Mother Pelican
A Journal of Solidarity and Sustainability

Vol. 11, No. 4, April 2015
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.



2000-2015 Millennium Development Goals, United Nations

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

Links to Research on the Millennium Development Goals, 2000-2015


2015-2030 Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Integration: Achieving a better balance between the economic, social and environmental dimensions, Stakeholder Forum, 21 January 2015

Review of Targets for the Sustainable Development Goals: The Science Perspective, ICSU, 18 February 2015

The "A" Word: Monitoring the SDGs, Robert Bissio, Future UN, February 2015

Post 2015: A New Era of Accountability?, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr & Desmond McNeill, UNSTATS, 27 February 2015

Proposed SDG Governance Indicators: Rule of Law or Simply Rule?, Martin Edwards, Permanent Observer, 9 March 2015

Thinking Bigger: Business Engagement in the SDGs, Teresa Fogelberg, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), 18 March 2015

1. Suggestions for Prayer, Study, and Action


Praying for a Human Ecology of Communion

0415GCCMPoster.png Pope Francis’ universal prayer intention for April 2015 is “That people may learn to respect creation and care for it as a gift of God”. In the face of human-made climate change which is undoing God’s gift (see facts), let’s join Francis praying and acting for creation together, to prepare ourselves for his upcoming encyclical on ecology.

As Christians we believe in the power of prayer. These resources could be useful:

  • Stations of the Cross: On the path of Ecological Conversion
  • Rosary Eco-Meditations
  • Litany to the Holy Trinity, The Creator

    State of the World & Consumption Degrowth

    Link to Worldwatch Institute
    Link to Degrowth Research


    Join the Cross-Cultural Global Citizen Movement

    World's major cultural spheres: Sinosphere (dark blue), Indosphere (dark green), Western cultural sphere (red), Islamic cultural sphere (yellow), Latin American cultural sphere (green), Eastern Europe cultural sphere (brown), African cultural sphere (blue). Source: Wikipedia

    2. News, Publications, Tools, and Conferences



    Sustainability Science (PNAS)

    Science of the Anthopocene


    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


    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
    HIV and AIDS
    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



    National Footprint Accounts 2015
    Global Footprint Network, March 2015

    Health & Fracking:
    Impacts & Opportunity Costs

    MEDACT, March 2015

    Global Sustainable Investment
    Clean Technica, 26 February 2015

    World Report 2015
    Human Rights Watch, 12 February 2015

    Short-Term Renewable Energy Outlook
    U.S. EIA, 10 February 2015

    Global Risks Report 2015
    WEF, January 2015

    World Energy Outlook 2014
    IEA, 12 November 2014

    Beyond Downscaling:
    A Bottom-Up Approach
    to Climate Adaptation
    for Water Resources Management
    AGWA, October 2014

    2014 Global Hunger Index
    IFPRI, October 2014

    The New Climate Economy
    United Nations, September 2014

    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

    Millennium Development Goals
    Report 2014

    UNDP, 7 July 2014

    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

    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

    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

    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



    Input-Output Tables for
    Regional Footprint Analysis

    NTNU/TNO/SERI, January 2015

    Sustainable Society Index 2014
    SSI, 17 December 2014

    CAIT Equity Explorer
    WRI, October 20114

    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)

    Livelihood Strategies
    Knowledge Bank

    Development Cafe

    Global Forest Watch System
    World Resources Institute

    WomanStats & World Maps
    WomanStats Project

    Scenario Modelling and Policy Assessment Tool

    European Union

    OPEN EUOne Planet Economy Network
    European Union

    Constitutional Gender Database
    UN Women

    OpenGeoSci Maps
    GeoScience World

    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
    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

    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
    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

    Clean Energy Information Portal

    Mapping the Impacts of Climate Change

    Eye on Earth
    Global Mapping

    EU EEA

    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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    Journal Articles
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    from thousands of scholarly journals
    Search by journal title, ISNN, or keywords

    Selected Announcements

    ICT4D Conference:
    Increasing Impact
    Through Innovation

    Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
    Chicago, Illinois, USA
    27-29 May 2015

    Religion in the Anthropocene:
    Challenges, Idolatries, Transformations

    5th International Conference of
    the European Forum for
    the Study of Religion and Environment
    Munich, Germany
    14-17 May 2015
    Contact: Simone Birnstock

    Third International Symposium
    on Corporate Responsibility
    and Sustainable Development

    Ryerson University, Toronto
    7–11 June 2015

    2015 Design Science:
    Global Solutions Lab

    Design Science
    Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia
    and United Nations, New York
    21-29 June 2015
    Contact: Medard Gabel

    The Future of Basic Income Research
    Florence, Italy
    26-26 June 2015

    The 5th World Sustainability Forum
    Bassel, Switzerland
    7-9 September 2015

    The Worlds of Violence
    Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy
    23-26 September 2015

    10th Conference on Sustainable Development
    of Energy, Water and Environment Systems

    Dubrovnik, Croatia
    27 September - 3 October, 2015

    Transformations 2015:
    People and the Planet
    in the Anthropocene

    Stockholm Resilience Centre
    5-7 October 2015

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

    Religion and Ecology Meeting
    American Academy of Religion
    Atlanta, Georgia, USA
    21-24 November 2015
    Contact: Evan Berry

    Human and Environmental Security
    in the Era of Global Risks

    NCRS, Agadir, Morocco
    25-27 November 2015
    Contact: Mohamed Behnassi

    Earth System Governance:
    Democracy and Resilience
    in the Anthropocene

    Australia National University
    Canberra, Australia
    14-16 December 2015

    Habitat III:
    World Cities at Crossroads

    UN Habitat, Quito, Ecuador
    October 2016
    Contact: Eugénie L. Birch,

    3. Advances in Sustainable Development


    REPORT 2014


    This report examines the latest progress towards achieving the MDGs. It reaffirms that the MDGs have made a profound difference in people’s lives. Global poverty has been halved five years ahead of the 2015 timeframe. Ninety per cent of children in developing regions now enjoy primary education, and disparities between boys and girls in enrolment have narrowed. Remarkable gains have also been made in the fight against malaria and tuberculosis, along with improvements in all health indicators. The likelihood of a child dying before age five has been nearly cut in half over the last two decades. That means that about 17,000 children are saved every day. The target of halving the proportion of people who lack access to improved sources of water was also met.

    The concerted efforts of national governments, the international community, civil society and the private sector have helped expand hope and opportunity for people around the world. But more needs to be done to accelerate progress. We need bolder and focused action where significant gaps and disparities exist.

    Member States are now fully engaged in discussions to define Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will serve as the core of a universal post-2015 development agenda. Our efforts to achieve the MDGs are a critical building block towards establishing a stable foundation for our development efforts beyond 2015.

    • The MDG-1 target has been met, poverty rates have been halved between 1990 and 2010, but 1.2 billion people still live in extreme poverty.
    • Despite impressive strides forward at the start of the decade, progress in reducing the number of children out of school has slackened considerably.
    • Women are assuming more power in the world’s parliaments, boosted by quota systems.
    • Despite substantial progress, the world is still falling short of the MDG child mortality target.
    • Much more still needs to be done to reduce maternal mortality. Poverty and lack of education perpetuate high adolescent birth rates.
    • There are still too many new cases of HIV infection.
    • Millions of hectares of forest are lost every year, threatening this valuable asset. Global greenhouse gas emissions continue their upward trend.
    • Official development assistance is now at its highest level, reversing the decline of the previous two years.

    Source: United Nations Development Program (UNDP), 7 July 2014

    4. Advances in Integral Human Development

    2014 Human Development Report


    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.


    "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

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    The new site features:

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    • 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


    Footprint Network News, 15 September 2014

    Global Consumption Database (World Bank)


    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"

    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

    Sustainable Society Index

    SSI 2014
    Lauched 17 December 2014

    Link to Home Page

    Link to Full Report

    Link to Summary report

    Link to Data Tables

    SSI by Country

    World at a Glance

    Interactive Maps

    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.
    Visit Climate Interactive for updates and announcements.

    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.

    Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals
    SDSN, 14 February 2014

    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
  • Planning for GEO-6, scheduled for mid-2017

    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.

    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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