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Sustainable Development

Food Security: The End of a Golden Age

OpedSpace | Posted 12.24.2014 | Green
OpedSpace

The golden age of agriculture is over. Growth based on the expansion of cropland area as seen until the 1950s, followed by improving land productivity through new technologies and productivity-based agricultural policies will fail us.

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.

Holiday Giving That Makes a Difference

Anita Casalina | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
Anita Casalina

'Tis the season for giving. I'm always looking for ways to combine gift-giving with funding sustainable, positive change for those in need. Here are the top ideas this year from our Billions Rising Foundation.

Beyond the Bounds of Conservation

Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D. | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D.

Saving world heritage sites is one thing. Activating them as economic and social assets for the local community is another project altogether.

Treading Through the Trash: Haiti's Garbage Problem Isn't Wrecking Just the Environment

Rosaly Byrd | Posted 11.20.2014 | Green
Rosaly Byrd

Trash that is collected is eventually burned -- and if you have ever smelt the burning of plastic, with the toxins being released into the air, you can understand that it is not a pleasant smell, to say the least.

Learning Today for a Sustainable Future

Irina Bokova | Posted 11.10.2014 | World
Irina Bokova

The international community has been striving to shape a safer and richer future for the world. This was the purpose of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2000 for the first 15 years of the new millennium.

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.

A Food System Fit for the Future?

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

For the first time in history we believe that it is possible to eradicate malnutrition in our lifetimes. But to achieve this we need to build a food system that is fit for the future.

Sustainable Solutions: Water in the Walls

Jacob Devaney | Posted 12.15.2014 | Green
Jacob Devaney

People who study ecological design understand the importance of thermal mass for keeping places cool in the summer and warm in the winter. As water issues continue to plague many parts of the planet, the notion of rainwater harvesting becomes more logical.

U.S. "vs." China in Africa: A Message to President Obama and Premier Li Keqiang

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 12.14.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

President Obama and Premier Li Keqiang: you don't need to be so competitive because you're not actually competing. A more formal collaborative approach could be in your mutual interest.

Ganging Up Against Gender Violence!

Vivian Onano | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Vivian Onano

Young girls are always denied the opportunity to enjoy their childhood as a result of certain traditions that have deep roots in our communities. Every year about three million African girls suffer female genital mutilation (FGM) around the globe.

2030, This Is the End.

Alexandre Lemille | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Alexandre Lemille

Will it really be "The End" like The Doors were telling us back in the seventies or will it not? Today we have enough data about our ecosystems to ma...

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.

5 Reasons Why Climate Change Is A Social Issue, Not Just An Environmental One

Rosaly Byrd | Posted 12.06.2014 | Green
Rosaly Byrd

Many communities will be forced to move as they are exposed to rising sea levels, extreme drought that puts strain on resources, or even extreme rainfall that becomes the norm.

Food Prices: Always Too High or Too Low

Jose Graziano da Silva | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Jose Graziano da Silva

The governance arrangements of international agricultural commodity markets are ripe for an overhaul to reflect not only the changes in markets, consumption patterns and technologies of the past 40 years, but also to actively engage in the challenges of the future.

The UN wants sustainable urban development, but what does that look like?

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

From the shortlist of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the United Nations is considering, one goal calls for "inclusive, safe, resilient and susta...

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.

Climate Change: More Disasters Needed to Motivate Individual Behavior Change?

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 11.26.2014 | New York
André Corrêa d'Almeida

It is certainly very timely to pressure global leaders to take action on climate change, but it is also good to remember the impact that individual behavior have on this process.

Our Planet Is Changing -- So Must Our Global Food System

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 11.26.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

In the face of climate change, our basic food systems have to be reimagined so that the world is producing nutritious food in a more sustainable way that increases livelihoods.

ISIS: Illusions Versus Reality

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.18.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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 10.26.2014 | 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 10.18.2014 | 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 10.08.2014 | 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.