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African Centre for Technology Studies

African Centre for Technology Studies is an intergovernmental non-profit organization, founded in 1988 by Calestous Juma in Nairobi, Kenya, promoting policy-oriented research on science and technology in development that is sustainable in terms of the economy, society, and the environment. It was the first African non-profit organization to combine policy research, science and technology.

                                               

Agriculture and Rural Development Day

Between 2009 and 2012, Agriculture and Rural Development Day was an annual event co-organized by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, Earth System Science Partnership, Food and Agriculture Organization, Global Forum on Agricultural Research, International Federation of Agricultural Producers, and International Food Policy Research Institute.

                                               

Basque Declaration

The Basque Declaration is a formal document outlining 15 pathways for the development of more sustainable cities in Europe. The Declaration was acclaimed at the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns from 27–29 April 2016 in Basque Country. The document can be seen as a continuation of the Aalborg Charter and the Aalborg Commitments echoing sustainability vision from Local Agenda 21, and is itself a call for active engagement from civil society. The vision of the Declaration is to create productive, sustainable and resilient cities for a liveable and inclusive Europe The Basque Declaration is targeted at city leaders in Europe, including mayors and city governments, and can also be signed by individuals. It outlines pathways to help city leaders shape the development of their own municipalities, and ultimately aims to accelerate socio-cultural, socio-economic and technological transformation. The Declaration is based on the understanding that a diversity of local initiatives are required to address social, environmental and economic challenges. It recognises the importance of things such as protecting biodiversity, decarbonising energy systems, creating more sustainable mobility systems, protecting water systems, adapting to climate change, promoting social inclusion and strengthening local economies, among other things. Although focusing on action at the local scale, the Declaration is underpinned by the idea of cooperation, sharing and replication of solutions adapted to the local context. A strong theme of the Declaration is to have a highly engaged civil society, where participation is a key ingredient in both developing and implementing local transformative actions. The 15 pathways listed in the Basque Declaration are summarised under three headings: The Socio-Cultural Transformation To promote social innovation, enterprises and civic engagement, focusing especially on marginalised groups and immigrants To develop a culture of sustainability To nurture the sharing economy and ideas that combine entrepreneurship, civic engagement and societal transformation To actively involve citizens, going beyond just participatory planning to co-creative approaches To re-think boundaries between public and private activities The Socio-Economic Transformation To create and close local value chains, increasing public income and local investment To turn challenges into opportunities for local economies in key areas such as energy and food production To purchase products and services conscientiously, taking into account the environmental, social and economic impacts of purchasing decisions To pursue development towards a circular economy, reducing the demand of natural resources and waste output To apply innovative financing, including crowd-funding and blends of public funding or complementary currencies The Technological Transformation The prepare political and governance structures to deal with these changes To wisely take advantage of smart technologies To address the digital divide within local societies, focusing on equal access To support open data standards, keeping data available to the public To use public procurement as a way to accelerate innovation in the market

                                               

Centre for Appropriate Rural Technology

The Centre for Appropriate Rural Technology is a community-driven sustainable development project located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It functions as a life skills centre in the heart of Sicambeni Village, a rural village near Port St Johns.

                                               

Choice editing

Choice editing refers to the active process of controlling or limiting the choices available to consumers so as to drive to an end goal, specifically by banning things or imposing punitive taxation. The term has gained currency in discussions about sustainability.

                                               

Circles of Sustainability

Circles of Sustainability is a method for understanding and assessing sustainability, and for managing projects directed towards socially sustainable outcomes. It is intended to handle seemingly intractable problems such as outlined in sustainable development debates. The method is mostly used for cities and urban settlements.

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