Mother Pelican
A Journal of Solidarity and Sustainability

Vol. 9, No. 12, December 2013
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. Sustainable Development Measures and Indicators
8. Sustainable Development Modeling and Simulation
9. Fostering Sustainability in 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.


2015 Millennium Development Goals
2030 Sustainable Development Goals

Briefing on the Millennium Development Goals
MDGs Bulletin, IISD, 25 September 2013

Five questions about
Sustainable Development Goals
and the potential role of landscapes

Ann-Kathrin Neureuther, CIFOR, 5 November 2013

1. Suggestions for Prayer, Study, and Action



Art Credit: Maximino Cerezo

"Lord, Jesus, we thank you for these moments of grace in which you have opened our eyes to await your coming to us with expectant hope. Just as Mary was expecting to deliver you into this world, we hope to receive you into our hearts. Through this reflection, we are deeply grateful for the human way you came to us, the deep solidarity with all of humanity you have revealed to us. We give you thanks for these images which help us put together the hidden development of your body, which you so fully gave to us in the love you showed us on earth and in the Eucharist and the Sacraments which continue to nourish us and sustain us. We feel closer to you and we ask for the further graces we need to open our hearts to your healing mercy and love. Come to us, O Lord." Source: Creighton University Online Ministries




International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme
Climate Change: the State of the Science
22 October 2013

Videos now online from the Stockholm public forum to mark the launch of the IPCC's climate report, 28 September 2013 (Fifth Assessment Report Working Group I summary for policymakers). The event was organized by IGBP and partners.




2. News, Publications, Tools, and Conferences



Sustainability Science (PNAS)

Science of the Anthopocene


Environmental Research Letters

Progress in Industrial Ecology

Environmental Leader

Monthly Energy Review

The Environment Nexus

Energy and Climate News

BURN Energy Journal

Environmental News Network

Planet Ark
World Environmental News

Mother Earth News

Climate Action News

Sustainable Development Media

World Pulse


Environmental Science & Technology


WiserEarth News

New Internationalist

The Global Journal

Trade & Environment Nexus

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

Environment & Technology
Scholarly Journals

Environment & Society Section
American Sociological Association


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



Climate Change 2013:
The Physical Science Basis

UN IPCC AR5 Report
Version 11 November 2013

Primer on Hydrofluorocarbons
IGSD, October 2013

On Thin Ice:
How Cutting Pollution
Can Slow Warming
and Save Lives

ICCI, October 2013

Resilient Against What?:
How Leading U.S. Municipalities
Are Understanding and Acting
on Resilience

Daniel Lerch, PCI, 16 October 2013

Energy Harnessing:
New Solutions for
Sustainability and Growing Demand

Michael Jackson, WEF, 3 October 2013

Global Wealth Report 2013
Credit Suisse Research Institute
Zurich, October 2013

Gender at Work
World Bank, October 2013

World Economic Outlook 2013:
Transitions and Tensions

IMF, October 2013

Global Financial Stablity Report 2013:
Transition Challenges to Stability

IMF, October 2013

Climate Change:
Action, Trends and Implications
for Business

CSPL, Cambridge University
October 2013

The Future of Leadership
for Conscious Capitalism

Barrett C. Brown, MetaIntegral Associates
October 2013

The State of Food Insecurity
in the World 2013

FAO, 1 October 2013

Climate after Growth
Asher Miller and Rob Hopkins
Post-Carbon Institute
30 September 2013

Global Sustainable Development

UN DESA, 24 September 2013

Dispelling Myths on
Sustainable Consumption

NORDEN, 11 September 2013

Getting the Engagement
of Local Institutions in the
UN Development Agenda Post-2015

IIED, September 2013

2013 World Happiness Report
UNSDSN, 2013
See also the infographic of
World Happiness Data
Huffington Post, 10 September 2013

Majuro Declaration
for Climate Leadership

Majuro, Marshall Islands
5 September 2013

What Future for
International Climate Politics?
A Call for a Strategic Reset

Boll Foundation, 5 September 2013

Getting the Engagement
of Local Institutions
in the UN Development Agenda

IIED, September 2013

Air Pollutant Emission
Inventory Guidebook 2013

EMEP/EEA, 29 August 2013

Zero Carbon Britain:
Rethinking the Future

Centre for Alternative Technology
United Kingdom, 27 August 2013

The Post-2015
Sustainable Development Agenda:
Global, Asian and European Perspectives

ACUNS, 19 August 2013

Global Innovation Index 2013
GII, 30 July 2013

A Life of Dignity for All:
Accelerating progress towards the
Millennium Development Goals
and advancing the United Nations
development agenda beyond 2015

Report of the Secretary-General
United Nations, 26 July 2013

International Energy Outlook 2013
U.S. EIA, 25 July 2013

Towards a Green Economy in Europe
EEA Report, 25 July 2013

Psychological and Behavioral
Aspects of Sustainability

Special Issue of Sustainability, July 2013

Future Earth:
Research for Global Sustainability

Alliance for Future Earth, July 2013

Corruption Barometer 2013 Report
Transparency International, 10 July 2013

The Way Forward
for Renewable Energy
in Central America

Worldwatch Institute, June 2013

World Economic & Social Survey 2013:
Sustainable Development Challenges

UN DESA, 2 July 2013

A Post-2015 Action Agenda
for Sustainable Development

UN SDSN, 6 June 2013

Climate Change
and Financial Instability
Seen as Top Global Threats

Pew Research Center, 24 June 2013

Science in Society:
Caring for our Futures
in Turbulent Times

ESF, June 2013

2012 Annual Report
Stockholm Environment Institute

SEI, June 2013

2012 Annual Report
Global Biodiversity Information Facility

GBIF, June 2013

2012 Science Review
Global Biodiversity Information Facility

GBIF, June 2013

Global Information Technology
Report 2013

WEF, 4 June 2013

A New Global Partnership:
Eradicate Poverty
and Transform Economies
through Sustainable Development

UN, 30 May 2013

A Guidebook to
Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform

GSI, 13 May 2013

Tracking Clean Energy Progress
IEA, May 2013

International Human Development Program
Annual Report 2012

IHDP, May 2013

Navigating Sustainable Development
in the 21st Century

UN IHDP, 9 May 2013

Reframing Sustainable Development:
A Critical Analysis

CIWEM, April 2013

Natural Capital at Risk:
The Top 100
Externalities of Business

TEEB, 15 April 2013

Fatal Fashion
SOMO, March 2013

Global Domestic Politics:
A Citizen's Guide to
Running a Diverse Planet

John Bunzl, ISPO, 28 March 2013

A Summary of
Current Climate Change
Findings and Figures

World Meteorological Organization
March 2013

The Wealth Report 2013
Knight Frank, March 2013

Environmental Pressures from European
Consumption and Production

EEA, 4 March 2013

Eco-justice Impacts and Opportunities
NCC, 1 March 2013

Environmental Decisions
in the Face of Uncertainty

NAS, 2013

Guide to Social Innovation
European Commission, February 2013

A World Connected:
Globalization in the 21st Century

Nayan Chanda & Susan Froetschel, Editors
YaleGlobal, 1 February 2013

Corruption Perceptions Index 2012
Transparency International, 28 January 2013

USA National Climate Assessment
Executive Summary
Full Report
USGCRP NCADAC, January 2013

Global Risks 2013
World Economic Forum, January 2013

Renewables Global Futures Report
REN21, January 2013



Earth Data Website


2013 Legatum Prosperity Index
Legatum Institute

Global Slavery Index 2013
Walk Free Foundation

Food Policy Network Resource List
School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University

Water Change Modelling System

Earth Charter Virtual Library
Earth Charter Initiative

Resource & Documentation Centre
European Gender Equality Institute

Climate Justice Research Database
Mary Robinson Foundation

Distribution Centre

Climate Data, Simulations, and Synthesis
Data on Related Socio-Economic Factors

Nitrogen Footprint Calculator
ECN & Oxford University

Exploring Oil Data
Open Oil

Sustainability SWOT (sSWOT) Analysis Tool
World Resources Institute

CAIT Climate Data Explorer
World Resources Institute

Sustainable Technologies Databases
EWBI International

Renewable Energy Interactive Map

Global Transition to a New Economy
Interactive Map

New Economics Institute

Map of Climate Think Tanks

Energy Access Interactive Tool

Long Range Energy Alternatives
Planning System (LEAP)

SEI Energy Community

Industrial Efficiency Policy Database

Technology Cost Database for Renewables

Mapping the Global Transition
to a New Economy

New Economics Institute

Open Source Software for
Crowdsourcing for Energy Analysis


Adaptation Support Tool

Terra Populus:
Integrated Data on
Population and Environment

NSF & University of Minnesota

Environmental Performance Index
Interactive Map & Database

EPI, Yale University

Environmental Data Explorer

Clean Energy Information Portal

Mapping the Impacts of Climate Change

Eye on Earth
Global Mapping


Database of Actions on Adaptation
to Climate Change


Climate Scoreboard
Climate Interactive

Calculator of the
Carbon Footprint of Nations


Geospatial Toolkit (GsT) for
Integrated Resource Assessment


Climate Impact Equity Lens (CIEL)
Stockholm Environment Institute

Global Adaptation Index
Global Adaptation Institute

Gridded Population of the World
CIESIN, Columbia University

The New eAtlas of Gender
World Bank

Statistics and Tools
for Gender Analysis

World Bank

Gender Statistics Database
World Bank

Live World Data
The Venus Project

Clean Energy Analysis Software

RETScreen International

IGES CDM Methodology Parameter Data

IGES Emission Reductions Calculation Sheet

OECD Sustainable Manufacturing Toolkit

OECD Family Database

OECD Social Expenditure Database

Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services
and Tradeoffs (InVEST)

Natural Capital Project

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

IGES GHG Database

Emission Factors Database

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

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)
World Bank

Sustainable Society Index
StatPlanet Interactive Map

Interactive Mapping of
Population and Climate Change

Population Action International

Global Advocates Toolbox
Population Action International

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


Economic Input-Output
Life Cycle Assessment (EIO-LCA)

Green Design Institute
Carnegie Mellon University



Conference Alerts
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by Topic, Country, or Keywords.

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Journal Articles
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from thousands of scholarly journals
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Selected Announcements

Family Planning Conference
Addis Ababa, Ehiopia
12-15 November 2013

Liberating Power:
Asian Feminist Theological Perspectives

EWA, Bangalore, India
14-18 November 2013

International Conference on
Globalization, Governance
and Sustainable Development

MDRF Academy of Politics & Governance
New Delhi, India, 8 December 2013

Christianity and World Affairs:
Building Blocks for an International Order
Where Justice and Peace Embrace

Second Amsterdam Kuyper Seminar
The Netherlands, 23-24 January 2014

Climate Leadership Conference
San Diego, California
24-26 February 2014

Second International Conference
on Sustainable Human Development

Brunel University, UK
2-3 April 2014
Contact Tariq Khan

The Precarious Alliance:
Energy in Transition

Delaware Valley College,
Doylestown, Pennsylvania,
3-4 April 2014
Contact Tanya Casas

Anthropocene Feminism
Center for 21st Century Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
10-12 April 2014

Changing Society
British Sociological Association
University of Leeds, UK
23-25 April 2014

Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature
Joint Workshop of the
Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the
Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
Vatican, 2-6 May 2014

Resilience 2014
Resilience and Development:
Mobilizing for Transformation

Montpellier, France
4-8 May 2014

Large-Scale Restoration of Ecosystems
US National Academy of Sciences
Washington DC, 29-30 May 2014

Transitions to Sustainable Societies
IAPS Conference
Timisoara, Romania
23-27 June 2014

The Greening of Religion Hypothesis
International Society for the Study
of Religion, Nature & Culture
ISSRNC, 24-27 June 2014

Basic Income Earth Network
Fifteenth International Congress

Montreal, Quebec
26-29 June 2014

2014 Norwich Conference
on Earth System Governance:
Allocation and Access
in the Anthropocene

University of East Anglia
Norwich, UK, 1-3 July 2014

Religion and Crisis
British Sociological Association
Sociology of Religion Study Group
University of Sussex, UK
2-4 July 2014

The Future of Science and Religion
in a Globalizing World

IRAS, Star Island, NH, USA
2-9 August 2014

2014 World Conference on
Education for Sustainable Development

UNESCO/ESD, Aichi-Nagoya, Japan
10-12 November 2014

International Symposium
on the Post 2015
Sustainable Development Goals
Sydney, Australia
12-13 November 2014

3. Advances in Sustainable Development



"With some of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) already met, more targets are within reach by the 2015 target date, while challenges to achieving others must be urgently addressed, according to a new report launched on 1 July by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Based on comprehensive official statistics, The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013 shows that the combined actionsof national governments, the international community, civil society and the private sector are making the achievement of the MDGs a reality." For links to annual MDG reports and data, 2005 to 2013, click here.


The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), due to expire in 2015, are being reformulated into a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a renewed attempt to address the global scale and complexity issues involved in sustaining both people and planet. Six interconnected goals are under consideration: thriving lives and livelihoods, food security, water security, clean energy, healthy and productive ecosystems, and governance for sustainable societies. Reportedly, "the targets beneath each goal include updates and expanded targets under the MDGs, including ending poverty and hunger, combating HIV/aids, and improving maternal and child health. But they also define a set of planetary "must haves": climate stability, the reduction biodiversity loss, protection of ecosystem services, a healthy water cycle and oceans, sustainable nitrogen and phosphorus use, clean air and sustainable material use."


1. End Poverty
2. Empower Girls and Women and Achieve Gender Equality
3. Provide Quality Education and Lifelong Learning
4. Ensure Health Lives
5. Ensure Food Security and Good Nutrition
6. Achieve Universal Access to Water and Sanitation
7. Secure Sustainable Energy
8. Create Jobs, Sustainable Livelihoods, and Equitable Growth
9. Manage Natural Resource Assets Sustainably
10. Ensure Good Governance and Effective Institutions
11. Ensure Stable and Peaceful Societies
12. Create a Global Enabling Environment and Catalyze Long-Term Finance
Source: UN MDGs SDGs HL Report, 30 May 2013

4. Advances in Integral Human Development

2013 Human Development Report

The 2013 Human Development Report (HDR) – "The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World" – was launched 14 March 2013 in Mexico City. It examines the profound shift in global dynamics that is being driven by the fast-rising powers of the developing world - and the implications of this phenomenon for human development. Excerpts:

"The rise of the South is radically reshaping the world of the 21st century, with developing nations driving economic growth, lifting hundreds of millions of people from poverty, and propelling billions more into a new global middle class, says the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) 2013 Human Development Report. "The rise of the South is unprecedented in its speed and scale," the 2013 Report says. Never in history have the living conditions and prospects of so many people changed so dramatically and so fast."

"The 2013 Human Development Index (HDI) Report shows major gains since 2000 in most countries of the South. Over the past decades, countries across the world have been converging towards higher levels of human development, as shown by the Human Development Index," says the 2013 Report. "All groups and regions have seen notable improvement in all HDI components, with faster progress in low and medium HDI countries. On this basis, the world is becoming less unequal."

"Environmental inaction, especially regarding climate change, has the potential to halt or even reverse human development progress."

HDR 2013 Brief     HDR HDI 2013 Brief     HDR Summary Report     HDR Full Report     HDI Statistics


See also the
International Human Development
Program Annual Report 2012

IHDP Secretariat, Bonn, Germany
May 2013

"The comprehensive report presents IHDP's scientific and policy research on the most pressing challenges and opportunities of the human dimensions of global environmental change. In 2012, with the new Future Earth beginning to take shape, IHDP strived to ensure a leading role for the social sciences throughout the ongoing transition, while maintaining its proactive efforts in the science-policy sphere."

Psychological and Behavioral Aspects of Sustainability
Special Issue of Sustainability, July 2013

5. Advances in Integrated Sustainable Development

Integral Human Development and Subsidiarity

The Principle of Subsidiarity

Source: EZFord, YouTube, 23 February 2013

See also

Integral Human Development and Subsidiarity: A Closer Look
by Matthea Brandenburg & Carolyn Woo, PovertyCure Voice, 10 January 2013

"An issue or problem should be dealt with by the people who are closest to it"
Rudy Carrasco, PovertyCure Voice, 20 March 2012

Cardinal Reinhard Marx on Subsidiarity vs. Solidarity
Berkeley Center, Georgetown University, 20 June 2012

Future Earth: Research for Global Sustainability
Alliance for Future Earth, July 2013

6. Sustainability Games, Databases, and Knowledgebases

World Resources Institute (WRI)
CAIT 2.0 Climate Data Explorer

Source: WRI CAIT 2.0
"CAIT 2.0 provides free access to comparable greenhouse gas emissions data sets, as well as other climate-relevant indicators, to enable analysis on a wide range of climate-related data questions. CAIT 2.0's primary purpose is to provide accessible, transparent, high-quality information to support the many dimensions of climate change policymaking. Through its powerful yet simple and easy-to-use online interface, CAIT 2.0 is designed to help users from government, business, academia, civil society, and the media efficiently explore, understand, and communicate climate data." To access CAIT 2.0 online, click here.

World Resources Institute (WRI)
Sustainability SWOT (sSWOT) Analysis Resource Website
SWOT = "Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats"

Source: Wikipedia

Trend Charts, Statistics, and Databases

IEA World Energy Outlook Facts & Graphs
McKinsey Resources & Urban World
OECD Country Statistics & Outlooks
UNDP Human Development Database
UNEP Issues for the 21st Century
UNEP Global Environmental Outlook
UNEP Environmental Data Explorer
World Bank Country Statistics

Corporate Sustainability Research, Analysis, and Tools

WRI: Aqueduct Water Resource Maps
WRI: Corporate Ecosystem Services
WRI: Greenhouse Gas Protocol
WRI: Stories to Watch
WRI: Profits & Sustainability Alignment
BCG & MIT Sustainability Tipping Points
Sustainable Business Modeling Tool
KPMG: Expect the Unexpected
Oxfam, CERES, and Calvert Investments
Physical Risks from Climate Change
WBCSD Vision 2050

7. Sustainable Development Measures and Indicators

Set of Eco-Economy Indicators by the Earth Policy Institute:

HUMAN POPULATION - World Population Hitting 7 Billion
GLOBAL ECONOMY - Expanding Slower than Expected
GRAIN HARVEST - Global Stocks Dropping Dangerously
FISH CATCH - Wild vs. Farmed Fish Catch Trendds
FOREST COVER - World Forest Area Keeps Declining
WATER RESOURCES - Water Resources Facing Mounting Pressure
CARBON EMISSIONS - Fossil Fuel Use Pushes Carbon Dioxide Emissions into Dangerous Territory
GLOBAL TEMPERATURE - Warmest Decade on Record Brings Record Temperatures and Weather Extremes
ICE MELTING - Where Has All the Ice Gone?
WIND POWER - After Record 2012, World Wind Power Set to Top 300,000 Megawatts in 2013
BICYCLE PRODUCTION - Bicycles Pedaling Into the Spotlight
SOLAR POWER - Solar Photovoltaic Production Setting Records

2013 Human Development Index (HDI)

The Human Development Index (HDI) is based on four indicators: life expectancy at birth, mean years of schooling, expected years of schooling, and gross national income per capita; and three dimensions: health, education, and living standards

Data Tools and Visualizations
Country Profiles, Public Data Explorer, StatPlanet World Map, HDI 2012 Rankings

Source: UNDP Human Development Report 2013

European Union
Gender Equality Index

Six core domains:

Two satellite domains:
Intersecting Inequalities
For definitions and data, click here

Source: European Institute for Gender Equality, (EIGE) and YouTube, 13 June 2013

Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) vs. Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

Beyond GDP:
Measuring and Achieving Global Genuine Progress

Ida Kubiszewski, Robert Costanza, Carol Franco, Philip Lawn,
John Talberth, Tim Jackson, Camille Aylmer
Ecological Economics, Volume 93, 2013

GPI takes income distribution into account, along with household and volunteer work and the costs of natural, social, and human capital depletion. This is the first synthesis of national GPI studies to get a global estimate.

This analysis shows that global GPI/capita peaked in 1978. This means that globally the external costs of economic growth have outweighed the benefits since 1978. Globally, GPI/capita does not increase beyond a GDP/capita of around $6,500/capita.

Performance Indicators, Sustainability,
and Socioeconomic Factors 2013

TRB, National Academy of Sciences, 14 October 2013

8. Sustainable Development Modeling and Simulation

"C-ROADS is an award-winning computer simulation that helps people understand the long-term climate impacts of policy scenarios to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It allows for the rapid summation of national greenhouse gas reduction pledges in order to show the long-term impact on our climate." For more information, click here.

Click here to view a larger version of the video.

9. Fostering Sustainability in the International Community

UN launches
Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
to help find solutions to global problems

The scale of the global sustainable development challenge is unprecedented. The fight against extreme poverty has made great progress under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but more than 1 billion people continue to live in extreme poverty. Inequality and social exclusion are widening within most countries. With the world at 7 billion people and current annual GDP of US$70 trillion, human impacts on the environment have already reached dangerous levels. As the world population is estimated to rise to 9 billion by 2050
Link to the SDSN Website
and global GDP to more than US$200 trillion, the world urgently needs a framework for sustainable development that addresses the challenges of ending poverty, increasing social inclusion, and sustaining the planet.

Under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General, and in line with the recently launched High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) was announced on August 9, 2012 and will provide global, open and inclusive support to sustainable-development problem solving at local, national, and global scales. The SDSN will work together with United Nations agencies, other international organizations, and the multilateral funding institutions including the World Bank and regional development banks, to mobilize scientific and technical expertise to scale up the magnitude and quality of local, national and global problem solving, helping to identify solutions and highlighting best practices in the design of long-term development pathways.

Sustainable Energy for All

Three broad objectives to be achieved by 2030:

  • Ensuring universal access to modern energy services
  • Doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency
  • Doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
  • Sustainable Energy for All: Actions and Commitments

    Sustainable Energy for All

    Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5)
    Summary Report, UNEP, 20 February 2012
    Full Report, UNEP, 6 June 2012

    Three highest priorities:

  • Aligning governance to the challenges of global sustainability
  • Transforming human capabilities for the 21st century
  • Ensuring food safety and food security for 9 billion people

  • GEO5UNEP2012.jpg
    Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5)

    Post-2015 Action Agenda
    for Sustainable Development

    Post-2015 Action Agenda
    for Sustainable Development

    6 June 2013

    "A new report issued today by a top-level United Nations knowledge network under the auspices of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon lays out an action agenda to support global efforts to achieve sustainable development during the period 2015-2030.

    "The post-2015 process is a chance for the global community to work towards a new era in sustainable development," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. "The latest report from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the result of a collaboration between top scientists, technologists, businesses, and development specialists, is a critical input to the work we are doing to shape an ambitious and achievable post-2015 agenda." To download the report, click here.

    World Centre for Sustainable Development
    launched in Rio

    UN, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 24 June 2013


    U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development
    Replaced with a New Forum

    EcoSeed, 12 July 2013

    Multilateral Development Institutions Support
    a Robust Vision for Sustainable Development in Post-2015

    World Bank, 17 July 2013

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