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A view of Singularity University’s 2017 Global Summit held in San Francisco, California. Photo by: Catherine Cheney / Devex

 

While large organizations are designed for efficiency and predictability, they would benefit from flexibility and adaptability, Salim Ismail, author of “Exponential Organizations,” said onstage on the final day of the summit. He pointed to the United Nations as one example of an old institution that lacks feedback loops and update mechanisms to keep up with current trends. Representatives of traditional donor agencies and nongovernmental organizations were few and far between at a summit that gathered leaders to explore how converging technologies are transforming every industry, including foreign aid, global health and humanitarian response.

But Devex was on the ground to gather key insights for the global development community on how this kind of thinking can support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Read the full article here about the idea to connect the dots between emerging technology, recycling and global poverty

 

By Catherine Cheney from Devex. 

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EarthCheck debriefing on global carbon reporting and COP21

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EarthCheck logo -COP21On December 12, 2015, 196 nations represented at the 21st United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris, gave their support to what is now known as the ‘Paris Agreement’.

The Paris Agreement has 5 key elements which are centred on the monitoring, recording, and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Read more.

This White Paper on Tourism and Water provides an overview of the key water-related challenges for the tourism industry in the Asia-Pacific region. The paper discusses the tourism industry’s water requirements, including ‘benchmarks’ for consumption, in various types of tourist accommodation. Strategies for reducing water consumption, improving efficiency and quality, and engaging in water stewardship initiatives are presented.

by EarthCheck Research Institute

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Davos Declaration: Climate Change and Tourism Responding to Global Challenges

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Signed at the 2nd International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism in Davos, Switzerland on 3 October 2007, The Davos Declaration underscores that the tourism sector must rapidly respond to climate change, within the evolving UN framework if it is to grow in a sustainable manner. The Declaration recognises that tourism sector has an important place in that framework, given its global economic and social value, its role in sustainable development and its strong relationships with climate.

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The United Nations Department of Public Information recently held a conference titled “Beyond 2015: An Action Agenda by Non-governmental organizations” at U.N. Headquarters in New York. One of the key purposes of the conference was to provide input for the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs) that will succeed the 15-year framework of UN Millennium Development Goals, set to expire in 2015. Dr. Dave Randle. Read more.

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