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Sustainable Development

O'Malley's Green Legacy and Lessons for Those Who Will Follow

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 02.09.2016 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

By the time we get to the next Democratic presidential debate in Flint, Michigan, on March 6, we'll have a lot better feel as to who will go forward as the party's nominee. But now, there are only two Democratic candidates, because Martin O'Malley has ended his campaign.

Zika Is a Wake-Up Call for All of Us

Mandeep Dhaliwal | Posted 02.05.2016 | World
Mandeep Dhaliwal

If we do not take climate change and the impact that environmental degradation has on disease vectors seriously and if we do not address gender inequality and improve the daily conditions for people living in poverty, public health at-large will be increasingly at risk.

Here's What Success Looks Like for a Ugandan Coffee Farmer

Lutheran World Relief | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact
Lutheran World Relief

There are hard-working women who are not only taking care of their families, but have volunteered to help other women take care of their families  --  and prosper as farmers. And this change has been facilitated by access to knowledge and social capital from their farming groups.

What Sustainable Development is Really About

Hung Vo | Posted 01.25.2016 | Green
Hung Vo

By limiting or narrowing our understanding of sustainable development to simply include the environment, we are simultaneously removing the narrative of urgency from other sustainability-related endeavors that do not fit our traditional paradigms.

Technology Can Make The World More Human (But Only If We Plan For It)

Mark Horoszowski | Posted 01.25.2016 | Business
Mark Horoszowski

When disaster struck Nepal last year, the world rushed to send donations, resources, and support. This was a sign that we are in the fourth industrial revolution: A world connected -- as people -- by electronic devices.

Want to Eliminate Poverty? Check Your Behavior

David Weiss | Posted 01.16.2016 | World
David Weiss

It should not be surprising that Ugandan farmers have different thoughts on what is important to them than we might assume. Understanding why certain behaviors are formed is essential, as is understanding what incentives to build into program design.

Great Ideas Are Our Best Currency

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 01.14.2016 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

I wrote a note to myself recently to the effect that there are "few things more sustainable than a great idea." Think about it. A great idea can become a life force of its own. It can stimulate. It can inspire and motivate.

The Most Energy-Efficient Skyscraper Ever?

XPRIZE | Posted 01.14.2016 | Green
XPRIZE

New York City scored a major coup when it successfully lured Cornell University to build a campus for Cornell Tech, its applied sciences program, on Roosevelt Island, smack in the middle of the East River.

Dispatch from ISIS Front on Kurdistan's Sustainable Development

Adam Sulkowski | Posted 01.11.2016 | World
Adam Sulkowski

Imagine you are invited by a former student to visit his home, Kurdistan, your friend is researching ethnic minorities in the War on Terror and wants ...

How Sustainable Development is Saving the Future of Chocolate

Lutheran World Relief | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact
Lutheran World Relief

The future of the milk chocolate bar that we have loved forever may be at risk. Industry experts predict that by 2020 the supply of cocoa will be struggling to meet the growing demand.

What the Paris Agreement Left Out: A Crucial Path for a Lower Emissions Future

Mia MacDonald | Posted 01.08.2016 | Green
Mia MacDonald

The Paris summit largely ignored a crucial fact: what the world eats and how it produces its food are extremely important factors in addressing climate change, more than most governments and their citizens generally recognize.

The World Post COP -- System Reboot Not Plug-and-play -part one

Jules Peck | Posted 12.29.2015 | Business
Jules Peck

The Divestment movement has been emboldened to go further and become more radical post Paris. And, as can be seen from the Too weak, too late opinion compendium, the failures of COP to include justice issues has strengthened the resolve of the climate justice movement.

Agenda to Bring New Corporate Issues into the WTO is Defeated, But So Are Developing Countries' Demands for More Policy Space for Development

Deborah James | Posted 12.29.2015 | World
Deborah James

Nairobi, Kenya - At the first ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Africa, it was clear that the majority of members opposed f...

5 Questions for the World Bank on the Meaning of the Paris Climate Deal

Tim Ward | Posted 12.20.2015 | Green
Tim Ward

To illuminate the details of this agreement , I interviewed John Roome, Senior Director for Climate Change Group for Cross Cutting Solutions for the World Bank Group:

Kenneth Cole: On His Love/Haiti Relationship

Renata M. Black | Posted 12.14.2015 | Impact
Renata M. Black

"While we were here, we also looked at people who did footwear, to see if there was a way we could create something in-brand that would benefit the community. This is how we found Rebuild Globally and Deux Mains. We launched our exclusive sandals designed and made in Haiti from recycled tires."

Thinking Landscapes and the Importance of Youth to Meet the COP21 1.5 Degree Goal

Pieter Van de Sype | Posted 12.09.2015 | Green
Pieter Van de Sype

Last weekend, the fourth edition of the Global Landscapes Forum was held alongside the the COP21 negotiations in Paris.

Putting Leadership on the Global Education Agenda

Wendy Kopp | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Wendy Kopp

This October at the IMF-World Bank Annual Meeting in Lima, Peru, the development community came together and discussed the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals.

Mining the Red Planet

Antoine Heuty | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Antoine Heuty

As concerns remain regarding the collapse of two further mining dams in Brazil, moving beyond "polluters pay" resolutions to more proactive, scalable, and cost-effective preventive mechanisms becomes fundamental for Latin America's extractive sector.

Public Health and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

Linda P. Fried | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

The United Nations General Assembly recently adopted its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: 17 goals and 169 targets to eradicate poverty, eliminate inequality, and fight climate change over the next 15 years. It's an extraordinarily ambitious agenda for the world community, which closely aligns with the mission and responsibilities of public health.

Connecting the Green Dots

Risto Kuulasmaa | Posted 12.09.2015 | Green
Risto Kuulasmaa

We're beaming through the darkness. My friend turns off the motorboat engine and we glide in silence on the mild rocking waves of the Baltic Sea. ...

A Zero-Carbon Future

Helen Clark | Posted 12.02.2015 | Impact
Helen Clark

Paris must be a catalyst for stepped up climate action. The world must move towards a zero-carbon future. There is no room for short-sightedness or a lack of ambition. When a new climate deal is reached in December, as we hope and expect, let us all roll up our sleeves and get to work.

Climate Activists Call For Greater Diversity Of Voices At The Table In Paris

The Huffington Post | Mariam Baksh | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As international climate negotiations got underway in Paris, panelists at a conference at the U.N. Foundation's headquarters Tuesday we...

We Want More Walkable Neighborhoods -- but Can Our Communities Deliver?

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 11.30.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

More and more of us want to be within safe and comfortable walking distance of the destinations that meet our everyday needs, such as shops, places to eat, services, parks, and good transportation options that can take us downtown and to jobs and other places we want to go. It's the hottest trend in real estate, sought by buyers and renters alike.

Local Participation Integral to SDG Implementation

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Some of the reasons for the limited success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) include lack of local participation and the top-down approach of the MDGs, without focusing on local needs and preferences.

Giving Thanks, in Spite of it All

Lutheran World Relief | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Lutheran World Relief

This Thanksgiving, in spite of the horrible news, I am following the wise advice of the psalmist and giving thanks.