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Christian Aid Call For COP 22 To Bring Paris Agreement Into Action



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Prior to the UN climate summit starting in Marrakesh, Morocco today, Christian Aid have requested this to be ‘Renewables COP’ – so that clear progress can be made on delivering the Paris Agreement vision.

Christian Aid’s International Climate Lead, Mohamed Adow, said:

“Never before has the world come together with such climate momentum as this summit in Marrakesh. In the year since the gavel came down on the Paris Agreement we’ve seen real progress, with nations ratifying the deal at record pace. Just last month we saw further progress with an international accord in Rwanda to phase down climate warming HFCs.

“The Paris Agreement set out the vision and laid actions for after 2020 but now in Marrakesh we need to deal with the crucial period before that date.

“It is vital we shift priorities to concrete action in the short term to keep that long-term vision alive and the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees in sight.

“The Paris Agreement demanded a rapid decarbonisation of the global energy system so it’s fitting that in the sun-drenched nation of Morocco we should see this shift really start to shine. The costs of solar and wind energy continue to fall and as the market volatility of polluting fossil fuels causes havoc for investors now is the time to see governments really giving renewables clear political backing.

“With fossil fuels emanating from many politically unstable countries the benefits of generating home grown, clean, renewable energy is a no brainer. The fact that countries can also benefit from investment in a booming low carbon jobs market makes the case even clearer.”

He added: “We now have a nearly global consensus of the direction that energy and climate policy will be going to create a safe and secure future for our planet. But what is still be to be decided is how quickly this transition will go – currently it is still moving too slowly to protect the most vulnerable.

“The Marrakesh summit, taking place on African soil where many of those vulnerable people live, is the perfect place to get that short term shove in the right direction.”


New Director Strengthens Quilter Cheviot Charities Team



Quilter Cheviot, a leading investment management firm that forms part of Old Mutual Wealth, has appointed a new Charity Director, Charles Mesquita, as an addition to its charities team.

Charles will join the 10 strong team at the beginning of January, reporting to Head of Charities William Reid. 

Quilter Cheviot’s charities division has funds under management of over £1.5 billion of assets on behalf of 643 charities nationwide, making it a leading charity manager in the UK.

Charles has over 30 years’ investment experience and has worked for a number of leading financial institutions, including Newton Investment Management and Investec Wealth & Investment. Among other key roles at these firms, he was responsible for founding and launching the Charities Property Fund with Savills in 2000: the first Common Investment Fund investing in UK commercial property. Over 1,800 charities have invested in it to date with assets of over £1 billion.

In his new role at Quilter Cheviot, Charles will help develop the firm’s specialist charity capability. 

Charles commented: “It is an exciting time to be joining Quilter Cheviot. Not only do they have an envious track record of delivering robust performance, but also a strong reputation for helping charities with their investments. Quilter Cheviot retain the ethos that the people you meet are the people managing your portfolio. As a trustee, I am only too aware of the challenges facing charities and the value put on having a strong relationship with someone you can trust.”

William Reid head of charities commented “We are delighted to welcome Charles to Quilter Cheviot as he is well qualified to enhance our capabilities. In light of the significant advice gap in the charities sector, the key to help resolving this is to recruit high calibre individuals who not only understand investment but are in tune with the challenges that trustees face.”

Charles is a trustee of Bowel & Cancer Research, RL Glasspool, a grant giving charity which aims to help people step out of poverty, and PRISM, which helps to promote and to facilitate charitable giving in a flexible and efficient manner. Charles also sits on the board of the Charity Investors Group, a forum promoting a greater understanding of investment within the sector.

Investors should remember that the value of investments, and the income from them, can go down as well as up. Investors may not recover what they invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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£6,000 Raised For Charities Through Business Networking Events



Nominate your favourite charity by Howard Lake via flickr

Double Whammy Networking CIC (DW), a social enterprise that organises successful Southend and Castle Point business networking events.

The events focus on effective business networking, but the events are sponsored and at least 60% of the ticket price goes to a ‘charity pot’ to support local charities and good causes.

By the end of 2016, DW had raised a grand total of £6,000 to support 22 different charities and community groups.

Managing director Jill Poet stressed that ensuring quality business networking is always a priority and that, apart from an optional card draw, no fundraising takes place at the actual events. She explained: “I’m a veteran networker myself and I understand the importance of business people being able to attend an event without feeling pressurised to give, give, give.. We just don’t do that, although we often find that excellent long term relationships are established between the business and community sectors. Additionally, our events are ad hoc and there is no joining or membership fee, no commitment to attend regularly, and no requirement to give an elevator pitch. The events are relaxed and ideal for established businesses and start-ups: we make everyone welcome.”

The next event is a networking breakfast sponsored by and to be held at the Arlington Ballrooms in Leigh-on-Sea on 17th January. A basic ticket is just £7.50 including refreshments. £6 from each ticket sold will go towards supporting the SoS Domestic Abuse Project and SAFE (Supporting Asperger Families in Essex)

Booking is essential. Book via this link Or call Jill Poet on 01702 468387 for more information.

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