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UK PM’s speech to the UN Sustainable Development Goals Summit 2015

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The Rt Hon David Cameron MP called on the leaders of developed countries to deliver on their promises of aid and work together to eradicate extreme poverty.  transcript of the PM’s speech.

Distinguished delegates, we meet at an important moment.

Today, we celebrate the huge progress that the world has made towards the Millennium Development Goals and commit to go even further through the new Sustainable Development Goals.

Since the MDGs were adopted in the year 2000, we’ve made huge strides forwards.

The proportion of people living in extreme poverty has fallen significantly.

Malaria deaths have fallen by 60% since 2000, saving more than six million lives. And 43 million fewer children are out of school.

I’m proud to lead a country that has made a huge contribution towards this extraordinary progress.

The UK’s open markets, trade and investment have helped spur global growth.

Our scientists have developed new technologies for the world’s poorest.

And, crucially, we’ve kept our promises on aid.

We haven’t just achieved the UN’s 0.7% target – we’ve enshrined it in law.

This investment is helping the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people to build a better life.

Children vaccinated who would have died. Refugees fed and clothed who would have starved. Countries given a chance of stability and security that otherwise would have fallen apart.

Aid is not enough on its own. Of course not. But it is essential. And it works.

So today, I call on others to follow Britain’s lead.

I say to my fellow world leaders from developed countries:

We’ve been making these aid promises for years. Now, let us all deliver on them.

The world is watching.

And now, as we adopt these new Goals, let’s inspire the world with what we want to achieve – to reduce preventable deaths to zero, to eliminate illiteracy and malnutrition and to eradicate extreme poverty in a generation.

This is a clarion-call to the whole world.

To eliminate, for the first time in human history, the scourge of extreme poverty.

Something that has been dreamed about for centuries, something that many thought would never happen but that is now within our grasp.

I am delighted that ending extreme poverty forever is at the heart of these new goals.

It is something that I pushed hard for.

And I’m delighted that we’ve recognised that to end extreme poverty, we need to put the poorest, weakest and most marginalised first – to Leave No-One Behind.

But today, together, we commit to go even further.

There can be no attack on poverty without an assault on climate change.

So we commit to make progress in a way that is sustainable and protects our one and only planet for the long term and treasures and conserves our natural resources for future generations.

This is the only way to eliminate extreme poverty forever and prevent all our progress being undone by environmental degradation or dangerous climate change.

And there can be no attack on poverty without ending gender inequality.

So today, we commit to a world where women and girls are treated equally to men and boys.

And, crucially, we commit to tackle all the causes of poverty.

Let’s be frank about what keeps so many stuck in poverty.

Corruption. Rotten government. No access to justice. No property rights. No rule of law.

Today, for the first time, every country in the world is committing to tackle corruption, to promote the rule of law and access to justice, to reduce illicit financial flows and to strengthen the return of stolen assets.

We are committing to build accountable and transparent institutions and representative decision making to ensure everyone has a legal identity and access to information and to protect basic freedoms.

For a long time, these issues were off the global agenda. Now they are at the top of it. And everyone has signed up.

This was one of the key recommendations of the High Level Panel on the new global goals that I co-Chaired along with the Presidents of Liberia and Indonesia and I am delighted that it is being adopted here today.

Achieving these Goals will take action, not words.

As well as aid, we need investment, trade, growth and jobs.

So I urge companies around the world to invest in developing products for the poorest and in new forms of clean energy.

And I urge governments to smash down the unfair barriers that prevent our people from trading freely – starting at the WTO meeting later this year.

And let us go even further.

We need a new global partnership, to ensure that all our policies – on things like tax, trade and transparency – really help to deliver progress for the poorest.

The UK will lead the way on this internationally, just as we did in leading this agenda with our G8 Presidency in 2013.

That’s why I’ve committed to host a major Anti-Corruption Summit next year, to drive further action.

So I say to leaders in government, business and communities around the world:

If you’re committed to making progress towards these goals, the UK is on your side and we will work with you on our shared quest

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon

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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”

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IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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