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UN Environment Management Group Nexus Dialogues Series 26th-17th April:The Nexus Approach and the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda: Policy, Practice and Partnerships

Geneva 26th and 27th of April: 

Dialogue 1: The Nexus Approach and the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda: Policy, Practice and Partnerships

The first Dialogue will launch the Dialogue series and introduce the nexus approach and nexuses. A highlevel segment involving a panel discussion among UN senior officials, invited Member States, the private sector and civil society will officially launch the process, highlighting the needs for and benefits of the nexus approach from an environmental perspective.
During the technical part, attendees will be introduced to the process, benefits, and challenges related to the nexus approach, focusing on practical application. Participants will explore the nature of interactions across multiple SDG targets and identifying crucial “nexus targets” between sectors. Participants will be invited to identify where they have used nexus-like approaches and/or where they see potential. The discussion will move on to reflect what other sectors need to c…

Sustainability Leaders Issue Call-to-Action to CEOs

The PRI and the UN Global Compact call for more sustainability around Corporate Pensions  The leaders of the world's two largest corporate and investor sustainability initiatives today called on CEOs to ensure their corporate pension plans – an untapped sustainability area – adopt responsible investing policies – highlighting concrete benefits including improved investment performance, fulfilling fiduciary duty and managing regulatory risk and boosting corporate sponsor credibility.
According to a guide released today by the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and UN Global Compact, CEOs should ensure plans mirror their own sustainability values.
Aligning Values: Why corporate pension plans should mirror their sponsors includes case study examples from major corporate pension plans showing how companies have taken steps to make their plans sustainable. It also gives five steps a CEO could take to ensure their plan invests responsibly, such as signing up to the …

New Head of UNDP - Achim Steiner

Achim Steiner will be the new Administrator of UNDP.

In an interesting move UN Secretary General António Guterres has picked former Executive Director of UNEP as the new head of UNDP. He will take over from Helen Clark in the summer and will be facing some challenging financial issues as the funding for UNDP has halved during Helen's term of Office. The organization has also seemed to lack any vision of what it is there for.

Steiner saw funding for UNEP increase during his term of office and he oversaw the implementation of the Rio+20 commitment to create a biannual United Nations Environment Assembly which has all member states as members.

Ina press report there was some unhappiness that the position had not gone to a woman. One of the candidates that did not succeed was  French Environment Minister Segolene Royal, she was surprised at the decision because Guterres had promised a woman would take the job.

"I regret it, of course. That doesn't gel with what was said, but…

Rogue CNN News Alert: Michael Strauss appointed new White House Press Secretary

There is a shake-up in the White House caused at the latest press conference by Sean Spicer who had forgotten the 1st rule of politics: Never compare anything to Hitler.
President Trump had had enough of Spicer’s mistakes. This time his mistake had stopped a small bounce in the opinion polls the President had seen due to the air strike against Syria. 
Headline’s across the web were now on Spicer and Hitler – not a good follow up to the lack of mention of the Jewish suffering on the anniversary of the Holocaust.
A late press conference was called where Sean Spicer was forced to announce he had resigned as White House Press Secretary and introduced his replacement, Michael Strauss.  Michael Strauss is Executive Director of Earth Media, an independent political and communications consultancy based in New York. Michael serves as a media consultant and advisor to governments, UN agencies, and civil society coalitions. For the Rio+20 Summit in 2012, he was designated Civil Society/ Media Liais…

Guest Blog: Sustainable Development Is Critical for Climate Action

Khalil Shahyd’s work focuses on the Energy Efficiency for All Project, which aims to increase utility-funded energy efficiency programs in the affordable multifamily housing sector. He coordinates with NRDC’s affordable housing partners to advocate for efficiency investments in the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. As part of the LEED Neighborhood Development initiative, Shahyd also promotes the expansion of “green” communities in New Orleans.
Climate activists are often frustrated by the slow pace of national and global actions on climate change. Recognizing the urgent need for action doesn’t always give rise to the political will necessary to follow through, particularly with an issue as complex as transitioning the global economy away from fossil fuels.
A recent paper in Science Magazine titled "A roadmap for rapid de-carbonization" (hereafter “the roadmap”) spells that part out—as does a perhaps more accessible Vox article reviewing it, and both explain in clear detail the scale of …

Guest blog: From unknown unknowns to action - how long must it take?

"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know" Donald Rumsfeld

By Jack Moss – Executive Director – AquaFed - www.aquafed.org