Transformative change is needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – mobilizing civil society and individuals - but also through securing “national and a global leadership”. That’s according to the President of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), Mr. Ola Elvestuen, who is also Norway’s Minister of Environment. In an interview with UN News’s Ben Malor, Mr. Elvestuen underscored the need to have environment challenges addressed urgently.
On-screen celebrity and designer Kevin McCloud, visited the UN in Geneva on Thursday, to spotlight a flagship UN event to promote sustainable housing for all. Mr. McCloud spoke with UN News's Daniel Johnson about some of the unusual things that have inspired his design-sense. Daniel Johnson began by asking him if it was true his father had his own unusual professional background, as a rocket tester.
For Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are parallel to the work she is doing to make her city 100 per cent clean-energy powered, by 2032. Salt Lake City boasts the first two “net-zero” fire departments in the US and is currently building the first police department that is 100 per cent renewable-energy driven as well as an energy-neutral international airport. Mayor Biskupski spoke to UN News's Liz Scaffidi.
Solar cooking can help achieve all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including those related to clean water and gender equality, according to Alan Bigelow, Science Director at Solar Cookers International (SCI). Solar cooking utilizes heat generated directly from the sun instead of converting sunlight to electricity. Mr. Bigelow spoke with UN News about the revolutionary cookers.
When people talk about recycling, plastic bottles often come to mind — but what about that favourite old pair of jeans that have grown just a bit too tight? According to Lori DiVito, recycling denim is a creative way to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)– as she pointed out on the margins of the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) at UN Headquarters in New York this week. Ms. DiVito spoke with UN News.
It’s like a mini UN General Assembly for sustainable development. Starting this week, nearly 50 countries are voluntarily briefing the world about what they’ve done to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, and looking for ideas on what more they could do.
Reforming how the UN approaches making sustainable development a reality, will allow the world body to transform a “cacophony” into a “symphony”. That’s the pledge from Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on Thursday, as the General Assembly adopts a landmark resolution the UN chief says will place sustainable development “at the heart” of everything the Organization does.
Matt Wells spoke to UN deputy chief, Ms. Mohammed, ahead of the adoption of the resolution.
By 2050, two out of every three people are likely to be living in cities or other urban centres, according to a new United Nations report, highlighting the need for more sustainable urban planning and public services.