UNITED NATIONS, QUEENSLAND COUNTRY WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION and ASSOCIATED COUNTRY WOMEN OF THE WORLD
The United Nations came into being over 70 years ago and for 68 of those years ACWW has been involved. QCWA is a Member Society of ACWW.
The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization to promote international co-operation. The organization was established on 24 October 1945 after World War II in order to prevent conflict. At its founding, the UN had 51 member states; there are now 193. The headquarters of the United Nations is in Manhattan, New York City, and experiences extraterritoriality.
Its objectives include maintaining international peace and security, promoting human rights, fostering social and economic development, protecting the environment, and providing humanitarian aid in cases of famine, natural disaster, and armed conflict.
HOW ACWW WORKS WITH THE UN
- ACWW Member Societies
- Discuss current UN issues at society level
- Prepare resolutions of international interest for discussion at ACWW Triennial
- Write advocacy letters to their local governments and agencies
- Participate in UN declared days, years or decades
- Support UN initiatives through related projects
- Communicate with the UN Committee
UN designated Days/Years/Decades are taken into account when planning QCWA programmes.
Past year focuses have been: The year of the Potato, Family Farming, Light & Light Technologies and Pulses. QCWA highlight these focus years through our competitions e.g. cookery, photography and including the topic at meetings.
The UN Peacekeepers Commemorative Ceremony March is held on the last Saturday in May. For the past ten years QCWA has provided and served tea and scones at King George Square. Thanks to QCWA contributions to International funds we are able to continue this activity.
The UN has 17 Sustainable Development Goals to improve the lives of people globally.
- No poverty
- Zero hunger
- Good health and well being
- Quality education
- Gender equality
- Clean water and sanitation
- Affordable and clean energy
- Decent work and economic growth
- Industry, innovation and infrastructure
- Reduced inequalities
- Sustainable cities and communities
- Responsible consumption and production
- Climate action
- Life below water
- Life on land
- Peace, justice and strong institutions
- Partnerships for the goals
A review has shown during 2000-2015 Millennium Development Goals:
Extreme poverty reduced from 45% to 15% in 25 years; out of school primary age decreased from 1000 million to 57 million; number of under 5 death decreased from 12.7 million to 6 million; improved maternal health; new HIV infections down 40%; fewer cases of Malaria due to increased use of bed nets; 1.9 billion have gained access to clean drinking water.
Here are some examples of how QCWA is involved:
- Goal 3 Good Health and Wellbeing – sending birthing kits to PNG; Country Kitchens helping to reduce non-communicable diseases like obesity, diabetes & heart disease.
- Goal 4 Quality Education –boxes of Kits for Kids are being sent to PNG and we are providing Bursaries for Qld students.
- Goal 6 Clean Water and Sanitation – donations to ACWW ‘s Clean Water for All.
- Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth – we give Bursaries to improve job opportunities
- Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production (we support & lobby for our primary producers.) Reducing FOOD WASTAGE is a Goal we can all aim for!
ACWW has recently signed up to United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon’s Zero Hunger Challenge. This Challenge obliges us to raise awareness of the damaging impacts of food waste on farmers and the environment.
Worldwide, 1.3 billion tonnes of good food is wasted, each year.
The further along the chain the food loss occurs, the more carbon intensive is the wastage. A single tomato spoiled at the harvesting stage will have a lower carbon footprint than tomato sauce wasted at the retail store, since the harvesting, transportation and processing accumulates additional greenhouse gases along the supply chain. Even more waste occurs when it gets to the table and not eaten.
The Resolutions & Recommendations members discuss at the QCWA State Conference cover many of the above Goals.
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
QCWA marks special days by holding events e.g. morning teas, displays, on UN WOMEN’S DAY 8th March and UN RURAL WOMEN’S DAY on 15th October