The prospect that humanity is on the course to self destruction has always intrigued me, it baffled me as to how we as a race could be so careless as to not protect our environment. Furthermore, this destruction is driven by a selfish mindset with the overarching goal being profit above all; rather than the amelioration of the human condition. In many instances, primarily within the ‘third world’ where corruption amongst governmental bodies is typically rife; this destruction of the environment is propagated by the governance of the area. The cost to the environment, as well as the people of the region, is impossible to quantify, due to corruption by its nature being difficult to measure. I have always been interested as to whether these are issues that can in fact be ‘solved’ or if the detrimental impacts of its effects could be lessened. Global sustainable development is characterised as development that ‘meets the needs of the present without damaging the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs’. It is hopeless for sustainable development to occur without the cooperation of different governmental bodies, it is in this scenario that I believe that politics and international studies and sustainable global development are intrinsically linked. It is one thing to come up with a practical and practicable solution to achieving global development but an entirely different matter to get said solution in motion, this must be pushed through governmental entities. The road to achieving global sustainable development is paved with both current and emerging obstacles. Many countries hope to achieve sustainable development but lack the capital necessary to achieve said development. Developing nations, in particular, are faced with significant issues due to many following the developmental model of current superpowers, many currently find themselves in the ‘take-off stage’ of growth. Due to this, they are forced to use the cheapest and most plentiful fuel source which in many instances is coal, an extremely harmful pollutant when burned. The course’s focus on the current problems faced by governments and scientists appeals to me greatly, I wish to understand the issues that governmental bodies face as well as the concessions they must make in order to achieve the ‘greater good’. The attainment of sustainable development is clearly a complex issue, I wish to further understand the challenges and stipulations which must be addressed in health, food security and hunger amongst others. The pursuit of said knowledge is what pushed me to take on this course. The combination of Global Sustainable Development, Politics and international studies makes sense to me, in my opinion these subjects are interdependent. Sustainable development and politics have a lot in common, one such communal trait is participation; the capacity of all people to work together and be communally involved in decisions on the way in which we live and the goals which we would like to achieve. Politics and the emerging laws and policies drive forward sustainable development in much the same way that the visible benefits achieved through sustainable development drive political bodies in to power. Politics, international studies and global sustainable development are topics that are integral to understanding the fundamental workings of the world as a whole, it is my belief that through participation in this course I will be able to gain a keen insight in to the political, cultural and economic aspects that drive society and the globe as a whole.