sustainable development

An approach to developing anything that recognizes the need to meet the challenges of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

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17 Goals to Rule Them All: How the SDGs Can Benefit Organizations

Ultimately, the SDGs will affect organizations and institutions of all shapes and sizes, from the European Union to municipalities and corporations, and engagement…
For the audacious sustainable development goals to be met, we need to harness the enthusiasm brought to the Occupy movement.

For the SDGs to Succeed, Combine Old and New Power

Many of us have heard about public-private partnerships and other multi-stakeholder initiatives. But what if we looked at a new type of partnership-…
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The Sustainable Development Goals Need a Can-Do Attitude

Global Reporting Initiative's Deputy Chief pushes back on all the Sustainable Development Goal pessimism that passed around last week. She sees hope, opportunity…

The U.N. Tackles Sustainable Tourism, Sort Of

The U.N.’s proposed Sustainable Development Goals address sustainable tourism with three targets, for the first time. But, not everyone agrees on the path…
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The Trends That Are Creating the Next Wave of Sustainable Business Models

Today’s focus? Sustainability. Below are a few of the trends that are creating the next wave of sustainable business models.

Voluntary Mechanisms to Mandatory Action

The $250 trillion firepower of the world's capital markets needs actionable information to decarbonize their portfolios. Regulators need to make this mandatory.

History of Climate Negotiations up to Paris COP21

The upcoming United Nations climate negotiations are shaping up to be the biggest, potentially most historic gathering of global climate and environment leaders…

The Role Cities Can Play In Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Cities use 78 percent of energy globally, according to a United Nations report, and produce over 60 percent of carbon emissions. So, they…

CSR-Friendly Tax Policy: Unlocking Value and Aligning Interests

Tax policy can enhance the social impact of business and support business at the same time, says Wayne Dunn, president of the CSR…
The Shams 1 solar power plant in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is one of dozens of solar power projects generating clean energy in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Solar Surges in the Middle East and North Africa

Last year was a breakthrough year for solar in the Middle East with over 30 solar projects awarded – a ten-fold increase on…
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Obama Administration Launches Smart Cities Initiative

The Obama administration announced a new smart cities initiative that promises $160 million in federal grants to help cities find new solutions to…
United Nations Nominates Next Secretary-General

Are the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals Doomed?

On Sept. 25, more than 150 world leaders will convene at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to formally adopt an…
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Productive Energy Use: A Catalyzer for Rural Energy and Water Access

Pico-solar lighting and solar home systems have proved themselves as revolutionary entry-level energy access technologies for low-income rural communities. These technologies have kick-started…
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Early Lights on the Road to COP21 Turning Green

Just about everyone who is paying attention to climate change is looking forward with anticipation to the COP21 meeting in Paris. Indeed, many…

Choose Between Prosperity and Sustainability: Both?

By greening economic growth, we can create prosperity and wealth -- while also safeguarding our environment and our climate, argues Li Yong, director…