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COVID-19: Presidential Aide calls for more investments in inclusive education
The News Nigeria, May 27, 2020
Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adeulire, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, SSAP-SDGs has appealed to all stakeholders to increase investments in inclusive education, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The amazing potential of Nigeria’s untapped blue economy
The Cable, May 28, 2020
One of the primary objectives of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) launched by the federal government three years ago was aimed at diversifying the economy.
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Report says Nigerians lack protein as rice, eba, amala top food consumption list
The Guardian, May 29, 2020
The latest Nigeria Protein Deficiency Report has said the country’s citizens consumption of carbohydrate was 91% while protein consumption stands at 53%.
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What Nigeria is not getting right with PPPs
Nairametrics, May 31, 2020
To achieve the Sustainable development goals, public-private partnerships (PPP) is not just an option for Nigeria but a necessity…because the government alone cannot raise the kind of money needed for it. 
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HLPF: Stakeholders Validate Nigeria’s Voluntary National Review Report on SDG
The News Nigeria, June 2, 2020
Stakeholders in Nigeria have unanimously validated the Final Draft Report of the 2nd Voluntary National Review (VNR) on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria.
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Bauchi State Governor spends N3 billion to construct 250 classrooms, renovates 407-aide
The Sun, May 27, 2020
The administration of Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has spent the sum of N3 billion to construct 270 classrooms for primary and junior secondary students and renovation of 405 others across the state.
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Global News
COVID-19: Act now or risk ‘unimaginable devastation’ globally, warns UN chief
UN News, May 28, 2020
Unless countries across the world act together now, the COVID-19 pandemic will cause “unimaginable devastation and suffering around the world”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said.
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Global efforts remain insufficient to reach SDG 7 goal by 2030
ESI Africa, May 28, 2020
Despite accelerated progress over the past decade, the world will fall short of ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy by 2030 unless efforts are scaled up significantly.
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620 million people may lack access to electricity by 2030 – Report
Premium Times, June 1, 2020
Over 620 million people, 85 percent of them in Sub-Saharan Africa, are likely to lack access to electricity and renewable energy in 2030, a report has shown.
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Coronavirus a challenge, and opportunity, to fix remittances system than funnels billions home from abroad
UN News, June 2, 2020
With a euro here and a dollar there, remittances – the money that migrant workers send home to their families – have been adding up in a big way to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and lift tens of millions out of extreme poverty.
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Leaders Stress Linkages Among Water, Sanitation, and Climate to Build Back Better
IISD, June 2, 2020
Ministers and other high-level officials discussed how actions to address water and climate change can drive progress on the 2030 Agenda.
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The “High 5s”: A strategic vision and results that are transforming Africa
Modern Diplomacy, May 30, 2020
The African Development Bank’s High 5 priority areas are intended to support African countries’ achievement of the SDGS. They are: Feed Africa; Light up Africa; Industrialise Africa; Integrate Africa; and Improve the Quality of Life for the people of Africa.
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Kids and families broaden global perspectives during COVID-19
United Nations, June 1, 2020
With children spending large portions of the day at home due to COVID-19, the United Nations is helping families use the opportunity to teach young people about global challenges, including not only the health pandemic but also poverty, hunger and climate change.
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Articles and Publications
Covid-19 has stalled UN’s goals to reduce global hunger, poverty and climate change
Scroll.in, Jun 01, 2020
Crucial global goals to reduce hunger and poverty and curb climate change have gone backwards or stalled…as the Covid-19 outbreak moves from being a health crisis to becoming the “worst human and economic crisis of our lifetimes”.
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Africa’s Population Explosion: A Ticking Time Bomb
Premium Times, June 1, 2020
Policymakers on the continent should know that our current population explosion is bad news. That it is a time bomb, ready to be detonated by a palpable youth bulge that is already fuelling insecurity in some countries.
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How Clean Energy Can Power a COVID-19 Recovery
IISD, May 28, 2020
Clean energy can provide affordable solutions that are in line with climate targets and can help mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on people’s livelihoods and local economies.
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Investing in the health of girls and women: a best buy for sustainable development
The BMJ, June 02, 2020
Human rights, theory, evidence, and common sense all suggest that greater investment in women’s health could be among the “best buys” for broader economic development and societal wellbeing.
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The case for more international cooperation in education
Brooking, June 2, 2020
The SDGs call on countries to “strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.”
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The Implication of COVID-19 on Financial Inclusion and Financial Literacy
Prosh Share, May 27, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is generating an unprecedented global health crisis which in turn has critical implications on the financial system both in content and context.
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Sustainable Investment Must be Defined and Reported: DESA Policy Brief
IISD, June 2, 2020
A common definition of Sustainable Development Investment would establish norms and minimum thresholds to qualify as aligned with sustainable development.
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The most ingenious responses to the UN’s Covid-19 creative open brief
The Drum, May 29, 2020
The UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Strategy Hub identified it was nigh on impossible to produce the masses of localized communication materials needed to halt Covid-19 on its own – and needed a quick solution.
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Updates and Events
Online learning opportunities- webinars
SDG Knowledge Platform
The Division for Sustainable Development Goals within the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs coordinates webinars about the 2030 Agenda and SDGs for various stakeholder groups throughout the year.
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ICSD 2020: 8th International Conference on Sustainable Development, 9 - 10 September 2020 Rome, Italy
Young Professionals for Agriculture Development, September 9- 10, 2020
European Center of Sustainable Development in collaboration with CIT University will organize the 8th ICSD 2020 International Conference on Sustainable Development, with particular focus on Environmental, Economic and Socio-Cultural Sustainability.
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High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2020
IISD, July 7-16, 2020

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will convene the 2020 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) from Tuesday, 7 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020. Following the first five-days, the HLPF's three-day ministerial segment takes place jointly with ECOSOC's high-level segment from Tuesday-Thursday, 14-16 July 2020. The ECOSOC high-level segment concludes on 17 July 2020.
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