Open Letter: Supporting a strong and visible representation of climate change in the SDGs

To: Co-chairs and members of the Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs

Cc: Amina J. Mohammed, Special Adviser on post-2015 to the UN Secretary General

Supporting a strong and visible representation of climate change in the SDGs 

12 June 2014

Your Excellencies,

Dear Members of the OWG on SDGs,

We are writing to thank you for your ongoing efforts to ensure that climate change is appropriately reflected in the latest version of the focus area document.

We believe that climate change is an existential threat to humankind and global efforts to overcome poverty and achieve sustainable development. Therefore, we also believe that climate change must be visibly reflected in the future Sustainable Development Goal framework.

A SDG framework without climate change action as a strong backbone would not be sustainable or credible, nor would it help to lay the foundations for future international action and cooperation on sustainable development and poverty eradication. Therefore, the framework must address climate change in a manner that recognises the urgency and importance of dealing with the most fundamental challenge of our time. This includes targets under relevant goals as well as a separate climate change goal.

Ahead of the next two meetings of the Open Working Group, we are asking for your continued commitment to maintain and increase the visibility of climate change in the suggested goals and targets, especially as difficult choices (and necessary sacrifices) clearly lie ahead as the overall number of goals and targets are reduced.

Specifically, the post-2015 development framework must contain a coherent set of goals and targets which

  1. support the achievement of poverty eradication and sustainable development
  2. promote human rights and build community resilience through adaptation to the harmful impacts of climate change, and
  3. contribute to a global low-carbon development pathway and to keeping global warming below dangerous levels through significant emissions reductions,

We believe that a robust framework of this nature will help to support the scale of ambition needed to achieve the UNFCCC’s aims and help to ensure the delivery of a strong climate deal at COP21 in Paris in 2015.

Yours sincerely



 1 Abibiman Foundation Ghana

 2 Abiodun Adebayo Welfare Foundation Nigeria

 3 Aboriginal Rights Coalition -Australia Australia

 4 ACT alliance International

 5 African Union Youth Volunteer Corps & Youth Assembly Kenya


African Women’s Network for Community Management of

Forests (REFACOF) Cameroon

 7 Alian.a de Batistas do Brasil Brazil


Alianza Nicaraguense ante el Cambio Clim.tico – ANACC –

Focal.a Nacional ante VdS Nicaragua

 9 Alianza para un Mundo Verde Nicaragua

 10 All India Women's Conference India


Anglican EcoCare Commission, Anglican Church Diocese of

Perth Australia

 12 Anti corruption coalition Uganda Uganda

 13 APEDDUB Tunisia

 14 Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment Argentina

 15 Ashoka Sahel Senegal

 16 Asociacion Nochari Nicaragua


Asociacion Raxch'och Oxlaju Aj (AROAJ) Tierra Verde 13

AJ /Green Land 13 AJ Guatemala

 18 Associa..o de Defesa do Patrim.nio de M.rtola Portugal

 19 Associa..o de Semin.rios Teol.gicos – ASTE Brazil


Association des Femmes Peules Autochtones du Tchad

(AFPAT) Chad

 21 Association For Sustainable Human Development Armenia


 22 Baltic Environmental Forum Lithuania Lithuania


Better Education for all befa foundation Pakistan .Literate

Pakistan Programme Pakistan

 24 Beyond Copenhagen Collective India

 25 BLEJAN, Ecological, Social, business support NGO Armenia

 26 Brot für die Welt Germany

 27 Buryat Regional Organization on Lake Baikal Russia


 28 CAN West Africa

 29 Canadian Council for International Co-operation Canada

 30 CARE International International

 31 Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

 32 Center for Participatory Research and Development-CPRD Bangladesh

 33 Center for Women, the Earth, the Divine (C:WED)

 34 Cento de Estudos B.blicos – CEBI Brazil

1 Coordination contact: Sven Harmeling,


Centre for Community Economics and Development

Consultants Society (CECOEDECON) India

 36 Centre for Human Rights and Climate Change Research Nigeria

 37 Centro Alexander von Humboldt Nicaragua


Centro de Evangeliza..o, capacita..o e

Assessoria – CECA Brazil


Centro de Servi.o . Evangeliza..o e Educa..o

Popular – CESEEP Brazil

 40 CHIPUA Tanzania

 41 Christian Aid International

 42 Churches Action in Relief and Development Malawi

 43 CIDSE International

 44 Citizens for Public Justice Canada

 45 Civil Society Network on Climate Change in Liberia Liberia

 46 Clean Energy Nepal Nepal


Climate Action Network Canada – R.seau action climat

Canada Canada

 48 Climate Action Network Eastern Africa (CAN-EA) Uganda

 49 Climate Action Network Europe (CAN-E) Europe

 50 Climate Action Network Uganda (CAN-U) Uganda

 51 Climate Change Network Nigeria Nigeria


Coalicion de los Pueblos por la Soberania Alimentaria

Capitulo Guatemala Guatemala

 53 Comiss.o Ecum.nica de Combate ao Racismo – CENACORA Brazil

 54 Comiss.o Ecum.nica dos Direitos da Terra – CEDITER Brazil

 55 Community Initiatives for Development in Pakistan-CIDP Pakistan

 56 Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd International

 57 Conselho Latino-americano de Igrejas do Brasil – CLAI Brasil Brazil

 58 Conselho Nacional de Igrejas Crist.s do Brasil – CONIC Brazil

 59 Coordenadoria Ecum.nica de Servi.o – CESE Brazil


 60 Dayemi Foundation Bangladesh

 61 Dia Mundial de Ora..o Brazil

 62 DIACONIA Brazil

 63 Diakonia Sweden / International


 64 Earth Day Network International

 65 Ecological Christian Organisation (ECO) Uganda

 66 ENDA Tiers Monde Senegal

 67 Environic Foundation International USA

 68 Environmental Alert Uganda

 70 Envi Sudan Sudan

 71 Equidad de G.nero: Ciudadan.a, Trabajo y Familia Mexico


 72 Feminist Task Force Global


FIELD – Foundation for International Environmental Law &

Development UK

 74 Finnish NGDO Platform to the EU, Kehys Finland

 75 For Our Grandchildren (4RG) Canada

 76 Forest Peoples Programme UK

 77 FoRS – Czech Forum for Development Co-operation Czech Republic

 78 Foundation to support civil initiatives (Dastgirie-Center) Tajikistan

 79 Funda..o Gon.alo da Silveira Portugal

 80 Funda..o Luterana de Diaconia – FLD Brazil

 81 Fundacion Fe y Comunidad. Venezuela

 82 Fundaci.n Hondure.a de Amiente y Desarrollo Vida Honduras

 83 Fundacion POPOL NA Nicaragua


 84 Gender and Water Alliance Internationaal

 85 Germanwatch Germany


Global Campaign Agianst Poverty and Hunger in Liberia

(GCAPH-Liberia) Liberia

 87 Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

 88 Grassrooots CSOs Network of Liberia Liberia

 89 Green Alliance Belarus

 90 Green13 Canada

 91 Guinee Ecologie Guinea


 92 Heinrich Boell Foundation North America USA

 93 Help and Development Organization Pakistan


 94 IBIS Denmark

 95 IBON International Philippines/Global

 96 Igreja Cat.lica Apost.lica Romana Brazil

 97 Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil Brazil

 98 Igreja Evang.lica de Confiss.o Luterana no Brasil Brazil

 99 Igreja Presbiteriana Independente do Brasil Brazil

 100 Igreja Presbiteriana Unida do Brasil Brazil

 101 Igreja Sirian Ortodoxa de Antioquia Brazil

 102 InspirAction Spain

 103 Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR) Indonesia

 104 International Alliance of Women international

 105 International Public organisation "Ecoproject "Partnership" Belarus

 106 Irthlingz Arts-Based Environmental Education 501(c)(3) United States


 107 Janathakshan Sri Lanka

 108 Just Earth Canada


Justice, Development and Peace Commission, Ijebu Ode,

Nigeria Nigeria


 110 klima-allianz deutschland Germany

 111 KOINONIA – Presen.a Ecum.nica e Servi.o Brazil


 112 Labour,Health and Human Rights Development Centre Argentina


Leadership for Environment and Development Southern

and Eastern Africa Malawi

 114 Leigos para o Desenvolvimento Portugal


Liberia Youth Initiative for Peace and Sustainable

Development, LYIPSUD Liberia

 116 Loretto Community United States


 117 Manos Unidas Spain

 118 Mesa Nacional para la Gesti.n de Riesgo – Nicaragua Nicaragua

 119 Motivation Charitable Trust UK

 120 Multi Stakeholder Forestry Program (MSFP) Nepal (South Asia)


 121 National Ecological Centre of Ukraine Ukraine


National Non-Governmental Development Cooperation

Organisations' Platform (NGDO Platform) Lithuania

 123 National Toxics Network Australasian region

 124 Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

United States /



New Space for Patnership from Development in Central

African Central African Republic


Niger Delta Women's movement for Peace and

Development Nigeria

 127 Norwegian Church Aid Norway


 128 Ohaha Family foundation Nigeria

 129 Oikos – Coopera..o e Desenvolvimento Portugal

 130 ONG Carbone Guin.e Guinea

 131 Oxfam International International


 132 P3 Foundation New Zealand

 133 PAIRVI India

 134 Peoples Movement on Climate Change Philippines (but global)

 135 Peruvian American Medical Society Peru

 136 Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation

 137 Polish Climate Coalition Poland

 138 Popolation and Climate Change Africa Forum (PACCAF) International

 139 Population Matters UK

 140 Programa de Forma..o e Educa..o Comunit.ria – PROFEC Brazil

 141 psicodiferentes Argentina


 142 Quercus -National Association for Nature Conservation Portugal


 143 Ramfa(Rehomfa) youth track welfare Org India

 144 RED Educacion Popular entre Mujeres (REPEM)

 145 Rede Ecum.nica da Juventude – REJU Brazil

 146 Regional NGO "Sailing Academy" Russia

 147 Republican Centre for Children and Youth GUTTA-CLUB Moldova


Reseau Action Climat-france/ Reseau Climat &

Developpement France

 149 Rwanda Environmental Conservation Organisation ( RECOR) Rwanda


 150 Save the Children International

 151 SIDS Youth AIMS Hub Mauritius

 152 Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries USA


Sudanese Network for Environment and Development

(SNED) Sudan


Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment

(SWAGEN) Uganda


Sustainable Development Initiatives – DVI (VšĮ "DVI Darnaus

vystymo inciciatyvos") Lithuania

 156 SustainUS: U.S. Youth for Sustainable Development United States


Suswatch (Observatorio de la Sostenibilidad) – Focal.a

Nicaragua Nicaragua


 158 Telus planet Canada

 159 Temple of Understanding

 160 TESE Engeeniars Without Borders Portugal


 161 Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development Uganda

 162 Ukrainian youth climate association Ukraine

 163 Union of Concerned Scientists USA


United Nations Association Southern NY State Division

Energy Project United States

 165 Universidade Popular – UNIPOP Brazil




 167 Wake-Up Call Sweden / International

 168 WECF International International

 169 Welthungerhilfe Germany

Wetlands International International

 170 Women for Peace and Ecology, Germany Germany


Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture & Natural

Resource Management International

 172 Women's Environment and Development Organization International

 173 World Aquarium / Conservation for the Oceans Foundation United States

 174 World Council of Churches International

 175 Worldview Mission International


 176 Zambia Climate Change Network Zambia

 177 ZCO-ECOLO Benin

Download file: http://cso_letter_sdg_climate_change_june_2014.pdf

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