Since the novel coronavirus struck last year forcing countries into lockdowns and social distancing measures, businesses and governments adopted new policies for working remotely. These lockdowns have caused an unprecedented experiment where more people than ever before have been teleworking to reduce the risks of spreading and contracting the virus. While much has been … [Read more...] about Can teleworking help us achieve sustainable recovery and net-zero emission economies?
2021 is a make or break year for people and the planet. The international community needs to orchestrate a sustainable recovery from the pandemic while delivering more ambitious commitments to protect nature and ensure a climate safe future. In LAC, there is the added challenge of responding to tough issues such as inequality, poverty and unemployment, which COVID-19 has … [Read more...] about 5 ways countries’ decarbonization and resilience plans matter for sustainable recovery
Last week, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, announced that the central objective of the UN for 2021 will be to build a Global Coalition for Carbon Neutrality. He stated that he firmly believes that “2021 can be a new kind of leap year — the year of a quantum leap towards carbon neutrality”. With 110 countries having committed to carbon neutrality by 2050 there is … [Read more...] about 41 billion reasons why Costa Rica’s progress on decarbonization can inspire the world
On August 12, 2020, the IDB hosted a webinar on how the Blue Economy can help to spark a sustainable and inclusive recovery in the Caribbean after COVID-19. The event aimed to promote the Blue Economy as a key driver for recovery, raise awareness of the importance of ocean and coastal resources beyond fisheries and tourism and highlight the IDB’s agenda on this … [Read more...] about Can the Blue Economy spark a sustainable and inclusive recovery in the Caribbean?
This year the United Nations celebrates its 75th anniversary. By the next time a similar anniversary comes around it will be 2095. We cannot wait that long to see whether the world has successfully limited global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius and halted the collapse of biodiversity. We need strong action now. The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility … [Read more...] about Connecting a sustainable recovery with global climate and biodiversity goals can be a win-win for all