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[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 20, 2019 - 09:20
How can we accelerate action on sustainable development? Global leaders are set to take stock of the 17 goals they’ve set themselves at a meeting on the fringes of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit (SDIS) on September 23-24 brings together hundreds of leaders from government, business and civil society to help find... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 20:25
This storybook is the culmination of an experiment to reimagine the People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR), a tool to document biological diversity from local communities. The limitations of the current format is that biodiversity is seen as a purely scientific understanding, and doesn’t give weight to knowledge as a whole, and local practices within which knowledge is acquired and embedded. The... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 20:20
Do those of us who lead an urban lifestyle consider biodiversity too remote a problem? Or are we aware that the choices we make, our consumption patterns and our outlook towards natural resources define which and how many species we will share the planet with in the future? The storybook unravels these themes and others that draw connections between the urban lifestyle and biological diversity. ... Read more
[ Partner ] Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 12:30
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 11:38
This project is a design and policy research initiative housed at the Forum for Law, Environment, Development and Governance (FLEDGE),  with the DEL Laboratory (Srishti) as a key studio partner. The project brings new approaches and methods to record, synthesize and communicate local climate resilient strategies in order to impact local policy design. Ground collaborators include the MS... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 09:08
Global emissions are reaching record levels and show no sign of peaking. The last four years were the four hottest on record, and winter temperatures in the Arctic have risen by 3°C since 1990. Sea levels are rising, coral reefs are dying, and we are starting to see the life-threatening impact of climate change on health, through air pollution, heatwaves and risks to food security. The impacts of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 08:45
Building the Climate Resilience of the Urban Poor, a new initiative coordinated by UN-Habitat, will be presented at the upcoming Climate Action Summit on 23 September in New York. The summit will show what strong leadership and action looks like, offering solutions to meet the Paris Agreement. Climate change is already causing huge damage. Without urgent action and much greater ambition, it will... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 08:41
Ms. Sharif will be joining world leaders at United Nations headquarters in New York next week at the Climate Action Summit convened by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres. UN-Habitat is supporting one of the nine action tracks designated by the Secretary-General “Infrastructure, Cities and Local Action” under the leadership of the Governments of Kenya and Turkey. UN News asked the UN-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 12:30
The phaseout of controlled uses of ozone-depleting substances has not only helped replenish the protective layer for future generations but is also helping guard human health by filtering harmful rays from reaching Earth, said UNEP shared in a statement. The recognition of this success comes on World Ozone Day, marked 16 September. This year celebrates “32 Years and Healing”; a commemoration of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 12:25
Imagine a drug that could lower the rates of heart disease, anxiety, stress and depression, prolong lifespan, strengthen social cohesion, encourage more physical activity and promote recovery from surgery and strokes. Such a wonder drug would be the most prescribed remedy in the world. Of course, there is no such magical cure, but you could get the same effects simply by planting a tree.... Read more

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