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South Korea Commits to Reaching Net-Zero by 2050

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has announced the country will commit to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. During a speech to parliament on October 28, he reaffirmed plans for a Green New Deal and pledged to replace coal power generation with renewable energy. As part of the USD 37 billion Green New Deal, South Korea...Read more »

C40 Mayors Call for Green and Just Recovery

New research commissioned by the C40 Global Mayors COVID-19 Recovery Task Force illustrates the benefits of green and just recovery for employment, emissions, and health across the world’s 100 leading cities. The new technical report, published in October 2020, compares how urban greenhouse gas emissions, health, and jobs could develop under a green recovery compared...Read more »

EU allots P3.76 Billion for green recovery in the Philippines

As of October 26, 2020, the European Union (EU) has allotted PHP 3.76 billion in grant funding to the Philippines under the Access to Sustainable Energy Programme. This grant will support sustainable recovery efforts in the Philippines, particularly within the energy sector. During a webinar held on October 22, 2020, the head of the EU...Read more »

OECD Calls for ‘Science-Based’ Planning for Sustainable Recovery

On Monday October 27, 2020 experts met at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) meeting. Expert consensus was that the estimated EUR 312 billion to be invested by OECD countries in green technologies for COVID recovery is not enough. Moreover, experts asserted that there has not been enough information on how countries plan...Read more »

UN ECLAC Push for Sustainability and Equality to be at the Forefront of COVID-19 Recovery

From October 26th to October 28th, the thirty eighth session of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is being held. The session hopes to discuss how to recover from the COVID pandemic sustainably. The session also hopes to promote a shift toward cultural equality in the region. On the first...Read more »

The Rockefeller Foundation Commits USD 1 billion to Green Recovery in Developing Countries

On October 26, 2020, The Rockefeller Foundation announced its commitment of USD 1 billion over the next 3 years to strengthen health systems and improve access to clean energy in developing countries. This commitment to green recovery in developing countries intends to rebuild economies and secure a safer future. Beyond the economic benefits that this...Read more »

Spanish Recovery Plan Will Invest EUR 72 Billion in EU Funds

In early October, the Spanish President Pedro Sánchez presented plans to invest EUR 72 billion in European funds over the next three years, aiming to create 800,000 jobs. The Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan addresses four key areas for a COVID-19 recovery: ecological transition, digitalization, gender equality, and social cohesion. The Spanish government expects the...Read more »

UNDP and UNEP Collaboration to Support Sustainable Recovery in Iraq

On October 22, 2020, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Regional Office for West Asia and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Iraq. The goal of the MoU is to spur progress toward the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, while focusing efforts on achieving environmental SDGs. One specific goal...Read more »

Southeast Asia Urged to Transition to Low Carbon Energy Alternatives

A World Resources Institute article posted on October 19, 2020, urges that a transition to renewable energy sources to address Southeast Asia’s energy demand will be the most sustainable path to post-pandemic recovery in the region. Southeast Asia’s strong reliance on fossil fuels has exacerbated the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and has contributed...Read more »

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Expected to Address Climate Crisis During Recovery

The Reuters Foundation reported on October 21, 2020, that New Zealand’s recently re-elected Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, is being urged to pursue green economic recovery plans. Arden’s successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic is being seen as an indication of good crisis management skills. As her demonstrated commitment to facing environmental concerns was the main...Read more »