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Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Development: Complementary Goals in Rwanda

Professor Lisa Dale spent a month in Rwanda this summer to teach, research, and weave together sustainable development and climate change adaptation.

by |September 13, 2019
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Merging Environment and Education Is Crucial for Sustainable Development

Over the past few years, Columbia University’s Center for Sustainable Development has been tackling sustainability issues through meaningful education on the environment.

by |July 31, 2019

How Are the Sustainable Development Goals Traveling in Your World?

The Center for Sustainable Urban Development is asking city-makers to fill out a survey, the first stage in a project whose aim is to help accelerate the adoption—and mainstreaming—of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

by |February 7, 2019
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Leymah Gbowee Addresses United Nations General Assembly

At U.N. events in September, the Nobel Peace laureate called for a broader understanding of peace and security, and better inclusion of women in decision-making.

by |October 10, 2018
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This Index Measures Progress and Sustainability Better Than GDP

By accounting for human, social, and natural resources, the Inclusive Wealth Index can help guide sustainable development.

by |October 9, 2018
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Celebrating Young Women’s Economic Empowerment for International Women’s Day 2018

Women today are completing higher levels of education and taking on more leadership roles, yet many barriers to economic empowerment still persist.

by |March 8, 2018

Students Compete in Food Security Simulation

How do multiple stakeholders compromise their competing needs and develop a global coordinated strategy that is politically palatable, possible and comprehensive enough to have an impact? Students from universities all over the U.S. Northeast gathered at Columbia for the 2017 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition that challenged students to do just this.

by |March 6, 2017

Pressure Mounts for Developing Countries to Leave Fossil Fuels in the Ground

Calls are intensifying to phase out fossil fuels, and that is now beginning to occur in many developed countries. This shift will have profound implications for the developing world, which has vast untapped fossil fuel resources, but may be unable to realize their value.

4th International Sustainable Development Conference Coming up

The world is working on sustainable development. And many of the new ideas and innovations being applied to fields from agriculture and food security to climate adaptation to socially inclusive economic growth will be on display at the fourth annual International Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held at Columbia University Sept. 21-22.

by |September 8, 2016

Drought in Papua New Guinea Heightens Tensions over Gold Mine

In the highlands of Papua New Guinea, tensions between local villagers and a gold mining operation over access to clean water are being heightened by a prolonged drought.

by |March 14, 2016