Environment – weitzenegger.de http://www.weitzenegger.de/content Sustainable Development Solutions Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:52:54 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 https://i0.wp.com/www.weitzenegger.de/content/wp-content/uploads/kwlogoSDG100.gif?fit=32%2C32 Environment – weitzenegger.de http://www.weitzenegger.de/content 32 32 36945952 #CrossroadsBonn Conference explores connections between climate change and a just world http://www.weitzenegger.de/content/?p=30073 Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:55:20 +0000 http://www.weitzenegger.de/content/?p=30073 A ten-point memorandum entitled “The Climate – Justice – Cooperation Nexus: 10 Cornerstones of the Great Transformation towards Sustainability” was presented as the outcome of the conference. This memorandum defines key global challenges for the coming years and calls upon state and non-governmental actors to accelerate their efforts to tackle]]>

A ten-point memorandum entitled “The Climate – Justice – Cooperation Nexus: 10 Cornerstones of the Great Transformation towards Sustainability” was presented as the outcome of the conference. This memorandum defines key global challenges for the coming years and calls upon state and non-governmental actors to accelerate their efforts to tackle climate change.

Human wellbeing, peace, security, and the stability of the Earth system are at a crossroads

At this year’s climate conference in Bonn the world finds itself at a crossroads. The talks will no longer be about a mere reduction of greenhouse gases, but will have to discuss a socially responsible decarbonisation of the world economy and a new dynamic of global cooperation in the face of nationalism and xenophobia.

On Monday, 6 November, the highly anticipated 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) starts in Bonn. Just before the summit opens its doors for delegates and guests from around the world, the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) are hosting a two-day dialogue conference (http://www.crossroadsbonn.org) back-to-back with COP23 bringing together politics, economy, civil society, academia, artists and the media.

The #CrossroadsBonn Conference was held on 4-5 November 2017 in Bonn, back to back with COP23. We need a new culture of global cooperation, substantiated by mutual respect and support, to make the transformation towards sustainability a reality. This is the main message we want to develop and feed into the climate negotiations.

Karsten Weitzenegger takes part for SID to cover the topics from a practitioner’s viewpoint in search for applicable sustainable development solutions.

Humanity has a clear choice: Will we let this unique opportunity for a global transformation towards sustainability slip through our hands, or will we take action towards ensuring a future in which we live within our planetary boundaries?

Some Weblinks on the Climate Conference in Bonn

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World leaders look for ways to spark a new green revolution #PAGEBerlin http://www.weitzenegger.de/content/?p=29085 Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:57:18 +0000 http://www.weitzenegger.de/content/?p=29085 Leading economists, CEOs, ministers, heads of UN agencies and high-level representatives from nongovernmental organizations meet in Berlin to boost the green economy and set a path to the 2030 Agenda. Countries have donated close to €15 million so far while Uruguay and Guyana have joined the Partnership for Action on]]>

Leading economists, CEOs, ministers, heads of UN agencies and high-level representatives from nongovernmental organizations meet in Berlin to boost the green economy and set a path to the 2030 Agenda. Countries have donated close to €15 million so far while Uruguay and Guyana have joined the Partnership for Action on Green Economy.
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BERLIN (ILO News) – Around 40 ministers, CEOs, high-level representatives of UN agencies, nongovernmental organizations and trade unions as well as more than 300 sustainable development experts meet for the second global forum on green economy on 27-28 March here. They are joined by renowned economists, including Jeffrey Sachs and Pavan Sukhdev, to explore ways of fighting inequalities and environmental degradation, based on the transformational goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development .

During the two-day event, they will discuss the root economic causes of the growing exploitation of natural resources, climate change and pollution. They will also look at the increasing inequalities which are giving rise to radical populism in many parts of the world.

The second conference of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy  – an alliance of five UN agencies and 11 countries – is being hosted by the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.

“We don’t have to choose between a healthy environment and a healthy economy: we can have both,” said UN Environment head, Erik Solheim. “Regardless of current politics, the irreversible global trend is to make our economies cleaner, fairer and more stable. What we need now is a great acceleration – a new green revolution – to make sure we achieve inclusive green economy while there is still enough green to go around.”

“The Sustainable Development Goals will not become a reality until they are powered by decisive action of both governments and private companies, said Barbara Hendricks, Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany.

“Our current economic practices are destroying our planet and hence the resources on which our lives depend. We have already exceeded several planetary boundaries. Climate change is the most obvious sign that things are getting out of hand.

“The time has come to reconsider our economic practices and our lifestyles. We need a different kind of growth – one which does not create social divides and which respects the planetary boundaries. Only real change can make the national economy of every country more sustainable and resilient.”

“The concept of sustainability is a powerful tool, which takes into consideration the economic, social and environmental dimensions,” said Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs of South Africa. “Economies or economic growth will have to be socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.

“South Africa is currently implementing programmes to promote energy efficiency, green transport, sustainable housing and climate resilient agriculture. Significant investments have already been made in different sectors – notably in the energy sector.”

New funds, new members

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy, hosted by UN Environment, is set to step up its support for developing countries, thanks to new donations announced at the conference. Contributions from the European Commission, Germany, Finland, Republic of Korea, Norway and Sweden will add close to €15 million to the Partnership’s budget.

The Partnership has been further enriched by welcoming two new member countries in its ranks: Uruguay and Guyana. Both states have shown unparalleled leadership on inclusive green economy by including green goals and targets into their national and local development and climate action plans.

Inclusive Wealth Index

UN Environment will release later this year its bi-annual Inclusive Wealth Report, which measures the wealth of nations in terms of progress, well-being and long-term sustainability. Going beyond conventional measures of economic performance such as Gross Domestic Product, the Inclusive Wealth Index takes into account all the assets that contribute to human well-being, including manufactured, human and natural capital.

A preview of the report, unveiled in Berlin, finds that between 1990 and 2014, more than 75 per cent of the 202 countries analyzed are depleting or barely maintaining their natural capital. It means that less than one quarter of the world’s countries have managed to increase the value of their agriculture, land, forest resources, fossil fuels, minerals and fisheries. The preview concludes that countries are drawing down their natural wealth to create short term gains in GDP.

Virtual Solutions Centre for Green Growth

Also in Berlin, the Green Growth Knowledge Platform is launching the Virtual Policy Solutions Centre which builds on two new tools: the Best Practices Database and the Green Growth Expert Connect. It is generously supported by the Governments of Germany and Switzerland, as well as the Partnership for Action on Green Economy, and will provide policy makers with direct access to the world’s leading green economy experts and over 150 case studies and best practices on how to ensure a stable, equitable and green growth.

About the Partnership for Action on Green Economy

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)  was launched in 2013 at the Rio+20 Conference in response to the call to support those countries wishing to embark on greener and more inclusive growth trajectories. PAGE seeks to put sustainability at the heart of economic policies and practices to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and supports nations and regions in reframing economic policies and practices around sustainability to foster economic growth, create income and jobs, reduce poverty and inequality, and strengthen the ecological foundations of their economies.

PAGE brings together five UN agencies – UN Environment , International Labour Organization , UN Development Programme , UN Industrial Development Organization , and UN Institute for Training and Research  – whose mandates, expertise and networks combined can offer integrated and holistic support to countries on inclusive green economy, ensuring coherence and avoiding duplication. PAGE represents a mechanism to coordinate UN action on green economy and to assist countries in achieving and monitoring the emerging Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 8 : “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.”

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The Great Investment Turnaround: how to finance a sustainable world economy http://www.weitzenegger.de/content/?p=28925 Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:08:09 +0000 http://www.weitzenegger.de/content/?p=28925 Berlin, 07/20/2016 – Banks and insurers can play a crucial part in stabilizing the climate, while at the same time safeguarding their clients’ assets. Leading representatives of finance and climate research will discuss the best strategies for a turnaround in investing this Thursday in Berlin. The event is hosted by]]>

Berlin, 07/20/2016 – Banks and insurers can play a crucial part in stabilizing the climate, while at the same time safeguarding their clients’ assets. Leading representatives of finance and climate research will discuss the best strategies for a turnaround in investing this Thursday in Berlin. The event is hosted by the Swiss global bank UBS, the French multinational insurance firm AXA, CDP, the European innovation initiative Climate-KIC, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Divestment – the diversion of capital from fossil fuel industries to green innovation and sustainable businesses – is a new approach to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, which could turn out to be a global “game changer”.

The Great Investment Turnaround: how to finance a sustainable world economy

Already today, investments of billions of Euros are being redirected. Pioneered by students of wealthy US universities, divestment has reached financial big shots like Allianz by now: the financial services company announced its intention to divest from its assets in coal mining. The foundation of the legendary US oil dynasty Rockefeller plans to divest their funds from the fossil fuel industry as well.

“The risks of climate change affect everyone and everything. When the finance sector now divests billions from the fossil business, this does not only reflect a moral responsibility but also makes good business sense,” says PIK director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, co-initiator of the conference. “While weather extremes increase already, many of the biggest climate impacts, like the consequences of sea-level rise, will become perceptible only after it would be too late to act. Therefore it is important for the finance sector to recognize the warnings of science and to ramp up sustainable investments as soon as possible. The Paris Agreement substantiates that the nations of the world aim at reaching zero emissions by 2050. This means we are now in year one of the Great Transformation. Whoever still invests in coal and oil will not only damage the environment, but eventually also lose a lot of money.”

“Recognize the possible economic and social impacts of climate change”

„As a global bank it is of major importance to recognize the possible economic and social impacts of climate change, in order to better prepare us and our clients,” says Axel Weber, Chairman of the Board of Directors of UBS Group AG. “The financial sector is working hard to lay the foundations for filling gaps in financing climate action and to support nations in delivering on their corresponding commitments. We aim for a sensible long-term allocation of capital that is congruent with a low-carbon economy.”

Christian Thimann, Global Head of Strategy, Sustainability, and Public Affairs at AXA Group and Vice-Chair of the FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure, says: “Finance has an important role in addressing climate change, because it steers long-term investment. Investors need to understand how companies address climate change in their strategies, which goes well beyond the current carbon footprint. Under the mandate of the G20 and the Financial Stability Board, the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure seeks to develop consistent voluntary disclosures by companies and enhance investor understanding of climate-related business risks and opportunities. Such disclosures and better investor understanding will foster implementation of the COP21 agreement.”

„Divestment is one of the most potent signals of investor discontent”

Susan Dreyer, CDP Country Director Germany, Austria, Switzerland adds: „Divestment is one of the most potent signals of investor discontent and can be a valuable method to manage portfolio risk, given climate risks are becoming more urgent every day. Having built a platform for transparent and comparable climate strategies, into which 5600 companies worldwide are voluntary reporting today, CDP knows of the impact investor engagement can unfold. Shareholder resolutions or setting joint reduction targets are good examples. And yet, the clear signal from both civil society and investors that fossil based business models do not have a future in the decarbonized world of 2050, is helpful and needed.”

Among the distinguished speakers are also Rainer Baake, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Laurence Tubiana, French Ambassador for international climate negotiations at COP 21, Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and high-ranking finance representatives, from the major bank HSBC to Union Investment, from the central bank of the Netherlands to the French Ministry of Finance.

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Planet Earth now has a timeline. Friend request sent. http://www.weitzenegger.de/content/?p=27561 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 10:46:10 +0000 http://weitzenegger.wordpress.com/?p=680 What would Planet Earth post about humans on its profile? The Earth fast forwards through a virtual relationship with humans — but soon starts to ask itself whether it wants to be friends with a species that exploits its national resources.

The conclusion is reassuring: yes, it does, because humans are making every effort to preserve the planet. Science and research are an important part of these efforts.

What do you think about it?

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