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16 01, 2019

In Bogotá, young entrepreneurs take the lead in promoting sustainable lifestyles

2019-01-16T22:53:46+07:00

In the year 2050, a staggering 66 per cent of the human population will live in cities – a 12 per cent increase from 2015. Urbanization comes with many advantages, for example in terms of energy efficiency, resource distribution and provision of basic services, but none of these gains will be achieved if cities continue to be designed and built in the same fashion as they have been until now. A recent study by UN Environment’s International Resource Panel warns the amount of natural resources and raw materials that cities use every year will increase by 125 per cent if no [...]

In Bogotá, young entrepreneurs take the lead in promoting sustainable lifestyles2019-01-16T22:53:46+07:00
16 01, 2019

World first: Dhow made from plastic waste to sail along Africa’s coast to raise awareness about single-use plastic

2019-01-16T22:44:40+07:00

World first expedition in a boat made from plastic waste and flipflops 6 stops along the African coastline to inspire communities on how to repurpose their own plastic waste, and promote UN Environment Clean Seas Campaign. Only 9% of the 9 billion tonnes of plastic the world has ever produced has been recycled.   January 10, 2019: A traditional dhow sailing boat made entirely from plastic trash collected from Kenya’s beaches and towns will make its maiden voyage later this month from Lamu in Kenya to Zanzibar in Tanzania – a 500-kilometre expedition stopping at communities along the way to change [...]

World first: Dhow made from plastic waste to sail along Africa’s coast to raise awareness about single-use plastic2019-01-16T22:44:40+07:00
12 01, 2019

THE COMMITTEES: Setting out to ‘transform the world’ in the General Assembly’s Second Committee

2019-01-12T17:26:16+07:00

How is the UN tackling its most ambitious and far-reaching project: the 2030 Agenda to “transform the world”? This is the mammoth responsibility of the UN’s General Assembly’s Second Committee – the body which deals with “economic and financial matters”. Here is the second in our series on what happens at the UN when the world leaders have gone home at the end of September, and the Committees get going on turning pledges and ideas into action. In this, the second in our ongoing series looking at how the headlines generated by the pronouncements of UN officials and world leaders are translated into action, [...]

THE COMMITTEES: Setting out to ‘transform the world’ in the General Assembly’s Second Committee2019-01-12T17:26:16+07:00
12 01, 2019

The costs of corruption: values, economic development under assault, trillions lost, says Guterres

2019-01-12T17:26:57+07:00

Every year, trillions of dollars - equivalent to more than five percent of global GDP - are paid in bribes or stolen through corruption, the United Nations reported on the International Day which serves to highlight the pervasive crime, marked this Sunday. Secretary-General António Guterres deemed corruption “an assault on the values of the United Nations,” in a message on International Anti-Corruption Day, which is marked each 9 December. He said that "it robs societies of schools, hospitals and other vital services, drives away foreign investment and strips nations of their natural resources,” he said. One trillion dollars are paid in [...]

The costs of corruption: values, economic development under assault, trillions lost, says Guterres2019-01-12T17:26:57+07:00
10 01, 2019

Doing rubber differently: a win-win solution for people and planet

2019-01-10T10:37:34+07:00

An innovative finance project in Indonesia is providing jobs while preserving the habitat of endangered species. Sri Hartiwi, a rubber tapper in Indonesia’s Jambi Province on the island of Sumatra, has a demanding routine. Her day starts at 3.30 a.m. when she cooks for the family and goes off to work in a plantation till 1.00 p.m. She gets a holiday on Sundays. Her family—her husband, a cleaner in a private company, and two children—don’t own any land, making the income earned from rubber tapping critical for the household’s daily needs. The family are beneficiaries of the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility’s [...]

Doing rubber differently: a win-win solution for people and planet2019-01-10T10:37:34+07:00