Unesco Green Citizens
UNESCO Green Citizens - In Brief

Over decades of scientific research (biodiversity, oceans, hydrology) and education for sustainable development, but also on UNESCO sites around the world (biosphere reserves, geoparks, natural heritage sites), UNESCO has seen the number of local citizen projects multiplying and becoming increasingly meaningful. The environmental emergency leads us to unite our actions, our commitments and our will to change.

With UNESCO Green Citizens, by bringing to light selected initiatives yearly, the Organisation’s teams want to recognize, and thus support, local, innovative, duplicable citizen projects with an informed impact on their community, to help them and inspire the dissemination of these new ideas elsewhere.

Companies, media, volunteers, everyone can now help them through the platform and remind that it is together that we will make the necessary changes and decision-makers of the need to act, quickly.

Change is a collective endeavour!

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Meet UNESCO GREEN Citizens projects 2020

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Biodiversity

UNESCO’s commitment to biodiversity: connecting people and nature for an inspiring future

Biodiversity is the living fabric of our planet. It underpins human wellbeing in the present and in the future, and its rapid decline threatens nature and people alike.

Many solutions exist for stopping and reversing the decline in biodiversity. UNESCO’s diverse networks, programmes and partners have observed positive and inspiring seeds of change around the world.

Get inspired by UNESCO Green Citizens projects that act for conserving and transmitting biodiversity and get involved!

Learn more about UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme https://en.unesco.org/mab

 

Education for Sustainable Development

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) empowers people to change the way they think and work towards a sustainable future.

UNESCO aims to improve access to quality education on sustainable development at all levels and in all social contexts, to transform society by reorienting education and help people develop knowledge, skills, values and behaviours needed for sustainable development. It is about including sustainable development issues, such as climate change and biodiversity into teaching and learning. Individuals are encouraged to be responsible actors who resolve challenges, respect cultural diversity and contribute to creating a more sustainable world.

Learn more about UNESCO’s work on Education for Sustainable Development: https://en.unesco.org/themes/education-sustainable-development

Hydrology

Water is the lifeline! Freshwater must be preserved and equitably distributed.

How we manage water, bond of life and fragile resource will define our success in achieving sustainable development. Access to water is critical to poverty reduction and human health, impacts gender equality, education, and all human activities. Ecosystems and biodiversity depend on water, and globally three-quarters of it is devoted to food production.

Citizens all over the world are inventing ingenious solutions to respond to increasing water challenges and to push governments to act for sustainable water management!

Learn about UNESCO’s work on water: https://en.unesco.org/themes/water-security/hydrology

Indigenous and Local Knowledge

Local and indigenous knowledge is a precious source of wisdom which people tap into for imaging solutions inspired by nature!

It refers to the understandings, skills and philosophies developed by societies with long histories of interaction with their natural surroundings. These unique ways of knowing are important facets of the world’s cultural diversity and provide a foundation for locally-appropriate sustainable development.

Discover UNESCO’s Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems programme (LINKS), which promotes local and indigenous knowledge and its inclusion in global climate science and policy processes.

Get inspired by UNESCO Green Citizens projects which valorize indigenous and local knowledge for sustainable development!

 

Oceans

The oceans we want for the future we need!  The decade 2021-2030 was proclaimed by the United Nations as the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Ten years during which all key players in ocean science will be strongly mobilized to advance understanding of the ocean and its links to the climate.

People all over the world already do their part by creating amazing innovative solutions. Discover them now!

Learn more about UNESCO’s work on Oceans: En savoir plus sur le travail de l’UNESCO sur l’Océan : https://en.unesco.org/themes/one-planet-one-ocean

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