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In France, they call mayors like Hidalgo ‘Khmers verts’, the ‘green Khmers’.

’Khmers verts’

Elected in June, the new ‘ecologist’ mayors in France are trying to put their stamp on the daily life of their communes

In a speech the day after Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden himself referred to a ‘Harris-Biden administration’! If that is how they want it, from now on it is ‘the Harris-Biden campaign’.

The ‘Harris-Biden’ campaign and the ‘law and order’ issue

On Monday 14 September Democratic Vice-President candidate Kamala Harris referred in public to something she called the ‘Harris administration’

"In recent decades, no single Jew in the United States spoke so eloquently and, more importantly, did so much as “RBG” to promote equality for all Americans."

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Titan on Values and the 2020 Election Risks

A personal perspective from an American Jew at a truly momentous time in U.S. history

"Ever since the UK decided to leave the EU, the key interest of the EU has been to preserve the internal cohesion of the EU’s 27 remaining members."

Boris Breaks the Divorce Treaty: What Can the EU Do?

The ways in which the EU can put pressure on a UK that is going rogue are very limited — and potentially vast at the same time

It doesn’t take very much to bridge the “knowing-doing” gap in networking – even during a pandemic.

Better Networking Begins With Your Beliefs

Be honest: What do you miss least about working life before Covid-19? After the long commute, a close second might be networking events. It’s well known by now – and research confirms it – that the very idea of networking can make all but the most extreme extroverts feel awkward, inauthentic and even dirty

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The lessons from COVID-19 are manifold – and there is much work ahead of us. Many within the business community have learned, albeit too late, that sustainable business and finance models, sustainable supply chains and stakeholder capitalism are key to withstanding market shocks.

Business

How businesses can build a sustainable future for all

Friday, September 18, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has been a dark and difficult time for us all: our communities, our people and our companies have been hurt economically and socially as the velocity of physical movement, interaction and commerce has slowed

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It is necessary to analyse why the destructive forces have the upper hand - what are their resources? – in order to strategise better for the protection and sustainable management of the world ecology.

World

The battle for the planet: Who are the players?

Friday, September 18, 2020

The world has become an ecological battlefield where large segments of mankind are fighting Mother Nature and her allies

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"The Recovery and Resilience Facility is at the very heart of NextGenerationEU. It is our key tool to turn the immediate challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic into a long-term opportunity."

Europe

Commission presents next steps for Recovery and Resilience Facility

Thursday, September 17, 2020

NextGenerationEU: Commission presents next steps for €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility in 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy

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"We are doing everything in our power to keep the promise that we made to Europeans: make Europe the first climate neutral continent in the world, by 2050..."

Europe

Commission raises climate ambition and proposes 55% cut in emissions by 2030

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The European Commission presented today its plan to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels

"Many institutions have been engaged in mobilizing finance towards sustainable infrastructure: the G20, OECD, Multilateral Development Banks and the broader development finance institutions community."

Analyses

How to drive investment into sustainable infrastructure

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Good infrastructure is the backbone of any successful society and economy. People need access to energy, transport, sanitation, hospitals and schools to thrive

"If the US and China, and some of their respective partners, come increasingly to see the developing world as a zone of competition or even rivalry, it will likely be injurious to the development effort as a whole."

World

How US-China tensions could hamper development efforts

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Through much of the Cold War, international development was simultaneously an important policy objective in its own right, and an arena of superpower competition

"Turkey’s economy is already in a tailspin. The EU will shortly be deciding on sanctions. If they are well thought through and effective that alone will make Turkey’s sustainability suffer further."

World

The Fallacy of Appeasement

Thursday, September 17, 2020

We are unfortunately re-living a period that closely resembles the first forty years of the 20th Century. The first was the dissolution of Imperial Germany with Hitler trying to revenge the treaty of Versailles. Now we are belatedly facing a replay in the form of the Treaty of Sevres with Turkey trying to reinstate the Ottoman Empire

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 A recent International Energy Agency report concludes that implementing all cost-effective industrial energy efficiency measures – requiring around $50 billion additional investment per year – would reduce emissions in 2030 by around 2 Gt of carbon dioxide, equivalent to four times Mexico’s total yearly carbon dioxide emissions.

Business

Why industry needs a reset – and how to do it

Thursday, September 17, 2020

COVID-19 slowed the activity of otherwise busy factories and made cities look like ghost towns, as health precautions kept workers in their homes and supply chain disruptions challenged production for many big industries

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In a conversation with Taiwan’s new ambassador to the EU, Dr Ming-Yen Tsai, the Ambassador described how his country coped, as the only one in the world which had to survive the pandemic without a relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO).

World

Ambassador Tsai: ‘In these days of China’s aggressive and expansive behaviour, Taiwan needs friends all over the world’

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Republic of China (ROC), the official name of Taiwan, is more than ever in the global spotlight

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"The Abraham Accord is a major breakthrough in international and regional diplomacy. The establishment could also have been a great opportunity for the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table."

World

Major breakthrough for Israel, but it remains silent in Europe

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

This third Tuesday in September was a big day for Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. In the White House, the countries signed a peace treaty

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Energy demand declined by 3.8% over the first quarter of 2020 as a result of significantly reduced transportation, aviation, and general economic activity. Emissions dropped by 5%.

Analyses

3 trends that will transform the energy industry

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The energy transition has been talked about for many years – but now the pandemic has given the world an opportunity to make it happen more quickly than we could ever have imagined; if we make the right choices

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“What we urgently need to see next is an ambitious implementation of the recovery package focussed on achieving a green and digital transition, with the European Green Deal at its core and an elevated short-term emissions reduction target in its sights”.

Europe

Business leaders back EU’s draft 55% carbon target for 2030

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

More than 150 business leaders and investors have urged EU countries to set higher climate goals for 2030, backing a draft European Commission plan to aim for a 55% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade

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EU Actually

EU – China Summit : Merkel – Von der Leyen – Michel vs Xi

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

September 14. While the initial summit lost its official in-person character due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 3 EU leaders and the Chinese leader attended a virtual meeting via videoconference

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’Khmers verts’

’Khmers verts’

Elected in June, the new ‘ecologist’ mayors in France are trying to put their stamp on the daily life of their communes

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3 questions for leaders using tech to make the world a better place

3 questions for leaders using tech to make the world a better place

We’re currently tackling the biggest global public health crisis in a century. We will need to act decisively and rapidly if we are to address this crisis head on and rebuild and reconfigure our economies and societies for a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable future

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