Human Rights and Sustainable Development
Understanding the concepts and their implications
Dr. Marco Tavanti and Dr. Alfredo Sfeir-Younis
Paper Presented at the Sustainability Conference, Vancouver, Canada
January 10-12, 2012

Relevant Videos on Sustainable Development

Understanding Sustainability in an Animation:

Amy Smith shares simple, lifesaving design Fumes from indoor cooking fires kill more than 2 million children a year in the developing world. MIT engineer Amy Smith details an exciting but simple solution: a tool for turning farm waste into clean-burning charcoal.

Bill Gates on energy: Innovating to zero! Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world's energy future, describing the need for "miracles" to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he's backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.

Camille Seaman: Haunting photos of polar ice Photographer Camille Seaman shoots icebergs, showing the world the complex beauty of these massive, ancient chunks of ice. Dive in to her photo slideshow, "The Last Iceberg."

Catherine Mohr builds green In a short, funny, data-packed talk at TED U, Catherine Mohr walks through all the geeky decisions she made when building a green new house -- looking at real energy numbers, not hype. What choices matter most? Not the ones you think.

David Keith's unusual climate change idea Environmental scientist David Keith proposes a cheap, effective, shocking means to address climate change: What if we injected a huge cloud of ash into the atmosphere to deflect sunlight and heat?

Forests in a Green Economy The role of forests is key for achieving a green economy. Investments in the forestry sector will be essential for the transition to a green economy.

Hans Rosling and the magic washing machine What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. With newly designed graphics from Gapminder, Rosling shows us the magic that pops up when economic growth and electricity turn a boring wash day into an intellectual day of reading.

Industrial Ecology India Part 1 Resource Optimization Initiative (ROI) is an Indian organization that uses concepts and tools of industrial ecology to recommend and promote strategies for sustainable management of critical resources. This video describes the concepts and tools that we use in our work.

Jonathan Drori: Why we're storing billions of seeds In this brief talk from TED U 2009, Jonathan Drori encourages us to save biodiversity -- one seed at a time. Reminding us that plants support human life, he shares the vision of the Millennium Seed Bank, which has stored over 3 billion seeds to date from dwindling yet essential plant species.

Majora Carter: 3 stories of local eco-entrepreneurship The future of green is local -- and entrepreneurial. At TEDxMidwest, Majora Carter brings us the stories of three people who are saving their own communities while saving the planet. Call it "hometown security."

Michael Pawlyn: Using nature's genius in architecture How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun.

Ray Anderson on the business logic of sustainability At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional "take / make / waste" industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce.

Richard Palmer - water:sewer:power:food Richard is an engineer by training, a consultant by profession and an ecologist at heart. In the real world he is employed by the WSP Group to offer design advice on green buildings and urban sustainability. He shares a way to rethink the way we engineer systems.

Severn Suzuki speaking at UN Earth Summit 1992 Raised in Vancouver and Toronto, Severn Cullis-Suzuki has been camping and hiking all her life. When she was 9 she started the Environmental Children's Organization (ECO), a small group of children committed to learning and teaching other kids about environmental issues. They were successful in many projects before 1992, when they raised enough money to go to the UN's Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Their aim was to remind the decision-makers of who their actions or inactions would ultimately affect. The goal was reached when 12 yr old Severn closed a Plenary Session with a powerful speech that received a standing ovation.

Sustainable Development mini-documentary This was supposed to be a contest entry for Econvergence 2009 which was held in the University of the Philippines Los Banos.
Made by Kevin Ferrer, Reyben Liwag, Eric Marquez, and Gab Sebastian from Elizabeth Seton School - Main.
Theme: Sustainable Development

Sustainable development: the bigger picture Putting sustainability into action, originally made for internal use at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.