Health, Gender, and Blockchain for Financial Inclusion

Researchers from The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (US) have examined environmental conditions at healthcare facilities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The study notes an information gap on safe environmental conditions, and that baseline data for healthcare facilities (HCFs) “have yet to be formed” for issues that correspond to the SDGs. … Continue reading Health, Gender, and Blockchain for Financial Inclusion

World Bank, OECD Advance Financing Initiatives for SDGs, Paris Agreement

January 2018: The international community is taking steps to gear financial markets towards the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Initiatives by the World Bank, OECD and others address sustainability financing while reinforcing gender equality, environmental goals, and transparency. The World Bank issued a Sustainable Development Bond to raise awareness … Continue reading World Bank, OECD Advance Financing Initiatives for SDGs, Paris Agreement

UNFCCC Paper Urges Coordination on Climate, Disasters and SDGs

25 January 2018: To overcome the challenges of rising global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and weather-related disasters while achieving the SDGs, unprecedented levels of coordination are required, according to a report from the UNFCCC. The report summarizes the views of experts who met in Bonn, Germany, on the sidelines of the 46th session of the … Continue reading UNFCCC Paper Urges Coordination on Climate, Disasters and SDGs

Companies Commit to Science-Based Climate Targets

26 January 2018: Businesses around the world have been called on to set science-based, greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets as a way to ensure corporate action on climate change. Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra made the call in advance of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), which will convene from 12-14 September 2018 in San … Continue reading Companies Commit to Science-Based Climate Targets

Climate Mitigation Finance Update: Renewable and Energy Efficiency Financing and Guidance for Paris-compatible Investments

31 January 2018: Funding for several renewable energy projects has been announced in January, including initiatives to support photovoltaic (PV) solar projects in Jordan, Mauritius, Peru and Rwanda, and wind power in Peru and the Dominican Republic. Investments in energy efficiency are expected to reduce energy intensity and improve energy security in Kosovo. A debt … Continue reading Climate Mitigation Finance Update: Renewable and Energy Efficiency Financing and Guidance for Paris-compatible Investments

EU Expert Group Provides Recommendations for Sustainable Finance

31 January 2018: The EU High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG) issued its final report and recommendations on integrating sustainable finance within the EU and broader global financial systems. The report will guide the Commission’s forthcoming action plan on sustainable finance. The HLEG is a multi-stakeholder initiative established by the European Commission in 2016 … Continue reading EU Expert Group Provides Recommendations for Sustainable Finance

Hawai’i Plans State-level SDG Implementation

17 January 2018: The Hawai’i State Senate announced its intention to enact the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into state law to achieve the sustainability of Hawai’i’s people, communities, natural resources and economic prosperity. Hawai’i will implement the SDGs through the Aloha+ Challenge. The Hawai’i State Senate aims to focus on a local platform to … Continue reading Hawai’i Plans State-level SDG Implementation