Sustainable Development

Billionaire US plutocrats such as Charles and David Koch, Robert Mercer, and Sheldon Adelson have long played their politics for personal financial gain – even if it means boosting inequality at home and blocking sustainable development worldwide. To stop them, US citizens will need to regain the upper hand in electoral politics. Read more at [...]

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September 6th, 2017

Land and the SDGs

Think of land use as the most important bridge between the SDGs. Farm land is the key to the survival of millions of smallholder farmers. Land is the key to our food supply. Land rights determine social status, women’s empowerment, and the survival or destruction of cultures, especially of indigenous peoples. Carbon stored on the [...]

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Legend holds that King Canute brought his flatterers to the sea to show them that even a king could not command the ocean waves, that the laws of nature are more powerful than the decrees of men. So pity Donald Trump, who really believes that his executive orders can hold back the tides. Trump is [...]

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Sustainable Development Goals and Global Economic Governance – Prof Jeffrey Sachs from Department of Political Science on Vimeo.

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As a lifelong advocate for development aid for the world’s poor, I am angered by the reported plans of the Trump administration to slash US foreign aid. I know how many children will die or grow up without access to education if President Trump’s proposals are adopted. I know that the financial savings for the [...]

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Even before Donald Trump put America first, the Republican Party had largely walked away from international treaty law. Now Trump’s “America First” is likely to mean a further denigration of international law and process, to the further detriment of America’s national security and long-term interests. Consider the following tale of our times. In 1973 the [...]

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