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Goal 13

Last June was the wettest on record in the Netherlands, with more than 200mm of rain. At the same time, it was also the hottest June ever globally. This is a clear sign of the changing climate. The average temperature on Earth is 1.3C higher than it was 30 years ago. And experts say that every degree of temperature rise leads to a 7 percent increase in humidity. It’s likely that this trend will continue, so we will see more and more heavy rainstorms in the Netherlands.

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Imagine two scenarios in 2030.

You are in a serious car accident and end up unconscious and unable to communicate when the ambulance arrives. You are allergic to penicillin, and you are also a diabetic with a serious heart condition. But the medical staff doesn’t know any of this when they arrive.

If all your personal data and medical records are accessible to the medical staff, they can immediately start treating you while taking into account all those serious conditions and potentially saving your life thanks to this information. But in another, darker scenario, the same personal data is shared with neither your knowledge nor consent to insurance companies that then is deny you medical insurance and life insurance due to your medical condition, or to potential employers who will not employ you since you might become ill when you are in your fifties.
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“A purposeful partnership that will change the lives of many” is how someone described the flagship connected Ekocenter initiative during my first visit to the site in Ruhunda, a small village in the region of Eastern Province in Rwanda. It truly was awe inspiring to see what had been achieved by the teams from seven partner organizations, working together towards a common goal.
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Editor’s note:  Today we are featuring a guest post by Christian Murillo, who isresponsible for  Ericsson’s Ecology Management & Product Take Back program for Latin America.

At the end of one of our product’s life, it’s important to close the loop and find ways to turn it into a resource. We do not view End of Life (EoL) products as waste. This is a precious opportunity – provided proper handling methods are used – and when we take-back products, we recycle more than 98 percent of the materials.
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At the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Elaine Weidman Grunewald, VP Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility for Ericsson, talked with Forest Whitaker, CEO of the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) and UNESCO Special Envoy. Founded by Whitaker in 2012, WPDI provides holistic peacebuilding training that focuses on conflict transformation. And as the technology partner to WPDI, Ericsson provides ICT equipment for the youth-based Connect To Learn program.

Listen to their conversation about the partnership and the role of technology in conflict and post-conflict situations:

Podcast – Peacebuilding starts with youth
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Editor’s note: Today we’re featuring a guest post by Yanneth Milena Higuera, Line Manager of Learning & Development in Mexico.

I recently came back from a third visit to Chiapas in Mexico to our project with Forest Whitaker and the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI) and Educreando. We met with students and teachers, with the aim to develop skills in training trainers. Together we formed a common strategy together on what topics to bring to the students on this visit to enrich their experience and keep the ultimate goal of the project in front of them: building competence and skills among at-risk youth to secure a more peaceful, productive community.

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Last weekend, my family and I celebrated the ancient Midsummer holiday just like the majority of Swedes. And just like many Stockholmers, we left the city in favor of traditional Swedish feasts in the beautiful nature Swedish countryside. Once we arrived, my daughter commented on the fresh air, the absence of traffic and all the birds we could hear. And we come from the city that is ranked highest in this year’s Networked Society City Index. This reflects what we see in the Networked Society City Index – there are no fully sustainable cities, not even the top-performing ones.
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Editor’s note: Today we are honored to feature a guest post by Forest Whitaker, CEO of the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) and UNESCO Special Envoy. Founded by Whitaker in 2012, WPDI provides holistic peacebuilding training that focuses on conflict transformation.

As the technology partner to WPDI, Ericsson provides ICT equipment for the youth-based Connect To Learn program. Working with partners like mobile operator Zain, we have enabled connectivity and internet access for the initiative via computer centers and have leveraged expertise from our learning academy to deliver comprehensive virtual and face-to-face education in ICT and professional skills:

As the international community comes together to commemorate World Refugee Day, we face the somber reality that the number of refugees around the world continues to grow to unacceptable levels. Today over 60 million people—about 1 per every 122 people on the planet—are currently displaced due to violence or conflict. To put that in perspective, that’s more than the entire population of Italy, the twenty-third most-populous nation on Earth.
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Editor’s note: Since 2010, Ericsson has been the lead technology partner for Refugees United (REFUNITE), a non-profit organization dedicated to help displaced people locate missing family and loved ones. Ericsson has supported development of an online family reconnection platform, providing technical expertise, and engaging with mobile network operators, other social organizations and employees to achieve the joint mission to achieve the joint mission of getting 1 million refugees registered on the platform.

In honor of World Refugee Day, the founders of REFUNITE, brothers and social entrepreneurs David and Christopher Mikkelsen, reflect on the journey of the organization and its partners, which have brought REFUNITE to help more than 500,000 people in their search for missing family.
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