As a company with a mission to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together, collaboration and partnerships are an essential component of our sustainability strategy.
The reality is that the challenges we face as a global community are too great for any of us to solve alone. This is why we build partnerships with globally renowned organizations that are leading the way and enable communities to tell their stories and connect with one another.
Through collaborations and partnerships with nonprofits, businesses, and civil society, we aim to help share information about the impacts of climate change and harness the strength of our platforms – Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp and AR/VR – to catalyze climate action.
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Beginning in 2015, and in each subsequent year, Facebook has partnered with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to bring a Facebook Live Studio to their annual climate convening, providing participants and attendees the ability to share their experience with communities around the world.
We supported the UN and UNFCCC in launching the People’s Seat Campaign on Facebook and Instagram and the ActNow.bot via Messenger. The People’s Seat campaign alone has reached heads of state and more than 1 billion people. The ActNow.bot via Messenger, which launched in 2018 at the UN’s annual climate change conference (COP24), empowers climate change advocates to take personal action to reduce their own environmental footprint.
In 2019, we continued to partner with the UNFCCC during COP25 in Madrid, Spain, showcasing the potential of our family of apps and services as a means to drive climate change solutions. For the fifth year in a row, we were on the ground hosting a Facebook Live Studio enabling policymakers, advocates, businesses and nonprofits – including signatories of the U.S. delegation and We Are Still In coalition – to broadcast progress, challenges and reflections around the urgency of climate change to global audiences. We hosted a total of 49 sessions, with notable guests including Carolina Schmidt, president of COP25; Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, president of the UN General Assembly, among others.
Partnering with We Are Still In During Climate Week
We continue to do our part to fulfill the spirit of the Paris Climate Agreement through our ongoing support of the We Are Still In coalition and its initiatives.
At Climate Week NYC in September 2019, we partnered with We Are Still In, Step Up Now, and the Guardian to host a discussion and reception, highlighting sub-national action against climate change and continued support for the Paris Climate Agreement.
Stockholm International Water Institute at World Water Week
The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) hosts and organizes World Water Week, an annual water conference drawing 4,000 delegates from 138 countries. We were proud to be a World Water Week community partner for the first time in 2019.
As part of the global event, we supported Facebook Live streaming of the World Junior Water Prize presented by Prize Patron H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria. We hosted a storytelling learning zone and gallery, providing resources and training on building content, fundraising and engagement on Facebook and Instagram.
More than 500 water stewardship practitioners joined for sessions throughout the week. Our gallery space featured multi-media content highlighting voices from the broader water and climate community.
Photos by Mikael Ullén for the Stockholm International Water Institute