Tag Archives: United Nations Development Programme

Cities of the Past, Cities of the Future (By Michael Belinsky)

Why do cities exist? One theory holds that cities are more productive than less dense and smaller concentrations of people. The source of this productivity may result because urban concentration reduces transportation costs for goods and people. Or because proximity increases the flow of ideas. More people, more diversity, and a higher concentration means that […]

Rio+20 Is Around the Corner…And Everyone Needs To Do More

Rio+20 is coming up next week, and frankly, it’s not receiving nearly enough attention from Western policymakers. Today, Timothy E. Wirth, President of the Better World Fund and the United Nations Foundation and a member of the Secretary-General’s High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All, wrote in the Huffington Post that “United Nations Secretary-General Ban […]

A “Brief” Focus on Disaster Management (By Michael Belinsky)

In a little over two weeks, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, nicknamed Rio+20 for its location and timing, will kick off in Brazil. The Conference will cover a green economy in the context of sustainable development poverty eradication, and the institutional framework for sustainable development. These two themes will contain sub-themes of “jobs, energy, […]

Contributing to the Rio Dialogues: Shaping Sustainable Development on Employment, Decent Work, and Migration

Throughout my work in my home state of Texas and abroad, I’ve witnessed a strong connection between migration and a lack of economic opportunities. In India, rural women spoke of their husbands migrating to cities when their crops suffered. Bangladeshi families disclosed their main source of income as remittances from sons working in prosperous Middle […]