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.
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
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 organizations, 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 organizations.
Parliament candidate for the Liberal Party
Former Minister of Development of Denmark
Water Air and Food Awards (WAFA) is an exciting Danish initiative and a global project: a dynamic collaboration among NGOs, science, the arts, and the business community. It is particularly noteworthy for its focus on the world’s neediest people.
Such initiatives constitute an essential supplement to Danish development aid. As Danish Minister of Development, I greatly appreciate their innovative and creative approach to reaching different target groups from those commonly involved in development politics.
For all of these reasons, I wish you every success with the project. I hope that it will contribute to even more aware that it is in everyone’s best interest to fight poverty in the developing countries, and that initiatives such as yours can make a difference.
World Green Design Organization
– 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
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.
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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