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Sustainable Development

ISIS: Illusions Versus Reality

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.18.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Regardless of the soundness of the president's strategy, to ensure greater success in defeating ISIS, three distinct interlinked aspects must be factored in. Acting accordingly will permanently degrade ISIS and prevent it from rising again to pose a serious threat to our allies in the Middle East and Western security in the future.

Small Island Developing States Take Up a Gigantic Challenge

Gustavo A. B. da Fonseca | Posted 08.28.2014 | Green
Gustavo A. B. da Fonseca

For a large number of SIDS, the first four days of September could become the launch pad for new sustainable development paths. With the proper support from donors and technical assistance agencies, the Samoa conference may very well be all that is needed to unleash the true potential of these global gems of the ocean world.

Why Island Wisdom Is Crucial to Help the World Adapt and Prepare for the Impacts of Climate Change

A View from the United Nations | Posted 08.27.2014 | World
A View from the United Nations

While many countries have been debating whether climate change is even happening or who is to blame, small islands have just had to deal with its impact, from extreme weather to rising sea levels and increasing environmental vulnerability.

Development Goals Must Adapt to New Nutrition Challenges

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

We can eliminate malnutrition. And, I believe that it's possible to do so by 2030. Ambitious targets and a common vision are a great start. But, to fix the food system we need a framework that drives stakeholders to work together, regardless of their differences.

Low Carbon Cities in China, Serious Challenges and Signs of Hope

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Despite the worst fears of impending environmental tragedy that arise from a reading of air quality data or the trajectory of coal use, China is walking a path that many cities and nations have walked before.

New Cultural Lenses to Create a Sustainable Future

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

The willingness to adapt and change, the curiosity to look beyond and find more to be discovered, more to contribute to, more to advance, more to develop, more to make progress lies within the human arrow of learning and teaching.

5 Ways to Be a Sustainable Traveler

Laurèn DeMates | Posted 07.25.2014 | Green
Laurèn DeMates

The story is all too familiar to those who have seen their own quaint slices of paradise transformed to huge international hotel developments, taking over prime beach areas and hurting the cultural and natural resources that drew the giants there in the first place.

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

Robert Muggah | Posted 07.24.2014 | 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.

Mother India Cannot Survive Without Grandmother Nature

K. Ullas Karanth | Posted 07.24.2014 | Green
K. Ullas Karanth

Hopefully, Mr. Modi will recognize that the fragile nature he holds in temporary custody is a product of millions of years of evolutionary Karma. Grandmother Nature gave birth to Mother India, which he has sworn to serve.

A New Wave of Development, Banks and Cooperation: Practical Solutions

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 09.14.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

These days are fully equipped with high level meetings on the two sides of the world.

Why Locals (and You) Will Love Copenhagen This Year

SmarterTravel | Posted 09.14.2014 | Travel
SmarterTravel

(Photos: City of Bikes: Nicolai Perjesi/Visit Copenhagen A city people want to live in is a city people love to visit. Copenhagen is just that. C...

A New Effort to Boost Green Tech Gets Underway in Geneva

Jake Colvin | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Jake Colvin

The global business community gathered this week in Geneva to witness the launch by the United States, China, the EU and other trading partners of a p...

Lessons from Thrive, on Passion and Commitment

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

So if we stay calm and focus on our passions, they will transform in what we truly want to be and do, because we are human beings willing to make a meaningful difference in the world, at least for the amount of time we are on earth.

Tide Is Turning for Ocean Conservation

Ghislaine Maxwell | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green
Ghislaine Maxwell

Fish don't vote -- is that perhaps why the ocean and its problems are a low priority for governments and few politicians see a need to have a public opinion on ocean-related issues?

The Power of Questions to Fix Political Reputation

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Disappointingly, though perhaps not surprisingly, voter turnout in Portugal has collapsed from 91.5 percent in 1975, the year of the first democratic elections, to 58.1 percent in the 2011 parliamentary elections.

19th-Century General Teaches 21st-Century Economists and Politicians: Arthur Wellesley and the IMF Programs in Portugal

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 07.15.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Last week, the Prime Minister of Portugal announced the end of the third intervention of the International Monetary Fund in the country since 1978. But the challenges Portugal faces in building a flexible economy will continue.

Economic (And Other) Impossibilities For Our Grandchildren

Jules Peck | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
Jules Peck

Many of us have probably had the most comfortable lives ever lived. But as a society we are asleep at the wheel. And our apathy is to blame for the reckless way society is currently set up.

Four Decades after the 'Third Wave of Democratization' and the Irrelevance of Political Parties' Differences in Portugal: 1974-2014

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 06.24.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

In the last forty years, periods of economic growth, stagnation, and recession have occurred in equal measure irrespective of which party held the power.

Greenwashing Away Minority Land Rights in Costa Rica

Adam Cernea Clark | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Adam Cernea Clark

Last week, a landmark bill was finally signed into law by outgoing Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla. This tenuous victory is but the latest chapter in the trials and tribulations of the oft forgotten Afro-Descendant minorities that make their home on the shores of the Caribbean Sea.

In South Sudan, Humanitarian Action Is a Palliative, Not a Long-Term Solution

Toby Lanzer | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Toby Lanzer

While the needs of people in South Sudan require urgent attention, and continued funding, we must keep in mind that emergency operations can only assist them in the short-term.

Can Environmental Protection And Economic Development Coexist?

Posted 04.09.2014 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Sami Grover: Critics of environmentalism have often been keen to frame the issue as man vs. nature, progress vs. conse...

Third World Wisdom Is Vital for Redeveloping a Sustainable Civilization

Rohit Kumar | Posted 06.07.2014 | Green
Rohit Kumar

The best human civilization possible can only emerge from a synthesis of so-called First and Third World cultures. The First World civilizations have developed technology and science, which have grown from a wonderful cultural sense of appreciation for adventure, risk, and innovation.

Protecting and Growing Forests to Save the Climate -- a Business Opportunity for Latin America?

Renat Heuberger | Posted 06.01.2014 | Green
Renat Heuberger

The start of this year's World Economic Forum on Latin America in Panama coincides with a landmark in the research on climate change: More than 2000 s...

Aruba: Building a Sustainable Resort Island

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.31.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

In the past, whenever Aruba needed to address its pressing financial needs, the answer was to add more hotel rooms and bring in more tourists.

Why We Need to Act Now on Risks to Water

OECD | Posted 05.21.2014 | Green
OECD

History is full of lessons for how water crises could have been avoided or better managed. On World Water Day, this March 22, I urge governments to act now so that history will show that we took resolute action when needed, rather than leave us with costly regrets.