sustainable development goals

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.

With a sick ocean, science is essential to create ‘motivation for action’

The Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, continues through to 2030, providing an opportunity for nations to work together to generate the scientific expertise needed to keep ocean life safe, and the seas sustainable.

Reminding us that currently the ocean is ailing, and needs better science and data to be successfully managed, the Executive Secretary of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, Vladimir Ryabinin, spoke to UN News about the scientists’ dream of managing the ocean in a way that will help us all live longer and healthier lives.

Mr. Ryabinin sat down with UN News’s Ana Carmo at UN Headquarters in New York, shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

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‘It’s your future to define’, says UN deputy chief, urging young African leaders to push for Global Goals

Meeting in Zimbabwe with young leaders from across the African continent,UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on Monday encouraged the lively gathering to “use your youth power, for it’s your future to define”, telling them to use technology effectively to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Global response to poverty and environmental goals 'not ambitious enough’

The global response to realizing poverty and environmental goals agreed by world leaders in 2015 has not been “ambitious enough” according to the UN Secretary-General.

Space explorers’ search for life depends on international trust, says astronaut

Space exploration may be about going boldly where no-one has gone before, as Starship Enterprise Captain James T. Kirk often said, but it is also about understanding how to protect life back on earth, and promoting international cooperation. That’s what former French astronaut Jean-François Clervoy told UN News’s Daniel Johnson, at a screening of two short films shot from space, The Overview Effect and A Beautiful Planet.

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Guterres in Davos: ‘Dysfunctional’ response to common problems, shows need for effective multilateralism

The world’s problems are “more and more integrated” but the response to them is increasingly “fragmented” and “dysfunctional”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday, in an appeal for governments and other partners to respond to people’s grievances and recommit to international cooperation.

PODCAST: digital tech for the global good

The first in a series of special episodes of The Lid Is On, looking at how digital technology is being used to tackle some of the world's biggest problems, from climate change to disaster relief.

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‘We’re all in this together’ says UN Ocean Envoy, in battle to save life below the waves

Sea life, and the ocean that sustains it, is in “very deep trouble”, says the UN Special Envoy tasked with helping the world reach Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, but it’s not too late to get there. At UN Headquarters for high-level week of the General Assembly, Mr. Thomson told Paulina Greer of UN News, a huge collective effort was needed now to save the ocean.

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‘Lots of good news’ but more action needed to save the planet — UN environment chief

Major advances are being made to better safeguard natural environments across the world, but more action is needed if the planet’s long-term survival is to be ensured, according to the UN’s top environment official. The pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, is moving Governments in the right direction, but more must be done, he told Liz Scaffidi.

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Science, technology and innovation crucial to ‘transformative impact’ of Global Goals, UN forum hears

If everyone is to enjoy a future of peace, dignity and opportunity, then science, technology and innovation need to be at the heart of the race to reach the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, a Forum at UN Headquarters heard on Tuesday.