Report: African Cities Can Drive
Sustainable Development Goals
Profile: Woolworths Releases New
Video: What is Natural Capital?
- Recent news & reminders
Upcoming national and regional
events, publications and news
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Report: African Cities Can
Drive Sustainable Development Goals
African Economic Outlook 2016: Sustainable Cities and
With two-thirds of Africans expected to live in cities by
2050, the way that Africa urbanizes will determine the region's future
growth and development, according to the African Economic Outlook (AEO)
2016. This year's report focuses on the theme, ‘Sustainable Cities and
Structural Transformation.' It was released during the 51st African
Development Bank Annual Meetings, which took place from 23-27 May 2016,
in Lusaka, Zambia. To read a copy of the full report please click here or on the image
Urbanisation is a megatrend transforming African societies
profoundly. Two-thirds of the investments in urban infrastructure until
2050 have yet to be made. The scope is large for new, wide-ranging urban
policies to turn African cities and towns into engines of growth and
sustainable development for the continent as a whole.
“Africa’s ongoing, multi-faceted urban transition and the
densification it produces offer new opportunities for improving economic
and social development while protecting the environment in a holistic
manner. These openings can be better harnessed to achieve the Sustainable
Development Goals – especially SDG 11 on sustainable cities and
communities – and the objectives of the African Union’s Agenda 2063,”
said Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre and Acting
Director of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate. “The benefits
could accrue for both urban and rural dwellers, provided governments
adopt an integrated approach,” he added.
For a full list of the 17 proposed sustainable development
goals and summaries of their targets please click the image below.
Limited (WHL) challenges itself to bold, Group-wide sustainability
24th May 2016 - Woolworths Holdings
Limited (WHL) is on an ambitious journey of continuous change in the way
it does business and has put sustainability at the core of its strategy.
Central to this is the setting of sustainability targets for the Group,
and WHL is proud to announce its Good Business Journey (GBJ) goals for
The WHL Group GBJ 2020 commitments are a progression of
its earlier journey and include:
Contributing over R3.5-billion across WHL to communities over the next 5
Saving 500 billion litres of water over 5 years;
Ensuring the company halves its energy impact by 2020;
Ensuring the company achieves 100% clean energy by 2030;
Driving responsible sourcing of all key commodities by 2020; and
Affirming that every private-label product sold has at least one
For a copy of WHL’s 2015 Good Business Journey report,
please click here.
“These goals are bold but achievable with the
collaboration and commitment of our colleagues, our suppliers and our
customers,” concluded Ian Moir, WHL Group CEO.
VIDEO: What is
It can seem relatively straight-forward to word a
definition of Natural Capital, such as, ‘the value of nature’ or the
‘world’s stocks of natural assets’. However understanding how businesses,
whether they realise it or not, rely on Natural Capital and the services
that stem from it can be more complex. For modern businesses, the degradation of ecosystems that is happening
today means risks, both now and in the
future, for those that don’t recognize how and why natural capital is
material for them. Where there is risk however, there is also opportunity
– to secure natural resources, to save costs, to manage future risks and
engage stakeholders through the value chain.
Please click on the image below to view an insightful
video on Natural Capital and how businesses depend on it, produced by the
World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
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Recent news & reminders
The Search is on for LOCAL SDG PIONEERS: Up to
ten Local entrepreneurs, business leaders and change-makers will be
announced at the UN
Global Compact Leaders Summit (22-23rd June 2016 in
New York). Nominations are rolling in from individuals around the world who
believe they and/or one of their colleagues are Local SDG Pioneers.
IPIECA – The Global oil and gas industry
association for environmental and social issues – have developed the Water
Risk Assessment e-learning training course,
which aims to improve uptake and implementation whilst helping companies
effectively, efficiently and easily monitor, access and manage water
23rd May, 2016 - ZERO HOUR: Poor Governance of
Mining and the Violation of Environmental
Rights in Mpumalanga. A
detailed report developed by the Center for Environmental Rights (CER)
states that Mpumalanga faces environmental threats that will have dire
consequences for South Africa’s future prosperity. This report was
compiled using an in-depth review of evidence spanning more than five
years, including academic studies, reports, litigation and pre-litigation
cases, access to information requests and portfolio committee
submissions. Read the full report here.
REPORT: State of Sustainability Initiatives Review:
Standards and the Blue Economy.
The SSI Review: Standards and the Blue Economy takes a
deep dive into the market and performance trends of the 9 most prevalent
seafood certification schemes operating in the wild catch and aquaculture
sectors. The Review provides a reference point for buyers, producers,
policy makers and consumers in deciding how best to apply voluntary
standards in their own decision-making processes. Read the full report here.
national and regional events
Sustainability Week 2016 -
May 31st to June 5th 2016. CSIR, Pretoria.
Advancing the Green Economy - through its
innovative and interconnected event construction, delegates at
Sustainability Week, are exposed to the need to balance interests in a
bid to achieve the most appropriate approach to each decision. For a list
of seminars, registration details and costs please click here.
Biodiversity Planning Forum, June 7-10th 2016,
Wilderness, Western Cape. The Biodiversity Planning Forum,
established in 2004, provides an opportunity for individuals, agencies
and departments involved in spatial biodiversity planning to share and
synthesise valuable lessons from systematic biodiversity planning
projects across South Africa. The invitation for registration is
51st Annual Congress of the Grassland
Society of Southern Africa, 3-8th July 2016: The Annual Congress will be hosted by the Western
Cape Province at the Wilderness Hotel Resort and Spa, Wilderness,
situated 10 km from George and 23 km from George Airport (airport shuttle
will be available). The event will also include a Research Skills Workshop
and an Invasive Species Workshop. More details here.
Earth Expo 2016 Montecasino, Fourways,
11-14th August. The
Earth Expo aims to educate and inspire sustainable living. The exhibition
will showcase a diverse range of products and services
to encourage visitors to make more sustainable choices in their daily
lives. There will also be a number of informative workshops
hosted by experts that will cover a broad range of topics from
permaculture, aquaponics, and gardening to health, nutrition, and
building technologies. Visit the website here for more details.
June 1st through July 26th 2016. Online
course for Protected Area Systems: Management and Design. It is a facilitated course, with a certificate of
completion provided by the United Nations Development Programme. The
course is aimed at protected area practitioners and managers who are
primarily working with protected area systems. By taking this 8-week
facilitated course, participants will gain an overview of key issues
related to the design and management of protected area systems, and will
have a chance to interact with world-known protected area specialists
from the United Nations Development Programme, NGOs and national
specialists. Access further information here or register now.
The Ecosystem Services Partnership
(ESP) will host the African ESP
Conference (21 -25th November
2016) in Kenya. They are
currently open for session
proposals related to 'Ecosystem Services
for SDGs in Africa'. Proposals should be submitted before 31st May.
Should you wish to become an active supporter of the African Ecosystem
Services Conference 2016: Please check the sponsorship
page for more information.
International events, publications and
The Dutch Platform for Biodiversity, Ecosystems and
Economy (BEE) is delighted to announce the international conference, Natural
Capital: Let's talk business! The conference will be held 23-25
November 2016 at the Fokker Terminal in The Hague. The conference will
allow participants to exchange experiences with business leaders, from
CEOs to start-ups, as well as attend workshops, exhibitions and
networking events. More details here.
IPIECA launched the Biodiversity
and Ecosystem Services (BES) fundamentals - guidance
document for the oil and gas sector in April 2016 at the HSSE-SR SPE
Conference in Stavanger, Norway. This exciting piece of work draws on all
previous BES work to provide guidance for the management of BES impacts,
dependencies, risks and opportunities in the oil and gas sector. To watch
the promotional video and download the BES fundamentals PDF: click
The World Conservation Congress 2016, September 2016. Every
four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress brings together
thousands of decision-makers from government, civil society, business and
academia. 'Planet at the crossroads' is the theme of the next Congress,
which will be held in Hawaii, and a public forum will take place from
2-5th September. For more information click
24th September to 5th October
2016, Johannesburg. CITES CoP17 venue and dates for 2016 in South Africa. CITES
(Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna
and Flora) announced the world wildlife conference in Johannesburg in
2016 which aims to bring the global community together to tackle the
world's biggest wildlife challenges and opportunities. For further
information visit the CITES website
5th June, 2016. World Environment Day (WED) is
the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide
awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it
began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public
outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. WED 2016 is themed
on the illegal trade in wildlife under the slogan ‘Go Wild for Life'. Visit
the official website.
4 – 17th December 2016 – Cancun, Mexico.
13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the
Convention on the Biological Diversity. The
thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on
Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference
of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena
Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 8), and the second meeting of the
Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to
the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP-MOP 2), will be
held back-to-back in Mexico. Registration documents available here.