Mother Pelican
A Journal of Sustainable Human Development

Vol. 6, No. 11, November 2010
Luis T. Gutierrez, Editor
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Advances in Sustainable Development


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


Let us pray and work for an authentic global 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)

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


Human Development Report 2010 ~ 20th Anniversary Edition
The Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development
Released 4 November 2010
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."

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2. News, Publications, Tools, and Conferences



Environmental News Network

Mongabay Environmental News

Planet Ark
World Environmental News

Earth & Climate News
Sustainability News
Science & Society News

Climate Action News


World News Network

All Newspapers Worldwide




Common Cause:
The Case for Working
with our Cultural Values

Tom Crompton, WWF/Oxfam,
September 2010

Gender, Humiliation, and Global Security:
Dignifying Relationships from Love, Sex,
and Parenthood to World Affairs

Evelin Lindner, HumanDHS, 2010

What You Need to Know about Energy
USA National Academy of Sciences, 2010

Voices of the Vulnerable
UN Global Pulse, 2010

Transforming Finance
Financial Group Recognizes Finance
As A Global Commons
Committee on Transforming Finance
Ethical Markets, 17 September 2010

Green Excuses:
Collusion to promote protectionism?

Tim Wilson, Institute of Public Affairs,
Australia, August 2010

The Corporate Tax Gap
Trades Union Congress (TUC), UK, 2010

Climate change: a summary of the science,
The Royal Society, UK, 30 September 2010

Global Gender Gap Report 2010
Global Gender Gap Report 2010, WEF, 2010

Gender Inequality and the MDGs:
What are the Missing Dimensions?
OECD, 2010

Biodiversity Scenarios:
Projections of 21st century change in
biodiversity and ecosystem services

Global Biodiversity Outlook 3
Convention on Biological Diversity,
5 October 2010

Ocean Ecosystem ServicesScience to Action, 2010

Living with the SeaScience to Action, 2010

Marine Managed Areas: What, Why, and WhereScience to Action, 2010

Living Planet Report 2010:
Biodiversity, Biocapacity, and Development
WWF, 20 October 2010 IPPRfinancialcrisis20082010
The Effect of the Global Financial Crisis
on Emerging and Developing Economies

Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), 2010

Social Watch Report 2010
A Citizens Global Progress Report
on Poverty Eradication and Gender Equality
Europe External Policy Advisors (EEPA), 2010

Global Knowledge for Global Change
IDS Annual Report 2010

World on the Edge
Lester Brown
Earth Policy Institute 2010

Poster by Jay Walljasper
Source: Yes! Magazine, 21 October 2010
Download the PDF for free

Human Development Report 2010
"Rethinking Human Development"
United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

Crisis and Recovery:
Ethics, Economics and Justice

Rowan Willaims & Larry Elliott, Palgrave Macmillan (November 9, 2010)

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

Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment



Source: MDG Indicators

Source: UN Statistics Division

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

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

A Field Guide to Web Technology
Southeast Partners in Flight, 15 July 2010

Carbon Footprint Calculator
Source: Carbon Footprint Ltd

Climate Scoreboard
Source: Climate Interactive

Green Transitions Scoreboard
Source: Ethical Markets

OECD Social Institutions
and Gender Index (SIGI)
Source: OECD Development Centre

OECD Gender, Institutions
and Development Database
Source: OECD Development Centre

Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE)
Open Access
BASE is one of the world’s most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources. More than 25 million records from more than 1.720 repositories worldwide. Source: Bielefeld University Library

TouchGraph Browser Google
is a free Java application to explore the connections between related websites. For a given query, it returns a directory of links to related web sites and a map that shows how the websites are clustered and inter-related.
Source: TouchGraph

Community Earth System Model 1.0

How to master complex projects

World Digital Library (WDL)

INED Population Simulator

WorldWideScience Search Engine
Global Science Gateway

MetaLib Search Engine
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications

Apps for Development,
World Bank, 2010.

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



Conference Alerts
Find Conferences Worldwide
by Topic, Country, or Keywords.
Link: Conference Alerts

Calls for Papers
Find Calls for Papers Worldwide
by Specialization, Country, or Keywords.
Link: Calls for Papers

Journal Articles
The latest Tables of Contents
from thousands of scholarly journals
Search by journal title, ISNN, or keywords
Link: Journal TOCs

A World Without Walls 2010
An International Conference on
Peacebuilding, Reconciliation, and Globalization
in an Interdependent World
Academy for Cultural Diplomacy
Berlin, 6th - 10th November 2010

Transition to Sustainability
University of Auckland, New Zealand,
30 November - 3 December, 2010


Population and Poverty Research Network
Fifth Annual Research Conference on
Population, Reproductive Health
and Economic Development
Marseilles, France
19-21 January 2011


Resilience, Innovation, and Sustainability:
Navigating the Complexities of Global Change

Arizona State University
11-16 March 2011

The Journal of Sustainability Education (JSE)
CFP for the March 2011 edition.
Theme: "Learning and Leading Sustainability"
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2010
For more information please contact
Editor, JSE


Earth System Governance
Colorado State University
17-20 May 2011


International Ecumenical Peace Convocation
Kingston, Jamaica
17-25 May 2011

Women's Worlds 2011
3-7 July 2011

Global Studies Conference
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
18-20 July, 2011

25th International Congress for
Conservation Biology (ICCB 2011)
28 November - 2 December 2011
Christchurch, New Zealand

UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2012

      3. Advances in Sustainable Development

Millennium Development Goals - Progress Chart
Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations, June 2010

From the UN web site:

Marking the start of a new century—and a new chapter in human history—United Nations Member States agreed in 2000 on eight Millennium Development Goals. The vision propelling the initiative, set out in the Millennium Declaration, is a world with less poverty, hunger and disease and greater access to health care and education; a world in which women and men have equal opportunities and natural resources are conserved for future generations. The MDGs also call for a global partnership for development involving the private sector and civil society that includes sharing the benefits of new technologies with countries worldwide.

At two thirds of the way, how much progress so far? Progress towards the MDGs is monitored through a set of 21 measurable and time-bound targets and 60 indicators. Most of the targets are to be achieved by 2015 and start from a 1990 baseline. This chart presents an assessment of progress so far for selected indicators and regions, on the basis of information available as of June 2010. While some indicators reflect data as recent as 2010, others rely on older statistics, dating as far back as 2005.

MDG Progress Chart 2010

Millennium Development Goals - Report 2010
Inter-Agency and Expert Group on MDG Indicators,
Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations, June 2010

From the Forward by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Millennium Declaration in 2000 was a milestone in international cooperation, inspiring development efforts that have improved the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world. Ten years later, world leaders will gather again at the United Nations in New York to review progress, assess obstacles and gaps, and agree on concrete strategies and actions to meet the eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

The Goals represent human needs and basic rights that every individual around the world should be able to enjoy—freedom from extreme poverty and hunger; quality education, productive and decent employment, good health and shelter; the right of women to give birth without risking their lives; and a world where environmental sustainability is a priority, and women and men live in equality. Leaders also pledged to forge a wide-ranging global partnership for development to achieve these universal objectives.

This report shows how much progress has been made. Perhaps most important, it shows that the Goals are achievable when nationally owned development strategies, policies and programmes are supported by international development partners. At the same time, it is clear that improvements in the lives of the poor have been unacceptably slow, and some hard-won gains are being eroded by the climate, food and economic crises.

MDG Report 2010

The world possesses the resources and knowledge to ensure that even the poorest countries, and others held back by disease, geographic isolation or civil strife, can be empowered to achieve the MDGs. Meeting the goals is everyone’s business. Falling short would multiply the dangers of our world – from instability to epidemic diseases to environmental degradation. But achieving the goals will put us on a fast track to a world that is more stable, more just, and more secure. Billions of people are looking to the international community to realize the great vision embodied in the Millennium Declaration. Let us keep that promise.

Human Development Report 2010:
The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development

United Nations Development Program (UNDP), 4 November 2010

The first Human Development Report in 1990 opened with the simply stated premise that has guided all subsequent Reports: "People are the real wealth of a nation." By backing up this assertion with an abundance of empirical data and a new way of thinking about and measuring development, the Human Development Report has had a profound impact on development policies around the world.

This 20th anniversary edition features introductory reflections by the Nobel Prize–winning economist Amartya Sen, who worked with series founder Mahbub ul Haq on the conception of the first Human Development Report and contributed to and inspired many successive volumes.

The 2010 Report continues the tradition of pushing the frontiers of development thinking. For the first time since 1990, the Report looks back rigorously at the past several decades and identifies often surprising trends and patterns with important lessons for the future. These varied pathways to human development show that there is no single formula for sustainable progress—and that impressive long-term gains can and have been achieved even without consistent economic growth.

HDR 2010

Looking beyond 2010, this Report surveys critical aspects of human development, from political freedoms and empowerment to sustainability and human security, and outlines a broader agenda for research and policies to respond to these challenges. As Amartya Sen writes: "Twenty years after the appearance of the first Human Development Report, there is much to celebrate in what has been achieved. But we also have to be alive to ways of improving the assessment of old adversities and of recognizing—and responding to—new threats that endanger human well-being and freedom." The 20th anniversary edition is a response to that human development imperative. The Report will be released 4 November 2010.

Gender, Humiliation, and Global Security: Dignifying Relationships from Love, Sex, and Parenthood to World Affairs
Evelin Lindner, HumanDHS, 2010

The Gender, Humiliation, and Global Security book is being "highly recommended" by Choice as follows (in July 2010): "In this far-ranging, sometimes brilliant book, Lindner (Columbia Univ. and Oslo Univ.) studies the social and political ramifications of human violations and world crises related to humiliation, defined as the enforced lowering of a person or group, a process of subjugation that harms or removes the dignity, pride, and honor of the other. A "transdisciplinary social scientist," the author charts how humiliation--and its antidote, love--are conditioned by large-scale, systemic social forces such as globalization. The force of this book resides in its construction of a compelling, compassionate alternative to the psychological effects of humiliation on gender and sexual relations, parenthood, and leadership. For Lindner, this alternative is not only love but also its psychological correlate, humility, both of which can become the basis of the social, political, and cultural change necessary to reform the harmful global tendency toward humiliation. Lindner's philosophy is avowedly non-dualist and rooted in ancient Eastern wisdom. A powerful follow up to her Making Enemies: Humiliation and International Conflict (CH, March 2007, 44-4114), this book appears in the "Contemporary Psychology" series; it will be indispensable for psychologists, humanists, and political scientists and invaluable to policy makers. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. -- M. Uebel, University of Texas "
(Choice is a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association)


      4. Advances in Integral Human Development

New Magazine from India, started October 2010


The following is taken from the inaugural issue:

"NEIGHBOUR is started with a goal to further the kingdom of God and its values of justice, peace, love and unity. The magazine intends to fulfil its main goal through the five objectives:

  • Commitment to develop spiritual knowledge that is relevant to personal and communal life in contemporary society.
  • To deepen personal spirituality through an in-depth understanding of Jesus Christ’s relationship with God and human beings.
  • To enhance, sharpen and broaden the understanding of discipleship.
  • To effect a dialogue between the life, teaching and work of Jesus Christ on this earth and the concrete concerns in the society and world.
  • To ensure that personal spirituality is committed to the transformation of the society, in other words, the establishment of the kingdom of God and its values on this earth, through meaningful and active participation.
"NEIGHBOUR is a quarterly magazine. NEIGHBOUR has an Open Page, which is meant to give its readers opportunities to write on a variety of issues of their choice." Read more ....

Women's Development is Human Development
Click on the image to visit the UN Women web site
From the UN Women web site:

"In an historic move, the United Nations General Assembly voted unanimously on 2 July 2010 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.

"I am grateful to Member States for having taken this major step forward for the world’s women and girls," said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement welcoming the decision. "UN Women will significantly boost UN efforts to promote gender equality, expand opportunity, and tackle discrimination around the globe." Read more ....

From the UN Women web site:

"UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Ms. Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile, as the head of UN Women. Ms. Bachelet brings to this critical position a history of dynamic global leadership, highly honed political skills and uncommon ability to create consensus and focus among UN Agencies and many partners in both the public and private sector." Read more ....

      5. Advances in Integrated Sustainable Development

The Commons: Open Society Sustainability Initiative
Three central themes: the transition to sustainability, social justice,
and the critical role of individual responsibility.

Population-Environment Research Network (PERN)
Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) of Columbia University

The PERN eLibrary is an important and unique reference tool for classic population-environment literature; journal articles; conference and working papers; relevant data sets; and educational resources. The eLibrary database is annotated and includes bibliographic citation information, Internet links to the materials, and keywords.


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:

See the following:
A mission statement and research agenda for the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN)
Steering Group of the STRN, 20 August 2010

      6. Recently Launched Games and Simulation Tools

A number of gaming/simulation software packages have been developed to support learning and decision-making about resource management dilemmas. Some examples are:
ABC AU - River Catchment Detox Game
ASU GameBot - Human & Robots Games
At Risk - Gatekeeper Training & Suicide Prevention - Risk Management
BBC - Climate Challenge Politics
BBC - European Climate Change Game
British Gas - Generation Green Games
Chevron - Power for 5.9M People City
City Rain - Urban Planning & Sustainability
Columbia Earth Institute - Millennium Village Simulation (MV Sim)
EnCon City - Energy Conservation Game
EnerCities - Sustainable Urbanization Game
Energy City - Renewable versus Non-renewable Energy
Financial Management - Celebrity-Calamity
Financial Management - Groove Nation
FISH 3.1 - Fisheries Management
Future Flow - Sustainability & Ecological Responsibility
Games for Change - Social & Environmental Issues
Jason Science - Energy City Game
Learner - The Habitable Planet
LOGICITY - Climate Change Game
Minimonos - Sustainability & Generosity Virtual World
National Geographic - Forces of Nature
Phantom Compass - Greenville Game
Planet Green Game - Climate Change Management
SEED - Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development
Super Energy Apocalypse - Strategy in Post-Apocalyptic Setting
Teacher's Domain - Rock Cycle Animation
Serious Games - Climate in the Ice Age
Third World Farmer - Sustainable Rural Development Game
World Bank - EVOKE: A Crash Course in Saving the World
Series of Educational Games on Global Conflicts


SEED - Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development
© 2010 Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development, Inc.
All rights reserved. Permission is granted to make copies of this document for educational purposes only,
provided that this copyright notice is reproduced in full.

      7. Visualizations of the Sustainable Development Process

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:


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

Sustainable Development Simulation (SDSIM) Version 1.2

Sustainable Development Simulation (SDSIM) User Interface
Version 1.2 of this web-based tool is already online: TRY IT!

Special Issue of the Sustainability Journal
"System Dynamics Simulation of Environmental and Resource Sustainability"

      9. Sustainable Development and the International Community

International Year of Biodiversity
Objectives of the International Year of Biodiversity

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

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.

UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 2012
Rio+20 Preparatory process
Visit the UN Division of Sustainable Development web site

The Millennium Project


The Millennium Project for Global Futures Research
An international network of 3000+ researchers in 36 locations around the world
Publishes the annual State of the Future (SOF) report and the State of the Future Index (SOFI)

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