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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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Maximpact Equips Job-Seeking Refugees With English Online

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Waleed, a Syrian refugee living in Northern Ireland, was a structural engineer and architect in his native land. After fleeing the deadly threats and upheaval of war, he suffered PSTD and social isolation, but through Maximpact’s live, online pre-entry English classes for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Waleed has made great progress in learning English and in social interaction.

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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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Northern Ireland Envisions Its First Environment Strategy

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The head of Northern Ireland’s Environment Agency, David Small, is inviting the public to help draft Northern Ireland’s first Environment Strategy. “We want the public to help us identify the solutions to protect, preserve and enhance our environment and are very keen to ensure our plans accurately reflect what it is we all want to achieve for this and future generations,” he said.

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Climate Action Summit Yields Trillions in Funding

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned world leaders not to come to his landmark Climate Action Summit with beautiful speeches alone, but to present plans for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and strategies for carbon neutrality by 2050. So what was promised at Monday’s event at UN Headquarters in New York?

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ESG Investing Attracts the Young and the Wealthy

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“The new generation of wealthy clients, as well as society as a whole, is increasingly aware of the responsibility associated with large fortunes and the positive impact of ESG factors on returns,” said the man responsible for Deutsche Bank’s global wealth business, Fabrizio Campelli.

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UN Climate Action Summit 2019

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Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and the time to act is now if there is any chance of combatting and reversing its effects. The 2019 Climate Action Summit will unite global key players to meet the climate challenge and put the Paris Agreement into action.

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Risky ‘Supertanker Trends’ Test Investors

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Climate change and artificial intelligence (AI) are reshaping the future of investing, finds a new research study released Monday by BNY Mellon Investment Management in New York and CREATE-Research based in the United Kingdom. The investors interviewed for the study have combined assets under management of US$12.75 trillion.

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Youth Leads the Way on Climate Action

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Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, author of the new book “No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference,” arrived in New York on August 28 after two weeks crossing the Atlantic on a carbon-neutral racing sailboat to take part in the UN Secretary General’s annual Climate Action Summit September 23. By sailing, she avoided the carbon emissions of air travel from her home in Sweden.

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