Michelle Bachelet is a crusading feminist: she was Chile's first female president. Two years ago she was appointed the first-ever Executive Director of UN Women. And gender equality isn't just about doing the right thing, she says: it makes economic sense.
The U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio can be the take-off for the next industrial revolution driven by business and civil society. The conference can mark a change in leadership from a political top down process to a bottom up movement.
Next week at Rio+20 can be an important moment for leaders from across the world to join Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in supporting sustainable energy as the essential precondition to sustainable development, mitigation of climate change and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
Knowing how severe the consequences of malnutrition can be, an innovative new partnership is educating teachers in Central and Eastern Provinces of Kenya on how to monitor the weight and development of all children under five to prevent malnutrition.
Unconstrained by diplomacy, I would put it this way: If we insist on ruining the planet, we can no longer call ourselves the most intelligence species. We have the tools, but we're not fully using them. We know what to do, but we're not doing it.
One of the reasons why Project GRACE is so impressive is because of the support networks it creates between farmers living with HIV. Through these networks farmers share their practical knowledge with one another and support each other.
Can Rio+20 turn the corner for global governance for agriculture and food systems? We need to see a strong commitment to Sustainable Development Goals and approaches that integrate knowledge across sectors.
Project GRACE started in 2009 and provides small loans in the form of poultry and livestock to its participants who work together as well as encourage others to get tested for HIV at Bishop Asili, their local hospital.
Growth. It's not about plant growth, hair growth or growth in quality of life, it's about economic growth. And the kind that is measured in GDP. However, Rio+20 might mark a paradigm shift in the way we measure growth and wealth.
I spent the past month researching and visiting venues that embrace sustainability as a core value of their business. A few thousands calories later (and one small hangover), I am happy to share my findings with you.
Roughly one out of every eight people on the planet do not have enough clean water to drink. Combine this fact with the design thinking of Dieter Rams, "Good design is as little design as possible..." and it's easy to see why we ended up asking ourselves, how do we do more, with less?
In the end, all environmental pledges are important but I have seen many people purchase compact fluorescent bulbs and place solar panels on their homes only to irrigate, fertilize, spray pesticides and mow their expansive lawns.
When are we going to realize that we are all humans and all human issues concern us all? Can we get our act together and just do something? Or have we reached our ultimate frontier? There is no easy answer.
Three governors and the Premier of British Columbia announced an action plan to make the Pacific Northwest's homes more energy efficient, its vehicles less dependent on oil, and its communities less vulnerable to the threat of global climate change.
How can we revolutionize the food system to ensure that healthy proteins, an essential nutrient for human health, are available to a global population estimated to reach from 7.5 to 10.5 billion people by 2050?