Tag Archives: Sustainable Development

Smart Islands: Blueprints for the Future?
By admin May 14, 2019

In 2017, the Institute for Environmental Analytics (IEA) announced that they would be undertaking a new project using environmental data to create an energy planning tool aimed at islands increasing renewable energy use. The Renewable Energy Space Analytics Tool (RE-SAT) is now in partnership with the Government of Seychelles, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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Is Blockchain the Future of Renewable Energy?
By admin April 30, 2019

Blockchain is a technology that was originally created for the digital currency, Bitcoin, essentially allowing digital information to be distributed but not copied. However, since then it has come a long way in the tech world, and it now has potential uses that span a wide range of industries. One of these industries is energy.

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Power Play: Jessica O. Matthews Harnessing Kinetic Renewable Energy to Light the World
By admin April 15, 2019

What if you could generate power by kicking around a soccer ball? Jessica O. Matthews, founder and CEO of Uncharted Power, formerly known as Uncharted Play, did just that with SOCCKET, a portable power-generating soccer ball designed to promote physical activity and spread awareness about the global energy problem. Matthews, a dual citizen of Nigeria

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Autism and Entrepreneurship: A Look at the Rising Tide Car Wash
By admin April 2, 2019

In 2008, The United Nations General Assembly unanimously decided that 2 April would be recognized as World Autism Awareness Day to acknowledge and advocate for the estimated one percent of the world’s population that has autism spectrum disorder – in the US it is estimated that around 1 in 59 people, over 3.5 million Americans,

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Could Bees Be the Future of Pollution Monitoring?
By admin March 26, 2019

For the first time, scientists are theorizing that beehives could be possible detectors of air pollutants in cities. A study was published in Nature Sustainability this month, outlining the findings from scientists from the University of British Columbia (UBC) who examined honey from urban beehives in six Vancouver neighborhoods. The project initially began when a

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A Green Economy By 2030: The Caribbean’s Commitment To Renewable Energy
By admin February 19, 2019

The top ten contributing countries to Global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions account for 72 percent of total emissions versus the bottom one hundred, who emit under 3 percent. However, the consequences affect all in the form of global warming, giving moral incentive to take the lead in renewable energy. The Caribbean is a prime example

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The Circular Economy & Development
By admin November 2, 2018

  At the beginning of 2018, the World Economic Forum stated embracing the circular economy was “the biggest opportunity of our lifetime.” The circular economy is a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design. This framework builds economic, natural, and social capital and is based on three principles: (1) design out

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Fall Armyworm and Global Food Security: Why should we be concerned?
By admin August 21, 2018

Since its outbreak in Nigeria in 2016, the Fall Armyworm has spread precipitously across sub-Saharan Africa and has extended to India.  The Fall Armyworm (FAW), or Spodoptera frugiperda is an insect that is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. In its larva stage, it can cause significant damage to crops, if not meticulously

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Waging Climate War: Australia Battles Over an Emissions Reduction Target
By admin July 23, 2018

The “Land Down Under” has experienced huge developments in its energy industry. But despite headlines of a Tesla solar farm and the installation of the biggest lithium-ion battery storage, Australia continues to generate 63 percent of its electricity from coal, making it one of the most coal-dependent nations in the world. (AU Department of Environment and

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FDI: What can the developing countries do differently?
By admin July 17, 2018

In the face of inadequate resources to finance infrastructure and long-term sustainable development in a significant number of the developing countries, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has assumed a prominent place as an integral part of an open and effective international economic system and a major catalyst for development. The World Bank defines FDI as a

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The Reality of Living Amid Climate Change
By admin July 9, 2018

In the last week, headlines have been full of devastating news on extreme weather events linked to climate change and sea level rise. A heat wave skyrocketed energy demand on the Los Angeles grid, leaving tens of thousands without power; in addition to wild forest fires due to drier conditions that have once again forced

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The Poverty-Environment-Development Nexus: Implications for Sustainable Development
By admin July 3, 2018

The Poverty-Environment Initiative, a global UN enterprise that supports country-led efforts to mainstream poverty-environment linkages, has produced exciting new knowledge drawn from the last ten years of specific UN interventions in 23 countries in Africa, Europe, Latin American and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. The term ‘poverty-environment-development nexus’ refers to the mutually inclusive linkages

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The Elephant in the Room: Corruption Sets the Stage for Development
By admin July 2, 2018

Corruption has been identified as the single most significant obstacle to economic and social development; its claws are systematic, enduring and far-reaching and have long been considered a hindrance to good governance. US$1 trillion is paid in bribes annually while an estimated US$2.6 trillion is stolen through corrupt activities – a sum that is equivalent

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A Plastic Friendship: Dumping Commodified Trash
By admin June 25, 2018

Every year, the world generates a total of 1.3 billion tons of waste – a number that is expected to rise to 4 billion tons by 2100 as global consumption increases and waste is mismanaged. A tenth of our waste is disposed of through incinerated and another four-fifths is dumped in landfills, while the remaining

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Is Sub-Saharan Africa Making Progress Toward SDG 7?
By admin June 19, 2018

  In 2014, approximately 62.5 percent of the 1.06 billion people living without access to electricity resided in Sub-Sahara Africa. This represented 6 out of 10 people or about 609 million people; more than any other region of the world.  Nearly 80% of those lacking access to electricity across sub-Saharan Africa live in rural communities.

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Carbon is rising, What now?
By admin June 18, 2018

BP released its annual Statistical Review of World Energy last week, revealing good news as well as some surprising trend reversals. After 3 years of stagnation, carbon emissions went up by 1.6 percent in 2017. This was driven, in part, by an increase in coal consumption for the first time since 2013. Generally, global GDP

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NASCAR, Talking Animals, and Closing the Protection Gap
By admin February 22, 2018

Many Americans will recognize brand jingles, talking geese and gecko mascots, red umbrellas, and NASCAR race-car drivers endorsing insurance brands. These insurance companies provide help to individuals and businesses to manage and mitigate risks. The traditional insurance market operates as a pooling of resources (through premiums) from its policyholders and pays affected policyholders who experience

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Asia-Pacific’s Slow Progress on Development Goals
By admin July 12, 2017

A recent United Nations regional Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Baseline Report has come to the conclusion that the Asia-Pacific region needs to boost its development efforts in order to successfully meet the SDG set by the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs. The original target timeframe to achieve the listed goals is by 2030. According

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Disaster Risk Reduction on the Global Agenda
By admin May 26, 2017

  The 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (the Global Forum) was held between May 22 and 26 in Cancun, Mexico. Some 6,000 Heads of State, policy makers, disaster risk managers, civil society and other participants attended the forum. It is the first time that an important international forum was dedicated to the disaster

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THE BASSIOUNI GROUP (TBG CAPITAL) AND SPENCER BARNOR CAPITAL JOIN NEWLY LAUNCHED “CONVERGENCE INVESTMENT NETWORK”
By admin April 27, 2017

TBG Capital, The Bassiouni Group’s investment division, is excited to announce a new milestone in its ongoing development: Together with its investment partner Spencer Barnor Capital, TBG Capital has united with the Convergence Investment Network, the newly-launched online platform from Toronto-based Convergence that “connects credible private, public, and philanthropic investors with one another to invest

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Women in Urbanization
By admin March 17, 2017

  Urban population is growing. In 2014, it accounted for 54 percent of the total global population, up from 34 percent in 1960. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), urban population growth is concentrated in the less-developed regions of the world. It is estimated that a majority of people will be living in urban

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Impact Investing for Sustainable Development
By admin March 2, 2017

  Impact investments are investments made with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. The steadily growing impact investment market in recent years has attracted an increasing number of individual and institutional investors, including development finance institutions, banks, private foundations, pension funds, and insurance companies. According to a Report by

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Highlights from Davos 2017
By admin January 19, 2017

Every year in the end of January, the tranquil mountainous resort Davos in the eastern Alps region welcomes thousands of policy and business leaders to discuss challenges of today on the World Economic Forum (WEF). More than 2,500 participants from nearly 100 countries are meeting in the small town and participating in over 300 sessions.

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The Ethical Side of Agricultural Growth Projects in Africa
By admin December 5, 2016

Amongst the many challenges Africa faces today, we can surely enlist obstacles related to food production as one of them. With massive population growth facing countries across the continent, along with the environmental challenges related to climate change and low yield growth, Africa needs to expand food production or it may never resolve its massive

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Shining a Light on Africa’s Energy Poverty
By admin November 1, 2016

Currently, only one in three Africans has access to electricity, according to a new World Bank Report “Making Power Affordable for Africa and Viable for Its Utilities”. The report analyzes data from thirty-nine Sub-Saharan countries, underlining an overall lag in electricity generation capacity, per capita electricity consumption, and household access to electricity. Regarding access to

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Tapping into Volcanos to Find New Renewable Energy Sources
By admin October 31, 2016

In an era of increasing global warming where producers are researching new ways of generating energy in the most sustainable way, a breakthrough has been reached regarding renewables, more specifically, related to water superheated by magma in Iceland. An interesting State-financed project, the Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) had been set up in 2000 to

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Internet of Things (IoT): Technology and Sustainable Development
By admin October 28, 2016

Over the years we have seen how technological advancement and innovations have been reshaping people’s view about modern life while adding tremendous value in our global economy. While we are achieving great social-economic growth via technologies, we must also learn to become better at adopting technologies to facilitate sustainable development, to ultimately secure a long-lasting

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Sustainable Development of Chinese Enterprises Overseas
By admin October 14, 2016

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) official definition, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is known as a “cross-border investment by a resident in one economy with the objective of obtaining a lasting interest in an enterprise resident in another economy.” Ongoing debates surrounding the impacts of FDI on sustainable development, as they

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Linking the Gaps: The “Mesh Wi-Fi” System in Idjwi
By admin October 11, 2016

  The “forgotten” island of Idjwi, in the region of South Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was subjected to an innovative transformation, which has made a significant difference in the lives of its inhabitants. The island lacks infrastructure, technology is almost non-existent and most of the 250,000 people living in the island

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Greening Our Future with “Green Finance”
By admin September 30, 2016

During the recent G20 Summit held in Hangzhou, the importance of scaling up green finance has been recognized, aimed at support environmentally sustainable growth globally. “Green finance,” as defined in the summary of G20 Green Finance Synthesis Report, refers to financing of investments that provide environmental benefits in environmentally sustainable development. It plays a critical

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Middle Eastern Development Needs More Public Health Workers
By admin September 26, 2016

Better health is central to human happiness and well-being, the WHO affirms; it is a fundamental variable influencing people’s ability to exit their poverty traps and contributes to economic progress as healthy populations live longer, are more productive, and save more in the long-term. When talking about the Middle East, experts tend to stress the

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Sustainability and Peace: The Linkages between the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Achieving Peace
By admin September 21, 2016

In a 2015 documentary, “Unity” director Shaun Monson composes over one hundred actors, musicians, entertainers, businessmen, athletes and military personnel to explore the transformation of humanity in five segments. The message conveys the idea that human beings today have achieved the highest level of consciousness of any living creature in history, and it is that

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Great Development Agendas also Need Responsible Investments
By admin September 19, 2016

The 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have among their objectives a lot of noble aspirations ranging from achieving inclusive and quality education, to ensuring full and productive employment, to eradicating hunger and promoting sustainable agriculture. The problem, however, is that these objectives are as noble as they are expensive. The OECD recently estimated that meeting all 17

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G20 and Sustainable Development – A Glance at the G20 Leaders’ Communique Hangzhou Summit
By admin September 9, 2016

Almost one year after the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by all 193 Member States last September, leaders of the G20 gathered in Hangzhou, China to join the group’s eleventh meeting. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also attended the summit and urged further efforts by G20 countries to fulfill their commitments

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The Emerging Face of Extreme Global Poverty
By admin September 6, 2016

In a startling report issued by the United Kingdom-based think tank, Overseas Development Institute, over the next 14-years, Africa will make up almost 90 percent of extreme poverty among children worldwide – nearly a 40 percent increase from figures today. In other terms, one in five children in sub-Saharan Africa will be subjected to poverty

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Why Sustainable Development is the Private Sectors’ Business Too
By admin July 14, 2016

Preparations for Habitat III — a major global summit, formally known as the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, taking place in October in Quito, Ecuador — are moving fast, both in terms of the summit’s expected results and the mobilization of all actors. While national governments are central to the

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Cooperating on Cooperatives
By admin July 6, 2016

World Day for Cooperatives brought attention to the importance of agricultural, social and financial cooperatives in contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). According to the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), cooperatives have seven major characteristics: Voluntary and open membership Democratic member control Member economic participation Autonomy and independence Provision of education, training and information Cooperation

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The Business of All People
By admin June 29, 2016

The annual Cannes Lions, founded in 1954, is a widely publicized eight-day global event for the creative communications, advertising and other related fields. It is considered the largest gathering of worldwide advertising professionals, designers, digital innovators and marketers, this year with attendance rounding over 15,000 delegates from 100 countries. Late last week, UN Secretary-General Ban

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