• Every drop counts

    José Lopez, Nestlé

    Water will run short in the future. In 2030 five billion people will not have access to adequate sanitary installations. Major causes for this shortage will be due to a fast-growing global population and the effects of climate change. In this discussion, Dr. Filiz Demirayak (WWF Turkey) and José Lopez (Executive Vice President Nestlé) have different opinions about water politics but are in complete agreement that every drop counts.  more[...]  login_required

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    José  Lopez, Nestlé 
  • United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

    United Nations

    The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) is being organized in pursuance of General Assembly Resolution 64/236 (A/RES/64/236). The Conference will take place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. It is envisaged as a Conference at the highest possible level, including Heads of State and Government or other representatives. The Conference will result in a focused political document.  more[...]  login_required

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  • Human Rights Council takes strong action on water, climate change and toxic waste

    The United Nations Human Rights Council has taken great strides to ensure national water governance better considers human rights, and has also taken into account national concerns over the effects environmental degradation is having on human rights, according to environmental nongovernmental organizations Green Cross International and WaterLex.  more[...]  login_required

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  • Achieving land degradation neutrality no longer an option, claims UN

    Members of the UN Decade for Deserts and the fight against Desertification (UNDDD), the International Year of Forests and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) meet in Algeria to discuss the international problem of growing drylands.  more[...]  login_required

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  • Achieving land degradation neutrality no longer an option, claims UN

    Wagaki Mwangi, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

    Members of the UN Decade for Deserts and the fight against Desertification (UNDDD), the International Year of Forests and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) meet in Algeria to discuss the international problem of growing drylands.  more[...]  login_required

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    Wagaki  Mwangi, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 
  • Bangladesh: Climate Change Threatens Livelihood

    Climate change continues to threaten food security in Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries in the world, where rising sea levels and seasonal storms worry farmers. Those living along the country's southern coast fear for their crops and livelihoods. Now the Government of Bangladesh is working with IFAD, the International Fund for Agricultural Development to provide training to farmers with the aim of introducing new techniques to beat the crisis.  more[...]

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  • The world' s challenge - Feeding 9 billion people

    Dr. Marion Guillou, INRA (Instut national de la recherche agronomique)

    If a global population of 9 billion by 2050 is to be fed adequately, more food must be produced, and this in keeping with increasingly stringent standards of quality and with respect for the environment. Not to mention the land that must be set aside for the production of energy resources, industrial goods, carbon storage and the protection of biodiversity.  more[...]  login_required

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    Dr. Marion Guillou, INRA (Instut national de la recherche agronomique) 
  • Global Compact International Yearbook 2009

    Dr. Elmer Lenzen

    The inaugural issue of the Global Compact International Yearbook , highlighting key sustainability issues on the international agenda and showcasing a wide array of corporate practices, has just been published.  more[...]  login_required

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    Dr. Elmer Lenzen
  • Sustainable Forest Management and Carbon in Tropical Latin America: The Case for REDD+

    Dr. Robert Nasi, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)

    Tropical forests are threatened by the distinctly different processes of deforestation and forest degradation. While deforestation involves the conversion of forests to another land use type, degradation results in forests that have lost some of their ability to provide environmental goods and services. In economic terms, deforestation tends to be associated with investments in other land uses, mainly agriculture, whereas degradation tends to be linked to short-term extraction of forest rents or wildfires. Forest degradation translates into losses of biodiversity, reduced capacity of forests to provide the full spectrum of goods and services, enhanced likelihoods of subsequent deforestation, and reduced resilience and adaptation potential to climate change.  more[...]  login_required

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    Dr. Robert Nasi, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) 
  • Business and Climate Change

    Lila Karbassi, UN Global Compact

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called climate change “the defining challenge of our time” – for good reasons. Climate change is the most pressing and disruptive issue the world is facing today. It affects every aspect of society, from energy resources and water sustainability to public health, food security, and even human security.  more[...]  login_required

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    Lila Karbassi, UN Global Compact  
  • Eni’s Cooperation Model for Sustainable Development

    Sabina Ratti, eni

    Multinational companies face huge challenges in countries they operate in, from human rights to the growing need for transparency and responsibility, from respect for the environment to the fight against poverty and the promotion of fair labor practices. Oil and gas companies operate in some of the most challenging places on earth, where they can have an important impact on local communities and on the environment due to the nature of their operations. Furthermore, they manage energy resources that are deeply connected to the economy of a country, and they cope with a public sector that often looks for the support from the private sector to guarantee an improvement of development standards.  more[...]

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    Sabina Ratti, eni 
  • Avoiding Adaptation Apartheid: Climate Change Adaptation and Human Rights Law

    Margaux J. Hall, World Bank
    David C. Weiss, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

    There is now little doubt that humans will be forced to adapt to the impacts of a warming world. There is also little doubt that the poorest people in the poorest countries will bear most of the burden of adapting to climate consequences they had almost no role in creating.(2) As the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has explained, “In the Netherlands, people are investing in homes that can float on water.  more[...]  login_required

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