Prajakta Meharunkar

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The New UN's Sustainable Development Goals: My Experience at the Youth Assembly

As I was reviewing my notes, I realized the extent to which I was personally impacted by my experience at the <b>Youth Assembly at the United Nations</b>. Mainly because it enhanced my awareness of challenges the world is facing and in turn, my understanding of the various UN programs and initiatives being …

The Future We Need: A Reflection on the Sustainable Development Goals

The international community witnessed a historic moment on September 25, 2015, when world leaders gathered at the United Nations to unanimously adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I had the opportunity to attend this event alongside 192 other young leaders and be a part of this …

Why the SDGs are Dangerous

On September 25, one of the most important global agreements in recent history was inked in New York. World leaders adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals during the Sustainable Development Summit at the United Nations. These goals represent an ambitious plan to set the world on a vastly …

The 'New And Improved' Sustainable Development Goals. Why Should Brands Care?

I spent two intense days at the Social Good Summit in New York last week and left feeling both exhausted and exhilarated. The exhaustion was the result of attending six hours of back-to-back sessions with no break, listening to an impressive mix of leaders from business, government, the …

COP 21: Why It's Time to Bet Big on Sustainability

As we get closer to momentous the UN's momentous Climate Change Conference, COP 21, it feels that we are in a new phase of urgency and responsibility.<p>For the first time in the UN's history, world leaders have acknowledged the limits of their powers in delivering to such far-reaching targets. From …

Smart Cities: Seeing the Invisible and Doing the Impossible

By sheer definition, the word "impossible" connotes something that simply cannot be done. But we all know the impossible isn't completely out of our reach; for centuries, humans have been achieving the so-called "impossible" by developing conceptual understanding and making visible that which we've …

Is corporate sustainability reporting a great waste of time?

As corporate sustainability reporting grows, the question remains – does it make a difference? A new report indicates that the practice needs a massive overhaul if it’s going to be of any use<p>What could be less sustainable than reams of reporting that no one reads? That’s the concern voiced in a …

10 Critical Corporate Sustainability Trends to Watch in 2015 and Beyond

Related:<p>If the global business community is to thrive in the long term — and carry us to that flourishing future we are trying to imagine and help …

SustainAbility Survey Identifies Green Corporate Leaders: Unilever, Patagonia, Interface, M&S, Natura

Sustainability

Ford Lays Out Evolving Vision of 21st Century Smart Mobility

Ford Motors executives took to the Web on a conference call with members of the press on Wednesday. Moderated by consulting company SustainAbility‘s …

Sustainability

Corporate Sustainability Initiatives ‘Lack Critical Data, Analytics’

Corporate Sustainability

CSR2.0 – The Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility Agenda

Businesses are capable of implementing responsible behaviours as they pursue their profit-making activities. A thorough literature review suggests …

The UN Global Compact (UNGC) has launched a new official website aimed at spurring corporate sustainability action. The website is designed to support business at all stages along the corporate sustainability journey — from those companies that are just learning how to integrate sustainability into their business, to the most advanced companies operating on the leading edge, UNGC says. It helps make the business case for corporate sustainability.

Image Credit: UNGC<p>Related:<p><b>The UN Global Compact (UNGC)</b> has launched a new official website aimed at spurring corporate sustainability action.<p>Designed …

Warts and all: the route to sustainability isn’t always pretty

Where does the real work of corporate sustainability happen? It can start with the CEO, but just as often, the impetus comes from the lower ranks<p>Office sustainability challenges: send us your tips, tales and secrets from the front lines<p>Judging by the constant flow of sustainability announcements …

Bridging the Gap Between Health and Environmental Sustainability

I've been working at the intersection of health and the environment for over 25 years. While my research in this space has evolved over time, I inevitably keep coming back to the same insight: <i>human health and the environment are undeniably and wholly dependent on each other</i>. One cannot and does not …

Can a new management tool help businesses align to SDGs?

The sustainable development goals may not be final yet, but one company is already building a new tool that will help guide management decisions to …

Sustainability

Can cryonic preservation – literal brain freeze – allow people to live forever?

When it comes to death, there's traditionally been two forms of eternal rest: going into a coffin or ending up as ashes inside an urn.<p>But some are embracing a third way – having their body or brain frozen in liquid nitrogen in the hope of some day being brought back to life, with memories, …

New Theory of How the Brain Generates Our Perceptions of the World

<b>New research out of the University of Pennsylvania is filling in gaps between two prevailing theories about how the brain generates our perception of</b> …

Zuckerberg Confirms Facebook Is Working On Augmented Reality

“Yeah!” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said excitedly in response to a big question for his company: is Facebook working on augmented reality? “It’s a bit further out,” he followed up during a talk about virtual reality at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco.<p>Facebook’s …