Global Development

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How Your Company Can Advance Each of the SDGs

Responsible business and investment – rooted in universal principles – will be essential to achieving transformational change through the SDGs. For …

Initiative looks to accelerate pace of tourism startups in Mekong region

The Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism Initiative announced on Monday the launch of two new groundbreaking accelerators designed to make it easier and …

Humans causing climate to change 170 times faster than natural forces

Researchers behind ‘Anthropocene equation’ say impact of people’s intense activity on Earth far exceeds that of natural events spread across millennia<p>For the first time, researchers have developed a mathematical equation to describe the impact of human activity on the earth, finding people are …

Climate Change

3 solar innovations to watch

Solar costs have already dropped precipitously. But what's next?<p>Late last year, Bloomberg reported on a remarkable turning point: Solar is becoming …

‘Africa is tired of being in the dark’: bank chief on plans to boost energy

At COP22, the African Development Bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina, tells of strategies to improve energy supplies and fight the impact of climate change<p>“We lose 5% of our potential GDP every year, and African industries cannot be competitive without access to electricity,” says Akinwumi Adesina, …

Startup-Kultur: Immigrants are bringing entrepreneurial flair to Germany

Startup-KulturImmigrants are bringing entrepreneurial flair to Germany<p>While native Germans are growing less eager to start businesses, new arrivals …

Immigration

Giant net turns fog into drinking water in Morocco

The CloudFisher can harvest up to 36,000 liters of water for 800 people per day<p>Ever notice the droplets of water that collect onto spider webs? So did Peter Trautwein, a volunteer engineer with the German Water Foundation and the creator of a rad new water-harvesting device. The ultra …

Water

Citizen data can play a key role in monitoring the SDGs — by following a few rules

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that came into effect last year hold the promise of improving the lives of poor and marginalised …

Asia Pacific

New Action Platforms to Achieve the SDGs

Beginning in 2017 we are offering a new portfolio of Action Platforms to advance business activities and outcomes in relation to the Ten Principles …

The Beginner’s Guide to the Year of Sustainable Tourism

Join the community & get practical resources for responsible travel, tips for authentic and respectful travel photography, and exclusive <b>FREEBIES</b> …

Sustainability

The SDGs Explained for Business

In September 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted a plan for achieving a better future for all – laying out a path over the next …

Food Security

Education and skills foster health and well-being, but why is this a problem?

<b>by Dirk Van Damme<br>Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress Division, Directorate for Education and Skills</b><p>Knowing, for example, that tobacco is …

Can urban slums help people work their way out of poverty?

<i>Ivan Turok, guest blogger, is Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa, Editor-in-Chief of the journal ‘Regional</i> …

When planning falls short: the challenges of informal settlements

Informal settlements house around one-quarter of the world’s urban population. This means roughly 1 billion urban dwellers live in settlements that …

Cities

As Nations Gather in Mexico to Discuss Biological Diversity, Global Habitat Loss Still Rampant Across Much of the Earth

As 196 signatory nations of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) meet this week in Cancun, Mexico, to discuss their progress towards averting the current biodiversity crisis, researchers from a range of universities and NGOs report in the international journal <i>Conservation Letters</i> that …

Habitats

47 of the World's Poorest Countries Pledge to Generate Energy With 100% Renewables

Fighting Climate Change<p>In an inspiring initiative to fight global warming and climate change, 47 of the world’s most economically disadvantaged …

Climate Change

2016 Status Report: Business Contribution to Global Climate Action

Assesses the contribution of business-focused initiatives of the Global Climate Action Agenda to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and the …

Climate Change

Implementing the New Urban Agenda needs financially strong cities

<b>About this series</b> <b><br>More blog posts</b><p>Cities around the world face increasingly complex challenges such as rapid urbanization and climate change. …

Cities

25 African Countries Vow to Protect the Environment From Tourism - Motherboard

Resorts and safaris are pleasing to the tourist eye, but they can be a big drain on the environment.<p>Last week, 25 African nations signed an agreement to promote sustainable tourism last week at the COP 22 conference in Marrakesh, Morocco. The list also included Kenya, Seychelles', the Republic of …

Environment

The cleverest countries on climate change – and what we can learn from them

Virtually every clean energy record in the world has been broken in the past year. The most investment in clean energy ($329 billion in 2015), the …

Greening Bangkok

Bangkok lies in a flood-prone area, which climate change is now rendering more vulnerable. A flood in 2011, the worst in Thailand’s history, …

Cities

Key Performance Indicators for Eco Cities in the Asia-Pacific Region

<b>Low Carbon Model Towns (LCMT)</b> are being designed and constructed in the Asia-Pacific region based on feasibility studies conducted by the <b>Asia-Pacific</b> …

Sustainability

Cities, Towns, Regions Partner to Achieve Paris GoalsGlobal Climate Action at COP22

<b>Marrakech, 10 November 2016</b> – Cities, towns and regions are making big impacts in implementing their climate commitments by acting locally and …

Climate Change

Innovating with the past: How to create resilience through heritage

<b>Bosai</b> <i>(</i><b>防災</b><b>)</b> means disaster risk reduction or management, and it became our word of reference. As a group of professionals from disaster risk and …

Cultural Heritage

Making Global Goals Local Business

Next-Generation SDG Solution PlatformsLearn about our new platforms which represent systemic solutions to sustainable development challenges.<p>Next …

5 charts that explain the Paris climate agreement

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today. The Paris climate agreement is a pact, signed in December 2015 by 195 …

9 stories that tell you everything you need to know about cities

There maybe a little less buzz around it, but as well as marking Halloween, 31st October has also been designated World Cities Day by the United …

How Many Wind Turbines Would We Need to Power the Planet?

Spoiler: a lot.<p>Wind energy is a deeply underrated resource. Though the US invested $14.5 billion in wind-power projects last year, wind farms still …

Study, work, retire. Time to scrap the old pattern of working life

The gender gap has been a hot topic in Japan for some time. The country has performed poorly in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report, …