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Doris Leuthard souscrit au rapport sur l’état de l’environnement mondial

Berne, 22.02.2012 - Lors de la session du Conseil d’administration du Programme des Nations Unies pour l’environnement (PNUE) à Nairobi, au Kenya, la Conseillère fédérale Doris Leuthard a qualifié le nouveau rapport sur l’environnement mondial d’instrument essentiel pour la résolution des problèmes environnementaux planétaires.

GEO5: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication

Nearly 20 years after the Earth Summit, nations are again on the Road to Rio, but in a world very different and very changed from that of 1992.
Then we were just glimpsing some of the challenges emerging across the planet from climate change and the loss of species to desertification and land degradation.
Today many of those seemingly far off concerns are becoming a reality with sobering implications for not only achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, but challenging the very opportunity for seven billion people − rising to nine billion by 2050 − to be able to thrive, let alone survive.

2012/03/09: Federal Council issues negotiating mandate for UN «Rio+20» sustainability summit

Bern, 09.03.2012 - Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainability, will take place in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) from 20 to 22 June 2012. One of the aims of the conference is to define the contribution of a green economy to sustainable development and poverty eradication. The negotiations on the Rio+20 resolution will commence on 19 March 2012 in New York. The Swiss Federal Council issued its mandate to Switzerland’s negotiating delegation on 9 March 2012.

7th march 2012, R20: Regions building the Green Economy

R20 Founding Chair Arnold Schwarzenegger, joined by a delegation of regional leaders, will present the Declaration of Regions

The Equator Principles: Why do FIs consider ESRA ?

The Equator Principles (EPs) are a credit risk management framework for determining, assessing and managing environmental and social risk in project finance transactions. Project finance is often used to fund the development and construction of major infrastructure and industrial projects. The EPs are adopted voluntarily by financial institutions and are applied where total project capital costs exceed US$10 million. The EPs are primarily intended to provide a minimum standard for due diligence to support responsible risk decision-making.

UNEP GC/GMEF 12TH SPECIAL SESSION DEBRIEFING

Jan Dusik, Steven Stone, Ron Witt, Jiri Jlavacek on recent UNEP meetings

U.K. Firm To Raise $500 Million For Asia Clean-Tech

U.K. investment firm Sustainable Development Capital LLP plans to raise more than $500 million to invest over the next two to three years in specialist funds and companies involved in environmental projects in Asia, its chief executive said.

The London-based investment and advisory company will tap pension funds, private equity firms and wealthy individuals for investments. The firm will fund projects dealing with water treatment, sustainable land management and low-carbon transport systems, chief executive Jonathan Maxwell told Reuters.

Financing Green Growth in a resource-constrained World

In 2011, floods in Thailand cost the economy US$ 45 billion (7% of its GDP) with disruptions to many global supply chains. Floods in the Philippines have claimed at least 1,500 lives and caused corresponding negative impacts to infrastructure and land. Meanwhile, parts of China have experienced their worst drought in 60 years, with over 4 million farmers facing severe water shortages. Two failed rainy seasons across Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda have created the worst drought since 1950, affecting more than 10 million people and pushing food prices upward across the region. In 2010, 17 million people were affected by floods in Pakistan, making it the country’s most expensive natural disaster, while an autumn drought in the Amazon brought river flow to its lowest level since 1902 in some parts.
The scale and frequency of these kinds of weather shocks, combined with long-term economic forecasts of climate change impacts and fossil fuel costs, are having a political as well as an economic impact.

The bigger the company, the more opportunity for sustainability

Sustainability is a hot topic for private companies, especially in the lead up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to be held in Rio de Janeiro in June.
For the media company Bloomberg, sustainability just makes good business sense according to Curtis Ravenel, who is the Global Head of Sustainability there.
He says the company gets a 52% return on investment on the environmental projects and that other businesses can achieve similar success by going for long-term projects that are financially viable, particularly as technology improves.

GEO5, Global Environment Outlook: Summary for policy makers

A complete overhaul of the way the planet is managed is urgently needed if the challenges of global sustainability are to be met for seven billion people.

This is the conclusion of a wide-ranging Foresight Process conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), involving a Foresight Panel and 400 leading scientists and experts from around the world.

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