WFUNA's work in sustainable development focuses on international environmental governance, climate change, the lead-up to Rio+20, and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
- Go Beyond
- YOUth Impact: Africa
- Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development
- Earth Day Photo Challenge
- GEO: Global Environmental Organization
WFUNA and Climate Change
The Go Beyond Fellowship program aims to bring together corporations and civil society to respond effectively to climate change and to raise awareness and resources on the community level, ultimately leading to sustainable development and bridging the North-South divide. The innovation of Go Beyond lies in its approach. WFUNA, with its unique position at the intersection of global and local communities, is launching Go Beyond to bring together the corporate sector, UNAs, and global citizens to find cutting-edge grassroots solutions for climate change.
WFUNA and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
"Ten years ago, world leaders agreed on a set of ambitious targets to end poverty and hunger, expand access to education, enhance gender equality, improve maternal and child health, combat HIV/AIDS and foster greater environmental sustainability. The MDGs are not only a promise -- they are a test of our collective capacity and global solidarity will to advance human well-being at an unprecedented scale and pace." –Ban Ki-Moon, 22 September 2010
YOUth Impact: Africa, WFUNA's program on the Millennium Development Goals, is a three year program that will contribute to the eradication of poverty and hunger in East Africa by fostering youth-led community projects that will result in both positive short- and long-term changes for youth and their communities by using multiple educational tools.
WFUNA is proud to announce its collaboration with Beyond 2015, an international coalition of civil society groups and non-governmental organizations that have come together with the common goal of wanting to create and facilitate an inclusive and transparent process for the creation of the next set of Millennium Development Goals.
WFUNA representatives traveled to Rio de Janeiro to attend the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Check out what we did to prepare for the Conference!
WFUNA's Rio+20 Expert Series
WFUNA asked three experts to give their thoughts on the progress and outcomes of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.
Get Rio Webinar Series
WFUNA developed a three-part Sustainable Development Webinar series that focused on preparing for Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.
Get Rio: Global Governance for a Sustainable Future
Did you miss our third sustainable development webinar? Special guest, Jan-Gustav Strandenaes of Stakeholder Forum, explored the past, present, and future of IFSD and how to reform the global governance architecture to effectively deliver sustainable development in the 21st century.
Get Rio: Defining the Green Economy:
Did you miss our second sustainable development webinar, "Get Rio: Defining the Green Economy"? Oliver Greenfield of Green Economy Coalition explored the "what," the "why," and the "how" of a green economy and shared the collaborative process that produced the 9 principles of a Green Economy.
Get Rio: SD Basics
Did you miss "Get Rio: SD Basics", WFUNA's first webinar on Sustainable Development and Rio+20? Chantal Line Carpentier, Coordinator for Major Groups, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, discussed the basic principles of Rio+20 and Sustainable Development.
WFUNA held an Earth Day Photo Challenge that asked participants to answer the question, "What does Earth Day mean to you?" with an original photo and caption. Check out our Earth Day Photo Challenge winners and all submissions here!
The Need for a Global Environmental Organization
“Without a strengthening of international environmental governance, whatever is potentially agreed in Rio +20 will only contribute to a persistence of the challenges, rather than the delivery of the opportunities and the imperative for a more intelligent and equitable 21st century development.” – Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP, 3 September 2011.
Millions around the world are already suffering from the effects of climate change and environmental degradation, particularly in developing countries. If the world is serious about achieving new goals set in Rio, we will need a strong and coordinated governance institution – one with resources and jurisdiction to facilitate and enforce compliance: a Global Environmental Organization (GEO).
Despite achievements in international environmental governance (IEG) through the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), the current governance architecture still fails to effectively mitigate global environmental problems.
By treating each issue separately through international agreements, there is a duplication of effort, lack of scientific data sharing, and inefficient treatment of the root causes of degradation. Moreover, as there are now over 500 MEAs, many developing countries find their financial and human resources stretched to participate in negotiation, administration, and implementation.
The official UN body on the environment, UNEP, is chronically under-resourced and does not have the policy or budgetary autonomy to holistically tackle all of the environmental problems we face.
A Global Environmental Organization could:
- Raise the importance of international environmental policy, and thus political will to meet commitments
- Provide membership to all UN member states (Universal membership)
- Have the ability to make autonomous decisions
- Have increased budgetary autonomy
- Be an anchor institution to provide policy guidance to MEAs
- Provide strategic direction to the many UN bodies with environmental mandates
- Facilitate scientific data sharing among MEAs and UN bodies
- Reduce the financial burden of participating in MEAs on developing countries by pooling reporting requirements and providing co-location of MEA secretariats
- Give a formalized voice to civil society and marginalized peoples, and their important local knowledge and technical capacity
To participate in WFUNA’s GEO advocacy initiative, see the tools and the resources on the right panel.
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- Quick link to Go Beyond Fellowship
- Quick link to WFUNA and Post-2015
- Quick link to YOUth Impact Africa
- [Press Release] WFUNA Joins Beyond 2015
- "Civil Society and Rio+20" article by WFUNA Secretary-General in UN Chronicle magazine
International op-ed in Huffington Post
WFUNA & UNA-UK op-ed in UNEP Perspective on Rio+20 series
WFUNA International op-ed (pdf)
UNA-UK op-ed (pdf)
- UNA-Argentina op-ed in Spanish
UNA-Austria op-ed in German
- UNA-Luxembourg op-ed in French
- Center for UN Reform: Global Environmental Governance: Perspectives on the Current Debate
- UNEP: Issue Briefs on the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development
- Stakeholder Forum: J. Bernstein: Breaking the International Environmental Governance Deadlock: Lessons from Other Regimes
- UNEP: Achim Steiner Remarks on IEG