FOE Agenda


The NGO Forum on Environment (FOE)

FOE Agenda

FOE will work on substantive issues related to human rights, the SDGs, programmes, policies and activities of the United Nations System as well as organise panel events related to Earth Day, to the UN Decade of Biodiversity and the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All.

In the course of the year FOE will offer a variety of training sessions related to the United Nations system. These sessions will also include subject matter and expert speaker presentations on environment related issues.

During the year FOE will enhance its social media presence to better utilize such media as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. FOE is working on establishing video-conferencing links as part of an effort to build interactive bridges with NGOs who cannot be present but who are keen to share and voice specific concerns and issues that FOE members can raise at events at the United Nations.

Important to Link major UN Agendas into ONE NGO Agenda

Human Rights (HR) >> Climate Mitigation (CC) >> Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs)

Human Rights:

all negotiations and outcomes related to CC and the SDGs need to be embedded in a solid human rights framework, so that indeed “nobody is left behind

Climate Justice:

Many, mostly Western, states do not want human rights to be included in any UNFCC document, as ratification of a number of Treaties and Conventions mean that states have legal obligations and of consequences, responsibilties.

It is obvious that SDGs are an important factor  towards climate mitigation and climate justice..

Important for the COP21 (“Paris Agreement”) to aim for long-term environmental stability.


It is paramount for NGOs to make sure SUSTAINABILITY is the main focus of development and for these as well to be embedded in a human rights framework, for the SDGs to contribute to long-term environmental stability and to climate mitigation


SDGs: A/69/L.85 – Draft outcome document of the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda

On special procedures of the Human Rights Council:

The special procedures of the Human Rights Council are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic perspective. The system of Special Procedures is a central element of the United Nations human rights machinery and covers all human rights: civil, cultural, economic, political, and social. As of 27 March 2015 there are 41 thematic mandates.

List of Thematic Human Rights Mandates

2016 FOE Meetings

Unless otherwise stated all FOE meetings take place at UNOG’s  NGO Resources Centre at the Palais des Nations in Geneva at 14h00.


We meet in January  –  February   –  April   –  May   –  July   –  October  – November and December. We also have a some social time, in that we all have lunch/dinner together.

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FOE Members will be attending

The Human Rights Council / HRC:  February / March Session –  June / July  Session and September Session.  For those interested to subscribe to Weekly Updates, send an email with your e-address to: civilsociety (at) ohchr (dot) org. We highly recommend the following free app:  Geneva Human Rights Agenda – Programme of Work and documents

HRC app


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The Universal Periodic Review / UPR  Sessions:  January  –  May   and October / November

The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples / EMRIP: session during July of each year.

The Forum on Business and Human Rights: during November

COP Event / UNFCCC: November  or December. Regions rotate on a yearly basis: Africa – Asia – Europe – Americas

Other: link to OHCHR Calendar of Meetings


NGO Alliance Meetings for FOE and FSV Members

This years annual NGO Alliance Members Meeting will take place on June 7 at 10h00 at UNOG’s  NGO Resources Centre at the Palais des Nations in Geneva followed by lunch, location tbc.

The NGO Alliance Board nirmally meets in March.. NGO Alliance members are always welcome as Observers.

A Triennial General Assembly will be called in the first half of 2020.

Additional meetings can be called if and when required.

Link to…About Us

Read on why we created the NGO Alliance on Global Concerns

More on… Joining Forces

More about… the United Nations Office at Geneva / UNOG

Read about… our thematic NGO Forums

Link to… the NGO Forum on Environment / FOE / Mission

Link to the NGO Forum on Spirituality and Values / FSV

Want to know about Membership… Categories and Criteria