In an effort to establish guiding principles for PPPs in implementing the SDGs, Communitas organized a convening of leading thinkers and practitioners with a broad range of views on PPPs for urban infrastructure. Presenters and participants included representatives from local government, the UN, NGOs, researchers, development institutions, and the private sector. The convening provided a venue for an exchange of views on the potential benefits and risks of PPPs with the aim of identifying conditions under which such partnerships can be beneficial for cities and regions.
Erik Solheim according to Norwegian newspapers is to be announced today as the new Executive Director of UNEP. And later today Monday the 2nd of May ABC News confirm too.
He faced stiff competition for the number one job on the environment in the UN system. In the 6 Executive Directors of UNEP it will mean that developed countries will have had 5 of them with two Canadians (Strong and Dowdeswell) and Germany (Toepfer and Steiner). The only Executive Director to come from a developing country was Dr. Mostafa Kamal Tolba who died recently.
Erik brings considerable experience to the position having held been from 2007 to 2012 the combined portfolio of Norway’s Minister of the Environment and International Development; he also served as Minister of International Development from 2005 to 2007. During his time as minister Norwegian aid reached 1%, the highest in the world.
Since January 2013 he has been the Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). In the DAC he has emphasi…
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…