Expert stories: be inspired by their insights on how to achieve the SDGs
New Orleans lessons for climate change
To mitigate the impacts of climate change, climate action plans are necessary. The American Planning Association recently edited and endorsed the United Nations’ Habitats Climate Action Plan Benchmark Guidelines, which includes four key elements.
Sustainable use of resources by Sami people
The Sámi way of life relates closely to nature and their traditional knowledge is built on generations of experience. While Sámi reindeer herding families remain strong, changes have been brought about by modern introductions, such as snowmobiles.
Improving informal settlements using social technologies
The demand for technical assistance for informal housing in Brazil dates back to the 1970s. This resulted in 2008 in new social housing strategies. The future of free technical advisory services is directly related to social technologies.
Reduction of inequality in the sub-Saharan region
The gap between poverty and wealth in Southern Africa is reflected in its built environment. Retention of traditional and vernacular architectures in both self-built and government-provided housing would help reduce inequality.
Macro and microeconomics potential of urban settlements
As more people move from rural to urban areas due to climate change, ensuring a sustainable future will require careful balancing of the macro challenges of managing urban change with the micro elements of community and enterprise.
Prosperity and small business enterprises
Traditional skills can incite a renaissance in education, entrepreneurship and job creation to play a vital role in supporting economic growth. There is an opportunity for a paradigm shift where tradition and ancient knowledge support innovation.