For ten days in July, global delegates met at the United Nations in New York to discuss their progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, and the news was not all good. The SDGs – targets laid down in 2015 to raise millions out of poverty and help put the world on a sustainable track to global health – are lofty, and for some nations, proving difficult. For the first time in a decade, the number of people undernourished has increased – up by 38 million people to 815 million worldwide. Young people remain three times more likely to be unemployed than adults. Access to water is improving, but basic sanitation remains off track. Since 2015, 250 million more people in Africa have access to clean fuels for cooking. But according to Rajesh Mirchandani, Chief Communications Officer at the United Nations Foundation, there are still positive stories of change. And in order to meet the SDGs' ambitious goals, innovation is key. Sometimes that means taking a new … [Read more...] about Global Goalscast: Who’s making progress on their development goals?
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YEREVAN, JULY 18, ARMENPRESS. First deputy prime minister of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan, who is in New York on a working visit, visited the UN headquarters where he participated in the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Goals, the government told Armenpress. The first deputy PM introduced Armenia’s national voluntary report on the sidelines of the Forum on July 17. In particular, he presented the recent political changes in Armenia, reaffirmed Armenia’s commitments to reach the sustainable development goals which are reflected in the report. During the Q&A session, representatives of Greece, Belarus, Lebanon, Azerbaijan and civil society addressed questions to Ararat Mirzoyan. On the sidelines of his working visit, first deputy PM Mirzoyan met with founder and chairman of the COAF Garo Armen. During the meeting they discussed the new cooperation opportunities after the revolution. They also touched upon the activity of the smart center constructed … [Read more...] about Armenia’s first deputy PM participates in High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Goals in New York
NATIONAL Planning and Monitoring Minister Richard Maru has announced that the government is revising its current development co-operation policy. Mr Maru said extensive consultations with citizens, the private sector and government stakeholders during the course of 2018, had informed him and his department of the direction needed to bring prosperity and resilience to all people. He said these inputs have been captured in our next national medium term development plan three (2018-2022). “For us to achieve these plans we need everyone working in unison. Development cooperation has been an essential part of Papua New Guinea’s overall development efforts since independence. “However, as we move from aid dependence to economic cooperation with our partner countries, we need new approaches to guide us in how we apply international resources to support the achievement of our development aspirations.” “I therefore instructed a review and revision to the … [Read more...] about Development co-operation policy being revised
YEREVAN, APRIL 6, ARMENPRESS. Armenia has already achieved one of the goals of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Particularly, maternal mortality rate has significantly droped, ARMENPRESS reports World Bank's Program Leader for the South Caucasus, Europe and Central Asia Region (ECA) Lire Ersado told the reporters. “We are happy for our small contribution to Armenia’s achievements. Key reforms have been implemented in the sphere of primary health care. There are also opportunities to raise the quality of services. Armenia has already achieved one of the Sustainable Development Goals, which is the decline of mortality rate and particularly maternal mortality, which is comparable with the rates of developed countries”, Ersado said. The World Bank official also talked about other achievements of Armenia, as well as about gaps and challenges observed in the system. Lire Ersado particularly pointed out that needy people receive state-funded … [Read more...] about Armenia has already achieved one of Sustainable Development Goals – WB official
CPEC is reshaping geo-economic landscape, will prove to be a game-changer 0SHARES Share Tweet Email PHOTO: AFP LAHORE: China has undertaken the One Belt-One Road (OBOR), which is the path for increased connectivity through diplomacy, trade and economic cooperation. While global trade talks have stagnated, China seeks new trade routes and refurbishes old ones, helping developing countries restore physical and human infrastructure. In this emerging dynamics of a post-globalisation world, China is the adhesive that is resuscitating ancient trade routes, including more countries and regions, honing each country’s comparative advantage, promoting mutual interests, and setting an example for cooperation. Joseph Nye’s concept of ‘soft power’ is most applicable to China today – winning hearts and minds, people and communities through an interwoven route, the Silk Road. Pakistan has embraced the historic Initiative … [Read more...] about Pakistan’s development by-product of China’s global integration