The Center for Environmental Concerns-Philippines, Inc. (CEC) has won the recently concluded elections for Asia Pacific civil society representative to the UN Environment that will serve term from the third UN Environmental Assembly (UNEA) in December 2017 until the next UNEA in February 2019.
“This is an opportunity to bring in grassroots’ voices to the world’s highest level decision-making body on the environment, which is the UN Environment Assembly. The CEC commits to serve the most marginalized of the communities and fight for people’s rights for the environment and their natural resources,” said Owen Migraso, CEC’s Executive Director.
The CEC is an active member of the Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (APRCEM), in particular, as coordinator of its Environment Thematic Working Group that has led Asia Pacific civil society groups and people’s organizations engage in UN Environment processes such as the Asia Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment and the UN Environmental Assembly.
The CEC as part of APRCEM will also be organizing the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders’ Forum (GMGSF) in the Third UN Environmental Assembly this coming November in Nairobi, Kenya, with a theme “Towards a Pollution-Free Planet.”
“This year’s theme is an opportunity to highlight pollution issues affecting people’s communities and how systemic barriers such as corporate greed, militarism among others are contributing massively to the degradation of local ecosystems,” added Migraso.
Ms. April Porteria, program coordinator of CEC will represent the organization as Asia Pacific civil society representative to the UN Environment.