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Turning the Plastic Tide

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Around the world, almost one million plastic bottles are purchased every minute. As the environmental impact of that plastic tide swells into a political issue, packaged goods sellers and retailers, pressured to stem the flow of single-use bottles and containers, are coming up with new ideas and technologies to solve the problem.

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Global Investors for Sustainable Development

Global Investors for Sustainable Development

Thirty influential corporate leaders have agreed to cooperate over the next two years in an effort to free up trillions of dollars from the private sector to finance the Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations announced Wednesday.

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Singapore Tops New Global Smart City Index

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Singapore has been named the world’s smartest city in 2019 by the first edition of the new IMD Smart City Index 2019 which ranks 102 cities worldwide. Right now the 10 smartest cities are, in order of rank: Singapore, Zurich, Oslo, Geneva, Copenhagen, Auckland, Taipei City, Helsinki, Bilbao, and Dusseldorf.

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Making municipalities more energy efficient

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It is estimated that 60% of all energy used is wasted due to inefficient systems. Municipal buildings and services have a huge energy savings potential, which can reduce their overall energy consumption and energy costs. Artificial intelligence (AI) can help municipalities solve a multitude of problems by identifying where energy is wasted and thereby making them more efficient and helping them convert into smart cities.

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Prejudice Impairs Efforts to End Statelessness

Stateless father Mivtar Rustemov, 48, and his daughter Lirije Rustemov, 13, in the city of Skopje, capital of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, now known as North Macedonia. 2017 (Photo courtesy UNHCR) Posted for media use

Hate speech and “damaging forms of nationalism” that have found “a new legitimacy in public discourse” present serious threats to efforts to eradicate statelessness, despite growing public awareness of the problem, UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi warned on Monday.

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Evaluating the Power of Impact Investing

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The impact investing industry has matured to the point that investors expect rigorous impact measurement and management practices as part of an impact approach to investing. And impact investors identify transparency in impact performance as a key challenge facing the market. But until now, a method of compiling impact results across investments did not exist.

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UN Gathers Strength for Sustainable Future by 2030

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The first United Nations summit on the progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development closed on a hopeful note Thursday, with UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed of Nigeria declaring that the two-day event had been a reminder of “the boundless potential of humanity to create a better future for all.”

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