30-31 Aug – Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (Alaska)
The U.S. Department of State will host this major event to focus the world’s attention on the most urgent issues facing the Arctic today and provide an unprecedented opportunity for foreign ministers and key stakeholders to define the region’s most crucial challenges; highlight innovative ways in which these challenges can be addressed at the local, national and international levels; and broaden global awareness of the impacts of Arctic climate change.
Foreign ministers and high-level leaders from the seven other Arctic nations as well as countries and intergovernmental bodies with strong interests in the Arctic. Leading policy makers, indigenous leaders and influential public and private sector representatives from Alaska, the Arctic region and around the world are also expected to attend.
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31 Aug-4 Sep – Ad Hoc Working Group of the Durban Platform (Bonn, Germany)
The mandate of the ADP is to develop a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties, which is to be completed no later than 2015 in order for it to be adopted at the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and for it to come into effect and be implemented from 2020.
10 Sep – “Off and On” Bill McKibben headline climate change show in Brooklyn (US)
Bill McKibben, best-selling author Naomi Klein and other climate change thought leaders will join forces for a multimedia presentation about the climate crisis.
The event will feature polished visuals, a musical performance, and photo and video features from around the world, Off and On will examine the climate crisis facing our society before outlining a strategy to solve it, focusing heavily on the looming talks at the United Nations in December.
10 Sep – Tree Happy Hour: A Pisco and Pabst (Washington, DC)
In celebration of The Tree’s Latin American Desk Editor’s first full year running our network, The Tree is hosting a “Pisco and Pabst” party where friends and supports of the project are invited to have a drink, or two, or three on The Tree.
Tree Managing Editors, Tierney Smith from London, Ziona Eyob from Montreal, Karla Maass Wolfenson from Chile will join host Andrew Schenkel in festivities that will include a discussion about the different narratives we use in different parts of the world to push for climate action.
14-15 Sep – Global Union Climate Conference (Paris)
The International Trade Union Congress (ITUC) is hosting an international climate summit for 200 trade unionists from all over the world in Paris ahead of this year’s UN climate talks.
The conference will see attendees from the climate jobs campaigns in several countries and other trade unionists interested in the issue of climate jobs come together.
21-28 Sep – New York City Climate Week (New York City, US)
With UN discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals taking place during the same week in New York City, Climate Week NYC 2015 will also provide a complementary opportunity to highlight how climate action and low carbon growth will benefit today’s economy without compromising future generations.
Presented by the Climate Group, this event will bring together businesses and governments around the world are demonstrating that a healthy environment and a prosperous economy go hand-in-hand.
Brazil is expected to submit its much-anticipated INDC this week. Brazil, considered to be a developing country, is estimated to be the fourth top contributor to observed warming and its emissions contributions are largely from deforestation. It is hoped that Brazil will deliver an ambitious INDC.
In June, Brazil pledged to curb illegal deforestation, expand renewable energy use and to restore 12 million hectares of rainforest – an area roughly the size of England – over the next fifteen years. Brazil also further pledged to draw between 28 and 33 percent of its total energy mix — including transportation fuels — from renewables by 2030.
This global day of action on sustainable development goals will feature events in NYC and more than 100 countries around the world to create pressure in advance of summit, providing political space to come out and make big commitments.The three main themes are Climate, Poverty and Inequality.
A big flagship event is planned for each each continent – Australia, East Africa, India, UK, USA (Time Square).
24 Sep – Pope Francis to address Congress (Washington, DC, USA)
His Holiness Pope Francis will visit the US Capitol Building to address a joint session of Congress where he will speak about the need for the world’s governments to take climate action.
25 Sep Address by His Holiness Pope Francis to UN General Assembly (New York City, USA)
His Holiness Pope Francis will visit the UN on 25 September 2015, and give an address to the UN General Assembly immediately ahead of the official opening of the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.
This address is expected to directly discuss climate change and the morality of taking action.
Guest Blog by Mike Barry: Director of Sustainable Business (Plan A) at Marks and Spencer
that time of year, publication of our annual sustainability (Plan A) report.
After the harum scarum dash to gather, collate, assure, sign-off and publish a
wealth of data we can breathe (for a moment!) and reflect on what it all means. Here
are some quick insights into what we’ve learnt at M&S in the last 12 months
on our Plan A journey. 1. Succession – Nine years is a
long time in the world of sustainable business. How many corporate plans have
come and gone since we launched Plan A in 2007? Too many! The continuity
offered by having a single multi-year plan has been incredibly important. It’s
allowed us to take long term decisions in a very short term turbulent retail
marketplace. It’s allowed us to build the skills and capabilities in our
business units to integrate Plan A into their ways of working. It’s allowed us
to pick our battles, knowing that occasionally we’ve just got to let a
that have been circulating for the last month have now proven to be true. The
Bulgarian government has withdrawn support from Irina Bokova as their candidate
for UN Secretary General and replaced her with Kristalina Georgieva, the
European commissioner for budget and human resources. There is
some evidence that the right of center parties in European capitals have been
behind this with some articles appearing in the last few weeks against Bokova.
The Guardian reported on the 26th: “one of her
(Kristalina’s) staff members was hacked and emails purporting to be from one of
her top aides were sent out to the rest of her office, instructing them to
attack Bokova”There is no
question that Kristalina has the cv and record to be a very good UN Secretary
General. She is a strong supporter of sustainable development issues she will pick up the SDGs and climate agendas with ease. She is dynamic and very personable and was very active around last week’s
UN General Assembly High Level se…
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It is with deep sadness that I heard of the passing of Tania Valerie Raguz.
Many of us will have worked with her at United Nations meetings over the past ten years when she was the First Secretary of the Mission of Croatia to the UN.
Tania Valerie Raguz was on the Bureau for Rio+20 and a Vice-Chair Of the Bureau of the seventeenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and most recently she had joined the world of NGOs working as the Public Affairs Advisor for the World Animal Protection previously know as World Society for the Protection of Animals. WAP had been very active around Rio+20 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and she helped their work particularly around the SDGs.
Tania played her role in helping to frame the agenda that we are all committed to delivering on. CSD17 was one of the more successful CSD and without Rio+20 there would be no Sustainable Development Goals.