From Iceland and the US to Kenya and Indonesia, geothermal energy is on the rise as power producers around the world are increasingly turning their attention to the heat beneath our feet.
In the Pacific, a regional framework to address human mobility in the context of climate change could provide legal safeguards while also protecting the customary rights of climate migrants.
Patents are encroaching on a growing range of crops — a trend that has plant breeders, environmentalists, and food security experts working to ensure that genetic resources continue to belong to the commons as a public good.
Human Rights Day 2016 is a call to action to step up and defend the rights of those at risk of discrimination or violence, to stand against intolerance and hatred, and act to promote human dignity and the values of compassionate societies.
A look at October–November 2016 developments in state diplomacy, funding, alliances and policy in response to a continuing surge of international migration.
Despite the recent UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, tensions surrounding the movement of refugees and migrants remain high. Renewed efforts to stem the flow of irregular migrants could have a negative impact on those in need of protection.
With the world’s attention fixed on migration, it is vital that Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda usher in a new narrative on urban development that centres on promoting migrants’ inclusion in cities.
Outcomes from the recent UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants and the US-hosted Leaders’ Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis are encouraging indicators that governments are developing a more unified approach to addressing large movements of migrants and refugees.
Does migration cause development or vice versa? There is often a misunderstanding — or even a wilful ignorance — about the linkages between the two.
UNU Junior Fellow Bavo Stevens looks at some of the prevailing models of migration governance and the challenges presented by fragmented migration policy perspectives among nations, regions and global forums.
Habitat III is an opportunity to pave the way for culturally and contextually sensitive solutions to the challenges of rapid urbanisation in small island developing states.
Building “resilience” is a common development goal, but the concept’s varied interpretation presents many challenges when moving from notion to political discourse and sound policy.
An emerging rural-urban disparity in carbon emissions demonstrates how equal access to resources should form the bedrock of future urbanisation and climate governance.
A look at Kanazawa’s cityscape and richness of crafts that have developed in response to winter — snapshots of how climate and natural environment influence material culture and lifestyles.