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2 December, 2016 – Australian designer and innovator Dr. Leyla Acaroglu has been announced as one of the winners of the United Nations’ highest environmental accolade for her science-based yet creative work on bringing about change for sustainability.
UN Environment is giving its Champions of the Earth award to Dr. Acaroglu in the Science and Innovation category in recognition of her innovative, award-winning designs and projects that instigate positive environmental and social change.
A designer and social scientist from Melbourne, Australia, Dr. Acaroglu’s achievements include her UnSchool of Disruptive Design and its unique training modules, produced and led by her company Disrupt Design, and her ongoing efforts to transform the basis of human thinking, systems and design in support of a sustainable future.
MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF COOPERATIVES
2 July 2016
Cooperative endeavour is about empowerment, inclusion and sustainability. It is designed to uphold the principles of equality and democratic participation. It embodies the principle of the Sustainable Development Goals that no-one should be left behind.
Cooperatives play an important role in many societies. The United Nations estimates that one person in every six is either a member or a client of a cooperative. Worldwide, some 2.6 million cooperatives employ 12.6 million people. Their assets are worth about US$20 trillion and they generate about US$3 trillion in annual revenue.
Like the SDGs themselves, cooperatives are people-centred. Owned and run by their members, cooperatives are strongly committed to the communities they serve. Agricultural cooperatives help to improve the productivity of small producers by facilitating access to markets, credit, insurance and technology. Social cooperatives can provide an important safety net in the face of declining or minimal public welfare.
Recognizing the growing challenge of feeding the world’s cities and the importance of efficient urban markets, FAO and the World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) are partnering to promote sustainability and inclusiveness in the wholesale sector, including developing “best practices” for reducing food waste. Continue reading
UNIC Canberra joined the Canberra Institute of Technology to launch their 2014 Photography Competition, themed the “International Year of Family Farming” on the 18th of June. Continue reading
Up to 849 million hectares of natural land – nearly the size of Brazil – may be degraded by 2050 should current trends of unsustainable land use continue, warns a report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The 2013 theme for International Mountain Day is “Mountains: Key to a Sustainable future”. Covering around 27 percent of the earth’s land surface, mountains play a critical role in moving the world towards sustainable economic growth. Continue reading
The forthcoming 2013-14 World Resources Report responds to the challenge of the great balancing act confronting the world’s agricultural system. In Creating a Sustainable Food Future, we explore a menu of potential solutions that could sustainably close the food gap by 2050. Continue reading
The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative has launched the Online Guide to Banking & Sustainability. It is a tool to help bank employees actively integrate ESG issues into their work by learning from best practice case studies and is quickly becoming a global reference for banking institutions. Continue reading