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Sustainable Development Goals

Are We on Track to Seize the Real Power of Sport? How We Can Go #Beyondtheathlete Towards the Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Niall Dunne | Posted 07.22.2015 | Sports
Niall Dunne

Life has a habit of coming full circle and ensuring your past and your present collide in ways that makes sense to you, and you alone.

Vatican Mayors Summit Spots Pope on Municipal Pulpit

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Speaking truth to power and the publics, the encyclical encouraged a radical reorientation in how we communicate with each other and coexist with the natural world. What a welcome wake-up call.

How Do We Get Businesses Working Towards the Sustainable Development Goals?

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 07.21.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

One of the most significant changes since the declaration of the Millennium Development Goals, set to conclude this year, is that the private sector is now seen as a key stakeholder. With governments reneging on prior commitments, and given the projected $3 trillion to $4.5 trillion price tag to achieve the SDGs, corporate participation is essential.

Hygiene: The Cinderella of the SDG ball

Dr. Layla McCay | Posted 07.19.2015 | Impact
Dr. Layla McCay

Hygiene is not a matter of 'nice to do'; losing hygiene from the global indicator list would represent a failure to fully capitalize upon this historic opportunity to bring better health, nutrition, education, equity, and economic opportunities to millions around the world.

Original Unverpackt: Zero Waste (VIDEO) | Posted 07.16.2015 | Green

Original Unverpackt (Originally Unpackaged) is a Berlin-based supermarket which demonstrates one very simple way we can cut down on the amount of waste we produce in our day to day lives.

Can We Finance Sustainable Development?

Chris W. Williams | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Chris W. Williams

As more countries have attained middle-income status, inequality has soared. The wealthiest individuals have become wealthier while growth-with-equity remains a distant prospect.

These Powerful Photos Around The World Show How Urgent It Is To #EndPoverty

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact

A new photo campaign highlights the power of images in telling critical undertold stories. Through a hashtag challenge #EndPoverty, National Geogra...

Will Development Financing Finally Level the Playing Field for Women and Girls?

Françoise Girard | Posted 07.13.2015 | World
Françoise Girard

Many governments still do not see the need to allocate or increase resources for efforts that would strengthen health systems to reduce maternal mortality, address violence against women, ensure access to sexual and reproductive health care, and end child marriage. In fact, these areas should be priorities if we are to achieve sustainable development for generations to come.

Five Big Questions for the Future of Global Family Planning

Pape Amadou Gaye | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Pape Amadou Gaye

Countries are catching on to the demographic dividends that come with robust family planning programs, which can help turn a low-income country into a middle-income country. In fact, for less than the cost of a cheeseburger per American per year, we could reduce the world's population growth by 500 million, saving mothers' and children's lives everywhere and helping poor countries prosper like never before. So what's the holdup? And who's being left behind?

2015: A Year of Decision for Global Education

Julia Gillard | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Julia Gillard

This year marks a decade and a half since the international community committed to address the vast and complex problem of educating all of the world's primary school-aged children. It's a time to reassess the next steps in the global education movement.

Here's How We Can Help Educate and Empower Millions of Marginalized Girls Worldwide

Graca Machel | Posted 07.13.2015 | World
Graca Machel

MAPUTO -- It is estimated that some countries lose more than $1 billion a year by failing to educate girls to the same level as boys. So we must act decisively.

How to Solve the World's Toilet Problem

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Sanjay Wijesekera

Sanitation is a different story. It is not an exaggeration to say that the one of the biggest health threats children face -- diarrhea -- is precisely due to the fact that 2.4 billion people -- 1 in 3 worldwide -- do not have a good enough place to defecate.

The Energy Sector is Undermining National Security and Development in Mozambique

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Political stability and absence of violence in Mozambique are in their lowest levels in two decades.

Why #FutureFortified

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

Because many of the most vulnerable people in the world rely heavily on staple foods, food fortification has the ability to reach the poor and marginalized where other interventions cannot.

Civilization & Values

Paula Gordon | Posted 06.21.2015 | Good News
Paula Gordon

One of the pleasures of having lived for several decades is that old friends drop by now and again. In an email sent to a few friends and colleagues, Stuart Kauffman passed along a piece he and his co-authors have written for the United Nations about the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Looking Forward to the June SDG Negotiations: Agreeing Principles Is Fine, Details Are Harder

Lucien Georgeson | Posted 06.18.2015 | Green
Lucien Georgeson

Last month's negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals brought both greater levels of agreement and familiar notes of discord. One thing is clear, a number of challenges remain for countries to find agreement on ahead of the July deadline for the outcome document.

Dear G7, it's Time to Put Girls and Women at the Top of Your Agenda

Katja Iversen | Posted 06.07.2015 | Impact
Katja Iversen

The Ebola outbreak has served as a prolonged and revealing stress test, exposing countries' deep vulnerabilities well beyond the disease response.

HRH The Prince of Wales: We Need to Make Fundamental Changes to Survive

HRH The Prince of Wales | Posted 06.05.2015 | Impact
HRH The Prince of Wales

The circular economy strikes me as worthy of support at the highest levels. Whether as a means of combating the proliferation of plastic debris in the world's oceans, capturing nutrients or preventing the waste of scarce minerals in defunct consumer goods, the benefits would be wide-ranging and have local, national and international benefits.

The Meaning of 'Practice' in the Age of Sustainable Development: Part II (from the MDGs to 2030)

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The meaning of practice needs to be reinterpreted. The focus on cognitive thinking and technical skills underlying this problem-program-implementation-assessment action-framework needs to give space to a skill-set capable of actually building lasting trust and reciprocal altruism between key development actors.

Rethinking World Hunger: Start with Women

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Women make up more than half of the world's population, yet in parts of the world, especially in South Asia, South America and Africa, they are more likely than men to go hungry.

If You Love Coffee... You Can Help Eradicate Poverty

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz

I believe responsible coffee lovers would prefer to enjoy their coffee in partnership with those who grow it. I am proposing a compensation of only 10 cents from each cup of coffee sold in the industrialized world to help eradicate poverty in all coffee growing regions in one generation.

Gender Equality Can't Be Ignored If We Want Global Progress: Report

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact

There's no other option: Gender equality has to become a priority for the world to reach development goals in the coming years, according to one inter...

Mainstreaming Sustainability in 2015

Otto von Troschke | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Otto von Troschke

From January 2016 until end of 2030 the member states of the United Nations are expected to frame their agenda around those goals. Therefore 2015 is a unique year to shape the agenda for the next 15 years.

Update From the April SDG Negotiations: How We Can Make Sustainable Development Happen

Lucien Georgeson | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
Lucien Georgeson

The UN will officially announce the SDGs in September--that timeline is set. It is clear from the most recent round of discussions, however, that a host of problems and differences of opinion remain.

What Role Do Indigenous Peoples and Forests Have in a Sustainable Future?

A View from the United Nations | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
A View from the United Nations

Indigenous people are, by definition, outsiders, due to their geographic and political remoteness. They make up about 5 percent of the world's population and anywhere from 10 percent to 30 percent of the world's poorest people. Yet they hold the vital knowledge of generations on how to live with nature and be in balance and harmony with the natural world.