2030 Agenda

Interactive session of the 2019 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at UN Headquarter in New York,11 July 2019.
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Science is ‘key’ to pushing forward the 2030 Agenda, UN development forum told

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).

Three-month-old Monluck Saesong is among 128,000 children in Thailand who benefit from a UNICEF-promoted child support grant. (file 2016)
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Strawberries and child support; A Thai partnership

Mother of three, Mhee Saesong, a strawberry farmer from Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand, has always struggled alongside her husband to provide for her family. She describes how, in the past, when her two older children became sick, she was unable to afford to take them to hospital.

A green energy project is bringing electricity to the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.

From philanthropy to profit: how clean energy is kickstarting sustainable development in East Africa

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.

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Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development kicks off in Bonn

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.

Happiness makes for a gender-equal world: UN

“Go and be happy!” it’s not only a trend but a way of life that David Rodriguez of the Marriot International Hotel and style guru Stacy London are calling for.

Marriot says it has put the happiness and well-being of its employees first, making the 2016 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list.

Mr Rodriguez credits this programme with saving his life a few years ago when he contracted leukaemia.

They were panel members at a UN event on Happiness and Gender Equality.