In December 2015 in Paris, the world's leaders agreed to keep global average temperature rise well below 2°C above pre-industrial values.
Financial inclusion is an important component of poverty alleviation. It is about increasing access to financial services, especially for the working poor, who typically rely on irregular, low-paid work in the informal economy.
Smaller nations are already feeling the effects of climate change and are working towards more sustainable development policies by encouraging closer collaborations between government, private sector, NGOs and development partners. This was the message from leaders in the Pacific Islands as they ...
[MANCHESTER] The Sustainable Development Goals are a chance for Africa to give citizens a say in shaping local science activity and the innovations that follow from it, a UK conference has heard.
20 July 2016 – The first ever progress report on the new global development agenda provides the most up-to-date statistics on poverty, hunger, education and sanitation, among others, so that the world can address urgent global challenges over the next 15 years.
19 July 2016 – For the first time, a new United Nations report details the number of trees, forests and how the land is used in the world’s drylands, and the findings could be used to track progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and help fight climate change.
19 July 2016 – Launching the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals report on the new global development agenda adopted last year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the 15-year undertaking is “off to a good start” but will require all parts of the UN family and its partners to work ...
Opinion: Do you remember this popular adage that: "When two elephants fight it is the grasses that bear the consequences?"
At the United Nations Environment Assembly which convened in Nairobi, Kenya recently, governments and member-countries, including delegates from 174 countries, 120 at the ministerial level, agreed to 25 landmark resolutions to drive the sustainability agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement. Abim ...
NEW YORK: The success of a global renewable energy project on Ecuador's Galapagos archipelago has given a major boost to the idea of sustainable development, according to a report.
Editorial: Africa and its people have been suffering a lot with recurrent poverty, war and diversified insecurities for centuries. Many agree that this suffering is not due to lack of resources. The continent is blessed with Potentials of its Land, Rich Heritages and its People.
"The 2030 Agenda (Sustainable Development Goals) cannot be achieved without the introduction of modern land management systems accompanied by good land governance," said the President of Ethiopia, Mr. Mulatu Teshome in his opening remarks at the Fourth High Level Forum on United Nations Global G ...
2 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined the importance of devising creative and coherent approaches in linking the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development as world leaders continue to work towards successfully implementing the U ...
21 April 2016 – The President of the United Nations General Assembly today called on the international community to take action on the new UN sustainable development agenda in order to begin a transformation for the benefit of all people and the planet, or risk failure that will be felt for gene ...
New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) Urging people to conserve water, union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti on Monday said water conservation is essential for country's sustainable development.
30 March 2016 – Inequality is a universal challenge faced by least-developed, middle-income and developed countries alike, but which can be overcome by political will at national and international levels, the United Nations deputy chief said today.
LONDON, March 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – If the world continues to postpone taking ambitious action on climate change and doesn’t take advantage of a wide range of technologies to reduce emissions, the new Sustainable Development Goals will be much harder to achieve, a Berlin-based resear ...
10 March 2016 – Nearly 350 reported disasters, over 22,000 deaths, 98.6 million people affected, and $66.5 billion in economic damage. That was the devastating toll of disasters worldwide in 2015, according to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
In order to meet the SDGs, we need a clear and ambitious overarching EU strategy for implementing the 2030 Agenda. All aspects of EU policy, from trade to agriculture to finance, will be affected and EU decision-makers must begin to ensure that happens today, writes Geneviève Pons.
A broader understanding of “forestry” can lead to greater reach and more powerful impact, says Center for International Forestry Research director-general Peter Holmgren.
22 February 2016 – Top fishery officials are gathering in Morocco this week to discuss sustainable trade practices in a $144 billion industry that provides developing countries with more export revenue than meat, tobacco, rice and sugar combined.
Gathering in Lead-up to Second UN Environment Assembly Marks Progress on Implementing Environmental Dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
A 15-year-old Tanzanian girl and her community are calling on Tanzania’s political leaders to keep their promise of providing clean water for their impoverished village.
8 February 2016 – Just as 2015 was a year of “global action” with the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, so 2016 must be a year of “global traction” to ensure that 3.1 billion people worldwide are not left behind in the race to end poverty, United Nations Secretar ...
HMEDABAD: The year 2015 was significant for policymakers across the globe as 193 nations including India accepted sustainable development goals (SDGs) and it was soon followed by Paris Agreement at COP 21.
Now that the fireworks have faded along with some of the afterglow from the very successful COP21 meeting in Paris we must begin in earnest in deciding what 2016 will bring.
The growing role of the private sector and emerging economies in development have made it onto a list of the biggest research needs to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), collated by academics and nongovernmental organisations.
Innovative partnerships can provide solutions to environmental, social and ethical challenges
Nairobi, 14 December 2015 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched the Environment and Trade Hub, an initiative which will assist countries to use sustainable trade as a vehicle for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
On December 4, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) (1) of the United Nations at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate ...
8 December 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today issued a comprehensive analysis of global health trends since 2000, and laid out actions that should be prioritized over the next 15 years to achieve the newly-agreed United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), saying that univ ...
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
ROME, Nov 29 2015 (IPS) - Climate change impacts are already upon us. Sea levels are rising, glaciers and ice are melting. People in poor countries are struggling to cope and adapt. Even developed countries are facing adverse consequences, taxing their own adaptive capacities to increased floodi ...
After the launch of the SDGs to set the development agenda until 2030, our expert panel discuss how the goals can be achieved
México, 17 Nov (Notimex).- México está convencido de que el aprovechamiento sustentable es una herramienta que puede convivir con el cuidado de la biodiversidad, además de ser ideal para ayudar a revertir el problema de la pobreza, afirmó el titular de la Semarnat, Rafael Pacchiano Alamán.
Does the world agree on the definition of a mountain? Is internet access a “basic service” for all people? Should the same-sized cities in China and Jamaica be held to the same standards?
BANGKOK — Nothing erases development as suddenly and severely as natural disasters.
The European Commission on 27 October published its work programme for 2016. This document appears to show that the Juncker Commission’s thinking has evolved since it took up office a year ago and there is some suggestion that after one year in office, President Juncker and his Commission are st ...
The UN Sustainable Development Goals highlight the need to protect the oceans, coastlines and small-scale fishermen. However, this may be in conflict with ASEAN’s bid to reach the targets set out in the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint.
In December 2015 the UN will host the 21st annual Conference of Parties (COP 21) negotiations to achieve universal commitment to an ambitious, legally binding agreement on climate change.
The scientific community has helped to generate the momentum behind the sustainable development goals. By linking evidence to policy in timely, thoughtful and sensitive ways, scientists can now contribute to the task of implementation.
3 October 2015 – Opening the floor at the United Nations General Assembly today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador said “we have concluded a stage in the world’s history marked by important progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), however, this progress has not ...
The nations of the world approved a new development agenda in New York over the past weekend.
Environmental protection is both the target and basic content of sustainable development, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said at the fourth National Conference on the Environment in Hanoi on September 30.
[NEW YORK] Negotiators of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted last week in New York, have stressed the role of science in meeting the wide range of concerns that the new goals aim to address by 2030.
[NEW YORK] As a woman, I was intrigued to learn that the UN’s post-2015 development agenda gives a special role to women. Not only does the list of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include a specific goal to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; the role of women is also c ...
This week, the United Nations unveiled 17 goals-- and 168 targets - that comprise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Last week, the United Nations adopted 17 ambitious goals, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which aim to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years.
The shift in the perceived role of corporations as solely profit generators to agents for positive change has become clearer than ever before with the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
25 September 2015 – The 193-Member United Nations General Assembly today formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of bold new Global Goals, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed as a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world.