Posts tagged ‘Sustainable Development’

2015 needs to become the beginning of an era

Reflections on the year ahead, by Gabriele Koehler.

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The World We Want: Equality and Equity?

It is becoming increasingly clear that the new global agreement on how to end poverty should include more emphasis on the fight against inequality and inequity. Are we discovering the political side of “sustainable development”?

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“Rio +20” fails to deliver for the Planet, for Poor People, or for Future Generations

An initial response to the draft Outcome Document, to be adopted at the “Rio +20” summit. (Earlier post contains more analysis)

Dóchas today expressed disappointment with the draft Outcome Document that will be formally adopted by Heads of State and Governments at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.
“The theme for this gigantic UN Summit was ‘The Future We Want’, and many organisations have argued that that future starts with the decisions to be taken here in Rio, during the 3 days of the Summit. But we have to conclude that Governments have largely failed to take ANY decisions”, said Hans Zomer, Director of Dóchas, and representing 49 Irish Development NGOs at the summit.

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Continue Reading 21/06/2012 at 2:02 am 1 comment

“Rio +20” – How much of a failure was it?

A quick assessment, and a list of other commentary, of the outcome of the “Rio+20” UN summit on Sustainable Development, June 2012

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Continue Reading 19/06/2012 at 8:40 pm 1 comment

Change is unavoidable, so we must choose the change we want

Ireland is in bad need for positive news. The weather is disappointing, and our football team has failed to lift the mood of a nation that is reeling from economic crisis as well as a sense of loss of independence and of identity. The financial crisis, which has left thousands of people across the country struggling to make ends meet, is compounded by a profound feeling of national self-doubt, as the “Celtic Tiger” has gone from a supposed model for other European countries to becoming the ultimate symbol of hubris and wastage.

Our Government and President have both been elected on a platform of change, and on the back of a promise to re-invent the Republic. And this is only right: It is very obvious that the way we did things in Ireland no longer provides a useful, or desirable, model for the future.

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Continue Reading 18/06/2012 at 4:49 pm Leave a comment

What to Read – A “Rio+20” anthology

A short overview of key documents ahead of the “Rio+20” summit on Sustainable Development

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Continue Reading 29/05/2012 at 11:21 am 4 comments

Rio+20 – A Time To Move Forward

Some reflections ahead of the June 2012 UN conference on Sustainable Development

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Continue Reading 08/05/2012 at 6:49 am 1 comment

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Today is World Food Day. A day to celebrate that the days of truly enormous famines are over:
Meet "Chocolate Mamas", producers of chocolate in #Tanzania, creating Tanzanian jobs. While #cocoa is grown in West Africa and Asia, most #chocolate (the finished product) is made in Europe or the USA. Meet Jaki Kweka, who is trying to change that.
By creating protected areas and national parks and by limiting the spread of soy bean cultivation, Brazil has managed to drastically reduce the amount of rain forest being cleared.
Costa Rica, #Afghanistan, China, #India and Albania are all embracing renewable energy sources.
Social change needs empowered citizens, and empowered citizens need occasional encouragement. Great to hear that we're not the only ones who believe in the power of positive news!
50,000 rice farmers in #IvoryCoast are now working with better seeds, improving food security in the West African country. As a result, harvests have increased. Source: World Bank, photo: Jbdodane / CC BY
Sub-Saharan Africa’s first light rail system starts operations. As Ethiopians celebrate their New Year, they also prepare to mark the beginning of operations of a tram system in the #Ethiopian capital #AddisAbaba. Read more:
Going Mobile in #Malawi”. A mobile phone information service established last year to provide timely information to rural poor farmers in a southern African country, has been used nearly half a million times since its launch. Established in Malawi by Gorta-Self Help Africa last year, the ‘321’ voice-activated service provides subscribers to the country’s largest mobile phone network with farm information and advice that they can access at the push of a button. And it’s all free.
10,000 copies of "The World's Best News" were distributed all over #ireland today! See how The Irish Times described our newspaper, and click the link to read all the articles online!

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