Mother Pelican
A Journal of Sustainable Human Development

Vol. 7, No. 2, February 2011
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


We thank you, God --
you who are both father and mother to us
and more than we can say or conceive --

We thank you for being with us always,
though we forget often
and are only dimly aware
most of the time
of your presence.

We thank you for sustaining us
and working with us patiently
to help us grow toward freedom,
the freedom to love each other
as you love us.

In a world full of hunger,
both physical and spiritual,
you nourish us.
Body and soul, mind and heart --
we owe our whole being to you
the source of all that is.

So we thank you.

Roger Ludwig
Holy Cross Abbey, Berryville, Virginia


Trailer of the forthcoming documentary film,
The Crisis of Civilization
based on the book,
A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It
Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, Pluto/Macmillan, 2010

"The Crisis of Civilization is a documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system.

Weaving together archival film footage and animations, film-maker Dean Puckett and international security analyst Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed – author of A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It - take you on a surreal journey through an alarming tapestry of global systemic failure.

Offering a stunning wake-up call proving that 'another world' is not merely possible, but on its way, they warn that the inability to recognize the interconnections between different crises is preventing us, as a civilization, from saving ourselves."

The trailer is also available directly from YouTube.



About Nonviolence
Source: TopPun Free Peace Posters

2. News, Publications, Tools, and Conferences



Environmental News Network

Mongabay Environmental News

Planet Ark
World Environmental News

Science Daily
Earth & Climate News
Sustainability News
Science & Society News

IISD Climate Change Daily Feed

Climate Action News

World Technology News

World News Network

All Newspapers Worldwide

United Nations News Service
UN Sustainable Development News
UN Gender Equality News

Human Development News

Catholic News Service

Ekklesia Christian News Bulletin

LiveScience News

Inter Press Service (PSI)


Eldis Development Newsfeeds

General - all subjects

Newsfeeds by Subject

Ageing populations
Aid and debt
Children and young people
Climate Change
Climate adaptation
Corporate responsibility
Finance policy
Food security
Health systems
ICT for development
Influencing policy
Jobs, Events and Announcements
Manuals and toolkits
Trade policy

Newsfeeds by Region

East Asia and Pacific
Latin America and Caribbean
Middle East and North Africa
South Asia



UNFCCC - The Future of the Process:
Remedial Action on Process Ownership
and Political Guidance

Climate Strategies
2 February 2011

Post-Cancun Analysis
Policy Briefing, The Climate Group
17 January 2011

Decision Making In A Changing Climate
World Resources Institute
January 2011

Longer-term climate finance after Cancun
Benito Muller
Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
January 2011

Global Risks Report 2011
World Economic Forum

World on the Edge: How to Prevent
Environmental and Economic Collapse

Lester R. Brown
Earth Policy Institute
January 2011

Global Chief Supply Chain Officer Strategy
EFT, Environmental Leader
January 2011

Global 3PL & Logistics Outsourcing Strategy
EFT, Environmental Leader
January 2011

Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
A Knowledgebase of International Activities
Preparing for the UN Conference
on Sustainable Development
(UNCSD, or Rio +20)
IISD, 2011

Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster
and the Future of Offshore Drilling

USA GPO Oil Commission, January 2011

Population: 7 Billion
National Geographic
Population & Environment Series
Starting January 2011

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory 2009,
GHG Management Institute
January 2011

Human Rights World Report 2011
Human Rights Watch
January 2011

Global Employment Trends 2011
International Labor Organization
January 2011

Global Technology: Changes and Implications
National Academy of Engineering USA
January 2011

Creative Economy:
A Feasible Development Option

UNCTAD, 4 January 2011

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill:
The Fate of the Oil

Jonathan L. Ramseur,
USA Congressional Research Service,
16 December 2010

Global Wage Report 2010/11:
Wage policies in times of crisis

ILO, 15 December 2010

The Role of Ecosystems in Developing
a Sustainable Green Economy

UNEP, 15 December 2010

Corruption and fraud in agricultural and energy subsidies: identifying the key issues
IISD/GSI, December 2010

Gender and Globalization:
Patterns of Women's Resistance

Edited by Erica G. Polakoff
and Ligaya Lindio-McGovern
DeSitter Publications, November 2010
(free download study guide)

German climate finance put to the test
An assessment of German financial support for
climate-related activities in developing countries
from a development policy perspective
Germanwatch and Bread for the World
November 2010

From Climate Finance
to Financing Green Growth

Project Catalyst, November 2010

Earth System Science for Global Sustainability: The Grand Challenges
International Science Council, November 2010

Beyond Consultation: Civil Society and Governance of International Institutions
David Gartner, Brookings Institution,
September 2010

SOFI 2010
State of Food Insecurity in the Word

FSN Forum, FAO, 2010

State of African Cities 2010:
Governance, Inequalities and Urban Land Markets

UN Habitat, 2010

Population and Climate Change Hotspots
Population Action International, 2010

A New Approach to Weather Insurance
Ruth Hill & Miguel Robles
IFPRI, 2010

Subjective Well-Being, Income, Economic Development and Growth Daniel W. Sacks, Betsey Stevenson, Justin Wolfers

Wharton School, 2010

Cognitive Barriers to Environmental Action:
Problems and Solutions

Lisa Shu & Max Bazerman
Harvard Business School, 2010

Community Champions: Adapting to Climate Challenges
Hannah Reid, Saleemul Huq, Laurel Murray
IIED, 2010

Open for Service:
A Case for Good Governance

Micah Challenge International, 2010

Global Corruption Barometer Report
Transparency International, 2010

State of the World Population 2010
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

World Migration Report 2010
International Organization for Migration
United Nations

World Youth Report 2010:
Youth and Climate Change

Division for Social Policy and Development
United Nations

Sustainable Consumption and Production
UNEP, 2010

Common Cause:
The Case for Working
with our Cultural Values

Tom Crompton, WWF/Oxfam,
September 2010

The Post Carbon Reader
Richard Heinberg & Daniel Lerch Eds.
Watershed Media, 2010

Global Climate Governance Beyond 2012:
Architecture, Agency and Adaptation

Cambridge University Press, 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

Enough is Enough:
Ideas for a Sustainable Economy
in a World of Finite Resources

Center for the Advancement
of the Steady State Economy
November 2010

The Climategate Inquiries
Global Warming Policy Foundation
September 2010

Climate Action Book
Climate Action & UNEP, 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
World Economic Forum, 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 Services
Science to Action, 2010

Living with the Sea
Science to Action, 2010

Marine Managed Areas:
What, Why, and Where

Science to Action, 2010

Living Planet Report 2010:
Biodiversity, Biocapacity, and Development

WWF, 20 October 2010

The Effect of the Global Financial Crisis
on Emerging and Developing Economies

Institute for Public Policy Research, 2010

Mapping the Outcomes of Citizen Engagement
Institute of Development Studies (IDS), 2010

Social Watch Report 2010:
A Citizens Global Progress Report
on Poverty Eradication and Gender Equality

Europe External Policy Advisors, 2010

Global Knowledge for Global Change
IDS Annual Report 2010

Valuing Sustainability Primer
Network for Business Sustainability, 2010

World Social Science Report:
Knowledge Divides


National Capacity Self-Assessments
UNDP, August 2010

Photo Gallery of Winners by Region
European Union
International Drawing Competition
on Gender Equality, 2010

Climate Change Connections:
Gender and Population

WEDO, 2010

Development and Climate Change
World Development Report 2010

World Bank, 2010

Access to Collection of
World Development Reports
World Bank, 1978-2010

Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment



UN Statistics Database
UN MDG Indicators
UN Human Development Index (HDI)

Ecological Footprint
Footprint for Nations
Footprint for Cities
Footprint for Business
Carbon Footprint
Personal Footprint
Footprint & Biodiversity
Footprint & Human Development

Sustainable Society Index
Interactive Map

Social Science Space
A space to explore, share and shape
the issues facing social scientists

Interactive Mapping of
Population and Climate Change

Population Action International

Global Advocates Toolbox
Population Action International

Development Timelines Data Application
Eldis Community, 1 February 2011

Green Media Toolshed
Green Media Tools

Toolbox Top Ten
Progressive Communications Net

Teaching and Learning
for a Sustainable Future:
Dissemination and Training Toolbox

UNESCO Education for
Sustainable Development

Global Corruption Barometer
Transparency International, 2010

Analysis of Supply Chains

Happy Planet Index (HPI)

Global Debt Clock

Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

Human Development Index (HDI)

Living Planet Index (LPI)

Quality of Life Index (QOLI)

Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI)

Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI)

Carbon Footprint Calculator

Climate Scoreboard

Global Climate Dashboard

Oil Reporter

Green Transitions Scoreboard

OECD Social Institutions
and Gender Index (SIGI)

OECD Gender, Institutions
and Development Database

TouchGraph Browser Google

Community Earth System Model 1.0

How to master complex projects

World Digital Library (WDL)

HathiTrust Digital Library

INED Population Simulator

WorldWideScience Search Engine

US Government
MetaLib Search Engine

Apps for Development

Adaptation Learning Mechanism

ENVISION Version 5
GIS-based tool for scenario-based community and regional planning and environmental assessments
Oregon State University



Conference Alerts
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by Topic, Country, or Keywords.

Calls for Papers
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by Specialization, Country, or Keywords.

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


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

Arizona State University
11-16 March 2011

Earth System Governance
Colorado State University
17-20 May 2011

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

Sustainability Transitions
Second International Conference
Lund, Sweden
13-15 June 2011

Women's Worlds 2011
Ottawa, Canada
3-7 July 2011

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

System Dynamics Conference
Washington DC, USA
24-28 July 2011

Technological Innovation Systems:
Conceptual, Methodological,
and Empirical Advances

EAWAG, Gothenburg
15-19 August 2011

Technology Transfer in a Global Economy
University of Augsburg, Germany
21–23 September 2011

40th Annual Conference
of the North American Association
for Environmental Education

Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
12-15 October 2011

25th International Congress for
Conservation Biology (ICCB 2011)

Christchurch, New Zealand
28 November - 2 December 2011

Behavior, Energy & Climate Change
Conference (BCEE 2011)

Washington DC, USA
29 November - 2 December 2011

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

      3. Advances in Sustainable Development

Peter Victor - Managing without Growth from SteadyStateEcon on Vimeo
Steady State Economy Conference, Leeds, UK, November 2010

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.

The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth
John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York
Monthly Review Press, October 2010
From the book cover: "Humanity in the twenty-first century is facing what might be described as its ultimate environmental catastrophe: the destruction of the climate that has nurtured human civilization and with it the basis of life on earth as we know it. All ecosystems on the planet are now in decline. Enormous rifts have been driven through the delicate fabric of the biosphere. The economy and the earth are headed for a fateful collision—if we don’t alter course.

"In The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth, environmental sociologists John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York offer a radical assessment of both the problem and the solution. They argue that the source of our ecological crisis lies in the paradox of wealth in capitalist society, which expands individual riches at the expense of public wealth, including the wealth of nature. In the process, a huge ecological rift is driven between human beings and nature, undermining the conditions of sustainable existence: a rift in the metabolic relation between humanity and nature that is irreparable within capitalist society, since integral to its very laws of motion.

The Ecological Rift
Monthly Review Press
October 2010
"Critically examining the sanguine arguments of mainstream economists and technologists, Foster, Clark, and York insist instead that fundamental changes in social relations must occur if the ecological (and social) problems presently facing us are to be transcended. Their analysis relies on the development of a deep dialectical naturalism concerned with issues of ecology and evolution and their interaction with the economy. Importantly, they offer reasons for revolutionary hope in moving beyond the regime of capital and toward a society of sustainable human development."

Enough Is Enough:
Ideas for a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources

Report of the Steady State Economy Conference
Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, November 2010

From the CASSE web site: "Do you suspect that the idea of perpetual economic growth on a finite planet is folly? Are you searching for ways to solve our profound social and environmental problems? "Do you want to know how we can construct an economy that (1) meets our needs without undermining the life-support systems of the planet and (2) achieves sustainable and equitable well-being for all people?

"Enough is Enough is the single most complete collection of policy initiatives, tools, and reforms for an economy that makes enough its goal instead of more. The report, generated from the inspirational ideas of the Steady State Economy Conference, consists of three parts: Part One describes why economic growth is becoming an obsolete goal and provides a crystal-clear description of the desirable alternative — a steady state economy; Part Two examines ten key areas where change is needed to achieve a steady state economy; Part Three provides a blueprint for moving boldly from ideas to action.

"Please read the report, discuss the ideas contained in it, and do what you can to help get us on the path to a better economy. If you are interested in engaging with others in online discussions of report topics, then please visit the SteadyStaters Google Group and request an invitation to join."
Download the Full Report
Download the Summary

      4. Advances in Integral Human Development

2010 Human Development Report:
40-year Trends Analysis Shows Poor Countries
Making Faster Development Gains

Human Development Report Office
United Nations Development Program
4 November 2010

The 20th anniversary UNDP Human Development Report (HDR) finds that long-term progress in health and education is not determined by income; and introduces new indices for gender, poverty, and inequality. For the first time, the HDR 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 gains can be achieved even without consistent economic growth.

Press Release (United Nations Information Service)

United Nations, 4 November 2010—Most developing countries made dramatic yet often underestimated progress in health, education and basic living standards in recent decades, with many of the poorest countries posting the greatest gains, reveals a detailed new analysis of long-term Human Development Index (HDI) trends in the 2010 Human Development Report, released here today.

Yet patterns of achievement vary greatly, with some countries losing ground since 1970, the 2010 Human Development Report shows. Introducing three new indices, the 20th anniversary edition of the Report documents wide inequalities within and among countries, deep disparities between women and men on a wide range of development indicators, and the prevalence of extreme multidimensional poverty in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

For more information
about the HDR 2010,
click here.
For free download,
click here.

The Human Development Reports, commissioned annually by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 1990, are editorially independent from UNDP.

The 2010 Report—The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development—was launched today by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, who helped devise the HDI for the first Human Development Report in 1990 with the late economist Mahbub ul Haq, the series founder. The Human Development Reports and the HDI challenged purely economic measures of national achievement and helped lay the conceptual foundation for the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, calling for consistent global tracking of progress in health, education and overall living standards.

“The Human Development Reports have changed the way we see the world,” Ban Ki-moon said today. “We have learned that while economic growth is very important, what ultimately matters is using national income to give all people a chance at a longer, healthier and more productive life.”

The first Human Development Reportintroduced its pioneering HDI and analyzed previous decades of development indicators, concluding that “there is no automatic link between economic growth and human progress.” The 2010 Report’s rigorous review of longer-term trends—looking back at HDI indicators for most countries from 1970—shows there is no consistent correlation between national economic performance and achievement in the non-income HDI areas of health and education.

Helen Clark said, “the Report shows that people today are healthier, wealthier and better educated than before. While not all trends are positive, there is much that countries can do to improve people’s lives, even in adverse conditions. This requires courageous local leadership as well as the continuing commitment of the international community.”

Overall, as shown in the Report’s analysis of all countries for which complete HDI data are available for the past 40 years, life expectancy climbed from 59 years in 1970 to 70 in 2010, school enrolment rose from just 55 percent of all primary and secondary school-age children to 70 percent, and per capita GDP doubled to more than US$10,000. People in all regions shared in this progress, though to varying degrees. Life expectancy, for example, rose by 18 years in the Arab states between 1970 and 2010, compared to eight years in sub-Saharan Africa. The 135 countries studied include 92 percent of the world’s population.

“Our results confirm, with new data and analysis, two central contentions of the Human Development Report from the outset: human development is different from economic growth, and substantial achievements are possible even without fast growth,” said Jeni Klugman, the lead author. “We also gained new insights about the countries that performed best, and the varying patterns of progress.”

The “Top 10 Movers” highlighted in the 2010 Report—those countries among the 135 that improved most in HDI terms over the past 40 years—were led by Oman, which invested energy earnings over the decades in education and public health.

The other nine “ Top Movers” are China, Nepal, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Laos, Tunisia, South Korea, Algeria and Morocco. Remarkably, China was the only country that made the “Top 10” list due solely to income performance; the main drivers of HDI achievement were in health and education. The next 10 leaders in HDI improvement over the past 40 years include several low-income but high HDI-achieving countries “not typically described as success stories,” the Report notes, among them Ethiopia (#11), Cambodia (#15) and Benin (#18)—all of which made big gains in education and public health.

Within the pattern of overall global progress, the variation among countries is striking: Over the past 40 years, the lowest-performing 25 percent experienced less than a 20 percent improvement in HDI performance, while the top-performing group averaged gains of 54 percent. Yet as a group, the quartile of countries at the bottom of the HDI scale in 1970 improved even faster than those then at the top, with an average gain of 61 percent. The diverse national pathways to development documented in the Report show that there is no single formula for sustainable progress, the authors stress.

The region with the fastest HDI progress since 1970 was East Asia, led by China and Indonesia. The Arab countries also posted major gains, with 8 of the 20 world leaders in HDI improvement over the past 40 years. Many countries from sub-Saharan Africa and the former Soviet Union lagged behind, however, due to the impact of AIDS, conflict, economic upheaval and other factors. Life expectancy actually declined over the past 40 years in three countries of the former Soviet Union—Belarus, Ukraine and the Russian Federation—and six in sub-Saharan Africa: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The dominant trend in life expectancy globally is convergence, with average life spans in most poor countries getting increasingly close to those in developed countries. In income, though, the pattern remains one of divergence, with most rich countries getting steadily richer, while sustained growth eludes many poor countries.

“We see great advances, but changes over the past few decades have by no means been wholly positive,” the authors write. “Some countries have suffered serious setbacks, particularly in health, sometimes erasing in a few years the gains accumulated over several decades. Economic growth has been extremely unequal, both in countries experiencing fast growth and in groups benefiting from national progress. And the gaps in human development across the world, while narrowing, remain huge.”

2010 HDI plus new Indices for Inequality, Gender and Poverty

The Report this year includes new 2010 HDI rankings, with modifications to several key indicators. The top 10 countries in the 2010 HDI are Norway, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Ireland, Lichtenstein, the Netherlands, Canada, Sweden and Germany. At the bottom of the 2010 HDI rankings of 169 countries are, in order: Mali, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Chad, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Burundi, Niger, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zimbabwe.

Country ranking changes in the HDI are now reported over a five-year comparative period, rather than on a year-to-year basis, to better reflect long-term development trends. Due to methodological refinements of the HDI formula, the 2010 rankings are not directly comparable to those in earlier Reports.

The 2010 Human Development Report continues the HDI tradition of measurement innovation by introducing new indices that address crucial development factors not directly reflected in the HDI:

The Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index (IHDI)
For the first time, this year’s Report examines HDI data through the lens of inequality, adjusting HDI achievements to reflect disparities in income, health and education. “The HDI alone, as a composite of national averages, hides disparities within countries, so these adjustments for inequality provide a fuller picture of people’s well-being,” said Jeni Klugman.

The Gender Inequality Index (GII)
The 2010 Report introduces a new measure of gender inequities, including maternal mortality rates and women’s representation in parliaments. “The Gender Inequality Index is designed to measure the negative human development impact of deep social and economic disparities between men and women,” said Klugman. The GII calculates national HDI losses from gender inequities, from the Netherlands (the most equal in GII terms) to Yemen (the least).

The Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI)
The Report features a new multidimensional poverty measure that complements income-based poverty assessments by looking at multiple factors at the household level, from basic living standards to access to schooling, clean water and health care. About 1.7 billion people—fully a third of the population in the 104 countries included in the MPI—are estimated to live in multidimensional poverty, more than the estimated 1.3 billion who live on $1.25 a day or less.

The 2010 Report calls for further research and better data to assess challenges in other critical aspects of human development, including political empowerment and environmental sustainability.

To encourage continuing innovation for the 20th anniversary of the Report, the Human Development Report Office re-launched its website ( with extensive new resources, revised statistical country profiles for all UN member states and interactive tools, including a “build your own index” option for visitors.

Amartya Sen writes in his introduction to the new Report: “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 and means of improving the assessment of old adversities and of recognizing—and responding to—new threats that endanger human well-being and freedom.

For more information on the 20th anniversary Human Development Report and the complete press kit please visit:

ABOUT THIS REPORT: Since its inception in 1990, the Human Development Report has provided fresh insights into some of the most pressing challenges facing humanity. The Human Development Report is an independent yearly publication of the United Nations Development Programme. Jeni Klugman is the lead author of the 2010 Report, which is translated into more than a dozen languages and launched in more than 100 countries annually. The Report is published in English by Palgrave Macmillan. Complete texts of the 2010 Report and all previous Reports since 1990 are available for free downloading in major UN languages on the Report website:

ABOUT UNDP: UNDP is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working collaboratively on their own solutions to national and global development challenges. Please visit:

      5. Advances in Integrated Sustainable Development

The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG)
The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), formerly the International Poverty Centre, is a partnership between the Poverty Practice of the Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP and the Government of Brazil. Located in Brasilia, IPC-IG facilitates South-South learning with the aim of expanding developing countries’ knowledge and capacities to design, implement and evaluate effective policies towards the attainment of high inclusive growth. IPC-IG is a hub for South-South dialogue on applied research and training on development policy.

The Sustainable Scale Project
The Sustainable Scale Project provides educational material and resources to assist government decision makers, civil society organizations, and educators/students, to understand the implications of the sustainable scale concept and, how to integrate attractive solutions into sustainable scale relevant policies and practices.

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), 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.

Great Transition Initiative
Building on work started in the early 1990s in collaboration with the Global Scenario Group (GSG) of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Tellus Institute's Great Transition Initiative web site provides what may be 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

Help shape new strategies for conservation through citizen science.
Learning Network for Citizen Science and Conservation,
Citizen Science Central, Cornell University

      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
BBC - Climate Challenge Politics
BBC - European Climate Change Game
Behavioral Modeling and Simulation
British Gas - Generation Green Games
Chevron - Power for 5.9M People City
City Rain - Urban Planning & Sustainability
Columbia Earth Institute - Millennium Village Simulation
Cooperative Environmental Game
EnCon City - Energy Conservation Game
EnerCities - Sustainable Urbanization Game
Energy Strategy in a Post-Apocalyptic Setting
Energy City - Renewable versus Non-renewable Energy
Environmental Energy/Contamination Games
Environmental Games for Kids and Adults
Environmental Kids Club (US EPA Games)
Financial Management - Celebrity-Calamity
Financial Management - Groove Nation
FISH 3.1 - Fisheries Management
Future Flow - Sustainability & Ecological Responsibility
Games for Change - Social & Environmental Issues
Global Footprint Mapping & Micro-Simulation
Greenacy - Toxic Town Game
Greentopia - Environmental & Ecological Games
Honoloko - Environmental Game (EU)
Human Age: 10KY Simulation of Human Development
Human Capacity Development Through Simulations
Integrating Simulation and Theory of Mind
Jason Science - Energy City Game
Learner - The Habitable Planet
LOGICITY - Climate Change Game
Minimonos - Sustainability & Generosity Virtual World
National Geographic - Forces of Nature
New Environmental Game- Facebook Application
Overlapping-Generations Environmental Game
People Power: The Game of Civil Resistance
Phantom Compass - Greenville Game
Planet Green Game - Climate Change Management
Planning Decision Support Systems
Quest Human Development/Change Agent Simulations
Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development
Series of Educational Games on Global Conflicts
Serious Games - Climate in the Ice Age
Simulation for Mediation and Human Development
Simulation of Paths to Universal Basic Education
Simulation of Human Development - Pakistan
Simulation-Based Learning about National Development
Sustainable Development Gauging Matrix Model
Teacher's Domain - Rock Cycle Animation
Third World - Sustainable Rural Development Game
World Bank - EVOKE: A Crash Course in Saving the World

      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 1.3

Sustainable Development Simulation (SDSIM) User Interface
Version 1.3 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

Earth Journalism Network
Empowering Environmental Media Worldwide
YouTube - The Internews Earth Journalism Climate Program

University of Dakar
Dakar, Senegal, 6-11 February 2011

CREA: Making Human Rights Relevant
Kathmandu, Nepal, 16-18 April 2011

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


Click HERE for more information about the IISD
Sustainable Development Policy & Practice Knowledgebase

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)

The Zeitgeist Movement

The Zeitgeist Movement Film Series
Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, by director Peter Joseph, is a feature length documentary work which will present a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society. This subject matter will transcend the issues of cultural relativism and traditional ideology and move to relate the core, empirical "life ground" attributes of human and social survival, extrapolating those immutable natural laws into a new sustainable social paradigm called a "Resource-Based Economy".

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