Editor's Note: A special acknowledgment goes to Jane Madgwick, CEO of Wetlands International , one of the authors of the report referenced below: Water Shocks: Wetlands and Human Migration in the Sahel. Agreed upon in a flurry of optimism in 2015, the

(Part Two) Part One of this article provided an explanation of who indigenous peoples are, why they are considered a special legal category, and what rights they have as outlined in international law. In this piece, I explore how colonization has affected

Forests and the rights of those who live off them must be at the heart of the SDGs. In September 2015, world leaders established a new agenda to “free the human race from the tyranny of poverty”. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In June of this year the former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres led a number of scientists to a call for deeper and faster action on climate change.  The message she is sending is clear: if we want to avoid

The UN’s 2017 SDG report revealed that youths were almost three times as likely to be out of work than adults in 2016. In Uganda, where more than half of the population is under 24, that’s a big problem. The

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word pollution? Billowing dark clouds rising out of a smokestack at a local factory. Thousands of cars on a highway adding to the smog layer above. Or maybe the

Oud oil comes from trees and wood of the genus Aquilaria, fifteen species of trees that are native to Southeast Asia. Trees of this genus are often referred to as Agar, Agarwood, Aloeswood or Eaglewood. Oud oil extracted from the

Could the decline of tropical corals affect food and job security? Coral reefs are beautiful, granted – but could the disappearance of the Critically Endangered Elkhorn coral endemic to the Caribbean have implications that go beyond the aesthetic? In fact,

The consequences of our decisions and actions will have greater and longer-term consequences than ever before. There are many signs that the damage to Mother Earth is now approaching irreversible tipping points, systems are already disintegrating and degenerating, overwhelming the

EDITOR’S NOTE:  THIS PIECE IS AUTHORED BY UN WOMEN AS PART OF THE SERIES “FROM WHERE I STAND”, WHICH CAPTURES PEOPLES STORIES AND THEIR DAILY SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. SEE THE FULL SERIES HERE.  Pili Hussein is Tanzania’s

It’s nearly two years since the United Nations launched the Global Goals – also known as the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs – a series of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. Global Goal 7

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