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Nigeria News
LEAP Africa Announces Youth Day of Service, Set to Rally Youth for the SDGs
Premium Times, August 12, 2020
LEAP Africa, one of the Nigeria’s leading non-profit organizations for youth development has announced a new campaign to celebrate ‘International Youth Day’ on August 12.
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How to improve breastfeeding rates, reduce infant mortality in Nigeria, by experts
The Guardian, August 11, 2020
In recognition of World Breastfeeding Week, Medela breast pump announced its new partnership with The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) to improve breastfeeding support and resources in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) in Nigeria.
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Olawuyi tasks government on sustainable development goals
The Guardian, August 11, 2020
The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic, Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships (ARISP) of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Professor Damilola S. Olawuyi, has called on governments at all levels to fully embed the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into COVID-19 economic recovery plans.
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Education worst-hit by COVID-19 pandemic, says commission
The Guardian, July 30, 2020
As the search for the cure for coronavirus continues, the six states in the south have disclosed that beyond health, education is the next most affected by the global pandemic.
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Global News
GISD Alliance Issues Recommendations to Scale up SDG Financing
IISD, August 11, 2020
The Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance (GISD) is calling for specific actions to fund the SDGs by aligning and renewing both public and private sector collaborative efforts.
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The UN Development Goals Are ‘Seriously Off Track,’ an Expert Says
Pass Blue, August 10, 2020
The shock of the unexpected coronavirus pandemic will make it harder to achieve success on the Sustainable Development Goals, now a third of their way to the finish line, in 2030.
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World's Largest Vaccine Manufacturer Pledges to Make COVID-19 Vaccine Available for $3
Global Citizen, august 07, 2020
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated $150 million to the Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, to develop 100 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine on Friday.
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WHO chief points to ‘green shoots of hope’ in COVID-19 pandemic
UN News, August 10, 2020
Although COVID-19 cases are on track to hit 20 million worldwide this week, and 750,000 deaths, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has pointed to “green shoots of hope” amidst the global crisis, while urging both governments and people everywhere to work to suppress the new coronavirus.
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Coronavirus – Africa: ECA Report Urges African Countries to Harmonize Trade and Transport Regulations in the Fight against COVID-19
The Guardian, August 11, 2020
The Regional Integration and Trade Division (RITD) at ECA released a report entitled “Facilitating Cross-Border Trade Through a Coordinated African Response to COVID-19”.
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Polio vaccination campaigns restart in Afghanistan and Pakistan after COVID-19 hiatus
UN News, August 11, 2020
Polio vaccination campaigns have resumed in Afghanistan and Pakistan, months after having been severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said.  
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Articles and Publications
Covid-19 and the global economy: role of SDGs
Asia Times, August 11, 2020
The UN's Sustainable Development Goals will become even more significant in the post-pandemic economy.
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Covid-19: An opportunity to create a more equal world | Opinion
Hindustan Times, August 09, 2020
Governments, businesses and civil society must awaken Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5 based seven interrelated chakras or energy centres to transform the post- pandemic world into a gender equal one.
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Poverty alleviation efforts are shaping the success of environmental targets
Phys.org, August 10, 2020
Social protection programs can facilitate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) but can also create trade-offs across divergent social and environmental goals that can undermine their effectiveness, say the authors of new research published in the journal PNAS.
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Coronavirus – Africa: Strengthening women’s access to climate information services crucial to improve their ability to adapt to climate risks
The Guardian, August 09, 2020
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) on Thursday hosted a webinar in which participants discussed ways through which member States and institutions can strengthen the engagement of women in climate information and services (CIS)
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New Report on Science to tackle non-communicable diseases in South Asia and beyond in SDG era published
Mirage News, August 11, 2020
The incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is increasing around the world. NCDs are estimated to be responsible for 41 million deaths each year, many of which are categorised as ‘premature’.
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Protecting forcibly displaced children during the COVID-19 pandemic: UNHCR response and field practices
Relief Web, August 07, 2020
Children face three dangers during the COVID-19 pandemic: 1) infection with the virus; 2) the immediate impacts of measures to stop transmission of the virus (school closures for example); and 3) the long-term impact of the resulting economic crisis on social and economic development with regard to the Sustainable Development Goals.
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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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2021 UN Food Systems Summit
IISD, [DATE TBD]
In 2021, on a date to be determined, the UN Secretary-General will convene a Food Systems Summit with the aim of maximizing the co-benefits of a food systems approach across the entire 2030 Agenda and meeting the challenges of climate change.
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