Environmental determinants of health: how can global health governance contribute?

The following opinion piece has appeared, in two different forms, on Sense & Sustainability and in ASviS‘s newsletter. According to a 2012 study by the World Health Organization (WHO), environmental factors are directly or indirectly responsible for almost 13 million deaths worldwide, or about twenty-three percent of all deaths. Overall, more than one third ofContinue reading “Environmental determinants of health: how can global health governance contribute?”

Can the 2030 Agenda change the norm?

Today, the prestigious Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation published my new piece on the role that the Sustainable Development Goals can play in changing the normative work of the United Nations to make it fit for the purpose of implementing the 2030 Agenda. I am honored to be featured by an organization which seeks to uphold theContinue reading “Can the 2030 Agenda change the norm?”

Youth, the SDGs and the Food Sustainability Index

On December 1, I was honored to be invited to take part in the 7th International Forum on Food and Nutrition, hosted by the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BFCN) at Università Bocconi in Milan, Italy. There, I had the opportunity to join Peter Bakker (CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development), Hilal ElverContinue reading “Youth, the SDGs and the Food Sustainability Index”

Youth Solutions Report: celebrating and showcasing youth-led Solutions for the SDGs

When ‘Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development‘ was agreed at the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, there was widespread agreement on the fact that the international community’s progress towards a sustainable future should be a matter of utmost importance for all inhabitants of this planet, butContinue reading “Youth Solutions Report: celebrating and showcasing youth-led Solutions for the SDGs”

The SDGs can transform our universities, if we accept the challenge

The following is the text of a speech I recently gave on the role of universities as leaders on the Sustainable Development Goals, when I was invited to the 2016 International Sustainable Campus Network Conference, themed “Leadership for a Sustainable Future” (Siena, Italy, 13-15 June). This post originally appeared on SDSNYouth.org. Good morning to youContinue reading “The SDGs can transform our universities, if we accept the challenge”

The Sustainable Development Goals and international law: legal challenges to the achievement of ‘environmental’ Goals in the 2030 Agenda

  On 25 September 2015, Heads of State and Government from the 193 Member States  of the United Nations gathered at the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a “comprehensive, far-reaching and people-centred set of universal and transformative Goals and targets” which willContinue reading “The Sustainable Development Goals and international law: legal challenges to the achievement of ‘environmental’ Goals in the 2030 Agenda”