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
When will life return to “normal”? That’s what many ponder as governments battle to protect citizens and put together economic rescue plans. In Latin America and the Caribbean, the situation is grim as countries reel from over 266,000 deaths. The impact on jobs is bleak with estimates suggesting that up to 17 million formal and 23 million informal jobs could be lost … [Read more...] about “Green” won’t be enough for Latin America and the Caribbean’s recovery
On May 28, IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno hosted an event with Lord Nicolas Stern, professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, on the importance of climate change policy and what a sustainable recovery from the pandemic could look like. In his introduction, President Moreno said that despite the very difficult challenges countries face to protect … [Read more...] about What does a sustainable recovery look like after COVID-19?
For decades, air quality indices in Bogotá and Medellín were not as positive as those presented between March and May 2020, following the mandatory confinement ordered by the government to face COVID-19. Caused by increasing air pollution from emissions from traffic and industrial and productive activities, the constant red, orange and violet alerts had become almost … [Read more...] about Cleaner air helps create sustainable cities in Colombia
During the pandemic crisis nature suddenly feels much closer. Many of us regularly hear a symphony of birdsong from our make-shift offices at home while local parks are proving to be lifeline for our mental and physical health. As countries plan to ease lockdowns, parks and urban green spaces may be among the first places where people meet again and will be important to … [Read more...] about Can nature support a green and inclusive economic recovery?