Liberating the “Untouchables”

    By Jose kalathil kalathil.jose@gmail.com    . As the world celebrated the Toilet Day on 19 November, the world’s 2.3 billion people did not have reason to be merry, as they lacked private toilets. In India, they number 774 million. Among them, according to government, 11,000 are engaged in the centuries-old practice of physically removing human excrement from ‘dry’ […]

Sustainable Development Goals

One of the main outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference was the agreement by member States to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals and converge with the post 2015 development agenda (click here for information on different work streams). It was decided […]

#UN Secretary-General’s Initiative Aims to Strengthen #Climate Resilience of the World’s Most Vulnerable Countries and People

Focus on early warning-early action systems, insurance, and increasing investment in bid to accelerate climate resilience efforts A new initiative to build climate resilience in the world’s most vulnerable countries was launched today by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and 13 members within the UN system at COP21, the Paris Climate Conference.  The new initiative will […]

Report: #China’s green transformation holds key to @COP21 success: but what will #India do?

China’s commitment to climate change and low-carbon development is a major reason why the UN climate summit in Paris is likely to succeed, a report concludes. But another finds that questions remain about India’s carbon heavy development plans. [1] The first report, by chinadialogue and the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit, concludes that one of […]

#COP21 Lima-Paris Action Agenda Focus on #Forests

The LPAA Focus event on Forests will serve as a stepping stone for future ambitious climate action on forests. Building on the New York Declaration on Forests launched during the Climate Summit in September 2014, it will showcase transformational examples at national and subnational level to make forests and their protection a core element of […]

$248 USD million pledged to GEF climate fund for most vulnerable countries

New financing for Least Developed Countries Fund sends strong signal of commitment as Paris talks get underway Eleven donors have pledged close to $250 USD million in new money for adaptation support to the most vulnerable countries on the planet giving a welcome boost to the start of the climate talks here in Paris. Canada, […]

Paris #ClimateChange Conference opens with unprecedented call by governments and businesses to end fossil fuel subsidies

An unprecedented coalition of close to 40 governments, hundreds of businesses and influential international organisations has called today for accelerated action to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, a move that would help bridge the gap to keep global temperature rise below 2°C. On the opening day of the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21), New […]

‘Whole System’ Approach Needed to Cut #Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Experts Say at Climate Meeting

Appropriate Management of Natural Resources at Centre of Solutions to Climate Change, Says International Resource Panel Decoupling economic growth from escalating resource use should be an integral part of climate policy, according to a group of the world’s most renowned natural resources scientists.  As nations gathered at COP21 in Paris for their first day of […]

Cartas de Federico Mayor Zaragoza al Presidente Barack Obama y a las ONG de las Naciones Unidas

Ante procesos potencialmente irreversibles no caben aplazamientos: en cuestiones de medio ambiente y de dignidad humana pueden alcanzarse puntos de no retorno. Sería una irresponsabilidad histórica permitir que la habitabilidad de la Tierra se deteriorara. Y no remediar el drama humano de los refugiados e inmigrantes. Y no detener la locura del llamado Estado Islámico. […]

¿Qué sabe el pez…?

Néstor es un joven ambicioso de veinticinco años que acaba de terminar su brillante carrera de arquitectura en Madrid y, acostumbrado a buscarse la vida y llenarla de diversión y placeres, empieza a descubrir que no todo es cómo se lo habían contado. Las circunstancias que le rodean comienzan a dar giros inesperados. Aparecen personas […]

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