The values, principles and questions surrounding urban ethics are vital considerations as the global community prepares for the HABITAT III summit where governments will agree on an agenda to guide urban development for the next two decades.
As the world endures increasing rates of species extinction, naturalists and their linguistic allies are also fighting to preserve vanishing languages and vocabularies rich with the subtle distinctions found in flora, fauna, and the landscapes they inhabit.
An interview with journalist and television producer Kyosuke Inoue discussing how the Japanese concepts of satoyama and satoumi could help rethink financial goals, nurture economic sustainability and foster resilient communities.
New research shows that the cognitive capabilities of workers exposed to high concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as those emitted by common office materials, are impeded compared to people working in ‘green’ conditions.
Every year, so much fertile soil is eroded and land land lost to desertification that today the livelihoods of 1.5 billion people are under threat. Agricultural approaches that sequester carbon and enhance resilience to climate change are a must for the future, says UNU alumnus Dr. Ademola Braimoh.
An inventive farmer’s experimentation demonstrates how agroecological awareness and simple technologies can increase drought resilience.
Researchers are finding merit in a traditional practice that uses fire to prepare and enrich soil.
With PALM project support, community-led honey production is helping to reduce the environmental impacts of animal grazing.
Can earthworms help save the planet? ‘VermEcology’ expert Rob J. Blakemore thinks they are key for a number of very convincing reasons.
Wan Ping is inspiring volunteers to help him battle aridification with a land restoration project that halts advancing sand dunes in Khorchin, China.
Author Charles Eisenstein argues that even the most modest challenges to debt legitimacy have revolutionary implications if they help to prompt a common recognition that money is a sociopolitical construct and not an immutable feature of reality to which we can but adapt.
Eighteen years after attending the Kyoto Protocol negotiations, Brendan Barrett took part in last weekend’s People’s Climate March. Here he reflects on what’s ahead as regular people are foisted to the front lines of what author Jeremy Leggett calls “The Carbon Wars”.
Over four million refugees have fled Syria since 2011, leaving around one million children out of school. To confront this crisis, partners from the UN, international agencies, donors, governments and NGOs are working on education options to prevent the escalation of a ‘lost generation’.
The global 16 Days of Activism campaign links International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to Human Rights Day. The team at the UNU Institute for Globalization, Culture and Mobility participated by highlighting essential issues including the importance of language, women with disabilities, migrant women and refugees, and art as activism.
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.
EU institutions must strengthen partnerships with civil society actors in order to live up to their humanitarian responsibility and commitment to shaping open societies that give all migrants and refugees opportunities and lives of dignity, argues UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility research intern Fanny Desvachez.
In honour of International Migrants Day on 18 December, the UNU Migration Network released a very compelling statement calling attention to some of the most important migration concerns that need addressing with future policies.
More Rohingya women and girls have taking dangerous boat journeys to flee from intensified mass violence and increased risk of sexual violence targeting Muslim communities in Myanmar. If they don’t end up tricked by human traffickers, facing forced marriages or being sold into prostitution, they nonetheless struggle to survive in diaspora communities.
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.
The current crisis in the Balkan region clearly shows that intensifying border controls at one crossing point only leads to a geographical reorientation of crossing points. It is thus outrageous, argues UNU-MERIT’s Hein de Haas, that politicians are still trying to make us believe that border controls can ‘solve’ refugee crises.
How do different countries deal with migrant integration? Do policies give immigrants the chance to survive or even excel? Or do policies act as barriers to integration? These are just a few of the questions tackled by UNU-MERIT’s Dr. Özge Bilgili.
During times of conflict and insecurity, maintaining access to education is vital for children’s protection and development. Yet almost 3 million Syrian children are not in school and girls, who face increased threats and loss of access to school in the context of conflict, are particularly at risk.
Twenty-five years of European border restrictions have not only failed to curb immigration but have actually had counterproductive results — through an increase in irregular migration and an increasing dependence of migrants on smugglers, argues UNU-MERIT Prof. Hein de Haas.
Today, migration-related phenomena can affect both the international security of states and the human security of people. UNU’s Valeria Bello explains why this complex issue should not be tainted by prejudice.
Botswana’s Okavango Delta has been listed as the 1,000th World Heritage site. It harbours 24 species of globally-threatened birds and is key to the survival of Botswana’s 130,000 elephants — the largest population of the species in the world.