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Sustainable Development

Earth's Resources for 2015 Have Already Been Used Up

Jared Green | Posted 08.27.2015 | Green
Jared Green

This is yet another wake-up call that sustainable global development hasn't taken root despite two decades of effort. Humanity currently needs 1.6 Earths to cover what we take from nature each year.

Strengthening Health Systems Through a New Global Development Framework

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact
Ariel Smilowitz

As the Sustainable Development Goals prepare to pick up where the Millennium Development Goals left off, what sort of changes can we anticipate in how the goals will be implemented by member states, civil society leaders, NGOs, and other organizations around the world

Why We Must Invest In Youth For A Sustainable Future

Arancha González | Posted 08.11.2015 | Impact
Arancha González

It is no coincidence that in the wake of the Arab Spring, investment in youth-related initiatives, especially related to employment, has increased sharply.

Education, Energy, and Engagement - Celebrating Youth

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 08.11.2015 | Education
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) and I have long known the potential power of youth.This year, International Youth Day focuses on civic engagement and ways that youth can take part in civil society, to shape their future.

4 Reasons Business Should Get Involved in the Global Development Goals

Kathy Calvin | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
Kathy Calvin

Here are four reasons why businesses everywhere -- from small start-ups to large multi-nationals - should join the effort to achieve our global development goals.

Whose Sovereignty? Gabriel Resources v. Romania

Adam Cernea Clark | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
Adam Cernea Clark

Two weeks ago, a little-known Canadian gold mining company that has developed or operated exactly zero mines over 17 years announced to its investors that it had initiated international arbitration proceedings against the government of Romania for failing to permit what would be the largest open-pit gold and silver mine in Europe.

Communicate with Clarity & Leave No One Behind: How the UN Is Scaling Sustainability in a Post-2015 World, Part 1

Mark Coleman | Posted 08.06.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

On July 8th I had the unique opportunity and pleasure to speak with Ms. Mohammed about the post-2015 development process and agenda.

A Real Victory for Women and Girls

Françoise Girard | Posted 08.06.2015 | Impact
Françoise Girard

Women's groups were deeply involved in this process every step of the way because much was, and is, at stake for the girls of today and tomorrow. If this agenda is successfully carried out, by 2030 fewer girls will experience unwanted pregnancy and become infected with HIV.

Communicate With Clarity & Leave No One Behind: How the UN Is Scaling Sustainability in a Post-2015 World, Part 2

Mark Coleman | Posted 08.05.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

Part 2 of 2: A Conversation with Ms. Amina Mohammed, UN Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning The fate of humani...

How is Economic Slowdown and Environmental Degradation Democratizing China?

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 08.04.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

While many discuss whether some signs of environmental improvement result from economic slowdown, and less intensive use of natural resources, or from successful pro-green regulations, we argue that a much deeper transformation is happening across China.

Nexus: Minds and Money Meet, Pushing the World Forward

Pippa Biddle | Posted 07.26.2015 | Impact
Pippa Biddle

It's hard to talk about money and not get squeamish. Whether you have it or you don't, there's something innately vulgar about bringing wealth up in casual conversation.

Why a UN Financing Conference Should Matter to You

Laurent Huber | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Laurent Huber

Last Wednesday, July 15th, world leaders at the United Nations Financing For Development conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia agreed that "price and ta...

Building the Future With Self-Healing Concrete

XPRIZE | Posted 07.22.2015 | Green
XPRIZE

Geology and biology are blending in a fascinating way to create a breakthrough new construction material: concrete that can heal its own cracks. The secret weapon? Bacteria.

Funds for a Sustainable Future

Tewodros Melesse | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Tewodros Melesse

As global leaders gathered in the UN Economic Commission for Africa headquarters in Ethiopia last week they had high finance on their minds.

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.

Getting Finance to Improve Women's and Children's Health Worldwide

Flavia Bustreo | Posted 07.20.2015 | Impact
Flavia Bustreo

On a very wet and rainy day in Ethiopia last week, I spent an inspirational morning crowded into the Salem Health Centre. Despite the miserable weather, the Centre was overflowing with women who had, in some cases, travelled long distances to have their babies vaccinated.

Solar Cells From Shrimp Shells

XPRIZE | Posted 07.16.2015 | Green
XPRIZE

Here's an idea: let's peel a big pile of shrimp and put the shells outside to rot under the blazing sun. Sounds pretty disgusting, but amazingly enough, those smelly shells are hiding a solar power secret.

Original Unverpackt: Zero Waste (VIDEO)

Crane.tv | Posted 07.16.2015 | Green
Crane.tv

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.

Why We Need to Keep Talking About 2 Degrees

David Saddington | Posted 07.13.2015 | Green
David Saddington

We must keep aiming for 2 degrees, in the same way that organizations aim for zero waste targets or zero workplace accidents as this reinforces that results above these thresholds are unacceptable and can be improved.

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.

An Apprenticeship in Sustainable Development

Pioneers for Change | Posted 07.07.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

Social justice and environmental sustainability are two sides of the same coin -- a coin that has very little value if all you're seeing is either one side or the other. That may sound obvious now, but it's been a 30-year struggle to secure consensus on that all-important imperative.

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.

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 07.20.2015 | 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.