1. No Carbon Nation - Full Documentary


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    www.NoCarbonNation.net A documentary about the transition to low carbon energy in electricity generation, buildings, industry and transportation. 94 minutes

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    • DRR, Inc.: Can the Private Sector Revive Resilience? (Humanitarian Assistance Webcast 12)


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      (Originally Broadcast on October 18, 2012) As the planet warms, the vulnerability of communities in less developed countries rises. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in 2008, 20 million people were displaced by climate-related sudden onset disasters. Additionally, as AlertNet reports, in 2011, floods, typhoons, and earthquakes caused over $274 billion of economic losses in Asia alone. Without appropriate mitigation strategies, extreme weather and rising tides are likely to lead to greater losses of life and development investments in the coming decades. While professionals in the humanitarian and development sectors recognize the importance of countering the negative impact of climate change and weather-related disasters, pathways to implementation remain difficult to navigate. In particular, an incongruity exists between the recognized importance of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and the funding allocated to resilience building efforts. According to a recent study by the think tank, Global Humanitarian Assistance, DRR funding constitutes just 1% of aid for the top forty recipient countries of humanitarian assistance. Though DRR can ultimately reduce humanitarian expenditures and protect development investments, such long term investments put a great deal of pressure on already stretched humanitarian budgets and are not always congruous with the mandates of agencies designed to respond rather than to prevent. Furthermore, many potentially successful DRR initiatives in the humanitarian and development communities have been stalled by difficulties in leadership, management, and coordination. Meanwhile, the private sector has begun to undertake more concerted efforts. On September 25, leading Asian businesses agreed on a Business Continuity Management (BCM) plan to move toward safeguarding businesses against disasters. Also, CEOs and top managers based in the Philippines and Asia formed the Asian Private Sector Partnership on Risk Reduction to work in conjunction with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Private Sector Advisory Board. Given the aforementioned risks that climate change represents to businesses in Asia, business leaders in the region have reportedly come to view DRR as a way to protect business investments while earning the respect of local communities by strengthening disaster resilience. This humanitarian assistance webcast will draw together an expert panel to examine the following questions: 1. Should the public or private sector lead investment in resilience building? What are the costs and benefits of each approach? 2. How can the humanitarian and development communities work with the private sector on DRR while remaining impartial actors? 3. How can the model of resilience building and DRR be replicated in areas where private investment is perceived as high risk due to factors such as violence? Hosts: Christina Blunt (ATHA Project Coordinator, HPCR) Ofilio Mayorga (Legal Associate, HPCR) Panelists: Dan Sparks (Global Humanitarian Assistance Programme) James Crask (PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP) Simon Levine (Overseas Development Institute)

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      • Growing Inclusive Markets


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        Growing Inclusive Markets (GIM). GIM is a new initiative led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with an unprecedented coalition of thinkers and actors in the fields of business, academia and human development. GIM seeks to tap the private sector in the race to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. Growing Inclusive Markets is designed to make a substantial contribution to both business strategies and human development by offering mapping tools and a strategy matrix, distilled from a broad pool of case studies. As part of the GIM Initiative, the UNDP launched the report: Creating Value for All which showcases 50 studies that demonstrate the successful pursuit of both revenues and social impact by a wide range of local and international companies.

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        • Merck for Mothers: A dialogue on strategy and programs (1 of 2 videos)


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          Global Maternal Health Conference 2013 This session focused exclusively on Merck for Mothers. Agrawal first described the Merck for Mothers division as well as past work done in setting up their programs and policies. The goal of Merck for Mothers is to: Reduce maternal mortality by applying the company’s business and scientific expertise. This session also focused on the intersection of Merck for Mothers with PATH and how their focus to overcoming barriers revolved around discovery, refinement, mapping and action. The session finally highlighted some of the work in the field including case studies in Uganda and India. Moderator: Priya Agrawal, Merck for Mothers Presentation: https://meeting.tfigroup.com/TFI/media/uploaded/EVTFI/event_743/e_MfM_A%20Dialogue%20on%20Strategy%20and%20Programs%20Panel%201%2010%2013.pdf Oona Campbell, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Paul LaBarre, PATH Presentation: https://meeting.tfigroup.com/TFI/media/uploaded/EVTFI/event_743/c_MfM%20PATH%20panel%20Arusha%20%20_%20FINAL.pdf Susan Musaka, PACE Uganda Presentation: https://meeting.tfigroup.com/TFI/media/uploaded/EVTFI/event_743/d_PACE%20-%20MfM.pdf Ratnesh Lal, MSD India Presentation: https://meeting.tfigroup.com/TFI/media/uploaded/EVTFI/event_743/b_MSD%20for%20Mothers_India.pdf Filmed in Arusha, Tanzania. Wednesday, 16 January 2013

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          • Research in Support of Bioenergy/Biofuel Development - REIS Seminar


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            About the speaker: Scott Turn, HNEI Dr. Scott Turn is a Researcher on the faculty of the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute at the University of Hawaii. Over the past 15 years, his research has focused on biomass resources in Hawaii and their utilization. This work has been supported by both the public and private sectors. Recent efforts included heading the team developing the bioenergy master plan for the State of Hawaii. He is currently the UH site director for the Center for Bioenergy Research & Development, part of the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Center program Seminar Abstract: This seminar will present an overview of biomass/bioenergy related research including resource assessments, fuel pretreatment, and conversion relevant to Hawaii. Examples from past and current research projects will be presented.

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            • Adaptation in the Private Sector: Uncovering Risks & Opportunities in the Global Marketplace with the ND-Global Adaptation Index


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              This is a recording of a November 2013 webinar sponsored by the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE; www.cakex.org), a program of EcoAdapt. The ND-Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) is the world’s leading index showing which countries are best prepared to deal with global changes brought about by overcrowding, resource constraints, and climate disruption. The Index, which is free and open sourced, aims to unlock global adaptation solutions in the corporate and development community that save lives and improve livelihoods while strengthening market positions. The Index moved to the University of Notre Dame in April 2013. It was formerly housed in the Global Adaptation Institute in Washington, D.C. ND-GAIN ranks countries annually based on how vulnerable they are to droughts, super-storms and other natural disasters and, uniquely, how ready they are to adapt. Decision-makers use ND-GAIN’s country-level rankings to determine how vulnerable countries are to climate change and how ready they are to adapt, thus informing strategic operational and reputational decisions regarding supply chains, capital projects, and community engagements.

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              • Dawn of the Asia-Pacific Era: The Asian Development Bank Story (1983)


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                Since its founding in 1966, ADB has been driven by an inspiration and dedication to improving people’s lives in Asia and the Pacific. The main devices for assistance are loans, grants, policy dialogue, technical assistance and equity investments. This video showcases the first 20 years of ADB's operations.

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                • Humanitarian Innovation: Refugees, Technology and the Private Sector


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                  Dr Alexander Betts gives a presentation on the Humanitarian Innovation Project at Southern Methodist University, US.

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                  • Connections | February 06, 2012


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                    - National Conference on the Role of the Business Community in Reconciliation - Economic revival in the North - Challenges & Opportunities, Dr M. Sarvananthan shares his views. - Making handicrafts for a living - Vijayalakshmi’s Story - People’s views on Independence

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                    • Wasantha Samarasinghe


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                      In this programme Narada Bakmeewewa talks to Wasantha Samarasinghe, President - Inter Company’s Employees Union (ICEU) (Date of first Broadcast May 26, 2011) 3D is a television programme series in Sinhala which strives to create awareness among the public about issues of national and international importance through discussions with activists and experts.

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