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Founded in 2002, UNISFÉRA is a not for profit organization focused on climate change, sustainability, corporate responsibility, international development and innovation.


UNISFÉRA also operates the Planetair program. Planetair is a leader in the fight against climate change, recommended by Équiterre and the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) among others. Planetair offers Gold Standard certified carbon credits, the highest standard on the voluntary carbon market. If you want to offset your greenhouse gas emissions, consider Planetair. To learn more, go to: https://planetair.ca/en/

Integrated Financing Strategy for Development


Unisfera is making available a series of documents prepared by the Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) that cannot be found elsewhere on the Web. These documents constitute useful references for those interested in advancing innovative financing approaches in support of development priorities that need a coordinated agenda setting, institutional collaboration and blended finance for effective national programming and budgeting.


The documents notably include a series of papers on the concept of Integrated Financing Strategies (IFS) that was developed by the Global Mechanism as a response to the international call for better coordination between governmental institutions in developing countries, civil society, the private sector as well as the bilateral and multilateral development partners as a means to increase financial resources at the country level.  


To view the documents: https://docs.unisfera.org/gm-documents/

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iA Financial Group to become carbon neutral


 iA Financial Group recently announced its commitment to offsetting its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the purchase of carbon credits. Beginning in 2020, the company will work to become carbon neutral.


Carbon-neutral company certification certifies that all GHG emissions that cannot be eliminated by iA Financial Group’s reduction measures have been calculated and offset. Offsetting does not give the right to pollute nor does it seek to make GHG emissions more acceptable. Instead, offsetting is a mechanism that allows iA Financial Group to take concrete action by investing voluntarily in climate-related projects by reducing GHG in the atmosphere.
By purchasing carbon credits, iA Financial Group will invest in three projects in Canada and the U.S. chosen in conjunction with its partner, Planetair, a leader in the fight against climate change. Read more:



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UNISFÉRA kicks off sustainable housing project in Burkina Faso with AVN


The project, which started in September 2017, promotes an ancestral construction technique that relies on raw earth bricks and mortars, called Nubian Vault. This low-cost technique relies on readily available local materials and allows for the construction of buildings better adapted to climate change. The buildings also contribute to climate change mitigation. The buildings built with this method are more resilient to rainfall and extreme climate conditions while offering improved thermal comfort. The technique also contributes to reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs), notably that resulting from the production and transport of cement and corrugated iron. It also reduces deforestation resulting from timber production. Nubian Vaults have a lifecycle of 50 years, compared to 10 years for more conventional buildings built in the region.

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2016 UN report on water: water and jobs


An estimated three out of four jobs that make up the global workforce are either heavily or moderately dependent on water. This means that water shortages and problems of access to water and sanitation could limit economic growth and job creation in the coming decades, according to a UN report. The 2016 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report, Water and Jobs, also notes that half of the world's workers - 1.5 billion people - are employed in eight water and natural resource-dependent industries.

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7th edition of the HEC Montréal Sustainability Challenge


The HEC Montréal MBA Student Association holds the seventh edition of the Sustainable Development Challenge. The competition invites MBA students from around the world to come up with business decisions compatible with sustainable development. Marc Paquin(UNISFÉRA) is part of the jury that will evaluate the practical solutions the teams will submit.http://hecaemba.org/en/events/sustainability-challenge-2016/

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