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WHO elections

Qatar – QNV 2030 ‘ in line with UN development goals’

WHO DG candidate Dr David Nabarro spoke to MENA in a wide-ranging interview with covered his vision for the WHO moving forward. Nabarro also said he felt the Qatar National Vision 2030 was in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030

April 10, 2017

Promoting health through the life course

Progress too slow on global goals for sustainable development, UN says

Progress is not moving fast enough to meet an ambitious set of global goals to conquer poverty, inequality and other international woes by a 2030 deadline, slowed largely by growing war and violence, the United Nations said. The cost of implementation has been estimated at $3 trillion a year. "The rate of progress in many areas is far slower than needed to meet the targets by 2030," wrote U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

July 17, 2017

Sustainable Development Goals for environment and health are within Europe’s reach, but we nee...

Each year, nearly one and a half million Europeans die prematurely from polluted environments; that is at least 15% of total deaths in Europe. Countries have to strategically streamline beneficial environment and health policies across their SDG priorities. This means investing in health promoting and smart, green urban planning and sustainable transport systems, including public transportation, cycling lanes, pedestrian zones and green spaces. It also means developing new and adopting latest technologies, for example, in energy generation, water reuse, waste management, elimination of informal waste collection and reducing the environmental footprint of the health sector

June 12, 2017

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

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

How to fix war-torn societies? Help women to work

Experts say women as survivors of war are agents of change, and through that change they can empower both themselves and the whole community. These are not people sitting back waiting for food as refugees, back in their country of origin they were almost always incredibly resourceful, reasonably well educated and only setback by the loss of all their identity when they became a refugee. Empowerment turns a refugee into a champion for change

March 24, 2017

Non communicable diseases

Promoting mental well-being ensures sustainable development

A mentally healthy citizen is able to study, form relationships and engage in work that contributes towards the economic growth of the community and nation. The direct consequence of this is poverty reduction. Poverty is linked to worse health outcomes so a more virtuous circle begins 

April 1, 2017
Star Kenya

Health systems

How smart partnerships can help fight chronic disease in Africa

Novartis’ Harald Nusser writes an opinion article on the benefits of public private partnerships to tackle the mounting healthcare challenges African governments are facing. He explains how the Novartis Access programme could grow to become a model, whereby, private sector companies, governments and faith-based organizations could work as one to overcome access to healthcare issues in poorer countries

May 2, 2017
May 3, 2017

Communicable diseases

India’s Indicators for Mapping SDGs Reveal Our Flawed Understanding of Sustainability

As the Indian government released its indicators for mapping the Sustainable Development Goals in the country it became clear that the policy approach to SDGs is marked by apathy and a tendency to make sustainability a burden of technocratic formality rather than a policy-implementable mainstay

May 8, 2017
The Wire

Task of eradicating poverty must be met 'with a sense of urgency,' says deputy UN chief

UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed called for a collective and comprehensive approach that recognises the multi-dimensional nature of eradicating poverty across the world. ‘Addressing poverty, inequality, climate change, food insecurity and a sluggish and unpredictable economy requires integrated responses and engagement by all stakeholders’ she said, at the opening of the 2017 Integration Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council

May 8, 2017
United Nations

Reinventing failing growth model via sustainable development goals

Reinventing failing economic growth models via sustainable development goals could become a catalyst to change the style of investment decisions. Harnessing private sector involvement in seeking to find more ways to reach the targets set by the sustainable development goals starts to bind societal progress and market success more, which if achieved, counteracts some criticism of the ‘wooliness’ of the SDGs for being too broad and ensures sustainable progress and benefit for all

April 30, 2017
Live Mint

To end poverty, Latin America must invest in equal, green growth - UN

Increased cooperation among Latin American and Caribbean nations, alongside a shift to green policies and higher technology use are crucial for them to meet global development goals. The target, according to the UN’s Alicia Barcena, has to be to take 75m in the region out of extreme poverty. As public spending and economic activity reduce, there is likely to be a stagnation in poverty reduction. With a likely increase in extreme weather events, climate change needs to become a driver behind the region’s desire to develop secure infrastructure, more robust healthcare systems and kickstart new sustainable industries to create growth

April 27, 2017
Trust.org, Antara News

Country facing major data gaps in monitoring SDGs

Bangladesh is facing a considerable data gap for monitoring Sustainable Development Goals as statistics on over two-thirds of the indicators are either partially available or not available at all, a new study has revealed. There are 241 indicators to monitor the 169 targets under the 17 SDGs. But data on only 70 indicators is readily available, 108 partially available and in 63 instances not available at all, the study said 

April 27, 2017
Dhaka Tribune

‘India has potential for $1 trillion worth of sustainable business opportunities’

Lise Kingo CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact said more than 50% of the progress towards the SDGs will come from India. The UNGC report shows there is $1tr worth of market opportunities for companies working in the sustainable area in India and sizeable employment generation by 2030

April 26, 2017
The Hindu

Positive signs as Asia-Pacific moves towards SDGs

Dr Shamshad Akhtar, under-secretary general of the UN and executive secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific, praised the efforts made by Asia Pacific nations to push ahead with the implementation of the 17 SDGs. She highlighted the domestication of the action plan by these countries, many of whom have developed a national sustainable development strategy, as a particular success. She picked out progress on gender equality in primary education and maternal mortality rates which are down, except for isolated pockets

April 3, 2017
The Phnom Penh Post
April 2, 2017
Malay Mail
April 3, 2017
Eurasia Review
March 31, 2017
The Irrawady

International Nurses Day Gets a Multimedia Makeover in 2017

The International Council of Nurses has released a new report called ‘Nurses: A Voice to lead the sustainable development goals.’ The report makes the case that strong positive investment in nursing is a key factor in ensuring healthier nations

April 1, 2017
Medical World Nigeria
May 12, 2017
International Council of Nurses

How successful were the millennium development goals?

A new study tries to measure the success of the Millennium Development Goals. The research indicates that at least 21 million lives were saved due to accelerated progress. Two-thirds of the lives saved were in sub-Saharan Africa, around a fifth were in China and India and the remainder were spread across the developing world. Between 8.8 to 17.3m of the lives saved were due to faster progress on child mortality; 8.7m due to expanded treatment for HIV Aids, 3.1m due to declines in TB deaths and approximately half a million due to improvements in maternal mortality

March 30, 2017
The Guardian
January 11, 2017
Brookings Institute

Despite growth, one in 10 Asians live in extreme poverty

A report released at the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development said ‘some 400m people, a tenth of Asia’s population, live on less than $1.90 a day – a global definition of poverty – despite the region’s impressive economic growth. Taking into account wider indicators of poverty such as health, education and living standards for the same period (2010-13), the number of poor was higher at 931m, or one in four,’ the UN and the ADB said

March 29, 2017

Global Goals: European Pension Funds Tilt Capital Toward ‘SDG Investing’

Fund manager and other major asset owners gathered at the Impact Summit Europe in The Hague to outline proposals as to how pension funds could tilt capital finance towards SDG investing

March 21, 2017
Impact Alpha, FTSE Global Markets

Govt works out draft indicators to measure progress on SDGs

The Indian government is working on indicators designed to measure the country’s progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which are aimed at improving the global economic, social and environmental situation

March 14, 2017
Hindu Business Line

The UN can save itself by working effectively with outside partners

The UN is moving away from top-down multilateralism among states towards new ways of coordinating with business, civil society and other non-state actors. As laid out in the SDGs, multi-stakeholder partnerships are meant to be pragmatic, solutions-orientated, ways of working together to achieve shared aims at a time of squeezed budgets and scarce public resources. These partnerships have a chequered history, but they still offer the UN a lifeline

February 28, 2017
The Conversation