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Youth leadership: Amira Odeh works for a ban on the sale of bottled water in Puerto Rico

There are so many challenges in the world, how do you pick one to focus your energies on? For SustainUS Lead Now Fellow Amira Odeh the answer was straightforward after a professor prompted her and classmates to research disposable bottled water waste and Amira was reminded of the devastating drought that Puerto Rico faced in the mid-nineties. Learn more about what she has done from there...

 

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The Post-2015 Development Agenda: What has happened so far?

Over the past months, SustainUS has been actively involved in the post-2015 discussions at the United Nations Headquarters. The Post-2015 Development Agenda is an UN process that is seeking to develop the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new set of goals that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015.  The process was a significant outcome for the Rio+20 Conference.

Even though the MDGs provided a set of development goals that rallied the international community behind a shared understanding of poverty eradication, development experts recognized the need for a more holistic development agenda. The MDGs overemphasized economic poverty and gave limited attention to the structural cases of poverty, population dynamics, or sustainable development. Moreover, the historical and economic context in which the MDGs were anchored has changed and it becomes vital to find a new set of development goals that reflect the challenges of today’s world.

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In Sandy’s Wake, NJ Town Environmental Coordinator Journeys To UN Climate Summit Looking For Answers.

amandaWhen Amanda Nesheiwat stood before the Secaucus, New Jersey Town Council last week the Assemblymen had two questions for their enthusiastic 23-year-old environmental coordinator.  First, could she help them understand the relationship between climate change and the horrific storm that had just devastated much of their town? And second, what could she tell them about her upcoming trip to the Middle East?

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SustainUS Bylaws Amendment Passes!

Thanks to all of the SustainUS members who voted on the latest amendment to our bylaws! The amendment passed, increasing the leadership opportunities available to youth. To recap what this means, any youth 29 and under is now eligible to run for the Steering Committee and any youth 18 and older is now eligible to run for the Board of Directors. We are excited to be able to extend a wider range of engagement to all of our members. Please note that this change will not affect program participation age requirements for Agents of Change delegations, Citizen Science applicants, or Lead Now Fellows. 

A Future Uncompromised: SustainUS Rio+20 Policy

Last week, at the third round of "informal-informal" Negotiations for Rio+20, SustainUS released the second edition of its A Future Uncompromised policy briefs on sustainable development. The latest edition covers six key issues for Rio+20: strengthening UNEP, measuring and assessing prosperity, peace and conflict, water resources, sexual and reproductive rights, and fossil fuel subsidies. In addition to highlighting prior commitments by Member States and reflecting on the current state of negotiations, the briefs outline a selection of SustainUS's policy recommendations for Rio+20.

SustainUS: A Future Uncompromised