IRENA Finds EU’s Share of Renewables Could Double Without Extra Cost

19 February 2018: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a report on cost effective opportunities for the expansion of renewable energy deployment in the EU. IRENA prepared the report, which is titled, “Renewable Energy Prospects for the European Union,” at the request of the European Commission to determine pathways to meet the European … Continue reading IRENA Finds EU’s Share of Renewables Could Double Without Extra Cost

Health, Gender, and Blockchain for Financial Inclusion

Researchers from The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (US) have examined environmental conditions at healthcare facilities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The study notes an information gap on safe environmental conditions, and that baseline data for healthcare facilities (HCFs) “have yet to be formed” for issues that correspond to the SDGs. … Continue reading Health, Gender, and Blockchain for Financial Inclusion

WHO Targets Infectious Diseases, Premature Cancer Deaths

31 January 2018: The World Health Organization (WHO) is tackling both communicative and non-communicative diseases, with a series of recent initiatives. An investigation by WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) highlights the economic value of preventive activities tailored to each country’s “cancer profile.” The Organization is also working to eliminate measles, rubella and … Continue reading WHO Targets Infectious Diseases, Premature Cancer Deaths

Australia Launches Guidelines for Water Data Management Policy

1 February 2018: The ‘Good Practice Guidelines for Water Data Management Policy’ were launched on the sidelines of the 28th UN-Water Meeting, held in Rome, Italy, from 1-2 February 2018. The Guidelines were prepared under the auspices of the World Water Data Initiative of the High Level Panel on Water, as part of global efforts … Continue reading Australia Launches Guidelines for Water Data Management Policy

EEA Report Analyzes Environmental Impacts of Aviation and Shipping

4 February 2018: A ‘Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism’ (TERM) report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) analyzes drivers behind the increasingly negative environmental impact of Europe’s shipping and aviation industries, and offers policy recommendations to reverse the trend. The report titled, ‘Aviation and shipping — impacts on Europe’s environment’ identifies barriers to change and recommends … Continue reading EEA Report Analyzes Environmental Impacts of Aviation and Shipping

Bamako COP Affirms Commitment to Pollution-Free Africa

2 February 2018: The second Conference of the Parties (COP 2) to the Bamako Convention adopted a Ministerial Declaration reaffirming Parties’ commitment to a pollution-free Africa as the region’s contribution to achieving the SDGs and the sound management of chemicals and wastes. Parties called for urgent action and effective mechanisms at national and regional levels … Continue reading Bamako COP Affirms Commitment to Pollution-Free Africa

UNDP Showcases ‘State of Sustainable Development’ Around the World

January 2018: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has highlighted actions being taken by countries to accelerate implementation of the SDGs. The multimedia review, titled, ‘State of Sustainable Development,’ features communities and countries that are working to achieve the SDGs, with case studies on increasing access to water in Nepal, promoting recycling and sustainable development in … Continue reading UNDP Showcases ‘State of Sustainable Development’ Around the World