Working together with global partners to fight poverty and hunger
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:
The UN Millennium Campaign strongly believes that Governments will keep their promises only when they will feel the pressure exerted on them by their voters. The Campaign is active in more than 40 countries spanning North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
While the Campaigns in the south focus primarily on Goals 1-7, which highlight the responsibilities of southern Governments, the Campaigns in the north work towards achieving greater accountability from northern Governments for their Goal 8 commitments. Achieving Goal 8 means increasing aid quantity, improving aid quality, and creating trade opportunities to enable poor countries to lift themselves out of poverty.
In 2009, the Millennium Campaign awarded WAGGGS with seed funding in order to develop resources for its Global Action Theme educational programme which helps girls and young women to learn about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The grant also enabled WAGGGS to produce a number of free fabric badges for Member Organizations in developing countries and to encourage their involvement in the Stand Up Against Poverty campaign.
The World Food Programme is the world’s largest international food aid organization for both emergency relief and development. Hunger afflicts one out of every seven people on earth.
In 2000, WFP delivered 3.7 million tons of food aid to 83 million people in 83 countries – including most of the world’s refugees and internally displaced persons and one third of emergency food assistance worldwide.
Former Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Catherine Bertini, received the WAGGGS World Citizenship Award in 2002.
The International Alliance against Hunger is a voluntary association of national and regional alliances of both developing and developed countries, international institutions and individuals working towards eradicating hunger and poverty.
Alliance members are recognized for their actions and strong commitment to eradicating hunger and poverty: halving hunger by 2015 is one of the Millennium Development Goals. The Alliance will also help to keep the plight of the poor and the hungry in the spotlight.
WAGGGS is assisting the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), one of the members of the Alliance, to compile a directory of worldwide initiatives on the fight against hunger by encouraging WAGGGS Members to submit information about any current projects they running on improving food and nutrition.
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 the 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.