The Olympic Games offer an enormous opportunity to showcase how global events can promote sustainable practices. But how can Japan ensure that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics hit the sustainability mark on consumer waste and recycling?
New UNU research is challenging the traditional thinking which asserts that children who join armed groups are also motivated by anti-social tendencies, ideology and negative emotions.
As we strive to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, the experience of Brazil could offer guidance on how to improve access to antiretroviral drugs in developing countries.
Recent allegations of collusion between Russian organised crime and American politicians are surprising. But perhaps they shouldn’t be. Around the world, the lines between politics and organised crime are blurring.
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.
At 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.
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.
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.
Kanazawa’s rise as a flourishing cultural centre was made possible by the diversity of the surrounding ecosystems — from forests and plains to freshwater and marine environments — that the city’s residents learned to manage in a sustainable way. The exuberant renewal of life that spring brings to these satoyama landscapes has long had socio-cultural and aesthetic importance.
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.