WFUNA Project Proposal Climate change and global environmental governance Statement by mrsnoble


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WFUNA Project Proposal: Climate change and global environmental governance

Statement of need:

Since the release in February 2007 of the fourth assessment report of the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (, which showed the link between human
activity and global warming, the climate change debate has moved to the top of the UN’s
political agenda. In mid April, the Security Council considered the issue of climate change
for the first time. In May, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment
of three special envoys on climate change to prepare for the high-level summit. The summit
will be held on 24 September in New York to "lay the groundwork" for the UN climate
change conference in Bali, Indonesia, in December 2007, which will begin negotiations on a
successor to the Kyoto protocol.

As the multilateral climate change processes under the UN are being revitalized, growing
attention is being given to the need to upgrade global environmental governance
arrangements. It is now essential to maintain the political momentum, find opportunities to
bridge the North-South divide and ensure that the public at large is informed about the
issues, given opportunities to participate in the debates and take action as needed.

The UN Secretary-General is convinced that the challenge of climate change and what we do
about it “will define us, our era, and ultimately, our global legacy. It is time for
new thinking."      To deal with this, the world needs greater dialogue, patience,
resources and reform, he said.

Aims and objectives:

There are over 100 national United Nations Associations consisting of educated and
concerned individuals focused both on global issues and the roles their countries are taking
in the UN to help resolve global issues. The aims of the umbrella organization of this
network, the World Federation of UN Associations, are:

   •   Through its full network, to facilitate a global public awareness campaign on the twin
       issues of climate change and global environmental governance;
   •   Foster dialogue at the national level on the options the United Nations can take to
       address climate change issues more effectively;
   •   Promote the formation of common positions, drawn from these national reflections,
       that can be taken to national governments as the basis of potential agreement at the
       UN, and that can be taken by the World Federation to senior United Nations
       officials to help them to achieve agreement on these issues.

A supplementary goal is to build a global network of diverse actors who can help sustain the
momentum to make better use of the UN in multilateral climate change processes, at the
global, regional and national levels.

Implementation strategies:
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An Advisory Group is being convened by Mr Robert Berg. Participants include Rajendra K.
Pachauri, Chairman of the IPCC, Cyril Ritchie, Environmental Liaison Group International,
John Clark, World Bank, Tensie Whelan, Rainforest Alliance, Jerry Glenn, Director of the
Millennium Project.

Mr Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Senior Policy Adviser. ANPED has agreed to serve as the lead

United Nations Associations, in partnership with national and community leaders, will
convene study circles that will meet for several sessions. Participants will formulate their
ideas and proposals in dialogue with each other, through online exchanges with other study
circles and with consultants who will be able to provide additional information and resources
on request. In the course of these discussions study groups will attempt to engage national
officials to gain their perspectives and to register that there is an important national
constituency interested in their country participating in productive negotiations on these
topics. Each study circle will be required to send a short report of the key ideas, preferred
options and recommended action steps which will be posted on WFUNA’s website.

Consultants and staff will prepare an information package for the study circles, which will be
made available in the UN’s 6 official languages, freely accessible online and regularly
updated. The information package for the study circles will include:

    •   an introduction by WFUNA President, Dr Hans Blix;
    •   basic information about the science of climate change;
    •   details of the threats that people in different parts of the world are facing;
    •   various policy and technological options for dealing with these threats;
    •   description of current UN roles alongside proposals now on the table for proposed
        new and/or reformed UN roles, including options to better manage global
        environmental governance;
    •   ideas on how to help national governments prepare positions on these issues with
        an eye to their entering into productive negotiations for appropriate UN actions and

A high-profile conference on climate change, to which the UNSG has been invited, will be
held at the Burkle Center for International Relations at the University of Los Angeles before
the end of this year. Leaders of the United Nations Associations of Brazil, China, India,
Russia and South Africa will be invited to attend. Senior UN representatives have indicated
their support for this event, including Mr Kyiotaka Akasaka, USG of DPI and Mr Georg
Kell, UN Global Compact. It will be a highlight of the program and result in a DVD for
distribution to participants in the study circles. (This is being funded separately.)

On the occasion of World Environment Day, 5 June 2008, the United Nations Association
of Sweden will host a conference to consider the outcomes of the study circles.

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The study circles will be conducted by United Nations Associations in partnership with a
wide range of organisations, networks and experts. The primary partners are:

   •   United Nations Environment Program
   •   United Nations Department of Public Information
   •   United Nations Global Compact
   •   The World Federation’s Millennium Project, led by Jerry Glenn, which has a global
       network of ‘nodes’. Mr Glenn has been commissioned by the Foundation for the
       Future to do a feasibility study on a Global Energy Information System and Network
       designed to be understood by parliamentarians and the public at large; the study
       circles could be used as a testing ground for the early drafts of the study’s report.
   •   iEARN with which WFUNA is conducting an online project – Our Future, Our
       Footprint - to enable school children around the world to measure their ‘carbon
   •   The Centre for UN Reform Education which has recently published an excellent
       reader on Global Environmental Governance
   •   ICLEI— an international association of local governments and national and regional
       local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable
       development in more than 550 cities, towns and counties.
   •    Worldwatch
   •   The Northern Alliance for Sustainability
   •   Environmental Liaison Center International
   •   The Endangered Planet Foundation
   •   The Rainforest Alliance

   Resources to be included in the information package for the study circles will include:

            -   A handbook describing how to conduct a study circle
            -   Information on issues, options and activities
            -   A digest of key documents with website references
            -   A summary of international laws relating to climate change and the mandates of
                organizations at the UN and elsewhere
            -   Guidelines on how to access the website, participate in online dialogues, search for
                information and submit reports online
            -   UN references and resources
            -   Biographical data on the panel of experts
            -   A glossary of terms most commonly used
            -   A calendar of major events

Time – Table:

September               Panel of Experts established
September               Project is promoted at the DPI/ NGO conference on Climate
October-                Information package for the Study Circles is prepared, translated,
November                printed and distributed.
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November 2007
– February 2008         Study Circles are in process

March                 Summary Reports collected/archived/synthesized
                      World Environment Day Conference Registration opened

April - May            Compendium of reports printed in preparation for the Conference

June                   World Environmental Day Conference hosted by UNA-Sweden


The estimated budget for setting up and supporting the study circles is $192,050.00

The break down for the budget is:
Planning meeting with the panel of experts, consultants,
partner organizations, UNA leaders and WFUNA secretariat             $20,000
Two consultants          employed part time for a year                       $40,000
Translation services                                                 $15,000
Website design and maintenance                                         $5,000
Publishing, printing and postage                                              $4,000
Teleconference costs                                                   $1,000
Participation of 30 national leaders and 5 selected experts in the
global consultation, Sweden, 2008                                     $70,000
Workshop to present results to leaders of the UN Secretariat, including
participation of WFUNA President Hans Blix                            $12,000
Secretariat overheads (15%)                                           $25,050

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