ECI engages in international policy and advocacy for the integration of national-level ESD programs into global environmental framework programs. Core issues addressed include REDD+, climate change, water, sanitation and hygiene, education for sustainable development, energy policy, the green economy, and children’s environmental health. One example is the UN-REDD+ mechanism that seeks to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. A recent paper outlining this position can be found here.

Specifically, ECI focuses on:

  • Influencing global environmental governance and engaging in policy platforms to advocate for children’s rights and participation;
  • Acknowledgement of the rights, needs and capacities of children and young people;
  • Encouraging parties to engage with children as active stakeholders in national and global action; and
  • Incorporation of effective measures and mechanisms that lead to the realization of these rights.

ECI’s role in International Policy and Advocacy

  • ECI is a civil society observer to the UNFCCC, serving as a member of the Youth NGO (YOUNGO) constituent group.
  • ECI is an associate to UN-DPI
  • ECI is a convener of International and National workshops, events and consultations

Policy and Advocacy Events

Below are a list of recent events ECI participated in to promote child and youth advocacy and policy participation:

  • Side event at the UN High Level Meeting on Youth
  • Side events at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 18, 20)
  • Side event at UNFCCC COP’s 15 and 16
  • International Children’s Conference, Brasilia, Brazil, Let’s Take Care of the Planet

ECI Published Policy Papers

ECI is a think tank for influencing global environmental governance through a series of published policy papers

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