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Katherine Richardson

Professor in Biological Oceanography and Leader of University of Copenhagen’s Sustainability Science Centre

Water Air Food Awards’ Contribution to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In order to meet the needs of the future, we must recognize that we are part of a global ecosystem in which there are interactions between the different parts. This recognition is inherent in the 17 Sustainable Development goals (SDGs) adopted by UN member countries. The Water Air Food Awards (WAFA)’s global platform contributes directly to achieving the SDGs.

WAFA recognizes that the interactions between water, air, and food are critical to human well-being and it promotes grassroots sustainability pioneers who have ensured their communities enjoy healthy water, air, and food in a world that is rapidly changing – not least of which as a result of the growing climate crisis.

Read Katherine’s full Endorsement here:

Connie Hedegaard

Chairing OECD’s Round Table for Sustainability, KR Foundation, Aarhus University, and Denmark’s green think tank, Concito.

Board member in Danfoss, Nordex, Teknologisk Institut

Former: EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Minister of Climate and Energy, Commune. of Denmark (at the time)

Empowering People

As Minister of Climate and Energy, I am reminded every day that we face huge humanitarian challenges, which will worsen considerably in the years to come because of climate change.

Healthy water, air and food are crucial to empower people to take care of their future. Disseminating useful knowledge to other parts of the world about concrete projects – that have proven to work – is central to our efforts toward a lasting, global improvement of the humanitarian situation. 

Collaboration among governments, humanitarian organisations, businesses and other actors is necessary to achieve this goal. I am therefore happy to see that Water Air and Food Awards (WAFA) is working to further corporate social responsibility, particularly in collaboration with business and humanitarian organisations.

Ulla Tørnæs

Parliament candidate for the Liberal Party
Former Minister of Development of Denmark

Dynamic Collaboration

The Water & Food Award is an exciting Danish initiative, and a global project and collaboration between the Danish business community, Danish and international arts, NGO’s, science, music and the world of cinematic arts.

The Water & Food Award is, fortunately, one of many good private initiatives, which focuses on the difficulties of the poorest countries in the world. Private initiatives constitute a good and very necessary supplement for the Danish state subsidised development aid and educational efforts.

As Minister of Development, with the responsibility for the Danish state subsidised development aid, I greatly appreciate the many private initiatives, which are most often innovative and creatively well-composed, for which reason they often reach new and different target groups than those most commonly involved in developmental politics.

For all of these reasons I wish you the best of luck with the project. It is my hope that it will contribute to even more awareness, that it is in everyone’s best interest to fight poverty in the developing countries, and that private initiatives – such as organisations, private individuals, businesses etc. – Naturally can make a difference.


World Green Design Organization

WGDO Goals:

– Accelerate the development of the concept “Green Design” on a global scale,
– Contribute to a major shift in production, distribution, and consumption,
– Improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions,
– Contribute to the fight against climate change,
– Create a communication platform focused on ecological and environmental issues,
– Promote communication and cooperation on environmental issues globally,
– Support activities in favor of an environmental shift in economy, trade, and investment

WAFA Award Signatory

Brussels Declaration “Pledge to Peace”

The purpose of the Pledge to Peace is to create a network of people with a shared vision of the value of peace, who have the potential to create, promote and communicate tangible projects and initiatives that can make peace an increasingly present topic at every level in their communities. Click here to view Declarations

Nonprofit Coalition

Wise and Compassionate Living and Leadership

The 100Hours approach is based on the understanding that genuinely sustainable societies, and sustainable well-being and happiness, require establishing people’s hearts and minds in positive universal qualities of heart and mind including compassion, loving-kindness, wisdom, mindfulness, and generosity, integrity, responsibility, and honesty.

Nonprofit Coalition

Working Together We Can Create Peace One Day

Peace One Day’s objective is to institutionalize Peace Day on 21 September, making it a day that is self-sustaining, an annual day of global unity, and a day of intercultural cooperation on a scale that humanity has never known.
In 1999, Jeremy Gilley founded Peace One Day, a non-profit organization, and in 2001 Peace One Day’s efforts were rewarded when the member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the first-ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September – Peace Day.

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