FAO launches new Climate-Smart Agriculture web platform

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The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has produced a new online sourcebook for how to implement “climate-smart” approaches to agriculture, launched at the UNFCCC’s COP23 climate summit in Bonn this month. “Hunger, poverty, and climate can be tackled together through approaches such as Climate-Smart Agriculture that recognize the critical linkages between sustainable agriculture and […]

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Volvo Ocean Race Team to Turn the Tide on Plastic

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Each year, teams compete in the world’s longest and toughest professional sporting event and arguably sailing’s toughest team challenge – the Volvo Ocean race. This year, one team “Turn the Tide on Plastic’, will be racing to raise awareness on the growing threat of marine plastic in the world’s oceans. This team is also the youngest and only mixed […]

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African Ministers Announce New Commitment to Sustainability

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This month, Ministers from 12 African countries have announced a new commitment to sustainability during a meeting marking the fifth anniversary of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA). The meeting also served to formally welcome Madagascar as a new signatory to the GDSA.   The GDSA is an African-led initiative that puts sustainability […]

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South-South knowledge-sharing crucial for ending poverty and achieving the global goals

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At the second annual Global Goals Week in New York this year, the Republic of Uganda and UNDP convened a special event to look at a critical issue on the path to a more equitable future – that of transferring tested solutions and knowledge to other countries in support of their own national priorities. Global […]

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World’s First Augmented Reality Wildlife Photographer of the Year Announced

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A world-first, augmented reality (AR) photo competition using Safari Central, a gaming app encouraging wildlife conservation, has resulted in hundreds of submissions from smartphone users worldwide resulting in the selection of contest winner, Richard Gudz from Pennsylvania in the United States of America. A panel of celebrity judges (wildlife photographer Paul Goldstein, activist and writer […]

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Africa’s Watershed Moment: Better Water Management is the Key to Sustainable Development, says new report

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A new report commissioned by WWF – Africa’s Watershed Moment: How better water management can underpin Africa’s development – highlights how the management of water is fundamental to sustainable development across the continent. With demand for water in Africa set to increase dramatically as populations, cities and economies expand, this report calls on decision makers to prioritize […]

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#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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