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International Women's Day

The United Nations Observance of IWD in 2023 has the theme “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”, and is aimed to recognize and celebrate the women and girls who are championing the advancement of transformative technology and digital education. In doing do they are fundamental in advancing women’s needs by being both of and for digital advancement. Access to, and the skills to use, both the hardware of modern digital tech and the software and networks in which it works, are crucial to anyone looking to survive and indeed thrive in the modern world and the world of the future. Yet 260 million fewer women than men have access to the internet. In the field of ai, women hold only 22% of the jobs. These gaps will only worsen conditions for all women in the future if not addressed. The world is already overly designed by men for men and these inequalities can only embed continuing disparity for many generations to come. By closing the gender gap on di . . .

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CITES 50th

Image by Anrita from Pixabay   Fifty years ago, on 3 March the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was signed to ensure that international trade in both wild animals and plants does not threaten the survival of those species. Ten years ago, the UN General Assembly chose the same day to declare World Wildlife Day. The observance of WWD is of course important to keep these issues in hand, but CITES is even more important as one of the world’s most powerful tools for wildlife conservation through that regulation of international trade – currently addressing over 36,000 species. Since 1973, however, the human population has more than doubled from 3.9 billion people to 8 billion, and demand for natural resources as a source of food, fuel, medicine, housing, and clothing has soared as a result. This puts immense pressure on species who find themselves in competition with the world’s most ruthless consumer. The c . . .

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Sustainability round-up - interesting articles from around the web

Image by come2lee0   The animals and plants that only exist in captivity – and why time is running out to restore them to the wild (The Conversation) Nearly half of global CEOs say their sustainability efforts have been hampered: study (Eco-business) Fossil fuel companies donated $700m to US universities over 10 years (The Guardian) How to Stop the Spread of Climate Disinformation (greenqueen) UAE minister calls for “phase out” of oil and gas (CHN) Is ocean conservation the next climate tech? 7 investors explain why they’re all in (TechCrunch) Keto vs vegan: Study of popular diets finds over fourfold difference in carbon footprints (ScienceDaily) . . .

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Zero Discrimination Day

UNAIDS is leading the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. It has offices in 70 countries through which it advocates for policy approaches, advises on HIV response, provides up to date data and brings together all stakeholder to ultimately deliver life-saving services for those living with HIV. On Zero Discrimination Day, 1 March, we celebrate the right of everyone to live a full and productive life—and live it with dignity. Zero Discrimination Day highlights how people can become informed about and promote inclusion, compassion, peace and, above all, a movement for change. Zero Discrimination Day is helping to create a global movement of solidarity to end all forms of discrimination. While the focus is on those living with HIV/AIDS, these principles can of course be applied to all those who find them themselves in a minority grouping situation. . . .

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AI in Supporting Biodiversity Conservation

A report by IISD highlights a webinar held by The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)  to explore how artificial intelligence (AI) could help implement a formal framework and guidelines for the detection and attribution of biodiversity change to support effective policymaking. This was the first of what is hoped will be a series that brings together those working in AI with those working in biodiversity to discover how AI can be applied most usefully as a tool to ramp up our ability to address the various biodiversity crises. AI can really accelerate and expand the abilities of existing GIS so that data can be properly mapped to allow comprehensive decisions on biodiversity policy and action to be taken and delivered effectively at all scales and across all stakeholders. . . .

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Sustainability round-up - interesting articles from around the web

15-minute cities: how to separate the reality from the conspiracy theory (The Conversation) Data driven strategies for avoiding greenwashing (Eco-business) Drought in Horn of Africa worse than in 2011 famine (Aljazeera) Climate 'spiral' threatens land carbon stores (Science Daily) Benin entrepreneur transforms plant waste into charcoal (Reuters) Carbon Maps helps the food industry reduce their climate impact (TechCrunch) Less plastic or more recycling – nations split ahead of treaty talks (CHN) 5 Ways Fungi Could Change The World, From Cleaning Water to Breaking Down Plastics (greenqueen) Stronger El Niño events may speed up irreversible melting of Antarctic ice, research finds (The Guardian) . . .

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Move Our Common Agenda from Ideas to Action

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said we must start “moving the recommendations in Our Common Agenda from ideas to action – from abstract to concrete.” He has urged Member States to support “turbocharged” efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and make the SDGs “real in the lives of people everywhere.” Guterres highlighted progress since the report’s release 18 months ago, including the “breakthrough on loss and damage,” the recognition of the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment, the Transforming Education Summit, the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection, and the decision to establish a UN Youth Office. But, he said, we “need to go further and deeper.” But he warned that today’s forms of multilateral governance are not adequate to address the pace and scale of the challenges the world is facing. Emphasizing that “halfway to 2030, w . . .

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We are greening ourselves to extinction

I really liked this article by Vijay Kolinjivadi in Aljazeera the other week. As the title suggests, there are numerable ways in which, worse than greenwashing, certain activities and decisions are being touted and promoted as ‘green’ but which clearly are not. Or at best are marginally better than current practice but not so much so that they make any significant difference. He highlights recent admissions that the whole carbon offset ‘industry’ is a sham but also points out examples of new ‘green’ industries being not all that green. Governments, the car corporations (of course) and a disappointing number of people who should know better, tout EVs as the new green alternative to combustion engine cars. But the problem is not just combustion engines. It’s our attitude to personal mobility and convenience. Real green solutions to ‘the car problem’ would focus on removing private motor vehicles wherever possible. Not replacing the . . .

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