G7 summit: a Paris Agreement test

27 May 2016 -- elise.buckle

The G7 Summit in Shima, Japan, was the first occasion for the G7 Heads of States to gather since the Paris Agreement was agreed upon last December, with climate and energy on the official G7 agenda.

Clearly, the aggregated commitments are not in line with the 2C target, a temperature rise no longer considered safe, let alone 1.5C. Major economies need to deal with the ambition void rather than just celebrate what was accomplished.


UNFCCC climate change conference in Bonn must deliver on commitments taken in Paris

17 May 2016 -- elise.buckle

The forty-fourth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 44) and  Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 44) as well as the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1) will take place from 16 to 26 May 2016, in Bonn, Germany. This is the first meeting taking place since the adoption of the Paris Agreement.


Climate change is causing major impacts on labour productivity and health

28 April 2016 -- elise.buckle

The “Global Heat Level Rise” is a major issue for labour productivity and health, and potentially one of the largest social and economic impact caused by climate change. Millions of workers are being exposed to excessive heat causing increased health risks. The productivity loss could cost more than $2 trillion USD a year by 2030. 


New report: EU's investment Court System in TTIP and CETA does not protect governments’ right to regulate

19 April 2016 -- elise.buckle

The European Commission claims that the new approach on investment protection – outlined in the Investment Court System (ICS) introduced in TTIP, CETA and the EU-Vietnam FTA – fully protects the governments’ right to regulate.


World Water Day: Investing in water services is good for job creation, human health and the economy

22 March 2016 -- elise.buckle

According to the new UN World Water Development Report on Water and Jobs launched today in Geneva at the ILO, opportunities for employment growth and decent jobs are contingent upon the sustainable management of water resources and the provision of water-related services.

For UNI Global Union General Secretary Philip Jennings: “safe water is a human right. According to the new Report launched today on the World Water Day, every hour 38 workers die from water-related diseases. Access to water and sanitation services is critical to maintaining a healthy and productive workforce.”



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