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Green bonds: Italy lays out roadmap for increasing flows of sustainable finance

Italy faces a strategic opportunity to harness its financial system for sustainable development, according to “Financing the Future”, a new report released last week by Italy’s Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea (MATTM) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The report is the result of a year-long national dialogue on greening Italy’s financial system, which received inputs from over 100 experts ...

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World Desertification Day: Campaign to invest in degraded lands underway
Monique Barbut

“Our land. Our home. Our Future,” is the rallying call for this year’s celebration of the World Day to Combat Desertification on 17 June 2017. The slogan draws global attention to the central role productive land can play in turning the growing tide of migrants abandoning unproductive land into communities and nations that are stable, secure and sustainable, into the ...

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How sustainable tourism can make world cleaner, greener

Whether it is a chic, zero-emission hotel in Milan where toiletries are 99 per cent biodegradable, or Gaansbai in South Africa, where conservation of native flora and fauna is a community-wide priority, sustainable tourism is growing fast across the globe. It is a tribute to the myriad entrepreneurs, companies, creative individuals and communities that the United Nations is marking 2017 ...

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Group calls for closure of 26 mines in the Philippines

Kalikasan PNE, a member organisation of the Yes to Life, No to Mining (YLNM) network, is calling on the Philippine Department for Environment and Natural Resources to close 21 and suspend five large-scale mines as part of a major effort to tackle predatory extractivism in the Philippines. The mining companies should pay for the damage they have caused, says Kalikasan. Environmental activist group, Kalikasan People’s ...

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World Bank completes Benue infrastructure projects

Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly, Terkimbi Ikyange (Ushongo/APC), has acknowledged the contributions of Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) to the development of rural communities in the state. Making this acknowledgement against the backdrop of the completion and inauguration of seven World Bank assisted projects spread across seven council wards in Ushongo Local Government Area on Wednesday, February 1 2017, ...

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Banks, investors back sustainable finance under UNEP initiative
Michel Sapin

Nearly 20 leading global banks and investors, totaling $6.6 trillion in assets, on Monday, 30 January 2017 in Paris, France launched the Principles for Positive Impact Finance – a first-of-its-kind set of criteria for investments to be considered sustainable. “The Principles are a timely initiative from the finance sector. They demonstrate the willingness of financial institutions to go beyond current ...

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Dakota Access Pipeline: Presidential Order may impact human, treaty rights violations

The International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) has expressed it support to the statement by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST) rejecting last week’s United States (US) President’s Executive Order and Presidential Memorandum to expedite the review and approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and other pipelines. The President’s Memorandums call for the elimination of obstacles to the construction of the DAPL ...

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Dakota Access Pipeline: UN, Indian council visit Standing Rock
Pavel Sulyandziga

On Friday, January 20th 2017, Pavel Sulyandziga, Chairman of the United Nations (UN) Working Group on the issue of Human Rights, Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises and Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild, member of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples were scheduled to arrive in North Dakota, USA at the invitation of Standing Rock Sioux Tribal ...

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Environment dominates Davos 2017 talks

Environment related issues such as climate change and sustainable development rank high on the agenda at World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week. According to the World Economic Forum 2017 Global Risks Report released in time for the meeting, the environment dominates the 2017 global risk landscape in terms of impact and likelihood. Extreme weather events, large natural disasters and failure ...

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Women, youth targeted in Oyo aquamarine mining forum

Local women and youth in Olode community in Oyo State are to be empowered on aquamarine mining, under a programme aimed at ensuring that indigenous persons reasonably benefit from locally existing natural resources. At a day-long forum organised by the Conservative Environmental Growth and Development Centre (CEGDEC) in support of Australian Aid, the local peoples’ capacity will be built through ...

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