Please find herewith the report relating to the meeting of 16 March on the preparation of the NGO/UNESCO Forum on the topic of climate change.
The next international forum of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO should be held at the end of May-early June 2016. You will be informed as soon as possible where the forum will be held.
An Internet discussion platform concerning the organization of the International Forum of NGOs on the theme of peace is now available.
For more information on the Forum and on how your NGO can participate, please go to the Forum page.
The NGO Day took place in the UNESCO Pavillion on the 8 December, after a presentation by the World Water Assessment Programme 10 NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO presented their work on Climate Change.
In addition a round table event was held to share the results of the 6 October Declaration Against Climate Change.
The Declaration of NGO Action Day Against Climate Change is a result of a year-long work by a working group set up by the NGO-UNESCO Liaison committee as a result of the proposal made during the Conference of NGOS in 2014. The Working Group defined the topics to be addressed by this Declaration and then created an online consultation process to have a first round of feedback for the content of the Declaration. Following this an international event on the 6 October including 26 countries and 70 representatives came together to share their actions on Climate Change and also to co-construct the Declaration using a non formal education technique, ‘World Café’ which allowed the whole group to give their inputs for the declaration.
The result of this participative process is a common declaration which aims to reflect the diversity of the NGOs present and the common concerns related to Climate Change
You too can sign your NGO up to this declaration by using this link: http://goo.gl/forms/UoQNrYJK9P
We encourage you to share the Declaration with your networks – your members may also sign up.
Organisations who do not hold official partnership with UNESCO and who are not members of networks in official partnership with UNESCO may sign as a supporting organisation: http://goo.gl/forms/0OmOknq74U
The NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee and the COP21 Working Group will be participating in different events at Le Bourget in the Climate Generations area (Civil Society) of COP21 in order to present the Declaration and to share the work of NGOs active on Climate Change:
5 December – Climate Generations Area at 11:15-12:45 in room 8
- Round Table presenting the Common NGO Declaration 6 October 2015 against Climate Change
December 8 – NGO Day in the UNESCO Pavilion at Le Bourget in the Climate Generations area (Civil Society) of COP21 from 11:30-18:00
- NGO (in official partnership with UNESCO) presentations throughout the day
- Round Table presenting the Common NGO Declaration 6 October 2015 against Climate Change at 14:00
You can check out here the provisional Agenda
The NGO space as been organized in the heart of the public areas of the General Conference, on the ground floor of Fontenoy building – Miró 2 space.
It was both an information point and a meeting place.
Every day, different NGOS ran stands all day long and made an oral presentation of their activities
Presentations and mini-debates about the work of the General Conference or the collective work of NGOs driven by the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee were held throughout the duration of the General Conference. These debates was addressed to NGO representatives, but are also opened to other participants in the Conference.
The NGO Action day on Climate Change took place on the 6th of October 2015.
This event, organized by the NGO- UNESCO Liaison Committee and its Climate Change working group included 70 representatives of NGOs from 26 countries holding official relations with the UNESCO. The aim of the day was to unite NGOs to map, share and raise awareness about each organization’s actions on climate change and to develop a common declaration on climate change to be presented to the COP21.
Opened by Martine Levy, president of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee and with key note speaker Peter Dogse, Co-Chair UNESCO Task Force on COP21 and Climate Change, the event saw speeches from a panel of experts :
- Renée Gerard, Former international official UNDP and UNICEF, Vice Honorary President UWE / UWE, Member of the IAW / AIF extended board, and MSc Columbia University (New York) postgraduate NYU,
- Paul Winter, activist for International Voluntary Service and legal expert , and
- Marc Delepouve, Professor of Mathematics and researcher on the relation between research and Society, Member of the Scité ( a research team of Lille University), Co-animator of the working group Democratic Energy Transition of Akademia/Transform (An European Researchers network).
They provided participants with crucial data on Climate Change and answered their questions.
The NGOs presented their organizations, networked, discussed and debated their different actions before participating in a World Café that had been prepared thanks to a survey sent out by email prior to the event. The feedback from this World Café was presented in plenary by the facilitators of each table before moving on to the reading and correcting of the common declaration.
A team of volunteers shall include the proposed corrections and it shall be published on the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee website in November.
The International Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) took place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (France) from 15 to 17 December 2014.
It focused on “Culture and Cultures: reconciling universality and diversity”. It focused on the theme “Re-enchanting the World with the Post-2015 Development Agenda”.
It was organized around four subthemes:
- “The Involvement of NGOs for the Promotion of Quality Education in the Post-2015 Agenda”;
- “Water and Sustainable Development: From Awareness-Raising to Decision-Making”;
- “Enhancing Cultural Heritage and Fostering the Diversity of Cultural Expression”; and
- “Climate Change: Acting Now”.
This Conference gathers 120 non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO and about 340 participants. Moreover, representatives of Member States of UNESCO and numerous other NGOs and foundations in official relations also attended the Conference as observers.
The Conference provided a welcome opportunity to examine collective NGO action carried out in 2013 and 2014, and adopt the main lines of collective cooperation for 2015-2016. At the outcome of the Conference, NGO participants adopted a final resolution, which you will find below.
Participants were also called upon to elect a new Chairperson for the Conference, as well as a new NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee. The new composition of the Liaison Committee is given below.
The International Conference of NGOs brings together all of UNESCO’s NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO every two years. It is a key forum in which UNESCO’s official NGO partners meet and hold discussions, its primary purpose being to “review the state of cooperation with UNESCO […] and facilitate cooperation between organizations having common interests”.
On the other hand, please find herewith the Call for Peace distributed by some NGOs at the International Conference of NGOs.
“Re-enchanting the World with the Post 2015 Development Agenda” will be the teme of the 2014 International Conference of Non-Governmental Organization that will take place at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris (France) from 15 to 17 December 2014.
You will find on this website the invitation letter to the Conference together with the registration form, provisional agenda, Rules of Procedure, and a general information brochure.
For those documents and more information, please go to the page : NGOs International Conference 2014
We are pleased to invite you to attend the third International Forum of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO, on the theme “The role of youth in the safeguarding of tangible and intangible cultural heritage”, which will take place in Sofia and Sozopol (Bulgaria) from 28 to 30 September 2014. The Forum’s theme falls within UNESCO’s priorities in the field of protecting and safeguarding cultural heritage, as well as within the UNESCO’s Operational Strategy for Youth 2014-2021.
Organized by the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee in close cooperation with the UNESCO Secretariat, in accordance with the Directives on UNESCO’s partnership with non-governmental organizations (36 C/Res. 108) and with the support of Sozopol Foundation, the Forum is intended primarily for NGOs in official partnership with the Organization, but is open also to other NGOs and institutions, as well as to representatives of Member States. A strong presence of youth representatives will be particularly welcome. and Sozopol (Bulgaria) from 28 to 30 September 2014. The Forum’s theme falls within UNESCO’s priorities in the field of protecting and safeguarding cultural heritage, as well as within the UNESCO’s Operational Strategy for Youth 2014-2021.
Working documents and reports for the Forum are available on this web site at the following page : Forum on “The role of youth in the safeguarding of tangible and intangible cultural heritage”.
In honor of the celebration of the International Day of Peace at UNESCO, the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee with the participation of the UNESCO Social and Human Sciences Sectora nd the Ensemble Calliopée organize the 19 september 2014 at the UNESCO Headquarter an event :
WORDS OF PEACE!
Dialogues, images, music and songs
For the right of people to Peace