UN to partner with TV channel in promoting animal conservation biodiversity

Focusing on the television channel’s annual programming special, World Animal Day, which will air on 7 October, the partnership will use the joint resources, knowledge and efforts of both organizations.”The United Nations partnership with Animal Planet will help educate millions around the world about the importance of protecting the Earth’s precious biodiversity for the benefit of all people,” said Shashi Tharoor, Interim Head of the UN Department of Public Information.According to some estimates, over 100 species are lost every day and about 40,000 species become extinct every year. Many species are increasingly at great risk, as over 25 per cent of the world’s approximately 4,630 mammal species and 11 per cent of the 9,675 bird species were at significant risk of total extinction in the late 1990s.”Collaboration with the United Nations and its subsidiary bodies, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is a natural partnership that exposes millions of viewers to issues such as species conservation, habitat protection, and biodiversity,” said Dawn McCall, President of Discovery Networks International, a partner with BBC Worldwide in producing Animal Planet.UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook 2000 highlights the importance of educating people about the Earth’s environment, given the problems that now exist in many areas of the world – from land degradation and deforestation to air pollution and global warming, to inadequate water supplies and the loss of untold numbers of plant and animal species. read more

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Former head of Toyota Canada will chair new auto investment committee

TORONTO – The Ontario and federal governments are hoping that a recently retired, well-connected auto industry executive can help attract more global investment into Canada’s beleaguered automotive sector.Ray Tanguay, the former head of Toyota’s Canadian operations, has been chosen to chair a new auto investment committee at the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council. His role will involve serving as an adviser to the provincial and federal governments as well as the automotive industry.At a news conference in Toronto on Tuesday, Ontario’s minister of economic development highlighted Tanguay’s 24 years of industry experience and deep connections in the global auto sector.“If he makes a call, people are going to pick up the phone,” Brad Duguid said. “There’s no question — Ray can open some doors for us internationally.”Canada, once an automotive manufacturing powerhouse, has been steadily losing its share of production to Mexico and the southern United States, where labour is cheaper.“There’s no denying that low-cost, low-standard jurisdictions have been getting the lion’s share of new (investments),” Duguid said.Toyota announced earlier this year that it will be moving production of its compact Corolla cars from Cambridge, Ont., to Mexico, and General Motors Canada will be shifting production of the Camaro from Oshawa, Ont., to Lansing, Mich., this year.“In the old days, Ontario and Canada could allow potential auto investments to come to us without a great deal of marketing or a great deal of solicitation,” Duguid said.“Those days, unfortunately, are gone, which means we’re going to have to up our game.”Federal Industry Minister James Moore said Canada’s auto industry has a number of competitive advantages, including tariff-free access to other markets, low corporate taxes, high levels of government funding and a talented workforce.Duguid said Ontario, the hub of the country’s auto-manufacturing sector, has simply not been proactive enough in seeking global investments.“We’ve often found that by the time we get into the running, the decisions have been made long ago, and we’re almost coming from behind,” Duguid said.“We need a better sense of intelligence within the auto sector, both domestically and internationally, so that we get out ahead of some of these mandates. There are opportunities for expansion in the auto sector in North America, but sometimes you need to start working on those leads two, three, four, five years in advance.”Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. Former head of Toyota Canada will chair new auto investment committee by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 9, 2015 12:56 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 9, 2015 at 5:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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