February 2018 Sustainable Development

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How’s Life? 2017

Source: http://asvis.it/, 12 February


This report gives a portray of well-being across Oecd countries, ten years after the global crisis. If a wide range of indicators shows economies strengthening, the individual perception of the quality of life moves away and still feels the consequences of the recent financial choc. 

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L’utopia di un mondo sostenibile è possibile, i cambiamenti sono già in atto

By Flavia Belladonna

Source: http://asvis.it, 8 February


L’utopia sostenibile by Enrico Giovannini represents the change of the current development model as a possibility and a necessity, starting from the evidence of its unsustainability, to individuate the tools and the actions that make this utopia real, just because sustainable.

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World Radio Day 13 February

Source: http://www.un.org


Radio is among the mass media the oldest but the most democratic and dynamic: it reaches at a low cost the most disadvantaged groups and the most remote communities, listening live-recorded voices and needs of people, always at the pace of technological transformations.

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Wait- the ozone layer is still declining

By Annie Sneed

Source: Scientific American, 6 February

Experts are trying to understand the reasons of the shrinking in the lower stratosphere, a new finding to be confirmed by more precise measurements after researchers found a hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica.

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World leaders join new drive to beat noncommunicable diseases

Source: http://www.who.int, 16 February


The WHO has announced an action to accelerate prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, such as heart diseases and diabetes, that kill globally 15 million people between the ages of 30 and 70 every year, supporting governments in their policies protecting their citizens from the risk factors.

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Global Opportunity Report 2018

Source: https://www.unglobalcompact.org


The SDGs offer new opportunities for business. A systemic change needs solutions that have to be capitalized. The market success lies at the crossing point between technology and sustainability. Health, food, water and energy are the key sectors for tomorrow’s innovation.

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Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 21 December 2016

Source: asvis.it, 6 February

In its willingness to implement the 2030 Agenda in a coherent strategy, the General Assembly reaffirms its recognition that poverty in all its dimensions is the greatest global challenge upon which to build a sustainable development in its three fundaments: economic, social and environmental.

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Secretary-General’s remarks on the Second Report on the Repositioning of the UN Development System, in the Context of the Quadrennial Comprehensive

Source: http://asvis.it/, 6 February

The 2030 Agenda is an ambitious project for humanity, the ambition to live all of us better and more happily, to see poverty and diseases, illiteracy and hunger reducing. Business as usual approaches can’t arrive at understanding sustainable development in its whole meaning of a fundamental human  right.

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science 11 February

Source: http://www.un.org

This Day declines the discourse of gender parity in the field of knowledge, education, employment and decision-making in sciences, in order to eliminate all discriminations against women and girls in the participation to the scientific sector, so vital for the progress and a for a development which would be sustainable.

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International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February

Source: http://www.un.org

In the world, at least 200 million women and girls have been victims of this cruel practice, the extreme form of sexual discrimination, which injuries the female body even in little girls and against their health, life and dignity. The elimination of FGM is included under the goal 5 on Gender Equality.

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Globalization and Politics

By Michael O’Sullivan

Source: asvis.it

The transition from globalization to a multipolar world is an effect of disrupting political choices in the democracies across the world and at the same time the economic backdrop which will influence voter behavior, developing new models of politics, society, finance, and technology.

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Boosting Investment in Social Infrastructure in Europe

By Lieve Fransen, Gino del Bufalo & Edoardo Reviglio

Source: asvis.it , 29 January


A Social Europe is more interested in people’s well-being than in financial rigor and stability. Confronting the growing inequality and divergence in our continent requires long-term investments, especially in the areas of education, health, and housing.

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L’inextinguible faim de la planète

By Benoît Hopquin

Source: Le Monde, 15 December 2017


The famine is back on the Planet. Although the global production is enough for feeding everybody, the distribution of food still lets seriously malnourished and in an increasing trend 815 million of people, almost in the countries exposed to climate shocks and conflicts. A plague, but not a fate.

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Climate Researchers’Work is Turned into Fake News

By Michael Grubb

Source: Scientific American, 29 January

The recent deep freeze across the world seems to deny global warming. But science doesn’t rest on single events and progresses around  complexity and uncertainty, a dimension abhorred by politics and media, so scientists have to sharpen their art of communication

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Shifting the “Horizon”

By Colin Durrant

Source: https://green.harvard.edu  


At Harvard, art and design empower the perception of climate change. Through an image or a sign, we look at the landscape in a different way, and finally, we notice that also the horizon line is no longer the same.

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