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We Must Act Fast On The Global Goals, Or Risk Leaving The Poorest Behind

We Must Act Fast On The Global Goals, Or Risk Leaving The Poorest Behind

In New York this week, in a moment sadly lacking the fanfare of their signing, comes the first test of the sustainable development goals (SDGs): the inaugural meeting of their monitoring process. The High Level Political Forum takes place under the banner “ensuring that no one is left behind”. It’s highly encouraging that UN member […]

From Basket Weavers To Salt Farmers: The Women Leading A Renewable Revolution

From Basket Weavers To Salt Farmers: The Women Leading A Renewable Revolution

“People call us Mama Solar,” says Solar Sister entrepreneur Hilaria Paschal. In her native Tanzania, Paschal and her fellow basket weavers buy solar lights and clean cookstoves from Solar Sister, a social enterprise empowering women to bring clean energy to rural African communities, and sell them to friends and neighbours living without access to electricity. […]

Over-Populated Or Under-Developed? The Real Story Of Population Growth

Over-Populated Or Under-Developed? The Real Story Of Population Growth

Global population hit 7.3 billion midway through 2015, an increase of 2 billion since 1990. It will continue to climb steadily, according to forecasters, reaching 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050, and 11.2 billion in 2100. But there is more to the population story than unprecedented numbers. The rate of growth is continuing […]

Head of UN Women Vows To Tackle Laws Blocking Women’s Economic Progress

Head of UN Women Vows To Tackle Laws Blocking Women’s Economic Progress

A global action plan to empower women economically by 2030 will focus on six areas, including addressing legislation that blocks women’s progress, the head of UN Women says. But the plan has critics, with the head of Oxfam International claiming it risks producing only cosmetic improvements to women’s opportunities. In a preview of the plan […]

Poor Nutrition Now Affects a Third Of The Human Race, Says Report

Poor Nutrition Now Affects a Third Of The Human Race, Says Report

Malnutrition has become “the new normal” and now affects a third of humanity, according to a study that warns of the devastating human and economic toll of undernutrition and obesity. The 2016 global nutrition report says the world is not doing enough to tackle a worldwide epidemic that is leaving more and more people suffering […]

Gates Foundation Commits $80m To Women’s Development

Gates Foundation Commits $80m To Women’s Development

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a three-year $80 million commitment to close the gender data gap and accelerate progress for women and girls around the world. Making the announcement at the three-day women’s conference taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark, Co-chair of the Foundation, Melinda Gates, said the funding will help fill critical […]

If we want water for everyone, we’re going to have to pay for it

If we want water for everyone, we’re going to have to pay for it

More than 800 children die each day from diarrhoea. About 663 million people still use water contaminated by human waste and other pollutants. And roughly 2.4 billion people still lack access to a basic toilet. Open defecation presents a major, avoidable public health hazard. Women and girls living in communities that lack basic facilities live […]

SDGs: UNDP advises Nigeria to prioritise poverty reduction, 4 others

SDGs: UNDP advises Nigeria to prioritise poverty reduction, 4 others

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has urged Nigeria to select and implement five priority areas out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to fast-track development in the country. The Country Director of Programme in Nigeria, Dr Pa-Lamin Beyai, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday […]

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