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- Faith Pavilion Adds Spiritual Dimension to Climate Crisis ResolutionFor the first time at COP28, faith has a pavilion alongside science, technology, nations, and philanthropy, allowing religious leaders from all over the world to discuss the potential for using spiritual merits to protect the earth from climate change. Syed Salman Chishty, representing India’s largest spiritual shrine, Ajmer Sharief, gave… Read more »
- Combating Corruption to Address the Triple Planetary CrisesThe triple planetary crisis of climate crisis, biodiversity loss, and pollution is a threat to the well-being and survival of millions of people around the world. Corruption, in its many forms, worsens these multiple crises. From illegal logging and wildlife trafficking to bribery in environmental permits, to lax enforcement of… Read more »
- COP28: Climate Migrants’ Rights, Risk-based Labor Polices Under the SpotlightWith COP23 underway, researchers and activists are pointing at the plight of climate migrants. On November 30, a few hours before the COP23 was officially inaugurated, long, serpentine queues could be seen outside Expo 2020, the venue of the COP23. Standing under the blazing sun, besides delegates and media personnel,… Read more »
- Revolutionizing the Building Sector for Sustainable, Resilient CitiesIn the spirit of global cooperation and environmental commitment, COP 28 launched a groundbreaking initiative aimed at transforming the building and construction sectors. Titled ‘Buildings and Construction for Sustainable Cities: New Key Partnerships for Decarbonization, Adaptation, and Resilience,’ the initiative marks a turning point in addressing the environmental challenges posed… Read more »
- Civilian Deaths in Gaza a Stain on Israel and its AlliesThe pulverising of Gaza now ranks amongst the worst assaults on any civilian population in our time and age. Each day we see more dead children and new depths of suffering for innocent people enduring this hell. Across the Gaza Strip, almost the entire population – 1.9 million people –… Read more »
- Global Civil Society Launches Manifesto for Ethical AIWe, a global coalition of over 50 civil society and human rights organizations from over 30 countries have co-developed the “Civil Society Manifesto for Ethical AI”, a groundbreaking initiative aiming to steer AI policies towards safeguarding rights and deconolonising AI discourse. We question, and we are not the only ones:… Read more »
- Beware Carbon Myopia at COP28: Why Climate and Nature Action Must Now Come Together in the Race for a Liveable PlanetAs COP28 delegates focus on the first Global Stocktake, there is no doubt that the race to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions is vital. But while electric vehicles and solar power uptake have seen visible and welcome progress in particular, the transition to a thriving future on a healthy planet requires… Read more »
- Art and Climate ChangeA dark cloud is hovering above human existence. It is a fairly illusory cloud haunting our minds and wellbeing, but also an actual, menacing, mostly invisible cloud that covers the Earth’s entire atmosphere. Saturated by greenhouse gases, this global threat increases with every year, threatening all life on Earth, causing… Read more »
- Big Cons: How Consultancy Firms Undermine GovernmentsGreater government reliance on consulting companies has greatly enriched them while also undermining state capacities, capabilities, national economies, progress, governance and legitimacy. The Big Con Over recent decades, policy consultancy has gradually gained more public attention. With the COVID-19 pandemic, consultancies were paid billions, with meagre results, leaving even less… Read more »
- Emerging Climate Finance Infrastructure to Match Africa’s Green Bankable SolutionsAlthough long profiled as the face of climate change, a high-risk continent with a pipeline of unbankable green projects, there are areas where Africa is leading the world. The 1987 accidental discovery of the first deposit of natural hydrogen during a water drilling campaign in Bourakebougou village, Mali, is today… Read more »
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