learn. Flood protection in Copenhagen Ms Inge Schou, NIRAS
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch on your own
13:00 – 15:00 Danida Fellowship Centre.
Intro to next steps of the course & Goodbye Copenhagen Ms Inge Schou, NIRAS, Dorrit Saietz, Politiken, Vibeke Quaade, Helle Jørgensen, Arvid Sloth Danida Fellowship Centre

WEEK 3/TZ: 31 October – 5 November 2022

Monday 31 October 2022

A shared African voice for climate justice

8:00 – 12: 30
Welcome & intro Ms Vibeke Quaade & Ms Helle Jørgensen, Danida Fellowship Centre
Current climate discourse in Africa, the CSOs’ journey to COP27 & the critical agendas Mr Charles Mwangi & Mr Henry Neondo, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance

12:30 – 13: 30 Lunch TCDC

13:30 – 17: 00
Mobilising towards an African voice on climate & the role of the media and academia Mr Charles Mwangi & Mr Henry Neondo, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance

Tuesday 1 November 2022

Constructive journalism & the African frontline of the global climate crisis

8:00 – 12: 30
Why constructive journalism & how African journalists can become constructive conversation leaders on climate change coverage Mr Dickens Olewe & Ms Cynara Vetch, The Constructive Institute

12:30 – 13: 30 Lunch TCDC

13:30 – 17: 00 Is Africa sleepwalking to disaster & the three pillars of constructive journalism Ms Natasha Kimani, Africa No Filter (online), Mr Dickens Olewe & Ms Cynara Vetch, the Constructive Institute

Wednesday 2 November 2022

Science journalism & the African frontline of the global climate crisis #2

8:00 – 12: 30
Feedback to assignment from Copenhagen Ms Lise Brix, Videnskab.dk

12:30 – 13: 30 Lunch TCDC

13:30 – 17: 00 The critical approaches of science journalism vis-a-vis the climate crisis Ms Lise Brix, Videnskab.dk

Thursday 3 November 2022

The African climate crisis: Collaboration between the media and academia

8:00 – 12: 30
Common aims and challenges when researchers and journalists collaborate Ms Lise Brix, Videnskab.dk, Mr Dickens Olewe, Ms Cynara Vetch, the Constructive Institute

12:30 – 13: 30 Lunch TCDC

13:30 – 17: 00
Group work, plenum and next steps Ms Lise Brix, Videnskab.dk, Mr Dickens Olewe, Ms Cynara Vetch, the Constructive Institute

Friday 4 November 2022

Setting the stage for COP27

8:00 – 12: 30
What is at stake at COP27 UNEP (Online)

Takeaways in pairs. What did you learn, what will you do? Ms  Vibeke Quaade, Danida Fellowship Centre

12:30 – 13: 30 Lunch TCDC

Saturday 5 November 2022

Takeaways & next steps

8:00 – 12: 30
Final preparations for COP27 Ms Vibeke Quaade & Ms Helle Jørgensen, Danida Fellowship Centre

12:30 – 13: 30 Lunch TCDC

13:30 – 17: 00
During the afternoon departure with bus for Nairobi Airport (time to be announced)

(Updated 28 September 2022, Subject to changes)

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