Sustainable Development

How the 'Avon' Model Is Empowering Women to 'Inspire Change' in Madagascar

Laura Robson | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Laura Robson

The first International Women's Day (IWD), aimed at both celebrating the extraordinary social, political and economic achievements of women, and directing a spotlight on areas requiring further action, was observed in 1911 at a time when family planning services were extremely limited.

Join Our Call to Make Women Matter

Claire Morris | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Claire Morris

Women around the world are still facing some of the worst discrimination imaginable. From child marriage to female genital mutilation and inexcusably high rates of maternal mortality, the list goes on. As we approach International Women's Day, it doesn't seem like there is much to celebrate.

Surfing and Sustainability

Gregory Borne | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Gregory Borne

The jury is still out on whether sustainability can be achieved within surfing. But I wonder if there's something about surfing and surfers that will make this transition possible.

Roşia Montană Needs Investment and Mining Before It Can Be a World Heritage Site

Dragos Tanase | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK
Dragos Tanase

Romania's mining tradition dates back over 2,000 years to Roman times and has been the backbone of many of its communities ever since. There can be no doubt that our country's history and archaeology deserves both recognition and preservation.

Join #theBIGshift and Lead the Transformation to a Sustainable Future

Sally Uren | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK
Sally Uren

The idea of sustainability has been around for a while and whilst many businesses are starting to realise the economic, social and environmental benefits of operating much more sustainably, we now need to go beyond incremental change. Only by influencing the nature of the systems in which they operate can businesses create a context in which they can innovate for long-term success.

A Community Approach to Sanitation: World Toilet Day

Marie Staunton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Marie Staunton

Now people are using indoor lavatories, teachers at the local school report no cases of diarrhoea among their pupils and on November 19th, World Toilet Day, Endashangwet will receive an award for being the first village in the area to be free from open defecation.

A Shared Global Vision Of A Sustainable World

Nick Blandford | Posted 04.12.2013 | UK
Nick Blandford

Are there solutions that give as much as they take? This question guided the Sustainable Development Plenary Session, which rounded out the first action packed and inspiring day of the One Young World Summit 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

What Could a Universal Set of Development Goals Mean for the UK?

Helen Dennis | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK
Helen Dennis

"A single framework and set of goals - universal in nature and applicable to all countries"... These words were agreed by governments at the UN General Assembly last week. They might not leap off the page at you - but let yourself digest them and their radical potential should become apparent.

Global AgeWatch Index - Set to Be the Watchdog to Guard Against Global Complacency

Silvia Stefanoni | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK
Silvia Stefanoni

One of the effects of the world's rapidly ageing population is that we are entering the era of the 'age bulge', when the older population increases in size relative to younger people. The 'youth bulge' of today is fast becoming the 'age bulge' of tomorrow.

Innovation in the Name of Global Partnership: What the Private Sector Must Bring to the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Duncan Learmouth | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK
Duncan Learmouth

The shortage of health workers is one of the most fundamental barriers to improving health in developing countries. A fully trained and well-supported community health worker like Saley can deliver treatments and provide health education to 5,000 children a year.

Post 2015 at the UN: A Unified Approach for Equality

Silvia Stefanoni | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK
Silvia Stefanoni

Together with migration, urbanisation, climate change and population growth, ageing is a transformative phenomenon affecting our world. One of the effects of rapid population ageing across the world is that we are entering the era of the 'age bulge', when the older population increases in size relative to younger people.

Improving Wellbeing Should Be Our Global Priority

Dr Mark Williamson | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Mark Williamson

People's daily experiences and concerns differ enormously around the world. While a farmer in Angola prays for a good harvest, a manager in Greece worries about losing her job. And while a mother in Egypt comes to terms with life in a conflict zone, a doctor in Denmark struggles with work-related stress.

A Modest Case for Unsustainable Development

Alastair Roderick | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK
Alastair Roderick

The central question of the Post-2015 process is how to protect the successes made in poverty reduction and replicate this in the environmental sphere...

My Madagascar Wildlife Conservation Adventure

Frontier | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Madagascar has many different faces. There's the wealth of biodiversity and endemic species such as the famous lemurs, but then there is also the extreme poverty and political instability. Before I arrived on my volunteering placement, I didn't really know what to expect; I'd never been out of Europe before so everything was a new experience.

The World Is Ageing - Please Get It!

Silvia Stefanoni | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK
Silvia Stefanoni

"I didn't know that there were more over 65-year-olds than under five-year-olds... But to hear that the fastest cohort of these over-65s is in the developing countries is very telling". These words came from the Kenyan co-chair of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that I attended this week to discuss the post-2015 development framework.

Putting Ageing at the Heart of Development

Silvia Stefanoni | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK
Silvia Stefanoni

Next week's Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals taking place in New York, which has health and population dynamics as one of its topics, is an excellent opportunity to take a closer look at the demographic bubble and how it affects sustainable development.

Renewable Energy: The Oxygen of Africa's Growth and Development

Kristine Pearson | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK
Kristine Pearson

Energy poverty, or energy injustice, at that time was simply known as "life". Everyday challenges largely went unnoticed by women walking long distances to collect firewood and inhaling wood smoke from cooking or kerosene fumes from rough-hewn tin lamps. This situation is changing fast.

Reducing the Risk of Building Sustainable Neighbourhoods

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Over the past five years, more and more of my work is with developers who are developing new neighbourhoods or updating existing areas. As a sustainability consultant, I look for ways we can take advantage of large scale development to transform the efficiency of our energy, water, waste and transport systems. Neighbourhood development often has benefits over individual sustainable buildings.

The Search for Happiness: Tolstoy, Bhutan and the United Nations

Vinciane Rycroft | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Vinciane Rycroft

In Tolstoy's fable of The King and the Shirt, the king's physicians gather round their ailing ruler in an attempt to find a cure for his mystery illne...

Can a Rickshaw Save a Tiger?

Green Futures | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK
Green Futures

There are wider, less obvious dangers, which are threatening both the tiger and the islanders. Erosion and siltation are clogging the rivers, leading to growing salinity of the area's soils as the flow of freshwater is reduced - a problem compounded by rising sea levels as the effects of climate change kick in.

Wales' Green Image Risks Becoming an Illusion

Anne Meikle | Posted 12.02.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Meikle

So what did the Welsh government actually unveil at that event in Blaenavon? Was it a white paper which offered a 'ground breaking' plan for legislation which will make Wales a leading light on sustainable development? Having now had time to analyse it, the answer, sadly, is still 'not yet'.

The New Wings of Development

Dr Sania Nishtar | Posted 31.12.2012 | UK
Dr Sania Nishtar

The concept of development, through which governments view social policy in environments where capitalism is the mode of social organization, may be up for a major rethink, globally. This year, policy signals at agenda-setting global convening and major publications seem to be heralding new directions.

A Woman In Engineering Thinking About The Future

Becci Taylor | Posted 16.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Becci Taylor

I've been involved in engineering for 16 years through school, university and now as an Associate at Arup. This is an important part of my life, and is especially exciting as we enter what the BBC calls engineering's golden age. I can now see the various strands of my personal interests and professional life starting to coalesce: being an engineer, being a woman, being passionate about design and wanting to make things better.

What Should a World of Nine Billion People Look Like?

Stephan B. Tanda | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK
Stephan B. Tanda

This week we celebrate World Food Day. This is an opportune moment to address the question - what should a world of 9 billion people look like? This is the single most important question that we face today.

What Will be the 'X Factor' to Ending Global Poverty?

Phil Mulligan | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK Politics
Phil Mulligan

The opening of the United Nations General Assembly gathering in New York each September is celebrated with as much verve by multilateralist groupies as the start of each autumn's new season of the X Factor is by fans of pop culture. Both 'shows' are filled with stars at various points on the azimuth, giving grandstanding performances that appeal to voters. But there the analogy ends.