Capacity Building

Buzzwords Capacity Building = Process of developing and strengthening the skills that organizations and communities need to survive, adapt, and thrive in the fast-changing world. Build the capacity to build the capacity. An enabling environment comes from capacity building that is both top-down and ground-up. Questions How is ‘capacity building’ translated in other languages? Capacity …

Lake Skadar

Photo: UNDP, Blyde River Canyon Sunset Developing story: SOS from activists warning of development threatening the environmental integrity of Europe’s Lake Skadar. Background Lake Skadar is a freshwater lake on the borders of Albania and Montenegro. On the Montenegro side, the lake (Skadarsko Jezero) has been a protected national park since 1983, was added in 1996, to …

Evaluating the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development #iy2017

Poster The United Nations General Assembly approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The resolution recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness …

World Toilet Day

Toilet = sanitation fixture used primarily for the disposal of human urine and feces. International organizations, particularly the World Toilet Organization, have promoted World Toilet Day. In 2013, the United Nations officially recognized November 19 as World Toilet Day in a bid to make sanitation for all a global development priority. More than one billion …

Rural Development

Rural development … Definition Rural development is the process of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people living in rural areas, often relatively isolated and sparsely populated areas. Rural development has traditionally centered on the exploitation of land-intensive natural resources such as agriculture and forestry. – Wikipedia World Food Day Connection October 16 is World Food Day, …

Woodrow Wilson Center Hosts Andrés Manuel López Obrador

Washington, DC – Less than one year from Mexico’s presidential election, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and the Inter-American Dialogue welcome the former head of government of Mexico City and three-time candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador for an open and frank discussion of his policy proposals and his view on domestic and foreign challenges facing …

Open: Philosophy and Practices Revolutionizing Education and Science

Recommended Reading for Open Education Week 2017: Open: Philosophy and Practices Revolutionizing Education and Science (Ubiquity Press, 2017) Twitter Shoutout: @thatpsychprof  @biswasdiener @ubiquitypress @cgreen Excerpts Governments and other funding entities that wish to maximize the impacts of their education investments are moving toward open education licensing policies. National, provincial/state governments, and education systems all play a critical role in setting …

Cancún Declaration (Text)

CANCUN DECLARATION ON MAINSTREAMING THE CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF BIODIVERSITY FOR WELL-BEING Source: CBD We, the ministers and other heads of delegation, having met on the occasion of the United Nations Biodiversity Conference, Cancun, Mexico, 2016 1, on 2 and 3 December, DECLARE THAT: 1. It is essential to live in harmony with nature …