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How does the Improvement of Food Security in Africa Lead to a Solution in the Migration Crisis? Watch Dr. Agnes Kalibata’s talk on sustainable agriculture and improving food security in Africa. https://youtu.be/9XRzDYoodLE Dr. Kalibata, a refugee from Rwanda speaks about how her own background as a child of farmers shaped her insights to food security issues in Africa. “As a person who grew up in a small Hooda farm well being fed by what we…

Originally Published in Newswire. While 17 per cent of current investment by large public corporations is already green, there’s an urgent need to mobilize even more capital to help build a lower-carbon and more sustainable economy. And while less than five per cent of 2017 corporate green investments were financed via certified green bonds, they have the potential to play a much larger role. Those are the key conclusions of a report released today by…

Originally Published on Sustainable Brands. Almond, a groundbreaking economic framework that aims to tackle the world of sustainable consumer goods, rewards those who make an effort to purchase sustainable products and help to combat cheap consumer goods. Almond has taken the next step in its growth trajectory by partnering with global investment platform TokenMarket. The partnership comes as part of Almond’s plans to launch its own Security Token Offering (STO), as well as its own centralized stablecoin later this year. Launched…

Published first in the UN Dispatch. GoFundMe for the Sustainable Development Goals? It’s more feasible than you may think. A new study from the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School says crowdfunding may be a viable strategy for financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). According to UN estimates, achieving the 17 highly ambitious global goals by 2030 will cost a hefty $5 trillion to $7 trillion a year – about $4 trillion of which is required in…

Originally Published in IFA by Adrian Flores A global asset manager predicts 2019 will see more investing according to sustainable development goals, and is something that will provide new perspectives and is not merely “a marketing gimmick”. According to Robeco’s head of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) integration, Masja Zandbergen, sustainable development goals (SDGs) have made quite some impact since their launch at the end of 2015. She cited research from the Dutch Association…

There has been a lot of news in recent weeks showing a very bearish Emerging Markets.  While much of the data points to this and it has been clear for a while that a strengthened US dollar means weaker numbers coming out of developing countries, not all is lost – especially when it comes to SDG implementation. This is important, because as the US tightens its fiscal policy taking cheaper money off the table, Emerging…

Originally Published on PRI Why the SDGs are relevant to institutional investors, why there is an expectation that investors will contribute, and the case for why investors should want to. The launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 has made clear that the global community of countries relies heavily on the private sector to solve some of the most urgent problems the world is facing. Both companies and institutional investors are being…

The crisis in Turkey seems to have been hitting the emerging markets in a big way.  Both stocks and currencies are way down across the board as global investors remain on edge over Turkey’s head on collision with the Trump administration.  Of course it doesn’t help that Turkey, a formidable economic and military power is led by what it appears to be a autocratic madman.  But this post is not about politics, but rather an…