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The CSCP Joins Leading German Association on Alternative Protein Sources

SCP-Centre - 30. September 2019 - 10:05

The German Association for Alternative Protein Sources (Bundesverband für alternative Proteinquellen e.V., or Bal-Pro) officially kicked-off this summer. The Association’s members come from a network of start-ups, food companies and experts. They will come together to create a platform that provides transparent and comprehensible information on alternative protein sources. The CSCP is a member of this Association and will mainly act as a scientific advisor.

The complexity of our food production systems often makes it difficult for consumers to understand the production processes to make sustainable and informed consumption choices. The Bal-Pro Association thrives on an exchange from start-ups, consumers, research institutions and corporations. They aim to provide clear information on alternative protein sources internally (between the members of the association) and externally.

The official kick-off meeting saw representatives from the German food industry (including large and small corporations), innovative start-ups and scientists from the food industry. The CSCP participated in this meeting as our Executive Director, Michael Kuhndt, is a member of this Association.

Bal-Pro chairmen Sebastian Biedermann and Fabio Ziemßen shared that the association, which began with seven members, has now expanded to 48 member companies. The members also set the strategic fields of action for Bal-Pro,  including Food Data + Protein 4.0, Labelling +Transparency, the Future of Alternative Proteins, and Raw Materials.

The CSCP is looking forward to being a part of this promising new association as alternative protein sources have great potential to change the food landscape in Germany to be more sustainable.

For further information, please contact Carina Diedrich.

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Why we need better data on mobile populations in cities – and how to get it

ODI - 30. September 2019 - 0:00
Migrants are often hidden or invisible in official statistics, but with nearly all migrants heading for cities this can't be ignored.
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Researchers' overwhelming evidence

D+C - 28. September 2019 - 17:30
Teenage climate activists are not painting apocalyptic picture of the future – scientists are

Indeed, the research evidence is absolutely overwhelming. The scientific consensus is that emissions caused by human activity are heating the planet and that the consequences will be devastating. Probably the most important reports are published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It regularly surveys scientific publications and compiles the evidence.

Last week, the IPCC launched its “Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate . Here is the brief summary that Brian Resnick wrote for www.vox.com:

 “'Over the 21st century, the ocean is projected to transition to unprecedented conditions,' the report warns. The ocean will be warmer, more acidic, hold less oxygen, and be more greatly stratified (i.e. the top and bottom layers won’t mix as much). Ocean heat waves are growing more common, and it’s likely more extreme El Niño and La Niña systems will form, leading to more extreme weather around the globe. All of these changes make the ocean less hospitable for many forms of life and more dangerous for human societies. Meanwhile, the two largest ice sheets on Earth — the Greenland ice sheet and the Antarctic ice sheet — are losing mass at an accelerating rate. That, in turn, is causing oceans to rise at an accelerating rate. A lot of these changes — both in the cryosphere and in the oceans — the report warns, will not be reversed if global emissions are halted. Some of the damage is already done. But the report underscores how we’re not powerless to avoid the worst-case scenario. All of the changes to our oceans and ice will be much worse if we do not reduce emissions.”

IPCC reports are meant to be policy-relevant, but not policy-prescriptive. The panel was created in the late 1980s and now works on behalf of 195 governments. Scientists from around the world volunteer to assess thousands of research papers that are published annually. IPCC documents thus convey up-to-date information on what is known about the drivers of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and how adaptation and mitigation can reduce those risks.

As the scientific evidence keeps becoming ever clearer (and more frightening), the IPCC is publishing more reports. In August, it launched a report concerning land-use. In October last year, it issued a paper on why it is becoming increasingly hard for humankind to limit global heating to 1.5 degrees.

The IPCC, however, is not the only international agency concerned with these issues. In 2012, another one was set up to focus on biodiversity and ecosystem services. A few months ago the IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) launched a report that spelled out how pesticide use and climate change are driving pollinators towards extinction and thus undermining food security.

Greta Thunberg famously started her personal school strike on Fridays in Stockholm before these papers were published. But even then, it was science evidence that was frightening her. She has inspired millions of teenagers around the world, and this month some 4 million people are estimated to have rallied around the world on 20 September. In many places, scientists addressed those rallies. The idea that the young generation is simply paranoid is uninformed. The scientists researching these issues are at least as worried.

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Despite grappling with Rohingya crisis, Bangladesh is ‘development miracle’

UN #SDG News - 28. September 2019 - 1:54
Despite global turbulence and economic uncertainty, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh told the General Assembly on Friday evening that her country has often been cited as a “development miracle”.
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Despite grappling with Rohingya crisis, Bangladesh is ‘development miracle’

UN ECOSOC - 28. September 2019 - 1:54
Despite global turbulence and economic uncertainty, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh told the General Assembly on Friday evening that her country has often been cited as a “development miracle”.
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Voluntary National Reviews Database

Effective Co-operation - 27. September 2019 - 23:04

As part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages member states to “conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national and sub-national levels, which are country-led and country-driven” (paragraph 79).

These national reviews are expected to serve as a basis for the regular reviews by the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), meeting under the auspices of ECOSOC. As stipulated in paragraph 84 of the 2030 Agenda, regular reviews by the HLPF are to be voluntary, state-led, undertaken by both developed and developing countries, and involve multiple stakeholders.

The Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) aim to facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges, and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The VNRs also seek to strengthen policies and institutions of governments and to mobilize multi-stakeholder support and partnerships for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Voluntary National Reviews | The GPEDC Mentions

Azerbaijan 

Courtesy of UNDP Azerbaijan

Highlighting GPI Principles and South-South & Triangular Cooperation

“GPI was launched at the 2016 High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in Nairobi, in order to advance effective actions in international aid policy. AIDA’s accession to GPI will help to build global awareness about the donor activities of our country, to expand its global partnership relations, and to ensure its participation in important events taking place in the sphere of international development. By joining GPI, AIDA takes an active part in actions, discussions and establishing of the rules aimed at increasing the effectiveness of South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation and enhancing the impact of the programs and projects implemented globally, and provides access for less developed countries to benefit from development programs and projects.” (page 114)

Secondary National Review – Azerbaijan

Cambodia

Courtesy of UNDP ClimateChangeAdaptation

Creation of a Development Cooperation and Partnership Strategy  

“The Development Cooperation and Partnerships Strategy (2014-2018) has been developed and effectively implemented in line with Cambodia’s evolved development context as an LMIC. It provided a comprehensive framework for promoting development partnerships in Cambodia articulated in the RGC’s RS-IV. The strategy is also aligned with global initiatives on development effectiveness focusing on effective institutions, inclusive partnerships and development results. The RGC’s ODA database continues to serve as an important tool for recording and coordinating external cooperation resources as well as providing full transparency via on-line open access and supporting monitoring of development effectiveness indicators.” (pag 42)

Cambodia National Voluntary Review 2019

Saint Lucia

Participation in the GPEDC Monitoring Round

“Providers of development co-operation in Saint Lucia, use country-owned results frameworks and planning tools to a medium extent (approximately 50%). The 2018 Monitoring Round of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) found that 92% of the outcome objectives of new development co-operation projects and programmes align to those defined in-country strategies/plans. However, 47% of results indicators of new projects and programmes were drawn from country-owned results frameworks and 9% of all results indicators can be monitored using data from government monitoring systems and statistics. (page 39)”

Santa Lucia National Voluntary Review 2019

Philippines

Courtesy of UNDP Philippines

Participation in the GPEDC Monitoring Round

“The Philippines participated anew in the 3rd Monitoring Survey Round of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. Coordinated by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and UNDP, the GPEDC seeks to gather evidence on progress in implementing effective development cooperation commitments at the country, regional, and global levels, supporting accountability among all development partners. A Philippine country report entitled “2018 Philippine Report: Enhancing Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Monitoring for Effective Development Cooperation” summarized findings of the monitoring survey resulting from several rounds of consultation with 14 development partners, 19 government agencies, 18 private sector firms, and various CSOs and trade union organizations. Findings of the report indicate that at the strategic level, there is a high level of alignment between development partners’ country assistance strategies (CAS) with the PDP 2017-2022, AmBisyon Natin 2040, and the SDGs. Majority of the CAS timeframe is in sync with the timing of the national plan. The Philippine government signs off on 65 percent of these CAS. Transparency and inclusive partnerships are also pursued as 90.0 percent of development partners engaged CSOs, 80.0 percent consulted the private sector, and 55.0 percent engaged other stakeholders in the formulation of their respective CAS ” (page 42)

The 2019 Voluntary National Review of the Phillipinnes

Rwanda

Courtesy of UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative Rwanda

Mapping the SDG 17 – GPEDC monitoring report

The overall use of the country’s results frameworks in development cooperation (Indicator 17.15.1), is 67.5%, reflecting the potential for improvement in the short and medium terms. This trend is extremely important if a country is to be able to finance its own development on a sustainable basis and to avoid fragmentation and duplication of efforts.” (page 63)

2019 Rwanda Voluntary National Review Report

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At UN, Modi outlines development successes, says India gave world ‘Buddha, not war’

UN #SDG News - 27. September 2019 - 19:58
In his address to the UN General Assembly’s general debate on Friday, the Prime Minister of India outlined how the world’s largest democracy has embodied the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its work towards “peace, development and progress in the world”.
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At UN, Modi outlines development successes, says India gave world ‘Buddha, not war’

UN ECOSOC - 27. September 2019 - 19:58
In his address to the UN General Assembly’s general debate on Friday, the Prime Minister of India outlined how the world’s largest democracy has embodied the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its work towards “peace, development and progress in the world”.
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[Excerpt] The IFC is hiring. Here's how to land a job

Devex - 27. September 2019 - 17:47
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#93 A New Vision for Europe amid the Brexit vortex

Tax Justice Network - 27. September 2019 - 15:16

In this month's episode we discuss a new vision for Europe amid, or in spite of the Brexit vortex: plus - Britain's about to become the neighbour from hell, post-Brexit: how can the EU defend citizens from the race to the bottom on tax and regulations between nations precipitated by Britain's destructive 'Singapore-on-the-Thames' model? 

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The Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework: progress in four East African countries

ODI - 27. September 2019 - 0:00
Four case studies assessing progress made under the ‘new way of working’ for refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.
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Island nations on climate crisis frontline ‘not sitting idly by’

UN #SDG News - 26. September 2019 - 23:20
Small island nations are “not sitting idly by” but are emerging as “frontrunners” in the fight against climate change according to Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, the UN High Representative for Small Island Developing States.
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Mirrored classroom display highlights scale of massive education crisis

UN #SDG News - 26. September 2019 - 22:55
A non-profit dedicated to exposing the severity of the global education crisis has been inviting delegates to the UN General Assembly inside a tiny mirrored installation this week, to drive home the reality that around 260 million children are missing from classrooms around the world.
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“Our enemy right now is physics.” Greta Thunberg Responds to the Latest IPCC Report on Sea Level Rise and Ocean Health

UN Dispatch - 26. September 2019 - 19:53

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest scientific report, this time focusing on the intersection of climate change and the world’s oceans.

The New York Times offers a useful rundown of the report’s key findings.

— Seas are now rising at one-seventh of an inch (3.66 millimeters) a year, which is 2.5 times faster than the rate from 1900 to 1990.

— The world’s oceans have already lost 1% to 3% of the oxygen in their upper levels since 1970 and will lose more as warming continues.

—From 2006 to 2015, the ice melting from Greenland, Antarctica and the world’s mountain glaciers has accelerated. They are now losing 720 billion tons (653 billion metric tons) of ice a year.

—Arctic June snow cover has shrunk more than half since 1967, down nearly 1 million square miles (2.5 million square kilometers).

—Arctic sea ice in September, the annual low point, is down almost 13% per decade since 1979. This year’s low, reported Monday, tied for the second-lowest on record.

—Marine animals are likely to decrease 15%, and catches by fisheries in general are expected to decline 21% to 24%, by the end of century because of climate change.

The sea level rise is a particularly worrying finding. “What are now once in a century events will happen about once a year by 2050,” one of the report’s lead scientists Michael Oppenheimer told me. The ‘events’ to which he was referring  includes massive flooding compounded by rising sea levels. “Think of a kind of event that can shut down New York City for one day,” he said.  Massive King Tides will also occur with such frequency in low lying areas that parts of small island countries will be uninhabitable, he added.

The problem is, even if emissions are capped and the 1.5 degree target is reached, much of the sea level rise is already “baked in” due to previous warming trends. In the chart below, taken from the IPCC ocean report, the blue represents a scenario in which emissions are reduced and global warming is capped at 1.5 degrees Centigrade by 2100. The red represents the current business-as-usual.  scenario. Under both, sea levels continue to rise well past 2100 — but the degree of the rise and the destruction and devastation it cause by is dramatically different under the different scenarios.

Blue Leaders

At the launch of the IPCC report, several heads of state of countries directly affected by sea level rises, joining under the banner of the Blue Leaders Call to Action, sought to highlight actions their own countries are taking on climate change, and spur others to ramp up their response. Representatives of eight countries, including six heads of state, issued specific calls to action upon the release of the report.

“The world cannot succeed in addressing climate change without ambitious ocean climate action. We cannot ensure the health, resilience, sustainability and productivity of the ocean without immediate and aggressive measures to combat the climate crisis” said Seychelles President Danny Faure. He added that the Seychelles commitment to the Paris Climate Accord includes expanding the areas of the Seychelles ocean territories that can used as a carbon sink. “Our [Paris Agreement Contribution] for 2020 will have a chapter dedicated to ocean climate action and blue carbon ecosystems, looking at sea grass, mangroves and coral reefs is one of the most effective carbon sinks in Seychelles’ vast Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.4 million square kilometers.”

Greta Thunberg was also on hand for the launch to use her star-power and moral voice to draw attention to the new IPCC report. She came with a straightforward message.

“Our main enemy right now is physics” — ⁦@GretaThunbergpic.twitter.com/rJfhEOhtZM

— Mark Leon Goldberg (@MarkLGoldberg) September 25, 2019

 

The next key inflection point in international action on climate change will take place in Santiago, Chile during the next Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, or “COP 25” as it is known. To that end, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera promised to the assembled leaders that this COP will be “the blue cop.

“Without blue, there is no green,”  he said. “And without green you cannot have life.”

 

 

 

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UN chief sets out roadmap to ‘raise ambition’, fund sustainable development

UN #SDG News - 26. September 2019 - 18:59
In his opening remarks to the High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development, held at UN headquarters in New York on Thursday, UN chief António Guterres outlined his roadmap for financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN’s blueprint for the transition to a healthier planet and a fairer world.
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UN chief sets out roadmap to ‘raise ambition’, fund sustainable development

UN ECOSOC - 26. September 2019 - 18:59
In his opening remarks to the High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development, held at UN headquarters in New York on Thursday, UN chief António Guterres outlined his roadmap for financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN’s blueprint for the transition to a healthier planet and a fairer world.
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UN shipping agency urges more women to climb aboard, fuel sustainable growth

UN #SDG News - 26. September 2019 - 17:45
The historically male-dominated shipping industry should clear the decks for a new generation of women, whose empowerment would help fuel economic growth, and speed up the drive towards “safe, secure, clean and sustainable shipping”.
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Major action must be taken to access ‘hidden’ finance to fulfil SDGs

Global Policy Watch - 26. September 2019 - 16:39

UN High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development – 26 Sept

Civil society groups call for urgent reforms to combat illicit financial flows, abolish tax havens, introduce a global wealth tax and an intergovernmental body on tax cooperation.

New York, 26 September: The High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development which follows the SDG Summit, must urgently find ways to access the funds governments need to achieve the SDGs, say members of the Reflection Group*.

“The 2030 Agenda cites the enormous disparities of opportunity, wealth and power as one of the immense challenges to sustainable development. And yet governments are not doing nearly enough to tackle these challenges, despite a plethora of robust policy proposals emanating from civil society, academics and others”, say Kate Donald from the Center for Economic and Social Rights and Jens Martens from the Global Policy Forum.

Growing accumulation of private wealth while governments become poorer

Since 2015, the growth in global inequality has accelerated, with a small group of individuals and companies getting richer and richer. This concentration of economic power and wealth buys political influence, and may explain the adoption of regressive tax policies: since the 1980s, statutory corporation income tax rates have declined from an average 45% to 25-30%.

“At the same time governments are become poorer, so are forced to cut state services, adding to this wealth inequality, and hampering the achievement of the SDGs”, says Martens. The irony is that governments are now calling on those same private actors that have accumulated such wealth to run the public services they need to keep their countries afloat.

The rich have a much bigger ecological footprint as they consume more, and can influence decision makers to prevent robust action to fight climate change which would contradict their interests.

Urgent action needed to combat illicit financial flows

The scale of tax evasion and tax avoidance has ballooned, and the way wealthy private individuals and multinational companies stash their money in tax havens is being singled out for urgent action during the Financing for Development High Level Dialogue. Donald and Martens suggest the following measures:

  • institute a serious crack-down against illicit financial flows, including through mandatory country-by-country reporting for transnational corporations, effective measures against the manipulation of transfer pricing and taking action against tax havens;
  • move decisively towards the introduction of a Global Asset Register to record ownership of equity, bonds and other financial and non-financial assets;
  • introduce a globally coordinated wealth tax, along the lines suggested by economist Thomas Piketty, such as a 1% tax on wealth of $1–5 million, and 2% tax above $5 million.
  • establishing an intergovernmental body on tax cooperation under UN auspices in which all countries participate equally.

“The policies we suggest are practical and doable, if the political will can be mustered”, say Donald and Martens. “We believe they could be the prerequisite to unleash the transformative potential of the SDGs, and fulfil their ambition to realise the human rights of all”.

For more information or to talk to Jens Martens or Kate Donald, please contact: Daphne Davies: Tel/WhatsApp:US: +1 917 291 3560; UK: +447770230251, Daphnedoubled@gmail.com

* The Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a joint initiative by a number of leading global civil society organisations including economic and social policy organisations, human rights organisations, feminist organisations and trade unions. It is supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. www.2030spotlight.org

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