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Guest blog: Davos shows collaboration is key to a better future.

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Guest blog by  Helle Bank Jørgensen  CEO, Competent Boards - Global ESG & Climate Certificate & Designation Program. Originally published here.  I recently had the good fortune to be part of the events at the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. It was a most rewarding experience, hearing and learning from so many smart business people from different parts of the world. But exhausting, too! Your mind (and your feet) are racing morning, noon and night from place to place with so many great conversations going on. For my part, I was honoured to be a speaker at three really fascinating panel discussions: first, at the ICEHouse, talking about Giving Nature a Seat at the Table; secondly, the World Benchmarking Alliance hosted a forum on why do leaders lead; and finally, a Wall St Journal panel that looked at whether human rights is now the most important topic for boards to consider around compliance and ESG. Unfortunately, not everyone can squeeze

Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema of the United Republic of Tanzania - Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Elizabeth Maruma Mrema of the United Republic of Tanzania as Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).   Ms. Mrema will succeed Joyce Msuya of the United Republic of Tanzania who was appointed as Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her commitment and dedicated service. The Secretary-General also wishes to extend his appreciation to the Director of the Corporate Services Division of UNEP, Sonja Leighton-Kone, who will continue to serve as Acting Deputy Executive Director until Ms. Mrema assumes this position.   Ms. Mrema has since 2020 served as Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) based in Montreal, Canada. She previously served as Acting E

President of IUCN the new High-Level Champion for COP28

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I think we would all like to thank Nigel Topping for his work as a High-Level Champion for COP26. Replacing him will be  Her Excellency Ms. Razan Al Mubarak  as the 8th UN Climate Change High-Level Champion of the COP 28 Presidency of the United Arab Emirates. She will be joining Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin who continues in his role as the High-Level Champion of the COP 27 Presidency of Egypt following the UN Climate Change Conference COP 27 in Sharm El-Sheikh. ( Sign  up  Climate Champions here:  COP 28 will take place at Expo City Dubai from November 30 to December 12. As mandated by the Paris Agreement, it will deliver the conclusion of the first ever  Global Stocktake  - a comprehensive assessment of progress against climate goals. Meet the new High-Level  Champion for COP 28 Ms. Al Mubarak brings a wealth of experience in conservation and environmental management across the public and private sectors. As President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature  (IUCN) ,

Sad news In Memoriam: Irene Dankelman

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Dear friends I just received a very sad communication from WEDO that we have lost Irene Dankelman a great leader on women rights and environmental issues.   I am republishing WEDO's communication. I had the pleasure of working with her at a number of the Commission on Sustainable Development in the 1990s and 2000s.  in sadness felix Dear Friends, It is with deep sadness that we write today to share the passing of our dear friend and sister Irene Dankelman. A mentor to many and a humble giant in the field of gender and the environment—Irene is part of the fabric of the WEDO family and all that we work for.   For over a decade, Irene served as the Chair of the Board of WEDO, having been one of the foremost leaders of work at the intersection of women’s rights and environment and an integral player in the foundational work of the organization from as early as 1990. In h

A new Climate Commits Up to $640 Million to Terra Global to Accelerate Climate Finance for Nature-Based Solutions

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  PRESS  RELEASE JAN  11, 2023 08:00 CST HOUSTON, January 11, 2023 (Newswire.com) -  Anew Climate, LLC ("Anew Climate" or "Anew"), a leading climate solutions company, has committed up to $640 million to Terra Global Capital, LLC ("Terra Global" or the "Company"), a woman-led global leader in developing and financing nature-based climate solutions to produce positive social and environmental impacts. As part of its commitment, Anew will be the anchor investor in the Company's Terra Bella Nature-Based Solutions Carbon Pool ("TB-NBS Pool"), a newly formed investment vehicle designed to finance the development of high-impact, multiple-benefit, verified emission reduction and removal projects in developing and emerging economies. The TB-NBS Pool aims to produce significant climate change mitigation benefits on up to 20 million hectares of improved forest and managed land and seeks to direct additional private sector climate finance fund

Climate Action on Travel and Tourism

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      Dear   Michael (Felix) WELCOME to the 15th edition of eXist the monthly e-bulletin of SUN x Malta .      “Climate Action 2023”     Another Year Passes - Progress in so many small ways - a record number of Tourism Climate Reports - an arguably successful Climate COP, with a Methane Control Agreement and some movement on the Climate Fund for the poorest countries transformation.  Plus a distinctively successful Biodiversity COP agreeing 30% of earth to be protected b

Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary of the major negotiations of 2022

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  Wednesday, 4 January 2023   Summary Reports The final months of 2022 saw major overlapping meetings on climate, biodiversity, wetlands, chemicals, and more. For those who struggled to keep up, we are glad to reshare our analyses of global efforts to address environmental crises. Montreal Protocol MOP 34 Despite phasing out 98% of ozone depleting substances worldwide relative to a 1990 baseline and making major inroads in avoiding catastrophic climate change, parties grappled with recent scientific findings, whether and how to build on the Protocol’s success to tackle other environmental issues and delivering on the Kigali commitments.  Read   Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development AGM 18 A concerted effort to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement would require a quadrupling of critical mineral requirements for