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An interview with Felix Dodds on COP28 outcomes and his and Chris Spence recent book Heroes of Environmental Diplomacy

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I had the chance to do an interview with Bill Miller of Global Connections TV a few weeks ago looking a the outcome from COP28  (an article is available here ) and Chris Spence and my new book Heroes of Environmental Diplomacy .  The book explores that when the world is beset by environmental, social, healthcare and economic challenges, we need courage in our politics, both nationally and globally. This book tells the stories, some for the first time, of twelve individuals who made heroic contributions to protecting our planet through ground-breaking international treaties. It explores if individuals change the world? Today, when impersonal forces and new technologies seem to be directing our lives and even our entire planet in ways we cannot control, this question feels more relevant than ever before. This book argues that we can all make a difference. It tells inspiring stories of individuals who have had a global impact that is beyond dispute, as well as others who have brought a

Department of Global Communications Selects Co-Chairs for 2024 United Nations Civil Society Conference in Support of Summit of the Future

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 Originally published here. 14 February 2024 - The United Nations Department of Global Communications today announced the selection of Carole Osero-Ageng’o, Global Initiatives Lead and Africa Regional Representative at HelpAge International, and Nudhara Yusuf, Executive Coordinator for Global Governance Innovation Network at The Stimson Center, as Co-Chairs of the 2024 United Nations Civil Society Conference in Support of the Summit of the Future.  The conference will take place on 9 and 10 May 2024, at the United Nations Office at Nairobi, Kenya. Carole Osero-Ageng’o  is a highly regarded human rights lawyer and gender expert, recognized for her impactful advocacy at national, regional, and global levels.  As the Global Initiatives Lead and Africa Regional Representative for HelpAge International, Ms. Osero-Ageng’o excels as a negotiator, people connector, mentor and policy influencer.  With extensive experience in aging, women’s rights, sexual reproductive health and rights, gender,

After the Dubai COP: Where Are We and What Needs to Happen in 2024 and Beyond?

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  Climate change has been a source of concern among the international community since the 1970s. The first UN Agreement that mentioned it was the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm, Sweden. By Chris Spence and Felix Dodds Yet, over fifty years since the issue was first raised in international diplomatic circles by prominent scientists, the situation continues to deteriorate, with rises in temperatures and extreme weather causing ever-magnifying problems around the world. What has the global community done to date to deal with what many consider an existential threat to humanity’s future? In particular, what was achieved in Dubai at COP28 and what needs to happen in the lead-up to COP29, which will be held in Azerbaijan from November 11-24, 2024. This briefing provides a short history of global cooperation to date, then looks towards Azerbaijan and beyond for what needs to happen next. We argue that, although much more has been done to date than many give the

UN Environment Assembly Green Room event - Beyond Fast Fashion Wednesday 21st February -12:30-14:00 EAT

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Image: Great S-spiral frieze fresco (MET_DP247791) Metropolitan Museum of Art, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons The Circular Fashion Initiative Campaign On behalf of The Circular Fashion Initiative Campaign , Circular Research Foundation (Italy) and Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions at Arizona State University (USA) you are cordially invited to the United Nations Environment Assembly side event Beyond Fast Fashion Green Room – Room 14, UNON, Gigiri, Nairobi Wednesday, February 21st, 12:30-14:00 EAT (UTC+3) or via Zoom link here How will evolving sustainability standards and corporate reporting requirements address the Fast Fashion controversy and impact fashion communities in the global South? Programme I. Premier of the short film Beyond Fast Fashion produced by the Arizona State University Sustainable Earth project a film by Ritesh Deshaware & James Cobb II. Welcome remarks by Roberta Annan, Founder & Managing Partner at Impact Fund for African Creatives (IFFAC),

Building Trust on climate finance

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Republished article by Jamil Ahad Director of intergovernmental affairs, the United Nations Environment Programme New York. Originally published in Dawn, January 25th, 2024 There is no doubt that climate change is one of humanity’s most complex challenges and needs to be urgently tackled. But is the world faltering in forging a cohesive response? The year 2023 was the hottest recorded, with the annual average global temperature climbing 1.45 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Intergovern­mental Panel on Climate Change reports indicate that world temperatures could tip over the 1.5°C threshold by 2030. Prospects of failing to realise the targets of the Paris Agreement are getting starker. Such a scenario could have irreversible catastrophic consequences. Climate change is already exacerbating existing crises and triggering new ones. The nexus between climate change and socioeconomic issues is increasing poverty, inequality, and hunger in the Global South. The inextricable link

Information on the fourth international conference on financing for development 2025

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In resolution  78/231  of 22 December 2023 the General Assembly has decided: “to convene, in 2025, a fourth international conference on financing for development to, inter alia, Assess the progress made in the implementation of the  Monterrey Consensus , the  Doha Declaration   and the  Addis Ababa Action Agenda , identifying obstacles and constraints encountered in the achievement of the goals and objectives agreed therein, as well as actions and initiatives to overcome these constraints Address new and emerging issues, including in the context of the urgent need to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and to support reform of the international financial architecture.” Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee The General Assembly resolution 78/231 decided to establish an intergovernmental preparatory committee to make the organizational, procedural and substantive preparations for the Conference, with a Bureau consist

The World Economic Forums - Global Risks Report - a must read

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This is reproduced from the World Economic Forum launch page The Global Risks Report ( downloadable from here ) explores some of the most severe risks we may face over the next decade, against a backdrop of rapid technological change, economic uncertainty, a warming planet and conflict. As cooperation comes under pressure, weakened economies and societies may only require the smallest shock to edge past the tipping point of resilience. A deteriorating global outlook Looking back at the events of 2023, plenty of developments captured the attention of people around the world – while others received minimal scrutiny. Vulnerable populations grappled with lethal conflicts, from Sudan to Gaza and Israel, alongside record-breaking heat conditions, drought, wildfires and flooding. Societal discontent was palpable in many countries, with news cycles dominated by polarization, violent protests, riots and strikes. Although globally destabilizing consequences – such as those seen at the initia