(3BL Media/Justmeans) – All 193 United Nations (UN) member states have signed a landmark agreement pledging to fight the threat of antimicrobial resistance – the fourth time a UN declaration has been reached on a health issue, following HIV in 2001, chronic illnesses in 2011 and Ebola in 2013.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Earlier this year, the Indian government approved a $1.3bn insurance scheme for its farmers, protecting them against crop failures as a way to help put a stop to a spate of suicides. Two hard and devastating successive years of drought have battered the country’s already struggling rural heartland, with farmer suicides in rural areas regularly making news. Since 1995, more than 300,000 farmers have killed themselves.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In 2016, as all the UN member countries begin implementing strategies to meet the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world recognizes the pivotal role that corporations can play in the achievement of these global milestones. Several companies are already taking important steps to align their corporate giving and societal engagement around the SDGs.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Teva Pharmaceuticals, the world's largest generic drugmaker, is now accepting applications for its Community Partnership Program for the 2017-18 edition of the initiative, now in its third year.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The sun rises earlier in Abu Dhabi than in Europe or North America, a fact that is becoming true in more ways than one.
A bidding war for a new, large-scale Sweihan solar project in Abu Dhabi has led to what Renew Economy analyst Giles Parkinson calls “jaw-dropping” prices. Smashing through what had been the $30 per MWh barrier, Chinese PV manufacturer JinkoSolar, in collaboration with the Japanese industrial giant Marubeni, set a new record low solar price with a bid of $US24.20/MWh. Three other bids of the six tendered also came in below $30 on a weighted LEC basis.
What’s more, the low-bidding team claims that for a larger scale project, greater than 1.1GW, they could go as low as $23, and still achieve a rate of return of 7%. The Sweihan bid request was for a 350MW project, though bidders were invited to suggest larger projects. The Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority (ADWEA) will need to decide if they are willing to expand the project.
Guest blog by Jason Howell
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The world’s current rate of action may not be enough to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. To reach the goals, the private sector, representing 60 percent of the world’s GDP, has a key role to play. Business can be the swing factor: the actions companies choose to take have the power to amplify change – for good and for bad.