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Published first in Quartz Welcome to the era of extreme weather. If you live in the US Midwest, you’re likely accustomed to laughing in the face of winter snow, ice, and freezing winds. But even the hardiest Midwesterner isn’t used to temperatures (including wind chill) falling below -50°F (-45°C); that’s because those are numbers that haven’t been seen in decades. The last time Chicago was this cold, Ronald Reagan was US president, the Berlin Wall…

Originally Published on the Brookings Institute Blog by Hippolyte Fofack The end of the last commodity boom from 2000-2014 and recent swings in world oil prices have once again brought to the fore one of the most important binding constraints to long-term growth and economic development in Africa—the lingering effects of colonialism on Africa’s patterns of trade and the dynamics of world markets. Several decades after independence, little has changed with Africa’s patterns of growth…

Originally Published in United News of India India and Norway on Tuesday expressed desire to work together for realizing Sustainable Development Goals including poverty, health, education, women’s empowerment, clean energy and sustainable use of ocean resources. A joint statement issued at the end of delegation level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg here, said the two sides emphasized the central role of the UN in maintaining global peace and…

Published first in Common Dreams A new study calling for a “radical rethink” of the relationship between policymakers and corporations reinforces what Organic Consumers Association and other public interest groups have been saying for years: Our triple global health crises of deteriorating public health, world hunger and global warming share common root causes—and that the best way to address these crises is to address what they all have in common: an unhealthy, inequitable food system…

First Published in BelTA. Belarus views the 2030 Agenda as a unique basis for a new global sustainable development policy, Speaker of the Council of the Republic Mikhail Myasnikovich said at the First National Forum on Sustainable Development in Minsk on 24 January, BelTA has learned. Welcoming the participants of the forum, Mikhail Myasnikovich said that Belarus views the 2030 Agenda as a unique basis for a new global policy in sustainable development. The SDGs…

Originally published on the NY Times In Central Asia, a warming climate is shrinking the Tuyuksu glacier. It’s losing ice every year. Around the world, vanishing glaciers will mean less water for people and crops in the future. Here, the people need to prepare sooner. On a summer day in the mountains high above Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, the Tuyuksu glacier is melting like mad. Rivulets of water stream down the glacier’s thin leading edge.…

Originally Published in the Kuwait Times The Public Anti-Corruption Authority’s (Nazaha) official spokesperson and Secretary General for Corruption Investigation Mohammed Bozabr told Kuwait Times that an international anti-corruption conference in Kuwait focuses on the correlation between the ‘New Kuwait’ vision 2035 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 to define Kuwait’s efforts in promoting integrity, providing a global platform to support these efforts and stimulating international dialogue on corruption risks and ways to address…

Published originally in Gulf News by Felicia Jackson The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) most recent report has made the strongest call yet for rapid action on climate change. The stakes are clear: We need to up our game or face the grave consequences of a three degrees Celsius + world. That requires the sharing of knowledge and expertise among those affected and credible data for investors to assess. Getting real on climate change…

Originally Published in IFA by Adrian Flores A global asset manager predicts 2019 will see more investing according to sustainable development goals, and is something that will provide new perspectives and is not merely “a marketing gimmick”. According to Robeco’s head of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) integration, Masja Zandbergen, sustainable development goals (SDGs) have made quite some impact since their launch at the end of 2015. She cited research from the Dutch Association…

Originally Published in Forbes by Dr. Bob Eccles Previously I have written about the importance of the healthcare, resource transformation, food and beverage, and consumption sectors to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The underlying data for that blog are based on a paper “The Relationship Between Investor Materiality and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Methodological Framework” that I wrote with Professors Gianni Betti and Costanza Consolandi of the University of Siena. A summary of our methodology is provided in my healthcare post.…