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World Environment Day: A rallying call to restore our ecosystems

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UNEP Executive Director Inger Anderson's remarks as Pakistan announced to host of the 2021 World Environment Day I thank the Honorable Minister for inviting me to this press briefing. First of all, on behalf of the United Nations Environment Programme, I would like to thank Pakistan for offering to host the 2021 World Environment Day, which will be held on 5 June, on the theme of ecosystem restoration. Pakistan is integral to global efforts to combat the three interconnected environmental crises the world faces today, namely, climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste levels. In Pakistan these crises are manifested in air and water pollution, pestilent and erosive land-use practices, desertification and extreme weather events. According to a recent study, Pakistan is ranked 5th in vulnerability to climate change. The global restoration of ecosystems to their former glory is key to addressing those crises and to keep check of our consumption and production

Taking Action Online - for Environmental, Social Justice and Sustainable Development

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A new book by Adam Rogers is just out -  "Taking Action Online - for Environmental, Social Justice and Sustainable Development." Adam was a communications advisor to the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC). He also had another book our recently "The Intrepid Traveler" which explored more than fifty countries over five years on a budget of less than $100 a month Taking Action Online for the environment, social justice and sustainable development connects the many dots in the social media universe and provides step-by-step advice on how to raise funds, build communities and inspire action for the results we need to create the world we want.  The book is a great reference or for new people an introduction on the different social media that are out there and what you can do to use them for your campaign. There is a great Foreword by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clar

Felix Dodds on Sustainable Development History and UNFCCC Glasgow COP

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  Presenting at the Energy Study Group of the Center for Ecozoic Studies . Discussing the history of sustainable development at the global level from 1992 to date including the Rio Earth Summit, Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development, Rio+20 and the preparations for the Glasgow UNFCCC COP

Sustainable Development Discussion. U&i Global & Felix Dodds.

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So, what about Glasgow? What’s it all about? And what are the possible outcomes?

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The journey to the Glasgow Climate Summit has and is a challenge because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was moved from November 2020 to November 2021 to enable governments to meet in person.  We now know that it is unlikely  that the Bonn June meeting will happen in person. Will it become a virtual negotiation? I personally think that would not work.  I would hope it could be added on to the meeting in Italy so that most of October would become a prepcom for Glasgow. The advantage of this is member states and stakeholders would be travelling once though perhaps if it merges into Glasgow so it could become a six week combined event. There are a series of meetings and negotiations that will help build momentum and we also hope commitments. Between April and November, the key meetings that will feed into the Glasgow Summit include: April 22 nd US President Biden Heads of State Climate Summit May 17-30 th UN Biodiversity Convention (TBC) June Bonn 31 May – 10 June (TBC) June G7

The evaluation of the UN European Regional Forum on Sustainable Development

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Just distributed in the evaluation of the UN Regional Forum on Sustainable Development the full report can be downloaded here.  The report has a set of recommendations that are worth considering as the review of the HLPF is beign conducted.  Recommendation 1. Explore the use of virtual formats to facilitate more focused discussions, enhance the peer learning experience and strengthen partnerships 59. Virtual formats are not intended to replace physical events and all the benefits these bring. However, they can contribute to address the challenge that large numbers of participants pose to have in-depth and interactive discussions. Virtual elements could be organized throughout the year, with the support of partners, addressing specific questions in smaller groups, thus facilitating peer-learning. Recommendation 2. Strengthen the role of the Regional Forum as a stakeholder platform   60. The RFSD has engaged an increased number of non-governmental stakeholders, who have been active parti

Guest blog: Carbon Pricing Unfolded: Corporate Perspective

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Guest blog: Ariel  Lozovsky is a climate change optimist.
 When she’s not creating content around reversing climate change, she’s climbing rocks or petting dogs.
 Before joining the SINAI team, she was working on marketing and creatives
 at a gaming company. Originally published here. In Part 1 of this blog series, we provided an overview of what carbon pricing is and how carbon pricing manifests at the market level when implemented by governments. This blog will focus on carbon pricing for individual companies and how it is being used for managing costs related to emissions reductions. Corporations pricing carbon The impacts of the patchwork of jurisdictional carbon prices described in our previous blog have already had major impacts on hundreds of organizations around the world. As of 2019, “about 1600 companies disclosed that they currently use internal carbon pricing or that they anticipate doing so within two years”. Internal carbon pricing is the process of implementing a carbo