Accustomed to abundant, convenient food supplies, Australians have a complacent attitude to urban food security.
The draft agenda for the UN urban development conference in Quito neglects the food systems on which the wellbeing of the world's 4 billion city dwellers depends.
The right to a better future.
A report tracking progress on new global education goals shows how far there is to go.
A distinctive feature of the New Urban Agenda is that it redefines informal settlements, such as Dharavi in Mumbai, India, as an asset based on their potential to promote economic growth.
More than 25,000 delegates will meet in Quito in October to set out a New Urban Agenda for the UN, to be implemented over the next 20 years. But Australia is yet to play a major role in the process.
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Increased development is always unsustainable, so let's stop kidding ourselves.
The first international water decade was a great success ... so why do we need another?
Clean water and access to food are two of the most priceless ecosystem services.
Current land-use patterns could see the value of 'ecosystem services' – the natural processes that sustain life – plummet by mid-century. But with the right policies we can turn this trend around.
Mega development projects can have a positive impact. But there are risks. Between 2004 and 2013, some 3.4 million people were ‘physically and economically displaced’ by World Bank projects alone.
Time to take a different road?
The world's use of finite resources continues to rise as global development continues. Can we help poorer nations raise their standard of living without exhausting all of our raw materials?
Clean water can help to break the link between poor hygiene and eye diseases such as trachoma.
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As Australia joins a New York summit to discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goals, it still faces questions over whether it is meeting water standards at home.
Women have borne the brunt of global inequality.
The corporate world must embrace human rights as a fundamental business priority.
Mothers and their babies at a clinic in Johannesburg. South Africa leads the Global South with its expansive social protection programme.
The gendered nature of social welfare is invisible and taken for granted – particularly in development contexts.It's time to debate a more gender-sensitive and equitable welfare agenda in the South.
The United Nations is asking countries to work towards policies that progressively achieve greater equality.
Discussion about tax reform has been dominated by self-interest, with the real purpose of tax lost.
Australia has isolated sustainable development projects, like Adelaide’s Bowden precinct that got Princes Charles’ attention in 2015, but lacks an overarching commitment to sustainability.
The challenges we face demand profound changes in our thinking and priorities. Replacing the Productivity Commission with a National Sustainability Commission would help us make this paradigm shift.
Australians are some of the worst wasters in the developed world.
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Australia still rests too heavily on its luck, and not enough on its brains.
Why not join the fight against elephant poaching instead?
Companies can help both society and the bottom line by spending the price of a 30-second Super Bowl spot on something that benefits society.
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After 15 years, we take stock of what has been achieved – and what still needs to be done.
NIgerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Sustainable development is one of the priorities of Nigeria's new government. This is an opportunity to combat problems detrimental to the country's economy and ecosystems.
Newly built toilets at Harper transit site in Liberia.
While everyone needs access to proper sanitation to stay healthy, for girls and women it is also an issue of safety and equal participation in society.
Poor sanitation leads to diseases like malnutrition and stunted growth in children. It also makes them sick and unable to attend school.
We know that Africa's cities need better sanitation. But is the global focus on private rather than shared toilets really the best approach?
These Vietnamese tea farmers are set to benefit from the deal. Others might not be so lucky.
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership has been described by its backers as a boon for development. But with no concrete commitments, nor any mention of climate, it is really at odds with the UN development agenda.