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Sustainable Development

How to Solve the World's Toilet Problem

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 06.30.2015 | 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.

No, Coal is NOT the Fix-All Solution to Energy Poverty

Rosaly Byrd | Posted 06.26.2015 | Green
Rosaly Byrd

Although fossil fuels and renewable energy are not mutually exclusive in aiding development efforts, the truth is that when we take a closer look, we can actually see that research supports the importance of renewable energy in achieving economic development and universal energy access.

Why Well-Being, Not Just GDP Growth, Should be the Goal

Douglas Beal | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
Douglas Beal

Having the right goals, the right strategies, and the right policies aimed at sustainable economic development are equally -- and perhaps even more -- important than those focused on GDP.

Why Is Profit a Dirty Word?

Emma 'The Gecko' Davidson | Posted 06.22.2015 | Business
Emma 'The Gecko' Davidson

It's been suggested to me that I should not be making any profits, that my business should be a charity, and that I should not pay myself a salary.

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.

Why The Pope's Encyclical Laudato Si Is Important for Non-Catholics

Bob Brecha | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
Bob Brecha

Regardless of religion, people for the most part think about what kind of world they wish to leave for their children or great-grandchildren.

From Hunger to Climate Change: Transform Words into Action, Says Pope Francis

Jose Graziano da Silva | Posted 06.17.2015 | World
Jose Graziano da Silva

The challenges the world faces today are sometimes so big and so many that they can scare us into inaction or nudge us into looking only at our immediate surroundings or our immediate needs. We need to resist the temptation to do both.

In Conversation With Photographer and Social Entrepreneur Marco Vernaschi

Adriana Teresa Letorney | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
Adriana Teresa Letorney

Marco is the President and Founder of the BIOPHILIA Foundation, a grassroots, non-profit organization based in Argentina that contributes in shaping a sustainable model of rural development. I had the opportunity to interview Marco about BIOPHILIA, its mission and one photographers' legacy.

Resource Efficiency -- The Underestimated Topic of the G7 Summit

Cherno Jobatey | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Cherno Jobatey

The old disparity between Old Economy and Green Economy must be addressed. What will the future look like once we have faced the challenges of dwindling resources?

Pollution and Inequality: A Shared History

Nourish International | Posted 06.06.2015 | Green
Nourish International

It's important to realize how this line of thinking is still hugely influential today as developing nations remain prime targets for businesses looking to offload pollution and exploit cheap labor.

New Approaches Needed to Save Orangutans in Indonesia

Robert Hii | Posted 06.03.2015 | Green
Robert Hii

It was disheartening to read the headlines from this news report that said Kansas City and elsewhere, zoos brace against the threat of species extinction. It's as if the orangutans are doomed to an existence merely in zoos located thousands of miles from their natural habitats.

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.

Sustainable Real Estate: Environment and Cost Friendly

Toni Haber | Posted 05.29.2015 | New York
Toni Haber

Increasingly real estate developers and residents are favoring sustainable real estate for not only their eco-friendliness, but also for their ability to cut down monthly electric bills.

Can Your City Commit to 100-Percent Renewable Energy?

XPRIZE | Posted 06.04.2015 | Green
XPRIZE

Cities around the world are rushing to commit to running on 100-percent renewable energy as soon as possible. It may be a great idea, but can a major metropolis actually achieve the goal? We'll find out by watching Vancouver in British Columbia, where the city council voted in March to go 100-percent renewable by about 2030.

Biodiversity and Biotechnology: Equal Partners in Sustainable Development

Stella Salvo | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
Stella Salvo

History has shown that poverty and famine can lead to war and civil uproar. Indeed there are factors out of the control of a scientist like myself.

Developers Build for Niche Buyers

Toni Haber | Posted 05.26.2015 | New York
Toni Haber

Niche clientele. Developers of New York City's residential real estate market have been designing properties suited for buyers with a specific focus, including the health-centric buyer and the swimming buyer.

Why Attaining Sustainability Requires Us to Bridge Generational Divide

Mark Coleman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

Managing change while confronting the onslaught of converging social, economic, and environmental issues that challenge humanity requires all generations to work together.

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 Is Equitable for Planet Earth? India and Climate Change: Our Record, Role and Responsibility

Ela Bhatt | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Ela Bhatt

It is unfortunate that the world, particularly India, has not come together on the issue of poverty as it has on climate change. The two are interlinked. Therefore, I would urge India to keep in mind two questions when formulating the country's INDCs. Do our INDCs reflect our commitment to reduce carbon emissions with a view toward reducing poverty?

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.

New Development Goal Falls Short of Protecting Those Most at Risk

David J. Olson | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
David J. Olson

The only way to make HIV prevalence go down and end AIDS once and for all is to ensure that the needs of such groups are addressed explicitly in health policies, especially with the Sustainability Development Goals which will guide international development efforts for the next 15 years.

An Opportunity For Women's Equality

Helen Clark | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Helen Clark

Achieving gender equality requires determined action at all levels. It is important to focus not only on ensuring that women can participate in the decisions which affect their lives, but also on eliminating discriminatory institutions, attitudes and practices.

Birth Control and the Human-Wildlife Connection

John Seager | Posted 05.01.2015 | Green
John Seager

Champions of fossil fuels and others have long tried to frame the debate as a choice between either helping humans or helping the environment. But they're shortsighted and wrong. Helping humans helps the environment.

Corporate-NGO Inclusive Business Partnerships: Why They Work and Why They Don't

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

Consider the question of differing motivations. According to the Corporate-NGO Partnerships Barometer, the primary motivation for a corporation to enter such a partnership is to enhance brand, corporate reputation and credibility.