Rising Waters and Public Awareness, by Susan Israel
22 September 2017, Newton, Massachusetts – Will the recent hurricanes, heat waves and fires in the United States and Caribbean finally serve as the call to action for which we have been waiting? 70% of Americans understand that climate change is happening and that it will harm future generations of humans, animals and plants, about 53% accept it is anthropogenic, and yet only 40% believe that it will affect them personally (data from Yale Climate opinion Maps, 2016: http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/visualizations-data/ycom-us-2016/. This lack of personal urgency leads to inaction. The problem of perceived risk seems to be largely an American problem, rooted in cultural outlook, misinformation campaigns and politics. In other words, it is an emotional, cultural and communications problem, not a data problem. We have plenty of data. People don’t seem to respond to data, and when they do, they become overwhelmed, hopeless and apathetic in the face of something so big they cannot conceive of personally impacting it. So how do we reach out, convey the risks of climate change, and mobilize people to act in whatever ways they can? Read More
2 August 2017, New York – Innovation and entrepreneurship are no longer just buzzwords for the private sector. They have been utilized by the public sector, large international organizations like the United Nations, and numerous NGOs. Earlier this year, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres even stated that “without innovation, there is no way we can overcome the challenges of our time”.
For Small Island Developing States and their unique challenges, including vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters, innovation and entrepreneurship are essential ingredients for economic growth and achieving the other elements of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Read More
10 July 2017, New York – Article by Swimsol GmbH
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) face numerous challenges in their struggle towards a sustainable future. Currently, SIDS are still heavily dependent on fossil fuel imports and rely strongly on diesel for their electricity production. This is not only environmentally damaging, but, perhaps even more important for the local population, it is also one of the most expensive forms of electrical energy. Read More
7 June 2017, New York – On the third day of the 2017 Ocean Conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, global business leaders gathered at a side event to emphasize the private sector’s role in saving our oceans. The side event, titled The Ocean Business Community: Partnering for Implementation of SDG 14, was co-hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce, the World Ocean Council, and the United Nations Global Compact. Read More
The second annual Global Multi-stakeholder Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Partnership Dialogue will take place on 7 June 2017, 1.15-2.30 PM in ECOSOC Chamber, organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and the Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) in consultation with the Steering Committee on Partnerships for SIDS, co-chaired by Maldives and Italy.
New York, 28 April 2017 – This month has seen a renewed focus on the private sector’s role in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
On April 5th, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) hosted a Global Forum on Development in Paris with the expressed purpose to “optimise the private sector’s role in advancing sustainable development”. The United Nations (UN) facilitated a one-day SDG Financing Lab at its headquarters in New York on April 18th; one aim of the Lab was to increase awareness of “the significant business opportunities provided by the SDGs”. Most recently, on April 20th, at the World Bank Group (WBG) Spring Meeting in Washington, DC, a session on Implementing The 2030 Agenda called on the WBG “to scale up its financing mobilisation efforts from both public and private sources”. Read More
New York, 21 April 2017 – IUCN Oceania’s Energy, Ecosystems and Sustainable Livelihoods Initiative (EESLI) has been funding renewable energy and energy efficiency development in 14 Pacific Island Countries through a multilateral agreement with the Governments of Austria, Italy, Luxembourg, and Spain since 2008. The Energy Small Grants Programme will provide funding of up to US$20,000 for renewable energy & energy efficiency based projects in any of the participating countries, which currently include Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Read More
New York, 2 February 2017 – For private sector interested in attending or learning more about The Ocean Conference, the Global Compact will be conducting a webinar on March 8th, 2017 at 10AM EST entitled: Conservation and Sustainable Use of Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources: Business Advancing the Implementation of SDG 14. The webinar will provide participants with an update on the process leading to The Ocean Conference and will highlight opportunities for private sector stakeholders to participate and contribute to this global effort for the implementation of SDG 14. For more information and to register for the webinar, click here. Read More
New York, 2 February 2017 – Article by Diego Acevedo, Co-Founder, Bluerise
Due to their small scale, most tropical islands suffer from high energy costs related to the import of liquid fuels, such as diesel or heavy fuel oil. With conventional electricity costs often ranging well above 20 to 50 U.S. cents per kilowatt-hour, these countries would benefit from the more rapid implementation of sustainable energy alternatives. Read More