ELCOME to the 13th edition ofeXistthe monthly e-bulletin of SUNx Malta.
eXist 13 - August 2022
RIP MIKHAIL GORBACHEVThe former President of USSR who is best remembered as the man who engineered the peaceful transformation of the USSR and the opening of the Berlin Wall, died on August 30th, 2022. Less known is the fact that during his incredible life he collaborated closely with Maurice Strong & together they launched the Earth Charter – a compact between planet and people.
Climate Friendly Travel Servicesis a new initiative that is partnering with SUNx Malta to promote the services of our 30+ SDG 17 Partners in helping develop Climate & Sustainability Action Plans. Its focus is on cities and their tourism communities. Mark Bibby Jackson the General Manager talks about his game plan.
Our Registry Spotlightis on Legacy Vacations a company that goes the extra mile in its green and clean Roadmap to Zero GHG 2050. Its Chairman Jared Myers explains.
RIP Mikhail Gorbachev Champion of the Planet
Throughout the 1990s Maurice Strong and Mikhail Gorbachev built a deep friendship; sharing offices in Geneva leading up to Strong’s 1992 Rio Earth Summit.
Together they launched the Earth Charter – a compact between Planet and People, and promoted it around the world.
Today with the support of UNESCO, it has a thriving global outreach particularly focused on sustainability education for tomorrow’s leaders. SUNx Malta, an SDG 17 partner of the Earth Council salutes a Planetary Hero.
INTRODUCING ……. Climate Friendly Travel Services By Mark Bibby Jackson – General Manager
Mark Bibby Jackson explains why Climate Friendly Travel Services (CFTS) has been established to promote SUNx Malta’s SDG-17 partners, and how it can help cities and destinations both develop and implement their Climate Action Plans.
“We act as a matchmaker between SUNx Malta’s SDG-17 partners, and cities and destinations, opening doors and forging business matches.”
Jared Meyers is the Chairman of Legacy Vacation Resorts (LVR), a company that provides holidays for families across eight locations in the US, that create “lasting memories in a manner that respects the environment, employees and community.”
In 2018, it began its journey towards emission reduction, becoming a Certified B Corporation. This means that LVR has voluntarily met the “highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose through 3rd party review”. It is sharing this approach in its Registry entry.
Milestones to Zero Identifying Key Numbers in the Code Red Climate War
To launch this regular series, we go to the most recent Report of ICTP – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2022).
The world will reach the 1.5ºC level within two decades and only drastic cuts in carbon emissionsfrom now would help prevent an environmental disaster
We are close to irreversible tipping points that will accentuate climate impacts
We must peak emissions by 2025
We must Reduce Emissions by 45% by 2030, compared to 2019
We must take account of all GHG not just carbon
We must reach Net Zero by 2050
Climate News from Around the World
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2022 Climate Friendly Travel Diploma
Starting in October 2022, this online course brings together key experts in sustainability, innovation, tourism, and Climate Change. Become a Climate Champion Leader in your community with this pioneering course.
January 1 st Italy assumes the G7 Presidency. (50 th Anniversary) 1 st Brazil assumes the G20 Presidency Austria's election in the fall of 2024 date yet not known. South African election in 2024 date yet not known. 20 th – 23 rd January Third South Summit, Kampala Uganda (chair of G77) January/February Pakistan election 30 th ECOSOC Partnership Forum - Reinforcing the 2030 Agenda and eradicating poverty in times of multiple crises: the effective delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions” February 14 th Indonesia Election 19-23 February: Sixth Meeting of the Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives, UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya 26 th February – 1 March: United Nations Environment Forum 6 , Nairobi Kenya 27 th February – 1 st March: UN Statistical Commission New York, USA 26 th -29 th February: WTO Ministerial Conference , Abu Dhabi, UEA March 17 th Russian Election 18 th -21 st March: Global Methane Forum an
Negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals . T he Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal set of seventeen goals and 169 targets, with accompanying indicators, which were agreed by UN member states to frame their policy agendas for the fifteen-year period from 2015 to 2030. Written by three authors who have been engaged in the development of the SDGs from the beginning, this book offers an insider view of the process and a unique entry into what will be seen as one of the most significant negotiations and global policy agendas of the twenty-first century. The book reviews how the SDGs were developed, what happened in key meetings and how this transformational agenda, which took more than three years to negotiate, came together in September 2015. It dissects and analyzes the meetings, organizations and individuals that played key roles in their development. It provides fascinating insights into the subtleties and challenges of high-level negotiation processes of gov
Next President of the UN General Assembly is Ambassador Dennis Francis of Trinidad and Tobago for the Seventy-Eighth Session, starting in September. This is his vision statement. I am proud, and at the same time humbled, to accept the nomination of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago as its candidate for the position of President of the Seventy-eighth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. It has also been my special privilege to have been favoured with the political endorsement of my regional Group, the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States, GRULAC, whose approbation I deeply value and will work assiduously to honour. I turn my attention now to earning the trust, confidence and support of the wider membership, to elect me as their President during the Seventy-eighth session of the General Assembly. In doing so, I commit to discharge the responsibilities of the Office of the President with vigor and dedication to that most cherished value, mu