Catholic Concern for Animals (CCA) is delighted to have been formally accepted as a member of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its governing body the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).
Chris Fegan, CCA Chief Executive, told The Catholic Universe: “This is fantastic news and is a great recognition by the highest Environmental decision making body in the world of the importance of the work of Catholic Concern for Animals and the crucial voice we bring to the table as one of the planet’s leading faith based animal welfare organisations speaking as the ‘voice of the voiceless’.
“The United Nations Environment Assembly is the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment, with a universal membership of all 193 Member States.”
CCA is now formally accredited and this status provides non-governmental organisations with observer status to the Assembly and its subsidiary bodies according to Rule 70 of the rules of procedure of the United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP.
Mr Fegan added: “The first major activity we will be following in our new role is the UN Biodiversity Summit, which takes place on Wednesday 30th September and is crucial to the future of our planet and especially so for the non human creation at a time of mass extinction of species on what seems like a daily basis. CCA looks forward to playing our part in the vital discussions on these hugely important topics.”
Picture: The UN flag is seen during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the world body’s headquarters in New York City on 24th September 2019. (CNS photo/Yana Paskova, Reuters).