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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High income countries are falling short of the goals set three years ago by the United Natons, with Scandinavian countries a notable exception. EURACTIV.fr reports. Three years after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by UN member states, the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDNS) paint a mixed picture of the progress made so far in their annual assessment. Unsurprisingly, OECD countries are leading the way in achieving the SDGs and are in the top 20. Sweden, Denmark and Finland hold the best scores with SDG achievement rates above 83%. However, authors of the report stressed that high-income countries are still far from achieving the goals set. “Even countries with good results on the index, score well below the maximum of 100”, which equates to full achievement of the goals. OECD countries struggle with four objectives related to development of sustainable consumption and production patterns, climate … [Read more...] about G20 countries risk falling short of achieving Sustainable Development Goals
Every year, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) holds a general meeting, the Commission Session, at which member countries are updated on the activities of the organization and receive and adopt reports, vote on resolutions and approve new programs.This year, ESCAP held its 74th Commission Session from the 11th to the 16th of May 2018.Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade, Ralph Regenvanu, led Vanuatu’s delegation to this meeting. The delegation consisted of Ms Juliette Hakwa, Head of Monitoring and Evaluation Unit at the Department of Strategic Policy, Planning and Aid Coordination (DSPPAC) in the Prime Minister’s Office; Mr Brian Wabaiat, Senior Fiscal Policy Officer at the Department of Finance and Treasury in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management; and Mr Sanlan William, Head of United Nations and Economic Relations Division in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International … [Read more...] about Vanuatu participates in 74th Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Creative children from Bo’ness and Larbert have been named as the winners of a national garden design competition. Kinneil Primary and Larbert Day Nursery youngsters were among a select group of little ones whose entries wowed the Design a One Planet Picnic Pocket Garden judging panel. Run by the Keep Scotland Beautiful environmental charity, the eco-friendly project tasked entrants with producing designs for a green space featuring plants which can be eaten and attract biodiversity, as well as reused materials which would otherwise be thrown away. The competition placed an emphasis on developing children’s awareness, skills and understanding of food and the environment in a fun, hands-on and informal manner. Entries were submitted across 24 of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas and the Falkirk district youngsters were among just 22 finalists that industry professionals named as winners. Their hard work will be repaid with the chance to … [Read more...] about Bo’ness and Larbert youngsters win national garden design contest
The agency says women remain poorer, sicker and more vulnerable to violence than men 0SHARES Share Tweet Email The agency says women remain poorer, sicker and more vulnerable to violence than men. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE UNITED NATIONS: Women are being left behind in the United Nations’ ambitious goals to solve hunger, injustice and other global ills, and they remain poorer, sicker and more vulnerable to violence than men, the UN women’s agency said on Wednesday. Progress to date for girls and women is patchy and in danger of backsliding in the 15-year agenda set out by the UN more than two years ago, according to a report by UN Women. “Progress for women and girls remains unacceptably slow,” said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women’s executive director. “Even where progress has been made, it has been highly uneven,” she said in the report’s foreword. “Alarmingly, many hard-won gender equality achievements are … [Read more...] about Progress on global goals ‘unacceptably slow’ for women: UN