Applying the hard lessons of coronavirus to the biodiversity crisis
Manager, Global Programme on Nature for Development, UNDP
27 March 2020
IEF CONTRIBUTION TO UN75
The United Nations is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2020 by reflecting on its future, and everyone is invited to contribute. The following is a brief description of many of the ways IEF and IEF members can participate in this process. As you will see, we are already engaged in various ways.
Global Social Health
A new platform, Global Social Health www.globalsocialhealth.org, has been launched by the Foundation “Terry Madison for Virtues and Social Health” based in Bulgaria. It shares many of the same values as the International Environment Forum.
Does the Pandemic have a Silver Lining?
Arthur Lyon Dahl
Should we thank God for the Pandemic? It may seem weird to be thankful for a catastrophe. Human suffering is never something to be sought or revelled in. But the pandemic now sweeping the world, with its ultimate outcome still uncertain, may be a blessing in disguise or a cloud with a silver lining. Let me explain.
UN study shows accelerating climate change on land, sea and in the atmosphere
World Meteorological Organization, 10 March 2020
A wide-ranging UN climate report, released on Tuesday, shows that climate change is having a major effect on all aspects of the environment, as well as on the health and wellbeing of the global population.
Endorse our proposals for UN reform
Together First is an association of civil society organizations including IEF that is coordinating inputs to the United Nations consultation on UN reform in its 75th year. Many organizations have submitted proposals to Together First for consideration, and the most popular will be incorporated into its submission to the UN. These have now been published on line, and the public is being invited to endorse those that they find most important.
Unity: Indicator of True Success
Arthur Lyon Dahl
International Environment Forum
Paper prepared for the ebbf International Conference
Rethinking Success: a Way to Save the Planet and Ourselves
A virtual event, 14-17 May 2020
Civil Society Declaration for UN75
UN2020 is taking the lead on preparing a Civil Society Declaration and Plan of Action for the UN 75th anniversary. The Declaration is expected to be finalized in April and presented at the UN75 People's Forum taking place on 23-24 April at UN Headquarters in New York City. This is timed to coincide with the Day of Multilateralism (April 23rd) and will feed into the UN Secretary-General’s UN75 interim report to be published in May.
Negotiations on UN75 declaration
11 February 2020
UN75 Co-Facilitators Outline Five Elements for Declaration
UN Member States are beginning negotiations on a declaration for the UN’s 75th anniversary. In a food-for-thought paper, the co-facilitators suggest five possible elements of the declaration, to be discussed during informal consultations on 21 February 2020.
Multiple eco-crises could trigger 'systemic collapse'
Phys.org, 6 February 2020