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Sustainable Development

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.

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.

The Shortcut to Deradicalization Is the Long Road

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.20.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Whereas military force is selectively necessary to destroy irredeemably ruthless and bloodthirsty organizations such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), to neutralize violent extremism in the long-term, no amount of military muscle will suffice.

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.

A New Battle at the UN Could Decide What 'LGBT' Means

Andrew Park | Posted 04.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Park

The fact that LGBT issues were raised at the Commission has already come to the attention of the Center for Family and Human Rights, an anti-gay UN watchdog group. For LGBT people, the power of visibility and information is undeniable.

Can You Afford Not Being Sustainable? (Part II)

Alexander Karaiskakis | Posted 04.14.2015 | Green
Alexander Karaiskakis

There are many parameters that have to be clearly defined, such as what should be sustained, for how long it should be sustained, specific goals of CO2 emission levels and a framework that would explain how those goals are going to be achieved.

The True State of the Union 2015

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

The true State of the Union, and the state of the world, in 2015 can be described in one word: precarious. Despite our wealth, our technological knowhow, our global social media, we are a world at war with each other and with the planet itself.

Can You Afford Not Being Sustainable? (Part I)

Alexander Karaiskakis | Posted 04.06.2015 | Green
Alexander Karaiskakis

There is a misconception of sustainability as solely an ecological related subject, which is not the case. On the contrary, there are a range of definitions and applications.

Despite Colorful Language on Rabbits, It's More of the Same From the Vatican

Françoise Girard | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion
Françoise Girard

Pope Francis's championing of anti-poverty measures is encouraging and much needed. Yet it is hard to see how without improving access to family planning and reproductive health services, women can realize their aspirations for a better life.

The Peaks Unclimbed: Former President Joyce Banda on the Unmet Goals for Girls and Women

Adam Lewis | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Adam Lewis

If the MDGs are Mount Everest, we're currently sitting on a plateau somewhere halfway up: Progress is as undeniable as it is unprecedented, yet most of the goals remain unfulfilled.

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.

The Greening of a Suburban Downtown

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 02.28.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

If planners for Bethesda, Maryland fully realize a conceptual vision now being offered to community leaders and the public, the once-quiet but now-bustling suburb's downtown could become a nationally relevant example of urban sustainability.

Food Security: The End of a Golden Age

OpedSpace | Posted 02.22.2015 | Green
OpedSpace

The golden age of agriculture is over. Growth based on the expansion of cropland area as seen until the 1950s, followed by improving land productivity through new technologies and productivity-based agricultural policies will fail us.

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.

Holiday Giving That Makes a Difference

Anita Casalina | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Anita Casalina

'Tis the season for giving. I'm always looking for ways to combine gift-giving with funding sustainable, positive change for those in need. Here are the top ideas this year from our Billions Rising Foundation.

Beyond the Bounds of Conservation

Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D. | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D.

Saving world heritage sites is one thing. Activating them as economic and social assets for the local community is another project altogether.

Treading Through the Trash: Haiti's Garbage Problem Isn't Wrecking Just the Environment

Rosaly Byrd | Posted 01.20.2015 | Green
Rosaly Byrd

Trash that is collected is eventually burned -- and if you have ever smelt the burning of plastic, with the toxins being released into the air, you can understand that it is not a pleasant smell, to say the least.

Learning Today for a Sustainable Future

Irina Bokova | Posted 01.10.2015 | World
Irina Bokova

The international community has been striving to shape a safer and richer future for the world. This was the purpose of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2000 for the first 15 years of the new millennium.

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.

A Food System Fit for the Future?

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

For the first time in history we believe that it is possible to eradicate malnutrition in our lifetimes. But to achieve this we need to build a food system that is fit for the future.

Sustainable Solutions: Water in the Walls

Jacob Devaney | Posted 12.15.2014 | Green
Jacob Devaney

People who study ecological design understand the importance of thermal mass for keeping places cool in the summer and warm in the winter. As water issues continue to plague many parts of the planet, the notion of rainwater harvesting becomes more logical.

U.S. "vs." China in Africa: A Message to President Obama and Premier Li Keqiang

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 12.14.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

President Obama and Premier Li Keqiang: you don't need to be so competitive because you're not actually competing. A more formal collaborative approach could be in your mutual interest.

Ganging Up Against Gender Violence!

Vivian Onano | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Vivian Onano

Young girls are always denied the opportunity to enjoy their childhood as a result of certain traditions that have deep roots in our communities. Every year about three million African girls suffer female genital mutilation (FGM) around the globe.