As long as we accept that more roads are an easy answer for issues of urban congestion and economic growth, we will ignore the long-term land use, social equity, and mobility problems we are creating.
As UN Member States negotiate the final terms of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, where should future “evidence-based” interventions be focused to most effectively eliminate discrimination against refugees and migrants, protect their rights, and positively shape public discourse.
If peacekeeping is heading in the direction of more proactive use of force in the most dangerous conflicts in the world, is there a role for the historically risk-averse Japan?
Although China’s ban on waste imports has forced Japan to find alternative avenues to recycle the nation’s plastic, it should also be seen as an opportunity for the Japanese government to revise its policies to the benefit of its citizens, businesses and oceans.
Once the richest country in Latin America, Venezuela is now suffering from the highest inflation rate in the world and enduring an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Could a government-led venture into cryptocurrencies help buoy the country above socio-economic collapse?
A decades-long drive to advance information and communication technology in Malaysia has vaulted the country to become a leading Asian economy and set a course for sustained growth.
If governments do not embrace unconventional water resources, achieving SDG 6 will be as difficult as getting water from a stone — and the consequences for water-scarce regions will be dire.
To tackle the water quality data gap, extensive government water monitoring networks could shift to additionally gather project data through citizen-led monitoring activities.
World Water Day 2018 is a reminder that global water security will not be achieved through business-as-usual approaches, and will depend on efforts to use and expand nature-based solutions.
The potential to achieve Sustainable Development Goal water targets will depend on a hybrid of technologies that improve water measurements and data underpinning indicators of progress.
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.
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.