“We have to choose between a global market driven only by calculations of short-term profit, and one which has a human face. Between a world which condemns a quarter of the human race to starvation and squalor, and one which offers everyone at least a chance of prosperity, in a healthy environment.”

(Kofi Annan)

The NGO Forum on Environment (FOE)


Today humanity is facing multiple crises, all demanding difficult choices. However, be these related to the economy, development, climate-change, trade or to social or cultural factors, at the heart lies a common denominator, the environment. For this reason it is of the utmost urgency to place the environment and related issues on the United Nations agenda and to advance a sustainable agenda within the United Nations framework.

FOE is deeply concerned about the existing environmental challenges. Integrating NGO expertise and collaboration, FOE consistently addresses many issues related to human rights and sustainable development with a particular attention to an environmental perspective.

It is in response to this that NGOs, whether accredited or not, and interested in strengthening and furthering an environmental perspective in all areas of the United Nations work, are invited to join FOE. By combining NGO efforts FOE multiplies and supports the sharing and coordination of NGO engagement to more efficiently and collectively contribute different perspectives, know-how and initiatives to United Nations programmes.

FOE facilitates interactive dialogue, consultation, information sharing and networking among its members, thereby enhancing effective NGO participation with significant and important multiplier effects at the level of NGO outreach to civil society at large.

FOE enhances NGOs potential by creating partnerships, integrating and coordinating NGO competences through collaboration and by integrating diverse approaches and perspectives when addressing substantive issues to bring a more balanced view with regards to the environment and related issues to the attention of the United Nations and its agencies.

FOE Action

FOE maintains a strong, collaborative and strategic relationship between all NGOs with an environmental mandate, it organises activities that provide NGOs with the opportunity to work together on existing and emerging issues and develop their collective expertise by pooling their knowledge and joining forces.

Through monthly meetings FOE facilitates NGOs to engage in constructive advocacy through a dynamic network while addressing issues that are critical and relevant to the environment within the United Nations framework. FOE members contribute written and oral statements at a diverse selection of United Nations sessions and events and organise panels and side events that contribute to essential issues related to human rights, programmes, policies and activities of the United Nations system.

FOE seeks to make a contribution by calling attention to the  pivotal role of the environment and to the inter-dependent and inter-related effects by engaging in constructive dialogue with a variety of stakeholders.

FOE holds all United Nations agencies in high regard and continually works to maintain interrelated links with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and specifically with the Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment and the Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes; as well as a number of other Special Procedures mandate holders, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and UNESCO.

Core Values: environmental ethics, more…

The NGO Forum on Environment…

… is part of the NGO Alliance on Global Concerns a non-profit membership association that welcomes NGOs with special competences whose work is related to one or more areas of the work of the United Nations. Under the NGO Allaince, NGOs come together to create NGO Forums to collaborate on issues of global concerns.

NGO Forums are networks of NGOs with similar goals, and with varying proficiencies, who join forces to discuss future strategies related to substantive issues for a more effective NGO presence at the United Nations according to Article 71 of the Charter of the United Nations, as well as ECOSOC Resolution 1296 (XLIV) of 23 May 1968 and 1996/31.


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