The climate change activities and resources are being developed in cooperation with a number of UN Agencies and civil society organizations. In addition, FAO is supporting the work of other organizations. The initiatives are undertaken in consultation with the United Nations Programme on Youth Programme (UNPY) and many are being undertaken under the UN Interagency Committee (IAC) UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)

The main partner in the "Our World, Our Climate, Our Food" initiative. WAGGGS is a worldwide movement providing non-formal education where girls and young women develop leadership and life skills through self-development, challenge and adventure. The World Association brings together Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Associations in 145 countries across the globe of which over 10 million girls are part.

UN Agencies

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Signed by 150 government leaders at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the Convention on Biological Diversity is dedicated to promoting sustainable development. Conceived as a practical tool for translating the principles of Agenda 21 into reality, the Convention recognizes that biological diversity is about more than plants, animals and micro organisms and their ecosystems - it is about people and our need for food security, medicines, fresh air and water, shelter, and a clean and healthy environment in which to live.

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)

IOC promotes international cooperation and coordinate programmes in research, sustainable development, protection of the marine environment, capacity-building for improved management, and decision-making. It assists developing countries in strengthening their institutions to obtain self-driven sustainability in marine sciences. It is coordinating the development of tsunami early warning and mitigation systems, facilitates interagency coordination and helps improve operational oceanography, weather and climate forecasts and monitoring.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

For this specialized United Nations agency, it is not enough to build classrooms in devastated countries or to publish scientific breakthroughs. Education, Social and Natural Science, Culture and Communication are the means to a far more ambitious goal: to build peace in the minds of men. 

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

192 countries around the world have joined an international treaty that sets general goals and rules for confronting climate change. The functioning of the Convention depends on a series of groups and agencies. They operate at the centre of a lively debate.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. It has the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. That makes it unique among world organizations, and unique among those working with the young.

United Nations Programme on Youth (UNPY)

The UN Programme on Youth is the focal point on youth within the United Nations. It aims to build an awareness of the global situation of young people, as well as promote their rights and aspirations. The Programme also works towards greater participation of young people in decision-making as a means of achieving peace and development.

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

It is the UN system's authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources. WMO has a membership of 188 Member States and Territories and is specialized in meteorology (weather and climate), operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences.

Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA)

The Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA) is intended to facilitate collaboration between UN agencies and other organizations working with children and young people (such as schools, youth and civil society groups, NGOs and government institutions). The objective is to create a gateway to facilitate the engagement of young people in activities of key environmental and social concern at the local and international level.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

The aim of the United Nations Environment Programme is to provide leadership and encourage 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. The World Environment Day, commemorated each year on 5 June, is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.

Other partners

Earth Child

The Earth Child Institute is an international not-for-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) working in consultative status with the United Nations and UNICEF. We are dedicated to the development and implementation of multicultural, interdisciplinary educational programs that are designed to integrate holistic and indigenous ways of teaching and learning into the context of our modern day world.

Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP)

GBEP brings together public, private and civil society stakeholders in a joint commitment to promote bioenergy for sustainable development. The Partnership focuses its activities in three strategic areas: Climate Change - Food and Energy Security - Sustainable Development.

International Award

The International Award is an exciting self-development programme available to all 14 to 25 year olds. Launched in the UK in 1956 as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the Programme has now spread to 126 countries. Over 6 million young people worldwide have taken up the Award challenge.

Meterological Research Institute (MRI) Japan

MRI is the main government institution in Japan that undertakes research in: climate and typhoon forecasts; physical meteorology; atmospheric environment and applied meteorology; meteorological, satellite and observational systems; seismology and volcanolgy, and oceanography and geochemistry.

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PLM)

PML is a dynamic, highly innovative and impartial provider of scientific advice, research and solutions on the marine environment. PML’s research mission blends understanding the major issues of concern today, with developing the expertise, tools and technologies needed to make significant advances in examining and solving the detailed processes that underpin marine ecosystems.

The Scottish Agricultural College (SAC)

SAC is an innovative, knowledge-based organisation, supporting the development of land-based industries and communities through our specialist research and development resources education and training provision expert advisory and consultancy services. Its work is wide ranging but there is a particular emphasis on agriculture and related sciences, rural business development and management, food chain quality and safety, and rural resource and environmental management.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of California

SIO is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for ocean and earth science research, education, and public service in the world. Research includes physical, chemical, biological, geological, and geophysical studies of the oceans and earth.

World Bank

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Its not a bank in the common sense as its made up of two unique development institutions owned by 185 member countries —the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA).


The World Organization of the Scout Movement is an international, non-governmental organization composed of its recognized national Scout organizations. Scouting is a movement of volunteers, including the young people and the adults who give generously of their time to work with young people, and those who lead, manage, and support the Movement in so many ways. There are more than 28 million Scouts, youth and adults, boys and girls, in 160 countries.

Alliance for Climate Education (ACE)

ACE is a national nonprofit dedicated to educating America's high school students about the science behind climate change and inspiring them to do something about it—while having fun along the way.


last updated:  Thursday, August 19, 2010