Elizabeth Dickinson is a journalist. She has served as assistant managing editor at Foreign Policy magazine in Washington D.C. and Nigeria correspondent for The Economist, reporting from five continents. In addition, her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the New York Times, The New Republic, IRIN News, AllAfrica.com, the International Herald Tribune, Newsweek International, The National, and the Mail and Guardian. She is regularly a guest on NPR affiliate stations, the BBC, ABC News, France24, Sirius XM radio, and Washington's WTOP.
Dickinson previously held internships with the Wall Street Journal in Brussels and the New York Times' West Africa bureau in Dakar. She speaks French, Spanish, Krio, and enough Yoruba for party tricks. An avid runner, Elizabeth holds a B.A. in African and International Studies from Yale University. She is based out of her suitcase.
Twenty years after Brazil hosted the first international summit on sustainable development, the rising-star South American nation is playing host to the United Nation's conference once again. The so-called Rio+20 summit, which began on June 20, is the culmination of literally decades of environmental policy, projects, and new thinking about the way that humans exist on the planet. "It is...in everyone's interest that all countries, not just some or even most of them, advance towards sustainable development," summit Secretary General Sha Zukang reminded audiences in his opening remarks on Wednesday. "This is one planet—with one common future."
Early last week, the government of Bhutan hosted a high-level UN summit on a topic that isn’t often discussed in the usually serious halls of Turtle Bay: well-being and happiness. The South Asian country, nestled between India, China, and Bangladesh, has never been keen on measuring itself the way most countries do: the size of their economies. They prefer a different measure: Gross National Happiness.