Last week, the federal government launched a consultation process to help bring together a national climate adaptation strategy for Canada by November, in time for COP-27, the next global climate conference to be held in Egypt. Building resilience against climate disasters will be high on the agenda.
Green bonds are one of the hottest options in the fight against climate change, a chance for everyday and institutional investors to match their dollars with their environmental values while getting a return on their investment. At a time when we need a seven-fold increase in climate investment around the world, every funding source has to be mobilized. But the details matter. What defines a green bond? How important are they as a source of climate finance? What difference have they made since they were introduced? How can bond buyers be sure their green investment dollars are going into legitimate climate solutions? Join us at 1 pm ET on Wednesday, June 15 to find out.
In the shadow of Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, moderator Peggy Mason will explore with panelists Robin Collins and Cesar Jaramillo what the crisis may mean for nuclear disarmament goals, European security, NATO’s reliance on nuclear deterrence, and challenges to the UN and UN Charter framework itself.
In 2021, the Group of 78 marked the 40th anniversary of the signing of the original advocacy statement addressed to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau that led to the creation of the Organization. As part of its anniversary activities, G78 wanted to acknowledge with gratitude the 78 signatories to that statement. They were a varied assembly of prominent Canadians who never met together but had many commonalities in their views of Canada’s role on the international stage. Building on a booklet of brief biographies produced at the time of G78’s 25th anniversary to commemorate those who had passed on by 2006, we have added the rest of the “Originals” to acknowledge them as well. Find all 78 here.
John Anderson will examine the importance of the regulation of AI and new forms of automation both as they effect jobs in the workplace, privacy and use and abuse for monitoring people in and out of the workplace and use in cybersecurity and control. As Vladimir Putin put it in 2017, “Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.”
April 5, 2022, G78 calls on Government of Canada to do what is necessary to support a peaceful resolution of the conflict, including the potential provision of security guarantees if agreed and to undertake a responsible and balanced approach to ensure stability returns to the region, while recognizing Ukraine’s rights as a sovereign and independent state.
Russia and Ukraine are on the brink of hostilities. The NATO powers led by the USA are poised to retaliate with draconian sanctions on the Russian leadership and economy This paper by John Foster illuminates the course of events and (thus far) failed diplomacy that brought us to this point, where NATO’s eastward expansion over the past two decades has clashed with Russia’s security interests
The report emanates from the Group of 78’s 2021 annual policy conference, which brought together experts on infrastructure, health, food and agriculture, municipal planning, and finance. They discussed how communities and households could bolster their adaptation to a world in which temperatures in some regions could rise considerably more than 3 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Such actions must be taken alongside measures to mitigate, or slow down, rising temperatures. However, the reality is that both in Canada and most of the world, adaptation has been critically neglected in contrast to mitigation.
Dr. Lefkoff will examine the reasons why “sustainable investing” (sometimes called impact investing or environmental, social, and governance investing, ESGs) is hastening the exponential race toward global climate collapse, even as CEOs like Larry Fink of BlackRock, the most prominent investment leader in the world, promotes companies like BlackRock as the best hope for a more sustainable version of capitalism. Here’s the question she will address: Is it possible to be a good socially responsible citizen, while at the same time carrying out the fiduciary responsibility to make the most profit possible for the shareholders of a corporation?