First SDD masterclass in speech writing and public speaking a success

On Thursday 24 October the first SDD Community masterclass was held. This masterclass, focusing on speech writing and public speaking, was given by WUR-spokesman Simon Vink. Every participant was asked to prepare and give a small speech on a sustainable development goal (SDG) of their own liking. The level was very high, as Mr Vink …

First-ever Wildlife Justice Commission Public Hearing

On 14-15 November, the first-ever Wildlife Justice Commission Public Hearing will take place in The Hague, after a year-long investigation into wildlife trafficking hub Nhi Khe, Viet Nam. Despite the “overwhelming body of evidence” presented to the Vietnamese and Chinese law enforcement authorities, there is still a lack of decisive action to prosecute and close …

Paris Climate Agreement to Enter into Force on 4 November, 2016

UNITED NATIONS — The landmark Paris agreement on climate change will enter into force on Nov. 4, after being pushed past a key threshold Wednesday by a coalition of the world’s largest polluters and small island nations threatened by rising seas. President Barack Obama hailed the news as “a turning point for our planet,” and …

Marco on his Master Thesis on the ‘Water-Energy-Food Nexus’ in Ecuador

To start my summary of my master thesis research I would like to present the following quote: “One learns from books and example only that certain things can be done. Actual learning requires that you do those things.” (Frank Herbert) Throughout my 24 years on this planet I have read and heard a fair share …