Green Cross International

Green Cross International (1993; Geneva; 3 staff in HQ, ~200 staff worldwide; www.gcint.org)

An international organization that responds to challenges of security, poverty and environmental degradation to ensure a sustainable and secure future. Promotes legal, ethical and behavioral norms that ensure basic changes in the values, actions and attitudes of government, the private sector and civil society, necessary to develop a sustainable global community, by contributing to the prevention and resolution of conflicts arising from environmental degradation, and by providing assistance to people affected by the environmental consequences of wars, conflicts and man-made calamities. Has national chapters in over 30 countries.

Programs:

  • Value Change – Promotes to build the critical mass and political will for the deep-rooted societal change that is capable of containing and then reversing the effects of climate change and environmental degradation.
  • Social and Medical – Improves the lives of people suffering from long-term medical and psychological conditions and socio-economic impacts caused by exposure to radioactive and chemical contamination.
  • Environmental Security and Sustainability – Focuses on the interface between security and sustainability, including around chemical weapons elimination and nuclear non-proliferation. There remains heightened interest in chemical weapons demilitarization due to the on-going Syria crisis.
  • Water for Life and Peace – Aims to promote human rights, peace and development, and to have a concrete and immediate impact on communities, by working across three main areas: Right to Water and Sanitation, the legal frameworks of shared water resources (such as the United Nations Watercourses Convention), and the Smart Water for Green Schools project.
  • Smart Energy – Fosters a secure, equitable and sustainable energy future for the world, using advocacy and practical projects to promote energy conservation and efficiency, and to accelerate the transition from a carbon-based economy to a clean and sustainable energy model, accessible to all.
  • Green Star Awards – Recognizes outstanding individuals or organizations that have made remarkable efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to environmental emergencies – as well as to integrate environment with humanitarian action across the world.
  • GCI and the SDGs – Green Cross has long recognized the need for a holistic, integrated and global approach to developmental and environmental challenges, reflected by our advocacy and fieldwork. That’s why Green Cross programs correspond to 15 of the 17 SDGs. These global goals outline a shared development path that encompasses all peoples and aims for an inclusive and sustainable future.

Publications:

Leadership: Alexander Likhotal (President 2000-present); Mikhail Gorbachev (Founding President, Chairman)

Budget: ~$ 1.7m (2016)

Note: In 2013 the Right Livelihood Award – known as the alternative Nobel Prize – went to Green Cross and ESS Director Paul Walker. (MM)

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