The world is “woefully off track” to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the 2030 deadline, top United Nations officials said on Monday, as ministers and policy makers gathered in New York to examine how countries can get back on track and make the transformative development agenda a reality.
The implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was front and centre at the United Nations on Thursday as the third day of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) focused on the important role that science plays in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Until recently, Namacurra district, in the Zambezia province of Mozambique, some 1,500 km from the capital Maputo, did not have any basic services – such as schools, health centres, or even energy – connecting the region to the electricity grid would be extremely time-consuming, and costly. But a new UN-backed clean energy initiative looks set to change the outlook for Namacurra, and, within a matter of months, kickstart sustainable development for the benefit of the thousands of people, relocated to the area following the devastating rains of 2015, and it could herald an improved outlook for other economically disadvantaged parts of Africa.
The first-ever conference that combines game playing and policy making got underway in the German city of Bonn this Wednesday.
The Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development aims to promote new thinking for a better world.
A live simulation game lies at the heart of the event, with participants collaborating on ways to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a hypothetical country.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires the UN system to “reinvent” itself in order to better serve Member States.
That’s according to Amina Mohammed, making her first speech at UN Headquarters shortly after being officially sworn in as deputy chief of the organization.