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.
More than 1,000 people were present from 135 UN member states to address the issue of Mobilising Finance for Climate Action. Several important documents were presented including the 4th Global Environment Outlook (GEO 4), which clearly outlines the current state of the environment, and concerning projections for the world's environmental health. A publication of Climate Action 2007-8 provides many good case studies of organisations taking positive steps to reduce their environmental impact.
The Medium-term Strategy for the period 2010-2013 was presented to the GMEF and included amongst other things a commitment to working with youth. It was evident from the presentations made throughout the forum that there is a strong need for collective action to tackle climate change, and there was goodwill amongst all representatives present to work towards that goal.
Two representatives of the Tunza youth programme of UNEP were present, Thomas Christian (a current Scout with the Boy Scouts of America) and Margaret Koli (previously a Scout with the Kenya Scout Association). Rod Abson, Unit Manager Environment Education at the World Scout Bureau represented WOSM.
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Picture: Margaret Koli from UNEP, who was also a Scout in Kenya, speaks at the Forum in Monaco.
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