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Here’s a goal: no new coal mines. Coal mine image from www.shutterstock.com

Sustained economic growth: United Nations mistakes the poison for the cure

By championing economic growth, the Sustainable Development Goals are a barely disguised defence of the market fundamentalism that underpins business-as-usual. But in an age of planetary limits, sustained economic growth is not the solution to our social and environmental ills, but their cause.
Michael Otieno, a pharmacist, dispenses anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs at a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. Among the new sustainable development goals is promoting mental health and well being and achieving universal health care. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

New development goals on health need more work to be realistic

The sustainable development goals will be ratified by the United Nations next week but there are a few lessons it should learn from the failed millennium development goals.
Good governance is a foundation for sustainable development under the new goals. Lars Plougmann/Flickr

Explainer: the world’s new sustainable development goals

Later this week, world leaders will gather at the United Nations in New York and adopt a set of Sustainable Development Goals to guide global development.
Australia’s prodigious coal output is one of the factors that count against it in a new appraisal of sustainability among OECD nations. John Englart/Wikimedia Commons

Australia is among the most liveable nations, but it lags other countries on sustainability

A survey of OECD nations puts Australia 18th out of 34 on progress towards the world's new sustainability goals. It scores well on quality of life, but lets itself down on - you guessed it - climate.
Police officers stand guard in downtown Shanghai. China’s pollution crisis has reached epic proportions, driven by the country’s relentless pursuit of economic growth. Reuters/Aly Song

Why the new Sustainable Development Goals won’t make the world a fairer place

The pursuit of endless industrial growth is chewing through our living planet, producing poverty and threatening our existence. The new Sustainable Development Goals fail to deal with this.
The UN at 70 - over the hill or still in its prime? UN

Five challenges for the UN in 2015

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. Like all anniversaries, this is an occasion for profound reflection. To put it politely, the list of global challenges that the UN…
The future of company reporting is largely being shaped by the big four accounting firms. Alf Storm/Flickr

Big accounting firms taking the lead on sustainable development

Accountants around the world are currently considering how the organisations they work for can meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. As experts in measurement and data controls, analysis, reporting…
Why don’t the new draft Sustainable Development Goals mention culture? Ron SdotC/Flickr

To have sustainable development, we need to consider culture

At the end of July draft Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were released by the United Nations-appointed Open Working Group. Those of us hoping to see culture identified as part of those goals were…
Burkina Faso has put culture - such as film production and festivals - at the heart of its sustainability strategy. EPA

Real sustainable development requires change through culture

Next up on the global development agenda: the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). The UN hopes the goals will form a framework of rules and ideals that can influence development plans and actions…

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