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Sustainable Development

Dignity Over Dictators -- To Truly Sustain Development

Shawna Bader-Blau | Posted 10.01.2015 | World
Shawna Bader-Blau

Economic development is about dignity. And dignity requires people having democratic rights: free and fair elections, transparent institutions, and voice and justice.

New Global Goals for the UN, New Global Innovation Opportunities for Business

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

Leaders from 193 nations met in New York for the U.N. General Assembly and adopted the sustainable development goals. The goals are not short on ambition.

Leading Special Forces for Sustainability: How Peter Bakker and the WBCSD Isolate, Take Action, and Deliver Measurable Impacts on 9 Global Priorities, Part 2

Mark Coleman | Posted 09.28.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

Part 2 - Leading Special Forces for Sustainability, A Conversation with Mr. Peter Bakker, President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustaina...

What Is Your Message to the World? A Global Call for Inspiration and Action

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

We must engage in our work, in our professional and personal life, within our community, around the world, with family, friends and new people changing the dynamics and happenings in our ordinary lives, to make extraordinary things.

Why the Sustainable Development Goals Matter

Helen Clark | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics
Helen Clark

If the global community collectively is prepared to step up to the challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, then there's a chance of achieving sustainable development -- and with it better prospects for people and our planet.

The Post-2015 Agenda: A Global Call to Increase Civil Society Space

Lindsay Coates | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

Over the past 15 years, our thinking has shifted - the role of local agency and self-determination has become central to the policy discussion, though I would argue it has always been central to how humans make progress.

The Quest for Natural Intelligence in the World

Catherine Cunningham | Posted 09.24.2015 | Green
Catherine Cunningham

Natural Intelligence refers to principles of life and to our lifestyle choices that respect the natural limits and boundaries of earth's resources.

The Pope and the Fight Against Poverty

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
Kolleen Bouchane

A more suitable backdrop to this Papal visit isn't a stage full of dignitaries in New York City -- it is the heartbreaking images of millions of refugees and displaced people. The greatest refugee crisis since World War II.

Leading Special Forces for Sustainability: How Peter Bakker and the WBCSD Isolate, Take Action, and Deliver Measurable Impacts on 9 Global Priorities, Part 1

Mark Coleman | Posted 09.23.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

Mr. Bakker, who has for the past three and a half years served as President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), understands well the contradiction of power and humility felt by so many CEOs.

Yes, There is Really a Business Conference Called 'The Love Summit'

The Love Summit | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
The Love Summit

It's time we get over our fear of using the words love and business in the same sentence. After all, business in the simplest terms is about relationship -- the relationships with all the people we work with, buy from and sell to.

Pope Francis: A Spokesman for Our Planet

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

When Francis speaks to Congress and the United Nations this week, as he did in Havana recently, this call for all of us to be responsible will no doubt be a part of his message to this country. And the timing is perfect.

In Moroccan Oases Women Watch Plants and Incomes Grow

UN Women | Posted 09.21.2015 | Impact
UN Women

Amid the expanses of sand and rock, the arid desert landscape is interrupted by a vibrant patch of greenery. Oases are natural sanctuaries around which communities are built, providing scarce water, food and refuge from the harsh surroundings.

Social Responsibility as a Startup Launchpad: A Look Into CSR and Entrepreneurship

Aaron Guo | Posted 09.14.2015 | College
Aaron Guo

What images come to mind when you think of Tom's? Perhaps it's an image of the fashionable espadrille, but for me at least, it's an image from one of their marketing campaigns: a group of Tom's employees walking towards the camera in an impoverished community with gifts in hand--the gift of shoes.

To Achieve Sustainable Development Goals, Leaders Must Focus on Human Rights

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
Kerry Kennedy

The SDGs and Universal Declaration should be a packaged deal. At UNGA, leaders will commit themselves to the former. But for that commitment to bear fruit, they must also rededicate themselves to the latter.

The Future Belongs to Us

Kehkashan Basu | Posted 09.05.2015 | Teen
Kehkashan Basu

The need for us , the youth , to be proactively engaged at all levels of decision making within the UN processes is an absolute must ,given the undeniable fact that we are amongst the largest sections of civil society today.

Sustainable Water: Raising the Level of Water Literacy

Jonah Raskin | Posted 09.04.2015 | Books
Jonah Raskin

"We have a long way to go," Lassiter says. "But we can make substantial changes. We can even persuade home owners to give up their lawns, which are English imports and not really appropriate to a semi-arid climate like California."

Why Volunteers Can Help Lead the Changes Required to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Richard Dictus | Posted 08.28.2015 | Impact
Richard Dictus

The SDGs will only be successful if all people and groups are fully engaged and have a voice in the way the SDGs are implemented. If we count exclusively on government policy, private and public investment to make things happen, we probably will not have enough resources to reach everybody.

Earth's Resources for 2015 Have Already Been Used Up

Jared Green | Posted 08.28.2015 | 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.