Three steps that can help governments safeguard their data systems and citizens against future cyber-attack threats such as the recent WannaCry and Bad Rabbit malware outbreaks.
As the Catalan crisis diminishes social trust in the Spanish justice system, it is an opportunity for the EU Commission to activate its rule-of-law framework and verify to what extent Spanish authorities have affected mechanisms to safeguard the rule of law.
For decades, China has successfully implemented afforestation programmes to counter desertification. But, while planting more trees will reduce erosion, it is also worsening China’s water crisis.
A recent spate of natural disasters serves as a reminder that communities must be better prepared for disruptions of critical infrastructure such as electricity and water service, which can go off-line in a matter of minutes and impact millions of lives.
As the Trump Administration promotes a proposal to cut legal immigration to the United States using a ‘merit’-based points system, a closer look at current research demonstrates overwhelmingly positive economic impacts of US immigrants and their families.
The mortality and morbidity burdens of non-communicable diseases constitute a major public health crisis that undermines and threatens to reverse decades of socioeconomic development in low- and middle-income countries.
Recent crop shortages in Japan are reminders that climate change is uncharted territory which requires an integrated approach that safeguards landscapes, culture, biodiversity and traditional practices to create living libraries of resilience.
As we reach the two-year mark of the Sustainable Development Goals, a new policy support system provides authoritative evidence to help governments set clear paths to achieving water-related targets.
Efforts to end open defecation through rapid installation of low-cost pit latrines must be cautious of the potential impacts on groundwater and human health.
Despite the immense scale of freshwater systems at the centre of SDG 6, ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all will require an approach that scales up from communities to better understand how water is used in daily life.
As the world faces growing water scarcity, food production will increasingly rely on the use of recycled wastewater, and technologies that make its use safer.
In a world where vital resources are increasingly scarce, the water we have already used can be properly managed to become an affordable and sustainable source of energy, nutrients, and other recoverable materials.
For India to meet its goal of eliminating open defecation, it will need cooperation between a diverse variety of systemic actors, generation of knowledge products, and community engagement to build safe toilets and use them well.
While government mandates for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals are expected to eventually “trickle down” to cities, a group of frontrunner cities is creating progress on the ground ahead of national instructions.
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.
Fall marks the start of many processes associated with some of Kanazawa’s traditional industries such as silk dyeing and sake- and paper-making.
The Sendai Framework, while falling short of expectations on many fronts, took some important steps towards integrating lessons from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Experiences from Fukushima show that providing channels for public participation and dialogue is a crucial first step towards ensuring a sustainable recovery for communities impacted by complex disasters.
Knowing how key resilience is following a disaster, small-scale fishers of Japan’s Tohoku region offer support to Chile’s artisanal fishers impacted by a recent tsunami.
The Ministry of the Environment of Japan and UNU collaborate to produce a video documentary about the decontamination efforts in areas affected by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear accident.
Documentary filmmaker Kaori Brand reflects on the experience of producing this 30-minute video on the recovery efforts of the fishing communities hit by the March 2011 tsunami.
The resilience demonstrated by communities in Japan’s Tohoku region may be one of the best modern-day lessons on what the rest of the world can do to prepare for disasters and the consequences of climate change.