UN Sustainable Development Goal #13: Climate Action
FAWCO supports UN Sustainable Development Goal #13 [http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/climate-change-2/]
UN Reps Team and Environment
In late 2016, FAWCO was granted Observer Status to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). [http://unfccc.int/essential_background/items/6031.php] This accreditation enables FAWCO to send representatives to UN Conferences on Climate Change who will report the latest news to our members. In 2017, FAWCO members from AIWC Cologne will attend meetings of the Climate Change Conferences in Bonn, Germany.
Environment Task Force
FAWCO's Environment Task Force [Global Issues > Environment] 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 Task Force took part virtually—with a low carbon footprint—in the historic Climate Change Conference in Paris, and blogged about the events. [https://www.fawco.org/global-issues/environment/paris-un-climate-conference-blog]
If you would like to get involved, join FAWCO’s Global Issues Task Force on Environment [Global Issues > Environment]
Target Program: Environment
From 2010 – 2013, FAWCO's Target Program: Environment [Global Issues > Target > Environment] (previously referred to as the Target Program: Water) 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.
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.
Millennium Development Goal # 7 calls for environmental sustainability.
To integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs and reverse the loss of environmental resources.
To reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss.
To halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.
By 2020, to have achieved a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers.
FAWCO supports these UN goals and encourages our members to take part in activities to benefit the planet and to have fun while doing it. As David R. Brower 1912-2000, 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.”