SDGs

Central Asia bloc has important role in 'peace, stability and prosperity' beyond region, says Deputy UN chief

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed addressed the Heads of State summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on Sunday, stressing that the organization's impact in the political, economic and security realm, extends well beyond the large Eurasian region that its members represent.

India-UN fund gets 22 development projects off the ground in first year

An India-United Nations fund aimed at supporting sustainable development for low-income nations marked its first anniversary on Friday, with 22 projects having already been approved in 25 partner countries.

In Washington D.C., Guterres signs pact with World Bank, meets US President Trump

The United Nations and the World Bank Group on Friday signed an agreement to work closer together to help countries implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieve measurable results to transform their economies and societies.

2030 Agenda represents ‘collective decision’ to ‘change the way we live’: UN chief economist

Despite an upturn in the global economy there are “clouds on the horizon” which need to be addressed if the world it to reach the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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At development financing forum, top UN officials urge breakaway from ‘short-termism’

The United Nations will support countries’ path to sustainable development by brokering partnerships, pursuing innovative finance, leveraging resources and building the necessary capacities, senior officials said Monday, highlighting the need for a change of mind-set from “short-termism” to long-term investments. 

Short-sighted investment endangers development progress for hundreds of millions of people – UN report

While a moderate upturn in the world economy led to more development financing in 2017, a new United Nations report out Friday revealed that the vast majority of investment is still short-term oriented, putting global commitments to create sustainable economies at risk.

News in Brief 23 March 2018

  • Syria conflict: UNICEF reports 17 children killed at school in Idlib
  • Artificial intelligence could be “more dangerous than the nuclear threat”: Geneva Director-General
  • WHO looking for leaders to stamp out TB by 2030
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No ‘fancy suits and long speeches’ at UN-backed sustainable development festival in Bonn

A United Nations forum showcasing the latest innovations, tools and approaches that will make sustainable development a reality wrapped up in Bonn, Germany, on Friday.

UN spotlights rainwater recycling, artificial wetlands among ‘green’ solutions to global water crisis

With five billion people at risk of having difficulty accessing adequate water by 2050, finding nature-based solutions, such as China’s rainwater recycling, India’s forest regeneration and Ukraine’s artificial wetlands, is becoming increasingly important, according to a United Nations report released Monday at the world’s largest water-related event in Brazil.

UN-World Bank panel calls for ‘fundamental shift’ in water management

With 700 million people worldwide at risk of being displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030, water infrastructure investment must be at least doubled over the next five years, a panel set up by the United Nations and the World Bank recommended on Wednesday.