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Asia can unlock $5 trillion, 230 million jobs via key development goals

In a region vulnerable to weather-related disasters, pushing ahead on good development could turn threats to opportunities, experts say, it is believed that businesses in Asia could unlock at least $5 trillion in market opportunities and create 230 million jobs by 2030 by implementing a few key development goals, global business and finance leaders said. The report identified four key areas with the most significant opportunities - cities, energy and materials, food and agriculture, and health and well-being - and specific projects such as affordable housing, renewable energy, reducing food waste and sustainable aquaculture

June 6, 2017
Trust.org

Adopting the sustainable development goals is a business opportunity for Australia

The Business and Sustainable Development Commission, through research conducted by AlphaBeta, shows that the implementation of the SDGs in four major global systems – food and agriculture, cities, energy and materials, and health and wellbeing – could generate tremendous business opportunities. Worldwide the SDGs could unlock US$12tn in business savings and revenues by 2030 through 60 high-potential opportunities for the private sector. In Australia, many of those opportunities are substantial. A big push on the provision of affordable housing could be worth an extra $8bn in revenue annually. A faster rollout of renewable energy could be especially valuable in Australia, creating more than $9bn worth of economic opportunities by 2030. Wider usage of remote monitoring technologies in healthcare could generate savings worth $11bn a year by 2030

June 6, 2017
The Guardian

World lags on clean-energy goals

It may be the 21st century but more than 3bn people still use fire for cooking and heating. Of those, 1bn people have no access to electricity, despite a global effort launched at the 2011 Vienna Energy Forum to bring electricity to everyone on the planet. The 2015 SDG 7 was a unanimous promise to bring decarbonized, decentralized energy to everyone, and that this would transform the world bringing clean air, new jobs, warm schools, clean buses, pumped water and better yields of nutritious food. Speakers at the Vienna Energy Forum said we are falling behind and need to move faster in pursuit of this goal

May 21, 2017
Business Mirror

Jordan's Azraq becomes world first clean energy refugee camp

Thousands of Syrian refugees will be able to light their homes, charge their phones and chill their food by solar power as Jordan’s Azraq camp became the world’s first refugee camp to be powered by renewable energy, the UN refugee agency said

May 17, 2017
Trust.org, Reuters, Times of Israel, UNHCR, Daily Sabah

Human poo transformed into clean fuel for Kenya's urban poor

Reuters writes about an initiative being run by the Nakuru Water and Sanitation Services Company which is recycling human waste collected from pit latrines and septic tanks (the raw material for its briquettes). In its processes it removes impurities and smell along with harmful pathogens during the carbonisation process and adds molasses for a sweet aroma. The briquettes burn longer with less smoke compared to firewood and charcoal. With only 27% of the local residents connected to the town’s sewage system the scheme is a more sustainable way to dispose of large quantities of human waste. It is attracting interest from neighbouring counties and countries such as Rwanda 

May 12, 2017
Reuters

93,000 people die annually from firewood smoke – NGO

The Women’s Initiative for Sustainable Environment and the Women’s Earth Alliance have trained 30 women from different communities across Kaduna State on how to use clean and energy efficient cooking stoves. The NGO director said ‘if a woman cooked breakfast, lunch and supper with firewood, the consequence of her action was equivalent to smoking three packs of 20 cigarettes a day.’ Smoke is the biggest killer of people, particularly women, after malaria and HIV Aids; no less than 72% of Nigerians solely depend on firewood for cooking their meals

April 30, 2017
PMNews Nigeria

Foundations launch road safety program to protect children

Two global foundations, FIA Foundation and Puma Energy Foundation, will support the NGO Amend to implement proven-effective road safety measures around high-risk primary schools in Accra. They will also work with national institutions to see the measures become more widely implemented across Ghana. WHO estimates that over 6,700 people are killed on Ghana’s roads each year and children are among the highest risk groups for road traffic injury

April 5, 2017
Joy Online

Health systems

Solar energy powers clean water, business opportunities for refugees

As part of a broader initiative to help refugees access clean energy and sanitation, Water Mission is installing solar-powered water treatment facility in three refugee camps in western Tanzania. The $5.3 million project, funded by the Poul Due Jensen Foundation, is expected to provide safe water for some 250,000 refugees in Nyarugusu, Nduta and Mtendeli camps. According to Water Mission, the Tanzania project aims to pump 100 percent of the water using solar power, with diesel generators as back up. A recent shipment of 780 solar panels to Tanzania will produce 226,000 watts of power and provide a continuous supply of safe water to keep children in good health, it said

June 23, 2017
Reuters

Communicable diseases

Africa needs $35 billion to close power deficit, says AfDB President

Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, says the continent needs 35bn dollars to close its power deficit. Adesina said his vision for the continent was Light Up and Power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa  and improve the Quality of Life for the people of Africa

May 3, 2017
Guardian

Getting clean power to the poor hits a bump

Around one in seven people – just over one billion – still have no access to electricity, a new tracking report by the World Bank and the International Energy Agency (IEA) pointed out, saying the figure has barely moved in two years. The report identified a lack of political leadership as a main cause, adding that getting clean energy to the poor is vital if the world is to achieve other goals linked to ending poverty and boosting healthcare and education

April 3, 2017
Deutsche Welle, UN News