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A Journal of Solidarity and Sustainability

Vol. 10, No. 10, October 2014
Luis T. Gutiérrez, Editor
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Advances in Sustainable Development

SUMMARY & OUTLINE

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.

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CURRENT GOALS & NEW INITIATIVES

2015 Millennium Development Goals

The State of the Global Partnership for Development, MDG Gap Task Force, United Nations, September 2014

Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals

POST-2015 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

Concept of Sustainable Development Goals for People and Planet, David Griggs, Nature, March 2013

Focus Areas for the Sustainable Development Goals, Open Working Group on SDGs, United Nations, February 2014

Post-2015 processs: What comes after the MDGs?, HelpAge International, July 2014

Outcome Document - Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, UN SDG OWG, 19 July 2014

The Final SDG OWG Finishes with Consensus, Felix Dodds, 20 July 2014

The Pursuit of Universality, Alvin Leong, Post-2015, 26 August 2014

Sustainable Development Goals and Inclusive Development, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), September 2014

Road from Rio +20: Towards Sustainable Development Goals, UNCTAD, 22 September 2014

What next for climate change in the UN sustainable development goals?, Joy Hyvarinen, 10 October 2014

1. Suggestions for Prayer, Study, and Action

PRAYER

Prayer for Ecological Sustainability

MandalaCreation2014-280x280.png Creator God, you have given us
a vision of a new heaven and earth,
Resources conserved,
Earth tended,
Atmosphere cleansed,
Trees planted,
Injustice ended,
Oceans teeming,
Nations at peace,
Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer,
Alert the nations, rouse the churches,
Receive our commitment to you.
Earth and heaven will then sing
of your glory. Amen

Source: Christian Ecology Link

STUDY

Root Cause of the Ecological Crisis

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LINK TO THE BOOK
"The ecological crisis is a moral crisis."

So said Pope John Paul II, an unexpected and fierce advocate for ecological responsibility throughout his papacy. Rather than seeing environmental concerns as "earthly" or "political," he showed that they are in fact at the heart of the covenant between human beings and their Creator. In dozens of addresses, sermons, and encyclicals, Pope John Paul II made specific recommendations on twelve interconnected ecological issues, including climate change, ocean destruction, water scarcity, poverty, the role of women, and war. He showed that each could become a source of spiritual, social, and economic transformation.

GOOD ARTICLES

  • The Pope tackles sustainability, Marcia McNutt, Science, 19 September 2014.
  • Pursuit of the common good, Partha Dasgupta and Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Science, 19 September 2014.
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    2. News, Publications, Tools, and Conferences

    NEWS

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    Sustainability Science (PNAS)


    Elementa:
    Science of the Anthopocene


    SAPIENS


    Environmental Research Letters


    Progress in Industrial Ecology


    Environmental Leader


    Sustainable Development Magazine


    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


    SustainabiliTank


    Environmental Science & Technology


    EcoWatch


    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

    Africa
    Asia
    Europe
    Lating America & Caribbean
    Near East
    North America
    South West Pacific

    Rio+20 Coverage

    UNCSDRIOPLUS20
    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 NEWSFEEDS

    Eldis Development Newsfeeds

    General - all subjects

    Newsfeeds by Subject

    Ageing populations
    Agriculture
    Aid and debt
    Children and young people
    Climate Change
    Climate adaptation
    Conflict
    Corporate responsibility
    Education
    Environment
    Finance policy
    Food security
    Gender
    Globalisation
    Governance
    HIV and AIDS
    Health
    Health systems
    ICT for development
    Influencing policy
    Jobs
    Jobs, Events and Announcements
    Livelihoods
    MDGs
    Manuals and toolkits
    Migration
    Participation
    Poverty
    Trade policy

    Newsfeeds by Region

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

    PUBLICATIONS

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    Living Planet Report 2014
    Global Footprint Network, September 2014


    Sustainable Development Goals
    and Inclusive Development

    UNU-IAS, September 2014


    Sustainable Development Goals
    and Indicators for a Small Planet
    Part II: Measuring Sustainability

    ASEF, August 2014


    The Plain Language Guide
    to Rio+20: Preparing for the
    New Development Agenda

    Felix Dodds et al, 28 July 2014


    Human Development Report 2014
    UNDP, 24 July 2014


    Prototype
    Global Sustainable Development
    Report (GSDR)

    UN DSD, 1 July 2014


    Agreeing on Robust Decisions:
    New processes for decision making
    under deep uncertainty

    World Bank, June 2014


    Early Childhood Development:
    The Foundation of
    Sustainable Human Development
    for 2015 and Beyond

    UN SDSN, 4 May 2014


    What’s In A Name?
    Global Warming vs Climate Change

    Yale Environment, May 2014


    World Health Statistics 2014
    WHO, 2014


    The Arctic in the Anthropocene:
    Emerging Research Questions
    , National Academy of Sciences, 2014


    Annual Energy Outlook 2014
    US EIA, 30 April 2014


    Global Trends in
    Renewable Energy Investment 2014

    UNEP-Bloomberg, April 2014


    International Human Development Program
    Annual Report 2013

    IHDP, April 2014


    Momentum for Change 2013
    UNFCCC, 2014


    Global Gender Gap Index 2013
    WEF, April 2014


    NAPAs and NAPs in
    Least Developed Countries

    Gabrielle Kissinger & Thinley Namgyel
    ECBI, March 2014


    Water & Energy 2014
    United Nations, 21 March 2014


    Inclusive and Sustainable
    Industrial Development

    UNIDO, March 2014


    What We Know:
    The Reality, Risks, and Response
    to Climate Change

    AAAS, March 2014


    The State of Natural Capital
    UK NCC, March 2014


    Women's Lives and Challenges:
    Equality and Empowerment since 2000

    USAID, March 2014


    Climate Change: Evidence & Causes
    NAS/RS, 27 February 2014


    Beyond 2014 Global Report
    ICPD, 16 February 2014


    World Youth Report 2013:
    Youth Migration and Development

    UN-DESA, 14 February 2014


    State of the World's Children 2014
    UNICEF, January 2014


    Assessing
    Global Land Use:
    Balancing Consumption
    with Sustainable Supply

    UNEP-IRP, January 2014


    Sustainability Investment Yearbook 2014
    RobecoSAM, January 2014


    World Economic Situation
    and Prospects 2014

    UN DESA, 18 December 2013


    Annual Energy Outlook
    Energy Forecast Through 2040
    U.S. EIA, 16 December 2013


    Future Earth
    Initial Design Report

    Future Earth, November 2013


    Climate Change 2013:
    The Physical Science Basis

    UN IPCC AR5 Report
    Version 11 November 2013
    SUMMARY REPORT
    FULL REPORT


    State of the Ocean 2013
    IPSO/IUCN, 13 October 2013


    Economic, Social, and Cultural
    Rights and Climate Change:
    A Legal Reference Guide

    CISDL, 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


    Prototype
    Global Sustainable Development
    Report

    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
    Post-2015

    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


    TOOLS & DATABASES

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    WBCSD Tools Box


    Post-2015 SDGs Target Database
    Project on Sustainability Transformation
    Ministry of the Environment, Japan


    Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA)
    Sustainable Development Evaluation Tool

    UNDP, 16 September 2014


    2014 Global Peace Index (GPI)
    Institute for Economics and Peace, 2014


    UN CC: Learn Climate Change
    United Nations, 2014


    Global Consumption Database
    World Bank, 2014


    LEAP Scenario Explorer:
    Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning

    Stockholm Environmental Institute, 2014


    Momentum for Change Interactive
    UNFCCC, 2014


    Sustainable Human Development Index (SHDI)
    IFMR LEAD, Tamil Nadu, India


    Environment & Gender Index (EGI)
    IUCN


    Livelihood Strategies
    Knowledge Bank

    Development Cafe


    Global Forest Watch System
    World Resources Institute


    WomanStats & World Maps
    WomanStats Project


    EUREAPA
    Scenario Modelling and Policy Assessment Tool

    European Union


    OPEN EUOne Planet Economy Network
    European Union


    Constitutional Gender Database
    UN Women


    OpenGeoSci Maps
    GeoScience World


    EOSDIS
    Earth Data Website

    NASA


    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
    WCMS, EU LIFE Project


    Earth Charter Virtual Library
    Earth Charter Initiative


    Resource & Documentation Centre
    European Gender Equality Institute


    Climate Justice Research Database
    Mary Robinson Foundation


    IPCC Data
    Distribution Centre

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


    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
    REN21


    Global Transition to a New Economy
    Interactive Map

    New Economics Institute


    Map of Climate Think Tanks
    ICCG


    Energy Access Interactive Tool
    IIASA


    Long Range Energy Alternatives
    Planning System (LEAP)

    SEI Energy Community


    Industrial Efficiency Policy Database
    IETD


    Technology Cost Database for Renewables
    NREL


    Mapping the Global Transition
    to a New Economy

    New Economics Institute


    Open Source Software for
    Crowdsourcing for Energy Analysis

    UNIDO


    Adaptation Support Tool
    EU EEA


    Terra Populus:
    Integrated Data on
    Population and Environment

    NSF & University of Minnesota


    Environmental Performance Index
    Interactive Map & Database

    EPI, Yale University


    Environmental Data Explorer
    UNEP


    Clean Energy Information Portal
    REEGLE


    Mapping the Impacts of Climate Change
    CGDEV


    Eye on Earth
    Global Mapping

    EU EEA


    Database of Actions on Adaptation
    to Climate Change

    UNFCCC


    Climate Scoreboard
    Climate Interactive


    Calculator of the
    Carbon Footprint of Nations

    NTNU


    Geospatial Toolkit (GsT) for
    Integrated Resource Assessment

    NREL


    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


    RETScreen
    Clean Energy Analysis Software

    RETScreen International


    IGES CDM Methodology Parameter Data
    IGES


    IGES Emission Reductions Calculation Sheet
    IGES


    OECD Sustainable Manufacturing Toolkit
    OECD


    OECD Family Database
    OECD


    OECD Social Expenditure Database
    OECD


    Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services
    and Tradeoffs (InVEST)

    Natural Capital Project


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


    IGES GHG Database
    IGES


    Emission Factors Database
    Ecometrica


    FICAT
    Forestry Industry Carbon Assessment Tool
    Green Resources, Tanzania


    Agent-based Computational Economics
    of the Global Energy System

    ACEGES


    Climate Hot Map
    Union of Concerned Scientists


    Solar Thermal Barometer
    EurObserv-ER


    BioCarbonTracker
    Ecometrica


    FORMA
    Forest Monitoring for Action
    CGDEV


    WEAP
    Water Evaluation And Planning System
    WEAP21


    GLTN
    Global Land Tool Network
    UN-HABITAT


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


    Measuring Energy Poverty
    Visualization Platform

    STATPLANET & UNIDO


    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

    UNESCO


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

    Green Design Institute
    Carnegie Mellon University


    CONFERENCES & JOURNALS

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    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


    Selected Announcements


    2014 World Youth Conference on
    Education for Sustainable Development

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


    MenEngage Global Symposium
    Habitat World, New Delhi, India
    10-13 November 2014


    International Symposium
    on the Post 2015
    Sustainable Development Goals

    Sydney, Australia
    12-13 November 2014
    Contact: SDGP2015


    World Parks Congress
    IUCN, Sydney, Australia
    12-19 November 2014
    Contact: ICMS Australia


    Anthropocene Campus
    HKW, Berlin, Germany
    14-22 November 2014


    Universal History, Philosophical History,
    and the Fate of Humanity

    Telos-Paul Piccone Institute Conference
    14-15 February 2015, New York, NY
    Contact: telosnyc@telosinstitute.net


    ISO 50001 Energy Management
    University of Twente, Netherlands
    November 2-December 11, 2015

    3. Advances in Sustainable Development

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    MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS (MDGs)

    "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.

    SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs)

    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."

    PRELIMINARY DEFINITION OF THE SDGs

    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

    2014 Human Development Report

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    The 2014 Human Development Report - "Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience" provides a fresh perspective on vulnerability and proposes ways to strengthen resilience.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    "Persistent vulnerability threatens human development, and unless it is systematically tackled by policies and social norms, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable.

    "According to income-based measures of poverty, 1.2 billion people live with $1.25 or less a day. However, the latest estimates of the UNDP Multidimensional Poverty Index reveal that almost 1.5 billion people in 91 developing countries are living in poverty with overlapping deprivations in health, education and living standards. And although poverty is declining overall, almost 800 million people are at risk of falling back into poverty if setbacks occur.

    "By addressing vulnerabilities, all people may share in development progress, and human development will become increasingly equitable and sustainable," stated UNDP Administrator Helen Clark today.

    "The 2014 Human Development Report comes at a critical time, as attention turns to the creation of a new development agenda following the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

    "Zeroing in on what holds back progress, the report holds that as crises spread ever faster and further, it is critical to understand vulnerability in order to secure gains and sustain progress.

    "It points to a slowdown in human development growth across all regions, as measured by the Human Development Index (HDI). It notes that threats such as financial crises, fluctuations in food prices, natural disasters and violent conflict significantly impede progress.

    "Reducing both poverty and people's vulnerability to falling into poverty must be a central objective of the post-2015 agenda," the Report states. "Eliminating extreme poverty is not just about 'getting to zero'; it is also about staying there."

    "A human development lens on who is vulnerable and why. "Reducing vulnerability is a key ingredient in any agenda for improving human development," writes Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, in a contribution to the Report. "[We] need to approach it from a broad systemic perspective."

    "The 2014 Report takes such an approach, using a human development lens to take a fresh look at vulnerability as an overlapping and mutually reinforcing set of risks. It explores structural vulnerabilities - those that have persisted and compounded over time as a result of discrimination and institutional failings, hurting groups such as the poor, women, migrants, people living with disabilities, indigenous groups and older people. For instance, 80 percent of the world's elderly lack social protection, with large numbers of older people also poor and disabled.

    "The Report also introduces the idea of life cycle vulnerabilities, the sensitive points in life where shocks can have greater impact. They include the first 1,000 days of life, and the transitions from school to work, and from work to retirement.

    "Capabilities accumulate over an individual's lifetime and have to be nurtured and maintained; otherwise they can stagnate and even decline," it warns. "Life capabilities are affected by investments made in preceding stages of life, and there can be long-term consequences of exposure to short-term shocks."

    "For example, in one study cited by the Report, poor children in Ecuador were shown to be already at a vocabulary disadvantage by the age of six. Timely interventions-such as investments in early childhood development-are therefore critical, the Report states.

    Press release    Summary Report    Full Report    Supporting Data    Supporting Papers

    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

    For over a decade, the Great Transition Initiative has advanced a visionary scenario of a future rooted in human solidarity, well-being for all, and ecological sustainability. It now enters a new phase with renewed energy and heightened sense of urgency. Its reimagined website — www.greattransition.org — serves as a platform for exploring bold visions and change strategies.

    The new site features:

    • An open-access journal of ideas publishing new essays, book reviews, and interviews.
    • A MacroScope highlighting current developments that carry long-term global significance.
    • Educational material such as videos, an overview of critical ideas, and archival literature.
    • A GT Network Space for those seeking more intensive engagement.

    GTI offers a unique and valuable resource for understanding our present moment and shaping our collective future.

    6. Sustainability Games, Databases, and Knowledgebases

    Deconstructing Carbon before UN Climate Summit

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    Footprint Network News, 15 September 2014

    Global Consumption Database (World Bank)

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    Source: World Bank and IFC Launch Global Consumption Database
    World Bank & International Finance Corporation, 11 June 2014

    Link to the DB Portal: World Consumption Data Base

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

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    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

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    DOWNLOAD PDF
    Sustainable Development Goals
    and Indicators for a Small Planet
    Part II: Measuring Sustainability

    ASEF, August 2014

    The report, Sustainable Development Goals and Indicators for a Small Planet - Part II: Measuring Sustainability is the second in a three-part series. It complements the first publication which focused on a Methodology and Goal Framework.

    This innovation study, consists of a set of illustrative Sustainable Development Indicators (SDIs) that reflect individuals countries’ respective priorities, goals and targets with regard to sustainability.

    The official launch of the study will take place during the ENVforum conference on 29-30 September in Brussels, Belgium. The conference will focus on the means of implementation for SDGs.

    Environmental Performance Index 2014
    Interactive Map, Calculation Methods, and Data Explorer
    Columbia Earth Science Information Center, and
    Yale Environmental Law and Policy Center, 25 January 2014
    Link to the EPI 2014 Summary        Link to the EPI 2014 Report

    Climate Change Vulnerability Index 2014
    Future Timeline, 31 October 2013

    "The sixth annual release of Maplecroft’s Climate Change and Environmental Risk Atlas has revealed that 31% of global economic output will be based in countries facing ‘high’ or ‘extreme risks’ from climate change by 2025 — a 50% increase on current levels and more than double since the company began researching the issue in 2008."

    8. Sustainable Development Modeling and Simulation

    Human and nature dynamics (HANDY):
    Modeling inequality and use of resources
    in the collapse or sustainability of societies

    Safa Motesharrei, Jorge Rivas, and Eugenia Kalnayc
    Ecological Economics, May 2014

    "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
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    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.


    Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals
    SDSN, 14 February 2014


    UNITED NATIONS
    Sustainable Energy for All
    INITIATIVE

    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

    UNSEFA2030
    Sustainable Energy for All

    UNITED NATIONS
    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

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    Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5)

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    Post-2015 Action Agenda
    for Sustainable Development

    UNITED NATIONS
    Post-2015 Action Agenda
    for Sustainable Development

    SDSN REPORT PRESS RELEASE
    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.


    Promotion of the Post-2015 Development Agenda


    Source: How the United Nations Should Promote the Post-2015 Development Agenda
    Kara Alaimo, Center for Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts - Boston




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