on 12th June 2014

Supporting a strong and visible representation of climate change


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 per Email

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 a) support the achievement of poverty eradication and sustainable development b) promote human rights and build community resilience through adaptation to the harmful impacts of climate change, and c) 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



  • Abibiman Foundation Ghana
  • Abiodun Adebayo Welfare Foundation Nigeria
  • Aboriginal Rights Coalition -Australia Australia
  • ACT alliance International
  • African Union Youth Volunteer Corps & Youth Assembly Kenya
  • African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF) Cameroon
  • Aliança de Batistas do Brasil Brazil
  • Alianza Nicaraguense ante el Cambio Climático – ANACC –
  • Focalía Nacional ante VdS Nicaragua 9 Alianza para un Mundo Verde Nicaragua
  • All India Women’s Conference India
  • Anglican EcoCare Commission, Anglican Church Diocese of Perth Australia
  • Anti corruption coalition Uganda Uganda
  • APEDDUB Tunisia
  • Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment Argentina
  • Ashoka Sahel Senegal
  • Asociacion Nochari Nicaragua
  • Asociacion Raxch’och Oxlaju Aj (AROAJ) Tierra Verde 13
  • AJ /Green Land 13 AJ Guatemala
  • Associação de Defesa do Património de Mértola Portugal
  • Associação de Seminários Teológicos – ASTE Brazil
  • Association des Femmes Peules Autochtones du Tchad
  • (AFPAT) Chad
  • Association For Sustainable Human Development Armenia


  • Baltic Environmental Forum Lithuania Lithuania
  • Better Education for all befa foundation Pakistan .Literate
  • Pakistan Programme Pakistan
  • Beyond Copenhagen Collective India
  • BLEJAN, Ecological, Social, business support NGO Armenia
  • Brot für die Welt Germany
  • Buryat Regional Organization on Lake Baikal Russia


  • CAN West Africa
  • Canadian Council for International Co-operation Canada
  • CARE International International
  • Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
  • Center for Participatory Research and Development-CPRD Bangladesh
  • Center for Women, the Earth, the Divine (C:WED)
  • Cento de Estudos Bíblicos – CEBI Brazil
  • Centre for Community Economics and Development
  • Consultants Society (CECOEDECON) India
  • Centre for Human Rights and Climate Change Research Nigeria
  • Centro Alexander von Humboldt Nicaragua
  • Centro Ecumênico de Evangelização, capacitação e Assessoria – CECA Brazil
  • Centro Ecumênico de Serviço à Evangelização e Educação Popular – CESEEP Brazil
  • CHIPUA Tanzani
  • Christian Aid International
  • Churches Action in Relief and Development Malawi
  • CIDSE International
  • Citizens for Public Justice Canada
  • Civil Society Network on Climate Change in Liberia Liberia
  • Clean Energy Nepal Nepal
  • Climate Action Network Canada – Réseau action climat Canada Canada
  • Climate Action Network Eastern Africa (CAN-EA) Uganda
  • Climate Action Network Europe (CAN-E) Europe
  • Climate Action Network Uganda (CAN-U) Uganda
  • Climate Change Network Nigeria Nigeria
  • Coalicion de los Pueblos por la Soberania Alimentaria
  • Capitulo Guatemala Guatemala
  • Comissão Ecumênica de Combate ao Racismo – CENACORA Brazil
  • Comissão Ecumênica dos Direitos da Terra – CEDITER Brazil
  • Community Initiatives for Development in Pakistan-CIDP Pakistan
  • Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd International
  • Conselho Latino-americano de Igrejas do Brasil – CLAI Brasil Brazil
  • Conselho Nacional de Igrejas Cristãs do Brasil – CONIC Brazil
  • Coordenadoria Ecumênica de Serviço – CESE Brazil


  • Dayemi Foundation Bangladesh
  • Dia Mundial de Oração Brazil
  • DIACONIA Brazil
  • Diakonia Sweden / International


  • Earth Day Network International
  • Ecological Christian Organisation (ECO) Uganda
  • ENDA Tiers Monde Senegal
  • Environic Foundation International USA
  • Environmental Alert Uganda
  • Envi Sudan Sudan
  • Equidad de Género: Ciudadanía, Trabajo y Familia Mexico


  • Feminist Task Force Global
  • FIELD – Foundation for International Environmental Law & Development UK
  • Finnish NGDO Platform to the EU, Kehys Finland 75 For Our Grandchildren (4RG)       Canada
  • Forest Peoples Programme UK
  • FoRS – Czech Forum for Development Co-operation Czech Republic
  • Foundation to support civil initiatives (Dastgirie-Center) Tajikistan
  • Fundação Gonçalo da Silveira Portugal
  • Fundação Luterana de Diaconia – FLD Brazil
  • Fundacion Fe y Comunidad. Venezuela
  • Fundación Hondureña de Amiente y Desarrollo Vida Honduras
  • Fundacion POPOL NA Nicaragua


  • Gender and Water Alliance Internationaal
  • Germanwatch Germany
  • Global Campaign Agianst Poverty and Hunger in Liberia
  • (GCAPH-Liberia) Liberia
  • Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Grassrooots CSOs Network of Liberia Liberia
  • Green Alliance Belarus
  • Green13 Canada
  • Guinee Ecologie Guinea


  • Heinrich Boell Foundation North America USA
  • Help and Development Organization Pakistan


  • IBIS Denmark
  • IBON International Philippines/Global
  • Igreja Católica Apostólica Romana Brazil
  • Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil Brazil
  • Igreja Evangélica de Confissão Luterana no Brasil Brazil 99 Igreja Presbiteriana Independente do Brasil Brazil
  • Igreja Presbiteriana Unida do Brasil Brazil
  • Igreja Sirian Ortodoxa de Antioquia Brazil
  • InspirAction Spain
  • Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR) Indonesia
  • International Alliance of Women international
  • International Public organisation “Ecoproject “Partnership” Belarus
  • Irthlingz Arts-Based Environmental Education 501(c)(3) United States


  • Janathakshan Sri Lanka
  • Just Earth Canada
  • Justice, Development and Peace Commission, Ijebu Ode, Nigeria Nigeria


  • klima-allianz deutschland Germany
  • KOINONIA – Presença Ecumênica e Serviço Brazil


  • Labour,Health and Human Rights Development Centre Nigeria
  • Leadership for Environment and Development Southern and Eastern Africa Malawi
  • Leigos para o Desenvolvimento Portugal
  • Liberia Youth Initiative for Peace and Sustainable Development, LYIPSUD Liberia
  • Loretto Community United States


  • Manos Unidas Spain
  • Mesa Nacional para la Gestión de Riesgo – Nicaragua Nicaragua
  • Motivation Charitable Trust UK
  • Multi Stakeholder Forestry Program (MSFP) Nepal (South Asia)


  • National Ecological Centre of Ukraine Ukraine
  • National Non-Governmental Development Cooperation Organisations’ Platform (NGDO Platform) Lithuania
  • National Toxics Network Australasian region United States
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) International
  • New Space for Patnership from Development in Central African Central African Republic
  • Niger Delta Women’s movement for Peace and Development Nigeria
  • Norwegian Church Aid Norway


  • Ohaha Family foundation Nigeria
  • Oikos – Cooperação e Desenvolvimento Portugal
  • ONG Carbone Guinée Guinea
  • Oxfam International International


  • P3 Foundation New Zealand
  • PAIRVI India
  • Peoples Movement on Climate Change Philippines (but global)
  • Peruvian American Medical Society Peru
  • Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation
  • Polish Climate Coalition Poland
  • Popolation and Climate Change Africa Forum (PACCAF) International
  • Population Matters UK
  • Programa de Formação e Educação Comunitária – PROFEC Brazil
  • psicodiferentes Argentina


  • Quercus -National Association for Nature Conservation Portugal


  • Ramfa(Rehomfa) youth track welfare Org India
  • RED Educacion Popular entre Mujeres (REPEM)
  • Rede Ecumênica da Juventude – REJU Brazil
  • Regional NGO “Sailing Academy” Russia
  • Republican Centre for Children and Youth GUTTA-CLUB Moldova
  • Reseau Action Climat-france/ Reseau Climat &Developpement France
  • Rwanda Environmental Conservation Organisation ( RECOR) Rwanda


  • Save the Children International
  • SIDS Youth AIMS Hub Mauritius
  • 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
  • SustainUS: U.S. Youth for Sustainable Development United States
  • Suswatch (Observatorio de la Sostenibilidad) – Focalía Nicaragua Nicaragua


  • Temple of Understanding
  • TESE Engeeniars Without Borders Portugal
  • Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development Uganda


  • Ukrainian youth climate association Ukraine
  • Union of Concerned Scientists USA
  • United Nations Association Southern NY State Division
  • Energy Project United States
  • Universidade Popular – UNIPOP Brazil


  • Vegans and Vegetarians of Alberta Canada


  • Wake-Up Call Sweden / International
  • WECF International International 169 Welthungerhilfe Germany
  • Wetlands International International
  • Women for Peace and Ecology, Germany Germany
  • Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture & Natural Resource Management International
  • Women’s Environment and Development Organization International
  • World Aquarium / Conservation for the Oceans Foundation United States
  • World Council of Churches International
  • Worldview Mission International


  • Zambia Climate Change Network Zambia
  • ZCO-ECOLO Benin

[1] Coordination contact: Sven Harmeling, sharmeling@careclimatechange.org

Pastoralist women carry water in jerry cans on their head and back through the semi-desert region of Diffa, Eastern Niger


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