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Sustainable Design International Ltd.  is a professional and multi-disciplinary design,
engineering, research and consultancy practice. Its mission is to engage in any and all
activities relating to, or compatible with, the promotion and/or implementation of Sustainable Development generally, and Sustainable Design & Construction in particular.

Our Organization – with physical locations in Ireland, Italy and Turkey, but operational throughout
the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).

          
    
Abstract Graphic Image, in a single colour of yellow with a black background, showing an unknown object hovering above cupped human hands.    What is this concept called 'Sustainable Development' ?     Many more years will it take us to discover the full meaning and all of its implications !      

             Sustainable Development ?

Development which meets the responsible needs, i.e. the Human & Social Rights(a), of this generation - without stealing the life and living resources from future generations, especially our children ... and their children.

(a) As defined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UN OHCHR).

 

Click here to go directly to the WSSD WebSite
World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD)
Johannesburg, 26th August - 4th September 2002

In Johannesburg, negative global-political and macro-economic pressures
were just too powerful. More to the point, they were not effectively challenged !!

However, in order to be positive ...... and to fill the gaps and correct the imbalances in the 2002 WSSD Declaration on Sustainable Development .... please refer to the

2004 Rio de Janeiro Declaration on Sustainable Social Development,
Disability & Ageing





United Nations Department of Economic & Social Affairs

 




Many years before the 2002 WSSD, the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development had identified four aspects of 'sustainable development', i.e. social, economic, environmental and institutional.  If we are seriously concerned with implementation, however, another important aspect must be added - political.  And there are still more aspects ......

Supported by an Ethical Framework, there are a number of prerequisite Essential Requirements, therefore, before we can realize a Sustainable 'Built Environment' which is in harmony and dynamic balance with a Flourishing 'Natural Environment' ......
(i) Social Justice, Solidarity & Inclusion for All ;
(ii) Economic Equity for All ;
(iii) Past Damage Repair & New Positive 'Environmental Impact' ;
(iv) Open, Innovative & Transparent Institutions ;
(v) Accountable & Representative Governance ;
(vi) Effective International Law.
(vii) Judicial Independence & Integrity ;
(viii) Lasting Peace.

Social Wellbeing is a general condition - in a community, society or culture - of health, happiness, creativity, responsible fulfilment, and sustainable development.

Principle 24 of the European Charter on Sustainable Design & Construction states ......
' Peace, political accountability, institutional openness, sustainable development, social wellbeing, environmental protection, and energy efficiency are interdependent and indivisible.'

At international level, the concept of 'sustainable development' is not yet fully understood.   However, let us begin to explore here some of the complex Links which bind this concept together ......

 




Dar-es-Salaam - Friday, 7th August 1998
Nairobi - Friday, 7th August 1998
?
New York - Tuesday, 11th September 2001
?
Bali (2) - Saturdays, 12th Oct. 2002 & 1st Oct. 2005
Casablanca - Friday, 16th May 2003
Istanbul - Saturday, 15th November 2003
Madrid - Thursday, 11th March 2004
?

Sharm el Sheikh, London & Kusadasi - July 2005
directly and indirectly linked to the Iraq Invasion
?
Mumbai - 26th, 27th & 28th November 2008
?

( After the bloodiest century in human history, this is a cruel entry to the 21st Century ! )




Days of Tragedy and Human Loss



And the sort of  Environmental Destruction ......
   
Colour Painting by Pablo Picasso :  'Woman Weeping' 1937.  Click here to go directly to the Official WebSite  -  France.
   
     


...... which results from Some People not being able to get along with Other People.



'Social Justice, Solidarity & Inclusion'  is, therefore, the most important Essential Requirement

 



"nothing is more precious than freedom and independence "

ho chi minh


 



Click here to go directly to the World Health Organization  -  Switzerland   
2001 WHO Report of the
Commission on Macroeconomics & Health
1997 Report on the Role of
Financial Institutions in Achieving Sustainable Development
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July 2003
Environmental Industries Office
Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry, Japan
June 2006
Commission on Oil Independence
Sweden

Declaration of Commitment to
Development of an Eco-Oriented Nation


Perspectives on Environmentally Sound Corporate Management & Environmental Businesses


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Making Sweden an
Oil-Free Society

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8th August 1961

Dr. Ernesto Guevara de la Serna

Speech on behalf of the Cuban Government to the Ministerial Meeting
of the Inter-American Economic and Social Council (CIES),
sponsored by the Organization of American States (OAS) at Punta del Este, Uruguay.

On Economic Growth & Imperialism


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Centre for International Development at Harvard University - USA

US Department of Justice - Civil Rights Division

US Securities & Exchange Commission

Bruegel - European Think Tank on International Economics

United Nations Conference on Trade & Development

Deutsche Bank Research

Governance in the European Union

European Group on Ethics in Science & New Technologies

Noam Chomsky Political Archive

United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean

US Council on Foreign Relations


' Sustainability will demand fundamental and far-reaching changes
in the world economic order ...... power relationships, development models, production
practices, attitudes to resources and ways of living.'

Agenda 21 for Sustainable Construction in Developing Countries




Related Themes of Sustainable Human & Social Development







"all our ignorance brings us nearer to death "

t. s. elliot


"war is a crime - ask the infantry and ask the dead "

ernest hemingway


 

 

The War of the Flea & the Elephant
( Are politicians and the 'generals' learning yet ? )


Colour Photograph showing the Security Council of the United Nations in session at its Headquarters Building in New York.    There are 5 Permanent Member Countries of the Council, with another 10 Elected Member Countries serving a term of two years.    Permanent Member Countries each have a Veto.


Article 51 of the United Nations Charter
Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security. Measures taken by Members in the exercise of this right of self-defence shall be immediately reported to the Security Council and shall not in any way affect the authority and responsibility of the Security Council under the present Charter to take at any time such action as it deems necessary in order to maintain or restore international peace and security.




Under the current UN Charter, the self-defence of any Member(s) cannot be held to begin on a different continent.  There is no legal basis for the actions of the United States in Afghanistan, the Philippines, Africa, or the Middle East.  And images of the richest country on Earth carrying out intensive high level bombing on one of the poorest .... are obscene.

USA treatment of the prisoners in Occupied Cuba (the annexation of Guantánamo Bay remains, to this day, an international act of piracy - see 1901 Platt Amendment and later 'treaties' with Cuba procured by the threat or use of force) is degrading, inhumane and illegal.

15th February 2006
United Nations Commission on Human Rights
Report on the Situation of Detainees in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba
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Have we really forgotten so quickly ?
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, Germany
(visited by CJ Walsh, in February 2007)


June 2007
Amnesty International Report AMR 51/099/2007

Off the Record
U.S. Responsibility for Enforced Disappearances
in the 'War on Terror'

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Has anybody ever heard of, or seen, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ?!?

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1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights
(UN OHCHR - Adopted 10 December 1948)

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  • Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field - adopted 12 August 1949
  • Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea - adopted 12 August 1949
  • Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War - adopted 12 August 1949
  • Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War - adopted 12 August 1949
  • Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and Relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I) - adopted 8 June 1977
  • Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and Relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts (Protocol II) - adopted 8 June 1977



Three countries which certainly cannot give sermons and issue dogmatic statements to the rest of the world concerning terrorism, abuse of human rights, and tyranny are :
  • United States of America ;
  • Israel ;
  • Great Britain.

10 August 2006
Appeal for the Protection of Cultural Property in Lebanon & Israel

The New Armed Conflict in the Middle East :
In Addition to the Human Tragedy - a Cultural Disaster

Press Release Issued by ....
Europa Nostra - the pan-European federation for Heritage ;
ICA - International Council on Archives ;
ICCROM - International Centre for the Study of the Preservation & Restoration of Cultural Property ;
ICOM - International Council of Museums ;
ICOMOS - International Council on Monuments & Sites ;
OWHC - Organization of World Heritage Cities.

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The social, economic, environmental and political values of the United States - and its understanding of 'democracy' (remember Florida in 2000 .... Venezuela in 2002 .... and Latin America throughout the 20th Century ! ) - must be challenged by the Members of the United Nations, particularly the Non-Aligned Countries, and the European Union.  A global coalition to fight hunger, poverty, disease, injustice and illiteracy - the real problems which threaten world peace and security - is urgently required.

Compliance with International Law and the International Human Rights Conventions by all nations and peoples is an absolute necessity .... and the stern demand of this organization !



11th April 2002 - The 1998 Rome Statute has now been ratified by 66 Parties, and the International Criminal Court (ICC) can immediately become fully operational.  All Members of the United Nations should be bound by its jurisdiction ...... particularly the United States of America.  And the Israeli Political Leadership, if it continues to mandate the current barbaric military campaign in Palestine beyond 1st July 2002, should be the first group of people tried before the Court.

International Criminal Court (ICC) - From 1st January 2004

May 2002 - Do Jenin and Bethlehem finally demonstrate that Israel is, regrettably, just another seedy little fascist state propped up by the USA ?

March 2006
Harvard University (USA) - John F Kennedy School of Government

Faculty Research Working Paper RWP 06-011
by John J Mearsheimer & Stephen Walt

The Israel Lobby & US Foreign Policy
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Without further delay, the present structure and legal framework of the United Nations must be revised and updated to meet the changed circumstances of the 21st Century.  Perhaps the ICC will become the vehicle for this necessary change ?
  • Agreed international limits must be placed on the meaning of 'self-defence' ;
  • Membership of the Security Council, and veto procedures there, must be re-examined ;
  • Both strategic and tactical use of nuclear weapons must finally be banned ;
  • The use of depleted Uranium (and any other radioactive materials) in the final make-up of armaments, large or small, must be banned.

End of September 2002
- Before world events spiral ever downwards, out of control, we now cry out for Regime Change in the USA and Israel !!!



November 2002

Executive Summary of Amnesty International Report

Israel & the Occupied Territories
Shielded from Scrutiny :
Israeli Defence Force Violations in Jenin & Nablus


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Black & White Painting by Pablo Picasso :  'Guernica' 1937.   Painted, between the beginning of May and the end of June, following the brutal destruction of a small village in Spain.   'Jenin' 2002 !

Jenin 2002

 

 

2003 - As a New Year dawns and we wonder if George W Bush and his Merry Band of Cold War Warriors will also order an invasion of North Corea ...... we remember a previous time in the United States, and previous wars :

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" If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it is wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies and black men, then it is wrong for America to draft us, and make us violent abroad in defense of her. And if it is right for America to draft us, and teach us how to be violent in defense of her, then it is right for you and me to do whatever is necessary to defend our own people right here in this country."

From a speech by Malcolm X, November 1963, New York City.






Beginning of February 2003 - Selection of Judges to sit on the International Criminal Court has commenced.  Members of the Israeli Government and Senior Officers in the Israeli Defence Forces should begin to exercise care when travelling abroad.  Ariel Sharon would definitely be wise to avoid Belgium !

2002 / 2003 Iraqi Crisis - For those intent on executing and directly / indirectly supporting a Fundamentalist 'Western' Crusade against the Regime and the Peoples of Iraq, please examine the following .....

United Nations & International Law


and


4644th Meeting - 8th November 2002
United Nations Security Council Resolution 1441 (2002)

This Resolution does not authorize military action against Iraq.
The Preamble to the Resolution, however, does state :
' Reaffirming the commitment of all (UN) Member States to the sovereignty and
territorial integrity of Iraq, Kuwait, and the neighbouring States, ...'

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We are exhausted by the deception, spin, propaganda and lies of the USA and Great Britain, supported by Australia, Spain, Italy and Japan.  Unilateral Military Action, i.e. without a United Nations mandate, will be judged a Crime of Aggression and a Crime against Peace.  Meanwhile, the background antics of Israel remain to be exposed.  Surely it can't be true that Israeli military / intelligence personnel are openly operating within Iraq ?

The use of bullying and bribery to force through a 2nd UN Security Council Resolution authorizing military action by the Coalition 'of the Immoral' is unacceptable.

Inappropriate interference by the USA in the work of the UNMOVIC & IAEA Inspectors is unacceptable.

 

Thursday, 27th March 2003 - Without any Mandate from the United Nations, the US and British Invasion of Iraq commenced in the early hours of Thursday, 20th March 2003.

A week after hostilities commenced, we can now clearly witness the First Barbarian Fundamentalist Crusade of the 21st Century - the so-called 'Information Age'.

Under International Law, we charge the Governments of the United States, Great Britain, Australia and Israel with War Crimes ...... and Crimes against Humanity and the Environment.

In the European Union, we ask the Governments of Spain, Italy, Portugal, Denmark and Ireland to define precisely what you understand by 'Democracy'.  Does it really mean 'government in opposition to the will of the majority of your citizens' ?  Do you even know how to spell the word 'Accountability' ?

We ask the Institutions of the European Union, and the Greek EU Presidency ...... why are you standing idle while the EU Treaties and the Peoples of Europe are being betrayed ?

And which countries are next on the Hit List of George W. Bush, and the American Enterprise Institute in Washington ?





Without Effective International Law,
there is no objective basis upon which to judge leaders like Slobodan Milosevic
or Saddam Hussein.
[ Instead in Iraq .... we witnessed 'Cowboy' Justice in a 'Kangaroo' Court .... followed on 30 December 2006 .... by a Barbaric, Medieval 'Lynching'.]

As already observed in the Balkans,
indiscriminate use of Depleted Uranium Munitions in Iraq will have serious, longterm adverse effects on Human Health and the Environment.

Al-Qa'ida  will grow stronger.

And the Cycle of Violence and Destruction will begin again.

Lasting Peace is the forerunner of Sustainable Human & Social Development !




28-29 April 2006
UNU-CRIS Occasional Paper 0-2006/20

Conflict Prevention & Peace-Building in the Regional Context

United Nations University - Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS)
United Nations - Department for Political Affairs (UN-DPA)
Seminar Report

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1 June 2006 - Final Report
WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) Commission
Established by the Government of Sweden
on 16 December 2003

Weapons of Terror -
Freeing the World of Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Arms

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Iraq - 20th May 2004      [At the same time as the Rafah Atrocities in Occupied Palestine.]


Behold ... the Corruption and Barbarity of Untrammelled Power ...


September 2004 - World Medical Association 

Doctors Working in Prisons : Human Rights & Ethical Dilemmas

For a new Internet-Based Training Course, follow the link above
to the Norwegian Medical Association


United States Department of the Army
February 2004 - Report by Antonio M. Taguba, MG, USA

Iraq - Investigation into the 800th Military Police Brigade's
Detention & Internment Operations
from 1st November 2003 to Present (February 2004)

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50 Page Report begins on Page 11.
Annexes 1-106 are missing.
Note the limited period to be investigated.

 

6th December 2006

The Iraq Study Group Report

4 Organizing Sponsors:
US Baker Institute for Public Policy ;
United States Institute of Peace ;
US Center for Strategic & International Studies ;
US Center for the Study of the Presidency.


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Meanwhile ...

The Israeli Defence Forces (and the Sharon Government) continue to commit War Crimes,
and the re-construction of the 1940's Warsaw Ghetto Wall progresses,
in Occupied Palestine.


Reminding us of its past criminal activities in the North of Ireland during the 1970's,
the British Army is behaving true to form again in Iraq.

 

 

Much more than a President died in Dallas, on 22nd November 1963 .....

John F Kennedy & Two Short Extracts from
His Speech Prepared for Delivery at the Trade Mart in Dallas

" In a world of complex and continuing problems, in a world full of frustrations
and irritations, America's leadership must be guided by the lights of learning and reason
or else those who confuse rhetoric with reality and the plausible with the possible will gain
the popular ascendancy with their seemingly swift and simple solutions
to every world problem. "

" We in this country, in this generation, are - by destiny rather than choice - the watchmen
on the walls of world freedom.  We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of 'peace on earth, good will toward men'. "

 

 

Iran - January 2006

Far from learning the lessons of Iraq ...... that nasty Fundamentalist Band of Cold War Warriors has now focused its attentions on Iran.

So before the situation becomes serious (again !), let us examine the relevant International Legislation :

1968 UN IAEA Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
[ Entered into Force 5th March 1970    Reviewed 1995 & 2000 ]

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Direct Link to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna

31 August 2006
IAEA Document GOV/2006/53

Report by the Director General to the
Board of Governors

Implementation of the NPT Safeguards
Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran


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12 September 2006

Re: Erroneous, Misleading & Unsubstantiated
Information in Iran Intelligence Report

IAEA Letter of Complaint to US Congress

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PACE !




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walter gropius

 

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