SDGs

In 2019, ‘reasons for hope’ in a world still on ‘red alert’: UN chief Guterres

Last year, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued “a red alert” over a range of dangers confronting the world, which “still persist” as 2019 looms: “These are anxious times for many, and our world is undergoing a stress test,” the UN chief said on Saturday in his message for the New Year.

First-ever UN report on disability and development, illustrates inclusion gaps

The United Nations launched its first-ever flagship report on disability and development on Monday; published by, for, and with, persons with disabilities, in the hopes of fostering more accessible, and disability-inclusive societies.

Bullying: Protection for children is a ‘fundamental human right’ says top UN advocate

Around 130 million, or one-in-three children worldwide, experience some form of bullying, the United Nations stated on Monday, in its latest report on how children can be better-protected. This form of violence has long-lasting and direct consequences for their health, school performance and overall well-being.

Sustainable housing call’s right up my street, says ‘Grand Designs’ star

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.

 

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Data can help solve world’s biggest problems, if we use it well

By investing in data and making sure that it is used responsibly, some of the world’s biggest challenges can be solved, said Claire Melamed, CEO of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), at UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday.

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Chronic illnesses: UN stands up to stop 41 million avoidable deaths per year

“Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, chronic lung disease, depression” – just some of the illnesses outlined by World Health Organization (WHO) chief Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, who drove home the danger by asking delegates to stand up, when they heard the name of an illness that had killed someone they loved: One by one, every single person in the room, got to their feet.

Private business must be a ‘driving force’ for securing peace, curbing climate change: Guterres

The rate of sustainable development is “too slow” and private business has a major role to play in speeding it up, while also slowing the runaway pace of climate change that threatens the entire world with catastrophe, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Monday.

US city pushes green power on the international stage

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.

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Bangladesh: World Heritage Site threatened by ‘heedless industrialisation’ - UN expert

The Sundarbans forest, a which is the largest contiguous mangrove forest in the world and home to several endangered species, is being threatened by “heedless industrialization”, according to a UN rights expert, who on Tuesday, called on the Government of Bangladesh to halt the process. 

Solar cooking helps sauce up Sustainable Development Goals

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.

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