There are three reasons to scale up renewable energy in the Caribbean islands: achieving energy security; avoiding high fossil fuel costs and price volatility; and addressing environmental concerns. For the Caribbean, the first two economic arguments are driving the growing interest in wind, geothermal and solar energy as the top options.
Strong words like absurd, unrealistic, indifferent and criminal were heard from CARICOM delegations discussing global economic barriers to achieving sustainable development at the Third International Conference for Small Island Development States (SIDS) being held in Samoa.
Climate change and sustainable development are inextricably linked. It is critical, therefore, that the post-2015 sustainable development agenda fully embeds climate change.
Discussions are in full swing at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, including the need for greater civil society involvement.
The Open Working Group has proposed a comprehensive and potentially transformative set of global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Some issues remain unresolved, though, giving rise to five key questions.
The SDGs should adopt natural resource accounting as a fundamental building block towards achieving sustainability.
The proposed Sustainable Development Goals leave out a critical component of improving rural livelihoods—securing community land rights.
The SDGs define important priorities for international development over the next 15 years, including the need for safe, sustainable, and inclusive cities.
The sustainable development goals are unlikely to have impact without greater involvement of national and local policy makers.
Does the zero draft of the Sustainable Development Goals take enough note of the crucial interdependencies between goal areas?