Other News: United Nations Still Popular in Most Countries

   United Nations Still Popular in Most Countries   By Jim Lobe*   WASHINGTON, Sep 18 2013 (IPS) – On the eve of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, a newly released survey of 39 countries shows that the world body remains relatively popular around the globe. …

Electrifying Africa–But at What Cost to Africans?

Electrifying Africa–But at What Cost to Africans? Two U.S. initiatives to provide Africans with electricity seem likely to lead to large, climate-polluting projects rather than the locally sourced renewable energy rural Africa needs. By Elizabeth Bast, Emira Woods and Janet Redman, September 16, 2013. A liquefied natural gas carrier near Sea Point, South Africa. (Derek …

Global Reporting Initiative launches Focal Point for a more sustainable Africa

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release: Friday 22 February 2013 Global Reporting Initiative launches Focal Point for a more sustainable Africa The Global Reporting Initiative will officially launch its Focal Point South Africa at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange next week, with a mission to make sustainability reporting standard practice for companies …

Remittance Investment and Knowledge-Sharing Can Help Lift Poorest Nations – UN Report

New York, Nov 26 2012  2:05PM Remittances to the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) must play a greater role in reducing poverty while also empowering those countries’ economies to grow, the United Nations trade and development body urges in a new report. In the 2012 edition of its LDC report, …

Climate Bonds news: Sean P Flannery, former CIO, Americas, of SSgA, joins Climate Bonds Advisory panel

Sean P Flannery, former CIO, Americas, of State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), has joined the Climate Bonds Advisory Panel. At SSgA Sean was responsible for over US$2 trillion in global assets under management, across all listed asset classes and in all global geographies. He is now a director IFOK and …

2012 Global Peace Index just released

Dear Friends and Subscribers, We are delighted to announce the launch of the 2012 Global Peace Index (GPI). The sixth edition of the index has found that the world, for the first time since 2009, is slightly more peaceful. The GPI ranks 158 countries using 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators …

Smart Public Policies Key to Powering Up Africa’s Clean Energy Potential

PRESS RELEASE Smart Public Policies Key to Powering Up Africa’s Clean Energy Potential Africa Launch of ‘UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All’ Held in Nairobi Nairobi/Geneva, 21 February 2012 – Opening up energy markets to private sector investment through the introduction of smart government policies will be the …

Human Development Report Calls for Inclusive, Sustainable Development

2011 Human Development Index Covers Record 187 Countries, Territories, Puts Norway at Top, DR Congo last Read the whole report · Health, income advancement in developing countries jeopardized by inaction on climate change, habitat destruction, report shows · Wealth and gender disparities linked to environmental hazards COPENHAGEN, Nov.2, 2011—Norway, Australia, …