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#101553
2014-10-21

Africa: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development - Vital Interlinkages

As the world moves towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the post-2015 era, there is an emerging debate about how target-setting and implementation might integrate across the 17 goals proposed by the Open Working Group (OWG) so that the inextricable links between, say, climate change, ...

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#101491
2014-10-17

Focus on Poverty: The top issues in the SDG in-tray

The UN General Assembly has just reviewed progress towards an international agreement on how to tackle climate change and a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As SciDev.Net reported, President Obama announced a set of scientific initiatives.

News Headlines
#101364
2014-10-10

An unsustainable course

The precipitous decline in the population of wild animals should serve as a clear warning to humanity that it is living beyond its mean

News Headlines
#101368
2014-10-10

The world after Millennium Development Goals

India needs to urgently improve its policy mix if it wants to abolish poverty

News Headlines
#101370
2014-10-10

Proposed SDGs won't capture the imagination

Last week, leaders of U.N. member states began talks on the Sustainable Development Goals. Beginning 2016, the SDGs will guide the efforts of governments, international organizations, nongovernment organizations and others on some of our largest collective challenges — reducing poverty and disea ...

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#101371
2014-10-10

WB-IMF Report Gauges Progress on Development Goals, Including New Target of Promoting Shared Prosperity of Bottom 40 Percent

WASHINGTON, October 8, 2014 – Much more work needs to be done to end poverty and close the gap in living standards between those in the bottom 40 percent and the top 60 percent of the population around the world, says the Global Monitoring Report 2014/2015, released today by the World Bank and I ...

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#101372
2014-10-10

Aligning the agendas of Sustainable Development Goals and the European Environment and Health Process

The world is entering a crucial phase in the global negotiations of the post-2015 development agenda—the framework following in the footsteps of the Millennium Development Goals concluding next year.

News Headlines
#101316
2014-10-08

Floods Wash Away India’s MDG Progress

MORIGAON, India, Oct 7 2014 (IPS) - The northeastern Indian state of Assam is no stranger to devastating floods.

News Headlines
#101098
2014-09-26

Peru's President says development must align with core UN Charter principles

25 September 2014 - Among several speakers from the Latin American and Caribbean region addressing the General Assembly today, Peru"s President, Ollanta Humala Tasso, outlined in his address several ways his country was making strides in sustainable development without straying away from the fun ...

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#101081
2014-09-25

Africa Rising: leaders meet to discuss sustainable development that leaves no one behind

How to realize Africa’s potential for the future of all its peoples and build international support for the continent’s development were key questions explored in the first session of the Africa Rising Forum held this week in New York.

News Headlines
#101088
2014-09-25

Why we need the UN’s sustainable development goals

Jeffrey Sachs outlines how the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals can and should address the intersecting issues of sustainability, poverty, and the need for good governance.

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#101090
2014-09-25

Agricultural science is the backbone of sustainable development

In order to fulfil the sustainable development objectives of food security and resource efficiency, it is essential to support research in agricultural science, says CGIAR chief executive Frank Rijsberman.

News Headlines
#101062
2014-09-24

World risks spending $250 bln just to monitor U.N. development goals

OSLO, Sept 24 (Reuters) - The world risks having to spend about $250 billion just to monitor U.N. development targets for 2030, diverting cash from goals such as ending poverty or protecting the environment, according to a study published on Wednesday.

News Headlines
#101035
2014-09-23

Africa: Q&A: Making Equality Central to the Development Agenda

Alicia Bárcena, executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), tells SciDev.Net that the future development agenda and its SDGs must be universal and apply not just to developing countries.

News Headlines
#101045
2014-09-23

Water: A Defining Issue for Post-2015

STOCKHOLM, Sep 23 2014 (IPS) - A gift of nature, or a valuable commodity? A human right, or a luxury for the privileged few? Will the agricultural sector or industrial sector be the main consumer of this precious resource? Whatever the answers to these and many more questions, one thing is clear ...

News Headlines
#101049
2014-09-23

Africa: Empowering Indigenous Peoples Is a Must for Sustainable Rural Development, Says Ifad President

The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) called for greater support to indigenous peoples whose economic and social empowerment is a prerequisite for the kind of sustainable development that can transform struggling rural areas in developing countries.

News Headlines
#101024
2014-09-19

Ending poverty through sustainable development and leaving no one behind

As two African women and development leaders deeply involved in efforts to irreversibly end poverty and set the world on a more inclusive and sustainable path, we have reason to celebrate the great strides made in the 14 years since world leaders signed up to the Millennium Development Goals.

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#100952
2014-09-16

Biodiversity informatics vital for sustainable growth: Prakash Javadekar

New Delhi, Sep. 16 (ANI): Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar today said that the concept of sustainability was an integral part of Indian ethos which ensured balanced approach to issues pertaining to conservation, access and growth.

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#100893
2014-09-12

Senior UN officials urge Member States to craft ‘bold, pragmatic’ post-2015 agenda

With an “intense and important year ahead,” United Nations Member States must work to build a framework that will sustain and finish what was accomplished with the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the fight against poverty, hunger and disease, while rising to challenges old and ne ...

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#100869
2014-09-11

Climate change and the SDGs: Where do we go from here?

In less than two weeks, world leaders will travel to New York for the U.N. secretary-general’s widely anticipated climate summit. On Sept. 23, they will have a unique opportunity to take stock of the latest warnings about climate change, and commit to work harder than ever to tackle rising emiss ...

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#100847
2014-09-10

How to Prioritize U.N. Goals

Cambridge, Mass. — In France, children grow up hearing the story of the 100 times good cake: A cat and a dog preparing a cake start from the idea that if the cake has 100 delicious ingredients, it will be “100 times good.” So they make a cake with strawberries and cream, garlic and pepper (and t ...

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#100749
2014-09-04

Indigenous Peoples Seek Presence in Post-2015 Development Agenda

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 4 2014 (IPS) - The world’s 370 million indigenous people, who say they were marginalised in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), want to play a key role in the U.N.’s post-2015 development agenda, which will be finalised next year.

News Headlines
#100719
2014-09-02

SAMOA: In Apia, Ban sets sail for sustainable development

2 September 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sailed with a Polynesian voyaging canoe crew, whose mission is to spotlight the need for action on sustainable development by going around the world using only traditional navigation methods.

News Headlines
#100727
2014-09-02

SAMOA: Urging sustainable action, UN officials link small islands to global issues at conference opening

31 August 2014 – Calling small island developing nations a magnifying glass for vulnerabilities around the world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged the international community to support sustainable development in these countries through multi-stakeholder partnerships.

News Headlines
#100663
2014-08-27

Access to open data ‘key to sustainable development’

[NAIROBI] Open access to scientific and technological data could help Africa achieve sustainable development goals, a meeting has heard. According to information and communication technology (ICT) experts who attended the International Workshop on Open Data for Science and Sustainability in De ...

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#100667
2014-08-27

Africa: UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative Leads the Way Towards an Inclusive Green Economy

When the global financial crisis began in 2008-09, environmental sustainability dwindled as a policy priority for many countries and budgets for environment and sustainable management of natural resources were cut across the globe.

News Headlines
#100671
2014-08-27

DESA Analyzes SIDS Sustainable Development Trends

August 2014: Despite advances toward sustainable development, small island developing States (SIDS) continue to face many challenges, according to ‘Trends in Sustainable Development: SIDS,' a publication issued by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable ...

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#100672
2014-08-27

Jamaica wants more out of 3rd SIDS confab

JAMAICA is expected to raise concerns about the low rate of implementation from the two previous summits when it attends the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Apia, Samoa starting on Monday.

News Headlines
#100656
2014-08-26

A transformative global agenda for development

A beacon of hope shines from the East River: Following a year and a half on a journey replete with bumps in the road and many twists and turns, member states of the United Nations completed a proposal for sustainable development goals, the set of global priorities to steer the international deve ...

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#100578
2014-08-22

Is soil the new oil in Africa's quest for sustainable development?

Africa is enormously rich in minerals and oil. The continent has 10 percent of known global oil reserves, and more is likely to be discovered.

News Headlines
#100545
2014-08-20

A Life Reserve for Sustainable Development in Chile’s Patagonia

COYHAIQUE, Chile, Aug 19 2014 (IPS) - The people of Patagonia in southern Chile are working to make the Aysén region a “life reserve”. Neighbouring Argentina, across the border, is a historic ally in this remote wilderness area which is struggling to achieve sustainable development and boost gro ...

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#100549
2014-08-20

UN Member States receive report on finance for sustainable development

19 August 2014 – The General Assembly formally received today an expert report setting out options that can be weighed by Member States on ways to finance the United Nations-driven sustainable development agenda, which will aim to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations.

News Headlines
#100470
2014-08-14

SMEs are making strides toward sustainable sourcing

Sourcing certified sustainable products may seem prohibitively expensive for small and medium enterprises, but the long-term future of these businesses depends on it, says Duncan Jeffries.

News Headlines
#100402
2014-08-08

Coca-Cola to Invest $5B in Sustainable Development Across Africa

Africa is the last frontier for global investment, and beverage companies in particular are moving in quickly. One of them is Coca-Cola, which has long used its distribution network to help deliver medical supplies in countries such as Ghana and Tanzania. Now the company promises to invest and a ...

News Headlines
#100366
2014-08-06

Will these sustainable development goals do the job?

A UN working group has devised a final draft of targets to succeed the millennium development goals. What do you think of the 17 proposals?

News Headlines
#100356
2014-08-05

India must chose to be champion or villain for climate and development

Narendra Modi's slogan for India is 'development for everyone' but will this development be based on coal or people-centred clean energy?

News Headlines
#100344
2014-08-04

BRICS Development Bank to be set up to Support Infrastructure and Sustainable Development Projects among others

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) have decided to set up BRICS Development Bank. The decision was taken by BRICS countries in the Summit held in Fortaleza, Brazil on July, 15, 2014.

News Headlines
#100332
2014-08-01

Worldwide water shortage by 2040, new studies suggest

AARHUS, Denmark, July 29 (UPI) -- Two new studies suggest a worldwide water shortage is less than three decades away, and that at least 30 to 40 percent of the globe will be struggling to meet supply demands by 2020.

News Headlines
#100318
2014-07-31

On first official visit, Ban hails Costa Rica as ‘model’ for development, peace

30 July 2014 – On his first official visit, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon lauded Costa Rica as a “model country” in sustainable development and protecting human rights.

News Headlines
#100266
2014-07-30

Angola: Luanda Hosts Conference On Post2015 Sustainable Development

Luanda — The Ministry of Environment, in partnership with the UNDP and Agostinho Neto University (UAN), will hold on 22 August 2014 a conference under the motto "Sustainable Development - Angola post 2015", in view to exchanging experience between Angolan and foreign technicians on the matter.

News Headlines
#100267
2014-07-30

France extends €1b for sustainable development projects in India

France plans to extend a €1-billion credit line to India for funding sustainable infrastructure and urban development. This was announced by Laurent Fabius, France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, on Tuesday.

News Headlines
#100268
2014-07-30

Ban lauds Nicaragua's 'forward-looking' energy policy during day-long visit

29 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed Nicaragua's “forward-looking” energy policy as he arrived on an official visit to discuss how the United Nations and the Central American nation can work together in promoting peace and sustainable development.

News Headlines
#100212
2014-07-29

At UN-backed meeting, world’s least developed countries urge partnerships to boost productive capacity

28 July 2014 – With the kick-off of the United Nations post-2015 sustainable development agenda fast approaching, ministers and senior Government officials from across the globe have gathered in Cotonou, Benin, today to discuss how to strengthen the world’s 48 least developed countries to produc ...

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#100192
2014-07-28

How Rwanda's gorillas are helping to sustain entire communities

A tourism revenue-sharing scheme has helped finance hundreds of community projects and benefitted thousands of people

News Headlines
#100198
2014-07-28

Tanzania: As Floods Threaten, Tanzania Aims to Build a Megacity That Works

Dar es Salaam — Tanzania's largest commercial city - one of the fastest-growing in Africa - has redrawn its master plan to try to become a megacity prepared for climate change, and not a city of worsening urban sprawl and flooding.

News Headlines
#100165
2014-07-24

Science struggles to see its place in final drafting of SDGs

Political pragmatism threatens to sideline scientific advice in the final stages of UN negotiations for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), experts say.

News Headlines
#100140
2014-07-23

UN okays sustainable development goals

THE UN has agreed on 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to succeed the millennium development goals (MDGs) aimed at fostering economic growth, environmental protection and an end to poverty by 2030.

News Headlines
#100115
2014-07-21

BRICS: $100bn sustainable development bank launched by world’s largest developing economies

The BRICS group, made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, have established their own international bank, to promote sustainable investment and to act as an emergency reserve.

News Headlines
#100099
2014-07-18

BRICS group announce plan for $100bn sustainable development bank

The world's most powerful emerging economies have this week underlined their commitment to tackling climate change and revealed plans for a new $100bn international bank to help mobilise investment in sustainable development and infrastructure projects.

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#100095
2014-07-17

Bird-based tourism a sustainable development tool for The Bahamas

A select Bahamas National Trust (BNT) team recently participated in a project kick-off meeting hosted by National Audubon Society (NAS) and the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), aimed to educate all parties involved about bird-based tourism as a sustainable development tool.

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