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WCC photo among Green Cross International exhibits at UN in Geneva

WCC photo among Green Cross International exhibits at UN in Geneva

Dinesh Suna, coordinator of the WCC's Ecumenical Water Network (EWN). ©Peter Kenny/WCC

14 October 2016

Green Cross International has launched a new edition of The Future We Want photo exhibition for 2016 at the United Nations in Geneva.

It features a number of its new partner organizations from around the world, including the World Council of Churches (WCC).

Those partners joined Green Cross in showcasing solutions for a sustainable future, to put forward how a green and inclusive economy improves food and energy security, creates jobs and reduces inequality.

Among the photographs at the exhibition at the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) was a picture by Norwegian photographer Havard Bjelland taken for the ACT Alliance and NCA and submitted by the WCC.

Adam Koniuszewski, chief operating officer of Green Cross International singled out the WCC as one its partners at the exhibition opening which was attended by the permanent representatives of France and Morocco to the United Nations in Geneva.

Koniuszewski singled out the WCC for its cooperation with Green Cross and met with Dinesh Suna, coordinator of the WCC's Ecumenical Water Network (EWN), who represented the council at the launch of the exhibition at UNOG on 13 October.

"This exhibition shows how WCC programmes interact with civil society and international organizations. The WCC was probably the only or one of very few faith-based organizations who have contributed to this exhibition to show a commitment to eco-justice,” said Suna.

“This is also an excellent opportunity to underline the nexus between water, food and climate change before the COP22 in Marrakesh.”

The images will be displayed at the United Nations in Geneva from 10-31 October, before being brought to Marrakech for COP22 in November.

The exhibition is shown in a special display organized in partnership with the Mission of Morocco to the United Nations in Geneva.

At the opening event on 13 October, the UN Ambassadors of Morocco, Mohamed Aujjar and Elisabeth Laurin of France spoke about moving forward from the Paris Agreement reached at COP21 to moulding a genuine action plan at COP22.

Both spoke of the “positive influence” of the exhibition for the overall good of humanity.

From 7-18 November, the exhibition will move to Marrakesh, Morocco for COP22.

Some of the photos will be shown in the UNFCCC display area at the UN while others will cover the walls around the conference rooms and side event spaces of the Civil Society in Morocco.

In addition to the exhibit, three Green Cross events have been confirmed with the organizers of COP22 in Marrakesh.

Green Cross International traces its roots to former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev’s time in office. It was a period during which he spoke repeatedly about the interrelated threats humanity and the earth face from nuclear arms, chemical weapons, unsustainable development, and the man-induced decimation of the planet’s ecology. He helped found the organization.

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