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We raised N30.42trn investment interest, impacted 333m lives – AfDB
Daily Trust, May 7, 2020
The African Development Bank (AfDB), has disclosed that through its African Investment Forum (AIF) launched in 2018, it raised $78 billion (about N30.42 trillion) investment interest so far.
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‘A total overhaul of the current system has to be considered to achieve women empowerment in northern Nigeria’
The Guardian, May 9, 2020
The reality is that the culture, tradition and religion of the people must be considered in order to design innovative solutions that will empower the women sustainably.
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Police roll out fresh campaign against cultism
The Sun, May 10, 2020
The Inspector-General of Police IGP, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu has rolled out a fresh campaign against cultism tagged Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV) in the country.
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WASHMATA supports Abuja surbub with 5,000 litres of water, palliatives
Blueprint, May 6, 2020
A civil society organisation, CSO, WASHMATA Initiative has supported Mpape, a suburb in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, with 5,000 litres of water and 150 bags of assorted foodstuff to cushion effects of the lockdown and stay-at-home orders to contain the Coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic.
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Global News
A new vehicle to accelerate the UN Sustainable Development Goals
The Lancet, May 2020
With only a decade left until 2030, the UN Secretary-General has announced that we are at a crossroads in the achievement of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, and member states have released a political declaration to demand accelerated implementation.
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Multilateral solutions to ease COVID-19 pandemic needed for achieving SDGs
Dev Discourse, May 12, 2020
As COVID-19 upends lives and livelihoods across the planet, the UN on Monday held a wide-ranging policy discussion stressing a range of multilateral solutions to ease the pandemic, while also getting back on track towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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State brings down infant mortality rate
Hindu.Com, May 8, 2020
Kerala has brought its infant mortality rate (IMR), down from 10 to the single digit of 7 (per 1,000 live births) ...as against the UN-set target of 8 for 2020.
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Public Consultations Underway on Releasing More SDG Finance
IISD, May 7, 2020
The High-level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity for Achieving the 2030 Agenda (FACTI) is holding global public consultations on ways to release more resources to finance the SDGs.
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Coronavirus - Africa/Middle East: International Tourist Numbers could fall 60-80% in 2020, UNWTO reports
Pulse Nigeria, May 7, 2020
International tourism down 22% in Q1 and could decline by 60-80% over the whole year; 67 million fewer international tourists up to March translates into US$80 billion in lost exports.
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Preventing Corruption, A Priority During COVID-19
UN PRAC, May 8, 2020
Adopting comprehensive auditing, oversight, accountability and reporting mechanisms to monitor the disbursement process is one of the key recommendations to prevent corruption in the Pacific during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
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Sustainable Development Can Help Achieve A Clean Earth
Sustainable Energy Forms, May 9, 2020
Allow us to not get too romantic in regards to the blue skies, starlit nights, clear rivers, crisp air, and considerable sightings of wildlife over the previous one month of lockdown.
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Moving towards 100% renewable power in Hawaii (with a little help from sheep)
UN News, May 10, 2020
The US island state of Hawaii has committed to generating 100 per cent of its power using renewable energy by 2045, demonstrating to other US states and island communities across the world, that sustainable energy can be a reality.
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Articles and Publications
Building Back Better Amid A Pandemic
The ASEAN Post, May 10, 2020
The current COVID-19 economic stimulus packages pose a threat that might further slowdown or even derail efforts in achieving the SDG goals. But with a strategic post-pandemic stimulus package, do we have a chance to get up to speed and catch up with the 2030 goals?
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Child, maternal malnutrition leads to 68% of under-five deaths: Lancet study
Live Mint, May 12, 2020
Even as the government has launched many schemes to improve food and nutrition access, especially for women and children, 68% of the under-five deaths in India are caused due to child and maternal malnutrition, a Lancet paper revealed.
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How Can Voluntary Local Reviews Contribute to the SDG Decade of Action? An Assessment of VLRs to Date
IISD, May 8, 2020
Only ten years left to deliver the 2030 Agenda. However, as speakers and reports prepared for the 2019 SDGs Summit clearly demonstrated, we are not progressing fast enough. Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs) could be an important vehicle to accelerate ‘local action’.
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Towards an 18th SDG: Managing pandemics
Times Now News, May 8, 2020
Maybe it’s time we agreed on another SDG - The 18th Goal: Managing or Handling Pandemics.
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The journey to measure how donors leverage the private sector to achieve RMNCAH goals
Devex, May 6, 2020
Every day, 810 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth; 15,000 children under 5 die each day as well, mostly from preventable causes, according to the World Health Organization.
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COVID-19, Children’s Rights And The UN 2030 Agenda
The Gleaner, May 9, 2020
As we celebrate Child Month, we reflect that the COVID-19 pandemic will retard progress in the fulfilment of the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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Fiscal Policies for the Recovery from COVID-19
IMF Blogs, May 6, 2020
When the Great Lockdown finally ends, a strong economic recovery that benefits everyone will depend on improved social safety nets and broad-based fiscal support.
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Updates and Events
In global virtual hackathon, Earth satellite data will be examined to find answers to covid-19
SFGATE, May 30-31, 2020
Could data about Earth help with our struggle against the novel coronavirus? NASA wants to find out, so it's hosting a virtual hackathon that invites participants to use satellite data to tackle covid-19.
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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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