June 8th, 2012 (via businessgreen.com) Almost 7,000 companies have signed up to a UN-backed commitment to integrate sustainability into their business models ahead of the the Rio+20 climate summit later this month.
The organisation this week unveiled a new report showing a 54 per cent growth in the number of new companies voluntarily committing to its Global Compact compared to 2010, with 1,861 new signatures in 2011. Continue Reading >>
June 7th, 2012 (via: guardian.co.uk) The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, expressed cautious optimism that the upcoming Rio+20 conference will result in a “once in a generation” blueprint for global sustainable development.
May 29, 2012 – (via Al Jazeera) Last week in Bonn, Germany, where the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat is located, diplomats from member states were negotiating to prepare a workable legal document for the next annual meeting of the Climate Change Conference. Continue reading>>
May 28, 2012 – (via AlertNet) Think of Rio+20 as the hothouse to grow the green ideas and values humanity needs to thrive in the 21st century.No one is expecting, or even wants, a big new international treaty on sustainable development said Manish Bapna, interim president of the World Resources Institute, a global environmental think tank based in Washington, D.C. Continue reading>>
May 15, 2012 – (via Environmental Finance) Sustainable development talks at next month’s Rio+20 summit are set to be “very helpful” for the UN climate change negotiations, said Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Continue reading>>
May 14, 2012 – By Wolfgang Weinmann, Head of Impact and Sustainability at Cafedirect – We’re often reminded that climate change is one of the biggest challenges we face globally today. And yet sometimes we can get lost in the overwhelming scale of the problem. But, if like me, one of the highlights of your day is a great cup of coffee, then the challenges of those affected by climate change now directly affects you.
An incredible 75% of the world’s coffee is grown by smallholder farmers with tiny plots of land, and at Cafédirect we are seeing first hand that these farmers is at risk from the effects of climate change, their livelihoods and the quality coffee supply is increasingly under threat.
So today we are launching our Coffee Climate Crisis report and video, which tells of a groundbreaking project and the remarkable story of the CEPICAFE coffee farmers’ co-operative in northern Peru.
We had to find a solution that would help and enable the producers to tackle climate change themselves, and make a lasting difference. As you will read in the pages that follow, it wasn’t an easy task. But we think the results speak for themselves
But we cannot do this alone – everyone who is passionate about coffee can do their bit. You really can make a huge difference by buying responsible brands that are investing in the future of smallholder coffee farmers and therefore the future of our daily cup of coffee.
For further details on the campaign please visit – www.cafedirect.co.uk
May 10, 2012 – (via Business Standard) Countries in Asia and the Pacific are at a crossroads and must strike a balance between rising prosperity and rising emissions as their success or failure will have repercussions worldwide, the United Nations Development Programme has said in a new report.
“The Asia-Pacific region must continue to grow economically to lift millions out of poverty, but it must also respond to climate change to survive. Growing first and cleaning up later is no longer an option,” says the Asia-Pacific Human Development Report 2012–One Planet to Share: Sustaining Human Progress in a changing Climate. Continue reading>> or read the report here.
May 1, 2012 – (via the Global and Mail) China is outpacing Canada in determination to tackle climate change and rein in greenhouse gas emissions, says Maurice Strong, a long-time environmentalist and secretary-general of the first global Earth Summit 20 years ago. Continue reading>>