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2015 blogs

Sanitation for all? Households are just half the story

Thu, 2015-11-19 16:50
Sarah Dickin and Caspar Trimmer

If we are to truly fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals' (SDGs) vision of universal sanitation access, then governments, businesses and civil society need to recognize the value of sanitation outside the household – not only in fulfilling rights but also in boosting labour force participation, economic productivity and health and well-being. 

Photo shows an ecosan toilet block at a school in Tamil Nadu, India

India sets ambitious targets for fighting climate change

Wed, 2015-11-18 18:16
Harshita Bisht

Ahead of the UNFCCC climate talks in Paris, India has submitted its plans for emissions reductions. Harshita Bisht from Development Alternatives reflects on what is in the plan.

photo shows pylons in Mumbai

India intends to increase its share of renewaable energy by 2030, image: World Bank Photo Collection via flickr.com,creative commons licence

Jump-starting the SDGs: 4 Lessons from Early Adopters

Tue, 2015-10-20 14:46
Adam Fishman

Project Coordinator, Post-2015 Development Agenda, WRI.

At the UN Summit in September, the largest-ever gathering of world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a bold new roadmap to tackle climate change and extreme poverty by 2030. The global community now faces the real work of translating vision into action.

Photo Credit: versello via Compfight cc

Fortunately, early actions by some countries already align with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and help point the way forward.

The SDGs speak and we like what we hear

Fri, 2015-10-16 11:36
Ina Porres

Smallholder and community carbon projects have shown they can deliver local benefits and promote climate resilience. Now the Plan Vivo Standard and its partners, representing the oldest ethical carbon standard, have pledged their commitment to the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Child in a community forest, Indonesia, photo: Plan Vivi Foundation

It is not unusual to hear good ideas on what to do, or not to do, about climate change. The surprise comes when you feel they make sense.