A summary of bullet points from the seventh session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reported in the last edition of the mailing is now available. The meeting which took place from 6-10 January 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, addressed a range of topics including: sustainable cities and human settlements; sustainable transport; sustainable consumption and production; and climate change and disaster risk reduction.
A recent journal article in Biodiversity and Conservation argues that a better, more effective dialogue is needed between biodiversity science and policy to underpin the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity. Drawing on literature, interviews and a workshop with individuals working at the interface between biodiversity science and government policy development, the article presents practical recommendations for creating dialogue which moves away from the existing ‘linear’ or technocratic model of communication.
Video presentations from two events recently held by the Grantham Institute have now been made available and can be viewed below.
'In the balance: Can we halve global emissions by 2050' was an evening lecture and discussion to launch an EFL and Grantham study on the technologies and costs of halving global CO2 emissions by 2050. The event was held 17th September 2013 and featured a welcome address by Sir Brian Hoskins, Director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London, as well as talks by: Dr Halldor Thorgeirsson, Director for Implementation Strategy, UNFCCC; Professor Nilay Shah, Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London; and Lord Nicholas Stern, Director of the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. Further information about the programme for this event is available here.
'Climate change and global food security' was a Grantham Special Lecture held 16th October 2013 by Professor Martin Parry, Grantham Institute and Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London. A summary of some of the issues covered in this lecture is available here.