Sustainability

Communication for Sustainable Development

EU Green Week inspiration: 5 networks to watch

Have you heard thousands of young people all over the world calling upon us to get serious about the climate crisis? It’s high time we stopped making excuses and started acting. URBACT transfer networks offer concrete examples of how each and every city can contribute to a more sustainable future.

1. Bee-friendly cities - good for nature, good for people

Did you know that bees are one of the best indicators of environmental health? This is why the city of Ljubljana (SL), European Green Capital 2016, originally decided to support urban beekeeping and then things got a little out of control! It turned out that the bees (or was it honey?) had the power to bring so many people and activities together: from biodiversity protection to tourism, from corporate social responsibility to open source design. As part of BeePathNet network, Ljubljana and 5 partner cities are (re)discovering urban beekeeping as a way to co-create greener cities and stronger communities.

How to tackle homelessness? Homelessness in Europe - a hidden figure. Six steps that can help us to tackle the problem.


Kamel is one of the beneficiaries of the "400Rooftops" campaign, which aims to find stable houses for 400 homeless people by 2020.

The government of the Brussels Capital Region and seven non-governmental organizations (NGO) are part of a international project promoting housing as a first tool for social reintegration.

"I have the allowance of the CPAS, the rent is 610 euros, plus the charges for the energy. Calculate, there is 700 euros per month. I thought: "Kamel is expensive". But as I lived in the street, I said, "Kamel, that's it or to go back to the street." In the morning, I get up and if I have to go to eat in a social canteen or to look for places where I can eat for free, I move and I go there", he explains.

Rising housing costs are a growing problem in Europe. According to a 2019 report about housing insecurity presented by FEANTSA (European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless), in Brussels, on the 22nd march, the so called overburden is one of the major challenges.

Asia’s biggest funding opportunity for sustainable solutions offers up to S$1m and more for clean energy & circular economy solutions

Singapore—The Liveability Challenge on 10th January launched a global call for innovative clean energy and circular economy solutions for cities in the tropics, dangling Asia’s biggest prize for sustainability solutions with up to S$1 million in project development funds, as well as exclusive crowdfunding campaigns and mentorship opportunities up for grabs. The global call for submissions will close on 5 April 2019, 11:59pm (GMT+8) Singapore time.

The need for transformative action has never been greater. Humanity only has 12 years to curb its carbon emissions and keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius—or risk an irreversible climate crisis, according to the recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Sustainability from Sanctions? The Eurasian Development Bank and Infrastructure Projects in Russia’s Arctic

Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) announced it will be financing infrastructure projects in Russia that were previously turned down by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The news follows yet another dismissal by the EBRD of a Russian complaint during the bank’s annual conference last month, citing the temporary suspension of funds for Russian projects in light of international sanctions linked to the Ukraine crisis. From the perspective of Arctic environmental and social sustainability, these developments are worrying because the EDB still lack the clear implementation frameworks deployed by the EBRD and other western lenders to international best practice standards. Nevertheless, they also represent an opportunity for the EDB to flesh out a sustainability framework of their own, with the potential to further reduce environmental and social risks of infrastructure projects across the Russian Arctic.

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