Fourth UN Environment Assembly in Kenya to set global environmental agenda

first_img7,000 delegates to attend UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi Talk Africa: United Nations Environment Assembly UN reviews global drugs policiescenter_img Over 4,700 heads of state, ministers, business leaders, senior UN officials and civil society representatives are gathering in Nairobi for a meeting of the world’s top body on the environment, where they will take decisions that move global societies to a more sustainable path.The fourth UN Environment Assembly runs from 11-15 March under the theme Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production.It is the biggest gathering in the Assembly’s short history, with attendance almost double the last event in December 2017. Prominent world leaders will attend, including the Presidents of France and Kenya, Emmanuel Macron and Uhuru Kenyatta, and CEOs from major corporations.Bold decisions and outcomes are expected as the delegates negotiate late into the night over five days.  Resolutions are on the table to push harder for sustainable consumption and production patterns, commit to the protection of the marine environment from plastic pollution, reduce food waste, and advance technological innovation that combats climate change, and reduces resource use and biodiversity loss.The Assembly’s status as the only UN body outside the General Assembly where all member states convene, and its power to bring together all sectors, means that the global environmental agenda is defined here. Decisions have a profound impact on the goals of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as paving the way towards the UN Climate Change Summit 2019 and impacting the overall UN agenda.Ahead of the meeting, UN Environment’s Acting Executive Director, Joyce Msuya, appealed to nations to step up and start delivering real change.“Time is running short. We are past pledging and politicking. We are past commitments with little accountability. What’s at stake is life, and society, as the majority of us know it and enjoy it today,” she wrote in a policy letter.As delegates come to Nairobi for the Assembly, UN Environment is deeply saddened by the news of the Ethiopian Airlines accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those affected. We are following developments closely.A UN Environment background report for the Assembly, which serves as a basis for defining problems and laying out new action areas, makes a strong case for urgent action. The report puts the value of lost ecosystem services between 1995 and 2011 at $4 trillion to $20 trillion; shows how agricultural practices are putting increasing pressure on the environment, costing an estimated $3 trillion per year, and estimates pollution-related costs at $4.6 trillion annually.“As never before, the time to act is now,” said President of the UN Environment Assembly and Minister of Environment of Estonia, Siim Kiisler. “We know we can build more sustainable, prosperous and inclusive societies with sustainable consumption and production patterns that address our environmental challenges and leave no one behind. But we will need to create the enabling conditions for this to happen. And we will need to do things differently.”The Assembly will also see new research launched by UN Environment, including the latest edition of the world’s only comprehensive global scan of the environment: Global Environment Outlook 6, which was produced by 252 scientists and experts from over 70 countries. The International Resource Panel’s Global Resources Outlook, meanwhile, takes stock of material extraction, including the future outlook and recommendations on how to use natural resources more sustainably.“It’s clear that we need to transform the way our economies work, and the way we value the things that we consume,” said Msuya. “The goal is to break the link between growth and increased resource use, and end our throwaway culture.”The Assembly is not just about the resolutions and science. Side events and exhibits provide the opportunity for attendees to form partnerships and make deals that benefit people and the environment.The Sustainable Innovation Expo acts as an innovation hub, with over 40 environmental technologies and innovations on display.The One Planet Summit – co-organized by the governments of France and Kenya, and the World Bank – is also being held around the edges of the Assembly, focusing on Africa’s environmental challenges.The UN Science-Policy-Business Forum, convened in advance of the UN Environment Assembly, launched initiatives on using big data, machine learning, and green technology startups, to solve major environmental problems.Relatedlast_img read more

Conley scores 22 to lead Memphis past Kings 112-98

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Memphis Grizzlies’ Mike Conley (11) Troy Daniels, left, and Zach Randolph celebrate the team’s win over the Sacramento Kings in an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. APSACRAMENTO, California—Mike Conley had 22 points and eight rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies used a big third quarter to beat the Sacramento Kings 112-98 on Saturday.JaMychal Green made four of Memphis’ 17 3-pointers and finished with 18 points. Zach Randolph and Vince Carter each scored 14, and Tony Allen and Troy Daniels had 11 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK Senators to proceed with review of VFA Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes PH among economies most vulnerable to virus MOST READ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter The Grizzlies went 17 for 35 from long range while avenging an earlier home loss to the Kings.DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points, eight assists and five steals for Sacramento, which has dropped two in a row after winning a season-high four straight. A frustrated Cousins, who finished with just four rebounds, got called for his eighth technical this season in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngMatt Barnes made five 3-pointers and scored 20 points for the Kings, and Anthony Tolliver and Darren Collison each had 16 points.Marc Gasol, Memphis’ leading scorer, missed his first six shots and connected on two free throws late in the second quarter for his only points of the game. He departed with a tweaked ankle after getting tangled up with Cousins in the third, but the injury is not considered serious. We are young Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Conley sparked the Grizzlies in the third, scoring 11 points. Memphis used 11 unanswered points to outscore the Kings 32-22 in the quarter and carried an 82-67 lead into the final period.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town NBA: LeBron, Harden, Westbrook sparkle in triumphant efforts Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH00:40Trending Articles01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND View commentslast_img read more

Top 10 Festival of Holidays Food Items at Disney California Adventure

first_imgShare This!If you’re visiting Disneyland Resort November 8, 2019, through January 6, 2020 then you’ll definitely want to check out Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure. One of the best things about this seasonal celebration is the many unique food items that are only available during this time of year. There’s a ton of new items and a handful of returning favorites from previous years, so to help you out here’s our top 10 Festival of Holidays Food Items at Disney California Adventure.Reimagined Beef Wellington – A Twist on Tradition – $8.50The beef wellington is not only the best item of this year’s Festival of Holidays, but it’s the best item of any of the DCA’s seasonal festivals so far. It has a generous portion of beef, wonderfully flaky pastry, table service quality ingredients, and it’s Mickey shaped. What more could you want?Shepherd’s Upside-down Pie (Plant-Based) – Grandma’s Recipes – $7.75For a vegetarian entree this item was surprisingly hearty. The “meat” being plant-based was unnoticeable and I would have never known if I didn’t read the entree name before I ordered. Like the previously mentioned beef wellington, the Mickey-shaped pastry here is also flaky and tasty.Non-Alcoholic House-made Horchata – Merry Mashups – $6.50 ($13.00 for alcoholic version)The “House-made” Horchata (should we consider something being “house-made” when it’s coming from an industrial kitchen at theme park, made in portions that serve hundreds of thousands of people?) is sinfully creamy with just the right amount of cinnamon and a gigantic helping of whipped cream. I enjoyed getting this drink first and taking it with me to the other booths while I ate some of the more salty items.Churros Yule Log – Merry Mashups – $6.00Perfect for all those churro fans out there is this Churros Yule Log. The name doesn’t lie, it tastes like a churro!Churro Toffee Cold Brew (Non-Alcoholic) – Holiday Duets – $6.50You really can’t go wrong mixing toffee and churro flavoring in anything. I feel like some people will find this drink too sweet, but if you can handle the other desserts on this list you wont have a problem. Also the Churro Toffee Cold Brew is over $1 more than the cold brew drinks found at the Starbucks on Buena Vista Street, but at least you get some interesting ingredients here that aren’t available otherwise.Caramelized Apple Cake – With Crème Anglaise and Salted Caramel Sauce – Making Spirits Bright – $5.00Why do warm apples covered in salted caramel taste so good? Can we get some scientists to investigate that? Anyway, this is a perfect dessert for those chilly nights during the holiday season. Holiday Stuffing Mac & Cheese – Favorite Things – $7.75The rich and creamy mac & cheese blend perfectly with the stuffing, which has a wonderfully pleasant crunch to it.Turkey & Stuffing Tamale with Cranberry Relish – Merry Mashups – $7.75Tamales are one of my favorite food items. I’ve probably had thousands of them in my 36 years on this earth, and surprisingly this was up there in terms of taste. It was like a Thanksgiving dinner, but in a tamale. The turkey was perfectly cooked, the sauce on top was not too thick or rich, and the tamale itself was just right (not dry at all). Shockingly, the price for this item did not go up this year.“Hot Cocoa” Marshmallow Macaron – Making Spirits Bright – $5.50First of all, take a look at the presentation on this thing. I really like that it looks like a campfire. Second, the taste is very very good. It really does taste like a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows. This item is very sweet, which may turn some people off. Those people are crazy. Thank them for not wanting any of your precious macaron and eat it all on your own.Chorizo Queso Fundido – with house-made tortilla chips – Brews & Bites – $6.50Chorizo is sinfully good. Thankfully, calories don’t count when you’re in a Disney theme park. Yes, these are pretty much fancy nachos. But hey, they’re delicious and easily shareable with a group of people.If you want to try multiple items you should definitely consider getting the Sip and Savor Pass, which is available at multiple kiosks and shops throughout the park. It allows you to pay one price, and then try eight items of your choosing. The DCA Festival of Holidays Sip and Savor Pass is $54 (or $51 if you’re an annual passholder). Remember to use the pass on high-value items, not the cheaper desserts. If you use your pass to get eight items that cost $7.75 each, the total if you paid cash would be $62. But if you use your Sip and Savor pass to get eight desserts that cost $5.50 each, your total in cash would be $44. Be sure to do the math on what you want to buy to make sure the Sip and Savor Pass is a good value for you.Let us know what you think about our top 10 Festival of Holidays Food Items at Disney California Adventure. Let us know about any items that you think should be on this list.last_img read more