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Peacebuilding is at the core of SDG 16. Here Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, meets with businesses and NGOs to promote the SDGs.
Published June 26, 2019 10:57 AM

Business can help grow local communities, or they can exploit them. How should the private sector operate in fragile parts of the world?

Image may contain: Musical instrument, Megaphone, Drum, Fun.
Published May 9, 2019 10:30 AM

Young people today have the mind-set and creativity to address planetary challenges, but their potential is still underutilized.

Published Feb. 20, 2019 8:29 AM

The youths mobilizing in the streets of Europe is the next cohort of university students. They will not only demand action and change from governments, but also from us.

SDGs and numbers Illustration: Colourbox
Published Feb. 6, 2019 4:02 PM

The transformative agenda may be weakened, and distorted. We recommend that the most problematic indicators be re-examined.

Published Oct. 23, 2018 9:20 AM

Moving to other planets may be our only shot at long term survival. But for that to work, we cannot view these new habitats, like Mars, as just another pile of resources to consume.

Illustrative photo SDGs conference in Bergen
Published Feb. 22, 2018 9:20 AM

Researchers can often appear as too negative when discussing the Sustainable Development Goals. To join the discussion, I recommend what I call critical engagement.

Volunteers putting on their personal protective equipment before taking care of Ebola patients.
Published Aug. 2, 2017 10:58 AM

Should aid serve purposes other than ‘doing good’?

Published Apr. 21, 2017 10:17 AM

The world is far too complex to fit into neat categories and theories. Nevertheless, it is important to develop concepts and theories as a means to compare experiences from different corners of the world and draw lessons for the future.

Published Nov. 11, 2016 2:29 PM

Why continue to publish journal articles documenting climate change and the real mechanisms behind poverty and inequality, when one mans’ derailed rhetoric can reject it with no further proof?

Published Nov. 11, 2016 10:15 AM

Possible outcomes of aid fragmentation is that no one has the total overview of what the needs really are.

Published Aug. 29, 2016 10:30 AM

Professor Harold Wilhite explains how our unsustainable behaviours emerged from the values of capitalism, and why those behaviours remain just so difficult to change.

Based on an idea from L Queuille & V. Ridde, produced by HELP/CRCHUM/ECHO
Published Apr. 28, 2016 9:56 AM

This is cause for celebration - But making the benefits real for the population depends on careful next steps.

Published Apr. 17, 2016 11:49 AM

According to my research, these are the main causes of persistence of poverty.

Published Mar. 31, 2016 1:55 PM

Obtaining access to electricity tends to have a positive effect on the lives of women and girls.


The SUM Blog

A blog about development, aid, global health, energy, governance, environmental issues, consumption and sustainability. Here, researchers and students at the Centre for Development and the Environment, UiO, write about research findings and areas we believe need to be given greater priority.