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Research Digest on Integral Human Development,
Solidarity, Sustainability, and Related Global Issues

Vol. 6, No. 7, Rev. 1, July 2010
Luis T. Gutierrez, Editor

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Advances in Sustainable Development
July 2010 Update

SUMMARY & OUTLINE

This supplement attempts to be a radar screen for recent/emerging/forthcoming advances in sustainable development. In selecting items for this supplementary page, priority is given to information about publications and tools with an educational and human-centric focus. This update includes the following reminders that sustainable development has a human face:

1. Suggestions for Prayer, Study, and Action
2. News, Publications, Tools, and Conferences
3. Advances in Sustainable Development
4. Advances in Integral Human Development
5. Advances in Integrated Sustainable Development
6. Recently Launched Games and Simulation Tools
7. Visualizations of the Sustainable Development Process
8. Sustainable Development Modeling and Simulation
9. Sustainable Development and the International Community
Note: Items in this page are updated as information is received and as time permits. If the reader knows about new pubs/tools that should be announced in this page, please write to the Editor.


1. Suggestions for Prayer, Study, and Action

SUGGESTIONS FOR PRAYER AND ACTION

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Let us pray and work for an authentic communion of women and men:

For every woman who is tired of acting weak when she knows she is strong,
there is a man who is tired of acting strong when he feels vulnerable.
For every woman who is tired of acting dumb,
there is a man who is burdened with the constant expectation of 'knowing everything'.
For every woman who is tired of being called an 'emotional female',
there is a man who is denied the right to weep and be gentle.
For every woman who is called unfeminine when she competes
there is a man for whom competition is the only way to prove his masculinity.
For every woman who is tired of being a sex object,
there is a man who is tired of being a sex machine.
For every woman who feels tied down by children,
there is a man who is denied the full pleasure of shared parenting.
For every woman who is denied meaningful employment or equal pay,
there is a man who must bear full financial responsibility for another human being.
For every woman who was not taught the intricacies of an automobile,
there is a man who was not taught the satisfaction of cooking.
For every woman who takes a step towards her own liberation,
there is a man who finds the way to freedom has been made a little easier.

(Source unknown)

Quoted in Gender and Religion: Into the Classroom
By Sandra Cullen, Veritas, 2005

SUGGESTION FOR STUDY

rainbowbullet REVIEW THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS & 2015 TARGETS

rainbowbullet READ THE REPORT "KEEPING THE PROMISE"

KEEPING THE PROMISE:
A forward-looking review to promote an agreed action agenda
to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015
Report of the Secretary-General, dated 12 February 2010

rainbowbullet READ THE MDG 2010 REPORT (ISSUED 23 JUNE 2010)

rainbowbullet EXPLORE THE MDG SUMMIT (SEPTEMBER 2010) WEB SITE


2. News, Publications, Tools, and Conferences

RECENT NEWS

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UNWOMEN155

New York, 2 July 2010

In an historic move, the United Nations General Assembly voted unanimously today to create a new entity to accelerate progress in meeting the needs of women and girls worldwide.

The establishment of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women — to be known as UN Women — is a result of years of negotiations between UN Member States and advocacy by the global women’s movement. It is part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact.

For more information, click here.



MDG2010REVIEW

NEW YORK, 20-22 SEPTEMBER 2010

PURPOSE:

"Our challenge today is to agree on an action agenda to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. With five years to go to the target date of 2015, the prospect of falling short of achieving the Goals because of a lack of commitment is very real. This would be an unacceptable failure from both the moral and the practical standpoint. If we fail, the dangers in the world — instability, violence, epidemic diseases, environmental degradation, runaway population growth — will all be multiplied." Keeping the promise: a forward-looking review to promote an agreed action agenda to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 12 February 2010, section 4.


NEW JOURNAL

Restoration Earth: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of Nature & Civilization

The purpose of this peer-reviewed online journal is to encourage exploration of the relationship between human civilization and its impact upon human and non-human communities from all academic disciplines, including the sciences and social sciences, religion and philosophy, humanities and the arts (both scholastic and creative). Diverse scholarship perspectives, including those who questioning or countering whether there is a relationship/interaction or whether there is a moral imperative to change human society are encouraged and welcomed. Further, researchers and artists are encouraged not to restrict their submissions to overt discussions of the environment, but rather to reflect upon possible cultural areas that may covertly contribute to the maintenance of non-sustainable human civilizations. Ultimately, the goal of this journal is to create a rich and inclusive dialogue in the hopes of providing pathways through the cultural, humanitarian, and environmental challenges facing the 21st Century.

Published Quarterly: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Deadline for 1st Issue: November 1, 2010

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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MDG2010REPORT

UNITED NATIONS, 23 JUNE 2010

HIGHLIGHTS:

Mixed 2010 Report Card on
Anti-Poverty Goals

Economic Crisis Tests
Partnership for Development

Climate Change Calls into Question
Environmental Sustainability

World Leaders to Set Agenda for 2015



MDG2010REVIEW

NEW YORK, 20-22 SEPTEMBER 2010

THEMES:

Theme 1:
Why are we so far behind in key areas?

Theme 2:
Emerging issues and challenges

Theme 3:
Proposals to accelerate progress

Theme 4:
An action- and accountability-oriented agenda for all stakeholders



SOF2010

State of the Future 2010
For more information:
The State of the Future
Jerome C. Glenn
Millennium Project, 14 July 2010


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The State of Society:
Measuring Economic Success
and Human Well-Being

Erwin de Leon and Elizabeth T. Boris
Urban Institute, 2010


USEFUL TOOLS

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MDG2010REVIEW

NEW YORK, 20-22 SEPTEMBER 2010


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Source: MDG Indicators


UNDATALOGO202
Source: UN Statistics Division


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ASU launches new sustainability website
Source: Global Institute for Sustainability,
Arizona State University


OPHIUNDPMPI
Multidimensional Poverty Index
Source: Oxford Poverty &
Human Development Initiative
,
Oxford University, UK


Coming soon:
climategendertoolkit
Source: Climate Change Connections:
Gender and Population


FUTURE CONFERENCES

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Conference Search
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Find Conferences Worldwide
by Topic, Country, or Keyword.
For example:
Sustainable Development
Source: Conference Alerts



MDG2010REVIEW

NEW YORK, 20-22 SEPTEMBER 2010

AGENDA:

Round table 1
Addressing the challenge of poverty, hunger and gender equality

Round table 2
Meeting the goals of health and education

Round table 3
Promoting sustainable development

Round table 4
Addressing emerging issues and evolving approaches

Round table 5
Addressing the special needs of the most vulnerable

Round table 6
Widening and strengthening partnerships



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EARTH SYSTEM GOVERNANCE
COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
17-20 MAY 2011

THE DEBACLE IN THE GULF OF MEXICO


Courtesy of the Environmental Defense Fund ~ Watch on You Tube
See also BP Oil Spill: Daily Dead Wildlife Tally

      3. Advances in Sustainable Development

Agenda for a New Economy - From Phantom Wealth
to Real Wealth

By David C. Korten, Board Chair, Yes! Magazine, June 2010

From the book site:

Nearly two years after the economic meltdown joblessness and foreclosures are still endemic, Wall Street executives are once again getting massive bonuses, and there doesn’t seem to be the will in Washington to make desperately needed fundamental changes to the economy. Change will have to come from below. Agenda for a New Economy is the handbook for that revolution.

In this revised and updated edition Korten offers more in-depth advice on how to mount a grassroots campaign to bring about an economy based on locally owned, community oriented “living enterprises” whose success is measured as much by their positive impact on people and the environment as by their positive balance sheet.

See also this excerpt: The Big Picture: 5 Ways to Know if You’re Making a Difference.

Available for a modest price via Yes! Magazine.

DAVIDKORTENBOOK
A Declaration of Independence from Wall Street

Global Education:
Using Technology to Bring the World to Your Students

By Laurence Peters, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), 2009
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"Eleventh graders in Bangladesh exchange video interviews with 10th graders in Georgia. High schoolers in Illinois learn Japanese, Hebrew, Latin, Spanish, French, and German using online discussions with counterparts from many different countries. Students from around the world research endangered animal species from their areas and publish their findings to a shared website. Connecting globally through advances in Internet technology, including Web 2.0 tools, can now be a reality for any student in any classroom. As our local communities reflect more of the world’s diversity, students need to be prepared to communicate with and relate to individuals from different countries and cultures.

"Integrating global education into standards-based lessons allows students to connect personally with their peers across geographical boundaries, expand their knowledge and awareness of the world, and increase their interest and curiosity in what they are learning. Global Education is a guide to get you started. It provides an introduction to global networks such as iEarn, Global Schoolhouse, and ePals; an overview of Web 2.0 tools that support global learning, such as wikis, blogs, and podcasts; and hundreds of Web resources. No matter the grade level or subject area, Global Education’s numerous examples, case studies, and lesson plans will provide you with ideas and inspiration for bringing your students the world." From the book site (used with permission)

Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production - Priority Products and Materials
Sustainable Consumption & Production Branch
United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), June 2010

From the report's announcement:

The environmental and health sciences have brought important insights into the connection of environmental pressures and ecosystem damages. Well-known assessments show that habitat change, the overexploitation of renewable resources, climate change, and particulate matter emissions are amongst the most important environmental problems. Biodiversity losses and ill health have been estimated and evaluated.

This report focuses not on the effects of environmental pressure, but on its causes. It describes pressures as resulting from economic activities. These activities are pursued for a purpose, to satisfy consumption. Environmental pressures are commonly tied to the extraction and transformation of materials and energy. This report investigates the productionmaterials- consumption nexus.

The relative importance of industries, consumption categories and materials varies across the world, as our assessment shows. This assessment offers a detailed problem description and analysis of the causation of environmental pressures and hence provides knowledge required for reducing environmental impacts. It tells you where improvements are necessary, but it does not tell you what changes are required and how much they will contribute to improvements.

UNEPFOOD2010 FREE DOWNLOAD

Earth Charter Guidebook for Teachers
Earth Charter in Action, 2009 ~ See also the Earth Charter Initiative Handbook - 2010
EARTHCHARTERTEACHERGUIDE
FREE DOWNLOAD
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION: The Guidebook
SECTION 1: SETTING THE CONTEXT
The Guidebook’s Philosophy
How and why was the Guidebook developed?
What is Sustainable Development?
Why is Sustainable Development so Difficult to Teach?
SECTION 2: INTRODUCING THE EARTH CHARTER
What is the Earth Charter?
The Main Principles of the Earth Charter
The Educational Potential of the Earth Charter
SECTION 3: GETTING STARTED
Using the Earth Charter in your Teaching
Working with Earth Charter Adaptations for Children
An Earth Charter Adaptation for Children
Your Classroom
SECTION 4: EDUCATING FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Living Cases
Developing Perspectives, Knowledge and Skills
Designing Learning Activities Using the Earth Charter
Sample Lesson Plan
Educational Tools for All
APPENDIX A – The Earth Charter
APPENDIX B – Glossary of Key Terms
APPENDIX C – Frequently Asked Questions

Earth Day 2010: Selected Resources
Science Reference Services
Library of Congress ~ USA

From the Library of Congress web site:

Earth Day 2010: Selected Resources
Research guides from Science Reference Services:
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Visit the Open Source Framework for Sustainability

nsfgreenrevolution
Visit the National Science Foundation web site featuring
a series of short videos that highlight various new "green technologies".

      4. Advances in Integral Human Development

July 18th ~ Mandela Day

For more information:
Give 67 minutes to change the world on Mandela Day
Mandela Day Web Site
Nelson Mandela Foundation
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Mandela Day
18 July 2010

Fatemah Haghighatjoo
Islamic Feminist Scholar
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Find out more about
Women's Leadership
in a Global Perspective

Fatemah Haghighatjoo, Islamic Feminist Scholar. The following biographical note is excerpted from the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy web site at the University of Massachusetts-Boston:

"Dr. Haghighatjoo is a leading proponent of human rights and women’s rights in Iran. Dr. Haghighatjoo served in the Iranian Parliament from 2000-2004 and was the first to resign when the anti-reform Guardian Council banned more than 2000 reformist candidates from the 7th Parliamentary election. She was president of the Student Movement Caucus and a deputy of the Mosharekat Caucus in the 6th Parliament as well as a member of the political bureau of the Mosharekat party in Iran. More recently, Dr. Haghighatjoo has held several academic posts in the United States: Assistant Professor In-Resident at the University of Connecticut, Fellow in the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Haghighatjoo earned her Ph.D. in Counseling from Tarbiat Moalem University, served as a Professor at the National University of Iran, and authored Search for Truth (2002). She has served as Vice President of the Psychology and Counseling Organization in Iran. She was honored as a Young Global Leader Nominee 2005 by the World Economic Forum."

Rabia al-Adawiyya
Rabia-Adawiyya
Source: Wikipedia
It should be noted that Islamic female leadership in religious matters is nothing new.

The following poem, attributed to Sufi saint Rabia al-Adawiyya, dates back to the 8th century CE.
In my soul there is a temple,
A shrine, a mosque, a church
Where I kneel.
Prayer should bring us
To an altar
Where no walls or names exist.
In my soul there is a temple,
A shrine, a mosque, a church
That dissolve, that
Dissolve in God.

Sufi saint Rabia al-Adawiyya
Basra, Iraq, ca. 717-801 CE

The World Survey on the Role of Women in Development is the flagship publication of the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women. The theme for the World Survey in 2009 is "Women’s control over economic resources and access to financial resources, including microfinance."

To download the final report, click here.

Point of contact: UN Division for the Advancement of Women, daw@un.org.

Human Development Report 2010
"Rethinking Human Development"

From the UNDP HDR 2010 web page:

"Human development is about putting people at the centre of development. It is about people realizing their potential, increasing their choices and enjoying the freedom to lead lives they value. Since 1990, annual Human Development Reports have explored challenges including poverty, gender, democracy, human rights, cultural liberty, globalization, water scarcity, climate change, and mobility.

"The 2010 report will seek to articulate an agenda for change to underpin a New Human Development Deal that can significantly advance development thinking and policies. It will incorporate thinking from academia and the policy world as well as new research to be commissioned or undertaken by the Human Development Report Office. It will place significant emphasis on the knowledge that comes from developing countries and regions, in particular that garnered through the national and regional human development reports. This emphasis reflects the belief that placing people at the center of development also implies putting people at the center of the generation of knowledge about development, and that this is best achieved by understanding how communities and local actors understand the practice of development."
1990 - 2010

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For more information
on the HDR 2010,
click here.

      5. Advances in Integrated Sustainable Development

GTINITIATIVE

The Great Transition Initiative, by the Tellus Institute, may offer the most comprehensive/integrated scenarios of the sustainable development process at the regional and global levels. The reader is invited to explore these links:
IMSSUSTAINABILITY

INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
FOR LOCAL AND REGIONAL SUSTAINABILITY
Online Guidance
Source:
Union of the Baltic Cities
Environment and Sustainable Development Secretariat,
Vanha Suurtori 7, FIN-20500 TURKU, Finland


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Artist Statement:

Colours: Though not in order, these rainbow colours blend naturally without any conflict with humans. The five figures symbolise the human race. Single eyes symbolise the need for the human race to refocus on the need for each other.

Hands: Two hands are better than one; fingers work together without conflicting.

The seed and plant: The human race has one origin and source.

The lines from the plant: The entire human race has the same red blood.

Feet with the ball: This symbolises the world cup.

The road and horizon: This achieves unity in purpose and is a journey to the horizon that will not be achieved in a day, but will be a gradual process.
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"Unity of Purpose"
Justin Igala, Uganda
Art For Humanity Newsletter,
June 2010.

      6. Recently Launched Games and Simulation Tools

The Millennium Village Simulation (MV Sim), developed by the Columbia University's Center for New Media Teaching & Learning (CCNMTL) and the Columbia Earth Institute, is very appealing because it supports learning about pursuing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) under conditions of extreme poverty in Africa.

According to the MV Sim web site, "the MV Sim (short for Millennium Village Simulation) was created as a teaching tool to help students appreciate the complexity of meeting the MDGs in a rural African setting, and to experience the interdisciplinary nature of sustainable development. The MV Sim does not strive to be a perfect replica of a real village; indeed, many of Africa's challenges (such as HIV/AIDS) are not present in the simulation. Instead, the MV Sim purposefully incorporates only a select set of issues to make it a manageable educational tool that models challenges cutting across the disciplines of agronomy, public health, environmental science, and economics."

The tool is freely accessible on the web, and an excellent tutorial is available and embedded below. Just click on the arrow to get started. While taking the tutorial, clicking on the four outgoing arrows (next to last in the bottom tool bar) switches to full screen mode.

Click here to register and give it a try. The simulation entails making periodic decisions about work and consumption of basic necessities by a poor familiy. After the family succeeds in sustainable living, the simulation allows for participation in sustainability decisions for the entire village. During a given simulation run, the user is given periodic reports on sustainability status for the family and village based on previous decisions, including graphs of the decisions made over time. Help text is available at each step. In addition, links are provided to access maps and other online sources of sustainable development information.

      7. Visualizations of the Sustainable Development Process

GLOBALIS
An interactive world atlas with country statistics related to sustainable development. Globalis aims to create an understanding for similarities and differences in human societies, as well as how we influence life on the planet. Click on the map to visit the Globalis interactive map:

globalisworldatlas

GREAT TRANSITION INITIATIVE
GTISLIDESHOW
Running time: 13 minutes
Themes: the historic challenge, alternative futures, Great Transition alternative
Further reading: Great Transition: The Promise and Lure of the times Ahead

      8. Sustainable Development Modeling and Simulation

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The Sustainability Journal is an Open Access Journal

FORTHCOMING

Special Issue: "System Dynamics Simulation of Environmental and Resource Sustainability"

CHECK HERE FOR ONLINE PUBLICATION DATE

      9. Sustainable Development and the International Community


BIODIVERSITY2010
International Year of Biodiversity
Objectives of the International Year of Biodiversity
BIODIVERSITY IS LIFE. BIODIVERSITY IS OUR LIFE


CSW55BANNER
Online discussion on preparation for CSW55 - Gender, Education and Employment
Send your questions and/or participate in the online discussion


MDG20002015
MDG Summit on 20-22 September 2010 in New York
UN Millennium Development Goals, UN, 2008
Millennium Development Goals Report, UN, 2009
Millennium Development Goals Indicators, UN MDG Database, 2010
Keeping the promise:
A forward-looking review to promote an agreed action agenda
to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015
, UN Secretary General, 2010
Global Civil Society Consultation for the MDG+10 Summit, UN March 2010.


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Visit the World Council of Churches (WCC) web site
Visit the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) web site


WRF2011
The World Resources Forum (WRF) is an independent, international platform for debate on global resource consumption issues, advocating innovation for resource productivity. The WRF is building a bridge from the natural sciences and engineering to economics. It aims to equip political decision makers to identify realistic policy options for sustainable growth. Visit the web sites of the sponsors, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research and the Donella Meadows Sustainability Institute.


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Visit the UN Conference on Sustainable Development web site
Visit the UN Division of Sustainable Development web site


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