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2014 blogs

Can the road to Paris lead to the road to dignity?

Fri, 2014-12-12 15:54
Jonathan Reeves

As climate negotiations draw to a close in Lima, Jonathan Reeves reflects on the UN Secretary General's synthesis report on the post-2015 agenda and asks whether the "road to dignity" will take us to the right destination.

Image from COP20 in Lima showing arrows pointing in opposite directions

So many roads, so much at stake
So many dead ends, I’m at the edge of the lake
Sometimes I wonder what it’s gonna take
To find dignity

(Bob Dylan)

A quick perspective on the UN Secretary-General's vision for a post-2015 agenda

Thu, 2014-12-11 10:43
Kitty van der Heijden, Peter Hazlewood and Sonya Suter

The UN Secretary-General's synthesis report provides a compelling narrative and vision, IRF partner, WRI argues, but the lack of specificity in the proposals pose a challenge to member states as they enter into negotiations.   

image shows man with bicycle

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s recently released Synthesis Report, “The Road to Dignity by 2030,” aims to help set the stage for intergovernmental negotiations on a new post-2015 development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals. In brief, the report:

Food Security in Zambia - Beyond the MDGs

Wed, 2014-12-10 16:34
Thabileng Mothabi and Nina Weitz

Thabileng Mothabi is an Economic and Social Justice Researcher with the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and Nina Weitz is a Research Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

While Zambia’s is undergoing rapid development, it still faces food security challenges, but a joint research project is looking at how these can be tackled, looking forward to how countries in southern Africa can achieve sustainable forms of development, as envisaged by the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

Can the SDGs stop us flushing precious resources down the drain?

Tue, 2014-11-18 16:19
Kim Andersson and Caspar Trimmer

 Kim Andersson is a Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), specializing in reuse-oriented water and sanitation management. Caspar Trimmer is a Science Writer/Editor at SEI.

Wednesday 19 November 2014 is World Toilet Day but the target to halve the number of people without access to basic sanitation has not been met. Can the SDGs improve the situation?

A woman using treated urine for fertilizer to grow vegetables

Treated human urine makes an excellent agricultural fertilizer (photo: SuSanA Secretariat / Flickr)

Reflections from Samoa: Renewable energy for economic development in the Caribbean

Wed, 2014-09-17 14:52
Nicole Leotaud

Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI)

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.  

The Third International Conference on Small Island Development States (SIDS) in Samoa featured renewable energy as a key theme in the plenary presentations by Caribbean countries and during side event discussions.

Update from Samoa - "Absurd, unrealistic, indifferent, and criminal global economics"

Wed, 2014-09-10 11:42
Nicole Leotaud

Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI)

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.