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The Environmental Sustainability Working Group (ESWG) was created in 2012 with the aim of raising awareness for sustainability within the Alliance IVS organisations, in their camps and among volunteers.
The ESWG gives advice, provides information and learning material, and organises common events, to encourage the IVS organisations and the volunteers to reflect on and deal with sustainability, and to facilitate the implementation of sustainability in offices, camps and everyday life. Besides that, the ESWG aspires to build a bridge between the Alliance, other networks and initiatives active in the field of sustainability, giving consideration to the global character of the sustainability challenge and the need to tackle it conjointly.
In 2014, the General Assembly adopted a Sustainability policy paper, which reinforces the work of the Environmental Sustainability working group.
The organizations of the ESWG share, with all the Alliance associations, the will to transform our communities. They strive for a fairer world, one that is more sustainable, more healthy and with more balanced resources and social justice, that will lead toward the development of people, communities, their happiness and solidarity. This is the main mission that all voluntary service organisations have.
Explore the Alliance website more information about the the tools developed and the activities organized by this working group in the framework of the International campaign for Sustainability in Voluntary Service.
The specific tasks of ESWG for 2017 are described in the strategic Plan of Action 2017-18, adopted by the General Assembly of members 2016.
The ESWG 2017 is coordinated by Jannika Mumme from IBG (Germany) and is composed of 14 volunteers from the following member organisations: Concordia (France), De Amicitia (Spain), Grenzenlos (Austria), IBG (Germany), IJGD (Germany), INEX (Slovakia), Legambiente (Italy), Solidarites Jeunesses (France) and World4U (Russia).