69th General Debate Continues Discussion of Post-2015 Agenda, Highlights Biodiversity, SIDS Issues

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Future of Cities – Surge in Emerging Markets

We at Ethical Markets are wary of too much reliance on algorithms , unless frequently monitored and updated by  humans !  For example, the takeover of Wall Street by algorithms and high-frequency trading led to  the recent “ flash crashes” . Such  future events are  predicted by me and others …

Push for New Pact on Climate Change Is Plagued by Old Divide of Wealth

Push for New Pact on Climate Change Is Plagued by Old Divide of Wealth By JUSTIN GILLIS and CORAL DAVENPORTSEPT. 20, 2014 President Christopher J. Loeak of the Marshall Islands outside his home after tidal flooding. Credit Giff Johnson/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images At 1 p.m. on Sunday, tens of …

Sustainable Development Update – 11 September 2014 – OWG Report to be “Main Basis” for SDGs in Post-2015 Agenda

OWG Report to be “Main Basis” for SDGs in Post-2015 Agenda 10_September 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has decided that the proposal of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) “shall be the main basis for integrating sustainable development goals into the post-2015 development agenda.” This …

Join Us for Our Upcoming Conference on Illicit Financial Flows in Brazil

  Friday, August 8, 2014 From the Global Financial Integrity Blog:     Join Us for Our Upcoming Conference on Illicit Financial Flows in Brazil      Illicit Finance Journalism Programme Lauches Fourth Training Project      Debate in Delaware on Anonymous Companies    Why Wildlife Trafficking and Anonymous Companies …

An American “Reset” for Africa? | China: Open the “Backdoor”?

  August 7, 2014 In Focus: Africa An American “Reset” for Africa? Africa no longer needs the US as a benefactor. It wants a relationship based on mutual interests, says Ellis Mnyandu. 9 Facts on Africa’s Middle Class For all the recent hype, inequality and joblessness stifle the dynamic growth …

The Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance

The Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance (the Centre) has now released its sixth newsletter to offer a transparent look into its recent activities and international project work. Please find attached the new issue and read about: The Centre’s project portfolio in the field …

Today’s Top Stories from GFI – GFI Urges Obama, African Leaders to Prioritize Curbing Illicit Financial Flows at U.S.-Africa Sum

  Monday, August 4, 2014 From the Global Financial Integrity Blog:     Join Us for Our Upcoming Conference on Illicit Financial Flows in Brazil      Illicit Finance Jounralism Programme Lauches Fourth Training Project      Debate in Delaware on Anonymous Companies    Why Wildlife Trafficking and Anonymous Companies …

OTHER NEWS: At the Crucial Nexus of Water and Energy

While it is, of course, vital to finally link water and energy use, this report still overlooks the opportunities for saline agriculture and aquaculture to provide all of our growing human family’s needs for food, fiber and fuel from our most abundant global resources: the Earth’s 97% seawater; daily free …

Energy and Capital: These 3 Solar Stocks Fight for $5.1 Trillion Payday

These 3 Solar Stocks Fight for $5.1 Trillion Payday     These 3 Solar Stocks Fight for $5.1 Trillion Payday By Jeff Siegel | Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 When asked why he robbed banks, Slick Willie Sutton said, “Because that’s where the money is.” I’ve always loved that quote, not …