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Dec 1975, Nairobi (Kenya), with the name Environmental Liaison Centre (ELC) -- Centre de liaison pour l'environnement (CLE) -- Centro de Enlace para el Medio Ambiente (CEMA), by NGO Environment Liaison Board (ELB) and International Assembly of NGOs concerned with the Environment (INASEN), when registered in accordance with the law of Kenya. ELB and INASEN were subsequently dissolved. First instigated at United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, 5-16 June 1972, Stockholm (Sweden), by NGOs wanting to strengthen communications and cooperation between NGOs and the world and to act as a link with United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) in Nairobi. Present name adopted 1987. Currently also referred to as Environment Liaison Centre International -- Centre de liaison pour l'environnement international (CLEI) -- Centre de Enlace para el Medio Ambiente (CEMA).


Strengthen the collective action of NGOs and community-based organizations (CBOs) worldwide towards a healthy, productive and sustainable environment for all life. Facilitate the voice of the grassroots by: fostering communication and sharing information and skills among groups working at grassroots level; developing mechanisms for greater and more effective communication between the NGO/grassroots sector and the governmental/intergovernmental sector; maintaining close contact with UNEP.

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'Issue-based Working Groups' within 3 key environmental areas: natural resource management; technology and environment; trade and globalization. 'Networking' - 4 networks create ways for NGOs and CBOs to offer concrete and constructive input into specific fields which have been the subject of major UN conventions or conferences: desertification; biodiversity. 'Research and Monitoring' supports the networking needs of organizations involved in the 4 networks. 'Building Local Capacity' through support for communities and organizations at the local and national level, helping to develop effective leadership and promoting and strengthening alternative technologies - 'Eco-Volunteer Programme' supports community action by identifying grassroots leaders, giving them access to information and training services and linking them with other Eco-volunteers around the world; 'Alternative Technologies Programme' promotes and disseminates new and traditional technologies such as analog forestry, natural pesticides and medicinal plants.

Contributions to UNCED included a major conference, Paris (France), Dec 1991, and the subsequent 'Brazil Document' giving the NGO perspective on environment and development.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 12 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 34 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 103 countries
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Subjects *

  • Society
    • People
    • Communities
  • Social Activity
    • Nongovernmental
  • Environment
    • Environment
  • Development
    • Sustainable Development

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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