Mother Pelican
A Journal of Sustainable Human Development

Vol. 7, No. 3, March 2011
Luis T. Gutierrez, Editor
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Advances in Sustainable Development


This supplement attempts to be a radar screen for recent/emerging/forthcoming advances in sustainable development. In selecting items for this supplementary page, priority is given to information about publications and tools with an educational and human-centric focus. This update includes the following reminders that sustainable development has a human face:

1. Suggestions for Prayer, Study, and Action
2. News, Publications, Tools, and Conferences
3. Advances in Sustainable Development
4. Advances in Integral Human Development
5. Advances in Integrated Sustainable Development
6. Sustainability Games, Databases, and Knowledgebases
7. Visualizations of the Sustainable Development Process
8. Sustainable Development Modeling and Simulation
9. Sustainable Development and the International Community
Note: Items in this page are updated as information is received and as time permits. If the reader knows about new pubs/tools that should be announced in this page, please write to the Editor.

1. Suggestions for Prayer, Study, and Action


World Day of Prayer 2011: Chile

How Many Loaves Have You?

On Friday March 4, 2011 the women of Chile invite us to join with them in an opening procession, carrying a "panera", the name that Chileans give to their everyday bread basket. Bread is central to their daily life and sharing bread is a universal sign of hospitality.

Enduring a devastating earthquake in February, 2010, and two other earthquakes since January, 2011, the women of Chile further encourage us to enter a process that draws us into the bible, into the context of Chile and into the real situations of our lives and communities. How many loaves have you? What are your gifts? What can you share? These are questions we are asked to ponder as we reflect on the meaning of the theme, How Many Loaves Have You?

Source: World Day of Prayer 2011: Chile


Courtesy of Workers of the World Relax
"There are approximately seven billion people on the earth today. As population continues to grow it is becoming clear that the planet is not as big as we once thought it to be; it is also becoming obvious that humans are wreaking havoc upon the environment. The big question we have been trying to solve for the past 100 years is, "how do we maximize production and produce more and more stuff?" The big question we now face is, "what do we do with all the junk and pollution we have created?". To make matters worse, we now seem more determined than ever to work harder and produce more stuff, which creates a bizarre paradox, we are proudly breaking our backs to decrease the carrying capacity of the planet.

"So what is the solution? A great beginning would be to reduce the industrial workweek. We would consume less, produce less, work less, pollute less and live more. Providing that the remaining work be distributed among more people, an industrial slow-down could have the additional benefit of reducing unemployment. This is a simple concept which has not garnered much attention. This book tackles the ideological constraints to environmental sustainability and proves how a reduced workweek can help solve many of our social and environmental problems."

Quoted from The Simple Economics of Less Industrial Work, by Conrad Schmidt
See also The Jevon's Paradox.



About Nonviolence
Source: TopPun Free Peace Posters

2. News, Publications, Tools, and Conferences



Environmental News Network

Mongabay Environmental News

Planet Ark
World Environmental News

Science Daily
Earth & Climate News
Sustainability News
Science & Society News

IISD Climate Change Daily Feed

Climate Action News

World Technology News

World News Network

All Newspapers Worldwide

United Nations News Service
UN Sustainable Development News
UN Gender Equality News

Sustainable Development Upcoming Events

Value News Network

Global Post

Human Development News

Catholic News Service

Ekklesia Christian News Bulletin

LiveScience News

Inter Press Service (PSI)


Eldis Development Newsfeeds

General - all subjects

Newsfeeds by Subject

Ageing populations
Aid and debt
Children and young people
Climate Change
Climate adaptation
Corporate responsibility
Finance policy
Food security
Health systems
ICT for development
Influencing policy
Jobs, Events and Announcements
Manuals and toolkits
Trade policy

Newsfeeds by Region

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



Facing Up to Climate Change
The Royal Society of Edinburgh
1 March 2011

The State of the World's Children 2011
Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity

UNICEF, 25 February 2011

Infrastructure for Poverty Reduction and Economic Development in Africa
UN-HABITAT, February 2011

Nuclear Subsidies:
Still Not Viable Without Subsidies

Earth Track & Union of Concerned Scientists
February 2011

Towards a Green Economy:
Pathways to Sustainable Development
and Poverty Eradication

UNEP, February 2011

Cancún De-briefing:
An Analysis of the Cancún Agreements
Climatico, February 2011

Renewable Energy in Europe 2010
EurObserver, February 2011

The Energy Report:
100% Renewable Energy by 2050

World Wide Fund for Nature
2 February 2011

Sustainability: The 'Embracers' Seize Advantage
MIT/BCG, Winter 2011

UNFCCC - The Future of the Process:
Remedial Action on Process Ownership
and Political Guidance

Climate Strategies
2 February 2011

Post-Cancun Analysis
Policy Briefing, The Climate Group
17 January 2011

Decision Making In A Changing Climate
World Resources Institute
January 2011

Longer-term climate finance after Cancun
Benito Muller
Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
January 2011

Global Risks Report 2011
World Economic Forum

World on the Edge: How to Prevent
Environmental and Economic Collapse

Lester R. Brown
Earth Policy Institute
January 2011

Global Chief Supply Chain Officer Strategy
EFT, Environmental Leader
January 2011

Global 3PL & Logistics Outsourcing Strategy
EFT, Environmental Leader
January 2011

Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
A Knowledgebase of International Activities
Preparing for the UN Conference
on Sustainable Development
(UNCSD, or Rio +20)
IISD, 2011

Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster
and the Future of Offshore Drilling

USA GPO Oil Commission, January 2011

Population: 7 Billion
National Geographic
Population & Environment Series
Starting January 2011

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory 2009,
GHG Management Institute
January 2011

Human Rights World Report 2011
Human Rights Watch
January 2011

Global Employment Trends 2011
International Labor Organization
January 2011

Global Technology: Changes and Implications
National Academy of Engineering USA
January 2011

Creative Economy:
A Feasible Development Option

UNCTAD, 4 January 2011

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill:
The Fate of the Oil

Jonathan L. Ramseur,
USA Congressional Research Service,
16 December 2010

Global Wage Report 2010/11:
Wage policies in times of crisis

ILO, 15 December 2010

The Role of Ecosystems in Developing
a Sustainable Green Economy

UNEP, 15 December 2010

Corruption and fraud in agricultural and energy subsidies: identifying the key issues
IISD/GSI, December 2010

Sustainable Society Index (SSI)
Sustainable Society Foundation
December 2010

Gender and Globalization:
Patterns of Women's Resistance

Edited by Erica G. Polakoff
and Ligaya Lindio-McGovern
DeSitter Publications, November 2010
(free download study guide)

Climate Proofing for Development
GTZ, Germany, November 2010

World Energy Outlook 2010
UN International Energy Agency, 9 November 2010

Ecological Footprint Atlas 2010
Global Footprint Network, October 2010

German climate finance put to the test
An assessment of German financial support for
climate-related activities in developing countries
from a development policy perspective
Germanwatch and Bread for the World
November 2010

From Climate Finance
to Financing Green Growth

Project Catalyst, November 2010

Earth System Science for Global Sustainability: The Grand Challenges
International Science Council, November 2010

Beyond Consultation: Civil Society and Governance of International Institutions
David Gartner, Brookings Institution,
September 2010

Education for sustainable development lens:
a policy and practice review tool

UNESCO, 2010

SOFI 2010
State of Food Insecurity in the Word

FSN Forum, FAO, 2010

State of African Cities 2010:
Governance, Inequalities and Urban Land Markets

UN Habitat, 2010

Population and Climate Change Hotspots
Population Action International, 2010

A New Approach to Weather Insurance
Ruth Hill & Miguel Robles
IFPRI, 2010

Subjective Well-Being, Income, Economic Development and Growth Daniel W. Sacks, Betsey Stevenson, Justin Wolfers

Wharton School, 2010

Cognitive Barriers to Environmental Action:
Problems and Solutions

Lisa Shu & Max Bazerman
Harvard Business School, 2010

Community Champions: Adapting to Climate Challenges
Hannah Reid, Saleemul Huq, Laurel Murray
IIED, 2010

Open for Service:
A Case for Good Governance

Micah Challenge International, 2010

Global Corruption Barometer Report
Transparency International, 2010

State of the World Population 2010
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

World Migration Report 2010
International Organization for Migration
United Nations

World Youth Report 2010:
Youth and Climate Change

Division for Social Policy and Development
United Nations

Sustainable Consumption and Production
UNEP, 2010

Common Cause:
The Case for Working
with our Cultural Values

Tom Crompton, WWF/Oxfam,
September 2010

The Post Carbon Reader
Richard Heinberg & Daniel Lerch Eds.
Watershed Media, 2010

Global Climate Governance Beyond 2012:
Architecture, Agency and Adaptation

Cambridge University Press, 2010

Gender, Humiliation, and Global Security:
Dignifying Relationships from Love, Sex,
and Parenthood to World Affairs

Evelin Lindner, HumanDHS, 2010

What You Need to Know about Energy
USA National Academy of Sciences, 2010

Enough is Enough:
Ideas for a Sustainable Economy
in a World of Finite Resources

Center for the Advancement
of the Steady State Economy
November 2010

The Climategate Inquiries
Global Warming Policy Foundation
September 2010

Climate Action Book
Climate Action & UNEP, 2010

Voices of the Vulnerable
UN Global Pulse, 2010

Transforming Finance:
Financial Group Recognizes Finance
As A Global Commons

Committee on Transforming Finance
Ethical Markets, 17 September 2010

Green Excuses:
Collusion to promote protectionism?

Tim Wilson, Institute of Public Affairs,
Australia, August 2010

The Corporate Tax Gap
Trades Union Congress (TUC), UK, 2010

Climate change:
A summary of the science
The Royal Society, UK, 30 September 2010

Global Gender Gap Report 2010
World Economic Forum, 2010

Gender Inequality and the MDGs:
What are the Missing Dimensions?

OECD, 2010

Biodiversity Scenarios:
Projections of 21st century change in
biodiversity and ecosystem services

Global Biodiversity Outlook 3
Convention on Biological Diversity,
5 October 2010

Ocean Ecosystem Services
Science to Action, 2010

Living with the Sea
Science to Action, 2010

Marine Managed Areas:
What, Why, and Where

Science to Action, 2010

Living Planet Report 2010:
Biodiversity, Biocapacity, and Development

WWF, 20 October 2010

The Effect of the Global Financial Crisis
on Emerging and Developing Economies

Institute for Public Policy Research, 2010

Mapping the Outcomes of Citizen Engagement
Institute of Development Studies (IDS), 2010

Social Watch Report 2010:
A Citizens Global Progress Report
on Poverty Eradication and Gender Equality

Europe External Policy Advisors, 2010

Global Knowledge for Global Change
IDS Annual Report 2010

Valuing Sustainability Primer
Network for Business Sustainability, 2010

World Social Science Report:
Knowledge Divides


National Capacity Self-Assessments
UNDP, August 2010

Photo Gallery of Winners by Region
European Union
International Drawing Competition
on Gender Equality, 2010

Climate Change Connections:
Gender and Population

WEDO, 2010

Development and Climate Change
World Development Report 2010

World Bank, 2010

Access to Collection of
World Development Reports
World Bank, 1978-2010

Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment



United Nations Data
UN Statistics Database
UN MDG Indicators
UN Human Development Index (HDI)

UNCSD/IISD Data for CSD-16
Sustainable Development Policy
& Practice Knowledgebase

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)

TopTen Search Tool (Europe)
Indentifies the most energy-efficient
appliances on the European market

TopTen Search Tool (USA)
Indentifies the most energy-efficient
appliances on the American market

Sustainable Society Index
Interactive Map

Social Science Space
A space to explore, share and shape
the issues facing social scientists

Interactive Mapping of
Population and Climate Change

Population Action International

Global Advocates Toolbox
Population Action International

Development Timelines Data Application
Eldis Community, 1 February 2011

Green Media Toolshed
Green Media Tools

Toolbox Top Ten
Progressive Communications Net

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

UNESCO Education for
Sustainable Development

Global Corruption Barometer
Transparency International, 2010

Analysis of Supply Chains

Happy Planet Index (HPI)

Global Debt Clock

Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

Human Development Index (HDI)

Living Planet Index (LPI)

Quality of Life Index (QOLI)

Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI)

Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI)

Carbon Footprint Calculator

Climate Scoreboard

Global Climate Dashboard

Oil Reporter

Green Transitions Scoreboard

OECD Social Institutions
and Gender Index (SIGI)

OECD Gender, Institutions
and Development Database

TouchGraph Browser Google

Community Earth System Model 1.0

How to master complex projects

World Digital Library (WDL)

HathiTrust Digital Library

INED Population Simulator

WorldWideScience Search Engine

US Government
MetaLib Search Engine

Apps for Development

Adaptation Learning Mechanism

ENVISION Version 5
GIS-based tool for scenario-based community and regional planning and environmental assessments
Oregon State University



Conference Alerts
Find Conferences Worldwide
by Topic, Country, or Keywords.

Calls for Papers
Find Calls for Papers Worldwide
by Specialization, Country, or Keywords.

Journal Articles
The latest Tables of Contents
from thousands of scholarly journals
Search by journal title, ISNN, or keywords


Environmental Film Festival
Washington DC
15-27 March 2011

Resilience, Innovation, and Sustainability:
Navigating the Complexities of Global Change

Arizona State University
11-16 March 2011

Earth System Governance
Colorado State University
17-20 May 2011

International Ecumenical Peace Convocation
Kingston, Jamaica
17-25 May 2011

Sustainability Transitions
Second International Conference
Lund, Sweden
13-15 June 2011

Women's Worlds 2011
Ottawa, Canada
3-7 July 2011

Global Studies Conference
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
18-20 July 2011

System Dynamics Conference
Washington DC, USA
24-28 July 2011

Technological Innovation Systems:
Conceptual, Methodological,
and Empirical Advances

EAWAG, Gothenburg
15-19 August 2011

Technology Transfer in a Global Economy
University of Augsburg, Germany
21–23 September 2011

International Conclave on Climate Change
Center for Climate Change
Engineering Staff College of India
Hyderabad, India
12-14 October 2011

40th Annual Conference
of the North American Association
for Environmental Education

Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
12-15 October 2011

25th International Congress for
Conservation Biology (ICCB 2011)

Christchurch, New Zealand
28 November - 2 December 2011

Behavior, Energy & Climate Change
Conference (BCEE 2011)

Washington DC, USA
29 November - 2 December 2011

UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2012

3. Advances in Sustainable Development

  • Approaching the Limits to Growth, Paul Chefurka, February 2011.
  • Ecological Footprint Atlas, Global Footprint Network, 24 November 2010..
  • What's blocking sustainability? Human nature, cognition, and denial, Bill Rees, Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy, Fall 2010.
  • 4. Advances in Integral Human Development

  • Human Development Index and the Ecological Footprint, Global Footprint Network, 10 February 2011.
  • Population 7 Billion, Robert Kunzig, National Geographic, January 2011.
  • The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development, Human Development Report, United Nations, 4 November 2010.
  • 5. Advances in Integrated Sustainable Development

  • Energy Report & Scenarios 2000-2050, World Wide Fund for Nature, February 2011.
  • Green Economy Report, United Nations Environmental Program, February 2011.
  • World Energy Outlook 2010, UN International Energy Agency, 9 November 2010.
  • 6. Sustainability Games, Databases, and Knowledgebases

  • Sustainable Development Policy & Practice Knowledgebase, UNCSD/IISD, 2011.
  • Environmental Knowledge, Maps, and Graphics Library, UNEP/GRID-Arendal, 2011.
  • Ecological Footprint Data and Trends, Global Footprint Network, October 2010.
  • 7. Visualizations of the Sustainable Development Process

  • Sustainable Land Development Inititiative, TriplePundit, 2 December 2010.
  • Sustainable-Development-Model-318x273
    Source: TriplePundit
    This is a hierarchical model that visualizes sustainable development in terms of three interacting dimensions, each with three interaction sub-dimensions:

  • Profit (economics)
    Create Value
    Eliminate Waste
    Recognize Interdependence
  • Planet (the human habitat)
    Natural Resources
    Energy Flows
    Humans & Nature
  • People (society)
    Share Knowledge
    Accept Responsibility
    Quality of Life

  • Fifteen Global Challenges for Humanity, Millennium Project, 2010.
  • MillenniumProject-15GlobalChallenges-315x235
    Source: Millennium Project
    The lines show all the interactions between 15 challenges facing humanity. It provides a better visualization of the complexity of the process.

    Assuming that the 15 challenges can be analyzed in groups of 5, the number of group combinations to be analyzed is 15!/10!5!, or 3003. If the order in which they are considered matters, then the number of challenge permutations to be analyzed is 15!, or 1307674368000.

    Computers can crunch numbers, but resolving these 15 challenges together requires more than number crunching.

  • The Perfect Recipe, Concita Ladelfa, EuroEcoTeens.Net, Energy and Environment Comenius Project, 23 November 2010.
  • sustainable-development-euroecoteens-315x302
    Source: Comenius Project
    This is the best visualization. It shows that, in the ultimate analysis, the transition from consumerism to sustainability must happen in human minds and hearts before it can happen at any level - local, national, or global.

    This model suggests the additional (and critical) insight that the transition is contingent on gender equality and cross-gender solidarity. Sustainable development will require the collaboration of all men and women of good will.

    The transition from homo economicus to homo ecologicus requires gender equality, because the ecological mindset cannot take root and grow as long as humans are engaged in any form of domination; and patriarchy is the most pervasive structure of domination.

    8. Sustainable Development Modeling and Simulation

  • Advancing Integrated Systems Modelling Framework for Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment, Anthony Halog and Yosef Manik, Sustainability, 23 February 2011.
  • Modelling Global Green Investment Scenarios, Andrea Bassi, Millennium Institute, Chapter 13 of the UNEP Green Economy Report, February 2011
  • Sustainable Development Simulation (SDSIM) Version 1.4, Pelican Web, February 2011.
  • 9. Sustainable Development and the International Community

  • Millennium Development Goals, United Nations Summit Meeting 20-22 September 2010.
  • Education for Sustainable Development, United Nations "Decade of Education for Sustainable Development" (2005-2014), UNESCO.
  • United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women, launched 24 February 2011.

  • WCC-MAY2011
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