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Sustainable Development

Asia Chooses a Greener Path

Billy Mason | Posted 05.18.2014 | Hawaii
Billy Mason

Faced with an existential task to go green or go bust, Asia leaders realize that only by adopting progressive, greener methods will they be able to achieve sustainable economic growth without causing devastating impacts.

CSR 2.0: Prescription for a Better Future

John Friedman | Posted 05.13.2014 | Business
John Friedman

In my last blog I explored the shortcomings of the current model of Capitalism with CSR thought-leader Dr. Wayne Visser. Today I look at how CSR can e...

The Globalization of Education and Sustainability Management

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.10.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

The crisis of sustainability is a distinctly global crisis, but one that manifests itself in different ways in different places. As we learn more about how to solve problems caused by West Virginia's chemical contamination of its drinking water, we may have lessons to offer local governments in China.

Global Cooperation in the Age of Sustainable Development

Vuk Jeremić | Posted 05.07.2014 | World
Vuk Jeremić

The United Nations must become the functional center of the global sustainable development effort, one that draws on every stakeholder through the UN's unique convening power and universally recognized legitimacy.

A New Gold Rush Into the Blue Economy

Irina Bokova | Posted 04.27.2014 | Green
Irina Bokova

At an ocean conference in China last October, renowned American oceanographer Sylvia Earle told participants that "we must think of taking care of the ocean as if our lives depended on it....because they do!"

Making Inclusive Space: Bringing the 'Peoples' into the UN

Bonian Golmohammadi | Posted 03.26.2014 | World
Bonian Golmohammadi

Over the years, the relationship between the UN and "the people," or civil society, has eroded, and hasn't kept up with the changing dynamics of global governance.

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.