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GIVING THE CITY BACK TO ITS INHABITANTS
By Michael Sudarskis
Secretary General, Internatonal Urban Development Association

Sometimes cities are badly run, dirty and dilapidated. Many people however believe that it is still worth living in such city. Why? The City is a place that can take people to higher and more comp..

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BUILDING A BETTER WORLD – IN CHINA & BEYOND
By Peter Bakker
President & CEO, WBCSD

By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities, meaning that over the next three decades, cities will need to accommodate more than 2.5 billion additional people. How can the building an..

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RESOURCE EFFICIENT CITIES, DRIVERS TO SUSTAINABILITY
By Arab Hoballah
Chief, Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry, UNEP

The global community has increasingly realized the importance of and necessity for changing our unsustainable consumption and production patterns if to eradicate poverty and deliver sustainable de..

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JERÓNIMO MARTINS – BUILDING THE FUTURE SINCE 1792
By JERÓNIMO MARTINS

WITH OVER 3,400 STORES AND 13.7 BILLION EUROS IN SALES IN 2015, AS A LISBON-BASED FOOD RETAILER WITH OPERATIONS IN PORTUGAL, POLAND AND COLOMBIA WE ARE COMMITTED TO THE SUSTAINABLE GROWTH OF OUR B..

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Ministry of Environment Spatial Planning & Energy, Portugal
By g20portal

Early in 2014 the Portuguese coastline was hit by the winter storm Hercules. The massive swell of giant waves left a trail of destruction behind, all the more significant as 85% of the GDP and 75%..

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Creating the infrastructure for the rise of smart cities
By Michael Sudarskis
Secretary General, Internatonal Urban Development Association

The very high-speed networks and smart grid infrastructure is a constant concern in the development of cities and agglomerations: services offered to businesses, universities and citizens all rely on ..

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Sustainable Lifestyles: From individulal responsibility to collective impact
By Dr Steafnos Fotiou
Head of Cities & Lifestyles Unit, UNEP

A basic assumption we should make in the process of understanding better the relations between sustainability as a long term concept and our daily life is that all of us (either as individuals or as i..

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What’s good for the environment is good for business
By Achim Steiner
Executive Director UNEP

Fabien Cousteau has a saying that “What’s good for the environment is good for business.”Over three hundred leading financial institutions who are signatories to the Global Investor Statement on..

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Sustainable Energy: it needs to be on top of your agenda
By Peter Bakker
President & CEO, WBCSD

The Turkish Presidency of G20 has put energy sustainability at the centre of its agenda for global action. And rightly so. In the emerging low-carbon world, sustainable energy is a prerequisite for e..

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Fossil fuel subsidies, climate change and the G20
By Peter Wooders
Group Director, Energy Program, IISD

In 2009 the G20 countriesagreed “To phase out and rationalize over the medium term inefficient fossil fuel subsidies while providing targeted support for the poorest” (G20, 2009). Since then, G20 ..

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The role of carbon trading in the Climate Change Challenge
By Dirk Forrester
President,IETA

In the six years that have elapsed since the Copenhagen climate talks ended in bitter acrimony, the tone of the debate has shifted significantly. No longer are we debating whether climate change is ..

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G20 holds key to our safe climate future
By CDKN

Tony de Brum, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Maria de Fátima Monteiro Jardim, Minister of Environment of Angola and Chair of the Least Developed Countries..

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Educating for sustainability is needed
By Sofia Santos
President, K-Evolution

The Role of Education in Promoting Green Economy and Green Societies The Problem with the Planet Today we live in an age where human intervention on the planet's resources reached an unprece..

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Accelerating the Transition towards Energy-Efficient Markets Worldwide
By John Holland
President, International Copper Association

Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General, has declared the next ten years to be the decade of Sustainable Energy For All (SE4ALL). One of SE4ALL’s goals is to double the rate of improvement..

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Upcycling: next evolution for sustainable resource efficiency
By Manica Ulcnik-Krump
INTERSEROH

Faced with global resource depletion, manufacturers are increasingly turning to recycled inputs. A prime example is Procyclen, the award-winning upcycled plastics recompound from INTERSEROH Dienstleis..

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Resource and Energy Efficiency is Needed Today for the Buildings and Cities of Tomorrow
By Achim Steiner
Executive Director UNEP

As countries continue to seek avenues to enhance competitiveness and sustainable economies, while  developing greater awareness of environmental degradation and resource consumption, the building sec..

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Tourism and the sustainability challenge
By Taleb Rifai
Secretary-General, World Tourism Organisation

It was at the Mexico Summit in 2012 when tourism was recognized for the first time by the G20 as “a vehicle for job creation, economic growth and development”. Indeed, there are few sectors in the..

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UN Global Compact: Transparency, like technology, is irreversible
By Georg Kell
Executive Director, UN Global Compact

Corruption is emerging from the shadows and into the bright light of public scrutiny – which, in an era of the Internet, social media and means of national and international regulation and investiga..

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INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE RISE OF SMART CITIES?
By Michel Sudarskis
INTA

Michel Sudarskis, Secretary General, INTA, International Urban Development Association  Economic data indicate that the global market of technologies related to "Smart city" will reach more than $..

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Rising to the challenge of climate change
By Dirk Forrister
CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association

Emissions trading is not a new concept - especially in the US, where it was invented. It was the powerful, breakthrough idea that brought together environmentalists and industry, and Republicans and D..

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Looking to the G20 for climate leadership
By Tony deBrum
Republic of the Marshall Islands

 For those of us on the front lines of the rising threats posed by climate change, there is no group of countries we look to more for climate leadership than the G20. The world’s twenty biggest ..

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Saving the largest global capital market
By Peter Bakker
World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Even the most hardcore capitalist believes there is a role for government in times of market failure. And when global markets fail, such as during the global financial crisis that began five years ago..

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Tourism in the new cycle of economic growth
By Taleb Rifai
Secretary-General, World Tourism Organisation

As the world’s largest economies gather in St. Petersburg to address the major challenges facing the global economy and find ways to start a new cycle of economic growth, the tourism sector finds it..

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Climate change: time to go that extra mile
By Achim Steiner
Executive Director UNEP

In terms of climate change, the world is heading into uncharted waters as leaders of the most industrialised countries prepare to gather for the G20 summit hosted by Russia in St. Petersburg. httpv:/..

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