Mother Pelican
A Journal of Sustainable Human Development

Vol. 7, No. 5, May 2011
Luis T. Gutiérrez, 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. Sustainability Games, Databases, and Knowledgebases
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


Adoro te supplex, latens deitas
O thou our reminder
of Christ crucified,
Living Bread the life
of us for whom he died,
Lend this life to me then:
feed and feast my mind,
There be thou the sweetness
we were meant to find.

Bring the tender tale
true of the Pelican;
Bathe me, Jesus Lord,
in what thy bosom ran –
Blood that but one drop of
has the worth to win
All the world forgiveness
of its world of sin.
St. Thomas Aquinas, 13th century AD


World in Transition:
A Social Contract for Sustainability

WBGU, April 2011
World in Transition:
A Social Contract for Sustainability
German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)

Free download:
Summary Report
WBGU, April 2011


the Nuptial Covenant
Husband and Wife
and between
Humanity and the
Human Habitat

Art by Farid de la Ossa Arrieta, Colombia
Used with Permission

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

International Institute for
Sustainable Development (IISD)
Reporting Services

Policy-Strategy Coverage

Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
Sustainable Development - Small Islands
Biodiversity Policy & Practice
Climate Change Policy & Practice
Energy Policy Issues
Multilateral Environmental Agreements
Earth Negotiations Bulletin

Theme Coverage

Sustainable Development
Biodiveristy & Wildlife
Chemicals Management
Climate & Atmosphere
Forests - Deserts - Land
Human Development
Intergovernmental Organizations
Trade & Investment
Water - Oceand - Wetlands

Regional Coverage

Lating America & Caribbean
Near East
North America
South West Pacific

Rio+20 Coverage

Sustainable Development Conference
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
4-6 June 2012

Climate Action News

World Technology News

World News Network

All Newspapers Worldwide

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

Value News Network

Global Post

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



World Population Prospects
United Nations, 3 May 2011
"World Population to reach 10 billion
by 2100 if Fertility in all Countries
Converges to Replacement Level"

Findings of the
UK Poverty Truth Commission:
General Summary Report
Violence and Community Breakdown
Kinship Care
Poverty Truth Commission Manifesto
UK Poverty Truth Commission
April 2011

The Gender Wage Gap by Occupation
IWPR, April 2011

World Development Report 2011
World Bank, 11 April 2011

Conscious Leadership for Sustainability
Report      Summary      Presentation      Video
Barrett Brown
Integral Institute, April 2011

Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation
IUCN & WBCSD, April 2011

World in Transition –
A Social Contract for Sustainability

German Advisory Council on Global Change
April 2011

Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2010
UNEP & WMO, April 2011

Rio+20: Making it Happen
Newsletter of the UN Conference
on Sustainable Development
Special Issue on Green Economy
Volume 2 - Issue 6 - 31 March 2011

Beyond the Growth Paradigm:
Creating a Unified Progressive Politics

James Gustave Speth
Great Transition Initiative
March 2011

Urban world:
Mapping the economic power of cities

McKinsey Global Institute
March 2011

Knowledge Discovery Resources 2011
An Internet MiniGuide Annotated Link Compilation
By Marcus P. Zillman, LLRX, Published 12 March 2011

The World's Women and Girls 2011 Data Sheet
Population Reference Bureau
March 2011

Sophia Rises:
Changing the World
through Feminine Wisdom

Heather Plett, Sophia Leadership
March 2011

Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being
White House Council on Women and Girls
March 2011

The Climate Technology Mechanism:
Issues and Challenges

ICTSD, March 2011

Governance for a Green Economy
Pardee Center - Boston University
March 2011

Energy+: Opportunities, Challenges and Options
David Reed and Pablo Gutman
International Architecture for Climate Finance
March 2011

Interactions of Policies for
Renewable Energy and Climate

Cedric Philibert, IEA
March 2011

The untapped potential of the church
in addressing sexual violence

Anglican Communion
Tearfund, March 2011

Adaptation Strategies
for Climate Change at Micro Level

Swati Samvatsar
Networking for Development
March 2011

The Scapegoat:
René Girard's Anthropology
of Violence and Religion

Video (5 Parts)
CBC Radio, February-March 2011

Facing Up to Climate Change
The Royal Society of Edinburgh
1 March 2011

The State of the World's Children 2011
Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity

UNICEF, 25 February 2011

Infrastructure for Poverty Reduction and Economic Development in Africa
UN-HABITAT, February 2011

Nuclear Subsidies:
Still Not Viable Without Subsidies

Earth Track & Union of Concerned Scientists
February 2011

Towards a Green Economy:
Pathways to Sustainable Development
and Poverty Eradication

UNEP, February 2011

Cancún De-briefing:
An Analysis of the Cancún Agreements

Climatico, February 2011

Renewable Energy in Europe 2010
EurObserver, February 2011

The Energy Report:
100% Renewable Energy by 2050

World Wide Fund for Nature
2 February 2011

Sustainability: The 'Embracers' Seize Advantage
MIT/BCG, Winter 2011

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

Carbon Finance Guide
GVEP International
December 2010

Sustainable Development:
From Brundtland to Rio 2012

John Drexhage & Deborah Murphy, IISD
September 2010

NGO Handbook
World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO)
18 February 2010

Making Integrated Food-Energy Systems
work for People and Climate

FAO, 2010 (PDF, 2011)



Measuring Energy Poverty
Visualization Platform

UN-Energy Knowledge Network, including
Multi-dimensional Energy Poverty Index (MEPI)
Energy Development Index (EDI)

United Nations Data
UN Statistics Database
UN MDG Indicators
UN Human Development Index (HDI)

UNCSD/IISD Data for CSD-16
Sustainable Development Policy
& Practice Knowledgebase

Humanity's Footprint Data
Ecological Footprint
Footprint for Nations
Footprint for Cities
Footprint for Business
Carbon Footprint
Personal Footprint
Footprint & Biodiversity
Footprint & Human Development

Earth Policy Institute Data Sets
Population, Health, and Society
Natural Systems
Climate Change
Energy Resources
Transportation Systems
Food and Agriculture
Economics & Development

World Bank
World Development Indicators (WDI)

Data for the Social Sciences

STAR Database Beta-Test Now in Process
Invitation to Participate

Links Government Investment,
Science, Technology,
Firms, and Employment

Global Cities of the Future
Interactive Map

McKinsey Global Institute
March 2011

TopTen Search Tool (Europe)
Indentifies the most energy-efficient
appliances on the European market

TopTen Search Tool (USA)
Indentifies the most energy-efficient
appliances on the American market

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
Find Conferences Worldwide
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


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

GLOBE Conference 2011
Accelerating the Shift
Towards a Low Carbon Economy
San Jose, Costa Rica
14-16 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

Resource Economics,
Biodiversity Conservation,
and Development

13th Annual BIOCON Conference
Graduate Institute of International
and Development Studies (IHEID)
Geneva, Switzerland
11-13 September 2011

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

Take Lead Conference
Green Growth Leaders
Copenhagen, Denmark
12-13 October 2011

International Conclave on Climate Change
Center for Climate Change
Engineering Staff College of India
Hyderabad, India
12-14 October 2011

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

Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
12-15 October 2011

SMEs: Moving toward Sustainable Development
(SMEs = Small and Medium Enterprises)
Network for Business Sustainability
Montreal, Canada
20-22 October 2011

First International
Energy & Meteorology Conference
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
8-11 November 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

GLOBE Conference 2010
Trade Fair on
Business and the Environment
Vancouver, Canada,
14-16 March 2012

UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
4-6 June 2012

3. Advances in Sustainable Development

Click on the image to visit the Church of Scotland's Poverty Truth Commission web site
To download the Findings of the April 2011 Poverty Truth Commission Report, click here.

  • Approaching the Limits to Growth, Paul Chefurka, March 2011.
  • Ecological Footprint Atlas, Global Footprint Network, 24 November 2010.
  • What's blocking sustainability? Human nature, cognition, and denial, Bill Rees, Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy, Fall 2010.
  • 4. Advances in Integral Human Development

    Click on the image to visit the Integral Research Center
    Ph.D. Dissertation on Conscious Leadership in Action
    Garrett C. Brown, Fielding Graduate University, April 2011
    For a summary of the dissertation, click here. For the complete unabridged text, click here.
    For a PowerPoint presentation, click here.

  • Human Development Index and the Ecological Footprint, Global Footprint Network, 10 February 2011.
  • Population 7 Billion, Robert Kunzig, National Geographic, January 2011.
  • The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development, Human Development Report, United Nations, 4 November 2010.
  • 5. Advances in Integrated Sustainable Development

    Source: Lawrence Livermore Nationa Laboratory and Department of Energy, USA, August 2010.
    Data based on DOE/EIA-0384 (2009).
    Click here for a large image and readable annotation.

  • Energy Report & Scenarios 2000-2050, World Wide Fund for Nature, February 2011.
  • Green Economy Report, United Nations Environmental Program, February 2011.
  • World Energy Outlook 2010, UN International Energy Agency, 9 November 2010.
  • 6. Sustainability Games, Databases, and Knowledgebases

    Click on the image to visit the SSPP Toolkit web site
    Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy (SSPP) Open-Access E-Journal
    Researcher's Toolkit & Interactive Analysis Featured Datasets

  • Sustainable Development Policy & Practice Knowledgebase, UNCSD/IISD, 2011.
  • Environmental Knowledge, Maps, and Graphics Library, UNEP/GRID-Arendal, 2011.
  • Ecological Footprint Data and Trends, Global Footprint Network, October 2010.
  • 7. Visualizations of the Sustainable Development Process

  • Sustainable Land Development Inititiative, TriplePundit, 2 December 2010.
  • Sustainable-Development-Model-318x273
    Source: TriplePundit
    This is a hierarchical model that visualizes sustainable development in terms of three interacting dimensions, each with three interaction sub-dimensions:

  • Profit (economics)
    Create Value
    Eliminate Waste
    Recognize Interdependence
  • Planet (the human habitat)
    Natural Resources
    Energy Flows
    Humans & Nature
  • People (society)
    Share Knowledge
    Accept Responsibility
    Quality of Life

  • Fifteen Global Challenges for Humanity, Millennium Project, 2010.
  • MillenniumProject-15GlobalChallenges-315x235
    Source: Millennium Project
    The lines show all the interactions between 15 challenges facing humanity. It provides a better visualization of the complexity of the process.

    Assuming that the 15 challenges can be analyzed in groups of 5, the number of group combinations to be analyzed is 15!/10!5!, or 3003. If the order in which they are considered matters, then the number of challenge permutations to be analyzed is 15!, or 1307674368000.

    Computers can crunch numbers, but resolving these 15 challenges together requires more than number crunching.

  • The Perfect Recipe, Concita Ladelfa, EuroEcoTeens.Net, Energy and Environment Comenius Project, 23 November 2010.
  • sustainable-development-euroecoteens-315x302
    Source: Comenius Project
    This is the best visualization. It shows that, in the ultimate analysis, the transition from consumerism to sustainability must happen in human minds and hearts before it can happen at any level - local, national, or global.

    This model suggests the additional (and critical) insight that the transition is contingent on gender equality and cross-gender solidarity. Sustainable development will require the collaboration of all men and women of good will.

    The transition from homo economicus to homo ecologicus requires gender equality, because the ecological mindset cannot take root and grow as long as humans are engaged in any form of domination; and patriarchy is the most pervasive structure of domination.

    8. Sustainable Development Modeling and Simulation

    Click on the image to visit the Climate Interactive C-ROADS web site
    Climate Rapid Overview and Decision Support (C-ROADS) Simulator

  • Advancing Integrated Systems Modelling Framework for Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment, Anthony Halog and Yosef Manik, Sustainability, 23 February 2011.
  • Modelling Global Green Investment Scenarios, Andrea Bassi, Millennium Institute, Chapter 13 of the UNEP Green Economy Report, February 2011
  • Sustainable Development Simulation (SDSIM) Version 1.5, Pelican Web, April 2011.
  • 9. Sustainable Development and the International Community

    Click on the image to visit the web site
    RIO+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 4-6 June 2012

    Objectives & Themes of the Conference
    History of Sustainable Development
    UN System, IGOs, and NGOs
    Links to Documents, Publications, and Databases

  • Millennium Development Goals, United Nations Summit Meeting 20-22 September 2010.
  • Education for Sustainable Development, United Nations "Decade of Education for Sustainable Development" (2005-2014), UNESCO.
  • United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women, launched 24 February 2011. Sample of recent news:

    For reports about EARTH DAY 2011, click here
    For more information, go to IEPC 2011

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