Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) has been a non-governmental organization of the United Nations (UN) since 1999, holding four UN agency accreditations with the mission of bringing a spirit-led Quaker voice to UN deliberations on the environment.
In 2016, the QEW United Nations Working Group initiated an African Diaspora Earthcare Coalition to address the need for food sovereignty for the hundreds of millions of people of African descent who have migrated to countries outside of the African continent, and who face food shortages caused by a wide range of causes including drought, wars, and climate change.
Beverly Ward, SEYM Field Secretary for Earthcare (FSE), represents SEYM as a QEW member-at-large and serves on the Outreach Committee and the United Nations Working Group. She writes:
Friends, instead of my usual musings, I am providing this link to BeFriending Creation, the bi-monthly newsletter of Quaker Earthcare Witness. In this edition, Pamela Boyce Simms and I report on our work organizing on food sovereignty in the African Diaspora at the United Nations.
If you’re not familiar with QEW, this is a good place to start.
Next year, the QEW UN Working Group will focus on water. I will co-clerk the Water Circle with Florida as a case example of water issues.