Day: September 23, 2021

Innovation Emerges in Unlikely Quarters at Climate Week Today

When it comes to cutting carbon, today’s Climate Week talks showed that creativity can come from unlikely places.    Take South Africa’s Western Cape. Along with its stunning scenery come cataclysmic climate impacts, owing to the region’s location at the nexus of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.     As a result, the region, which is …

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Climate Week Speakers Say Cities Must Respond to Poverty

Cities are grappling with how to address the growing impacts of climate change. Two panels at Climate Week NYC took a broad view of what those impacts are and urged cities to abandon their siloed mindset about construction to focus on practices that address poverty and sustainability simultaneously. To do this, cities will need to …

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Day 3 of UN Week Spotlights Emerging Trends, Innovations, and Calls to Action

At the midpoint of UN Week, the exhortations to individuals to step up to make change in the world grew. The first day of the SDG Action Zone was ostensibly about health but included a broader message about the need for every person to act to make change. We were particularly inspired by Valentina Muñoz …

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The Durban Declaration 20 Years Later: New Calls for Reparations

“Racism lives on because we allow it to,” said President of the UN General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, in his opening remarks at yesterday’s high-level meeting  which focused on the theme of “Reparations, racial justice, and equality for people of African descent.” Twenty years ago, during the World Conference against Racism, held in Durban, South Africa, …

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Finding New Ways to Measure Women’s Health For Better Policy

Women have been disproportionately affected by the ravages of the global pandemic. Yet COVID-19 has also served to highlight health, including women’s health to an unprecedented degree. This week at the UN General Assembly, we heard how both the private and public sectors are finding new ways to gather accurate information about the state of …

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