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A Journal of Solidarity and Sustainability

Vol. 12, No. 1, January 2016
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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POST-2015 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

2015-2030 Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations

Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Finalized text for adoption, United Nations, 1 August 2015

Historic New Sustainable Development Agenda Unanimously Adopted by 193 UN Members, United Nations, 25 September 2015

Libraries and Implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda, International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), 8 December 2015

Visit the Post-2015 and Future Goals Tracker, a website of the Overseas Development Institute (new DELIVER2030 to be launched January 2016)

1. Suggestions for Prayer, Study, and Action

PRAYER

Prayer of Peace

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STUDY

Rethinking Work for Human Development

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ACTION

Join the Climate Action Network International

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2. News, Publications, Tools, and Conferences

NEWS

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Sustainability Science (PNAS)


Elementa:
Science of the Anthopocene


The Anthropocene Review


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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Dirty Toys Made in China
Global Labor and Human Rights
December 2015


Call for an Ethical Framework for Climate Services
WMO, 12 November 2015


2015 Energy Trilemma Index
World Energy Council, November 2015


Global Wealth Report 2015
Credit Suisse, October 2015


The Challenge of Resilience
in a Globalised World

Joint Research Centre, EU, October 2015


Climate Change and the U.S. Energy Sector
US Department of Energy, October 2015


Pathways to Deep Decarbonization
UN SDSN, October 2015


Playing to Win:
The New Global Competition
for Corporate Profits

McKinsey Global Institute, September 2015


America's Future:
Environmental Research and Education
for a Thriving Century

NSF, September 2015


2015-16 State of the Future
Jerome C. Glenn, Elizabeth Florescu, et al
Millennium Project, 2015


Transforming our World: The 2030
Agenda for Sustainable Development
Finalized text for adoption,
United Nations, 1 August 2015


World Water Development Report
United Nations, July 2015


World Population Prospects
United Nations, July 2015


Climate Change: A Risk Assessment
Centre for Science and Policy
Cambridge University, July 2015


Democratic Equality, Economic Inequality,
and the Earth Charter

Steven C. Rockefeller
Earth Charter, 29 June 2015


Climate Change in the United States:
Benefits of Global Action

EPA, June 2015


Renewables 2015
Global Status Report

REN21, June 2015


Demographic Vulnerability Report
Population Institute, June 2015


FAO and Post-2015:
Nourishing People,
Nourishing the Planet

FAO, May 2015


Global Financial Stability Report
IMF, April 2015


World Happiness Report
United Nations, April 2015


National Footprint Accounts
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


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


TOOLS & DATABASES

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EXIOBASE
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)
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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Calls for Papers
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Journal Articles
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from thousands of scholarly journals
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Selected Announcements


Earth System Governance:
Democracy and Resilience
in the Anthropocene

Australia National University
Canberra, Australia
14-16 December 2015
Contact: esg2015@anu.edu.au


The Greening of Religions:
Hope in the Eye of the Storm

University of South Carolina
1-4 April 2016
Contact: Wendy Griffin


Tech4Dev2016:
From Innovation to Social Impact

EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
2-4 May 2016
Contact: Tech4Dev@epfl.ch


ISEE 2016
Transforming the Economy:
Sustaining Food, Water, Energy and Justice

Washington, DC, 26-29 June 2016
Contact: secretariat@isecoeco.org


34th International Conference
of the System Dynamics Society

Delft, Netherlands, 17-21 July 2016
Contact: Roberta Spencer


5th International Conference
on DEGROWTH for
Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity

Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary
30 August – 3 September 2016
Contact: call@budapest.degrowth.org


Habitat III:
World Cities at Crossroads

UN Habitat, Quito, Ecuador
October 2016
Contact: Eugénie L. Birch, penniur@pobox.upenn.edu


Sixth World Sustainability Forum
WSF2017, Cape Town, South Africa
27-28 January 2017
Contact: conferences@mdpi.com

3. Advances in Sustainable Development

MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS FINAL REPORT 2015

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MDG success springboard for new sustainable development agenda

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have produced the most successful anti-poverty movement in history and will serve as the jumping-off point for the new sustainable development agenda to be adopted this year, according to the final MDG report launched today by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015 found that the 15-year effort to achieve the eight aspirational goals set out in the Millennium Declaration in 2000 was largely successful across the globe, while acknowledging shortfalls that remain. The data and analysis presented in the report show that with targeted interventions, sound strategies, adequate resources and political will, even the poorest can make progress.

"Following profound and consistent gains, we now know that extreme poverty can be eradicated within one more generation", said Ban Ki-moon. "The MDGs have greatly contributed to this progress and have taught us how governments, business and civil society can work together to achieve transformational breakthroughs."

GOALS AND TARGETS WORK

The MDG report confirms that goal-setting can lift millions of people out of poverty, empower women and girls, improve health and well-being, and provide vast new opportunities for better lives.

Only two short decades ago, nearly half of the developing world lived in extreme poverty. The number of people now living in extreme poverty has declined by more than half, falling from 1.9 billion in 1990 to 836 million in 2015.

The world has also witnessed dramatic improvement in gender equality in schooling since the MDGs, and gender parity in primary school has been achieved in the majority of countries.

More girls are now in school, and women have gained ground in parliamentary representation over the past 20 years in nearly 90 per cent of the 174 countries with data. The average proportion of women in parliament has nearly doubled during the same period. The rate of children dying before their fifth birthday has declined by more than half, dropping from 90 to 43 deaths per 1,000 live births since 1990. The maternal mortality ratio shows a decline of 45 per cent worldwide, with most of the reduction occurring since 2000.

Targeted investments in fighting diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and malaria, have brought unprecedented results. Over 6.2 million malaria deaths were averted between 2000 and 2015, while tuberculosis prevention, diagnosis and treatment interventions saved an estimated 37 million lives between 2000 and 2013.

Worldwide, 2.1 billion have gained access to improved sanitation and the proportion of people practicing open defecation has fallen almost by half since 1990. Official development assistance from developed countries saw an increase of 66 per cent in real terms from 2000 and 2014, reaching $135.2 billion.

INEQUALITIES PERSIST

The report highlighted that significant gains have been made for many of the MDG targets worldwide, but progress has been uneven across regions and countries, leaving significant gaps. Conflicts remain the biggest threat to human development, with fragile and conflict-affected countries typically experiencing the highest poverty rates.

Gender inequality persists in spite of more representation of women in parliament and more girls going to school. Women continue to face discrimination in access to work, economic assets and participation in private and public decision-making.

Despite enormous progress driven by the MDGs, about 800 million people still live in extreme poverty and suffer from hunger. Children from the poorest 20 per cent of households are more than twice as likely to be stunted as those from the wealthiest 20 per cent and are also four times as likely to be out of school. In countries affected by conflict, the proportion of out-of-school children increased from 30 per cent in 1999 to 36 per cent in 2012.

In the context of the environment, global emissions of carbon dioxide have increased over 50 per cent since 1990 and water scarcity now affects 40 per cent of people in the world and is projected to increase.

NEW SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

World leaders have called for an ambitious long-term sustainability agenda to succeed the MDGs. Building on the success and momentum of the MDGs, new global goals will break fresh ground with ambition on inequalities, economic growth, decent jobs, cities and human settlements, industrialization, energy, climate change, sustainable consumption and production, peace and justice.

"The emerging post-2015 development agenda, including the set of Sustainable Development Goals, strives to build on our successes and put all countries, together, firmly on track towards a more prosperous, sustainable and equitable world," concluded Ban Ki-moon.

BACKGROUND

The Millennium Development Goals Report, an annual assessment of global and regional progress towards the Goals, reflects the most comprehensive, up-to-date data compiled by over 28 UN and international agencies. It is produced by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. A complete set of the data used to prepare the report is available at mdgs.un.org. For more information, press materials and an inter-agency media contact list, see Millennium Development Goals.

Source: United Nations Development Program (UNDP), 6 July 2015

4. Advances in Integral Human Development

2015 Human Development Report

Launched 14 December 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ehiopia

From a human development perspective, work, rather than jobs or employment is the relevant concept. A job is a narrow concept with a set of pre-determined time-bound assigned tasks or activities, in an input-output framework with labour as input and a commodity or service as output. Yet, jobs do not encompass creative work (e.g. the work of a writer or a painter), which go beyond defined tasks; they do not account for unpaid care work; they do not focus on voluntary work. Work thus is a broader concept, which encompasses jobs, but goes beyond by including the dimensions mentioned above, all of which are left out of the job framework, but are critical for human development.

Work is the means for unleashing human potential, creativity, innovation and spirits. It is essential to make human lives productive, worthwhile and meaningful. It enables people to earn a living, gives them a means to participate in society, provides them with security and gives them a sense of dignity. Work is thus inherently and intrinsically linked to human development.

But it is important to recognize that there is no automatic link between work and human development. Nor does every type of work enhance human development. Exploitative work, particularly exploitation of women and children, robs people of their fair share, their rights and their dignity. Likewise, work that is hazardous - work without safety measures, labour rights, or social protection - is not conducive to human development.

More importantly, the linkages between work and human development must be seen in the context that over time the notion of what constitutes work has changed, areas of work have shifted and the modus operandi of work has evolved. What used to mean work three decades ago is no longer valid, and work is defined differently now. Now, some of these changes may contribute positively to various dimensions of human development, but some aspects of these new phenomena may have negative impacts for human development.

In the context of all these changes, time has come to relook at the issue of work in its various dimensions and dynamics through a human development lens. Thus the 2015 Human Development Report (2015 HDR) will be on Rethinking Work for Human Development.

To be launched in December 2015, the Report will zoom in on the fundamental question – how work can be rethought for human development –– to enrich human development. Given this broader perspective, the focus of 2015 HDR will be based on five building blocks:

  • Rethinking the linkages between work and human development identifying the positive intrinsic relationship between work and human development - Work provides livelihoods, income, a means for participation and connectedness, social cohesion, and human dignity - but also those situations where linkages are broken or eroded - child labour, human trafficking, etc.
  • Revisiting the new world of work, where the notions of work, areas of work and modus operandi of work have changed and the implications for human development. ICT and mobile devices are revolutionizing work. People can work anywhere. There is an e-economy. We ask the question – are these changes enhancing human development? And how may they best be harnessed to promote equitable opportunities?
  • Recognizing the worth of care work and its impact on human development. For instance care for those who cannot care for themselves is important in itself for human survival but there are other connections to human development: from an intergenerational perspective, care work is crucial for the cognitive development of children.
  • Refocusing on the notion of sustainable work to be incorporated into the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. This will include, among other issues, the environmental value of green and low carbon emission jobs and so on. And also the quality of work that can be sustained over long periods.
  • Recommending policy options for reorienting, reinventing and reorganizing work so that it enriches human development

Several targeted issues will be taken up throughout the report– youth employment, gender aspects of work, agriculture and rural development, the informal sector, and work during crisis and in post-crisis situations. In realizing the post2015 international agenda it will be critical to enable youth, who make up 50 per cent of the global population, and women, holding up half the sky, to find work opportunities that enable them to participate constructively, creatively and equitably in society.

Source: Selim Jahan, Director of the Human Development Report Office, UNDP

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

Integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development
UNEP Post-2015 Note # 1, United Nations

6. Sustainability Games, Databases, and Knowledgebases

The nexus approach to the sustainable management of water, soil, and waste integrates environmental management and governance across sectors and scales. This approach requires a holistic understanding of the interlinkage of all related environmental processes, while also taking into consideration global change and socioeconomic aspects.

Exploring these interlinkages and advancing a nexus-oriented management approach requires integrated modeling tools. However, no single modeling tool is available or conceivable that can cover all processes, interactions and drivers related to the management of water, soil and waste resources.

To help overcome this challenge, the UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) has developed an interactive Nexus Tools Platform (NTP) for comparison of existing modelling tools related to the water-soil-waste nexus. Currently, the NTP database consists of 60 models from around the world. The platform provides detailed model information and advanced filtering based on real-time visualizations, and will continuously grow with the input and feedback from model developers and model users.

For more information see the UNU-FLORES website and the Nexus Tools Platform.

7. Sustainable Development Measures and Indicators

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Global Footprint Network's National Footprint Accounts 2015 Public Data Package

Ecological Footprint Infographics

Footprint Calculator

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Links to Global Partnership Data for the SDGs:

1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition
3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being
4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education
5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
6. Ensure availability of water and sanitation
7. Ensure access to affordable and clean energy for all
8. Promote economic growth and decent work
9. Build resilient industrial infrastructures
10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
11. Make cities resilient and sustainable
12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production
13. Take urgent action to combat climate change
14. Conserve the oceans and marine resources
15. Protect terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity
16. Promote peace and inclusive societies
17. Strengthen global partnership for sustainable development

8. Sustainable Development Modeling and Simulation

Threshold 21 iSDG Simulation Model
Millennium Institute, May 2015

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Millennium Institute is developing models that will enable policy makers and planning officials at all levels of governance to understand the interconnectedness of policies designed to achieve the SDGs and test their likely impacts before adopting them. For more information about the model and to preview the demo version contact info@millennium-institute.org.

"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.


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

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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


    Sustainable Development Goals

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    Source: The politics of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    Dario Kenner, Why Green Economy?, June 2015


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