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Overpopulation, overconsumption – in pictures

Overpopulation, overconsumption – in pictures
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A Call to Look Past Sustainable Development Photo The average citizen of Nepal consumes about 100 kilowatt-hours of electricity in a year. Cambodians make do with 160. Bangladeshis are better off, consuming, on average, 260. Then there is the fridge in your kitchen. American diplomats are upset that dozens of countries — including Nepal, Cambodia and Bangladesh — have flocked to join China’s new infrastructure investment bank, a potential rival to the World Bank and other financial institutions backed by the United States. The reason for the defiance is not hard to find: The West’s environmental priorities are blocking their access to energy. A typical American consumes, on average, about 13,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year. Continue reading the main story Average electricity consumption Kilowatt-hours per capita per year, 2011 Too often, the United States and its allies have said no. If billions of impoverished humans are not offered a shot at genuine development, the environment will not be saved. As Mr.

titled ● The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 targets are broader in scope and go further than the MDGs by addressing the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people. The goals cover the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. ● Building on the success and momentum of the MDGs, the new global goals cover more ground, with ambitions to address inequalities, economic growth, decent jobs, cities and human settlements, industrialization, oceans, ecosystems, energy, climate change, sustainable consumption and production, peace and justice. ● The new Goals are universal and apply to all countries, whereas the MDGs were intended for action in developing countries only. ● A core feature of the SDGs is their strong focus on means of implementation—the mobilization of financial resources—capacity-building and technology, as well as data and institutions.

Transformation at the UN Sustainable Development Summit Report by Katsuhiko Mori. Katsuhiko Mori is professor of the Department of Politics and International Relations at the International Christian University, Tokyo. He previously studied and worked at the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management, Japan International Cooperation Agency, International University of Japan, and Yokohama City University. Mori received his Ph.D. in political science from Carleton University, Canada, where he was a visiting associate professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is an opportunity to transform our world. Due to high demand from the NGO community for limited passes to the summit, logistical information provided by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-GNLS) was delayed and somewhat confused. I have asked the following question to many people: “What do you think would be the fourth pillar of sustainable development?”

UN Sustainable Development Summit Report Report by Nicole Fassina. Nicole Fassina holds a Masters in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University and a graduate Disaster Management degree from Fanshawe College. She was a CIGI graduate fellow working on food security in East Africa. This past weekend I attended the UN Sustainable Development Summit as a representative for the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). The Summit was a culminating event from over two years of global consultations, which I had previously been involved with as project manager of an international team lobbying for disaster risk reduction policy within the new international goals. It was a highly informative and revealing event on sustainable development policy, particularly on areas where the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will need higher attention, but equally, on highlighting advancements in policy made by decision-makers to date. [1] United Nations (2015). [2] Ibid.

Sustainable Development Goals | Global Compact Network Australia In September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – 17 global goals which lay out a path to 2030 to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and protect our planet. Business has a crucial role to play in achieving the SDGs – through responsible business operations, new business models, investment, innovation and technology, and collaboration. Further, the SDGs cover a broad range of issues relevant to companies – from poverty and inequality, to climate change – and engaging with the SDG agenda can help companies understand and link their strategies with global priorities. Successful implementation of the SDGs will also strengthen and stabilise the enabling environment for doing business and building markets around the world. The GCNA’s Sustainable Development Leadership Group provides a platform for business and stakeholders to engage in learning, dialgoue and action around sustainable developmnetn and the SDGs. What are the Goals?

Year of Living Sustainably - United Nations Sustainable Development Year of Living SustainablyFlorencia Soto Nino2016-08-17T16:57:38+00:00 The 17 Sustainable Development Goals have been adopted by all UN Member States. That’s great, but now what? Governments will be busy for the next 15 years working to achieve the goals, but that doesn’t mean all the work falls on them. In fact, the question we get asked most frequently is: how can I help? We want to make it easier for you to do your part. This is why we have started the Year of Living Sustainably, a space where we will share tips on how to lead a sustainable lifestyle. We also want to hear from you. So here’s how you can follow the Year of Living Sustainably: We will be sharing regular blog posts on this website and also through the @GlobalGoalsUN twitter and facebook pages. Tell us what you’d like to see here. ‘Audacious’ Solar Impulse airplane showcases power of clean energy Read More Photos: UN Green Fair 2016 Read More Migratory birds need our action Read More Read More Read More

this. | How social enterprise Thankyou is fighting global poverty To date the company has funded safe water access for 192,367 people, hygiene and sanitation programs for 302,814 people and 12.1 million days’ worth of food aid to people in need, as well as funding for long-term sustainable food projects. Over its seven-year journey, Thankyou has given in excess of $3.7 million to fund projects. Despite their achievements, director and co-founder of Thankyou Daniel Flynn explains their retail competitors are fierce, and have billion-dollar investors and huge marketing budgets. To compete and scale up a not-for-profit business is incredibly difficult. So how did Thankyou – in fact, how would any social enterprise – succeed? We put this question to Dr Fara Azmat from Deakin Business School, whose background is in social entrepreneurship and community development. Create a reputation of worthiness with innovative ideas What an organisation like Thankyou lacks in money, they can make up for with great ideas and the power of social good.

The lazy person's guide to saving the world - United Nations Sustainable Development End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change. No! We’ve made it easy for you and compiled just a few of the many things you can do to make an impact. Things you can do from your couchSave electricity by plugging appliances into a power strip and turning them off completely when not in use, including your computer.Stop paper bank statements and pay your bills online or via mobile. Things you can do at homeAir dry. Things you can do outside your house Shop local. These are only a few of the things you can do.

How to Change the World in an Hour - Republic of Everyone This article originally appeared in the Fifth Estate. Co-authored with Ramana James, Head of Group Shared Value, IAG. Heart disease, obesity, key worker housing, transport, aged care, loneliness, extreme weather and disaster recovery. Better still, could it be a profitable business solution? We put it to the test at this year’s Shared Value Forum and the results were eye-opening. In case you haven’t heard, the concept of shared value in business is growing rapidly, both locally and globally. First born in the Porter & Kramer’s Harvard Business Review article of 2011, shared value says, in a nutshell, that where there are problems there are business opportunities, and that social problems are no different. This month heralded Australia’s fourth Shared Value Forum and it was a coming of age. With NAB hosting, and Lion, AIA Australia and IAG presenting, it was always going to have a solid business focus. Mark’s message is simple: profit is what makes ideas scalable and sustainable.

Is this the start of an SDG reporting boom? Measuring the not-so-easy-to-measure long has been a trick of the sustainability trade. From tallying carbon footprints to wrangling waste in global supply chains, rising demand for corporate transparency from investors, consumers and enterprise customers has translated to an ever-widening array of reporting and surveying related to corporate responsibility. Now, add to that list newer metrics emerging to emphasize the United Nations' 17 global development goals that were ratified ahead of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. "The real thing that’s getting a lot of attention is the Sustainable Development Goals," said Shari Littan, an accountant and attorney with Thomson Reuters' Tax and Accounting division. "It is a developing area." The U.N. Part of the urgency to figure it out comes from groups such as decade-old U.N. impact investing offshoot Principles for Responsible Investing (PRI). Quality control “Everyone is looking at how they might respond," Littan said of the global goals.

Sustainable development goals: all you need to know | Global development What are the sustainable development goals? The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states will be expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years. The SDGs follow and expand on the millennium development goals (MDGs), which were agreed by governments in 2001 and are due to expire at the end of this year. Why do we need another set of goals? There is broad agreement that, while the MDGs provided a focal point for governments – a framework around which they could develop policies and overseas aid programmes designed to end poverty and improve the lives of poor people – as well as a rallying point for NGOs to hold them to account, they were too narrow. As the MDG deadline approaches, about 1 billion people still live on less than $1.25 a day – the World Bank measure on poverty – and more than 800 million people do not have enough food to eat. What are the proposed 17 goals?