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Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin April 2016: Global Trends in Sustainable Development

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Council on Foreign Relations Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin
Resources for the Faith Community

April 2016

Global Trends in Sustainable Development

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This issue of the CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin turns its attention to the progress that has been made and the challenges that remain in achieving global sustainable development. Featured resources explore environmental justice and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Additionally, a regional spotlight focuses on democracy and development in Myanmar. 

 

Gender Equity and Global Economic Development

Participate in the next CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call on Thursday, May 5, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EDT).

Rachel B. Vogelstein, CFR senior fellow and director of the Women and Foreign Policy program, will lead an on-the-record conversation on the importance of gender equity in the UN's sustainable development agenda. Email outreach@cfr.org to register.

Climate Change and Development

Faith and Environmental Justice

Sally G. Bingham, president and founder of Interfaith Power and Light, discusses environmental justice and the economic and spiritual benefits of energy conservation with members of the faith community, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series. Listen to the conversation »

The Moral and Political Dimensions of Climate Change

Mitchell C. Hescox of the Evangelical Environmental Network, Erin Lothes of the College of Saint Elizabeth, and Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology provide an overview of the papal encyclical Laudato Si' and discuss faith-based approaches to environmental stewardship. Read the transcript »

Global Governance Monitor: Climate Change

Map and evaluate multilateral efforts to address the consequences of climate change with CFR's Global Governance Monitor. Explore the multimedia guide »

Sustainable Development Goals

Prosperity Rising

Georgetown University's Steven Radelet outlines the progress that has been made in global development over the past twenty-five years and offers policy recommendations for what the United States can do to ensure that this progress continues. Read more »

Teach the World

In this Foreign Affairs article, Eric A. Hanushek of Stanford University and Ludger Woessmann of the University of Munich assert that a comprehensive education strategy that raises the quality of education, not just the number of students educated, is central to the success of a global development agenda. Read more on ForeignAffairs.com »

Truly Sustainable Development Calls for Systemic Responses

In this new Development Channel blog post, Alicia Ely Yamin writes that in order to be effective, implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals must prioritize equitable health and social protection systems over stand-alone, single-issue initiatives. Read the blog post »

The Global Economy and Gender Equality: Opportunities for Women and Girls

Dina Habib Powell of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, Darren Walker of the Ford Foundation, and CFR's Rachel B. Vogelstein discuss female entrepreneurship and global initiatives to advance education and economic empowerment for women. Watch the video »

Regional Spotlight: Democracy & Development in Myanmar

Understanding Myanmar

CFR's Backgrounder provides an overview of Myanmar's political history and looks at recent economic and political developments, as well as continued ethnic and religious persecution in the country. Explore the Backgrounder »

Securing a Democratic Future for Myanmar

In the latest Council Special Report, Priscilla A. Clapp, former chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Myanmar, recommends that the United States should revise its outdated and counterproductive sanctions policy in order to better support Myanmar's historic democratic transition. Read the Council Special Report »

Out of Darkness

As Myanmar emerges from nearly six decades of economic stagnation and isolation, Keith Rabin and Christina Madden of KWR International assert that the country must upgrade its antiquated power grid. Without an adequate and equitable distribution of power, advances in education, health care, and business will be impossible to attain. Read more »

 

 

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About CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative

The CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative connects religious and congregational leaders, scholars, and thinkers with CFR's resources on U.S. foreign policy and provides a forum for this community to discuss a broad range of pressing international issues. For more information, please contact McCourt Noonan, associate director for the National Program & Outreach, at 212.434.9848 or outreach@cfr.org .

About the Religion and Foreign Policy Portal on CFR.org

CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Portal, www.cfr.org/religion, is a "first stop" on the internet for members of the religious community seeking information on and analysis of U.S. foreign policy and global developments. In addition to a wide range of CFR materials—including work from the think tank, interviews with experts, meeting transcripts, and new backgrounders—users will find analysis and documents from other sources that have been carefully selected by the website's editorial staff for their relevance and quality.

 

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