#Uniting4Climate: Uniting for Climate Action at COP23

Join the call for unity in the lead up to and through COP23. We are uniting for climate action. Share your stories, events and messages with #Uniting4Climate. Overview World Bank’s Global Partnership Program, Connect4Climate is joining the Government of the Republic of Fiji’s incoming Presidency of COP23 in collaboration with Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation […]

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New solutions platform puts African innovation on the world map

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The new Global Opportunity Explorer exhibits hundreds of cutting-edge solutions for reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and a good share of them arise from the African continent. Now you can help expand the pool of African innovations on the platform by contributing solutions. Last month, Sustainia launched the Global Opportunity Explorer – a global […]

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Together We’re Cutting Climate and Disaster Risks

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It’s a simple fact that as we continue to pump record levels of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere we are ramping up disaster risk around the globe now and for generations to come. It goes with the sobering reality of warming and rising seas and widespread changes in the Earth’s systems that are influencing […]

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New study identifies microplastics in textiles and tyres as major source of ocean pollution

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A new IUCN report has identified tiny plastic particles called microplastics that are washed off products such as synthetic clothes and car tyres as being capable of contributing up to 30% of the ‘plastic soup’ polluting the world’s oceans. In more industrialised countries, this type of microplastics could be a bigger source of marine plastic pollution than plastic […]

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Kenya commits to ban plastic bags

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The Government of Kenya has announced a ban on the use, manufacture and import of all plastic bags, to take effect in six months. This commitment to reduce plastic waste through banning plastic bags, sets Kenya apart for their environmental leadership among African countries. This announcement comes just three weeks after the UN declared a […]

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UN launches global #CleanSeas campaign to end marine litter

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The UN has launched a major global #CleanSeas campaign to eliminate sources of marine litter including microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022. Launched at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali, the #CleanSeas campaign is urging governments to pass plastic reduction policies; targeting industry to minimize plastic packaging […]

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New Climate Reality to Guide Ocean & Reef Conservation

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The new climate reality and predictions of the world’s coral reefs will need to guide and inform ocean and reef conservation, and innovative urgent action is needed to avoid the destruction and breakdown of marine ecosystems that are vital to our daily lives and sustained future. New climate model projections of the world’s coral reefs reveal […]

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Global Festival of Ideas launches SDG Action Campaign

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The inaugural Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development has convened thought leaders, policy-makers, business leaders and civil society activists in Germany this month to chart new thinking and action on the world’s biggest development challenges. The Global Festival of Ideas officially launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) action campaign at the event – showcasing the latest innovations, tools […]

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Two African leaders named 2016 Champions of the Earth

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Two inspirational African environmental leaders are among the six recipients of the 2016 Champions of the Earth award. H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, received this top environmental accolade for his outstanding policy leadership outstanding in fighting climate change and in national environmental action. Masen – the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, received its award for its entrepreneurial vision […]

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Paris Agreement Enters into Force – Celebration and Reality Check

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Humanity will look back on November 4, 2016, as the day that countries of the world shut the door on inevitable climate disaster and set off with determination towards a sustainable future. The Paris Climate Change Agreement – the result of the most complex, comprehensive and critical international climate negotiation ever attempted – came into […]

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