WANGO News 2024

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s annual letter, CEO Mark Suzman called on billionaires to give more and sooner to meet the extraordinary challenges nations worldwide face in fighting poverty, eradicating disease, and combating inequality. If every billionaire on earth donated 0.5% of their wealth, it would unlock $61 billion, money that could “create so many opportunities for so many people—but only if it gets spent and spent well.” Suzman also emphasized the role of governments in ensuring that solutions “reach the people who need them” as well as the crucial role of multilateral organizations and companies in advancing innovation and progress. (Read more...)

The Global Forum on Human Settlements held its 18th annual session from December 2 to 3, 2023 at COP28, the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference, in Dubai, UAE in collaboration with WANGO, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the European Union, and more than 15 other international organizations. Over 40 leaders and experts, including from the UN, government, business, and academia, contributed to the conference, which urged the development of innovative governance structures for cities and leveraging the digital revolution to make communities and cities greener, smarter, and more resilient. (Read more...)

The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), a recipient of the WANGO Environment Award, was presented with the Equator Prize 2023, organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP)’s Equator Initiative, at a ceremony held on November 7 during the agency’s virtual Nature for Life Hub event. The ICC, an NGO that unites 180,000 Inuit Indigenous people of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Chukotka (Russia) and integrates ancestral Inuit knowledge and practices to protect the Arctic ecosystem and defend land and ocean rights, was one of ten Indigenous-led and community-based organizations that won the 2023 prize. (Read more...)

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