The UU-UNO Climate Change Initiative is led by the Climate Change Task Force.
The UU-UNO Climate Change Initiative acts in conjunction with organizations at the UN, in particular, the NGOCSD-NY [NGO Committee on Sustainable Development in NY]. This committee produced the document "Climate Change: A Discussion Paper" which was hand-delivered to leaders at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference, presented at the Klimaforum, and was supported by over 100 NGOs. The statement is issued annually. It was updated and distributed for the 2010-2016 Climate Conferences [Cancun, Durban, Doha, Warsaw, Lima, Paris, and Marrakech]. The editor of this document is Dr. Jan Dash, climate advisor to the NGOCSD-NY.
A major part of the Climate Initiative was the construction of this website, originally the UU-UNO Climate Portal, with the goal of providing extensive information on a wide range of climate topics collected from reliable sources. As of 12/1/2015, the website became simply the Climate Portal.
The UU-UNO has a goal to get climate "back on the front page" with the specific goal of UUs implementing the UUA 2006 Statement of Conscience: "Threat of Global Warming/Climate Change". The UU-UNO participates in collaborative efforts with other UU environmental groups. Members of the UU-UNO Climate Initiative give climate talks at UU congregations and at UU-UNO climate program events. The UU-UNO made suggestions for unified action on climate change by UUs.
The UU-UNO Climate Change Task Force CCTF leading the UU-UNO Climate Initiative has an Executive Committee comprised of UU-UNO Director Bruce Knotts and former UU-UNO Board members Dr. Jan Dash (Chair), Pamela V'Combe, Kent Price (former Board VP), Larry Danos, and Steve Wade. Other CCTF members include Guy Quinlan, Doug Stewart, Natalie Shuttleworth, Rev. Earl Koteen, and Mark Swirsky. Advisers to the CCTF are Prof. Tony Broccoli (Rutgers U., scientific adviser), Dr. Paul Dash (climate/health adviser), and Joel DeWitt (technology adviser). Our Youth Co-ordinator is Ryan Dash.
The UU-UNO has a program for climate interns, who are adjunct members of the CCTF.
The history of how the UUA was accredited (or "admitted") to designate observers at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference COP21, able to attend events in the "Blue Zone", is long. It started in 2009-2010 when as the head of the Climate Change Initiative of the UU-UNO Board of Directors, I urged that the UU-UNO should apply to become accredited by the UNFCCC as an observer organization. The process started too late for the Copenhagen 2009 Climate Conference. Fortunately Lynn and I were able to attend Copenhagen under the umbrella of a Catholic NGO.
In 2010, I provided input to the UU-UNO application to the UNFCCC to become accredited/admitted, but that application somehow fell through the cracks. In 2012 a second application was successfully achieved by UU-UNO Climate Intern Anunay Swaroop, with the Observer Organization Liaison Office in Bonn, Germany (UNFCCC). The UU-UNO had merged with the UUA by 2012, so the UUA became the UU credentialing observer organization.
In 2015, the UU-UNO applied for UUA observer passes for COP21 to the UNFCCC. The desirability of UUA observers at COP21 was part of the Action of Immediate Witness "Support a Strong, Compassionate Global Climate Agreement in 2015: Act for a Livable Climate" of the 2015 UUA General Assembly. Three observer passes were granted, which were divided into weekly groups. Also UU-UNO Intern Jen Caplan facilitated two observer UUs to participate in a side event.
The UU-UNO activities leading to these successful outcomes were performed under Bruce Knotts (Director, UU-UNO).
No funds from the UUA or the UU-UNO have ever been provided for observers, to my knowledge.