OUR MISSION STATEMENT
This section outlines the UNA Climate and Oceans mission:
1. To promote the work and advice of the United Nations and its Scientific Agencies, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), UNESCO, UN Environment, UN Meteorological Organization (WMO), UN Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
2. To promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) as an integral part of our work and scope. We will promote a comprehensive understanding of the climate crisis, encompassing the environmental, economic and social consequences.
3. To educate UNA members and the general public regarding the key interactions between Atmosphere, Oceans and Cryosphere, as the main regulatory processes of Earth’s Climate.
4. To engage with UK Government Agencies and Ministers, influencing the implementation of national, regional and local policies regarding the environment and human interactions. Some of these Government Agencies are: Environment Agency, Minister for Pacific and the Environment, Sussex Inshore and Fisheries Authority, Environment Minister, Natural England, etc.
5. To engage with Embassies in London in order to lobby World Governments towards a green and blue agenda, so their polices reflect their commitment to the UN SDGs and their National targets.
6. To engage with regional civil Forums, NGOs and Community Groups in order to encourage them to adopt the UN SDGs as part of their approach. Some of the Forums, NGOs and Community Groups are: Climate Coalition, Sussex Marine and Coastal Forum, The Wildlife Trusts, Marine Conservation Society, Rother Voluntary Action, Brighton Dolphin Project, Transition Town movement, etc.
7. To engage with local governments, influencing the implementation of local polices regarding the environment and human interactions.
8. To organise regional and local events for the general public in order to promote our aims. These events will be organised typically in partnership with local Universities, NGOs and Government Agencies. Some of these partners are: Sussex Wildlife Trust, Centre for Aquatic Environments (University of Brighton), University of Sussex, Energise Sussex Coast, Hastings Museum, UNESCO Biosphere (Brighton), Transition Town movement, Strandliners, Rother Voluntary Action, Friends of the Earth, Plastic Free Hastings, Plastic Free Eastbourne, Plastic Free Brighton, Plastic Free Tunbridge Wells etc.
9. To lobby local Governments and local MPs, promoting the Scientific conclusions of the UN’s Scientific agencies, such as the reports of the IPCC, IPBES, UN WMO, etc.
10. To organise International Events using online platforms such as Webinar with International partners, such as UNA Sweden, in order to reach a global audience and promote our aims.
11. To support and promote national, regional, and local environmental campaigns, providing Scientific advice and expertise, according to our aims.
12. To give Scientific talks to community groups, youth groups, educating the general public on the environmental, economic and social impacts of the Climate crisis.
The UN Association Climate and Oceans will engage in the following topics:
• Multilateralism and Climate action
• Biodiversity and the Climate crisis
• Crucial role of the Ocean-Atmosphere -Cryosphere in regulating Earth’s climate
• Climate-driven migration
• Behavioural change as climate action
• Marine Protection to mitigate climate impacts
• Vulnerability of coastal communities to climate change
• Education: the need for a new global mindset on climate change and sustainability
• Rebuild a green and blue economy. A post pandemic world.
• Geopolitics and Climate Action
• Climate Justice
• Climate crisis and conflict
• Environmental Security
• Ocean health as essential to a healthy climate
• The climate cost of food
• Decarbonising supply chains
• Women and climate action
• Protecting and empowering children – the most vulnerable to climate change
• How to decarbonise transport – sustainable transport
• Greening infrastructure. The future of our cities
• Developing a vision for zero carbon energy
• Transition to renewable energy
• Delivering clean energy
• Financing the transition to a cleaner economy
• Finance for climate action
• Global climate finance flows (public and private)
CLIMATE AND OCEANS