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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…

https://youtu.be/2wTKADJuaOg Munis D Faruqui, Chair of India Studies, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley; Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals; Eric Goosby, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on TB and Professor of Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine; Clifford Samuel, Sr. Vice President – Access Operations & Emerging Markets, Gilead Sciences discussing India’s Healthcare Sector and what US companies could do to participate in the sector’s growth.

How does the Improvement of Food Security in Africa Lead to a Solution in the Migration Crisis? Watch Dr. Agnes Kalibata’s talk on sustainable agriculture and improving food security in Africa. https://youtu.be/9XRzDYoodLE Dr. Kalibata, a refugee from Rwanda speaks about how her own background as a child of farmers shaped her insights to food security issues in Africa. “As a person who grew up in a small Hooda farm well being fed by what we…

Original Published in CGTN Africa The Sustainable Innovation Expo kicks off on Monday at the UN Environment Assembly in Kenya, where it will showcase over 42 technologies and innovative solutions from around the world. The Expo is the UN Environment Assembly’s solution-based platform for engaging innovators using exhibitions that reveal the latest technologies, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. The Expo’s objective is to find solutions for today’s problems by embracing a “forward-thinking culture that fosters…

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…

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 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…

China continues to surprise on their path towards sustainable development.  The EV revolution can be seen clearly  in Shenzhen, China, which this week became the first major city in the world to fully electrify its bus fleet. Shenzhen is located in the Guangdong province and is home to almost 13 million people. A large metropolis by any standard.  The city has a whopping 16,000 e-buses. In order to support the buses, operator Western Bus Group…

The common assumption is that the many challenges to accomplishing the SDGs by 2030 are found in the rural areas in the developing countries, but according to the UNDP this is not the case. In fact in a recent blog post on the UNDP website, Robert Muggah and Reuben Abraham make the claim that as urban centers are increasingly playing a central role in human history it is there that sustainability must take root. “Cities,…