Saturday , September 26th , 2020  

‘Leave No one Behind’: How Inclusive is World Leaders’ Call to Climate Action?

How inclusive is activism and discussions on climate change? Most environmental movements and organisations in the United States and Europe are primarily white and middle class, and hold vast amount of resources and set the agenda for policy work and ecosystem recovery. This dated photo shows a landslide in central Kenya that resulted after intense rainfall – one of the consequences of climate...

#TurnItAround: One Week to Mobilize for the Future

Credit: Forus International By Pénélope HubertPARIS, Sep 25 2020 – The year 2020 will most certainly mark a critical moment for the planet and future mobilizations. In a society shaken by Covid-19, people are gathering, regrouping and acting collectively for a sustainable world, an egalitarian future, and for global awareness on the climate emergency. Activists and human rights defenders...

Ecology is Economy – ‘We Need an Integrated Approach Between Lives and Livelihoods’

Forest restoration and rewilding must take centre stage, through programmes that also provide for community incomes. | Picture courtesy: Balipara Foundation By Ranjit BarthakurGUWAHATI, India, Sep 25 2020 – We usually think of livelihoods and lives separately, however, it is now time to imagine a more integrated approach. Consider these statistics: The 2019 UN-IPBES report—the most recent...

Intercontinental Energy Forum to Discuss Post-Covid Challenges

One of the largest photovoltaic installations in Central America, with 320,000 solar panels, located in the center of El Salvador. Latin American countries are betting on solar energy as the central pillar of the energy transition, reinforced by the commitments made in the Paris Agreement on climate change. Credit: Edgardo Ayala / IPS. By Emilio GodoyMEXICO CITY, Sep 25 2020 – The economic...

Pushing the Reset Button will not Change the Game

By Jens MartensBONN, Sep 25 2020 – Governments have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with unprecedented intensity. They have taken far-reaching regulatory measures to contain the pandemic and mobilized financial resources on an enormous scale. They have thus demonstrated that they are capable of action and need not leave the driver’s seat to the markets and the private sector if the...

Peace in the Middle East

A letter from Roberto Savio to his friends   The creation of a Palestinian State remains a pipe-dream By Roberto SavioROME, Sep 25 2020 – After the fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of WWI, The League of Nations mandated that Britain administer Palestine. The London administration was quite ineffective, in part, due to the contradictory promises which were made to the Arabs, to the...

Why Is Women’s Leadership Not in the Headlines?

Women are Heads of State and Government in only 21 countries, despite the strong case that their leadership makes for more inclusive decision-making and more representative governance, even during this pandemic. Credit: UN Women By External SourceUNITED NATIONS, Sep 24 2020 – The question has never been whether women can lead as capably as men. Women have always led, and women will always lead,...

Making State-Owned Enterprises Work for Climate in China and Beyond

Across power, industry and transport, State-Owned Enterprises emit in the aggregate over 6.2 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent annually, which is more than any other country except China. Credit: Bigstock. By Philippe Benoit and Alex ClarkWASHINGTON, Sep 24 2020 – President Xi Jinping announced on Tuesday China’s aim to become carbon neutral before 2060. Achieving this goal will require...

The Future We Want, The UN We Need

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of The United Nations. Credit: United Nations By Robert W. SandfordHAMILTON, Canada, Sep 24 2020 – As we reflect on this week and celebrate the United Nations’ rise in the war-ravaged world some 75 years ago, humanity is again being asked to lay the foundation for a new world. As in 1945, we are asked to envision the world that emerges from a global catastrophe....

What UN Needs is a Cease-Fire Inside its own Security Council

US President Donald Trump (on screen), addresses the General Assembly’s seventy-fifth session on September 22. But Trump was missing in action (MIA) during the 75th commemorative meeting on September 21. Credit: United Nations By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Sep 24 2020 – With more than 20,000 civilians killed last year in conflicts in 10 countries — including Afghanistan, Central African...