G20 Countries Finance Coal Projects in Developing Countries Despite Commitment to Paris Accord

G20 Countries Finance Coal Projects in Developing Countries Despite Commitment to Paris Accord

A number of G20 countries, including China, Japan, South Korea and Germany, are continuing to fund highly polluting coal mining projects despite their commitments to the Paris Accord which in theory obligates them to lower their carbon footprint. None of these G20-funded coal projects are based within those countries’ borders, however; they are all located in developing nations such as Indonesia, Russia, Vietnam and Bangladesh, technically contributing to the developing nations’ carbon footprints instead of those of the G20 countries.

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St. Lucia Launches New Occupational Safety and Health Policy

28 April – St. Lucia’s Labor Department launched the country’s first official Occupational Safety and Health Policy as part of the new Labor Act in response to goal 8 of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which seeks to “transform the world through the promotion of inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment, and decent work for all.”

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ISO 20400 Launches New Sustainability Guidelines for Supply Chains

ISO 20400 Launches New Sustainability Guidelines for Supply Chains

The International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) launch of ISO 20400:2017 this April set new international guidelines for sustainable procurement. The new standard considers environmental as well social and economic sustainability in its procurement guidelines. However, while the new standard outlines how organisations can integrate efficient measures into their procurement methods, it stops short of making suggestions for changing the procurement methods themselves.

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World Day for Safety and Health at Work Encourages Reporting of Workplace Casualty Data

World Day for Safety and Health at Work Encourages Reporting of Workplace Casualty Data

April 28 was the annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work, an awareness-raising campaign started by the International Labour Organization in 2003 to focus attention on occupational safety & health issues around the world. The theme of this year’s event was the need for countries to collect and report reliable OSH data, in response to Target 8.8 of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which calls for countries to report “frequency rates of fatal and non-fatal occupational injuries, by sex and migrant status.”

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