Sustainable Development

Security, Development and the Root Causes of Conflict

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

On November 17th, the British Presidency of the Security Council organized an open debate on the maintenance of international peace, with focus on sec...

Fixing Fashion: A Framework to Make Sustainable Fashion the Industry Standard

Jess Berentson-Shaw | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Style
Jess Berentson-Shaw

Often I am part of discussions on the best way to 'fix fashion'. How do we move such a massive industry from the unethical, environment destroying beast that it is, to one in which sustainable fashion is just the industry standard? You know the drill - clean and clever and kind business.

The Words Behind the Goal: What Does Sustainable Development Goal 4 Mean in Practice?

Alison Hubert | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK
Alison Hubert

It's 15 years since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were agreed which sought to 'spare no effort' in eradicating global poverty and inequality. Over this last weekend, leaders once again come together to assess the progress made by the MDGs and to redefine their focus for the next 15 years of the fight against poverty.

Not Just a Piece of Paper

Justin Forsyth | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK
Justin Forsyth

Last week in New York over 160 leaders from around the world signed an agreement that will shape all of our destinies and radically change the way we tackle poverty, inequality and climate change. In more than 25 years working in international development, this is perhaps the most pivotal moment I have had the privilege to be part of. A decade and a half after we ushered in a new era with the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will come into force.

This Week Changes Everything

Adam Stones | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK
Adam Stones

This week sees one of the most important events in Earth's recent history, so please pay attention... On Friday, world leaders will gather at the UN to ratify the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and set a path for 2030 to eradicate poverty, tackle inequality and fix climate change. Yep, it's pretty significant.

How Young People Are Saving the World

Philip Goodwin | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Last Saturday I had the privilege of attending the first ever Youth Summit in London, organised by the UK government's Department for International De...

Young People in Drive for Social Equality Following Youth Summit

Harry Shepherd | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Shepherd

Jeremy Corbyn's election as leader of the Labour party, solidarity marches for refugees and a pioneering Youth Summit on 12th September demonstrated the passion young people have for social equality in the UK and around the world...

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Dr Caroline Harper | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK
Dr Caroline Harper

Organisations like Sightsavers have been campaigning hard over the past few years to ensure that this set of goals specifically includes people with disabilities. I'm really pleased that the UK government has played a leading role in the combined effort by championing the 'leave no one behind' agenda.

Achieving Sustainable Development That Leaves No One Behind

Dr Nawal Al-Hosany | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK
Dr Nawal Al-Hosany

As the UAE Government joins global policymakers at the UNGA and COP21, the Zayed Future Energy Prize will continue to identify and reward the businesses, organisations, schools and individuals that may define the success of global commitments on the future of sustainability.

Gavelling the Goals: Job done ... now the work begins

Helen Morton | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK
Helen Morton

The road from Rio, in June 2012, has been difficult to navigate. But it has also been creative, and, ultimately, constructive. We now have a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will shape how we view, and do, development for the coming decade and beyond. So, what are the wins?

Warm Words Won't Beat Climate Change - But a New Global Finance Deal Still Could

David Nussbaum | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK
David Nussbaum

Visiting Kenya last weekend, Barack Obama stirred hearts and minds with his words on the country's potential to become a development success story. Gracing a summit on African entrepreneurship, the President rightly celebrates the efforts of the inspirational men and women working to bring prosperity to the country and the wider continent.

Time for the UK to Keep Its Promises on Global Tax Reform

Charlie Matthews | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK
Charlie Matthews

If Justine Greening was to change the UK's position on a global tax body, it would not only increase the chances of a successful agreement at Addis, but also generate a huge amount of goodwill which she could use to ensure greater progress on the UK's other priorities, such as gender equality.

Telling a Global Story - World Leaders Must Turn Words Into Action

Rosanne White | Posted 12.07.2015 | UK
Rosanne White

It is time for all UN Member States to step up and shoulder some of the load, a message that over 20million people from across the globe are shouting out loud and clear to their governments as part of the action/2015 campaign.

Is UK Aid Really Being Squandered?

Amy Dodd | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK
Amy Dodd

At the most basic and essential level, aid is and will remain a vital source of funding for many countries who cannot yet raise enough tax to pay for much-needed social services and goods including things like education and healthcare but also in the longer term helping to build the capacity to raise and more effectively use those resources. UK aid contributes to building a fairer world where more people live free from poverty, fewer die from preventable causes like malnutrition or childbirth and there are more opportunities for all.

The Four Reasons Why All Eyes Should Be on Addis Next Month

Graham Gordon | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Graham Gordon

2015 is a crucial year for our world. The challenge that lies ahead is this: to reach consensus at three UN meetings that will deliver meaningful change for people living in poverty and protect the environment in which we all live.

The UN, Global Poverty and 'The Vision Thing'

Hans Zomer | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Hans Zomer

This week, the United Nations gave us a sneak preview of a new global agreement to address poverty, inequality and climate change. The so-called "Zero Draft" document is the result of many months of discussions, but there still is a long way to go.

A Foundation for Disasters?

Lord Michael Hastings | Posted 20.06.2015 | 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 20.06.2015 | 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.