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Clean Energy For Healthy Environments and Lives

Australia and India have significant potential to generate affordable clean electricity from solar energy systems. However the economic, environmental and health benefits from a transition to renewable energy are not fully appreciated.

To coincide with this year’s 2023 World Environment Day, World Made Good releases a segment on a joint Australia and India clean energy generation project funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Launched in 2021, the Clean Energy for Healthy Environments and Lives (CE4HEAL) project addresses 5 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Global leadership through soft power

Soft power refers to the ability of a country to influence the behavior of other countries or actors in the international system through non-coercive means. It is the ability to attract and persuade others to support a country’s policies and objectives through the use of culture, ideology, values, and institutions, rather than through military or economic coercion.

World Made Good Sustainable Development Host, Catarina Caria spoke with Daniel F. Runde, the author of a new book that looks at reclaiming global leadership using soft power. Runde’s new book The American Imperative: Reclaiming Global Leadership Through Soft Power addresses what America’s global strategy should look like in an age of renewed great power competition.

Women must take a seat at the table

Catarina Caria is the new Sustainable Development host on World Made Good. She will be interviewing notable project leaders across sustainability initiatives around the world. These include by are not limited by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Born in Lisbon, Portugal and passionate about Peace & Security, and Civil Society, Catarina focused on research of Women, Peace and Security Agenda at the University of Virginia under a Fulbright/FLAD Scholarship in 2021.

Introduction to Women, Peace and Security

Gender equality is the number one predictor of peace – more so than a state’s wealth, level of democracy, or religious identity. Driven by civil society campaigning for action on gender equality, in 2000 the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1325. In doing so, Member States formally acknowledged that conflicts and crises impact the lives of women and girls differently, significantly and disproportionately, to that of men and boys.

Resolution 1325 consists of four pillars – participation, protection, prevention, and relief and recovery. It urges Member States to increase the representation of women at all decision-making levels in national, regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts.

A Thai story of confidence, ethics and morality

When Pili Opal left Udon Thani, a farming region in north-eastern Thailand, to go to University in Bangkok, she bravely left her family to improve her life and theirs through her education.

Pili says, “When I created Respect International Academy I had much more than modeling In my mind. I wanted more. I wanted to change lives. I wanted to help people, men, women, children, discover who they are but maybe never saw. And never let anyone take that away from them, ever. When I help people I help my country rise up”.

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