UN Reps and Global Issues

UN Reps and Environment

UN Sustainable Development Goal #13: Climate Action

FAWCO supports UN Sustainable Development Goal #13   

At the FAWCO International Conference in Mumbai in April 2017, the delegates unanimously adopted a Resolution stating: 

Having actively supported efforts to protect the environment for over thirty years and encouraging its members to be environmentally responsible citizens, FAWCO reconfirms its commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to all individual and collective measures to curb climate change.

UN Reps Team and Environment

In late 2016, FAWCO was granted Observer Status to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This accreditation enables FAWCO to send representatives to UN Climate Change Conferences and report on the latest news to our members. Since 2017, FAWCO UN Reps Stacey Kimmig and Ayuska Motha from AIWC Cologne attend meetings of the Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. FAWCO joined the Women and Gender Constituency of Observer NGOs at the UNFCCC and will continue our coverage of and involvement with the climate conference process. To learn more, read the UN Climate Change Conference blog posts. 

United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

The United Nations' environmental programs are based on a heritage of service to the environment by numerous non-governmental organizations and individuals. FAWCO is committed to supporting the UN and its agencies in actions to safeguard the environment. There is no doubt that on a whole range of environmental issues, the advocacy of NGOs, both in public and private, has helped change public attitudes and influence government policy.

In 1972, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) was established to provide leadership and encourage partnerships in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and people to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

FAWCO supports the UN's development agenda and encourages our members to take part in activities to benefit the planet and to have fun while doing it. As David R. Brower, author of CPR for Planet Earth once said, “People want to be part of something fun. It’s exciting to change the world. If you’re in it simply out of worry or guilt, you won’t last and normal people won’t join you. Learning to read the Earth and saving it is fascinating stuff. Put fun in the movement to conserve, preserve, and restore, and celebrate it, and people will run to sign up.”

Climate Change Impacts Global Migration 

Climate Induced Displacement is an informative brochure developed by the NGO Committee on Migration, where FAWCO is an active member with UN Rep Jane Politi on the executive committee.

Environment Team

FAWCO's Environment Team publishes regular bulletins with environmental news updates, promotes action through campaigns, and informs members about global environmental issues including air, soil and water pollution, species extinction, energy efficiency, conservation, waste reduction, and climate change.

In December 2015, the Environment Team and UN Reps Team collaborated to take part virtually—with a low carbon footprint—in the historic Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21), and blogged about the events. 

Target Program: Environment

From 2010 – 2013, FAWCO's Target Program: Environment focused on improving access to clean water and supplied water wells for a rural development project in Cambodia. FAWCO's Target Water Program raised $165,000 and provided clean water for drinking and agriculture to over 1,500 families.

 

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