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Sustainable Development

B Team Leaders Call for Bold Leadership from Business

The B Team | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
The B Team

With the UN Climate Change negotiations underway, and as the United Nations designs its flagship Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, business needs to engage.

Finding the Promise in Promise Zones, Part 2

William S. Becker | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
William S. Becker

If a region's strategy for economic renewal was turned over to its people rather than controlled by its traditional power brokers, what would be the r...

Finding the Promise in Promise Zones, Part 1

William S. Becker | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
William S. Becker

President Obama's designation of five localities as Promise Zones is the latest in a long history of efforts by his predecessors to wage the war on po...

The Rise of the Anchor Institution: Setting Standards for Success

Aaron Bartley | Posted 03.16.2014 | Business
Aaron Bartley

Anchor institutions will only succeed in transforming communities and revolutionizing the way cities approach their developmental futures if they adopt high-road practices.

Belizean Anthropologist Speaks

Larry Waight | Posted 02.02.2014 | World
Larry Waight

"One must understand that we were a colonial state until 1981 and that effect, while it persists today, back when I was dreaming it, was not a dream a young man could have. It would keep me in poverty was the thought. I went to the university and I studied business administration."

The Good Life

Jeannie E. Javelosa | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Jeannie E. Javelosa

I am looking through a luxury magazine in an airport transit lounge. Back home, my country, the Philippines is in the challenging attempt at helping our people hit by the super typhoon of all time: Yolanda/Haiyan.

'Momentum for Change' Is Building for Climate Solutions

Kelly Rigg | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Kelly Rigg

I'm pleased to be co-hosting an awards ceremony this week celebrating global 'momentum for change' at the United Nations climate talks in Warsaw. So far, the news out of Warsaw doesn't seem to warrant a celebration.

If Your City Could Talk, What Would It Say?

Zia Yusuf | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Zia Yusuf

Cities are epicenters of creativity, innovation, adventures, energy, and life. They're moving, breathing, and living. Cities have a heart, personality, and looks. But a city lacks one thing: a voice. Thanks to the Internet of Things, this is quickly changing.

Interior Secretary Jewell Announces Strong Conservation Agenda

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

'Mitigation' is not mysterious. It simply means taking reasonable steps to avoid harm to our natural resources, reducing that harm as much as possible if it can't be avoided and compensating for any harm that remains.

The True Meaning of United Nations

ZP Heller | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
ZP Heller

On UN Day, the international community looks inward, celebrating the anniversary of when the United Nations Charter first took effect in 1945. Yet more and more, the UN appears to be focusing outward as it tackles the world's most pressing development issues.

Shaping a Sustainable Future Through Education

V. Shankar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
V. Shankar

The demographics of emerging markets such as Africa, the Middle East and Latin America are fast changing and education plays an important role in facilitating the change of guard in industry.

Not Just a Place to Play: The ABCs of Green Infrastructure for City Play Spaces (Part I)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 11.19.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

With the opportunity to build new, functionally layered landscapes that serve to process storm water, abate storm surge and serve as esthetic and recreational assets, parks and green infrastructure may be entering a prolonged, perhaps permanent, symbiotic relationship.

Setting the Stage

A View from the United Nations | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
A View from the United Nations

By John W. Ashe, President of the 68th General Assembly On 14 June 2013, 193 member States of the United Nations elected me by acclamation to serve as...

Organic Clothes? 3 Ways to Green up Your Closet!

Bridget Nielsen | Posted 09.30.2013 | Green
Bridget Nielsen

I'd given away a lot of my clothes after making the decision to leave Los Angeles, but after several months it didn't make sense to keep my Fendi heels to wear in a rugged Maui jungle. I had been a classic female adorer of clothes all my life and now some adjustments had to be made to fit my new lifestyle.

John Celock

Birther Lawmaker Teams With UN Program Conspiracy Theorist

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics

A Republican Missouri state legislator with ties to the birther movement has joined forces with an activist who uses a Glenn Beck video as "proof" tha...

Sustainability, Racism and America's Capacity to Change

Steven Cohen | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Steven Cohen

The potential for human progress, for social learning and technological development should not be underestimated. Crisis, tragedy and human misery will never end; but as a species we seem to show the capacity to grow and learn.

Climate Change Conundrum

Badr Jafar | Posted 09.18.2013 | Green
Badr Jafar

Existing government energy and emissions policies are often based on misconceptions that lead to ineffective or even counterproductive outcomes. The contradictions in policy belie the poverty of analysis and overabundance of ideology that have gone into crafting them.

The Ecology of Public Space: From Uhuru to Taksim

Mia MacDonald | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Mia MacDonald

As public space has become increasingly privatized and commercialized, such green space reminds people that they're citizens and rights-bearers, and not merely consumers and logo-wearers.

What Trans-Pacific and U.S.-EU Trade Partnerships Must Tackle: Jobs

Michael Shank | Posted 06.13.2013 | World
Michael Shank

The United States is one of the advanced countries in which the gap between the highest and the lowest wages is largest. While we've heard this before, the gap is getting worse.

The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Linking Sustainability and Poverty Eradication

Manish Bapna | Posted 08.05.2013 | Green
Manish Bapna

Ultimately, the sustainable development agenda can only succeed if this voluntary framework changes how people make decisions, including national and local governments, investors, and businesses alike. The proposed agenda points in the right direction.

The 5 Best Eco-Friendly Designs of 2013

Drew Hendricks | Posted 07.22.2013 | Green
Drew Hendricks

As a result of global warming and high increase in population density, people are urged to ensure that their homes as well as their commercial buildings are eco-friendly. Eco friendly designs are highly emphasized upon due to their numerous benefits both to the environment and humankind.

Lessons From Ladakh: The Economics of Happiness

Ariel Bleth | Posted 07.15.2013 | Travel
Ariel Bleth

I first heard of Ladakh in the early 1990s when anthropologist Helena Norberg-Hodge, on a book tour, spoke of her decade's worth of experiences in this remote region north of the Indian Himalayan range.

Ritual One for a Healthier and More Sustainable Life

Merel Bakker | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Merel Bakker

I truly believe that in our hearts we want to be healthy, and we want our planet to live on for future generations, but reality shows that it's not that simple to achieve.

Indian Court Strikes Down Another Coal Plant

Justin Guay | Posted 07.07.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

In justifying its decision to revoke the environmental clearance for a huge 1,050 MW coal plant the Indian National Green Tribunal (NGT) described its original approval as 'smacking of non-application of mind.' I couldn't agree more.

John Celock

GOP Lawmaker Sees U.N. At Work In New Hampshire

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

State Rep. Al Baldasaro, a Republican legislator in New Hampshire, warned his colleagues Thursday that the United Nations sustainability initiative kn...