Engineers Without Borders UK accepted as an observer organisation by the UNFCCC

1st March 2017

This week we received confirmation from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that Engineers Without Borders UK has been accepted as an observer organisation.

COP21 in Paris, Dec 2015

We join more than 2000 other NGOs as an ‘admitted observer’ organisation. Admitted NGOs represent a broad spectrum of interests, and include representatives from business and industry, environmental groups, indigenous populations, local governments, research and academic institutes, women and gender and youth groups to name a few.  All believe that the collective response to the effects of climate change is one of the most important issues of our time.

The UNFCCC is responsible for the annual Conference of the Parties (COP).  It was at the 21st COP that the historic Paris Agreement was agreed, a significant piece of legislation in the fight against climate change that has since been ratified by 133 of the 197 parties at the convention.

Observer status means that Engineers Without Borders UK can apply each year to be part of the COP, building on our attendance in 2015 and 2016.  Whereas in the last two years we have been limited to attending side events, we are now able to contribute to official UNFCCC events and raise the views and concerns of the Engineers Without Borders movement on the international policy stage.

Climate change is a central theme in our 2016-21 strategy and the provision of clean energy is one of our focus areas for our international project work.  We look forward to building on our practical experience by contributing to the wider climate change agenda.

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