SDGs

New technology could expand scope of South-South Cooperation, UN envoy says

South-South Cooperation is “essential, and critical” in reaching the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals agenda come 2030, and the digital world will play an instrumental role.

That’s from Jorge Chediek, the Special Envoy of the Secretary General and Director of the UN Office on the matter (UNOSSC), who explains how the massive sharing of information with countries of the South can be amplified by online tools.

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SDG progress ‘in danger’ of going backwards without change in direction, new UN report reveals

The current worldwide sustainable development model is threatening to reverse years of progress, if strategies don’t drastically change, an independent group of scientists has concluded in a major new report launched on Wednesday.

Wednesday's Daily Brief: Guterres talks technology for Africa’s development, ‘extinction crisis’ prompts stronger wildlife protection, Greta Thunberg reaches New York, funding shortfalls in Iraq, a positive step for Indigenous women

A recap of Wednesday’s stories: Secretary-General António Guterres says ‘winds of hope are blowing ever stronger’ for Africa’s development; Swedish climate youth activist Greta Thunberg reaches New York by boat; Chief of UN Mission for Iraq warns on funding shortfalls; and in Canada, a new bill recognizes the rights of indigenous women.

For Africa, ‘winds of hope are blowing ever stronger,’ Guterres declares at conference on development

African nations have made ‘significant progress’ in developmental efforts in the last few years, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday, kicking off the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), taking place in Yokohama.

UN ‘cannot solve challenges of humankind without civil society’

We cannot conceive of a United Nations that is talking about the challenges of humankind that relate to sustainability, without involving civil society, according to Maruxa Cardama, chairperson of the 68th UN Civil Society Conference, taking place in the Salt Lake City, Utah, between 26-28 August. Conor Lennon from UN News spoke to Ms. Cardama, who is also Secretary-General of the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport, at the Conference.

 

 

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Marginalized groups hit hardest by inequality and stigma in cities

Millicent Auma Otieno, a Kenya-based human rights and community activist, campaigns on behalf of women and persons with disabilities who face stigmatization, as a result of cultural and religious beliefs.  In an interview with UN News, Ms. Otieno reinforced the message that many people in cities are forced to live in informal settlements, which have proven to be hotbeds of unemployment, violence, drug abuse and early pregnancies.

Thursday's Daily Brief: Climate crisis and food risks, fresh violence threat for millions of Syrians, calls for calm in Kashmir

Thursday’s top stories: food security risk from climate crisis, fresh violence threat for millions of Syrians, UN chief urges “maximum restraint” in Jammu and Kashmir, calls for investigations into “brutal abduction” of Libyan politician.

News in Brief 8 August 2019

  • ‘Unprecedented’ climate change impact puts global food security at risk: new UN report
  • UN Mission in Libya calls for investigation into ‘brutal abduction’
  • Middle East and North Africa set to miss Sustainable Development Goals for young people
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AIDS is ‘far from over’

The sense that winning the battle against AIDS is a done-deal, has been slowing progress on reducing new HIV infections, and in reality, it’s “far from over”, according to the chief of the UN agency dedicated to tackling the virus.

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News in Brief 18 July 2019

  • UN independent experts urge Italy to stop 'criminalising' migrant rescues 
  • In Myanmar, girls trafficked abroad for sex work, says UN independent expert
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