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Reports from the 2019 Planetary Security Conference

For the fourth time, The Hague has hosted from 19-20 February 2019 the Planetary Security Conference. This year, the conference’s motto was #doable. Implementation of measures to tackle climate security risks were on the table, and the conference was transformed into a platform for sharing experiences and lessons learned on preventative action. We have compiled a series of expert interviews on key issues and regions. *BEST OF Planetary Security Conference 2019*: Climate policy as an approach for security – Interview with Susanne Dröge, SWP Berlin: One of the biggest political challenges today is to close the gap between climate action and security objectives. Susanne Dröge argues that the debate on climate security is expected to become more prominent and dynamic in the near future. Making cities livable through nature-based solutions – Interview with Luc Bas, IUCN:

Briefing on Private Sector Participation in the UN Climate Summit


Isn't it now time for NGOs to engage in the PPP work around the Regional Commissions?

The five United Nations Regional Commissions to work together to make PPP ‘fit for purpose’ for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development I have argued for well over a year that NGOs and other stakeholders should be engaging in the People First PPP work that has been undertaken in the UNECE. As I have said in previous blogs the push for a global agreement on Principles for PPPs as was envisioned in the Addis Agreement through something I supported should not stop an approach that was developing at the European UN Regional Commission. I took the view to be a positive critic and offer suggestions on what those Principles should be and their accompanying support material. I have found the process open and frank. The more I became involved the more I felt we would a better set of principles might be developed through each UN Regional Commission developing their own more regional sensitive and regionally informed set of Principles. A bottom-up approach --- one that does not preclude th

Being a Member of the UN Global Compact should not be without responsibility

  42% of UN Global Compact Companies in the survey have lower Human Rights  scores in 2018 than 2017   By Felix Dodds and Gaston Ocampo This is the second blog in the series looking at the private sector members of the UN Global Compact.   The first appeared in a blog Time for the UN Global Compact to Evolve into the UN Due Diligence Mechanism? A Real Chance with the 2018 Partnership Resolution on the 1 st of November 2018 and looked at the results from Global Compact companies that were reviewed in the 2017 Corporate Benchmarking on Human Rights . Since then the  2018 Corporate Benchmarking on Human Rights has come out and there have been two internal reviews conducted in the UN relating to the private sector and the UN. The first was an Internal Review Report on Leveraging the UN Global Compact’s Unique Assets Towards Agenda 2030. The second being the UN Sustainable Development Groups Partnerships Results Group. Both of these have fed into the recent UN Secretary