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Sustainable development research


Shaping EU trade agreements to support human rights
Trade between Europe and developing countries should be shaped such that market shares are just and trade flows foster sustainable development. But this is not always the case. While developing countries have much to gain from trade, they can also suffer serious losses. This is especially apparent with regard to food security, which often depends largely on smallholders and informal markets in poorer countries. This policy brief sketches the link between trade and the right to food, and describes how integration of Human Rights Impact Assessments in EU trade policy can help ensure sustainable trade regimes that do not cause undue harm. 

Is a just world in sight?

A panel discussion on 9 September 2015, organized by the Swiss development organization Helvetas in collaboration with CDE, will spotlight the United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs address issues of growth and resource use, also placing obligations on industrialized countries. At the event, representatives from Swiss government, the scientific community, civil society, and the private sector will discuss past achievements and future challenges in realizing equitable and environmentally sustainable development.
30/07/2015

OneMap Myanmar: New CDE project launched

On 25 June 2015, Myanmar’s Central Committee for Land Resource Management hosted the launch ceremony for the OneMap project. Implemented by CDE and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the project emphasizes provision of technical support to create an open-access spatial data platform on land issues. It is slated to last eight years. Myanmar’s Director General of the Forest Department, Dr. Nyi Nyi Kyaw, opened the launch ceremony. It was attended by 25 departments belonging to the Central Committee’s Inter-Ministerial Technical Working Group.
08/07/2015

Saving soils at degradation frontlines: sustainable land management in drylands

Healthy soils are fundamental to life. They grow the food we eat and the wood we use for shelter and fuel, purify the water we drink, and hold fast to the roots of the natural world we cherish. But they are under threat, especially from human overuse and climate change. Nowhere is this more evident than in dryland areas, where soil degradation – or desertification – wears away at this essential resource. Though it is a challenge, preserving and restoring healthy soils in drylands is possible, and it concerns all of us.
07/07/2015

Mountain Research and Development, Vol 35, No 2, on Vulnerability and Hazards

The Nepal earthquakes have shown once again how vulnerable mountain people are to natural hazards and how important it is to strengthen their resilience. Papers in this issue assess the effectiveness of the Hyogo Framework for Action and the Sendai Framework for DRR; others assess social vulnerability in Lesotho, reveal hydro-meteorological risks in Italy using scenario development, and assess forest vulnerability in Austria and Bavaria by means of a GIS-based model.
07/07/2015
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