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Originally published in IISD by Leila Mead A side event held on the sidelines of the 2019 Africa Regional Forum for Sustainable Development (ARFSD) sought to explore the interlinkages between water and sanitation and the SDGs under review by the 2019 High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF). The side event specifically focused on interlinkages between SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) and SDGs 4 (quality education), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 10 (reduced…

The world’s least developed countries have the longest path to tread in order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. If they are to achieve these ambitious goals, their economies will need to a profound transformation. https://youtu.be/9ocQS1Ys5WE In order to give policymakers a clearer picture of how to advance on the sustainable development path, UNCTAD has prepared a compendium of policy options, based on research over the past decade-and-a-half. It underlines that there is no single…

Originally Published in Canada’s National Observer Governments that fail to provide responses to the global climate crisis are doing so “at their own peril,” former United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres said during a visit to Toronto. Figueres, a central figure behind the 2015 Paris Agreement, made the comments as she called for governments and tech companies to “go exponential” in their efforts to tackle the global climate emergency. Her remarks come weeks after several…

Originally published in Science Alert Yet another alarming milestone of humanity’s damaging effect on the environment has now officially been reached – crossing a barrier into a hot, polluted future like the planet hasn’t witnessed in millions of years. This weekend, sensors in Hawaii recorded Earth’s atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) passing 415 parts per million (ppm) for the first time since before the ancient dawn of humanity. On Saturday, CO2 concentration recorded at…

Published originally in ISSD This week saw the publication of an InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) report designed to help the global science community, and in particular the world’s science academies, support the SDGs more effectively and with more urgency. This report, titled, ‘Improving Scientific Input to Global Policymaking,’ has been prepared for a critical moment in the UN’s 2030 Agenda, the global blueprint for the economic, social and environmental development of our planet. In September 2019, four…

Originally Published in The European Sting The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has concluded the week by harnessing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to support the nation, including by offering free medical services, encompassing SDG 3’s target on health coverage. By Friday, UNMISS Bangladeshi peacekeepers in Wau, a city located in the country’s north-west, had treated more than 100 civil servants suffering from a variety of health issues. “My problem is my kidney because it…

Originally Published on UNTAD The number of countries that depend on commodities has reached its highest level in 20 years, says a new UNCTAD report. UNCTAD defines a country as dependent on commodities when these account for more than 60% of its total merchandise exports in value terms. The State of Commodity Dependence Report 2019 published today shows commodity-dependent countries increased from 92 between 1998 and 2002 to 102 between 2013 and 2017. More than half of…

Published originally in Finsmes LeapFrog Investments has closed a dedicated impact fund manager, at $700m. Investors include leading insurers, pensions and asset managers, development finance institutions, foundations and family offices. Emerging Markets Fund invests in healthcare and financial services companies – tapping into the demand from billions of emerging consumers in Asia and Africa.This vehicle targets reaching 70 million emerging consumers.It has already made five investments in:– WorldRemit, a digital remittances provider,– NeoGrowth, which provides innovative…

Published originally in Asia Times Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma is among the newly announced class of Sustainable Development Goals Advocates for the United Nations. The SGDs, adopted by world leaders in 2015, aim to address some of the world’s biggest problems. The new class of 17 SDG advocates are all committed to raising awareness, inspiring greater ambition and pushing for faster action, which includes the end of extreme hunger, poverty and quality healthcare for all, which…