International experts at #CrossroadsBonn present ten points on tackling climate change ahead of UN Climate Change Conference #COP23

10 Cornerstones of the Great Transformation towards Sustainability In preparation for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23), which begins today in Bonn, some 300 experts from the spheres of research, politics, civil society, business and the media including climate negotiators met on the weekend to discuss the future of global cooperation and options for decarbonising… Continue reading International experts at #CrossroadsBonn present ten points on tackling climate change ahead of UN Climate Change Conference #COP23

A global system can tackle e-waste until developing countries can do so themselves

Rich and poor nations should link up to recycle e-waste By Ruediger Kuehr , Feng Wang A global system can tackle e-waste until developing countries can do so themselves, say Ruediger Kuehr and Feng Wang. Since the 1990s, electrical and electronic equipment have revolutionised people’s lives. And with ever-increasing technological innovation, their lifetimes are, on… Continue reading A global system can tackle e-waste until developing countries can do so themselves

Risk management can be a powerful instrument for development | World Development Report 2014

The latest World Development Report (WDR), Risk and Opportunity: Managing Risk for Development, analyzes risk at many levels and forms and is rich with examples, ranging from job loss and disease to financial crises and natural disasters—often highlighting the costly consequences of mismanaged risk. The 147 banking crises that have struck 116 countries in the… Continue reading Risk management can be a powerful instrument for development | World Development Report 2014

Water: governments must deal with rising risks

Water shortages and floods illustrate the risks posed by too little, or too much, water. By 2050 more than 40% of the world’s population will live under severe water stress and nearly 20% could be exposed to floods. The economic value of assets at risk from floods is expected to be about USD 45 trillion… Continue reading Water: governments must deal with rising risks

African Countries’ Integrated Climate Resilience Solutions in the Water Sector | AfDB CIF Global 2012 Annual Report

TUNIS, Tunisia, February 27, 2013/ — The African Development Bank (AfDB) has laid out solutions some African countries are about to apply, with help from the AfDB and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), to respond to complex problems that climate change is creating on their combined sectors of water, food and energy. The article, part… Continue reading African Countries’ Integrated Climate Resilience Solutions in the Water Sector | AfDB CIF Global 2012 Annual Report

International aid projects come under the microscope | Nature

Not long ago, ‘research’ was a dirty word in international-development circles. The prevailing view was that the time and money available should be spent implementing aid projects rather than analysing their effects in detail. For most projects, assessment was limited to tracking how much they spent and whether they reached their end points. That is… Continue reading International aid projects come under the microscope | Nature

International aid projects come under the microscope | Nature

Not long ago, ‘research’ was a dirty word in international-development circles. The prevailing view was that the time and money available should be spent implementing aid projects rather than analysing their effects in detail. For most projects, assessment was limited to tracking how much they spent and whether they reached their end points. That is… Continue reading International aid projects come under the microscope | Nature

Up in Smoke – Film about Mike Hands and his Agroforestry system

This is a film about a technique that could save more carbon emissions annually than all global aviation. It is a film about one of the biggest contributors to tropical deforestation and global warming: slash and burn agriculture. Up in Smoke feature doc – 4’30” trailer from Adam Wakeling on Vimeo. The film follows British… Continue reading Up in Smoke – Film about Mike Hands and his Agroforestry system

Planet Earth now has a timeline. Friend request sent.

What would Planet Earth post about humans on its profile? The Earth fast forwards through a virtual relationship with humans — but soon starts to ask itself whether it wants to be friends with a species that exploits its national resources. The conclusion is reassuring: yes, it does, because humans are making every effort to… Continue reading Planet Earth now has a timeline. Friend request sent.

EC fails with earth-friendly policy

According to a group of environmentalists, the European Commission has been too slow in advancing earth-friendly policies on agriculture and energy. Ten environmental organisations argue in a scorecard of the EU executive’s performance that the Commission has been too reserved across an array of conservation issues, chemicals regulation and pollution, and in some cases has… Continue reading EC fails with earth-friendly policy

Provide your feedback to an upcoming evaluation of the Climate Investment Funds

The Evaluation Oversight Committee (EOC) of the Independent Evaluation of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) requests your feedback on the draft approach to the evaluation. The EOC (of which IEG is a member) would particularly like input on the proposed evaluation questions, and the overall scope and purpose of the evaluation. Please visit http://www.cifevaluation.org to… Continue reading Provide your feedback to an upcoming evaluation of the Climate Investment Funds

OECD: Green and growth go together

OECD work on green growth. Governments must look to the green economy to find new sources of growth and jobs. They should put in place policies that tap into the innovation, investment and entrepreneurship driving the shift towards a greener economy. Green growth makes economic as well as environmental sense. In natural resource sectors alone,… Continue reading OECD: Green and growth go together

3rd European Forum on Sustainable Development, Palencia, Spain 29th March-1st April 2011

CTA – Brussels Office Weblog – 3rd European Forum on Sustainable Development. The 3rd European Forum on Sustainable Development will be held in Palencia, Spain from 29th March-1st April 2011. This forum is an initiative by the European Commission and EU Presidency with the support of France, Germany, Ireland, the Global Donor Platform for Rural… Continue reading 3rd European Forum on Sustainable Development, Palencia, Spain 29th March-1st April 2011

Much «clean» growth possible in developing world with existing technology, right strategy and incentives, UNCTAD Report says

The stress of the global financial crisis — as well as concerns about climate change and food prices — should be used by developing countries to shift towards ”clean” growth, a new UNCTAD report recommends. It says such progress is possible and affordable with existing technology, based on the right strategy and incentives. UNCTAD’s Trade… Continue reading Much «clean» growth possible in developing world with existing technology, right strategy and incentives, UNCTAD Report says

Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen: AGEG experts involved

AGEG experts engaged in meetings on forest and climate protection in preparation of UNFCCC COP-15 Climate Conference, Copenhagen. In two events, organised by BCC – Business Communications Consulting GmbH with participation of representatives from policy, government, development agencies, business, science and civil society, especially the concept of reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries (REDD),… Continue reading Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen: AGEG experts involved

AGEG Expert facilitates working sessions at UN meeting

UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) in Guilin, China Country-Led Initiative in Support of the UN Forum on Forests: Forests for People – The Role of National Forest Programmes and the Non-Legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests The Country-Led Initiative (CLI) in support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) met from 17 to… Continue reading AGEG Expert facilitates working sessions at UN meeting

UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen

Over a decade ago, most countries joined an international treaty — the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) — to begin to consider what can be done to reduce global warming and to cope with whatever temperature increases are inevitable. More recently, a number of nations approved an addition to the treaty: the… Continue reading UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen

Survey on how to design a climate agreement

The Center for Global Development launched a survey on how to design a climate agreement that is environmentally effective, economically efficient, and fair. The 15 questions about climate policy in this survey present you with some of the same choices that climate negotiators are weighing, and that global leaders will tackle at Copenhagen and beyond.… Continue reading Survey on how to design a climate agreement

EU Development policy to focus on climate and democracy, says Mrs Carlsson

As president in office of the EU Council, the Minister for International Development Cooperation of Sweden, Gunilla Carlsson, presented to MEPs from the Committee on Development the presidency’s priorities for the second semester of 2009: development as part of the climate change agenda, democracy building as well as policy coherence and effectiveness. Helping to ensure… Continue reading EU Development policy to focus on climate and democracy, says Mrs Carlsson

Rising Food Prices hit the Poor, shake Development Agendas

With food and other commodity prices skyrocketing in recent months, energy and climate change have been all over the news. Prices for rice, the staple food for about half of the world’s 6 billion people, have soared to record highs, with key benchmarks touching $1000-per-tonne earlier this month, more than double the rate at the… Continue reading Rising Food Prices hit the Poor, shake Development Agendas

UNEP calls for end to barriers on fast-growing green economy

A global ”green economy” is now emerging but governments must move fast to scrap the many barriers and fossil-fuel subsidies that hamper it, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said. Presenting an annual report, Year Book 2008, the Nairobi-based agency said investment in environmentally-friendly projects was rising fast and more and more corporations were driving to… Continue reading UNEP calls for end to barriers on fast-growing green economy