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Sustainable Development Goals

Smart Ways to Tackle Poverty

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 12.19.2014 | 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 12.12.2014 | 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.

Unleashing the Potential of the World's Informal Sector to Create Jobs and Tackle Poverty

John Sullivan | Posted 12.05.2014 | World
John Sullivan

Creating jobs is one of the greatest global challenges facing the world today. While job creation is a top priority for policy makers here in the United States, worldwide poverty reduction is essential for our economic future as well.

My Vulnerable 3-Minute Talk at the UN About Depression, Sustainable Development and Hope

Kathryn Goetzke | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Kathryn Goetzke

My father was my greatest mentor. He was energetic, brilliant and committed to our family, celebrating Christmas with enthusiasm. It was a total devastation when, as a freshman in college, I called my dad from my dorm room and heard an unrecognizable voice on the other end. It was a policeman. My father had taken his life.

Using the Data Revolution for Mutual Accountability & Transparency in the Era of Sustainable Development

Dr. Paul Zeitz | Posted 11.04.2014 | 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.

Biodiversity: What's Worth Saving?

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 10.31.2014 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

New economic analysis shows it's a great deal to reduce coral losses -- but likely not to make more protected areas.

More or Better Development Data? Yes, Please...

Morten Jerven | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
Morten Jerven

The debate on Sustainable Development Goals, which are to replace the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, is reminiscent of a Winnie-the-Pooh-approach to measuring development. Do you want your poverty measure disaggregated by region or by gender? Both, and don't bother worrying about the measurement please.

Without Peace, Can There Be Development?

Bonian Golmohammadi | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Bonian Golmohammadi

Some governments think that peace and security should not be tackled within the agenda because it detracts from the agenda's goal: sustainable development. On the contrary, a development agenda that helps prevent conflict will free up resources to promote and enhance sustainable development.

To Help the World's Poor -- Start With Data?

Cheryl Doss | Posted 11.27.2014 | Impact
Cheryl Doss

When it comes to improving the lives of the world's poor, data collection may not be as sexy of a focus as improving access to clean water or more nutritious food. But better data is essential to monitoring progress and ultimately maximizing impact.

5 Things UN Negotiators Should Do to Ensure the SDGs Are Measurable

Angel Hsu | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Angel Hsu

What can be done to ensure that countries can both measure and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular, those that apply to environmental sustainability?

Brazil Can Put Safety and Justice at the Heart of Global Development

Robert Muggah | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Robert Muggah

The Sustainable Development Goals are about much more than achieving a diplomatic consensus. Starting next year, they will serve as a road-map for driving development around the world, including the world's poorest countries.

The Devil, the Detail, and the Future of Development

Dana Wilkins | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Dana Wilkins

Corruption is a disaster for development. It wastes the resources that can build sustainable economies, guts confidence in government, and fuels inequality and conflict.

Overcoming Inequality and Climate Change Key to Ending Poverty

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

If we get it right, a bold new framework for global development next year, together with agreement at the UN climate talks in Paris, could provide the impetus for a transition to a more equal world -- a world without the scourge of poverty and climate change.

Innovating in an Urbanizing World: Leading From the Middle

David Weiss | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
David Weiss

If the future of our planet is urban, then the actions of the past will not be enough to create the fair, equitable and smart world we want.

ONE ON ONE: Ghislaine Maxwell on Protecting the Blue Heart of the Planet

Katherine Keating | Posted 07.20.2014 | World
Katherine Keating

Ghislaine Maxwell is a British philanthropist and the founder of the TerraMar Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a global community that will advocate for the world's oceans and high seas. The TerraMar Project encourages people to sign a pledge and become what Ghislaine terms an "ocean citizen," joining the world's first ocean community dedicated to giving a voice to the least talked about and most forgotten part of our planet. "The oceans have become the world's dumping ground," says Ghislaine.

UN Millennium Development Targets for Water and Sanitation Will Expire in 2015... So What's Next?

Mackenzie Klema | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
Mackenzie Klema

While there is a role for international financial institutions and the private sector in the fight for clean water, there is no justification for international agencies and corporations to continue promoting water privatization.

Joining Forces Through 'Mutual Accountability' to Achieve the SDGs by 2030

Dr. Paul Zeitz | Posted 07.07.2014 | World
Dr. Paul Zeitz

Sustainable development is the most urgent challenge facing humanity. The fundamental question is how the world economy can continue to develop in a w...

Agriculture at Top of Global Agenda

Robynne Anderson | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Robynne Anderson

These discussions should shape global development work until 2030 as the replacement for the current Millennium Development Goals.

Size Matters: Finding Sustainable Solutions in Smaller Places

Rob Lovelace | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Rob Lovelace

In the meantime, Dickinson and other forward thinking colleges and universities around the world are busy educating and inspiring the generation on whose watch the SDGs will either succeed or fail.

The World We Want Post-2015

BioRegional | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
BioRegional

In September 2000, at the dawn of a new millennium, I was pretty busy focusing on the big problems of the day. Would I pass my maths exam? Where would...

As We Look Past the Millennium Development Goals, Everyone Deserves the Same Water Quality

Amanda Sperber | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Amanda Sperber

There have been so many attempts to fix the water quality crisis, the public seems to have grown tired of it, and its impacts -- especially malnutrition -- have been swept under the proverbial rug.

Time for Recognition: Building on the Progress at CSW57 to Empower Women in Agriculture

Anette Engelund Friis | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
Anette Engelund Friis

Despite their massive contribution to food security, the yield gap between men and women is still 20-30 percent mostly due to the lack of resources available to female farmers who are often subject to lower wages and minimal (if any) training, and who are crucially left out of high-level policy-making.

3 Imperatives for the Next Global Development Agenda

Manish Bapna | Posted 11.21.2012 | Green
Manish Bapna

Can extreme poverty be eliminated in the next 20 years? With much of the world still mired in an economic slump, the question might seem ill-timed. Yet, as heads of state arrive in New York on Monday for the 67th United Nations General Assembly, this goal should be at the top of the agenda.

Ignore Climate Change at Your Peril

Mary Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Mary Robinson

Ignoring climate change is not consistent with the vision many people share of a world with greater equality, less poverty, the protection of human rights, more prosperity, jobs and opportunity. Climate change is a threat, but responding to it opens up a world of opportunity.