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

UNFCCC Paper Urges Coordination on Climate, Disasters and SDGs

25 January 2018: To overcome the challenges of rising global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and weather-related disasters while achieving the SDGs, unprecedented levels of coordination are required, according to a report from the UNFCCC. The report summarizes the views of experts who met in Bonn, Germany, on the sidelines of the 46th session of the … Continue reading UNFCCC Paper Urges Coordination on Climate, Disasters and SDGs

Hawai’i Plans State-level SDG Implementation

17 January 2018: The Hawai’i State Senate announced its intention to enact the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into state law to achieve the sustainability of Hawai’i’s people, communities, natural resources and economic prosperity. Hawai’i will implement the SDGs through the Aloha+ Challenge. The Hawai’i State Senate aims to focus on a local platform to … Continue reading Hawai’i Plans State-level SDG Implementation

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

UN-Water Members and Partners Discuss Baselines for SDG 6 Indicators, Awareness Raising

2 February 2018: During the 28th UN-Water meeting, UN-Water Members and Partners discussed upcoming high-level events and report launches related to water and sanitation policy and practice, including implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal on clean water and sanitation (SDG 6). The 28th UN-Water Meeting convened from 1-2 February 2018, in Rome, Italy, at the … Continue reading UN-Water Members and Partners Discuss Baselines for SDG 6 Indicators, Awareness Raising

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

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