This year, the global community has a historic opportunity to lay the groundwork to tackle poverty, inequality and climate change. This week at the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, world leaders are expected to show their ambition to turn the 2015 sustainable development agenda and climate agreement into meaningful action.
The Sustainability Institute Innovation Lab (SIIL) is looking for an efficient, highly motivated, hard-working and socially conscious Site Manager for its flagship solar electricity enterprise called the iShack Project.
The Civil Society Development Fund (CSDF), an initiative of the Embassy of France in South Africa, supports the participation of South African Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in local governance.
USB-Ed’s Impumelelo: The Stellenbosch Academy for Social Innovations Centre, in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, are bringing project presenters in water, sanitation, recycling, and waste management from the e’Thekwini and Drakenstein Municipalities to present to a key group of public managers drawn from the Gauteng municipalities and region.
Health Economic and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) is a self-funded, applied research unit based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. HEARD conducts a range of research-from pure to applied- seeking to support all those intent on designing interventions to reduce the HIV pandemic in all sectors in the SADC and East Africa region. Its research agenda is driven by current issues and is aimed at producing knowledge and evidence critical to informed policies and actions.
Innovations in HIV Prevention in Africa
The planet is in a mess, and climate change is perhaps the biggest threat to both prosperity and political stability worldwide. It is always the poor who suffer most; and yet the battle continues to be led by those who do not have the best interests of the most vulnerable at heart. But why? Perhaps it is time, instead, to mobilise the people.
United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, has described the global talks on climate as ‘important success’ but warned that new efforts as still required.
Ban points out that, "The outcomes in Cancun have given us important tools. Now we must use them, and strengthen our efforts in line with the scientific imperative for action."
He further notes that while there is much work yet to do, the success of the conference has set the world on the path to a safer, more prosperous, and sustainable world for all.
A year after the chaotic Copenhagen summit, the 2010 UNFCCC climate conference begins in Cancun. Expectations are low this time around, especially compared to the eve of Copenhagen.
That's probably both good and bad. The conference last year had been so hyped up before hand, with so much hopes linked to it, that the lack of a binding agreement at the end of it and the last-day battle over process and text made it a near-disaster.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) will be held from 7-18 December 2009 at the Bella Centre in Copenhagen.
COP15 - the official title of the conference - refers to the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
More than 15 000 delegates from 192 countries, including 100 world leaders, will convene in Copenhagen for the most important UN conference on climate change to agree a new global climate deal aimed at protecting the future of our planet.
A policy to govern the development of bio-fuel sector should involve the communities that are likely to be affected by the new venture. This is the view of Action Aid Tanzania.
The organisation says that involving communities during preparation of the legal document will help the country to refrain from social and environmental devastations associated with bio-fuel development.
The organisation further says that, “The process to enact a policy should be participatory."