Mother Pelican
A Journal of Sustainable Human Development

Vol. 7, No. 8, August 2011
Luis T. Gutiérrez, Editor
Home Page


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


The Canticle of the Creatures
St. Francis of Assisi (13th Century CE)

We praise You, Lord, for all Your creatures,
especially for Brother Sun,
who is the day through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor,
of You Most High, he bears your likeness.

We praise You, Lord, for Sister Moon and the stars,
in the heavens you have made them bright,
precious and fair.

We praise You, Lord, for Brothers Wind and Air,
fair and stormy, all weather's moods,
by which You cherish all that You have made.

We praise You, Lord, for Sister Water,
so useful, humble, precious and pure.

We praise You, Lord, for Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night.
He is beautiful, playful, robust, and strong.

We praise You, Lord, for Sister Earth,
who sustains us
with her fruits, colored flowers, and herbs.

Source: Prayer Foundation.
Source: Wikigender




*The Nobel Laureate Symposium Series on Global Sustainability was initiated in 2007 at Potsdam and continued by the St James’s Palace Symposium in spring 2009. This Symposium series unites Nobel Laureates of various disciplines, top-level representatives from politics and NGOs, and renowned experts on sustainability. To read the 2011 memo, click here.


Don't know what to do?


Imagine all the People
Advancing a Global Citizens Movement

2. News, Publications, Tools, and Conferences



Environmental News Network

Planet Ark
World Environmental News

World News Network

Climate Action News

World Technology News

Sustainable Development Media

World Pulse

Human Development 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

United Nations News Service
Rio+20: Making it Happen
UN Sustainable Development News
UN Gender Equality News

Value News Network

Catholic News Service

Anglican Communion News Service

Ekklesia Christian News Bulletin

Religion News Service

LiveScience News

Inter Press Service (PSI)

Triple Bottom Line
CSR News

The Progress Report

Global Health News

Kosmos Journal


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



Education for a Sustainable Future
UN Rio+20, 15 July 2011

Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development, UN, Rio+20, 29 July 2011

Manual of European Environmental Policy
IEEP, 2011.

Progress of the World’s Women: In Pursuit of Justice
UN Women, July 2011

Sustainable Land Management Technologies for Climate Change Adaptation in Africa
IIED, 20 June 2011

Climate Risks and Carbon Prices: Revising the Social Cost of Carbon
E3 Network, July 2011

Renewables 2011 Global Status Report
REN21, July 2011

Informing the Financing of Universal Energy Access: An Assessment of Current FlowsFEEM, July 2011

Global Corruption Report: Climate ChangeTransparency International, March 2011

Weathering the Storm: Adolescent Girls and Climate ChangePlan-UK, June 2011

Guide to Green GrowthCDKN - July 2011

Engendering the Green Climate Fund - An Opportunity for Best Practice
Heinrich Böll Foundation, 20 July 2011.

Climate Change Adaptation in Developed Nations
edited by James Ford and Lea Berrang-Ford, McGill University, 2011.

Growing a Better Future: Summary
Growing a Better Future: Report
Oxfam, June 2011

The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, USDA, June 2011

Health in the Green Economy
WHO, 14 June 2011

Summary and Analysis of the the June 2011 Bonn Climate Change Conference, IISD, 21 June 2011

Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5)
UNEP - First Draft Online
To be published May 2012

Climate Change, Disasters and
Electricity Generation

Strengthening Climate Resilience
Climate Smart Disaster Risk Management (CSDRM)
ELDIS, June 2011

Carbon Fat Cats 2011
Sandbag Climate Campaign, June 2011

Education for Sustainable Development:
An Expert Review of
Processes and Learning

UNESCO, 2011

Biosphere Reserves and Climate Change
UNESCO, 2011

Appetite for Change:
Reinventing the Global Food System

SustainAbility, 23 Jun 2011

Climate Change and Your Health:
Rising Temperatures,
Worsening Ozone Pollution

Union of Concerned Scientists
June 2011

Climate Change and Your Health:
Rising Temperatures,
Worsening Ozone Pollution -
Technical Appendix

Union of Concerned Scientists
June 2011

UK National Ecosystem Assessment
The True Value of Nature
UK DEFRA - 3 June 2011

Growing a Better Future
(Global Food System)
Oxfam International
2 June 2011.

Catalysing Climate Finance
UNDP, 2 June 2011

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"

Report on the Gender Initiative:
Gender Equality in Education,
Employment and Entrepreneurship

OECD, May 2011.

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
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

Renewable Energy:
From Analysis to Action

International Energy Agency, March 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

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

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

Closer Than Ever:
A guide for social change organisations
who want to start working online
Margarita Salas and Sulá Batsú,
Association for Progressive Communications (APC), 2011.



Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC)
NASA & Columbia University

World Bank Climate Change Data Portal

INFORMEA: United Nations Information Portal on Multilateral Environmental Agreements

IGES GHG Database

Emission Factors Database

Renewables Interactive Map

Forestry Industry Carbon Assessment Tool
Green Resources, Tanzania

Agent-based Computational Economics
of the Global Energy System

Climate Hot Map, Union of Concerned Scientists

Solar Thermal Barometer, EurObserv-ER

BioCarbon Tracker

Forest Monitoring for Action

Water Evaluation And Planning System

Long range Energy Alternatives Planning System
Energy Community

Global Land Tool Network

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

Measuring Energy Poverty
Visualization Platform


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

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

Interactive Mapping of
Population and Climate Change

Population Action International

Global Advocates Toolbox
Population Action International

Development Timelines Data Application

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

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


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

Human Potential
The Next Level of Competition

The Economist
New York, 14-15 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

Arts, Sciences, Technology
and the Global Environmental Crisis
Conference at Concordia University
Montreal, Canada
4-5 Novermber 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

International Conference on Emerging Economies
Symbiosis International University
Pune - India
12-13 January 2012

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

Planet Under Pressure
In anticipation of UNCSD - Rio+20
London, 26-29 March 2012

UNCSD - Rio+20
UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
4-6 June 2012

3. Advances in Sustainable Development

  • Energy for Sustainable Human Development, UNIDO, 2011.
  • Monitoring and Tracking Long-Term Finance to Support Climate Action, Barbara Buchner (CPI), Jessica Brown (ODI) and Jan Corfee-Morlot (OECD), OECD, May 2011.
  • UK National Ecosystem Assessment: The True Value of Nature, UK DEFRA - 3 June 2011.
  • Sustainable Development Policy & Practice, A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio +20)
    IISD, 2011
  • ISO 26000 – Social responsibility, International Standards Organization, 2011.
  • 4. Advances in Integral Human Development

  • Sustainable Human Development in the Twenty-First Century: An Evolutionary Perspective, Ismail Sirageldin. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. EOLSS, June 2011.
  • Education for Sustainable Human Development, Simon Fraser University, Canada, Fall 2011.

    "This course provides a critical introduction to the study of various aspects of sustainability that arise from the complex relationship between 'development' and the 'environment'. The course material is divided into three parts. Part one provides students with critical understandings of 'development' and related notions of 'growth', 'poverty', 'inequality', 'deprivation', 'exclusion', etc. After a brief survey of some major theories of development, we discuss different ways of measuring and applying these concepts qualitatively and quantitatively using various economic, political, social (e.g., education, health, etc) and other indicators, and the problems and challenges. Part two provides a survey of mainstream and critical approaches to 'sustainable development'. We also discuss various perspectives on environmental ethics focusing on how development disparities and patterns of inequality globally and locally affect vulnerability to environmental harm, including notions of “environmental racism”. We then proceed to examine impacts of major drivers of environmental change caused by development processes particularly in the areas of agricultural and industrial development, and pressures from population growth/migration, including land use conversion, pollution and resource depletion, and impacts on freshwater supply and on ecosystems. Part three examines some of the policy and practical challenges in implementing sustainable development measures at various scales. Here, we discuss selected case-studies illustrating conservation measures and sustainable resource use (e.g., Integrated Water Resource Management, biodiversity conservation systems such as Protected Areas and Adaptive Co-management), and climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives (e.g., Clean Development Mechanism projects). We also examine evolving notions of 'sustainable livelihoods' and 'sustainable human development'."

  • 5. Advances in Integrated Sustainable Development

  • Earth Charter and Rio+20 Presentation, WIZIQ Education Online, 2011.
  • Making Rio 2012 work: Setting the stage for global economic, social and ecological renewal, Alex Evans and David Steven, New York University, June 2011.
  • The Building Technology Showcase, Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, May 2011.
  • Energy Report & Scenarios 2000-2050, World Wide Fund for Nature, February 2011.
  • Green Economy Report, United Nations Environmental Program, February 2011.
  • 6. Sustainability Games, Databases, and Knowledgebases

  • The World Top Incomes Database, Paris School of Economics.
  • IGES Greenhouse Gases Database
  • 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

    Protecting Our Commons
    By Sarah van Gelder and Doug Pibel, Yes! Magazine, 29 July 2007

    Water, forests, and other natural "commons" provide the necessities of life. Shared stories, music, and knowledge enliven our cultures. Today, corporations are trying to enclose these and other commons—or externalize their costs onto them. But a movement is gaining momentum to protect our commons for generations to come.

    For an animated chart where you can hover over the symbols to learn more about our commons, click here. There are links in the same web page to download 8.5x11 and 11x17 posters. Courtesy of Yes! Magazine.

    8. Sustainable Development Modeling and Simulation

    Simulating Energy Transitions, Emile Chappin, Delft University, 16 June 2011.

    Energy infrastructures as socio-technical systems
    Simulating Energy Transitions, Emile Chappin, Delft University, 16 June 2011, Figure 1.2, page 3.

    Electricity and CO2 prices and CO2 emission levels for three carbon policies
    Simulating Energy Transitions, Emile Chappin, Delft University, 16 June 2011, Figures 4.13a and 4.13b, page 110.

    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 for 2015, Gateway to the UN System's Work on the MDGs.
  • Education for Sustainable Development, United Nations "Decade of Education for Sustainable Development" (2005-2014), UNESCO.
  • Are We Learning to Change? Mapping Global Progress in Education for Sustainable Development, Daniella Tilbury, UNESCO/IRIS, 2011.
  • 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17)


    South Africa plays host to the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that will be held in Durban from November 28 to December 9, 2011. With slow progress having been achieved at previous meetings, expectations are high for the talks to usher in a just, equitable and binding international agreement to deal, decisively, with the threat of global climate change. See Negotiators should resolve political issues ahead of Durban climate talks, by Christy van der Merwe, Engineering News, 19 July 2011.

  • AmazonRainforestBrazilWiki
    Amazon Rainforest, Brazil, South America
    2011 - International Year of Forests
    IRENA Brochure, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    2012 - International Year of Sustainable Energy for All

    |Back to SUMMARY & OUTLINE|

    Page 1      Page 2      Page 3      Page 4      Page 5      Page 6      Page 7      Page 8      Page 9

    Supplement 1      Supplement 2      Supplement 3      Supplement 4      Supplement 5      Supplement 6

    PelicanWeb Home Page

    Bookmark and Share

    "The quintessential revolution is that of the spirit."

    Aung San Suu Kyi (Burma)


    Write to the Editor
    Send email to Subscribe
    Send email to Unsubscribe
    Link to the Google Groups Website
    Link to the PelicanWeb Home Page


    Creative Commons License

    Supplement 1      



    Subscribe to the
    Mother Pelican Journal
    via the Solidarity-Sustainability Group

    Enter your email address: