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Mumbai's Dharavi settlement has a thriving informal economy. The government's redevelopment schemes have been hit by controversy and stalled for more than a decade (Photo: Jon Hurd, Creative Commons via Flickr)

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The new development framework lays out a groundbreaking vision on the common good. But it doesn't say enough about how this is to be achieved, by whom and with what funding
Testing the water in Kenya's Tana River watershed. The river's ecosystem is being affected by a range of factors. Public and private organisations are exploring ways to improve ecosystem management (Photo: Georgina Smith/CIAT, Creative Commons via Flickr)

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IIED's Steve Bass proposes a 10-year review of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment as a guide for taking forward the SDGs
Community participation, with a strong focus on women, such as this women's savings group in Southern India, is vital to develop slum-friendly cities (Photo: Maria Andersson/Individuell Människohjälp, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

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Jockin Arputham has been fighting for the rights of slum dwellers for nearly 50 years. Ahead of World Habitat Day, he highlights what the Sustainable Development Goals could mean for slum dwellers
Farmers in Guangxi and Yunnan provinces in Southwestern China have responded to climatic adversity by innovating to increase productivity using less water (Image: IIED)

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Four reasons why the voices of the most vulnerable must be heard and prioritised if we are to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goals leave no one behind
Mozambique: bringing the cattle in from the fields. Mozambique is vulnerable to climate change because of its geography, but also has a poorly developed economy, frail infrastructure, and high levels of poverty (Photo: ILRI/Stevie Mann, Creative Commons via Flickr)

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The UK has promised to increase funding for climate finance up to 2020, but if this money comes from the aid budget, how can we be sure that climate spending will also deliver on poverty eradication and the sustainable development agenda?
Women smallholders replanting rice in the irrigated area around the Bagré dam in Burkina Faso (Photo: Barbara Adolph/IIED)

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The recent Stockholm World Water Week provided plenty of opportunities to explore the links between water and land rights, and the importance of these rights for ensuring sustainable development at both local and national level
Women farmers in Senegal face challenges over land ownership. A recent workshop looked at how more equal land access could be achieved (Photo: vredeseilanden, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

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A workshop in Senegal revealed that issues over equal access to land for men and women may not be as simple as they at first seem
In 1992 the United Nations called Mexico City "the most polluted city on the planet". City authorities took radical steps to cut pollution, but Mexico City still has smog and is increasingly vulnerable to climate change (Photo: Fidel Gonzalez, Creative Commons via Wikimedia)

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There are compelling economic opportunities for cities to reduce their carbon footprints – but will these measures be enough to stay below 2 degrees of warming?
Our successful animation was devised to popularise the Sustainable Development Goals. But that doesn't mean we didn't make mistakes (Image: IIED/Hands Up)

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IIED's animation about the Sustainable Development Goals took us into new territory – but what were we trying to achieve?
The author with cocoa farmers in Ghana. Farmers on average receive 3 per cent of a chocolate bar price and many are dependent on a single commodity for their livelihoods (Photo: Marisa Camargo)

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How can we make chocolate more sustainable? This was one of the questions addressed by IIED researchers in a presentation at the World Forestry Congress in Durban.

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