April 11: International Day for Maternal Health and Rights

first_imgPosted on April 10, 2014November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Disrespect and abuse during childbirth happens all over the world and at an alarming rate. For example, about half of respondents in a 2012 survey identified lack of privacy, lack of informed consent, and verbal abuse, as examples of disrespect or abuse during childbirth in their countries.To promote respectful maternity care, Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) is calling on governments, international institutions, and the global community of civil society organizations to celebrate and recognize April 11 as the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights.Read Gender Health’s new respectful maternity care fact sheet (pdf) and follow the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #IntlMHDay tomorrow from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (EST).Want 2 learn more abt comprehensive #rightsbased maternal health b4 #IntlMHDay this Friday? Read our new fact sheet: http://t.co/YMxKFFCgta— CHANGE (@genderhealth) April 8, 2014To sign on to the Call to Action as an organization, please email Devan Shea at [email protected] Individuals can add their names here: http://bit.ly/IntlMHDay.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

By the Numbers: The Value of Tropical Forests in the Climate Change Equation

first_imgBeyond their role in the global carbon budget, forests also have an important role in regulating climate at a local level by shading the ground and transpiring water. Every 100 liters of water a tree transpires (just a fraction of what many trees release each day) provides the equivalent of running 2 central air conditioning units for a day (the cooling equivalent of 70 kilowatt-hours of electricity).On the other hand, deforestation can increase local air temperature in the tropics and temperate zones by one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) and increase daily temperature variation by almost two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in the tropics and 2.85 degrees Celsius (5.13 degrees Fahrenheit) in the temperate zone.Tropical forests are 8 percent of the problem but 23 percent of the solution.About 8 percent of global emissions currently come from tree cover loss in tropical forests, but these same forests can provide 23 percent of the cost-effective climate mitigation needed before 2030. NDCs still fall far short of the total mitigation needed to keep 2030 emissions in line with a two degrees Celsius scenario, and about 7.1 gigatons of carbon dioxide can be mitigated annually through the management, protection, and restoration of tropical forests, mangroves and peatlands. That’s equivalent to the total carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions of Russia, the European Union and Japan combined in 2014. This potential comes from the avoided emissions through stopping deforestation and degradation as well as the removal of atmospheric carbon that takes places through forest growth and restoration.Forests receive just 3 percent of available climate mitigation finance. Despite this potential, forest-related finance, even for countries with high rates of deforestation, accounts for less than 3 percent of global climate mitigation-related development funding. To reach global climate goals it’s critical that national and local actors alike double down on the proven strategy of reducing deforestation to mitigate climate change. Protecting tropical forests is essential for achieving the climate goals of the Paris Agreement. Global Forest Watch Climate recently released estimated carbon dioxide emissions associated with the 2017 tropical tree cover loss data, and the numbers demonstrate more of what we already knew. If tropical tree cover loss continues at the current rate, it will be nearly impossible to keep warming below the pledged two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).Below are five numbers that demonstrate just how important tropical forests are in preventing further climate change, and how much more visibility they need on the global climate change mitigation agenda.If tropical deforestation were a country, it would rank third in carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions, only behind China and the United States of America. Annual gross carbon dioxide emissions from tree cover loss in tropical countries averaged 4.8 gigatons per year between 2015 and 2017. Put another way, tropical tree cover loss is now causing more emissions every year than 85 million cars would over their entire lifetime.It’s getting worse. Average annual emissions in the last three years were 63 percent higher than in the preceding 14 years. Across all Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, forests represent a quarter of all planned emission reductions by 2030. Although the rate of tree cover loss declined in some places, the most recent data for 2017 suggests that many countries are moving in the wrong direction to fulfill these goals. Average emissions from 2015 – when the Paris Agreement was signed – through 2017 were 63 percent higher than the average over the 14 years prior (3.0 gigatons per year versus 4.9 gigatons per year).Global Forest Watch’s annual tree cover loss data provides an unbiased proxy for which nationally-reported estimates of tropical deforestation can be assessed. GFW Climate builds on this global dataset to estimate associated carbon emissions from aboveground biomass clearing. It’s not just carbon in the trees that make forests important for climate. Forests hold critical local cooling power – to the measure of more than 2 air conditioning units per tree.Rowing across a lake in Peru’s Amazon. Flickr/WRIlast_img read more

FIA conspiracy Former culture minister blames plot for festival failure

first_imgIn testimony Thursday before aLegislative Assembly commission, Costa Rica’s former Culture Minister Elizabeth Fonseca downplayed the colossal failure of this year’s International Arts Festival, or FIA, saying, “this whole situation has been exaggerated; the gravity of what happened was blown out of proportion.”At the hearing before the Assembly’s Public Spending and Revenue Oversight Commission, Fonseca mostly reiterated what she had previously stated in a report submitted to President Luis Guillermo Solís earlier this month. Inti Picado, the former director of the ministry’s Center for Arts and Cultural Production (CPAC),  and Presidency Vice Minister Ana Gabriel Zúñiga also testified.Fonseca also accused unnamed adversaries of staging a “plot” to sabotage the festival, beginning in 2014.“The festival faced problems from day zero,” she said.Fonseca claimed to have discovered several irregularities in the organization of last year’s FIA. She told lawmakers she had received part of an investigation of FIA 2014 from employees of former Social Christian Unity Party legislator Wálter Céspedes. Among the irregularities Céspedes’ investigation uncovered, she said, were duplicate invoices from companies providing various services during the 2014 edition of the festival.Fonseca again blamed Vice Minister Zúñiga for giving the order to continue this year’s festival despite seemingly insurmountable setbacks.Zúñiga arrived at the hearing accompanied by Communications Minister Mauricio Herrera and several officials from Casa Presidencial’s press office. She read a written statement denying having given any orders to continue or suspend the festival. She also denied having any conversations about it with Fonseca.“There was never any direct communication between Minister Fonseca and me regarding FIA’s organization,” she said.Inti Picado, who was fired by Fonseca the day before she submitted her resignation, said he recommended on three separate occasions that the festival be postponed, but Fonseca ignored those requests, he claimed.Following the testimony lawmakers agreed to further investigate the fiasco and ordered a second hearing next week. Fonseca was ordered to appear again, along with former vice ministers Alfredo Chavarría and Luis Carlos Amador, the ministry’s Financial Manager Guadalupe Gutiérrez, and Legal Department Director Orietta González.Recommended: How Costa Rica’s 2015 International Arts Festival flopped Facebook Comments Related posts:Lawmakers to probe Culture Minister about International Arts Festival fiasco Costa Rica’s culture minister sacked over failed international arts festival Ousted culture minister blames subordinates for arts festival woes FIAsco continues: Culture Ministry cancels rescheduled international concertslast_img read more

City of Sydney invests more in Business Events Sydney

first_imgCity of Sydney invests more in Business Events SydneyThe City of Sydney will be injecting another $1.5 million into Business Events Sydney (BESydney) between 2017 and 2021, after a successful and strong return from their initial $1.5 million investment that helped secure lucrative incentive events to Sydney.“The City of Sydney’s initial investment supported Business Events Sydney to secure 24 events worth more than $70 million in direct expenditure,” CEO of BESydney Lyn Lewis-Smith said.“Of the initial $1.5 million investment by City of Sydney, the funds drawn on to date have achieved a return of more than $90 for every $1 invested. International companies spanning insurance, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, beauty, automotive and direct-selling have chosen to host an event in Sydney, which they’ve offered as an ‘incentive’ for staff to meet sales targets.”“To date BESydney has injected up to $249 million into the NSW economy by securing more than 53,000 Asian incentive delegates over the past three years alone. We have confirmed 20% year-on-year growth from this sector which has contributed to BESydney’s strong result.”City of Sydney’s initial investment helped to activate Sydney’s city precinct during the development of the new International Convention Centre Sydney and Darling Harbour precinct.City of Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said the program had been a great success and the City was delighted to invest a further $1.5 million.“This partnership brings high yield international incentive visitors to Sydney who spend up to 6.5 times more per day than regular holiday tourists, benefitting our shops and restaurants. We arehappy to work with Business Events Sydney to secure more events, which will help off-set potential economic impacts of CBD light rail works and the Darling Harbour redevelopment. Earlier this week Business Events Sydney announced the Cathay Life Taiwan Summit has been secured for 2016, a great example of how the City’s current investment is helping to pay dividends for local businesses into the future. ”On 12 October 2015 BESydney announced that up to $113 million of corporate incentive events have been secured for 2016 and 2017 including Nu Skin Greater China Success Trip 2016, Cathay Life Taiwan Summit 2016 and Amway China Leadership Seminar 2017 (all three were secured with broad support from Destination NSW, Business Events Sydney and City of Sydney).BESydney has secured 146 events from January 2015 to December 2023 estimated to be worth $404 million direct expenditure to NSW. BESydneySource = Business Events Sydneylast_img read more