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Google+ Hangout on sustainable developmentKey outcomes of Rio+20 and the way forward will be discussed on 12 February in the first of a series of Google+ Hangouts The Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June last year resulted in a focused political outcome document, which launched clear and ambitious processes for the UN System, Member States and the Major Groups to collectively achieve the Future We Want. As part of the ongoing follow-up of the conference, DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development will host a Google+ Hangout on Tuesday, 12 February at 12 PM EST, featuring key experts on Rio+20 and sustainable development from the UN system and civil society. The first in a series of Google+ Hangouts will highlight the major outcomes of Rio+20 and the key follow-up processes launched at the conference. Panellists for the first “Sustainable Development in Action” Google+ Hangout include Nikhil Seth, Director of DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development; Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator for the Rio+20 conference; Kimo Goree, Vice-President of the International Institute for Sustainable Development Reporting Services (IISD); and Jacob Scherr, Director of global strategy and advocacy for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The Google+ Hangout will also feature a 20-minute live Q&A session with the panellists. Tweet your questions for panellists to @SustDev using #SDinAction or post them on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform Facebook page or register for one of our Sustainable Development Action Networks to join the conversation there. The Hangout will be hosted at the UN Google+ account at gplus.to/unitednations For more information: http://bit.ly/RioHangout
Posted by Yula Pannadopoulos
This January we are talking about green economy in the context of sustainable development (and poverty eradiction), and today I would like to share some resources that you might finds useful.
In the past two weeks we shared two interesting posts:
- Teaching and learning about green economy and sustainable development, and
- Think, Eat, Save – Global campaign to change the culture of food waste
By Yula Pannadopoulos
Friday! Another busy week is behind us and we got great feedback from different countries with regards to the information we sent them on the project / innitiative. Governmental and non-governmental entities from Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Czech Republic and Montenegro expressed their interest in the project, and as we keep disseminating the information to other countries as well, we are starting to engage in a real, constructive dialogue.
For ll those interested in becoming a part of this project we are organizing a WebEx Conference Call on November 6th (Tuesday) at 5 PM Central European Time.
Also from this week:
- we spoke about Citizen Participation and about how engaged are we as citizens / members of society.
- we issued an e-booklet with compiled information on Sustainable Living
- during the past seven weeks we tried to put a spotlight on sustainability, by looking into several sectors, from education and agriculture to energy and policy, and highlighting how they all can and should relate to the notion of sustainability. In the last post of the series, we tried to draw a line and add up what we have so far, trying to imagine how sustainability will be shaped in the future.
- we introduced the second part of our focus countries
- we participated in a webinar hosted by Bob Doppelt, executive director at the Resource Innovation Group, as part of their Climate Access Programme. The aim of the webinar was to highlight how sustainable thinking differs from the way most people think and act today, and describe the fundamentals of methods to motivate people to move through the normal “stages of change” to embrace sustainable thinking and behaviour, and we took some notes.
By Yula Pannadopoulos
What a week! So much stuff going on at once, it’s just amazing, and intoxicating, and such an inspiration!
We moved forward with the project, and we are now en route to initiating some serious dialogue. We will get to all of the countries eventually, but we decided to start with The Baltic Countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), and with Slovenia, Slovakia and Czech Repulic. We didn’t just randomly pick those countries – these are the countries that have been the most responsive during the implementation of our previous projects, and we thought they might do the same this time around too (the truth is, we already got some very positive response from some of them, so “yay!”)
If you’d like to join the project, either as a supporter, or as a volunteer or a partner organization, please check out our Join us tab, and do join in – we’d love to have you on board!
This week we spoke about volunteering, and about the importance of working together, not just as a project team, but as communities, as people. It is then when we are able to make a difference, and it is then when we realize that changing things for the better IS possible, if we work together towards the same goal.
Not to be overlooked – this week the international community marked the World Food Day, and that alone is a good enough reason for us to go back to our posts “How are we going to feed the world?” and “Sense and Sensibility“.
“Whether we talk about education, energy, agriculture or any other sector, they all have in common one thing that can define their main direction and purpose: a dedicated set of policies and regulations. They are the drivers of change and their effects can impact the society and even the world as a whole in multiple ways.”, says, among other things, our blog post on policies.
Policies, whether educational or environmental, will be discussed further during the implementation of this project, whether it’s us commenting, blogging or providing information, or whether we are discussing them with a governmental official, a local expert, or a colleague from another organization. Some information about different policies can be found even now, in the project’s Wiki.
Speaking of Wiki – it got a bit of a facial , so hopefully looks more clear and “browseable” now, and we will keep improving it as we go along.
And then, there are plans for next week, and the weeks to come, but we’ll let you in on them soon enough. In the meantime, enjoy your Friday, and have a great weekend!
Photo credits Nektarina Non Profit, taken at Zagreb, Croatia
By Yula Pannadopoulos
Last year I attended two conferences, somewhat related to sustainable development, and both, when talking about the issue of hunger and feeding the world, toyed with the idea that the food issue would be solved with reducing the population. Shocking as it may be, the idea did have a sense of reason, but in a purely mathematical (or statistical?) way. “If you have 10 apples, and 12 kids” sort of a thing.
Still, I couldn’t help noticing that, even with all the math logic, and statistical coldness, that “theory” did not really make any sense to me. It seemed as if they did not count in all those tons of wasted food, all the oversized portions, and all the insensitivity so many people show on a daily basis when it comes to sharing with others.
Just imagine the change if we would all act sensibly, cook only how much we need, buy local produce, serve average sized portions, and share the surplus, instead of throwing away the food.
Just imagine the change if we’d all think, just a little bit, about how many resources is needed to produce (or deliver) the food we are eating this minute. Does it need to be shipped from across the world, or is it produced in our vicinity? What’s its water footprint? Is it produced in an ethical way (with regards to both animals and people). How often do we think about these things when we go food shopping? Not often enough, is the answer we hear more often than we should.
So what exactly can each of us do to help with the “food issue”?
– Don’t trow away food is the first logical answer that comes to anyone’s mind. There are numerous recipe ideas of delicious meals combined from leftovers – don’t be afraid to try them out, or, even better, to invent your own
– Check your portions (serving size). Eating should provide us with energy to work and be active (in another words – we should feel comfortable and not stuffed after having a meal; if we feel stuffed, it means we ate more than our body actually requires)
– Having leftovers you don’t know what to do with? Why not share them with the shelter, or a homeless person, or with someone you know is struggling to make ends meet
– Skip one meal a week, and donate the money you’d spend on that meal to help fight hunger in Africa or similar regions
These are just some of the ideas how every person – big or small, young or old, can help solve the food crisis. True – a global consensus between countries would be the most effective solution, but never underestimate the power of a joint action of many simple, average individuals. More often than not we are the ones inducing a change, we just don’t give ourselves enough credit.
Let us be determined to make this change. Let us help solve the food crisis.
Photo credits Nektarina Non Profit, taken at Nova Scotia