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The ITS Education Asia Foundation’s core mission is based on bringing sustainability education to all. We do this with a range of in-person and online activities including YCI, UNITAR Youth Ambassador Asia-Pacific Programme and school workshops.

The resources below, launched in 2022, are the first step to building a large and varied library of sustainability information, be they case studies, documents or links to many of the world’s foremost sustainability organizations, big and small. It can be used by anyone researching sustainability be it for school or university studies, or for work. As this grows, we will commit to more complex cross-referencing and indexing. For now, either browse/search the page, or use a quick link to go down to a particular section.

If you have a resource or use a resource that you think should be listed, please do not hesitate to submit to [email protected] with “SDG library” in the subject.

If you would like to link to this resource, please name & credit as follows:
Sustainability & SDG Research Library, The ITS Education Asia Foundation

My thanks at this launch point goes to the UN Systems Staff College and all my fellow course attendees of the “Circular Economy and the 2030 Agenda, 2021” who provided the inspiration and many of the first links.

Danny Harrington, January 2022


Net Zero Commitments by Businesses, Financial Institutions, Cities and Regions [pdf]
Report from the United Nations’ high-level expert group on the net zero emissions commitments of non-state entities and the importance of identifying "greenwashing".

Our Common Future [pdf]

A global network of mayors taking urgent action to confront the climate crisis and create a future where everyone can thrive.

Eco-Industrial Parks from UNIDO
EIPs enable benefits from greater collaboration between tenant companies, service providers and local communities, allowing companies to transform environmental problems into efficiency gains, by using resources more effectively and enabling companies to draw on common services and infrastructure. UNIDO has developed a set of EIP Tools for industrial parks and policymakers. By using the tools parks and countries can advance the transformation of industrial parks and zones towards EIPs.

UNECE - UN Economic Commission for Europe
UNECE's major aim is to promote pan-European economic integration. UNECE includes 56 member States in Europe, North America and Asia. However, all interested United Nations member States may participate in the work of UNECE. Over 70 international professional organizations and other non-governmental organizations take part in UNECE activities which include many sustainability initiatives. [pdf]

Eco-innovation implementation process [pdf]

Climate Change and Agriculture  Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation [pdf]

Srilanka strategy for SD [pdf]

UN Stats
A robust follow-up and review mechanism for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires a solid framework of indicators and statistical data to monitor progress, inform policy and ensure accountability of all stakeholders. This is the Sustainable Development Goal indicators website.

Circularity Gap Reporting Initiative [CGRi]
In January 2018, the first Circularity Gap Report was published during the World Annual Forum in Davos. This first report established that our world is only 9.1% circular, leaving a massive circularity gap. It also provided a framework and fact-base to measure and monitor progress in bridging the global circularity gap. Efforts to measure the circular economy have grown into the Circularity Gap Reporting Initiative. The Initiative delivers an annual global circularity metric that measures the state of the world economy and identifies key levers to transition to global circularity. It also provides insights into the circularity gap of individual countries and sectors.

Bruntland Commission, 1987: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future [pdf]

International Resource Panel (IRP)
The International Resource Panel (IRP) was launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2007 to build and share the knowledge needed to improve our use of resources worldwide. The Panel consists of eminent scientists with expertise in resource management issues. It studies key questions around global resource use and produces assessment reports that distill the latest scientific, technical and socio-economic findings to inform decision-making.

Happiness – the development alternative [pdf]
The Royal Kingdom of Bhutan represents a rare context for the study and operationalization of a living development alternative that challenges GDP-metrics. The nation is best known for the articulation and practice of an innovative alternative and sustainable development path, exemplified in Gross National Happiness (GNH) which this paper explores.

Both general development insights and specific sustainability topic areas provided by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Includes data section.

The World Economic Forum has a section of its site dedicated to circular economy.

EU supported group for environment policy and initiatives in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine.

Circular Economy Coalition for Latin America and the Caribbean
To provide a regional platform to enhance inter-ministerial, multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder cooperation, increase knowledge and understanding on circular economy, provide capacity building and technical assistance for the development of public policies for circular economy and sustainable consumption and production.

Zero Waste Scotland
Not-for-profit environmental organisation, funded by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund to help accelerate circular economy and resource efficiency work with SMEs in Scotland. Wealth of resources and good for use as student case studies.

Resource Efficiency and Climate Change: Material Efficiency Strategies for a Low-Carbon Future

Eionet Portal
The European Environment Information and Observation Network (Eionet) is a partnership network of the European Environment Agency (EEA) and its 38 member and cooperating countries. The EEA is responsible for developing Eionet and coordinating its activities together with National Focal Points (NFPs) in the countries.

The Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities (GI-REC)
A cooperation platform offered by UN Environment to connect many different institutions that are using systems approaches (specifically urban metabolism and morphology approaches) towards building low-carbon, resilient, and resource efficient cities. plenty of resources and info for students.

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization has a good resource page for Circular Economy.

The Circular Economy and Benefits for Society, Wijkman , A. & Skanberg , K., 2015 [pdf]
The central theme of this report is how to greatly enhance resource efficiency. The proposition is that a circular economy, where products are designed for ease of recycling, reuse, disassembly and remanufacturing should replace the traditional, linear ’take, make & dispose’ model that has dominated the economy so far. It broadly explores the potential for a significant increase in resource efficiency and to specifically assess what the main benefits for society would be looking at carbon emissions and employment in particular. It aims to provide valuable input to the discussion on the Commission’s new proposal, as well as national policies, particularly in terms of highlighting the opportunities offered by the Circular Economy for the EU’s competitiveness and jobs agenda.

UNEP circularity platform
Fantastic site with resources by sectors and by components of circularity. The UNEP Circularity Platform assembles a wide array of resources on the Circular Economy as well as its interlinkages with Sustainable Consumption and Production. If offers further details and case studies on UNEP's Circularity Diagram.

Wastewater as a resource - World Bank
An important paradigm shift is necessary at multiple levels to advance sustainable sanitation services toward a circular economy in which wastewater is considered a valuable resource rather than a liability. Energy, clean water, fertilizers, and nutrients can be extracted from wastewater—and used to help achieve the SDGs. In 2018 the World Bank launched the “Wastewater: From Waste to Resource” initiative in the LAC region, to address the wastewater challenge and raise awareness among decision makers about the potential of wastewater as a resource.

AI in the European Green Deal
Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be deployed for a wide range of applications to promote the goals of the European Green Deal. However, adverse environmental impacts of AI could jeopardise the attainment of these goals. The report describes environmental potential, clarifies characteristics and causes of environmental risks, and outlines initiatives and best practices for environmental policies. It illustrates the need for regulatory action to align design and deployment of AI with the goals of the European Green Deal and concludes with specific recommendations. This document was provided by the Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies at the request of the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA).


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