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Two challenges – overlapping reporting requirements and less than universal compliance with human rights obligations – could be addressed by involving civil society more meaningfully in substantive processes. Furthermore, it is essential that positions on human rights matters that are taken at the UN Human Rights Council are followed up at the UN General Assembly and, most importantly, are implemented at the local level. [...]
Thu, Aug 17, 2017
Source: International Institut for Sustainable Development
Using aggregate, internationally reported statistics, Canada is ranked 17th out of 157 countries on the 2017 SDG Index, suggesting that Canada is uniformly on track to achieve the ambitious SDGs. Recognizing that the progress reported at the national scale is far from true for all living within Canada, metrics must be formed based not only on aggregated quantitative data, but community-level, qualitative findings premised on reciprocal listening and learning. [...]
Thu, Aug 17, 2017
Source: International Institut for Sustainable Development
Former Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan and UN Environment (UNEP) Executive Director Erik Solheim published an op-ed titled, ‘The Asian cities battling the worst air pollution are doing the most to combat it'. Orlando established a goal of moving to 100% renewables by 2050. Nevada City passed a resolution ensuring that the city's electricity originates entirely from renewable sources by 2030 and that all energy sources are renewable by 2050. [...]
Thu, Aug 17, 2017
Source: International Institut for Sustainable Development
The Government of South Australia has commissioned two innovative energy projects to procure all its energy needs from renewable sources. A thermal solar power plant with integrated heat storage will deliver 150MW of baseload electricity. A lithium-ion grid storage battery will stabilize energy supply from an existing wind farm. [...]
Thu, Aug 17, 2017
Source: International Institut for Sustainable Development
Human production and consumption activities produce large amounts of residual materials that could provide additional energy or raw materials for other processes. Currently many of these materials are classified as waste, making it difficult to use them for other purposes. UNECE has developed specifications to reclassify such materials as anthropogenic (human-made) resources to facilitate their re-use and recycling. [...]
Thu, Aug 17, 2017
Source: International Institut for Sustainable Development