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Wallets Open for Climate at Poland’s COP24

Heads of state and government, diplomats and climate scientists, economists and bankers have gathered in Katowice for the UN’s annual climate conference, and this one is anything but routine. Known as COP24, it has a daunting task.

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UN, 28 Banks Draft Global Impact Standards

Satya Tripathi, UN assistant secretary-general, UN Environment, speaking at COP21, the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC COP21; where the Paris Agreement on climate was finalized unanimously by world leaders. Paris, France December 7, 2015., Photo courtesy Earth Negotiations Bulletin) Used with permission

“The global banking industry is stepping up to the sustainability challenge,” said Satya Tripathi of India, UN assistant secretary-general, UN Environment. “I’m optimistic we’ll see a realignment of business practice – one that embraces the fact that green and socially responsible business is the best business.”

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Winners Change the Course of Climate Change

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“These activities shine a light on scalable climate action around the world,” said Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of UN Climate Change. “They are proof that climate action isn’t only possible, it’s innovative, it’s exciting and it makes a difference.”

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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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Maximpact Offers Language Help for Refugees

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“I want to help” is “Ana bady asa’ed” in Arabic, the language of much of Syria. This simple translation illustrates the steep learning curve Syrian refugees face trying to re-start their lives in an English-speaking country…

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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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Climate-Neutral COP23 Aims for Sustainability

This year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, which opened Monday and continues through November 17 under the presidency of Fiji, gives nations an opportunity to showcase their own climate actions at this “climate-neutral” event.

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Equator Prize Winners Demonstrate Maximum Impact

Equator Prize Winners Demonstrate Maximum Impact

Outstanding local and indigenous community initiatives that resolve climate, environment and poverty issues are honored with the Equator Prize, every odd year, just as the United Nations General Assembly opens at UN headquarters in New York.

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Empowering Cities With the New Urban Agenda

Empowering Cities With the New Urban Agenda

Regions, cities, towns, localities – this is where people live and as local people they want their voices heard not only locally, but nationally and around the world. Now, they are making new strides towards recognition and power by implementing the New Urban Agenda.

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First Mover Banks Come Clean on Climate Risk

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Eleven of the world’s most influential banks have committed to work with the UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) to promote climate transparency in financial markets. The banks will develop analytical tools to strengthen their assessment and disclosure of climate-related risks and opportunities.

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Oceans Inspire Global Call to Action

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Ending the United Nations’ inaugural Ocean Conference on a wave of enthusiastic determination, the 193 UN Member States Friday agreed on a Call to Action listing specific measures to restore health to Earth’s degraded oceans by 2030.

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Mayday: All Hands on Deck for Oceans

Mayday- All Hands on Deck for Oceans

“We are here on behalf of humanity to restore sustainability, balance and respect to our relationship with our primal mother, the source of life, the ocean,” President of the UN General Assembly Peter Thomson of Fiji declared on opening day of the inaugural UN Oceans Conference.

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Our Drying Planet

Our Drying Planet

“The water crisis is sneaking up on humanity unawares. People turn on the tap and assume clean, safe water will always flow. But the reality is that supplies are already critical for 4.2 billion people – over half the world’s population…”

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