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UN summits urge ‘ambition and action’ on climate change, sustainable development: Guterres

UN ECOSOC - 18. September 2019 - 20:14
There are five key United Nations summits taking place next week to spur action on the climate crisis and other global concerns, which will showcase the UN as a “driver for meaningful, positive change”, according to the man at the helm of the Organization.
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New UN report launched to help ratchet up action to combat climate crisis

UN #SDG News - 18. September 2019 - 20:13
Ahead of global leaders’ arrival in New York for the Climate Action Summit on 23 September, the United Nations deputy chief has launched a comprehensive report on how the world can take swift and meaningful action to slow down climate change.
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Cities: a 'cause of and solution to' climate change

UN #SDG News - 18. September 2019 - 18:59
Cities around the world are the “main cause of climate change” but can also offer a part of the solution to reducing the harmful greenhouses gases that are causing global temperatures to rise according to UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif.
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Bringing ultrasound to the bedside in Rwanda

Devex - 18. September 2019 - 16:13
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People’s Assembly parallel to the SDG Summit

Global Policy Forum - 18. September 2019 - 15:38

As Heads of State will meet on 24 and 25 September 2019 for the SDG Summit to review the progress of Agenda 2030, we are organizing a parallel People’s Assembly. The People’s Assembly will bring together people’s representatives and civil society from around the world to give  grassroots and marginalised people a voice. Most importantly, it will be a space for all to jointly analyse the structural reasons for the injustices, act and plan for common future actions to create systemic change to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. Civil society plays a key role in advocating and implementing much needed change and to work on the structural causes of poverty and inequalities. However, we are being threatened and civic space to work is dwindling. Civil Society must fight back together and reclaim our space.

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Preventing poverty

D+C - 18. September 2019 - 12:38
How development circles are currently discussing social protection

In the past, Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) was unwilling to fund ongoing expenses for social protection in partner countries. The reason was that it wanted to support investments, not consumption.

In the past ten years, however, its approach has changed. The BMZ is now in favour of social protection schemes and is contributing funding. According to Peter Krahl, a BMZ officer, the freedom from fear of losing one's primary income is a human right. Moreover, experience shows that social protection does not drain an economy's potential, but actually boosts its productivity. The reason is that people who know that they will not plunge into desperate poverty are more willing to invest in the education of their children or set up a small business. Those without protection, by contrast, will tend to prioritise making money immediately.

Marcus Loewe of the German Development Institute (DIE – Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik) points out that social protection and nation building are closely related. The most striking example is Germany. After unification in the late 19th century, Otto von Bismarck introduced a pension system and an unemployment insurance. The idea was to stall the labour movement, but the unexpected result was that the beneficiaries of the then innovative social protection systems began to identify with the new political order. Many other countries later copied Bismarck's model, including France and the USA. It is based on all formally employed people paying obligatory contributions (“payroll taxes”) to protection schemes which, in turn, more or less guarantee their standard of life in old age or when they lose their jobs. Germany's public health insurance operates in the much same way.

In many developing countries and emerging markets, however, the informal sector tends to be huge. The implication is that only the small share of people who work in informal employment or in government service enjoy social protection. Egypt is an example, as a Amirah El-Haddad, another DIE-scholar, told the PEGNet conference in Bonn in September.

According to El-Haddad, 90 % of Egyptian men were only informally employed in 2012, and their share has been rising since pro-market reforms were started in the 1990s. Research has shown that 75 % of the informally employed earn less that the legal minimum wage, so raising the minimum wage does not help them. After all, the informal sector, by definition, largely escapes government regulation and oversight.

If policymakers want to improve poor people's lives in such circumstances they need to take measures to improve wages in the informal sector even though that sector largely bypasses the law. There are options. In El-Haddad’s eyes, for example, Egypt could benefit from copying the rural minimum wage that India introduced in the first decade of this century. It is called Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MGNREGA). It stipulates that one adult member of each rural household is entitled to at least 100 days of formal employment at the legal minimum wage. The scheme has its flaws, so it's results in some Indian states have been disappointing. However, it did make a dent in rural poverty in other states.

As El-Haddad sees it, that could be the case in Egypt as well. The point is to provide people who depend on informal occupation with opportunities. The more they become able to refuse the worst informal jobs, the more informal wages are likely to rise.

Saweda Liverpool-Tasie is a Nigerian economist who teaches at Michigan State University in the USA. She appreciates donor governments' growing interest in social protection issues. Development agencies, in her opinion, should pay close attention to how economies are changing and be prepared to grasp unexpected opportunities.

She says, for example, that small and medium scale enterprises have been expanding fast in Nigeria in recent years, without officialdom paying much attention. According to her, it is essential to promote social protection, structural change and economic growth at the same time.

In development circles, the debate on social protection has largely been revolving around a different question in recent years: should developing countries adopt universal protection schemes that serve the entire population or should they take a more targeted approach to alleviate the suffering of the poorest people?

Stephen Kidd of the British consultancy Development Pathways is in favour of universal schemes. His reasons include that:

  • targeting in itself is difficult and costly, reducing the resources that are not available for poverty reduction,
  • universal schemes serve the majority of people and therefore tend to be quite popular, which is especially important in countries under democratic rule, whereas
  • targeted schemes often stoke division between those who benefit and those who don't.

Kidd rejects the argument that universal protection schemes are unaffordable in developing countries. He points out that the minimum old age pension or universal child credit normally only require a few percentage points of a poor country's gross domestic product, so introducing them is more a question of political priorities than of tight budgets. Universal social protection, in the consultant's view, serves the goal of building and deepening democracy. The reason is that it reflects the desires of masses of voters and, once established, reinforces their sense of citizenship. His advice to donor governments is to help crisis countries to establish such schemes in order to boost legitimate statehood.

According to Kidd, however, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund prefer targeted programmes because of their small-state ideology. They want government intervention in markets to be reduced to the absolute minimum required.

Stefan Dercon of Oxford University sees things in a rather different light. According to him, targeted interventions are becoming ever more promising thanks to digital technology. In many African countries, for example, money can now be disbursed by smartphone even in remote rural areas. Moreover, it is becoming easier to identify people, which is essential for targeted action.

Social protection is typically a nation-state issue. Nonetheless, Dercon is considering global action. He says that humanitarian agencies would do well to opt for digital aid disbursements in crisis regions. In South Sudan's civil war, for example, aid agencies struggle to provide food everywhere, but informal traders still manage to operate. That means that even in situations of civil strife, purchasing power can make a difference. To the extent that people can pay for it, food is likely to become available. Dercon argues that the humanitarian problems would not be as bad as they are today in many crisis regions, had such interventions been prepared for before the violence escalated.

The debate on what international social protection might look like has only just begun. Given that the motto of the Sustainable Development Goals is to leave no one behind, I think it is likely to gain momentum. In respect to the current financial problems in Zimbabwe and Argentina, I recently argued so in a blog post. In light of what was discussed at the PEGNet conference, I plan to return to this issue soon.

 

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Innovation Transforms the Cashew Sector

SNRD Africa - 18. September 2019 - 12:24
How digital solutions contribute to a competitive value chain
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PODCAST: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

UN Dispatch - 18. September 2019 - 0:18

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres discusses climate change in this special episode of the Global Dispatches podcast.

On Tuesday, September 17th Antonio Guterres sat down with Mark Hertsgaard of The Nation and Mark Phillips of CBS News for an interview conducted on behalf of Covering Climate Now. This is a global collaboration of over 250 news outlets, including the Global Dispatches Podcast and UN Dispatch, to strengthen coverage of the climate story. The interview with Antonio Guterres was conducted on behalf of all participating members of this coalition and I am glad to be able to present the podcast version of it to you.

If you are listening to this episode contemporaneously, I’d encourage you to check out the episode from earlier this week that gets into a little more detail about the UN Climate Action Summit; and later this week, I will have an episode that previews all the big stories that will drive the agenda around the UN Week in New York.

After the interview concludes, I offer some short commentary about my big takeaways. I’ve covered the UN for nearly 15 years and I think Antonio Guterres’ remarks in this interview for reasons I explain.

 

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Empowering Women and Girls Summit: Gender, Disabilities and Technology

UNSDN - 17. September 2019 - 22:52

Global Leaders from the world’s leading Brands, Companies, Trade Associations, NGOs and Public Sector convened at the Annual Ideagen Empowering Women & Girls 2030 Summit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on September 13, 2019 to discuss solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

George Sifakis, Global Chairman, CEO and Founder of Ideagen Global, shared insights on the overall objective and mission of the summit and achieving the SDGs. Ideagen serves as a global accelerator of solutions and scale. Its objective is to nurture and strengthen connections and communication between organizations, which, together, have the ability to create innovative solutions to some of the most vexing issues of our time.

Inspirational conversation took place at the Summit featuring the participation of companies’ leaders from Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Sodexo, Feeding America, IBM, Goldman Sachs Foundation, AARP, Limbitless Solutions and others.

Ms. Daniela Bas, Director of UN DESA’s Division for Inclusive Social Development highlighted that the role of the CEOs today is to make sure the SDGs are incorporated in the company policies and practices. She also advised the youth to think about social protections floors, safety nets and bringing solutions to promote a healthy community and planet.

UN DESA also participated in the panel discussion moderated by Limitless Solutions on how technology can be used as a powerful tool to empower women and girls with disabilities, reducing social stigma, and allowing active participation in cultural life, leisure and sports.

For more information about the event, please visit: https://www.ideagensummits.com/

Source: UNSDN

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UN climate summit aims to speed up transition to cleaner, greener future

UN #SDG News - 17. September 2019 - 22:09
New measures to speed up the transition to clean energy and green economies are among the initiatives to be unveiled during the UN Climate Change Summit next week.
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“Don’t Bring a Speech. Bring a Plan!” Why The UN Climate Action Summit Matters

UN Dispatch - 17. September 2019 - 17:17

This story originally appeared in the Nation. It is republished here as part of UN Dispatch’s  partnership with Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. The story is written by The Nation’s Mark Hertsgaard 

As world leaders converge on New York City for the United Nations climate action Summit on 23 September, they enter what may be the most consequential week in climate politics since Donald Trump’s surprise election as president of the United States in 2016. Trump, of course, announced soon after taking office that he was withdrawing the US from the Paris agreement, the landmark treaty signed at the last big UN climate summit in 2015. António Guterres, the UN secretary general, convened this week’s summit precisely because the US and most other countries remain far from honoring their Paris pledges to reduce heat-trapping emissions enough to prevent catastrophic climate disruption.

The events of the coming days – including a global climate strike on 20 September by the activists whose protests in the past year have pushed the term “climate emergency” into news reports around the world – may help answer a question that has loomed over humanity since Trump’s election: can the rest of the world save itself from climate breakdown if the richest, most powerful nation on earth is pulling in the opposite direction?

Adopted in December 2015, the Paris agreement stands as the strongest achievement of climate diplomacy since governments first debated the issue at the UN Earth Summit in 1992. In a shock to climate insiders, the agreement not only committed signatory governments to limit temperature rise to the relatively less dangerous level of 2C. It also obliged governments to keep temperature rise “well below” 2C and, in a major victory for the most vulnerable countries, to strive for 1.5C. That half-degree may not sound like much, but it spells the difference between life and death for low-lying coastal nations such as Bangladesh and island states such as the Maldives – two of many places that, science says, would literally disappear beneath the waves with more than 1.5C of warming.

The announced US withdrawal from the Paris agreement was big news but also widely misunderstood news. Despite Trump’s bluster, the US withdrawal still has not happened. Precisely to guard against such capriciousness, the negotiators in Paris stipulated that every signatory was legally bound to remain in the agreement until four years after the treaty took effect, which would only happen after countries responsible for 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions ratified it. Thus, the Paris agreement did not take effect until 4 November 2016. That means the US cannot leave until 4 November 2020 – which, not by accident, is one day after the US 2020 presidential election. If Trump loses that election, his successor almost certainly would move to keep the US in the Paris agreement.

Trump is not expected to attend this week’s summit; the US delegation will instead be led by Andrew Wheeler, a former coal company lobbyist who is now the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. In keeping with Trump’s denial of climate science and his administration’s dismantling of environmental regulations and accelerating of fossil fuel development, Wheeler testified to the US Senate last January that he would not call climate change “the greatest crisis” facing humanity.

Which highlights a question that may shape whether this summit turns out to be a success, a failure, or something in between. What role will the US play? Will it be a spoiler, actively seeking to disrupt progress? Will it be a braggart who, as Wheeler boasted (inaccurately) in that testimony, represents “the gold standard for environmental progress”? Or will it be more like the addled uncle at the family reunion whose babblings provoke eye-rolls and are ignored?

A 3-5C temperature rise could ‘destroy civilization’

“Don’t bring a speech, bring a plan!” For months now, that’s what Guterres has been telling heads of state and government. Instead of the endless blah-blah-blah heard at most UN meetings, Guterres wants this summit to be more like “show-and-tell”, a meeting where governments share concrete and replicable examples of how they are cutting emissions and boosting resilience to the climate impacts already unfolding. As such, the summit aims to address a glaring deficiency of the Paris agreement. In part, because the agreement made emissions cuts voluntary, global emissions have continued to increase since 2015. On current trends, the earth is heading towards 3-5C of temperature rise – enough, scientists warn, to destroy civilization as we know it.

“The secretary general has very clearly demanded that all participants identify very concrete measures that can be implemented immediately,” Luis Alfonso de Alba, Guterres’s special envoy for the summit, said in an interview with Covering Climate Now, a collaboration of 250 news outlets around the world to strengthen coverage of the climate story. “What we need is for all actors to put in practice their commitments [and to] recognize that whatever they had in mind before, they need to do much more – because climate change is running faster than we are, the situation is much more serious than we thought.”

Asked how the world can meet the “well below 2C” target when the current US government is doing all it can to increase global warming, Alba, a career diplomat from Mexico, steered clear of criticizing the Trump administration. “We need higher political will not only in one country but in a number of them,” he said, before adding: “We’re very much impressed by what states, cities and businesses are doing in the US to move into renewables … We are quite confident that the US will contribute to solutions, even if the decision to withdraw by the current administration is maintained.”

Indeed, then governor Jerry Brown announced at a climate summit last September that he signed an executive order committing California, the world’s fifth-biggest economy, to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2045. This summer, New York state, whose economic output is roughly equivalent to Russia’s, passed a law requiring the state to achieve 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040. The Under2 Coalition, a group of more than 220 state and local governments around the world representing 43% of the global economy, is likewise committed to keeping temperature rise well below 2C.

The climb remains very steep, however. Scientists with the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change declared last October in their landmark Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C that humanity had to slash emissions by 45% by 2030, on the way to net-zero by 2050, to hit the 1.5C target. Failure to do so would condemn many millions of people, particularly in poor and vulnerable countries, to destitution and death and make irreversible global warming more likely. Such dramatic emissions reductions, the scientists added, would require the transformation of the global energy, agricultural, transportation and other sectors at a speed and scale without precedent in human history.

China, the other climate superpower along with the US, will therefore have to do better as well. China won plaudits in the lead-up to the Paris summit in 2015 by closing many of its coal-fired power plants. But coal burning in China has recently crept back up, and Beijing has also financed construction of coal plants in other countries, particularly in support of its massive “Belt and Road” initiative to construct ports, railways and other infrastructure across Asia to the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Alba commends China for promising to go beyond the emissions reductions it pledged in Paris, but he adds, “We are asking them to do much more and in particular to green the Belt and Road initiative. It’s quite important because of the scale of that initiative that they do not support coal plants but instead renewable energy.”

New era of climate activism offers hope

When Guterres gavels the summit’s plenary session to order next Monday, the 12-year deadline outlined by the IPCC scientists will have shrunk closer to 11. Meanwhile, the burning of the Amazon, Hurricane Dorian’s devastation of the Bahamas, this summer’s heatwaves across much of the northern hemisphere, and countless less-heralded disasters illustrate that climate disruption is no longer a worrisome future specter but a punishing current reality.

Alba nevertheless draws hope from the heightened public concern and activism against the climate threat. “Compared to 10 years ago, the level of public involvement is very different,” Alba said, “and that’s to a large extent because the news media is talking about it more and young activists are demanding action.”

In the United States, activists with the Sunrise Movement and other groups have protested against Democratic and Republican politicians alike and demanded that the government implement a Green New Deal. Championed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive congresswoman from New York, and modeled on the New Deal jobs and investment programs President Franklin Roosevelt implemented to pull the US out of the Great Depression in the 1930s, the Green New Deal calls for the government to kickstart the transformations of energy and other sectors the IPCC says are needed. Such a massive investment program will also, the activists say, create millions of jobs and reduce economic inequality. Central to the plan is “climate justice”, the notion that poor and non-white individuals and communities have suffered worst from climate change and therefore should get precedence for the jobs and opportunities flowing from a Green New Deal.

Activist pressure has helped make the Green New Deal the de facto position of the Democratic party in the US, while also spreading the idea overseas. Each of the leading Democratic candidates in the race to replace Trump has endorsed one version or another of a Green New Deal. Bernie Sanders proposes a particularly robust program that will, he promises, “end unemployment” by creating 20m new jobs and also help developing nations dump fossil fuels in favor of renewables.

Guterres has gone out of his way to boost the visibility of the climate youth, most notably Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who is the best-known face of the climate movement. Thunberg’s “School Strike For Climate”, begun a year ago in her home town of Stockholm, spread like wildfire around the world, inspiring hundreds of thousands of students to skip classes and take to the streets to demand that governments, in Thunberg’s words, “act like the house is on fire – because it is”. Guterres has invited Thunberg to keynote a special one-day youth climate summit on 21 September and also to address world leaders at the plenary session on 23 September.

Alba recognizes that the public is sometimes skeptical of UN conferences, and he acknowledges that the UN “does not have the means to enforce” the commitments made by governments in the Paris agreement. Instead, he puts his faith, again, in the ability of public pressure to compel governments to do the right thing. “As in many other parts of international law,” he says, “the enforcement rests in the follow-up and the ‘name and shame’ role of civil society – to expose that a country is not complying with what they’ve committed to. The media plays an important role there, and so do activists.”

Meanwhile, Alba’s own teenage son has given him advice on how to make the case for action: don’t talk so much about the future that youth will inherit but rather about the climate disasters happening now. “He had a point,” says Alba. “This is an emergency we need to deal with today, not tomorrow. Talking about 2030 and 2050 is important because science gives us those dates for achieving certain objectives, but there’s the danger that it tells people that we have time to make these changes. And that is a mistake.”

Mark Hertsgaard, The Nation’s environment correspondent, has covered climate change since 1989. His books include On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan PresidencyEarth Odyssey, and HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth.

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Go Deeper

If you have twenty minutes and want to better understand the UN Climate Action Summit, have a listen to this Global Dispatches Podcast episode featuring an interview with Cassie Flynn, the strategic advisor on climate change in the executive office of the UN Development Program, UNDP. She is the someone who has very much been involved in aspects of planning the summit and in this conversation offers a curtain raiser for the summit itself, and discusses some of the broader expectations for this event.

 

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UN-Gipfel in New York: Schritte in die richtige Richtung?

Global Policy Forum - 17. September 2019 - 16:53

Am 24. und 25. September 2019 treffen sich die Staats- und Regierungschefs in New York, um die Fortschritte bei der Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 zu diskutieren. Vor dem Hintergrund der Klimakrise oder der steigenden Zahl der Hungernden weltweit sind die Erwartungen an den Gipfel hoch. Ist es der Staatengemeinschaft gelungen, die notwendigen Schritte in Richtung nachhaltige Entwicklung einzuleiten? Was bedeutet das Ergebnis für die deutsche und europäische Politik? Und welche politischen Entscheidungen sind notwendig, um eine kohärente Umsetzung zu ermöglichen?

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New president, old problems

D+C - 17. September 2019 - 13:58
Argentina has to reform its political system and economic model

A preliminary presidential election was held in Argentina in August. The outcome was surprising: the incumbent, Mauricio Macri, lost decisively against Alberto Fernández of the Peronist party. Fernandez’ running mate is Macri’s predecessor, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner – popularly known as “Cristina” – and it was basically due to her many mistakes and scandals that Macri won the presidency four years ago.

Argentina is in a serious crisis once again, and that usually helps the opposition in an election. That is especially so if the majority of citizens are bearing the brunt. The relationship with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the country’s main creditor has become difficult, and it seems to be inevitable that the current government or its successor will have to restructure liabilities. At the same time, the national currency is depreciating fast. Macri has not offered any real solutions. He struggles merely to explain the countermeasures that his administration has taken. At times when no solution is in sight, slogans like “This is the only way” are simply not enough. Many middle-class voters have therefore backed off from Macri.

Meanwhile the opposition is re-interpreting history to its advantage. On the campaign trail, Fernández likes to say that Néstor Kirchner, another Peronist, pulled the country out of the 2001/02 crisis. Kirchner was Cristina’s husband and predecessor. He was in office from 2003 to 2007 and died in 2010. Fernández was his chief of staff.

Fernández’ version of Argentina’s most recent history conveniently skips three important issues:

  • The mountain of debt that led to the 2001/02 crisis was amassed under Carlos Menem, a Peronist president.
  • Néstor Kirchner came to power after Argentina had declared default and the economy couldn’t possibly get any worse. After default, moreover, he was no longer bound by IMF conditionalities (see my essay in the Focus section of D+C/E+Z e-Paper 2018/09).
  • Under Néstor Kirchner, the economy flourished due to strong international demand for commodities, especially soybeans, but the favourable conditions were not used to start structural reforms.

Global commodity demand is currently weak, and under the government of Cristina inflation grew and economic growth stopped. As a consequence, Macri was forced to turn to the IMF once more. In response to its demands, he balanced the national budget, albeit at a high price: high foreign debt, lower wages for public servants and cuts to social services.

Argentina’s next government will face the same old problems: recession, inflation, foreign debt and great economic volatility. Together they add up to Argentina’s fundamental problem: the country is incapable of taking in enough money to cover its expenses. Néstor Kirchner made no significant progress in this regard. He only brought about temporary improvements in living conditions.

What is needed now is tax reform, pension reform and fresh momentum in the education sector. In order to accomplish that, Argentina will need a new understanding of the role of the state. However, conservatives like Macri always only want to reduce its size, while Peronists pretend it can pay for everything.

Argentina’s political system is dysfunctional. Since the introduction of democracy in 1983, only Peronist presidents have lasted an entire term in office. Their party is an instrument of power that always leaves its elected successors with such enormous problems that they are doomed to failure. The Peronists then use that failure to present themselves as the only legitimate political force. Macri will probably become the first non-Peronist president who has barely managed to complete a term in office. But he was doomed by what he inherited nonetheless.

For a long time, Fernández and Cristina were actually opponents. Now they have put their differences aside so they can rise to power again. Peronists must surely bare the blame for Argentina’s democratic era being marked by political instability and – even more – economic and social decline.

Nevertheless, people seem to want to give that party another chance. The big question is whether it is possible at all to change a dynamic that, in the eyes of the world, has made Argentina a country associated with decline.

Jorge Saborido is a consulting professor of history at the University of Buenos Aires.
jorge_saborido@hotmail.com

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Join Us and Support the Global Climate Strike on 20 September

SCP-Centre - 17. September 2019 - 12:52

Under the hashtag #allefürsklima (all for climate) the youth-led global #FridaysforFuture movement is asking all members of society to show their support and join the upcoming Global Climate Strike Day on 20 September 2019. We are excited about the response by civil society, companies, NGOs, as well as many other organisations who are supporting this day. The CSCP joins the Global Climate Strike Day in support of the movement’s goals that are deeply linked to our mission: working towards mainstreaming sustainable consumption and production.

When Greta Thunberg started skipping school and protesting outside the Swedish Parliament demanding action for the climate crisis, little did anyone expect this small act of courage and determination to turn into a global movement. Through her activism, Greta urged school students to strike every Friday by walking out of their classrooms, giving birth to #FridaysforFuture, one of the fastest-growing global movements against the climate crisis.

At the CSCP, we believe that change can be achieved when people and all actors of society collaborate for sustainable solutions. The Global Climate Strike Day is important to us as an organisation as it resonates with our work towards investing in a good life now and for future generations.

The CSCP is supporting two campaigns Entrepreneurs for Future and Unternehmen für Fridays for Future (organisations for Fridays for Future).

Here are a few ideas for you and your organisation to support this movement:

The CSCP Team members will show their support by joining the strikes in Wuppertal, Cologne, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Aachen, Vienna and Bra in Italy.

For further information, please contact Marius Mertens.

Photo by Jasmin Sessler on Unsplash

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Climate change, conflict and security scan: analysis of current thinking August–November 2018

ODI - 17. September 2019 - 0:00
In the second of ODI's climate change, conflict and security scans, we summarise the latest developments on the intersection of climate and conflict risk.
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Linking financial services and social protection for resilience: lessons from Kenya

ODI - 17. September 2019 - 0:00
This brief examines the links between cash-based assistance and financial inclusion interventions to build resilience to climate-related shocks.
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The UN Climate Action Summit, Explained

UN Dispatch - 16. September 2019 - 16:42

The UN General Assembly convenes at United Nations headquarters in New York next week. As in every year, UNGA is an annual opportunity for heads of state to come to the United Nations to meet each other and address the world.

What distinguishes the UN General Assembly this year is a series of key events and meetings focused on climate change.

Of these events and meetings the most high profile is what is known as the UN Climate Action Summit. This will take place on Monday the 23rd of September. Thiswill include top government officials, business leaders, and civil society members bringing to the table concrete action plans to accelerate progress on addressing climate change.

Today’s episode of the Global Dispatches podcast is dedicated to explaining just what that Climate Action Summit entails and what to expect from this major climate meeting at the United Nations.

On the line with me to discuss the significance of this summit and what it hopes to achieve is  Cassie Flynn, she is the strategic advisor on climate change in the executive office of the UN Development Program, UNDP. She is the someone who has very much been involved in aspects of planning the summit and in this conversation offers a curtain raiser for the summit itself, and discusses some of the broader expectations for this event.

The Climate Action Summit at the UN is the capstone to several climate related events happening at the UN, including a Youth Climate Summit that will feature young leaders from around the world. In this conversation we discuss how these events relate to each other and directly to the Paris Climate Accord.

If you have twenty minutes and want to better understand the UN Climate Action Summit, have a listen.

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This podcast episode is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. Covering Climate Now parters are free to reproduce this episode. 

 

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UN General Assembly: Here are the 5 big summits to watch for

UN #SDG News - 16. September 2019 - 1:15
It’s that time again, when the eyes of the world turn to New York, as world leaders fly into the city to take part in the General Debate that marks the opening of the latest session of the UN General Assembly, or UNGA.
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Country experiences with decentralised climate finance: early outcomes

ODI - 16. September 2019 - 0:00
This study explores if public investments by government-led climate funds are building climate resilience that responds to locally determined priorities.
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Financing the end of extreme poverty: 2019 update

ODI - 16. September 2019 - 0:00
Attaining the global target of ending extreme poverty by 2030
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