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Sustainable Development

Sustainable Economic Development: Central to the Durability of Political Reforms in Arab States

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.22.2012 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Though the overturning of despotic regimes in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt can be counted as tangible successes, the reality is that vast numbers of youth in these countries (and throughout the Middle East) remain despondent.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The Light at the End of the Summit

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber | Posted 09.19.2012 | Green
Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber

Last week, the first step was taken at the United Nations to form the working group that will elaborate these goals. As a serious advocate for SDGs, I believe this step is worthy of reflection.

Sustaining a Lifestyle

Jeannie E. Javelosa | Posted 09.18.2012 | Impact
Jeannie E. Javelosa

We are all consumers and have to purchase products and goods anyway --then why not buy a double gift where you get something you need and at the same time help a community.

Reflections on Rio: Encouraging Cloud Over the Earth Summit

S. Jacob Scherr | Posted 09.09.2012 | Green
S. Jacob Scherr

Since returning from Rio, I have already participated in a number of debriefings about the summit. I am pleased to see the interest, but dismayed to find many people have already accepted the message that the Summit had been a "flop" or a "failure."

Ecotourism In Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula

Elevate Destinations | Posted 07.03.2012 | Travel
Elevate Destinations

Many of us care about the environment we travel in and want to take part in influencing it in a positive way. The Corcovado Foundation offers just that to travelers in Costa Rica.

Getting Back On The Path

John D. Thomas | Posted 08.29.2012 | Impact
John D. Thomas

There is a way to foster employment growth with a generation put to work on an economic engine that can create the tax revenues to ultimately meet the social expenditure requirements. That path is renewable energy.

Celebrating 'Eating Planet-Nutrition Today: A Challenge for Mankind and for the Planet'

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 08.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle Nierenberg

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet. Today, the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) and the Worldwatch Institute...

Rio +20: Point Of No Return?

Katherine Marshall | Posted 08.26.2012 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

The resonance of these spiritual and moral insights will grow as we move forward and that spiritual arguments will compel action at least as powerfully as the convictions of science.

Asia Should Lead in Sustainable Development

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 08.26.2012 | Green
José Ramos-Horta

Rather than attempting to forge the one agreement that will change the course of the world, or being satisfied with one without much substance, it may be more realistic, practical and effective to think on a regional level.

Rio+20: A Radical Transformation for the Future We Want

Kazuhiko Takemoto | Posted 08.25.2012 | Green
Kazuhiko Takemoto

In order to improve the livelihood and well-being of all individuals and achieve a green economy, we need a radical transformation in our policies, technologies and patterns of production and consumption.

The Transition to a Sustainable Economy May Happen Without the U.S. Federal Government

Steven Cohen | Posted 08.25.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

Economic consumption will change in the sustainable and renewable resource-based economy, but it will not be reduced. In fact, the size of the sustainable but high throughput economy that we must develop will be larger than today's economy.

Can Lawyers Save the Planet?

Lachie McKenzie | Posted 08.24.2012 | World
Lachie McKenzie

Will lawyers save the planet? As far as making ecocide an international crime, the case seems rather compelling.

Are You Here to 'Save Face' or to Save Us?

Kelly Rigg | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green
Kelly Rigg

It would take a brave soul to stand in front of one of the largest and most important gatherings the United Nations has ever held and ask this question: Are you here to 'save face' or to save us?

Paying the Price for the Future We Want

Min Zhu | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green
Min Zhu

Behind the concept of sustainable development lies a bold vision of the future. Standing in the way of the future we want are the environmental problems we continue to face.

Rio+20 and the Green Economy

Kazuhiko Takemoto | Posted 08.20.2012 | Green
Kazuhiko Takemoto

With complex issue on the agenda, I thought I'd ask two of the finest leaders in the field of sustainable development to simplify the issue for all of us and explain the greatest benefits and challenges of transitioning to a green economy.

Inclusive Wealth Index Shows Economic Impact of Natural Capital

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 08.20.2012 | Green
J. Mijin Cha

This week, at Rio +20, two groups launched a new indicator called the Inclusive Wealth Index (IWI). Going beyond GDP, the IWI includes natural capital when looking at a country's capital assets to see the true wealth and sustainability of its growth.

A New Vision for Sustainable Agriculture for Rio+20 Summit

Bruce Campbell Ph.D. | Posted 08.19.2012 | World
Bruce Campbell Ph.D.

A renewed global commitment to sustainability at Rio+20 will miss the mark if it does not explicitly address the needs and opportunities in agriculture.

The Tyranny of Big Meetings

John Feffer | Posted 08.19.2012 | World
John Feffer

Will the UN confront powerful interests in Wall Street and the military-industrial complex? Its record, of late, is not encouraging, notwithstanding all the off-gassing of Big Conservatives. Still, if the UN were to muster some gumption, its latest Big Meeting would qualify as a big deal.

UN Women Head Michelle Bachelet: 'Gender Equality Is Good Business'

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 08.19.2012 | World
Elisabeth Braw

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 Revolution in Rio

Erik Rasmussen | Posted 08.18.2012 | Green
Erik Rasmussen

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.

Rio+20: 'I Want to Light a Fire, and Remind You of the Urgency of Our Task'

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 08.18.2012 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

What the world needs now is a dramatic paradigm shift fronted by brave leadership that is willing to guide us through these turbulent times.

What's Your Wish For Rio+20?

Posted 06.14.2012 | Green

With the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development -- also known as Rio+20 -- quickly approaching, world leaders are preparing to meet in R...

To Enable Development, Start With Energy

Timothy E. Wirth | Posted 08.13.2012 | World
Timothy E. Wirth

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.

We Need to Start Measuring Progress, Not Just Growth

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 08.13.2012 | Green
J. Mijin Cha

As we reach planetary boundaries, endless growth is not the answer. We need progress and we cannot have progress without measuring what we value, even if it isn't monetized.

Teaching Teachers to Prevent Malnutrition

Alain Damiba | Posted 08.12.2012 | Impact
Alain Damiba

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.