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Finland Ranked Happiest Country in World

Celebrants at a party ring in the New Year 2017, December 31, 2016 Helsinki, Finland (Photo by Ilkka Jukarainen) Creative Commons license via Flickr

Finland is the happiest country in the world for the third straight year, according to this year’s United Nations World Happiness Report. The World Happiness Report 2020 ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be according to their evaluations of their own lives.

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‘Humanity’s Highest Aspiration’ Under Attack

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Basic human rights, the birthright of every person on Earth, are “under assault,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned delegates from Member States Monday on the opening day of the UN Human Rights Council’s current session in Geneva. “Human rights are our ultimate tool to help societies grow in freedom.”

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Mastering the E-Waste Merry-go-round

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Since becoming Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 2014, Houlin Zhao has upgraded his mobile phone three times, and, he says, every time, the old mobile was recycled or donated to charity for further use. But this is not the case for all mobile phones around the world.

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Global Investors for Sustainable Development

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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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Common Framework Helps Europeans Trim Food Waste

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Every year about 20 percent of the food produced in the European Union is lost or wasted, while 43 million EU residents cannot afford a quality meal every second day. Now, based on a new methodology, EU Member States will be expected to fight food waste by collecting and sharing information…

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Catalytic Capital Consortium Meets SDG Funding Gap

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The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today launched the Catalytic Capital Consortium, allocating US$150 million to address financing gaps in impact investing, targeted to funds and intermediaries not suitable for conventional investment.

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New Standard Strengthens Impact Financing

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The nonprofit organization Verra, which developed and manages the well-used Verified Carbon Standard for greenhouse gas emissions, has started something new – the Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard, or SD VISta.

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EU & China Shape ‘Sustainable Blue Economy’

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Two of the world’s largest ocean economies – the European Union and China – have agreed to work together “to improve the international governance of the oceans in all its aspects, including by combating illegal fishing and promoting a sustainable blue economy.

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Sustainable Development = Happiness

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“It is literally the truth, that sustainable development is the path to happiness,” Professor Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, told this year’s meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development that opened Monday at UN Headquarters in New York.

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Water Advocates Initiate Decade of Action

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“Quite simply, water is a matter of life and death. Our bodies, our cities, our industries and our agriculture all depend on it, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres Thursday on World Water Day.

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Women “Make Demands That Bite”

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“Women are fighting to take steps that change their lives, and they are refusing to accept the practices that have normalized gender inequality, sexual misconduct, exclusion and discrimination across all walks of life,” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka told the annual Commission on the Status of Women …

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Making Zero Global Deforestation a Reality

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Reporting on the status and trends of the world’s forest resources just got easier with a new online tool linked to Google Earth Engine launched this week by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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Sustainable Finance European Style

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An EU-wide label for green investment funds, a European standard for green bonds, and a classification system to provide market clarity on what is sustainable are recommended in the final report of the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, published this week.

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