How the world is failing at its climate goals, in one giant chart

Jay Owen Trendspotting, Earth Systems Science

How the world is failing at its climate goals, in one giant chart By Brad Plumer, Washington Post: November 5  Every time world leaders get together and talk about climate change, they tend to agree on one big thing: We shouldn’t let global average temperatures rise more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. …

Sustainable Development: Implementing Rio+20: ECOSOC’s New Role and Its Old Culture

Jay Owen Green Prosperity

  A compilation of items recently posted to the Sustainable Development Policy & Practice knowledgebase Latest News – 28 October 2013 Featured Guest Article Implementing Rio+20: ECOSOC’s New Role and Its Old Culture by Harris Gleckman, Center for Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts Almost_since the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) was created, there have been ECOSOC reform efforts. Most of these efforts …

U.N.’s Top Posts Remain a Boy’s Club

Jay Owen Global Citizen

By Thalif Deen   UNITED NATIONS, Oct 8 2013 (IPS) – Despite adopting scores of pious resolutions on gender empowerment over the last 67 years, the 193-member General Assembly has failed to practice in its own backyard what it has vigourously preached to the outside world. So far, the U.N’s …

2013 World Happiness Report

Jay Owen Beyond GDP

There is now a rising worldwide demand that policy be more closely aligned with what really matters to people as they themselves characterize their lives. More and more world leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and British Prime Minister David Cameron, are talking about the …

Other News: United Nations Still Popular in Most Countries

Jay Owen SRI/ESG News, Global Citizen

   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. …

UN CONVENES MEETING ON ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Jay Owen Green Prosperity

UN CONVENES MEETING ON ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT New York, May 13 2013  6:00PM Senior United Nations officials, policymakers, civil society representatives and other stakeholders gathered today at UN Headquarters in New York for a special Economic and Social Council forum on mobilizing science, technology and …

G20 Communiqué Hits Some Priorities, Misses Others

kristy Reforming Global Finance

G20 Communiqué Hits Some Priorities, Misses Others June 21, 2012 By Nick Mathiason Nick Mathiason is the Assistant Communications Director of the Task Force, and also works as a business correspondent at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He was previously Business Correspondent at the Guardian and Observer newspapers for 10 …

Youth blast Rio+20 deal as ‘pathetic’

kristy Global Citizen

Youth blast Rio+20 deal as ‘pathetic’ Sat, 23 Jun 2012 03:24 GMT Source: alertnet // Roli Mahajan Youth display the American flag, with symbols of multinational brands to protest against current economic policy, during the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro on June 21, 2012. …

New Arctic Forests Pose Climate Change Problems

kristy Earth Systems Science

WHAT WE’RE FOLLOWING New Arctic Forests Pose Climate Change Problems Bringing forests back has long been though to help combat climate change. Trees absorb the most common greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, helping to pull the heat-trapping gas from the atmosphere, the logic goes. This is why forests are usually expected …

Invitation – June 20, 17.00 – Rio+20 Official Side Event “Sustainable Development in an Unequal World”

kristy Green Prosperity

Dear Colleague: It is a pleasure for us to invite you to the Official Side Event “Sustainable Development in an Unequal World” that will take place on Wednesday 20th of June at 17.00 at the RioCentro Room T4. During this discussion, world leaders past and present will speak of the …