GLOBAL AFFAIRS

Let’s talk about valuing natural capital

Radical solutions that completely change the way we live clash with techno-optimistic proposals to engineer our climate. So far, none of the approaches have substantially lowered global CO2 emissions. On the contrary, our current way of life threatens to significantly...

The Hague celebrates International Justice Day

What are the main responsibilities you assume in your current job? As a Deputy Prosecutor of the Office of the Prosecutor, I advise and support the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), both in relation to situations which are being considered,...

Influencers, social media and trust

Imagine you were back just a few decades, before the internet, emails, mobile phones and social media. There was the nightly news broadcast on television — or before that, just on the radio (the wireless, as my parents used to call it when we sat down to hear the BBC...

The ‘S’ and ‘G’ in ‘ESG’ – help needed from the UN!

Private sector actors who claim to be sustainable and work towards the realization of the SDGs should strive to respect, promote and implement good standards in its practices, even when operating in a State whose policies violate international law. The company may...

Back to the office – or better not?

Millions of professionals around the globe experience a realization during the COVID-19 pandemic: they do not need to be in the office to get their work done. A variety of digital tools and the internet allow them to work from almost anywhere. To the surprise of many,...

A world powered by 100% clean renewable energy

In 2015, Jacobson developed a study on transitioning the 50 states of the United States of America to wind, water and solar. The initiative was cited in House Resolution 540 (2015) as the scientific basis for the first proposed legislation for the country to move to...

UN Ocean Conference 2022. What to expect?

Amidst economic and geopolitical turmoil, we have been ignoring the threats to our ecosystems due to our destructive actions. One of such existential threats to humanity is the turmoil in our Ocean Ecosystems. The concern? - Marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean of...

The role of NGOs in attaining the SDGs

NGOs play a key role in the march towards the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030. The seventeen SDGs and the development agenda being an interwoven process, all concerned stakeholders must work together in synergy and target grassroots and ground...

GLOBAL AFFAIRS

The role of NGOs in attaining the SDGs

NGOs play a key role in the march towards the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030. The seventeen SDGs and the development agenda being an interwoven process, all concerned stakeholders must work together in synergy and target grassroots and ground...

Portuguese: a language to be reckoned with

Nine member states from four continents, economically and culturally diverse, with differing levels of development. Yet the CPLP’s ties span centuries, and a common language and will to cooperate make this young community a unique success in solidarity. Speaking as...

What is crucial to finally end racism?

What in your view are some of the major challenges in tackling racism and racial discrimination in the world today? There are several: 1. The failure to learn from past tragedies that were rooted in racism and racial discrimination (enslavement, apartheid, world wars,...

How you can boost local farming

It’s 5pm on a typical workday in 2023, and you’ve just finished your work. It’s one of the days you work from home and skip the commute to the office: this leaves you plenty of time for cooking, and you look forward to fixing a delicious ratatouille. You will use the...

Are global rankings any use?

“Google Search is fundamentally an online rankings system,” that’s what the Editor of US News Best Colleges suggested to me recently. And indeed, Google says much the same itself: they process “hundreds of billions of webpages in our Search index to find the most...

The Earth Prize: A New Ally for UNEP and UNRWA

Peter McGarry, a Geneva-based hedge fund manager and extreme runner, was inspired enough by his daughter’s passion for saving the environment that he set up The Earth Foundation in 2020 with the goal to “inspire, educate, mentor and empower students with innovative...

Why we need to cooperate more on water

Water for all: a basic need for our societies On 22 March we celebrate World Water Day. Water is the most basic need of humans, but also of plants and animals: we cannot survive without water. Access to water and sanitation are recognized as human rights. However,...

Dream big

Santiago Bustamante Villa is a young Colombian who, at 19, made his dream come true by getting into Stanford University, one of the world’s most prestigious institutions. While many students would settle in for the challenges of student life, Santiago instead decided...

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