Mother Pelican
A Journal of Sustainable Human Development

Vol. 7, No. 11, November 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


Thanksgiving Prayer

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


Decision Making in a Changing Climate:
Adaptation Challenges and Choices

World Resources Institute, October 2011

World Resources Report 2010-2011
Executive Summary
Chapter 1: The Adaptation Imperative
Chapter 2: Change, Vulnerability, Decision Making
Chapter 3: Public Engagement
Chapter 4: Decision-Relevant Information
Chapter 5: Institutional Design
Chapter 6: Tools for Planning and Policymaking
Chapter 7: Resources
Chapter 8: Findings and Recommendations
Annex: Case Study Summaries, Data Tables, Maps



Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Vatican City, 25.10.2011

1. Economic Development and Inequalities
2. The Role of Technology and the Ethical Challenge
3. An Authority over Globalization
4. Towards Reforming the International Financial
     and Monetary Systems in a way that Responds
     to the Needs of all Peoples



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2. News, Publications, Tools, and Conferences



Environmental News Network

Planet Ark
World Environmental News

World News Network

Mother Earth News

Climate Action News

World Technology News

Sustainable Development Media

World Pulse


WiserEarth News

New Internationalist

Yes! Magazine

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



  • Civil Society Organizations:
    Time for Systemic Strategies

    GTI, October 2011

  • Global Financial Stability Report:
    Grappling with Crisis Legacies

    IMF, 1 October 2011

  • Global Status of Carbon
    Capture and Storage

    Global CCS Institute, 2011

  • World Development Report 2012:
    Gender Equality and Development

    World Bank, 2011

  • Energy for all:
    Financing access for the poor

    IEA, October 2011

  • Basic Capabilities Index 2011
    Social Watch, October 2011

  • Healing a broken World
    Society of Jesus, 2011

  • Transforming Energy Systems
    WBGU, 2011

    Adaptation Can Help Mitigation: An Integrated Approach to Post-2012 Climate Policy
    Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, 2011

    Energy Access Scenarios to 2030 for the Power Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, 2011

    2010 International Religious Freedom Report
    USA State Department, 13 September 2011

    Key Source of Data on Income and Poverty
    U.S. Census Bureau, 13 September 2011

    Education Impacts Work-Life Earnings Five Times More Than Other Demographic Factors
    U.S. Census Bureau, 12 September 2011

    Blending Climate Finance
    Through National Climate Funds:
    A Guidebook for the Design
    and Establishment of National Funds
    to Achieve Climate Change Priorities

    UNDP, September 2011

    Fostering Innovation for Green Growth
    OECD, 2011

    International Energy Outlook 2011
    US DOE/EIA, September 2011

    The State of the World's Girls 2011 -
    So, what about boys?

    Plan International, September 2011

    Leadership, Capacity Building,
    and Sustainable Development
    in Contemporary Africa

    World Journal of Entrepreneurship,
    Management and Sustainable Development,
    Volume 7 Numbers 2/3/4, 2011.

    Climate Engineering:
    Technical Status,
    Future Directions,
    and Potential Responses

    USA General Accountability Office
    28 July 2011.

    Special Issue:
    Green Economy and Sustainable Development

    UN Sustainable Development Journal, August 2011

    Charting International Labor Comparisons
    USA BLS, August 2011

    Charting International Labor Comparisons
    USA BLS, August 2011

    Will Rising Democracies Become
    International Democracy Supporters?

    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    12 August 2011

    Developing Linkages to Preserve Biodiversity
    Andrew Long, SSRN, August 2011

    Failed States Index
    Foreign Policy anf Fund for Peace, August 2011

    Enabling a Flourishing Earth:
    Challenges for the Green Economy,
    Opportunities for Global Governance

    Klaus Bosselmann et al., Earth Charter Stakeholders Forum, August 2011

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

    Institutional Framework
    for Sustainable Development

    UN, Rio+20, July 2011

    World Investment Summary Report
    World Investment Full Report
    UNCTAD, 2011

    Investing for sustainable development? A review of investment principles – trends and impacts
    IIED, July 2011

    Helping UN negotiators protect the poorest
    Climate Change Group, IIED, July 2011

    Terrestrial Carbon Policy Development
    TCG, June 2011

    Society at a Glance 2011 - OECD Social Indicators
    OECD 2011

    Sustainability and the U.S. EPA
    USA National Research Council, July 2011

    State of the World 2011:
    Innovations that Nourish the Planet

    Worldwatch Institute, 2011

    Mitigating Climate Change
    Through Food and Land Use

    Sara J. Scherr and Sajal Sthapit, Worldwatch Institute, 2011

    Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into Development Planning: A Guide for Practitioners
    UNDP-UNEP, 2011

    Sustaining forests:
    Investing in our common future

    UNEP, 2011

    Green Scissors: Cutting Wasteful and Environmentally Harmful Spending
    Friends of the Earth, the Heartland Institute, Public Citizen and Taxpayers for Common Sense, 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 Flows
    FEEM, July 2011

    Global Corruption Report:
    Climate Change

    Transparency International, March 2011

    Weathering the Storm:
    Adolescent Girls and Climate Change

    Plan-UK, June 2011

    Guide to Green Growth
    CDKN - 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
    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



    Global Adaptation Index
    Global Adaptation Institute
    Fall 201.

    Gridded Population of the World, CIESIN, Columbia University

    Carbon Capture and Storage
    Project Database
    , Global CCS Institute, 2011

    The New eAtlas of Gender, World Bank, 2011

    Statistics and Tools
    for Gender Analysis
    , World Bank, 2011

    Gender Statistics Database, World Bank, 2011

    Live World Data
    The Venus Project

    Clean Energy Analysis Software

    RETScreen International

    IGES CDM Methodology Parameter Data
    IGES, 2011

    IGES Emission Reductions Calculation Sheet
    IGES, 2011

    OECD Sustainable Manufacturing Toolkit
    OECD, 2011

    OECD Family Database

    OECD Social Expenditure Database

    Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services
    and Tradeoffs (InVEST)

    Version 2.1, Natural Capital Project, 2011

    Interactive Map and Rankings for the 2011 Failed States Index
    Foreign Policy and Fund for Peace, August 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


    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
    Multi-dimensional Energy Poverty Index (MEPI)
    and 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



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    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

    UN Framework Convention
    on Climate Change (COP 17)

    Durban, South Africa
    28 November - 9 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

    Energy Future:
    The Role of Impact Assessment

    IAIA, Porto, Portugal
    27 May - 1 June 2012

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

    Integrative approaches to water resource management in times of global change
    32nd International Geographical Congress
    Cologne, Germany, 26 – 30 August 2012

    International Conference on
    Culture, Politics, & Climate Change
    , 13-15 September 2012
    Boulder, Colorado USA

    3. Advances in Sustainable Development

    A New Assessment of Global Warming
    Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project, 20 October 2011

    Excerpt: "The most important indicator of global warming, by far, is the land and sea surface temperature record. This has been criticized in several ways, including the choice of stations and the methods for correcting systematic errors. The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature study sets out to to do a new analysis of the surface temperature record in a rigorous manner that addresses this criticism. We are using over 39,000 unique stations, which is more than five times the 7,280 stations found in the Global Historical Climatology Network Monthly data set (GHCN-M) that has served as the focus of many climate studies. Our aim is to resolve current criticism of the former temperature analyses, and to prepare an open record that will allow rapid response to further criticism or suggestions. Our results include not only our best estimate for the global temperature change, but estimates of the uncertainties in the record." Source: BERKELEY EARTH

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    World Development Report 2010
    World Development Report 2010:
    Gender Equality and Development

    World Bank - 10 October 2011

    WDR Co-Director Ana Revenga on "Why does Gender Equality Matter?"

    "The lives of women around the world have improved dramatically, at a pace and scope difficult to imagine even 25 years ago. Women have made unprecedented gains in rights, education, health, and access to jobs and livelihoods.

    "Despite the progress, gaps remain in many areas. The worst disparity is the rate at which girls and women die relative to men in developing countries. Excess female deaths account for an estimated 3.9 million women each year in low- and middle-income countries. About two-fifths are never born due to a preference for sons, a sixth die in early childhood, and over a third die in their reproductive years.

    "The World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development argues that closing these gaps is a core development objective in its own right. It is also smart economics. Greater gender equality can enhance productivity, improve development outcomes for the next generation, and make institutions more representative.

    "The analytical core of the Report constitutes a conceptual framework that examines the factors that have fostered change and the constraints that have slowed progress. The analysis focuses on the roles of economic growth, households, markets, and institutions in determining gender differences in education and health, agency, and access to economic opportunities.

    "The analysis leads to the identification of four priority areas for domestic policy action:

    • Reducing excess female mortality and closing education gaps where they remain
    • Improving access to economic opportunities for women
    • Increasing women's voice and agency in the household and in society
    • Limiting the reproduction of gender inequality across generations

    "While domestic policy action is crucial, the Report calls on the international community to complement efforts in the four priority areas and also support evidence-based public action through better data, impact evaluation and learning." Source: WDR 2012  (TEXT)  (VIDEOS)  (CHARTS)  (LINKS)

    Policy Brief on the
    Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development

    International Environmental Governance, 27 September 2011.

    Excerpt from the press release: "The Policy Brief offers a concise, cutting-edge assessment of the state of knowledge on the institutional framework for sustainable development and on possible reform options. It brings together various strands of research and schools of thought and will serve as key input of the scientific community in this field to the current preparations for the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)."

    4. Advances in Integral Human Development

  • Shaping the Future: A Proposal to Hasten a Global Paradigm Shift for the Security and Well-being of All Children Everywhere, Judith L. Hand, August 2011.
  • About the FACE (For All Children Everywhere) paradigm: "To shift the current paradigm from domination by force to one that abhors violence, FACE's underlying esprit de corps must spring from the female side of our biology because that is the side that most strongly favors nonviolence. It is also the side most consistently concerned with community, family, and children's wellbeing. Ideally the movement would be officially constructed to ensure that through the years, the majority of the top leadership remains slightly female. Failing that, the historical record indicates, and our biology dictates, that the movement will ultimately slip back under the sway of urges for domination and control coming from the male side of our biology, and concern for family, community, and children will eventually take second place. Over time, ignoring this fact of our nature will erode any progress we make now." For more, click here.

  • Sustainable Human Development in the Twenty-First Century: An Evolutionary Perspective, Ismail Sirageldin. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. EOLSS, June 2011.
  • Why should men and women be involved as allies in peacebuilding?, New Tactics in Human Rights, 7 February 2011.
  • 5. Advances in Integrated Sustainable Development


    "Social Watch developed the BCI as an instrument to monitor the evolution of basic indicators and make comparisons between and within countries. This is a summary-index that compares and classifies countries according to their progress in social development by evaluating their situation in terms of minimum basic capabilities – structural dimensions that represent the indispensable starting conditions to guarantee an adequate quality of life."

    Source: Basic Capabilities Index 2011, Social Watch, October 2011

    "World trade and per capita income grew faster in the first decade of the XXI century than the decade before, but progress against poverty slowed down. A gap widened, due to the unequal distribution of the benefits of prosperity. Now the boom years seem to give way to a bust. The vulnerable did not benefit from the accelerated growth in the economy, but they will undoubtedly suffer the most with a new contraction.

    "The Basic Capabilities Index computed by social watch looks at basic social indicators. The 2011 figures show that economic performance and well being of the people do not go hand in hand. Progress on education, health and nutrition was already too slow when gross income was growing fast. While using the latest available figures, the Index does not capture yet the whole impact of the global financial and economic crisis that started in 2008, because social indicators are gathered and published much slower than the economic numbers.

    "Yet, Social Watch is receiving evidence from its members on how the crisis is burdening the most those already vulnerable and that situation can only become worse if the big industrialized countries enter into prolonged stagnation or recession." Source: Social Watch

    6. Sustainability Games, Databases, and Knowledgebases

  • Gridded Population of the World, CIESIN, Earth Institute, Columbia University, 2011
  • Interactive Map and Rankings for the 2011 Failed States Index, Foreign Policy and Fund for Peace, 2011
  • The World Top Incomes Database, Paris School of Economics, 2011
  • Sustainable Development Policy & Practice Knowledgebase, UNCSD/IISD, 2011
  • Environmental Knowledge, Maps, and Graphics Library, UNEP/GRID-Arendal, 2011
  • 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

  • The Food Crises: A quantitative model of food prices including speculators and ethanol conversion, New England Complex Systems Institute, 29 September 2011
  • Simulating Energy Transitions, Emile Chappin, Delft University, 16 June 2011
  • EmileChappin-EnergyTransitions-Figure1.2
    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

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    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
    Earth Summit 2012 Stakeholder Forum

  • 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.

  • UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 17)
    Durban, South Africa, 28 November to 9 December 2011


    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. Consider the ethical dimensions in climate change debate. See Negotiators should resolve political issues ahead of Durban climate talks, by Christy van der Merwe, Engineering News, 19 July 2011. Visit the conference website.

  • Ocean Earth: How Rio+20 Can and Must Turn the Tide
    An analysis of gaps in the implementation of the ocean-related outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development - Susan Lieberman, Director of International Policy, Pew Environment Group, September 2011

    Excerpt: "The world is once again on the road to Rio, 20 years after the landmark 1992 Earth Summit, in many ways the bedrock of sustainable development in the 21st century. At the 1992 meeting, however, issues relating to the world's oceans took a back seat. The past two decades have brought a heightened awareness of the importance of oceans for human well-being and livelihoods, and of threats to ocean conservation, coupled with ever-increasing industrial-scale overfishing. Two opposing forces have been at play --a recognition that the need for sustainable global fisheries has never been more apparent, countered by the stark reality that global fish stocks, the world's largest wild protein resource, have never been more threatened or more overexploited."


    VATICAN CITY, 24 OCTOBER 2011 (VIS) - This morning in the Holy See Press Office, a press conference was held to present a note from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace entitled: "Towards reforming the international financial and monetary systems in the context of a global public authority". The document was presented by Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson and Bishop Mario Toso S.D.B., respectively president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and by Leonardo Becchetti, professor of political economy at the Roman University of "Tor Vergata".

    Cardinal Turkson mentioned the sixth summit meeting of heads of government of the G-20 nations, due to take place in Cannes, France, on 3 and 4 November to discuss issues related to finance and the global economy. "The Holy Father and the Holy See", he said, "are following these matters with particular concern, constantly calling not just for 'joint action', but for 'examination of every facet of the problem: social, economic, cultural and spiritual'. It is in this spirit of discernment that the Holy See, with the note of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, wishes to make a contribution which might be useful to the deliberations of the G-20 meeting".

    Bishop Toso explained that the aim of the note is "suggest possible paths to follow, in line with the most recent social Magisterium, for the implementation of financial and monetary policies ... that are effective and representative at a global level, and which seek the authentic human development of all individuals and peoples".

    The Church does not wish to enter into the technical issues behind the current economic crisis, but remains within the ambit of her religious and ethical functions. Thus she highlights not just the moral causes of the crisis but, more specifically, the ideological causes. Old ideologies have been replaced by new ones, "neo-liberalist, neo-utilitarian, and technocratic which, by reducing the common good to economic, financial and technical questions, place the future of democratic institutions themselves at risk".

    Bishop Toso spoke of the need to overcome these ideologies by "a new global humanism, open to transcendence, ... an ethic of brotherhood and solidarity, and by subordinating economy and finance to politics, which is responsible for the common good".

    The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, drawing from the social Magisterium of recent Pontiffs particularly John XXIII and Benedict XVI, proposes "that globalisation be regulated by a global public authority", Bishop Toso explained. The council also suggests the reform of current international institutions. They "must become an expression of free and shared agreement among peoples; more representative, and with greater levels of participation and legitimacy. ... They must be 'super partes', at the service of the universal good, capable of offering effective guidance and, at the same time, of allowing each country to express and pursue its own common good, according to the principle of subsidiarity and in the context of the global common good. Only in this way will international institutions manage to favour effective monetary and financial systems; in other words, free and stable markets regulated by an appropriate legal framework and working towards sustainable development and social progress for everyone".

    This global authority "must see its power to lead and to decide - and to impose penalties on the basis of the law - as a form of service to the various members States, a way of ensuring that they possess efficient markets".

    To this end, Bishop Toso concluded, "it is necessary to restore the primacy of ethics and, therewith, the primacy of politics, which is responsible for the common good".

    Source: Vatican Information Service (VIS)

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