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26.08.2019 German Development Minister Müller welcomes investment in fighting global diseases

German BMZ - 26. August 2019 - 9:00
German Development Minister Gerd Müller today welcomed the decision to invest in fighting global diseases: "The German Chancellor has announced that Germany will invest one billion euros in the Global Fund over the next three years. Through this effort, we are reinforcing the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The Global Fund's achievements to date are remarkable: last year, it provided nearly 200 million bed nets to prevent malaria. This has been one factor in the halving of ...
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Child poverty in Africa: an SDG emergency in the making

ODI - 26. August 2019 - 0:00
This briefing paper focuses on the troubling increase in the share of global extreme poverty accounted for by children in Africa.
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G7 Leaders, take a stand for Africa!

EURACTIV.com - 24. August 2019 - 10:10
Africa is still heavily reliant on coal. To protect the climate, leading industrialised countries should help Africa to invest in clean growth and leapfrop to renewables, says former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
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24.08.2019 German Development Minister Gerd Müller calls for G7 rainforest protection programmeüller fordert ein Regenwaldschutzprogramm der G7-Staaten

German BMZ - 24. August 2019 - 0:00
German Development Minister Gerd Müller: "Just sending tweets that the forest is burning does not help anybody. Along with China, the G7 countries are among the world's biggest carbon emitters. At the G7 summit in Elmau in 2015, leaders therefore agreed to invest, from 2020, an annual 100 billion dollars in climate action in the countries most affected by climate change. Now they urgently need to deliver on that promise. Germany will meet its commitment, providing an additional 500 million ...
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The food economy can create more jobs for West African youth

OECD - 23. August 2019 - 12:08
By Léopold Ghins and Koffi Zougbédé, OECD Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat  Français suit Youth employment and job creation loom high on development agendas in West Africa. The issue is also a priority at the continental and international levels: decent work and youth empowerment are priority areas within the African Union’s Agenda 2063, and … Continue reading The food economy can create more jobs for West African youth
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A recap of Thursday’s top stories: International Day honours victims of religious-based violence, UN experts on Kashmir, environmental disasters in Asia-Pacific, animal protections, and UN chief on Burkina Faso

UN #SDG News - 22. August 2019 - 22:19
Thursday’s Daily Brief: New international day honouring victims of religious-based violence; Kashmir shutdown must be reversed; Relentless sequence of disasters in Asia-Pacific; Giraffes fare well for protection, elephants not so much; UN chief condemns Burkina Faso violence
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Relentless sequence of disasters in Asia-Pacific ‘sign of things to come’, cautions UN regional body

UN ECOSOC - 22. August 2019 - 17:20
Changing patterns and worsening impacts of natural disasters in Asia and the Pacific, coupled with environmental degradation and climate change, are not only making efforts to predict such catastrophes more difficult, but are also a “sign of things to come”, the United Nations development arm in the region has warned.
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The Tragedy of the Synergy?

UN SDSN - 22. August 2019 - 16:00

This guest blog is an excerpt of a longer piece that SDSN Agriculture & Food Systems Manager Dr. Linda Veldhuizen wrote for Impakter. Click here to view the entire article

If we manage to achieve the SDGs, 2030 will be a year to look forward to. This will be the year that we end poverty and hunger, have equal opportunities in life and live in harmony with nature. Although this may sound like utopia, this is what 193 world leaders agreed upon with the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030. Synergies could be the key.

Many of these SDGs are interconnected, with generally more synergies than trade-offs. Such synergies can create a win-win situation that would make it easier to achieve the SDGs because an investment in one SDG will bring us closer to achieving another SDG as well. But is this realistic?

When we look at the current state of our food system, we see that hunger and obesity are on the rise, while progress on reducing stunting and wasting may be too slow to achieve SDG 2 “Zero Hunger” by 2030. Moreover, yield gaps persist in many parts of the world while concerns for the sustainability of our agricultural systems are mounting and poverty in rural areas remains high.

So why are there so many SDG synergies and yet so little progress?

1. The SDGs and Their Targets Are Not of Similar Size

2. Synergies Work Both Ways: Win-Win but Also Lose-Lose

Continue reading on Impakter

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An Inside Look at Slavery in the Fishing Industry

UN Dispatch - 22. August 2019 - 14:09

The fish you eat may have been caught by slaves.

Most Thai fishing boats operating in the South China Sea are dependent on migrant labor. But many of those vessels are essentially floating slave ships in which migrant workers are forced into a kind of debt bondage from which they cannot escape.

Journalist Ian Urbina covered this issue for years as a reporter for the New York Times. He reported from land and sea to offer a first hand account of both the conditions on these ships and the broader economic, political and environmental forces that propel slavery on fishing boats in the South China Sea.

Ian Urbina is on the podcast today to discuss his reporting on this issue, which is included in his new book the Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier. We kick off discussing the plight of these debt-bonded laborers before having a broader conversation about the issue of slavery at sea.

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Microplastic pollution is everywhere, but not necessarily a risk to human health

UN #SDG News - 22. August 2019 - 2:30
Tiny plastic particles known as microplastics are “everywhere – including in our drinking-water”, but they are not necessarily a risk to human health, UN experts said on Thursday.
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What G7 leaders can do to end extreme poverty

ODI - 22. August 2019 - 0:00
With the world off track to ending extreme poverty by 2030, global inequality is facing a backwards trend. Are G7 leaders up for the task?
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Join Us at Our Digitalisation and Sustainability – Requirements and Opportunities Event on 10 October 2019 in Wuppertal

SCP-Centre - 21. August 2019 - 17:22

How will climate change, digitalisation, blockchain and new work concepts affect your company? Can you implement digitalisation and sustainability in your company activities? Our event Digitalisation and Sustainability – Requirements and Opportunities will answer these questions with practical examples, interactive workshop formats along with ideas for the future of your organisation.

In the one-day event, we will show you the potential of the two topics – sustainability and digitalisation, with practical examples. Through keynote speeches, workshops and discussions we will highlight opportunities and challenges, while helping you come up with concrete ideas on how your company can benefit from these megatrends. We will also address questions on what large and small companies can learn from each other with insights from our R2Pi Project.

The following topics will be covered in the event :

  • Best practices of digital and sustainable business models
  • How can digitalisation promote transparency and sustainability in value chains?
  • How does digitalisation enable circular economy products and services?
  • How will the future of work look like and how can we prepare for it today?
  • How does digitalisation promote resource efficiency, energy efficiency and climate change mitigation?
  • How do sustainable digital responsibility and new management models in companies look like?
  • What are the funding opportunities for innovative digital sustainability activities?

Workshop: Digitalisation & Sustainability – Requirements and Opportunities
Date: 10 October 2019
Time: 10:30 to 17:00
Location: VillaMedia Gastronomie GmbH, Viehhofstrasse 125, 42117 Wuppertal

This event is organised by the Competence Centre eStandards (Mittelstand 4.0 Kompetenzzentrum eStandards)and is primarily tailored towards decision-makers in SMEs. The event will be conducted in German.

Click here to register for the event.

Registrations are open until 02.10.2019

For further information contact Patrik Eisenhauer

 

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Exploring Aristotelian Epistemology and Ethics: Prof. Sachs visits Greece

UN SDSN - 21. August 2019 - 17:15

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of SDSN, recently visited Greece together with Dr. Sonia Sachs, Director, Health Sector, Center for Sustainable Development. During his stay he attended a two-week program organized by SDSN Greece and SDSN Black Sea.

On July 25, 2019, Prof. Sachs met with professors from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUoT) and presented his proposal for the development of an economic model based on the principles of Aristotelian ethical philosophy. Prof. Sachs is currently developing a humanistic economic model based on the principles of Aristotle’s ethics, bringing to the forefront a global interest in Aristotle. He expressed his willingness to support the goal of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Aristotle Studies of AUTH to promote the work of the Stageirite philosopher worldwide. The meeting was attended by several high-ranking university officials and the relevant press release can be accessed here.

From July 29 to August 2, 2019, SDSN Greece held a symposium titled “Neo-Classical Economics Reconsidered within Plato’s and Aristotle’s Epistemological and Ethical Framework,” hosted at the historical library of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, courtesy of the Panos Laskaridis family. The symposium was led by Professor Nikitas Pittis, University of Piraeus, and Prof. Sachs with contributors from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Athena Research and Innovation Center, and the Athens University of Economics and Business.

During the Symposium, Plato’s and Aristotle’s main theories were revisited in order to assess their potential for reforming the Neoclassical Economics paradigm towards including Aristotelian Ethics. SDSN Greece envisages for this Symposium to become an annual interdisciplinary academic event, bringing together world experts that aim to develop an interdisciplinary framework based on Aristotelian Epistemology and Ethics, within which the implementation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development will be facilitated.

Jeffrey, Sonia and Adam Sachs, with Nikitas Pittis, UNIPI, Stelios Virvidakis, NKUA, Phoebe Koundouri, AUEB, Andreas Papandreou, NKUA, Lydia Papadaki, Sotiris Drossis, and Katerina Lambrinou at the historical library of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation.

During his stay, Professor Sachs also met with the Environment and Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis in order to discuss Greece’s shift to a sustainable development model. The focus of the meeting was the potential pathways in which Greece can combine environmental protection with the attraction of significant investment and the creation of new jobs on a large scale. The relevant press release can be accessed here (in Greek), which was widely disseminated in all Greek mass media.

The meeting of Professor Jeffrey Sachs with Minister Kostis Hatzidakis

Lastly, Prof. Sachs and selected seminar participants attended a dinner meeting hosted by the European Community Shipowners’ Associations, Laskaridis Shipping Company LTD and Lavinia Bulk Limited, where discussions focused on Sustainability Transition of the Shipping Industry, in particular, and Sustainable Blue Growth, in general.

Related to these discussions, SDSN will launch the 4-SEAS Sustainable Blue Growth Initiative: Mediterranean, Black Sea, Caspian and Aral Seas, as well as a Global Roundtable on Zero- Emission Ocean Shipping, including world-leading ship technologists, ship owners, shipbuilders, and ports worldwide during the 3rd Sustainability Summit from 16th-17th October, organized by The Economist and SDSN Greece.

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The Most Innovative Countries in the World, As Ranked By the UN

UN Dispatch - 21. August 2019 - 13:24

The United Nations agency that guards intellectual property rights has ranked countries according to how innovative they are.

Switzerland is the most innovative country in the world, according to the latest Global Innovation Index published in July by the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). But for the first time, Israel has also joined the ranks of the top 10 most innovative countries, while Vietnam and Rwanda are leading their respective income groups

With progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals stalling on several fronts, many experts see innovation and research as a key component to accelerating economic and social development. In fact, the set of goals themselves include innovation as SDG 9: “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.” This year’s report focused in particular on the near-future of medical innovation and how both technological and non-technological innovations can transform health care around the world.

For the last 12 years, the WIPO has released its annual rankings of countries. This year, the index ranked 129 countries based on 80 indicators, which included measurements like how much countries are investing in research and development, the number of international patent and trademark applications countries have submitted, as well as the value of countries’ high-tech exports and how many downloads their mobile-phone apps are getting.

According to these indicators, Switzerland, Sweden, the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom are leading the world in innovation. And for the last five years at least, the top 10 countries haven’t changed too much – they’ve all been European countries, plus the U.S. and Singapore. However, Israel’s 10th place ranking this year marks the first time a country from the Northern Africa and Western Asia region has cracked the top 10 list.

The top 10 countries are also all high-income countries – for good reason. Income-level continues to play a significant role in how much countries can invest into research and development and innovation. However, the report notes that a shift is happening, with several middle-income countries leading the charge toward the top of the charts. Most notably, these include China (14th), India (52nd) and Brazil (66th), the report says.

Because the policies in these countries have prioritized innovation, not only have they seen significant increases in their rankings, but despite a global economic slowdown, innovation continues to “blossom,” especially in Asia.

Several indicators under SDG 9 talk about promoting innovation in developing countries, and the results of this index show that with enough government planning, many countries have been able to exceed expectations given their level of development. Notably, among low-income countries, Burundi (128th), Malawi (118th), Mozambique (119th) and Rwanda (94th) are all innovating more than expected, despite some low global rankings. On the other hand, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Lithuania are among 10 wealthy countries that are underperforming for their development level.

Although innovation seems to be withstanding the effects of global economic uncertainty so far, the report does note that some high-income countries are beginning to slow down their investments in research and development. In addition, trade wars and protectionism are also threatening the diffusion of new technology, ideas and knowledge across borders and around the world. Both of these concerns could jeopardize not just innovation rankings, but could also exacerbate the deceleration of global growth and development.

So what should countries do? In addition to continuing to increase investments in research and development, the report authors say that the rankings provide “valuable insights” into which countries are excelling in innovation and which ones are getting the most out of their investments. Learning from these global leaders can guide innovation policies for other countries. And doing so can accelerate progress toward all the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Destructive land-use

D+C - 21. August 2019 - 12:03
IPCC assesses how climate change and land use patterns are interlinked

Climate change has a bearing on land use, which, in turn, has a bearing on the climate. In August, the IPCC published a special report which assesses the interlinkages. For this purpose, 107 scholars from 52 countries, including a majority of developing countries, reviewed 7,000 scientific research papers.

Today, 70 % of the earth’s ice-free land is affected by human action. Only one percent is used for infrastructure, while 12 % is cropland, 37 % pastures and 22 % commercial forests. The remaining 28 % is basically unused land, including virgin forests, various ecosystems as well as deserts and mountain cliffs.

The share of used land keeps growing. From 1961 to 2017, according to the IPCC, food production increased by 240 %. The drivers of this trend were additional land use as well as higher productivity. Ecosystems are shaped by land use – often in a bad way. Fertile soils are being lost, desertification is progressing, and biodiversity is dwindling. Farms are currently using 70 % of the world’s potable water. It is worrisome, moreover, that soils are losing their capacity to store carbon because, next to the oceans, the ground is earth’s most important carbon sink. Non-sustainable land use is thus exacerbating global warming.

Global warming is happening faster above land then above seas. The international community set itself the goal of not letting the global average temperature rise more than 1.5 degrees above the preindustrial level. On land, that has already happened. The global average temperature, by contrast, has only risen half as much.

Climate change means that extreme weather is becoming more frequent and more intense. In many places, the consequences include faster land degradation and desertification. Food security and entire ecosystems are at risk. As the authors point out, what is happening in different world regions varies considerably, but the general trend is that low income countries are affected worst.

The future impacts of global warming do not only depend on how much temperature rises. Population growth, consumption habits, modes of production and innovative technology all matter as well. It is encouraging that the scientists see several options for land-use systems contributing to climate mitigation and adaptation. In many cases, such change would not imply more competition for land. At the same time, it would deliver co-benefits, the experts state.

A core issue is sustainable land use. Management must be geared to the conservation of resources such as soils, water, plants and animals. The ecological services must continue. The report states: “Reducing and reversing land degradation, at scales from individual farms to entire watersheds, can provide cost effective, immediate, and long-term benefits to communities and support several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”

The authors are in favour of sustainable agriculture, less fertiliser use and reduced meat production. They point out that 25 % to 30 % of all food either rots before it is marketed or is thrown away later. Reducing that waste would make a huge difference.

To redirect land use, governments must adopt appropriate policies, the IPCC demands. Relevant issues include ensuring that all farmers have access to markets as well as to the land resources they depend on. Moreover, food prices should reflect not only production costs, but environmental damages as well. The authors leave no doubt: action is needed immediately. That is true in every of all sectors with a bearing on the climate.

Link
IPCC special report climate change and land:
https://www.ipcc.ch/report/srccl/

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Humanitarian Policy Group Annual Report 2018–2019

ODI - 21. August 2019 - 0:00
This Annual Report outlines our focus on key aspects of the international humanitarian system for 2018–19.
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Three ways humanitarians can support the Rohingya in Bangladesh, two years on

ODI - 21. August 2019 - 0:00
Humanitarian organisations should help the Rohingya in Cox's Bazar by ensuring realistic outcomes, supporting livelihoods and acknowledging their identity
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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: water quality crisis, Yemen and Libya updates, Venezuelan children appeal, ocean protection 

UN #SDG News - 20. August 2019 - 23:15
This Tuesday, we cover: new report on water quality worldwide; Yemen envoy briefs the Security Council on Aden; intensifying clashes in southern Libya; UNICEF appeals for increased aid for Venezuela youngsters; and UN negotiations continue over a new ocean protection agreement.  
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‘Invisible’ crisis of water quality threatens human and environmental well-being: World Bank report

UN ECOSOC - 20. August 2019 - 22:00
Deteriorating water quality worldwide is slashing the economic potential of heavily polluted areas, according to a new World Bank report, released on Tuesday. It also warns that the “invisible crisis of water quality” is threatening human and environmental well-being.
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Negotiating legally-binding agreement to provide future generations with a ‘healthy, resilient and productive ocean’

UN #SDG News - 20. August 2019 - 19:52
While the world’s oceans contain some 200,000 identified living species, the actual numbers could reach the millions ­­– all exposed to the dangers of climate change, pollution and over-exploitation. To stem these threats, the United Nations is meeting to negotiate a treaty that would protect three-quarters of the earth’s surface by 2030.
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