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A woman and children use new handwashing facilities installed by UNICEF in Embratel, an informal urban settlement in Boa Vista, in northern Brazil.
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World off track in meeting 2030 Agenda, UN deputy chief warns, calls for solidarity in COVID-19 recovery

The world was off track in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, even before the COVID-19 crisis erupted, but can get back on course by increasing investment in public services, showing solidarity on financing, and “reshaping” how people work, learn, live and consume.


UN and Africa: focus on CAR children, SEED awards and hunger across East Africa

Children increasingly bear brunt of CAR violence amid mass displacement

Horrific and deadly acts of violence against babies and children have been reported in the Central African Republic (CAR), where fighting has forced tens of thousands of people from their homes in recent months. The warning follows months of renewed conflict involving armed groups in the mineral-rich state, which has seen decades of instability after declaring independence in 1960. Daniel Johnson has more.

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“Not that late” on SDGs: Commission chief on Arab states

Arab states are late in beginning the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), due largely to conflict and instability, but “not that late”.

That’s the cautiously optimistic view of Mohamed Ali Alhakim, the newly-appointed Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), which includes 18 Arab states.

He’s the first Iraqi to become an Executive Secretary in the UN system, and he’s a former Iraqi Ambassador to the UN in both New York and Geneva.

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New development goals offer "promise of revolution"

New globally agreed development goals offer “the promise of a revolution” but the key is now to know how to implement them; that’s according to a Senior official at the World Bank.

The international community has been gathering at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to discuss how to progress made toward the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

The Agenda, which aims to eradicate poverty and shift the world onto a more sustainable path includes 17 goals and was adopted at the UN last September.