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[NEWS] UN’s Faremo Eyes Artificial Intelligence Potential For SDGs At IPsoft ‘Digital Summit’

在今年6月初由IPsoft在紐約舉辦的第二屆年度數字勞動力峰會上,聯合國項目服務辦公室(UNOPS)的副秘書長兼執行主任Grete Faremo表示,人工智能(AI )是“不可否認的”,並認為人工智能有助於“實現聯合國的可持續發展目標(SDGs)”。“

此次活動在曼哈頓下城的Cipriani舉行,大約有600名代表參加,見證了許多主題演講,其中包括來自麻省理工學院Max Tegmark教授的人工智能時代; 全球公民共同創始人Simon Moss為全球提供了AI, 以及來自德勤全球認知優勢領導人Anthony Abattista的AI的影響。

Speaking at the Second Annual Digital Workforce Summit hosted by IPsoft in New York early this June, Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), said that the potential for Artificial Intelligence (AI) was “undeniable” and saw the possibility that AI has help “fulfill the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs).”

The event held at Cipriani’s in lower Manhattan, which saw around 600 delegates attend, witnessed a number of keynote addresses including being human in the age of AI from Professor Max Tegmark at MIT; AI for global good presented by Simon Moss, co-founder of Global Citizen; and, the impact of AI from Anthony Abattista, Global Cognitive Advantage Leader, Deloitte.

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[NEWS] SDGs Youth World Cup

世界杯在俄羅斯舉行時,數十名紐約市兒童將參加由聯合國贊助的全球足球錦標賽青年版。

這是星期六在該城市的蘭德爾斯島公園舉行的活動,由聯合國和聯合國機構在摩納哥聯合特派團的組織下進行組織。

這些團隊包括10到14歲的男孩和女孩參加城市課外活動,他們將代表比利時,法國,德國,摩洛哥,秘魯,韓國,俄羅斯和塞內加爾等八個國家。

While the World Cup plays out in Russia, dozens of New York City children are set to play in a U.N.-sponsored youth version of the global soccer tournament.

It’s happening Saturday at the city’s Randalls Island park and is being organized by Monaco’s U.N. mission with help from the U.N. and city agencies.

The teams include 10-to-14-year-old boys and girls in city afterschool programs who will “represent” eight countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Morocco, Peru, South Korea, Russia and Senegal.

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[NEWS] Logistics Startup ShipChain Urges UN to Use Blockchain to Tackle Development Goals

區塊鏈物流平台ShipChain在紐約聯合國總部發言時敦促與會者利用區塊鏈的潛力來應對聯合國17個可持續發展目標(SDGs),以減少貧困,消除飢餓,提高生活水平等等。 ShipChainCEO John Monarch的講話已發送至2018年6月4日在紐約舉行的首屆區塊鏈影響全球峰會。該活動由Blockchain可持續發展委員會主辦。
Monarch和ShipChain的其他管理人員加入了一些工作組,其中包括來自世界各地的高級政府官員和大使討論區塊鏈可以解決一些最緊迫的全球問題的方式。

Speaking at the United Nations headquarters in New York, blockchain logistics platform ShipChain urged attendees to harness the potential of blockchain to tackle the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to reduce poverty, end hunger, raise living standards and more. ShipChainCEO John Monarch’s remarks were delivered to the first Blockchain for Impact Global Summit, held in New York City on June 4, 2018. The event was hosted by the Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development.

Monarch and other ShipChain executives joined working groups that included high-ranking government officials and ambassadors from around the world to discuss ways that blockchain can address some of the most pressing global problems.

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[NEWS] Worldline Confirms Its Leading Position In CSR

2018年6月18日 – 歐洲領先的支付和交易服務行業的世界領先企業Worldline剛剛發布了2017年企業社會責任報告,強調其對聯合國可持續發展目標的承諾。 本報告根據最高報告標準和全球報告倡議組織(GRI)標準的“綜合”選項指南發布,證明了公司額外財務報告的質量,透明度和詳盡性。

June 18th, 2018 – Worldline, [Euronext: WLN] European leader in the payments and transactional services industry, has just released its 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, highlighting its commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. This report has been published in accordance with the highest reporting standards and the “Comprehensive” option guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)Standards, testifying to the quality, the transparency and the exhaustiveness of the company’s extra-financial reporting.

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[NEWS] Episcopal Relief & Development Responding to Volcano Eruption in Hawaii

主教救濟與發展(https://www.episcopalrelief.org/)與夏威夷主教管區(http://www.episcopalhawaii.org/)和希洛聖使徒教會合作,在5月3日,基拉韋厄火山在夏威夷的大島首次爆發。從火山噴出的熔岩消滅了數百個房屋。數千人被迫撤離,其中包括位於疏散區北部半小時的聖使徒教堂的一些成員。

6月6日星期三,基拉韋厄峰會爆發,引發5.4級地震。主教救濟和發展部門的支持為住在緊急避難所的撤離人員提供洗衣服務,並為受影響地區的學校提供9台空氣淨化器。普納地區的空氣質量因爆發中的二氧化硫而惡化。地方當局一直在分發麵罩以防灰,但面罩不能防止蒸汽和氣體。因此,需要空氣淨化器,特別是在學校。

Episcopal Relief & Development (https://www.episcopalrelief.org/) is partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii (http://www.episcopalhawaii.org/) and Church of the Holy Apostles in Hilo to provide emergency assistance after the Kilauea volcano first erupted on Hawaii’s Big Island on May 3. Lava flows from the volcano wiped out hundreds of homes. Thousands were forced to evacuate, including some members of Church of the Holy Apostles which is located about a half-hour north of the evacuation zone.

An eruption at Kilauea summit jolted the area on Wednesday, June 6 with the force of a 5.4 magnitude earthquake. Episcopal Relief & Development’s support is providing laundry services for evacuees staying in emergency shelters and nine air purifiers for schools in impacted areas. Air quality in the Puna District has worsened due to sulfur dioxide from the eruption. Local authorities have been distributing masks to shield from the ash, but the masks do not protect against vapors and gases. As a result, air purifiers are needed, especially in schools.

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[NEWS] What are You Eating Today?

今天是可持續的美食日,並且是一個擁抱對地球有益的飲食習慣的場合。

全球認為,在當地就餐是全球公民在購物時應該考慮的重要信息之一。

“大會,聯合國教育,科學及文化組織(教科文組織)和糧食及農業組織(糧農組織)致力於與會員國,聯合國組織和其他國際和區域機構合作,促進可持續美食日的舉辦 ,以及民間社會,觀察這一天,提高公眾對可持續發展貢獻的認識,“專門的聯合國網站透露。

Today is Sustainable Gastronomy Day and an occasion to embrace eating habits that are good for the planet.

Think globally, eat locally is one of the big messages citizens worldwide are being encouraged to think about when they go shopping.

“The General Assembly, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) work to facilitate the observance of Sustainable Gastronomy Day, in collaboration with Member States, UN organisations and other international and regional bodies, as well as civil society, to observe the Day in raising public awareness of its contribution to sustainable development,” the dedicated UN website reveal.

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[NEWS] BAT Wins AREA Awards for Green Leadership

英美煙草公司(英美煙草公司)孟加拉國榮獲國際榮譽獎,2018年亞洲責任企業獎(AREA),其企業社會責任倡議Deepto在綠色領導類下。

該獎項最近在菲律賓馬尼拉舉行的國際企業社會責任峰會2018上交出。 英美煙草孟加拉國法律和外部事務部負責人Mubina Asaf代表該公司收到該獎項。

2011年啟動的Deepto是利用可再生能源為山區地區的離網區域帶來電力的經濟實惠方式。 迄今為止,已經安裝了2,064套太陽能住宅系統,覆蓋了Bandarban,Khagrachari和Rangamati地區的23個村莊,首次向12,000多人提供電力。 Deepto改變了受益者的社會和經濟狀況,並顯著改善了他們的生活。

British American Tobacco (BAT) Bangladesh received international accolade, the Asia Responsible Enterprise Award 2018 (AREA) for its CSR initiative Deepto under Green Leadership category.

The award was handed over at the International CSR Summit 2018 held in Manila, Philippines recently. Mubina Asaf, Head of Legal & External Affairs, BAT Bangladesh received the award on behalf of the company, said a press release.

Incepted in 2011, Deepto is an affordable approach to utilize renewable energy to bring electricity in the off-grid areas in hill tract areas. Until now 2,064 solar home systems have been installed covering 23 villages of Bandarban, Khagrachari and Rangamati districts to provide electricity for the first time to more than 12,000 people. Deepto has changed the social and the economic condition of the beneficiaries and has improved their livelihood significantly.

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[NEWS] The Quintessential Feature of Indian Urbanism

以活動和物質存在的形式 – 是印度城市主義和南方全球城市化的基本特徵。城市背景下的非正規性可以從多個框架中理解為空間分類(貧民窟),社會經濟群體(非正式勞動),組織形式(基於規則/關係)和知識與實踐。隨著正式和非正式空間的結合以及印度城市街頭經濟體所見的活動帶來了城市體驗。在其他亞洲城市,例如香港旺角區擁擠不堪的街道,對批評街頭和市場過度擁擠的人提供了反面的敘述:它們充噹噹地人的聚會場所,象徵著吸引外國的亞洲異國情調的混亂和無計劃的空間性遊客。旺角內城區的每個角落都擠滿了交通,購物者,路過的人,嬰兒車,當地人和來自其他地方的遊客。不同用途的街道變化帶來的時間變化 – 筆式空氣市場,車輛,新舊混合的不可預知的混合,商店,路邊餐館增添了街頭生活的活力和活力,並有助於製作。

In the form of activities and material presence – is an essential feature of urbanism in India and the global South in general. Informality in the urban context can be understood from multiple frames as spatial categorization (slum), socio-economic groups (informalized labor), forms of organization (rule-based/relation-based) and knowledge and practices. The urban experience is brought about with the coming together of formal and informal spaces, and activities as witnessed in street economies across urban India. In other Asian cities like the overcrowded streets in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong provides a counter narrative to the criticism of overcrowded streets and markets:  they serve as hangouts for the locals, symbolize the chaos and unplanned spatiality of the Asiatic exoticism that appeals to foreign tourists. Every corner of the inner- city area of Mongkok is filled with traffic, shoppers, passer-by, strollers, locals and visitors from other places. Temporal changes brought about by changes in the street from varied uses – pen air bazaar, vehicles, unpredictable mixing of new and old, shops, roadside eateries add to the vibrancy and vitality of street life and help in place making.

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[NEWS] Increase Allocation for Education, Health

擬議預算中的教育和衛生撥款分別較去年增加5.2%和13.2%。 專家表示,這兩個行業的配額分別應該增加25%和20%左右,以幫助實現可持續發展目標(SDG)。 事實上,如果孟加拉國想改變未來,實現2010年國家教育政策和2021年遠景規定的目標,並投資於每個人的全民健康覆蓋面,那麼他們應該在教育方面投入更多的資金。

Allocations for education and health in the proposed budget rose by 5.2 percent and 13.2 percent respectively from the outgoing fiscal year’s. Experts say that allocations for these two sectors should increase by around 25 and 20 percent, respectively, to help achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In fact, Bangladesh should invest more in education if it wants to change its future and achieve the goals set in the National Education Policy 2010 and Vision 2021, and also invest in the universal health coverage for everyone.

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[NEWS]Meeting Paris Climate Targets will Require a Substantial Reallocation of Global Investment

作者發現,全球能源系統的根本性轉變可以通過整體投資相對適度的增加來實現。 然而,需要將投資從化石燃料轉向可再生能源和能源效率的根本轉變,包括專門投資於實現聯合國可持續發展目標(SDGs)的措施。

作為2015年“巴黎協定”的一部分,許多國家確定了旨在減少溫室氣體排放的國家自主貢獻(NDC)。 該研究證實,像NDC這樣的當前激勵措施不會為改變能源體系所需的投資組合“顯著變化”提供足夠的動力。

The authors find that a fundamental transformation of the global energy system can be achieved with a comparatively modest increase in overall investments. However, a radical shift of investments away from fossil fuels and toward renewables and energy efficiency is needed, including dedicated investments into measures to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As part of the Paris Agreement in 2015, many countries defined Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) designed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The study confirms that current incentives like the NDCs will not provide sufficient impetus for the “pronounced change” in investment portfolios that are needed to transform the energy system.

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