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Poverty, Climate Change & Sustainable Development

Two remarkable political moments in 2015 have the potential to shape the environment and our communities for generations to come. The first moment — a “Post-2015″ summit in September at the United Nations — is expected to endorse a new set of ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ to end all forms of poverty, discrimination and inequalities (and replace the expiring ‘Millennium Development Goals’). The second summit in Paris in December — dubbed ‘COP 21′ — will be the culmination of 21 years of UN-organised climate negotiations. 2015 could be the most important year since the end of World War II. We could end the year with a new global compact, an agreed path to a better safer inspiring future for people and planet. Or we might not – and regret it for generations to come. Which side of history will we be on?

ONE (SINGAPORE), along with Save the Children and the British High Commission, organized a discussion on 19 January 2015 where additional speakers from WWF International, Centre of Liveable Cities and ASEAN CSR network touched on the challenges of sustainable development in the context of 2015, as well as the convergence of poverty and climate change movements.

Your Choice. Your World.

‘action/2015’ is a global movement calling for pivotal change in 2015 for the future our people and the planet. Right now, few people realize that the year 2015 is a test of our human rights and values. The year ahead is a historic opportunity for us to come together as a global community to demand equality for all and ensure that every member of our family – now and future generations – are able to lead good and dignified lives enriched with opportunity.

Antony Phillipson
High Commissioner
British High Commission

Antony Phillipson
British High Commissioner Antony Phillipson observes in his remarks the progress the world made towards the MDG goals, as well as highlighting the importance of coming to a global agreement in the year 2015. He calls on all actors – world leaders, businesses, international organisations, groups and individuals – to work together toward a collective, sustainable future.

Michel Anglade
Campaigns and Advocacy Director
Save the Children

Michel Anglade
The eradication of poverty is not only a matter of social justice, but is also a cornerstone for effective, equitable and sustainable development for all, writes Michel Anglade. It is important to paint a full picture for the Sustainable Development Goals and leaving no one behind in this seemingly ambitious but vital broad-based development framework. View presentation here.

Sandeep Chamling Rai
Climate Change Senior Advisor
WWF International 

Sandeep Chamling Rai
The issue of poverty must be concurrently tackled with that of the issue of climate change to achieve greater sustainability on a global scale, reiterates Sandeep. He stresses that whether as a civil society, government body or corporation, we all have a part to play in the climate change issue that not only affects us but also future generations. View presentation here.

Thomas Thomas

Thomas Thomas remarks on the role businesses have to play within the context of sustainable development, which is to become more socially inclusive, and equitable while adopting sustainable means in their operations. He reiterates the larger role citizens can play in encouraging businesses to act responsibly and report honestly by making their voices heard.

Elyssa Kaur Ludher
Senior Assistant Director
Centre for Liveable Cities

Centre for Liveable Cities
Sustainability for the world cannot be achieved without changing the trajectory of our cities to a more sustainable path, writes Elyssa Ludher. Such a path to sustainable cities can be achieved using the CLC Liveability Framework, which helps to attain high liveability in high density cities.

“Tackling poverty and climate change two sides of the same coin”
This year presents significant opportunities for the global community to lay the foundation for a development agenda, writes Vaidehi Shah, that puts efforts to tackle climate change and poverty on the same path.

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