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The future of sustainable development Interview with Jeffrey Sachs One of the most significant outcomes from the 2012 Rio+20 Summit was the agreement to develop the Sustainable Development Goals, a new set of goals to succeed the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was given the mandate to initiate the appropriate work to support this process. He announced a high level panel on the post 2015-agenda, led by Indonesia, Liberia, the UK and Sweden. The UN Secretary-General also announced the launch of a Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
We shall not cease from exploration / And the end of all our exploring / Will be to arrive where we started / And know the place for the first time. T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets Companies that enjoy enduring success have core values and a core purpose that remain fixed while their business strategies and practices endlessly adapt to a changing world. The dynamic of preserving the core while stimulating progress is the reason that companies such as Hewlett-Packard, 3M, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Merck, Sony, Motorola, and Nordstrom became elite institutions able to renew themselves and achieve superior long-term performance. Hewlett-Packard employees have long known that radical change in operating practices, cultural norms, and business strategies does not mean losing the spirit of the HP Way—the company’s core principles.
Many of us feel that the time is ripe to "make Sweden's office coffee rooms sustainable once and for all". In order to investigate interest and possibilities, we will hold a first 'problem in the middle' type workshop in Stockholm on the 26th of March, and are working to ensure key representatives from all relevant sectors will come and bring their knowledge, experience, ideas and energy, so that together we can make this change for the better. Of course sustainability performance improvements in the coffee room are not core business, but helping Sweden take this further step towards responsible consumption is good for brand Sweden and hence good for us all. It is also an exercise that in a small but tangible way helps contribute to the continual development of culture and practice of sustainability thinking.
“Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be. They must be true to their own nature. This need we may call self-actualization… It refers to man’s desire for self-fulfillment, namely to the tendency for him to become actually in what he is potentially: to become everything one is capable of becoming.” – Abraham Maslow
Urban Beekeeping 27 March 2013 It is counter intuitive to think that honey from hives in our cities is often cleaner than from hives situated around agricultural lands, but this is often the case as urban honey does not contain pesticides.
Important question: How can we maintain global prosperity when natural resources are increasingly scarce, the planet is in increasing disrepair, and 3 billion people are expected to join the "middle class" by 2030? According to a fascinating new report , the answer is a "circular economy," where materials and products are restored and regenerated much more widely, and where the emphasis is on leasing, renting, and sharing, rather than consumption and ownership. "In a circular economy, products are designed for ease of reuse, disassembly and refurbishment, or recycling, with the understanding that it is the reuse of vast amounts of material reclaimed from end-of-life products, rather than the extraction of resources, that is the foundation of economic growth," the study says. In fact, this is no wild-eyed dreaming.
How can you map the world to show global data in an immediately clear way? How can you show two datasets at once to see how they compare? Kiln , a partnership of Guardian writer Duncan Clark and developer Robin Houston has come up with this beautiful new take on the globe. Watch the animated intro or click on the topics and see the map move before your eyes.
At nef we believe that a successful society is one in which economic activity produces high, sustained levels of well-being for all, without placing unsustainable pressure on environmental resources. The centre for well-being at nef seeks to understand, measure and influence well-being. In particular we ask the question 'what would policymaking look like if its main aim were to promote well-being?'. You can find out more about our current, past and upcoming work by checking out our projects below. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
T he UNEP Year Book 2012 looks in detail at a number of environmental challenges. It reports that scientists and policy-makers have made important progress in addressing some of the world’s most urgent environmental issues through new research and investments. The 2012 Year Book reviews some the most important events and developments during the previous year, provides a selection of key environmental indicators, and closely examines two emerging issues: the benefits of soil carbon, and the decommissioning of nuclear power plants.