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Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services - the Priceless Resource

DATE: 20/02/2017

Some ecosystem services have an almost infinite value. Those that maintain the oxygen in the air we breathe, the quality of the water we drink and the fertility of the soil that produces our food are so basic to supporting life itself that these cannot even be evaluated.

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Empowering Our Women From Literacy to Livelihoods

DATE: 20/02/2017

The fundamental purpose of genuine national development is the empowerment of all citizens and the building of their capacity to shape their own lives. This means the availability of options for sustainable livelihoods, the ability to access available opportunities and a genuine participation of all in decision making in matters concerning self, family and society. In India, where 100 high net-worth individuals earn more than the income of half the population put together, this fundamental purpose clearly seems to have been hijacked by other considerations.

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Story of the Sustainable Development Goals

DATE: 20/02/2017

That is the story of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Building on a prior, rather cursory, one-sided and asymmetrical exercise carried out a dozen years earlier, which produced the 15-year rule of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the successor SDG movement started as an idea to inject value into the global negotiations that were preparing for the 2nd Earth Summit, Rio+20 to be held in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro. With high and growing commitment from some governments, starting with several Latin American ones and a large number of civil society organisations; the movement to pin the world’s leaders down to making specific, well-defined and even quantitative pledges gathered sufficient momentum to receive approval and a go ahead at the Rio Conference.

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What Makes Us Modern?

DATE: 20/02/2017

With three simple Latin words, ‘Cogito, ergo sum’, Rene Descartes gave birth nearly four hundred years ago to the school of philosophy that sustains the whole of modern science. ‘I think, therefore I am’, the logical consequences of which concatenate right through the extraordinary achievements of our technological civilisation, even today. It is the insistence of Cartesian thought on individual certainty, separation of mind and body, reduction into parts and rigorous analysis that has made possible so widely the conquest of the traditional scourges of humankind: deprivation, disease and death. Now we are in the process of conquering even bigger things – including the very basis of existence, space and time. Perhaps, more than any other thinker, it is Descartes whose philosophy defines all that we mean by the word ‘modern’.

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Securing Food and Nutrition for All, Now and in the Future

DATE: 20/02/2017

Amongst the many important goals that India must now pursue, perhaps none is of higher priority than ensuring secure access to food for every one of its citizens, now and for the future. Given the growing threats of climate change, biodiversity loss and massive desertification along with the ever in

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