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| Optimistic ponderings on humanity's future |

| With credit where credit's due to Jack Judge and Henry James "Harry" Williams |

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July 16, 2019

[Image: A School in Timor Leste | © United Nations]

If there's one thing that's been endlessly reinforced during my recent sustainable development work, it's the essential role that education plays in helping people to haul themselves out of poverty.

There is enough theoretical and practical evidence to conclude that improving education is the one absolutely essential action that countries need to take if they are to...

June 6, 2019

[Image: Children in Vanuatu | © CARE Australia]

Since early 2017 I've been involved in looking for new models that will help facilitate the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Asia–Pacific.

This has tended to focus on economic drivers like trade and sustainable tourism and how they can support sustainable development, but also on the critical need for innovative partn...

February 27, 2019

[Image: Burmese School | © United Nations.]

It's hard to believe that we're just 10 months away from the third decade of the 21st Century.

That we're about to move on from a decade that will likely be remembered for humankind's collective failure to take meaningful action on climate change. A decade ending with the uncertainty of Brexit and instability of Trump. A decade that saw continued terrorism, war, habitat destr...

January 18, 2019

[Image: Heading for Europe's Exit | © Herriot–Watt University.]

I very rarely get too disheartened – despite the very real sustainable development challenges that I get exposed to – yet, in a recent trip to Europe, I found myself faced with the realities that the UK is currently dealing with as it lurches, divided, towards a future outside the European Union.

Probably because it was my home for almost 30 years, bu...

December 14, 2018

[Image: A Female Smallholder Farmer in Papua New Guinea | © CARE Australia/Tom Greenwood.]

The last part of 2018 saw me working with some inspiring leaders in the Asia–Pacific all focused on finding ways to place gender equality at the centre of the solution to many of the region's sustainable development challenges.

Now, I've been involved in work where gender equality has been central before, but haven't had the oppo...

July 4, 2018

[Image: 'Fijian Fairtrade Sugar Cane Farmer' | © Fairtrade ANZ]

It's one thing to read and hear about how climate change is already impacting the world, it's quite another to see it with your own eyes in a country particularly ill–equipped to cope with those impacts.

Over the past year, I've been privileged to be working on a couple of projects that are looking to help Fiji's 16,500 cane farmers to sell more Fairtrade...

July 5, 2017

[Image: 'Kiribati Beneath the Waves' | © Kadir Van Lohuizen]

The last couple of months have seen me immerse myself in the inspiring (yet terrifying) world of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals – 17 overarching goals, 169 targets and 230 measures that were launched in January 2016 to try to create the kind of world in 2030 that all of us should be aspiring to live in.

No Poverty. No Hunger. Education...

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