Sustainable Development

A Foundation for Disasters?

Lord Michael Hastings | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK
Lord Michael Hastings

The Sendai Declaration may not be what people hoped for. It was, however, an agreement made by UN member states which, despite cynicism, means something. I believe the Sendai Declaration created a foundation and a meaningful if incomplete agreement is more of a foundation than a rejected solution.

Too Narrow a Focus on Finance, Not Enough on People

Philip Goodwin | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

I'm in New York this week to engage in the Post 2015 development process first hand. I know I'm not alone when I say that the process to agree a new agenda for the fight on global poverty is confusing and impenetrable. This week's focus is on financing and implementation. It's the "who's-going-to-pay?" and "how's-it-going-to-happen?" parts of the puzzle.

20 March 2015: Time to Take Happiness More Seriously

Hans Zomer | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Hans Zomer

Friday 20 March is World Happiness Day. This is the third time that the world is being asked to mark a day dedicated to the pursuit of happiness - World Happiness Day was celebrated for the first time in 2013, following a decision by the United Nations General Assembly in July 2011.

Can Governments Deliver a Fairytale Ending for All?

Helen Morton | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Helen Morton

That people's outcomes in life shouldn't be determined by their income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, disability or geography is a truly transformative notion that could shift the course of global development - for good. But it's also a tall order.

Secure Land Rights Are Crucial for Feeding Nine Billion People by 2050

Martin Koehring | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK
Martin Koehring

Feeding a growing global population of nine billion people by 2050 is one of the world's biggest challenges--especially in the context of rapid urbanisation, rising amounts of food waste and climate change. During one day of discussions senior executives from agribusiness, policymaking and the NGO community examined approaches to food and nutrition security.

The Detriment of Division: The challenge of HIV and AIDS Among Adolescent Girls

Payal Dalal | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK
Payal Dalal

More and more, we are hearing about the convergence of health and education. You can't learn if you are out of school sick. Lack of education leads to poverty and in turn the inability to access healthcare. To lead productive lives, people need both health and education: the two are cause and effect.

Davos 2016: One Year to Solve The Case

Claudia Delpero | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK
Claudia Delpero

It may be a rebalance of the economic powers, but the planet is far from being the place of equality. Oxfam claims that "in 2010, it took 388 billionaires to equal the wealth of the bottom half of the world's population and by 2014, the figure had fallen to just 80 billionaires." If the trend continues, warns the humanitarian group, in two years the richest 1% will have more than the remaining 99%.

Talking Extreme Poverty at Davos

Margaret Batty | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK
Margaret Batty

There are still 748 million people on Earth without access to clean water, many of whom have to walk for hours each day to fetch water that puts their health at risk.

Disrupting Davos

Simon Zadek | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
Simon Zadek

My Davos this year fits this picture. I am co-leading a two-year inquiry established by the United Nations Environment Program into how to change financial and capital markets in ways that align the behavior of lenders and investors with our need to live inclusively within our planetary boundaries.

The Sustainable Development Goals Must Be Rooted In Reality, Not Rhetoric

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Over the course of 2015, the international community will be refining and defining the Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 target areas of the SDGs have been widely agreed upon, but it is now time to turn these target areas into a workable set of goals.

We Must Not Continue to Let the Poorest Suffer the Effects of Climate Change Alone

Philip Goodwin | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

The people of dryland Africa are not responsible for climate change. Yet they are being asked to pay the price with their lives... At the same time we have a duty to help those who are suffering the worst impacts of our actions.

Are You up for a Data Revolution?

Claudia Delpero | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Claudia Delpero

An advisory group to the United Nations is calling for a revolution. It won't be taking people to the streets, ousting governments or causing bloodshed, but it will overhaul the data driving governments' decisions.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals Will Not Succeed Without an Emphasis on Economic Growth

Paul Collier | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK
Paul Collier

In a little more than one month negotiations to finalise the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for eradicating poverty will begin. For this to be a meaningful process, the goals have to be credible and to focus on those priorities which can make a difference to the lives of those who reside in poor countries around the world.

Sustaining Global Forestry

One Young World | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK
One Young World

Joseph Mwakima is a One Young World delegate from Kenya. He was a delegate speaker in the Sustainable Development Plenary Session at the Dublin Summ...

The Risk of Extinction Exists

One Young World | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK
One Young World

Angelique Pouponneau is a One Young World delegate from the Seychelles. She was a delegate speaker in the Sustainable Development Plenary ...

World Contraception Day in Madagascar

Laura Robson | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Robson

The message of World Contraception Day is empowering: "It's your life; it's your future; know your options." But let's take this to the next level. Let's come together to ensure that no one stops at knowing their options but that all of us, no matter where in the world we live, can act on this knowledge and freely choose when we have children and how many children we have.

The Evolution of an Issue - Live from the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative

Payal Dalal | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
Payal Dalal

2014 marks my tenth year attending the CGI. When former US President William J. Clinton first launched the initiative back in 2005, it broke down many of the silos that existed within the development community. Policy makers, academics, and private sector leaders began to have honest discussions. Relationships began, and partnerships emerged.

Is GDP Cheating West Africa?

Claudia Delpero | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
Claudia Delpero

The spectacular GDP growth recorded by some West African countries in the past 5 years is all of a sudden undermined by the spread of the Ebola virus. The epidemic has put under the spotlight the poor conditions of health systems in the region, but also the fragility of economic models measured only by Gross Domestic Product.

If Your Exams Are Good, Would You Mind a Gap Year?

Frontier | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Frontier

Unfortunately a degree couldn't be enough to get you to your final goal: a rewarding career. The University is a long-lasting coaching, but the real match starts once you will be out of there. In the competitive race of labour market, a brief pit-stop could advantage your studies and job search... You need a gap year to not fall between the cracks of your career ladder.

Three Things That We Can Learn About Sustainable Development From Madagascar

Laura Robson | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
Laura Robson

What do you picture when you think of Madagascar? If it's not a scene from the infamous cartoon of the same name (complete with talking penguins), then it's most probably a nation ravaged by ecological disaster.

Surfing Research Part of One of the Best Degree Programmes in the Country

Gregory Borne | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Gregory Borne

This week represented the conclusion of an academic year. Let me make it very clear, this does not mean I am now on holiday. Far from it, there is a considerable amount of work to do in preparation for next years teaching and a pressing need to continue the research agenda.

From Firewire to NevHouse -Sustainability, Technology and Surfing Serendipities

Gregory Borne | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Tech
Gregory Borne

Firewire is probably one of the world's most successful manufacturers and distributors of mass produced surfboards. These boards boast both sustainability and high performance. Founder and chief shaper is Nev Hyman and if you own a Timbertek you'll have already read Nevs note about the environmental credentials of the board...

Kings Cross: Sustainable Development in the Heart of London

Gregory Borne | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK
Gregory Borne

The 2012 London Olympic Games was touted as the most sustainable games ever and it was at the time the biggest construction project in Europe, today another development is underway in London that also boasts to be the largest in Europe

Can You Be Half-Included?

Dominic Haslam | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK
Dominic Haslam

The evidence is clear. Without specific methods of ensuring and monitoring inclusion, people with disabilities will miss out. Even catch-all terms such as "vulnerable or marginalised" (with all the potential stigmatising effects those terms can have) are not enough.

Drug Use Is Not a Sustainable Development Issue - The War on Drugs Certainly Is

Damon Barrett | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

If drugs issues are to be included in the SDG targets then ideas must come from official, considered sources, including NGO consultations. They must be based on what is really happening, and real solutions, not the same discredited fantasies of the past. Drug use is not a sustainable development issue. The war on drugs certainly is.