Catch up with the Global Landscapes Forum at the 18th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)
Date: 22 April – 3 May 2019
Location: United Nations Headquarters, New York
Theme: “Traditional knowledge: Generation, transmission and protection”
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Photo by Becca Henry
April 2019 marks six years since the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed 1138 people and injured many more. Join us during Fashion Revolution Week to ask #whomademyclothes, and learn from those working to improve transparency and rights within the fashion supply chain.
The fashion industry is the world’s second most polluting industry, and the textile industry uses more water than any other industry after agriculture. Not only is the glamorous facade of the fashion industry in many cases founded upon exploited workers in low-paid and unsafe working conditions, but it also harms the environment through intensive cotton crops, polluting dye processes and the impact of fast-fashion on landfills, to name a few of the issues at hand.
With the signing of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action in December, and industry-leading fashion councils supporting sustainable initiatives, progress is being made — but is it enough? In this summit we will explore the many issues of fashion supply chains and hear about innovative ideas to improve transparency, ensure workers rights and reduce the extent of fashion’s footprint on our precious planet.
Christian Smith, Leader and advocate of sustainable business practices in the fashion industry
Kavita Parmar, Founder & Creative Director, The IOU Project
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To mark International Day of Happiness (March 20) and International Day of Forests (March 21), three fascinating speakers will explore the interrelationships between nature, human health and wellbeing. Ahead of the upcoming GLF Kyoto (May 13) conference in Japan, Dr. Qing Li, a global leader on forest medicine and author of Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness. will speak at a GLF digital summit. Developed in Japan during the 1980s, shinrin-yoku forest therapy, known also as “forest bathing” has become a foundation of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Li will be joined by healing specialist Julia Plevin, author of the just-released book The Healing Magic of Forest Bathing: Finding Calm, Creativity and Connection in the Natural World, and Sibylle Roth, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Freiburg currently researching “Muße,” a German concept related to mindfulness and forests. This digital summit will be a calm and insightful reminder of why it is so important to find time to be still with nature, to attain the capacity to work toward sustainable solutions for the future of the planet.
Dr. Qing Li is a doctor and global leader on forest medicine at Tokyo’s Nippon Medical School and has published a book on forest bathing subject here.
Julia Plevin is a design entrepreneur and healing specialist who has also written a just-released book on forest bathing here.
Sibylle Roth is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Freiburg currently researching “Muße,” a German concept related to mindfulness and forests.
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The region of Central Asia is one of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts. Intensive melting of mountain glaciers, growing frequency of natural disasters and droughts are amongst just a few indicators of climate-related risks, which can bring irreversible damage to economic stability and food security in the region.
Steps towards climate resilience are expected to be discussed at the Central Asia Climate Change Conference (CACCC 2019), which will be held on 3-4 of April 2019 in Tashkent. CACCC 2019 will bring together more than 200 participants and speakers from leading national, regional and international organizations and agencies. The conference is a continuation of the World Bank’s initiative for climate change knowledge and information exchange in Central Asia and is organized under the framework of the CAMP4ASB project. CACCC 2019 is funded by the World Bank and supported by the Executive Committee of the International Fund for saving the Aral Sea (EC IFAS), Uzhydromet and the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC).
The main objective of the conference is to promote decision-making process on climate adaptation and mitigation in Central Asia. The IPCC’s recent report (2018) states that the consequences of global warming even by 1.5°C will be far more dramatic than expected, and will require substantial mitigation and adaptation efforts from the international community. The conference will, therefore, present the most updated information about the impacts of climate change, including recent research findings. The participants will be able to discuss joint measures needed to avoid the worst impacts on ecosystems, built environment, human health, and well-being.
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