The Bellagio Center Convening Program is seeking applications for 2024 to address the global climate crisis.
Successful applicants will change systems and provide pathways to mitigate and adapt to the worst effects of climate change. They are especially interested in addressing the challenges faced by low and middle-income countries, which bear the least responsibility for creating this crisis yet face the greatest risks.
Areas of Interest
- Health Systems – How can they help poor and vulnerable communities prepare for and adapt to the changing global disease burden due to climate change? How can they ensure pandemic preparedness in the face of climate-induced changes?
- Energy Systems – How can they accelerate the transition to clean energy across the developing world? How can they ensure that increased mining for minerals such as lithium or cobalt needed for renewable energy systems unfolds in a just and equitable manner? What role should nuclear energy play in an overall energy portfolio?
- Food Systems – How can they use regenerative farming techniques, climate-resilient crops, and dietary changes to address the climate crisis? How can they prepare global food systems to be resilient in the face of increasing droughts, to prevent famine and food shortage? How can they mitigate food loss and waste, reducing emissions due to agriculture?
- Financial Systems – How can they accelerate the creation of well-functioning carbon markets? How can they increase financial flows to accelerate key climate investments from philanthropy and development finance organizations globally, especially in the global south? How can they ensure communities at the front lines of climate change are front and center in the global policy and financing forums addressing climate change?
- Environmental Systems – How can they use nature-based solutions to mitigate emissions, and improve resilience through co-benefits? How can they create inclusive governance and policy structures for the appropriate use of geo-engineering tools to address climate change?
- Protecting the Poor and Vulnerable – How can they prepare and build resilience within global urban population centers for new challenges such as deadly heat waves and continuous exposure to heat? How can they build regional and multinational frameworks to mitigate regional conflicts due to increased patterns of migration and climate refugees?
How they Support
- Convening design resources, to help maximize the experience and impact of your convening
- Modest travel support for eligible participants
- Ground transportation from Milan to the Bellagio Center
- A dedicated convening lead on-site, as well as amenities such as lodging, food, AV etc.
- Demonstrate the potential to result in impact following the convening
- Hinge on a clear, specific, and compelling purpose
- Engage diverse stakeholders necessary for success during and after the convening
- Are timely and centered during a moment that helps catalyze impact
- The Rockefeller Foundation is especially interested in supporting convening organizers who are based outside of the U.S., who are citizens of low and middle-income countries and/or who represent low and middle-income countries through their cultural backgrounds, the focus area of their work, and their worldviews.
For more information, visit Addressing Climate Change Convenings.