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Sustainable Development

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.

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.