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Sustainable Development Goals

The Meaning of 'Practice' in the Age of Sustainable Development: Part I (from Aristotle to the MDGs)

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 04.24.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Practice has become a key concept in the policy process. In September 2015, the United Nations will hold a summit to adopt a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) meant to challenge the globe to grow economically and socially in an environmentally responsible way.

Bringing Health Care To The Doorsteps Of African Communities

Cindil Redick | Posted 04.23.2015 | Impact
Cindil Redick

World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 800 women die every day from preventable causes associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Over 50 percent of these deaths occur in countries in sub-Saharan Africa, like Ghana.

Earth Day 2015: Inspiring Evidence of a Paradigm Shift

Rosaly Byrd | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green
Rosaly Byrd

Instead of resorting to a cynical stance towards Earth Day this year, look around to see the movement that is sneaking up on us and transitioning not only our attitudes, but also our global economy, towards a more holistic system.

Let's Make It Earth and Prosperity Day

Manish Bapna | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green
Manish Bapna

While the global community has moved forward, it is not yet doing enough to meet the challenge. Global heat-trapping emissions continue to rise, ratcheting up the impact of a changing climate on countries least able to respond to it.

5 Takeaways From the Latest SDG Negotiations

Lucien Georgeson | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Lucien Georgeson

The SDGs will require huge global monitoring and reporting efforts. This is a pivotal moment for international development; the current negotiations could change the lives of billions of people.

Giving Rights to Future Generations -- Why It's Needed and How it Can Be Done

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 04.16.2015 | Impact
Jakob von Uexkull

The post-2015 framework is about development justice in our immediate future but also about building a new framework for many generations to come. The problem, however, is that people cannot think and act long term if their daily life is an existential struggle.

Women Deliver Statement for the Commission on Population and Development (CPD48)

Katja Iversen | Posted 04.16.2015 | Impact
Katja Iversen

The past two decades have shown that it pays to invest in girls and women, and we have seen tremendous improvements in some areas. However, challenges remain, and progress has been uneven across regions and within countries.

The Basics of Maternal Health: Taking a Stand for Clean Water and Hygiene in Health Facilities

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Lisa Schechtman

For women in the world's most economically deprived countries, collecting water is a key part of preparing to give birth -- if they are lucky enough to have a source of water that they can use.

Transformative Leadership -- A Clear Path to Sustainable and Inclusive Development

Jane Wales | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Jane Wales

Disruptive change happens when government officials, business executives and social activists embrace a shared goal and collaborate with the mantel of leadership passing from one to the other according to the task at hand.

Sustainable Peace for Sustainable Development: Scrutinizing the Sustainable Development Goals, SDG 16 in Question

Ajarat Bada | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Ajarat Bada

My name is Ajarat Bada and I am the Director for The Missing Millennium Development Goal Initiative. We are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to these efforts. Transformative shift number 4 in the High Level panel's report particularly inspires us.

Big Data Can Drive SDGs With Improved Accountability and Transparency: A Question of Trust

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The rise of big data can help build a framework, shifting away from macro-analysis and demographics to individualized targeting.

UN: We Know How To End Child Marriage, Now Let's Scale Those Efforts

Reuters | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact

By Lisa Anderson UNITED NATIONS, March 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A dvocates against child marriage need to step up efforts to ...

Good Education Helps Girls Grow Into Strong Women

Julia Gillard | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Julia Gillard

There's more than enough evidence to show that educating girls is transformational not only to girls themselves but to everyone around them. With education, a girl will be better positioned over her lifetime to help herself and her family move out of poverty and avoid disease. That makes for stronger women and more resilient families, communities, nations and the world.

Girls and Women Must be at the Center of the Global Development Agenda

Katja Iversen | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact
Katja Iversen

For an optimist like me, this is an exciting time to be a global health advocate. I am confident that with resolve, global commitment, true collaboration, and action, the lives of girls and women in 2030 will be dramatically improved. Everywhere.

2015: The Cornerstone for Financing for Development

Macharia Kamau | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Macharia Kamau

Once again, 2014 demonstrated the fact that underdevelopment and poverty in large swathes of the world produce a range of intensifying crises that know no borders.

Developing New Strategies for Nourishing the World

Shenggen Fan | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact
Shenggen Fan

This year's World Economic Forum provided an opportunity for leaders from all sectors of global development to look at new tactics in global decision-making.

UN MDGs: The Making of a New World

Yen To | Posted 03.28.2015 | Impact
Yen To

In September 2000, 189 UN member states and more than 25 international organizations of public and private scope, committed themselves to the complex cause of extreme poverty reduction on a global scale.

Lima Climate Negotiations Ignore the Largest Energy Issue Facing Developing Countries: Access

Gemma Hume | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact
Gemma Hume

Millions more who become sick with perfectly treatable conditions have no hope of recovery because their hospitals don't have access to electricity. There are no incubators, no life-saving equipment and no refrigeration to store essential vaccines.

Tomorrow Is Now

Kathy Calvin | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Kathy Calvin

The start of a new year is a time for hope, and I'm especially hopeful this year because of the historic opportunities we have to help millions of people move from poverty to prosperity.

The Gift That Keeps Giving and Benefits Us All

Katja Iversen | Posted 02.22.2015 | Impact
Katja Iversen

Investing in the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Providing women with education, access to health care and opportunities for employment, comes back tenfold as they tend to invest a higher share of their earnings back into their communities.

Smart Ways to Tackle Poverty

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

Poverty is a complex issue with no simple solutions, but experience in the recent past shows that plenty can be done.

Green Roadmap; Not Silk Road: Kazakhstan's (renewed) Role in World Affairs

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 02.01.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Kazakhstan can offer a much more visible contribution to international peace and prosperity. This country needs to be called upon to play a stronger and more active role in the mediation of interests between the United States (U.S.) and the European Union (E.U.), on one side, and Russia and the Middle East, on the other.

Unleashing the Potential of the World's Informal Sector to Create Jobs and Tackle Poverty

John Sullivan | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
John Sullivan

Creating jobs is one of the greatest global challenges facing the world today. While job creation is a top priority for policy makers here in the United States, worldwide poverty reduction is essential for our economic future as well.

My Vulnerable 3-Minute Talk at the UN About Depression, Sustainable Development and Hope

Kathryn Goetzke | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Kathryn Goetzke

My father was my greatest mentor. He was energetic, brilliant and committed to our family, celebrating Christmas with enthusiasm. It was a total devastation when, as a freshman in college, I called my dad from my dorm room and heard an unrecognizable voice on the other end. It was a policeman. My father had taken his life.

Using the Data Revolution for Mutual Accountability & Transparency in the Era of Sustainable Development

Dr. Paul Zeitz | Posted 01.04.2015 | Impact
Dr. Paul Zeitz

Recognizing that we as global citizens, are, at a critical inflection point in global sustainable development, in the design and implementation of data revolution 2.0, to ensure better data for better programming, delivery and mutual accountability.