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$7.7m UPS grant promotes initiatives to empower women, girls

Eduardo Martinez

The UPS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of UPS, has announced that it will award more than $7.7 million in global diversity and inclusion grants to 39 organisations. The grants will support economic empowerment, initiatives to empower women and girls, and, workplace inclusion. “We are proud to partner with organisations that are innovating and making measurable impacts on the lives of ...

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Bonn Challenge: Chad commits to restore 5m hectares of degraded land

Bonn Challenge Chad

Chad has pledged to restore five million hectares by 2030 as part of the Bonn Challenge. The commitment was made at the recently held Southern Africa (SADC+) Bonn Challenge Ministerial Roundtable, organised by the Malawi Department of Forestry and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Chad’s pledge brings the total hectares pledged to the Bonn Challenge to ...

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Bolivia urged to free former envoys, halt dam projects

Pablo Solón and Rafael Archondo

The Government of Bolivia comes under international pressure to drop charges against Pablo Solón and Rafael Archondo, and stop the El Bala and Chepete dams More than 70 organisations and 700 people from over 50 countries have called on the Bolivian government to drop what is widely believed to be false charges against its former UN representatives, Pablo Solón and ...

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IUCN supports global treaty to recognise fundamental environmental rights

Ban Ki-moon

A preliminary draft of a “Global Pact for the Environment” – which aims to serve as a basis for a new UN treaty to define fundamental environmental rights – was recently launched at a high-level event in Paris, with the backing of French President Emmanuel Macron, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and IUCN President, Zhang Xinsheng. The Pact synthesises fundamental ...

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UPS commits to more alternative vehicles, fuel, renewable power by 2025

UPS Propane Powered Package Car

UPS has announced aggressive new sustainability goals to add more alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles to its fleet while increasing its reliance on renewable energy sources. The goals, available in the company’s 2016 Corporate Sustainability Report, support UPS’s commitment to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from global ground operations 12 percent by 2025, a goal developed using a ...

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UN urges accelerated efforts to achieve SDGs

António Guterres

If the world is to eradicate poverty, address climate change and build peaceful, inclusive societies for all by 2030, greater efforts are needed to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a United Nations report presented on Monday, July 17, 2017 by Secretary-General António Guterres. “Implementation has begun, but the clock is ticking,” stated Mr. Guterres. “This report shows ...

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Ogun steps up measures to stem flooding


In the wake of the recent predictions by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) and Nigerian Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA) that enlisted Ogun among the states to experience above-normal rainfall this year, the state government has put in place necessary measures to stem impending flood disaster. Director, Ogun State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr. Sakirulah Adebakin, through the Head of the ...

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GCF broadens global reach with Conservation International agreement

Howard Bamsey

The Green Climate Fund has signed an Accreditation Master Agreement with Conservation International, broadening the Fund’s global reach to support climate action. Conservation International, an international non-profit organisation and GCF Accredited Entity, is helping to protect nature and encourage sustainable development in over 30 countries across six continents. Accreditation Master Agreements are critical as they deepen ties between GCF and ...

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ACCGhana2017: Africa seeks to translate waste management desires to action

Alexander Akhigbe

The aim of the recently held African Clean Up Conference was to march up with action the desires of the convener of the conference, African Clean Up Initiative, for Africans to begin to take responsibility in solving their environmental challenges in both indigenous and creative ways. Held from Friday, July 8 to Saturday, July 9 2017, the forum was the ...

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Standard to measure progress toward SDGs, climate targets launched

Marion Verles

Gold Standard on Monday, July 10, 2017 launched Gold Standard for the Global Goals, a new standard to quantify, certify and maximise the contributions of climate and development interventions toward the Paris Climate Agreement and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The standard is set to help those who fund life-changing climate and development projects around the world – ...

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