Cambodia: Women Potters Produce Efficient, Low-smoke Cookstove
Women in Cambodia are no strangers to the use of firewood and charcoal for their cook stoves, despite the respiratory disease provoked by indoor smoke. In developing countries, about 90 percent of rural and 50 percent of urban-based citizens depend exclusively on charcoal wood for cooking. Worldwide, 2.5 billion people use solid fuels—wood, charcoal and dung—for cooking and heating. Every year, fumes and smoke from open cooking fires kill approximately 1.6 million people mostly women and children, from emphysema and other respiratory diseases.
Good governance is an increasingly important development issue in Cambodia. During the transition towards liberal democracy and a market economy over the last decade, Cambodia’s policy-makers, donor agencies, and civil society have increasingly recognised that the governance system needs to be improved to match the changing role of the State. Good governance is emerging as one of the key strategies to sustain social and economic development in Cambodia.
Two decades ago at the culmination of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit) in Rio de Janeiro, 152 world leaders signed a document committing to take on a single mission.
The action plan came to be known as Agenda 21 that set the world’s gears to pursue the kind of economic and social development that is not adverse to the environment.
The EU first formulated its sustainable development strategy during the 2001 Gothenburg European Council. Although sustainable development is enshrined in the EU Treaty, its implementation remains a problem. In February 2005, the Commission took stock and confirmed that a number of unsustainable trends continue to worsen. One controversial issue is the relationship with the Lisbon reform agenda for growth and jobs. The June 2006 European Council adopted a revised strategy.
Summary of Philippines Rio+20 Report
The Philippines, through the Philippine Council for Sustainable Development, places itself as an advocate for well-rounded, lasting human growth at the upcoming Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development of the United Nations (UN).
At this milestone event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012, the country is positioned to highlight the key areas to reach the overarching goal of human development: a healthy economy, good governance, and harmonious social and ecological conditions.
Education for Sustainable Development allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. Education for Sustainable Development means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning; for example, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption.
It also requires participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behaviour and take action for sustainable development. Education for Sustainable Development consequently promotes competencies like critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and making decisions in a collaborative way.
Društvo ZOJA je od 24.06. do 30.06.2012 organiziralo študijski obisk v sklopu projekta Global Sustainable Youth, ki ga izvajamo od novembra 2011. Aktivnosti za pripravo študijskega obiska so se začele že zdavnaj pred tem. V sklopu samega obiska pa smo začeli z organiziranjem in izvajanjem prevoza udeleženev z letališč Graz in Ljubljana na Ptuj. Prve udeležence smo pripeljali na Ptuj v soboto, 23. junija, zadnje pa odpremili s Ptuja, v soboto 30. junija.