As the world mobilizes against gender-based violence against women this 25 November, and throughout the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, migrant women must be empowered to denounce domestic violence and access appropriate support.
Given their status as women, stateless and part of an ethno-religious minority, Rohingya women (and girls) are particularly vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence that can affect not only their physical and psychological development but can restrict the socio-economic opportunities available to them both within Myanmar and in their new country of residence.
Imagine finding yourself in a place that was supposed to be a refuge but ends up causing you more fear than the violence that forced you to flee your homeland? International rules are clear on protecting women refugees but now it’s time to ensure effective implementation, argues UNU research intern Marija Obradovic.
At the opening of the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the body tasked with the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women, a political declaration was adopted reaffirming commitment to the outcome of the historic 1995 Beijing women’s conference.
A new UN report is described as a “solutions” guide that explains how nations can deploy a wide range of proven policies and use existing initiatives to meet the double challenge of climate change and sustainable development.
UK energy and climate change secretary Amber Rudd has vowed to close the country’s coal-fired stations by 2025 but says the balance has swung too far in favour of green policies.
With the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris coming up at the end of this month, some positive news came out of last week’s Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol: all 197 UN member countries agreed to use the protocol for phasing down climate-change-inducing hydrofluorocarbon emissions.
Philosopher Byung-Chul Han argues that despite the invocation of “community” and the “sharing economy” as a new form of freedom, a subtle system of domination still prevails and makes revolution no longer possible.
David Boiller reviews “The Ecology of Law: Toward a Legal System in Tune with Nature and Community”. He describes it as a big-picture account of the history of law as an artefact of the mechanical worldview — a legacy that we must transcend if we are to overcome many contemporary problems, particularly ecological disaster.
The first findings from a major study on public perceptions of the benefits provided by the ocean suggest that there may already be considerable common ground on which to build and promote sustainable marine management issues.
Compared with the last major attempt to get the world on a more desirable emissions trajectory at COP15 in Copenhagen, this month’s COP21 in Paris is happening in a landscape transformed in a few key ways. The world stands at the cusp of an unprecedented era of policy experimentation in driving a clean energy transition.
Chief Economist and Deputy Director of UNU-WIDER Tony Addison looks briefly at the three areas mentioned in Sustainable Development Goal #8 — growth, work and jobs — and explains how recent research is challenging popular thinking on these topics.
Through the lens of one of the world’s most translated literary classics, UNU’s William Dunbar clarifies essential concepts and values of indigenous ecosystem stewardship and community control of natural resources.
To mark World Toilet Day, UNU’s Shyama Ramaniel looks at the new Sustainable Development Goal #6 and what it will take to tackle sanitation in a truly equitable and sustainable way.
Amid growing concern about the world’s ability to handle a massive sanitation problem, researchers are working to convert human waste into a resource that benefits farmers, creates jobs and generates business opportunities.
About 2.5 billion people lack adequate sanitation facilities, and about half only have the option of defecating in the open. UNU-INWEH’s Dr Corinne Schuster-Wallace describes a programme that is helping disadvantaged communities across the world to implement holistic, affordable and sustainable change to combat waterborne diseases.
Research using an African vetiver grass species to treat industrial effluents and domestic wastewater is showing promise under a project by the UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa in partnership with Ebonyi State University in Nigeria.
In the heart of Shanghai, where modernization and urban renewal mix with traditional everyday practices, equal access to toilets could depend on coexistence of alternative sanitation systems.
A new UNU publication explores a hybrid financing framework for rural water, sanitation and hygiene provisioning in sub-Saharan Africa based on community networks and third party collateral.
This photo essay of homegarden systems in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam illustrates a paper co-authored by several UNU researchers showing how homegardens are ecologically, socially, and economically diversified and how beneficial they are to human well-being.