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UNFCCC: Making nitrogen visible through the Rio Conventions side event at SB 60

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Making Nitrogen Visible through the Rio Conventions was a side event at SB60 the preparatory meeting for COP29 in Azerbaijan .  This was organized by  Compassion in World Farming in cooperation with  the Ministry of Climate Change and Environmental Coordination of the government of Pakistan , the UN Environment Programme, the  International Nitrogen Management System the University of Agriculture Faisalabad and the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future. The panel shared their perspectives on the urgency for action and discussed prospective policy solutions.  The event covered. The intersectional nature of nitrogen waste and pollution by communicating its relevance to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Convention on Biodiversity (UNCBD), and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Showcasing how sustainable nitrogen management can deliver just, inclusive, and enduring progress towards the Paris Climate Agreement. Suggesting solutions to o

Klaus Töpfer (29 July 1938 – 8 June 2024)

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By Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F082403-0007 / Schaack, Lothar / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 de,  https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=149275840  We have lost a giant in the environment and sustainable development field with Klaus Toepfer (Klaus Töpfer (29 July 1938 – 8 June 2024).  I had the pleasure of working with him first as the Chair of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (UN CSD). He was its second chair in 1994, the first substantive session of the newly created Commission. One of the successes of the Earth Summit in 1992 had been the creation of a new functioning Commission of the UN Economic and Social Council and in its first ten years was a very effective body. This is in part because of chairs such as Klaus Toepfer. I was at that point a year in from creating Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future (it was called then UNED-UK – the national committee in the UK for UNEP and UNDP).  Klaus was also the German Federal Minister for Regional Planning, Civil Eng

Preparation for June Bonn Climate Conference and COP29 webinar video and power point available

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The webinar on May 29th was for those hoping or planning to participate in the UNFCCC preparatory conference in Bonn in June and/or COP29 in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijani November 11-22, 2024. The webinar was run by:  Felix Dodds, UNC Water Institute Jamie Cummings, Woodwell Climate Research Center The webinar addressed the following: History of climate change How the UNFCCC prepares COP28 Outcomes and Legacies UNFCCC Bonn preparatory sessions 2024 COP 29 – What are the issues? Negotiating Groups and key people Why attend – stakeholder engagement case study of a campaign and YONGO Beyond the Negotiations Resources available and dates for 2024 and 2025 The PowerPoint  from the webinar is available here https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/15HWOiitg45hBUhwpBHuTl3hFue0UpP9f?usp=sharing The recording can be found here https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/xlxjt48DrrCPwMoZupLXiz0ytduJwY8R4RVgDrJ4oOI6h-yfS0AIdBZ0Vyk5s7dB.iiOwy0RI35ChKvMV?startTime=1716994811000 Passcode: h^wq?6e*

A webinar for those hoping to participate in the UNFCCC SB-60 meeting in Bonn (Jun 3-13th) and/or COP29 (Nov 11-22) in Azerbaijan

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On behalf of Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future Fellow Felix Dodds, we invite you to register for a preparatory webinar to inform you about how to participate in the UNFCCC preparatory conference,   SB60 in Bonn in June (3-13th) , and/or   COP 29 in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijani, November 11-22, 2024 .  The webinar is on May 29th from 11-1 pm (EDT - New York time) You can register here  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_G99BMj_QR7CpxjNktdIZwQ  Felix Dodds , UNC Water Institute and Fellow at Stakeholder Forum, and  Jamie Cummings , Woodwell Climate Research Center and Associate at Stakeholder Forum will host the webinar, and address the following topics: History of climate change How the UNFCCC prepares COP28 Outcomes and Legacies UNFCCC  Bonn preparatory sessions 2024 COP 29 – What are the issues? Negotiating Groups and key people Why attend – stakeholder engagement case study of a campaign and YONGO Beyond the Negotiations Resources available and dates for 20

Alexander Juras is Stakeholder Forum’s New Chairperson

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S takeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future is pleased to announce that Alexander Juras is the organization’s new Chairperson, effective 1 May 2024. by Charles Nouhan The SF Board, Fellows, and Associates feel incredibly fortunate to have Mr. Juras work with us in the coming years, leveraging his wealth of experience to drive sustainability initiatives forward. Alexander Juras began his career as a Research Fellow at the Institute for European Environmental Policy in Bonn, where he dedicated five years (1987 – 1992) to researching environmental protection in transboundary contexts and the role of environmental civil society in Central and Eastern Europe. Notably, he authored the first comprehensive Directory of Non-governmental Organisations in the region. In 1992, Juras transitioned to the newly established Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) in Budapest, marking the beginning of a thirteen-year tenure. Rising through various roles, he eventually ass

Sustainable Business: 5 Strategies For Capitalism To Save The Planet

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By Andrew Binns  Author of Corporate Explorer and Corporate Explorer Fieldbook. Originally published May 8th in Forbes available here.  Planet earth is getting hotter, and human activity is the principal cause. Although this remains a contested statement for some in US politics, it’s surprisingly well understood by the CEOs and senior executives with whom I work. It may be true that capitalism got us into this situation, but it is also true that there is commitment to getting us out of it. When I visit the c-suites of companies in US, Europe, and Japan, as I have done over the past two or three years, there is a repeating mantra on the importance of leading with making economic activity sustainable for the planet. The question we are all wrestling with is how to do it and how to make it work within the realities of the market system. It’s a big challenge. That’s why my colleague Dan Kolodziej is going to be focusing on this topic at the next of his series of roundtables with Imperia

Stakeholder participation in PPPs: Enhancing stakeholder engagement in PPPs for the SDGs'.

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Felix Dodds - Stakeholder participation in PPPs This is a presentation I made on May the 8th at the 8th UNECE International Public-Private Partnerships Forum in Istanbul as part of the Panel 'Stakeholder participation in PPPs: Enhancing stakeholder engagement in PPPs for the SDGs'.  Thanks – this is a subject close to my heart perhaps understandable as for twenty years I ran an organization called Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future that took seriously Agenda 21 and the nine chapters that identified key stakeholders and their rights and responsibilities. We are here today to offer ideas for what might be in a guide to engage stakeholders in PPP projects. My comments are based on work undertaken by two of my students at the University of North Carolina Elisabeth Butler and Ranger Ruffins who developed for the UN Sendai Review a similar guide which hasalso been used for the Voluntary National Reviews for the SDGs. First and foremost, the engagement of stakeholders in