HOW TO PROTECT INDEPENDENT SCIENCE AND ENSURE OUR INNOVATIONS ARE IN TUNE WITH OUR HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS?

We must be just as careful on the international level not to let the UN and its SDGs to be used as a kind of banner for larger industry purposes.  This is essential if one truly wants to win the hearts and minds of the world at large for the sustainable development program. 

Written & Presented by JULIE MARDIN, Researcher-Author, Digital Artist and Representative of The Light Millennium to the UN Department of Global Communications (New York).
WORKSHOP: GREAT GOALS, UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: How to handle the complexity of our technology, and make true progress for our social and environmental well being

Organized & Presented by The Light Millennium
as part of
The 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference

BUILDING INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
26 – 28 August 2019, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
For the full text of this paper (Pdf), please click on here >

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REPORT on: GREAT GOALS, UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES…

“— A company can create a product, but what we use and not use is still up to us.”
—  “We should remember our power as consumers.” 
— “Hold corporations accountable, it’s as simple as that.”
—  “We need easier access to scientific studies for the regular citizen.”
– From the Interactive Session

Report by Julie MARDIN, Representative of The Light Millennium to the United Nations Department of Global Communications
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IF WE CARE ABOUT ADVANCING HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

“If we care about advancing human development, if we care about equality, if we care about achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, then we need to run this race together—because when you want to go fast, go alone, when you want to go far, go together.” How far do we want to go?”
Presented by Jonathan CUMMINGS, Partnership Manager, World Human Accountability Organization
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WE MUST REMAIN VIGILANT ALL OUR LIFE. AND WE HAVE TO BE VIGOROUS.

“We face every single day and in all over the world, gender base violence, gender related killings, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence… the list is long. Knowing that women’s rights are never to be taken granted and always questioned and postponed with several excuses like political, economic, religious crises. We must remain vigilent all our life. And we have to be vigorous.”
Presented by Fatma AYTAÇ, Red Pepper Association (Kırmızı Biber Derneği)
Co-Founder and UN-Representative

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WE AIM TO BRING BACK THE “SECULARISM” CONCEPT INTO THE DISCUSSION IN CORRELATION WITH THE UNSCR 1325 AND SDGs TO THE UN GROUND

Concept Note:
PEACE, WOMEN, SECURITY & SECULARISM
Towards the 19th Anniversary of the United Nations Security Council
Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women and Peace and Security

And
In support of the SDGs#5, #16 and #17
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ANNETTE HESLOP AND ENERGY4ALL

Below article by Harvey Tordoff in the United Kingdom provides a brief history and the pathways to, now it is called: Sustainable Energy For All | SEForALL
Initially, its short form used as SE4ALL in 2011, which is also one of the 17 Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals. In it, SDG#7 is specifically dedicated to:  
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
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At the United Nations Framework on Climate Change conference in Katowice in December 2018 the US, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait rejected a motion to welcome the latest study.  Australia remained silent.  But despite national Governments taking a strategic stance over what they see as their own short-term interests, progress is made.  I want to tell you about Annette Heslop, who (also in December 2018) was presented with an MBE* from HRH Prince William.  An MBE (Member of the British Empire) is one of the highest awards given to British civilians, and was in recognition of Annette’s contribution to community-owned renewable energy projects.
by Harvey TORDOFF

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NATURE BASED SOLUTIONS, WATER MANAGEMENT AND AGRICULTURE

Presented by:
Olcay ÜNVER, PhD., Vice Chair of UN-Water and Deputy Director of Land and Water Division at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO);

Member of the WLE Steering Committee
“The case for intensification has been well articulated in the literature, both from a perspective of increased production, through high-yielding crops, increased irrigation, mechanization, and the role of chemicals that increase production levels, and from a conservation perspective, in terms of the millions of hectares of forests which otherwise would be converted into farm land, unquantifiable amount of ecosystem services saved, and of some 590 billion tons of CO2 prevented from being released into the atmosphere.”

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