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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

Billions around the world lack safe water, proper sanitation facilities, reveals UN report

Some three in ten people around the world lack access to safe and readily available water at home, and almost six in ten to safely managed sanitation, a new United Nations report has warned, calling on countries to do more to fulfil these basic human needs. According to the WHO and UNICEF joint report, Progress on Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: 2017 Update and Sustainable Development Goal Baselines, many homes, healthcare facilities and schools also lack soap and water for handwashing, putting the health of all people – but especially young children – at risk for deadly diseases

July 12, 2017
United Nations

How investing in poor children saves lives and boosts the economy

UNICEF is launching a compelling report, Narrowing the Gaps: The power of investing in the poorest children, showing that investments in the most deprived children and communities provide greater value for money. The study indicates that every $1 million invested in the poorest children saves nearly twice as many lives as the same investments that do not reach the poor. These findings have important implications, also in Kenya, especially as the Government works to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and Kenya’s Vision 2030. The SDG child mortality target aims to end all preventable new born and child deaths by 2030. This universal goal demands urgent action to reach the still unreached children, families and communities

June 28, 2017
Standard Media

EU response to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – a sustainable European future

The Council calls on the Commission to set out by mid-2018 an implementation strategy with timelines, objectives and concrete measures to implement the 2030 Agenda in all EU policies. The Commission should also identify by mid-2018 gaps where the EU needs to do more by 2030 in the areas of policy, legislation, governance structures for horizontal coherence and implementation

June 20, 2017
Consilium Europa

India submits report on sustainable development goals to UN

The review is centred around the goals of ending poverty and hunger, and ensuring healthy lives, besides achieving gender equality, building resilient infrastructure, etc. On ending poverty in all its forms, it said there was compelling evidence that the rapid growth India has achieved following the economic reforms in 1991 had led to significant reduction in poverty. The report cited Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act to emphasise that over two billion person-days of employment were generated during 2016-17 alone, largely for the disadvantaged sections of society

June 20, 2017
Business Standard

Africa eyes green jobs to fight radicalisation and stem migration to Europe

African governments have pledged to restore degraded land, invest in agriculture and create "green jobs" for young people in a drive to tackle youth unemployment, fight against radicalisation, and stem the tide of migration to Europe. The presidents of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger and ministers from several other African nations met to discuss sustainability and security on the continent, and the need to create land-based jobs for the booming youth population. Climate shocks, deteriorating land and a lack of development are driving many young Africans to risk their lives trying to reach Europe, and pushing others into extremist groups, says the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

June 16, 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

Middle-management 'disconnected' from Sustainable Development Goals, report finds

A study released by Frost & Sullivan and GlobeScan on behalf of CSR Europe found that while SDGs are being embraced by business leaders and sustainability professionals, a lack of collaboration with other areas of business is stunting progress towards these goals. The report says top management are aware of SDGs while middle-management and wider employees are disconnected from the narrative

May 25, 2017

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

Health experts call for more action on tobacco control

Health experts and stakeholder organisations in Ghana have declared a seven-point plan of action to be taken by the government on tobacco control, the reduction of its usage and its effect on non-communicable diseases and premature deaths. The actions place emphasis on the promotion of partnerships, building of capacities of different stakeholders to advocate, support and monitor progress on tobacco control as part of the Sustainable Development Goals implementation effort

June 18, 2017
Business Ghana

Billionaire Bloomberg to fund $5m public health projects in 40 cities worldwide

The Guardian reports on Michael Bloomberg’s Partnership for Healthy Cities. Bloomberg was appointed as the World Health Organization’s ambassador for NCDs last year. And now he is taking his philosophy and his cash to about 40 cities so far offering technical support for cities which choose to focus on one of 10 healthy lifestyle issues including, curbing sugary drinks consumption, air pollution, promoting exercise and bans on smoking

May 16, 2017

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

Swiss minister condemns attacks on health facilities

Swiss Health Minister, Alain Berset, addressed delegates at the World Health Assembly. He condemned attacks on health workers and health facilities around the world. He urged countries to put the UN Sustainable Development Goals at the centre of health policy and to guarantee health coverage for all, including migrants

May 22, 2017

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

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

‘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