In Paris this year, remember Vienna 1985

16 Sep 2015 by Tomoko Furusawa

South BeachThinking of the ozone layer as the the planet's sunscreen is a good illustration of how it protects the web of life. Photo by Thomas Hawk, licensed under CC2.0.
On September 16th this year, the world should take a bow. It was thirty years ago, on this day that the international community gathered in Vienna to agree on a common course of action to eliminate the industrial use of chemicals that were depleting the earth’s ozone layer. The Vienna Convention has since emerged as one of the most successful global treaties of all time. … Read more

For innovation to work in development, keep calm and rock the boat

01 Sep 2015 by Gina Meutia

Stale ideas, like status quos, have strong survival instincts, rooted in our own limitations. It’s a tough fight. But make no mistake, it’s also the good fight. … Read more

For Asia and Pacific, stronger civil society voices could be key to Post-2015 challenges

18 Aug 2015 by Nicholas Booth and Beniam Gebrezghi

We need not only to help strengthen civil society’s capacities to deliver on the new SDGs, but to ensure that countries develop the right enabling environment for them to do so. UNDP Bangladesh Photo
Precisely because of civil society’s role in representing the interests of the poorest, most marginalised and excluded groups, its role seems more urgent than ever before in every aspect of a new agenda which seeks to ensure that no-one is left behind, whether in terms of access to health and education, a better environment and more effective action against climate change, and gender equality. … Read more

The future is made in China

12 Aug 2015 by Louise Xi Li

innovation and futurescaping in China
The potential benefits of predicting future innovations can be felt in fields from healthcare to transportation to banking. Discovering and mapping new ideas and innovations can yield effective solutions to the persistent deprivations as the world prepares to adopt a new set of development challenges. … Read more

The poor by any other name

24 Jul 2015 by Richard Marshall, Nguyen Bui Linh and Sarah Reed

Making invisible urban poverty visible will be the first step to tackling it, to building more inclusive, sustainable societies. Photo: Christine Zenino [CC BY 2.0]
What urban poverty studies in Viet Nam might tell us about the changing face of Asian poverty … Read more