Areas of Work

Climate Change and the International Negotiations

Since 2011, QUNO has been following climate negotiations held through the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including the COP 18 in Doha and a number of preparatory meetings.  In 2013, QUNO committed to intensifying its presence at the international negotiations in support of a fair and sufficient agreement. We are working through ‘quiet diplomacy’ to encourage trust-based discussions among negotiators and to support decision makers in boldly meeting the challenge of climate change.

We also bring experience of other international processes in areas such as human rights, disarmament, environment and trade. QUNO is exploring ways in which previous negotiations have overcome similar challenges to those faced within the UNFCCC. Through this, we aim to share new perspectives with those working towards an international climate agreement.

Recent Timeline Events

September 2014

QUNO hosted events and released two new publications during the UN Climate Summit and the People's Climate March in New York

On 23 September, world leaders met in New York for the UN Climate Summit to highlight the urgency of acting on anthropogenic climate change. Civil society also played a vital role in this process, as demonstrated by the momentous People’s Climate March.

In addition to joining the march and hosting two intimate "quiet conversation" lunches with local faith communities, civil society actors and policymakers, the QUNO Human Impacts of Climate Change programme  released two publications during this critical time.

A Call to Conscience: Quaker experiences facing the challenge of Climate Change” profiles interviews with Quakers worldwide on why they care about climate change, and what they are doing to address the challenge locally, nationally and internationally.

QUNO has also drafted a “Quaker Statement on Climate Change,” which was signed by Quaker organizations and distributed to all Yearly Meetings worldwide. The Statement recognizes the moral duty of Quakers worldwide to respond to the challenge of climate change and calls for meaningful international action on anthropogenic climate change.

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September 2014

QUNO Walks With People's Climate March in New York

On Sunday, September 21, QUNO staff from New York and Geneva joined in the People's Climate March, which brought an estimated 400,000 people to the streets of New York to voice their concerns and walk in solidarity with the communities who are most affected by climate change, in advance of the UN Climate Summit.  QUNO and other Quaker organizations are actively working on the margins of the Climate Summit, calling "on our leaders to make the radical decisions needed to create a fair, sufficient and effective international climate change agreement."

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September 2014

QUNO and FCNL co-host lunch in New York bringing together climate scientists and faith community representatives

On 22 September, QUNO and the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) co-hosted a lunch with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and faith community representatives from the New York region.  Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the IPCC, alongside Dr. Chris Field, Co-Chair of the recent 5th Assessment Report Working Group II, and Dr. Renata Christ, Secretary of the IPCC, spoke with 30 representatives from the Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Baha’í​ and Brahma Kumaris communities. 

Dr. Pachauri focused on the most recent climate science findings, the human impact of increasing temperatures, the root causes of anthropogenic climate change, and ways in which we can effectively decrease greenhouse gas emissions.  Following these discussions, guests explored the spiritual and moral challenge of anthropogenic climate change.  The lunch was an opportunity for grassroots faith communities to connect with international efforts and resources  in their work to ensure the most vulnerable communities now, and all our future generations, do not suffer as a consequence of our actions.  

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