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Originally Published in The Parliament Magazine by Bogusław Soni The joint report by the European Parliament’s Committees on Development (DEVE) and Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) on implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the EU represents the Parliament’s position on progress monitoring in achieving these 17 goals by the EU and its Member States. The EU has undertaken to submit joint reports in 2019 to complement the voluntary country reviews undertaken…

With the 2019 Edition of the National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts now out, Global Footprint Network hosted a livestream with distinguished panelists to discuss sustainability solutions addressing population, food, energy, and urban mobility. Have a look below. https://youtu.be/egcA0SXJFzA The 2019 edition of the National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts is out! Take a look here.

First Published on the UNDP blog. A new initiative led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) aims to help channel private investment and capital to meet the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Called SDG Impact, the initiative, launched today at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York, will work with the private sector on how best to invest in enterprises and markets in ways that help achieve the SDGs, an ambitious…

Originally published in WeForum. In Africa, the demand for electricity largely exceeds supply. Nigeria’s shortage of 173,000MW (for a nation whose current energy needs is around 180,000MW) gave rise to large-scale imports of noisy and polluting power generating sets. Most sub-Saharan African countries experience the same. In rural areas in Rwanda, where over 70% of the population lives, only 18% of the population has access to electricity. Large numbers of households and public buildings in rural…

Led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF), in collaboration with UN Environment, the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment was launched Our Ocean Conference in Bali on October 29th. The Commitment is signed by over 250 companies with the mission to eradicate plastic waste and pollution at the source. The Commitment is defined by six key points: Elimination of problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging through redesign, innovation, and new delivery models is a priority Reuse models are applied where relevant, reducing the…