Solving complex environmental problems requires looking at them in a holistic way. UNU-FLORES is turning such a ‘nexus approach’ into reality with a platform that lets decision makers find the appropriate modelling tools for dealing with the challenges they face.
As the world marks International Youth Day, say two youth activists, it is deeply ironic that hardly any attention will be paid to the shrinking space for young human rights defenders who increasingly find themselves on the receiving end of government repression.
We must work to overcome hunger not only for economic and political reasons, but also because it is the right thing to do, argues former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The public, private and nonprofit sectors, as well as religious leaders, all need to become fully engaged, she says.
The UN has two decades of experience with disarming, demobilizing and reintegrating (DDR) combatants. A UNU edited volume explores whether DDR approaches can be adapted to today’s new contexts and how DDR relates to the emerging field of countering violent extremism.
As the world continues to urbanize, global emergencies will increasingly be concentrated in cities, particularly in lower income and fragile countries where the pace of urbanization is fastest. More research is needed on how best to increase resilience in cities already pushed to the brink, explains John de Boer of the UNU Centre for Policy Research.
‘Balloon effects’ displace problems rather than truly solving them, and research shows that global commons like tuna stocks are being impacted.
There is a common misconception that refugees are a financial burden on European societies. However, many possess knowledge and experience of value and are dedicated to learning new skills. If we remove barriers, explains UNU-GCM research intern Alice Beste, this diverse group has the potential to contribute positively to receiving countries.
The Helio 100 small-scale modular concentrated solar power array “is manufacturable and installable by two sets of hands”. Once the South African inventors refine the technology, and economies of scale follow, the system may revolutionise the renewable energy market.
An impressive 96% of electricity used by Norwegians comes from their country’s hydropower resources. Yet, Norway could produce much more hydro and serve as Europe’s “green battery” in an interesting scheme to swap renewable energy amongst neighbours with surpluses being exported and power imported as national needs change.
Off-the-grid experimentalists are working toward establishing floating communities using aquaculture practices to meet residents’ food and energy needs, and providing platforms for new political and social systems.
There remain just 100 days before November’s UN climate summit in Paris and citizens around the globe are voicing calls for a strong agreement. A Dutch court recently ruled that greenhouse gas reduction is a state obligation. Here’s what that could mean for the rest of the world.
Planet Earth is becoming hyperconnected. How can we support positive change and use technology to create a better world? Finnish think tank Demos Helsinki has identified 10 principles to guide development in a way that ensures it will be a more utopian than dystopian future.
Australian humpback whales are “an exemplary model of recovery, especially within a marine environment experiencing rapid and concurrent expansion in industrial and exploration activities”, says a new research review. The increase is among the highest documented in the world and shows no indication of diminishing.
Traditional knowledge and a holistic culture are key factors in the longevity of many indigenous peoples. Yet today they are all under intense pressure to be part of a globalised economic system that offers some benefits but too often destroys their land and culture. Stephen Leahy demonstrates why this paradigm should be flipped around.