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Global Firms Managing Assets Worth US$16 Trillion Agree To Scale-Up Sustainable Investment

3 Mins Read After a meeting with United Nations secretary-general António Guterres, an alliance of the world’s biggest firms have agreed to deliver strategies to scale-up sustainable investments. With countries around the world still reeling from the devastating economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, Guterres described action from the private sector “more important than ever” and urges businesses […]

New Free UN App Encourages Sustainable Living & Climate Action

3 Mins Read As the world continues to battle both the coronavirus pandemic and the climate emergency, many are calling for sustainability to be prioritised in the recovery process, which represents an opportunity for the world to build back better. The United Nations has now launched a new mobile app to encourage all individuals to contribute to this […]

Asian Development Bank Calls For Sustainable “Blue Economy” To Save Our Oceans

3 Mins Read The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has called on Asia to begin focusing on building a new sustainable “blue economy”. The region’s development bank says that in order to preserve livelihoods and the planet, the continent must begin preserving the marine ecosystem and move away from the current “ocean economy” that exploits natural resources. It has […]

Experts Call For Sustainable Development In Indonesia’s Coronavirus Recovery

3 Mins Read In a virtual meeting on Thursday (May 28), a number of government and legislative figures in Indonesia said that the country must rebuild from the coronavirus using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework.  During the conference, Agustaviano Sofjan, a director at the Foreign Ministry, detailed how sustainable development had been set […]

Ensuring Inclusiveness & Equality In Hong Kong During Covid-19

5 Mins Read Benita Chick, the founder and CEO of Hong Kong-based social enterprise Encompass HK, previously busted some myths and outlined challenges to overcome for Hong Kong to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Now, she shares the additional obstacles that lie ahead for the city to ensure inclusiveness and equality in the midst of the current […]

UN Sustainable Development Goals in Hong Kong: Myths & Challenges

8 Mins Read How much do we in Hong Kong know about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Benita Chick, the founder and CEO of Encompass HK, a social enterprise offering SDG training and consultancy services to organisations, explains the myths and highlights the challenges about achieving the SDGs here in Hong Kong.  The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also […]

10 Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions For A Greener 2020

6 Mins Read In 2019, everything changed- it felt like across the world, individuals, brands and governments finally began to prioritise our climate crisis and our degrading planet. That being said, it’s still not enough. But before sinking into another bout of eco-anxiety, know that there is hope – as more individuals make small but meaningful changes to […]

Indian Cotton Farmers Defy Monsanto With Native Seeds

3 Mins Read Agrochemical multinational corporation Monsanto is responsible for huge socioeconomic damage within the Indian farming community ever since they launched illegal operations of field trials decades ago to make inroads into the market. After years of pressuring farmers to adopt a strain of Bt Cotton – which unleashed devastating consequences – these farmers, backed by the […]

Asia Will Not Achieve 2030 Goals According to Latest UN SDG Report

4 Mins Read The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the United Nations’ regional hub to promote greater cooperation among countries in the region in order to achieve inclusive, sustainable development. In May, ESCAP published their 2019 report assessing the region’s progress on the globally agreed agenda of 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals […]

INTERVIEW: Zero Waste Pioneer & Coconut Matter Founder On Following Your Heart & Why The Whole System Needs To Be Redesigned

5 Mins Read We sat down with Diane van Zwanenberg, founder of plastic-free natural and vegan beauty brand Coconut Matter who is making strides in promoting low-waste living in Asia and beyond. Diane has led the alternative beauty and cosmetics industry in Asia since she first introduced her pioneering plastic-free packaging brand, and has since encouraged many to […]

Water Pollution: The Invisible Threat The World Is Ignoring

3 Mins Read The latest report by the World Bank warns about the “invisible threat” that the planet is facing – water pollution – which will affect the health, economy, education and agriculture of both rich and poor countries alike. The report also outlines how water pollution will pose an issue for nearly every Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) […]

Marriott Hotels Ditches Single-Use Plastic Amenities Across All 7,000 Global Locations By 2020

2 Mins Read Following their 2018 initiative to reduce single-use plastics, Marriott International has just announced their plans to eliminate mini disposable toiletries from all their hotels globally by 2020. Replacing the single-use amenities in bathrooms will be large refillable pump bottles. Marriott’s decision comes after recent headlines by companies in the hospitality industry aiming to phase out […]