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Sustainable Development Basics

This free course will help you understand the history, debates and issues surrounding the complex world of Sustainable Development from political, economic, social and environmental perpectives.


Lesson 3 The Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Summit 2015

Length: 60 minutesAuthor: Gertrude CotterComplexity: Easy

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The 2015 Paris Climate Summit led to a new global deal on cutting carbon emissions beyond 2020 and agreeing financing to help poorer countries cope with climate change.

Lesson 4 Irish Sustainable Development Policy

Length: 60 minutesAuthor: Gertrude CotterComplexity: Easy

This lesson overviews the highlights and challenges of sustainable development policies in Ireland from 1993 to the present day policy 'Our Sustainable Future’ – the Framework for Sustainable Development in Ireland.

Lesson 5 Local Agenda 21

Length: 60 minutesAuthor: Gertrude CotterComplexity: Easy

This lesson looks at Agenda 21 which is a non-binding action plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development. It is a product of the Earth Summit (UN Conference on Environment and Development) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. It is an action agenda for the UN, other multilateral organizations, and individual governments around the world that can be executed at local, national, and global levels.
It looks at how this has been implemented in Ireland under the Local Agenda 21 Partnership Fund.

Lesson 6 Political Dimensions

Length: 60 minutesAuthor: Gertrude CotterComplexity: Easy

"The debate about what should follow the Millennium Development Goals has intensified following the United Nation's High Level Panel (HLP) report (pdf) on its post-2015 recommendations. Very positively, the HLP calls for a transformative global agenda with sustainable development at its core. However, the need to open up sustainability politics and processes to debate and negotiation could not be more urgent". Julia Day.