UN Environment Programme
The UN Environment Programme provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
World Scouting's official status with UNEP was renewed in 2008 with a Memorandum of Understanding, following an earlier MoU in 2004, which helps support the Scouts' global and local ventures with UNEP.
World Scouting's ventures with UNEP extends beyond specific environmental education projects. The Scouts attended UNEP's Governing Council Meetings in 2008, attended International Childrens and Youth Conferences in 2008 and UNEP supported environmental awareness workshops at the World Scout Jamboree Global Development Village in 2007. Furthermore, in 1990, the two organizations collaborated on and published “Scouting: Action for the Environment”, a document which helps National Scout Organisations (NSOs) integrate environmental education into the overall Scout program.
On the 5th of June Scouts will join in the annual celebrations of World Environment Day, participating in environmental education activities, tree planting projects and community celebrations throughout the world. Scouts are an official partner with the United Nations Environment Programme to celebrate this day, with Luc Panissod, Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, calling on our members to share their activities with the UNEP World Environment Day website. "World Scouting calls all young people, Scouts and non-Scouts, to engage with UNEP on the occasion of World Environment Day. Raising awareness on climate change and working towards achieving better living conditions has increased Scouting's commitment to addressing environmental issues. Youth empowerment is an integral part of World Scouting policy to invite young people to become agents of change"
Following the ongoing successful partnership between the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) since the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of 2004, a renewed MoU has been signed in 2008 to continue to enhance the opportunities for Scouts and young people at local, national, regional and world levels to engage in environmental education actions.
Scouts are making sure they will be prepared for World Environment Day (WED) on the 5th of June, with this year's theme being 'CO2 Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy.' This theme challenges all of us to look critically at our day-to-day lives and take steps to reduce our climate change impact.
Scouts are already doing many good turns for the environment and focussing on the climate change problem. Scouts Canada have a Climate Change Ambassadors Programme and have worked with 10 countries in Southern Africa to develop their climate change programmes.
Scouts were involved in the recent gathering of Environment Ministers, civil society organisations and United Nations (UN) representatives at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 9th Global Civil Society Forum and 10th Special Session of the Governing Council / Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GMEF) in the Principality of Monaco from the 19 to 22 February 2008.
Since the beginning of the Clean Up the World campaign 15 years ago, Scouts have been actively getting out in their local communities and cleaning up their environment. This has included collecting many bags of litter, conducting educational campaigns, tree planting and other environmental projects. The 3rd weekend in September is celebrated as the Clean Up the World Weekend during which a wide variety of environmental activities are undertaken by millions of volunteers around the globe, though activities are conducted year round, depending on the local needs.
Arranged in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) the Volvo Adventure Award rewards active young people who create their own environmental projects. We are now searching for the 2008 winners – could it be you? All you have to do is register and enter your project by visiting www.volvoadventure.org.
UNEP has launched the 17th International children's painting competition. The Competition is organized annually by the UNEP and the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation. It has been held since 1991 and has received over 190,000 entries from children in over 100 countries.
This year’s Competition will focus on Climate Change: Actions we can take now.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will be organizing its Tunza International Children's Conference on the Environment in Stavanger, Norway from 17 to 21 June 2008. It will bring together 1,000 children aged 10 to 14 years, to learn about the environment through plenary sessions, hands-on workshops and field trips. The Conference will increase the children's understanding of environmental issues by providing them with a forum to share experiences and collectively voice their concerns for the environment. The themes of the Conference include, Energy, Bio-diversity, Resources and water.
Scouts from many countries joined other young environmental leaders of the world at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) International Youth Conference in Leverkusen, Germany from the 27th to 30th August. The participants had the opportunity to share their projects with 150 young people aged between 15 - 24 from 100 countries, showcasing a great variety of projects being lead by young people to tackle the world's environmental challenges.
Scouts' tree planting efforts and commitment to caring for the environment has featured in the latest edition of the United Nations Environment Programme's Tunza Magazine for children and youth. The theme for this edition is 'Connecting with Nature' and the Scout article focuses on the millions of trees planted by Scouts in projects around the world.