Working together with global partners to fight climate change
With a membership base of 10 million girls and young women and 1.5million volunteers in 145 countries, the international Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Movement can significantly contribute to solving climate change.
To achieve maximum impact and empower youth around the world to take action, WAGGGS partners with UN agencies and international NGOs. Our main partners global partners on this issue are:
WAGGGS has been working with Rome-based FAO since several decades and has established a permanent ongoing representation at negotiations, summits and high-level events with the UN team in Rome. WAGGGS and FAO are holding a Memorandum of Understanding outlining their close relationship and their commitment for mutual collaboration. Partnership projects include publications like the Climate Challenge badge, several drawing competitions and the Youth and UN Global Alliance ‘YUNGA’. Find out more about how WAGGGS and the UN team Rome works with FAO.
WAGGGS is one of the main partners of TUNZA, the children and youth programme run by UNEP. WAGGGS UN team based in Nairobi holds close relations with the UNEP secretariat and paved the way to signing a Memorandum of Understanding between WAGGGS and UNEP. Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world contribute to partnerships projects like the ‘plant for the planet’ tree planting campaign. Find out more about how WAGGGS and the UN team Nairobi work with UNEP.
WAGGGS works with UNICEF on several issues at global level and many WAGGGS Member Organizations cooperate with national UNICEF offices at national level. Many projects are aiming to protect the environment. Unite4Climate, for example, is a social networking platform where young people can sign up, link-up in interest groups, exchange information, find useful tools and much more. WAGGGS is one of the main supporters of Unite4Climate and inivites Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world to sign up and join the group ‘Girl Guides and Girl Scouts unite for climate’ on the platform. Find out more about how WAGGGS partners with Unicef.
WWF was established in 1961 and is now one of the largest environmental organizations in the world. Currently there are more than 1300 WWF conservation projects underway around the world.
WAGGGS and WWF have collaborated on an education pack for COP 15, the climate change conference in Copenhagen in 2009 and partnered with WWF on its Earth Hour Lantern project, where children around the world assembled paper lanterns and sent them to Copenhagen, inscribed with their personal message to world leaders about climate change. Find out more details on this cooperation.