Unintended Pathways: Farm to School and the SDGs

In 2010, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in Washington D.C. passed the DC Healthy Schools Act as a response to an increase in children’s sedentary lifestyles and obesity in the school system[1]. The Act increased students’ access to free breakfast and reduced-cost lunch, a Farm to School program, and nutrition and health education programs. This … Continue reading Unintended Pathways: Farm to School and the SDGs

Hotels, Japanese Corporations, P4G Advancing SDGs and Climate Targets

February 2018: Private sector groups and partners have announced funding and targets to support SDG implementation and achieve targets under the Paris Agreement on climate change. The hotel industry and Japanese companies are among the business entities taking action recently. Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G) is advancing inclusive, sustainable economic … Continue reading Hotels, Japanese Corporations, P4G Advancing SDGs and Climate Targets

SDSN Switzerland Launches, Identifying SDG Catalysts

15 February 2018: The 25th Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been launched. SDSN Switzerland is based in Bern, and co-hosted by the Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern, and Biovision – Foundation for Ecological Development. SDSN Switzerland aims to provide an environment to discuss challenges faced by Switzerland in the … Continue reading SDSN Switzerland Launches, Identifying SDG Catalysts

UK, Israel Reduce Plastic Pollution, the Theme of World Environment Day

19 February: As the UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment) announced that the theme for World Environment Day will be ‘Beat Plastic Pollution,’ the UK and Israel have taken steps to reduce their country’s use of plastic and fight pollution in the world’s oceans. Recent actions include banning microbeads, phasing out the use of … Continue reading UK, Israel Reduce Plastic Pollution, the Theme of World Environment Day

Symposium Discusses Supply Chain and Deforestation Links

30 January 2018: An international symposium in Tokyo, Japan, showcased initiatives aiming at developing forestry-related supply chains that are beneficial for small producers while meeting global zero-deforestation commitments, such as in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The Forestry Agency of Japan with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of … Continue reading Symposium Discusses Supply Chain and Deforestation Links

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

Youth Express Needs, Recommendations for SDG Implementation

31 January 2018: Participants at the 2018 UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum called for engaging youth in monitoring and implementing the SDGs, including through countries’ voluntary national reviews (VNRs), using more accessible language on the SDGs, and fostering development of skills that are relevant to the future of work, among other priorities. … Continue reading Youth Express Needs, Recommendations for SDG Implementation