Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

Challenge Badges and environmental sustainability at WAGGGS

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An intergovernmental organisation, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has 194 Member Nations, two associate members and one member organisation, the European Union. Its employees come from various cultural backgrounds and are experts in the multiple fields of activity FAO engages in. FAO have a commitment to eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition and their mandate is to support members in their efforts to ensure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food.

WAGGGS has worked with FAO in a variety of contexts. WAGGGS is a member of YUNGA – the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance – which is managed by FAO and through this alliance has supported and contributed to the production of curriculum's for ‘Challenge Badges’ on an assortment of related topics, such as Climate Change, Oceans and Biodiversity. Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world have been using these curriculum's to promote environmental sustainability in their communities.

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From 2011 – 2013 FAO gave 22 young women mini grants to deliver projects on environmental sustainability in their communities. These projects ranged from planting trees in Kenya to creating a healthy environment for adventure and camping in India to mitigating the effects of climate change in Canada.


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