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Agroecology is solution to Nigeria’s food, farming challenges- Experts
Daily Post, July 10, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic provides Nigeria with a good opportunity to work towards protecting its farming and food systems from being destroyed by agricultural genetic engineering promoters.
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Nigeria moving forward in SDGs implementation
The Guardian, July 2, 2020
Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SSAP-SDGs), said that Nigeria was recording successes in the implementation of the SDGs.
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Post COVID-19: SDGs expert lists steps for Nigeria’s recovery
The Sun, July 5, 2020
An expert on the SDGs, Mr. Micheal Ale, has recommended urgent and robust boost in industrialization for Nigerian’s recovery and precautionary step against possible economic recession.
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FG presents SDGs voluntary national review report to UN
The Guardian, July 13, 2020
The Federal Government presented its second Voluntary National Review (VNR) on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Monday.
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Global News
Coronavirus: Three billion people lack basic hand washing facilities at home — UN
Premium Times, July 13, 2020
A new report has shown that 3 billion people worldwide lack basic hand washing facilities at home, which is one of the most effective methods for COVID-19 prevention.
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COVID-19: UN predicts 71 million more people to live in extreme poverty
Premium Times, July 11, 2020
A new report has predicted that an estimated 71 million additional people will be living in extreme poverty due to COVID-19.
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Cities and local government must focus on well-being of people in developing countries
UN News, July 13, 2020
While the scale and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt in developing and developed countries alike, the President of the UN General Assembly maintained that the response must focus on “the two-thirds of the world’s population at risk of being left behind”.
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UN launches Global Acceleration Framework to speed up water, sanitation access for all
The Express Tribune, July 10, 2020
The United Nations on Thursday launched a new mechanism that aims to speed up action so that people everywhere will have access to water and sanitation by the end of the decade, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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Coronavirus: Remote learning out of reach for 500 million students – UN
Premium Times, July 9, 2020
A new report by the United Nations has shown that remote learning remains out of reach for at least 500 million students across the world during the novel Coronavirus pandemic.
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Pakistan achieves Climate Action Sustainable Development Goal before 2030 deadline: UN Report
The Nation, July 12, 2020
Pakistan, which was ranked as the most climate-vulnerable country, has crossed a crucial milestone by achieving an overarching Sustainable Development Goal-13 ‘Climate Action’ much before the deadline.
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Uganda says COVID-19 erodes gains in achieving SDGs
Xinhua Net, July 13, 2020
Uganda announced that some of the gains it had made in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) have been eroded by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Articles and Publications
IISD Launches ‘Sustainable Recovery 2020’ Campaign
IISD, July 2, 2020
IISD's ‘Sustainable Recovery 2020’ campaign advocates for public spending that minimizes impacts on nature, accounts for climate risks, improves social cohesion, and stimulates green innovation.
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UN@75: Reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism
Punch Newspaper, July 13, 2020
To realise our collective dream of a better United Nations; of a more stable, peaceful, pandemic-free and prosperous world; and ultimately of a desirable future, we will not only be reaffirming our commitment to multilateralism as responsible nations or peoples of the global community.
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How companies can meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals before it’s too late
The Telegraph, July 13, 2020
The Covid-19 crisis has exposed the deep cracks within our social framework, upending decades of progress on issues such as world hunger, economic empowerment and equality in education.
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Covid-19 Reveals Global Need to Improve Education Systems
HRW, July 13, 2020
Over the past several days, governments and global policy makers have been meeting online to discuss progress towards the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs).
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Tech offers way forward to achieving sustainable development goals
The Brussels Time, July 8, 2020
World and business leaders must seize the watershed moment brought on by the pandemic to harness the power of technology to achieve global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
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Guidelines for Voluntary Local Reviews Support Communities’ Assessments of SDG Progress
IISD, July 9, 2020
VLRs help monitor and evaluate progress on SDG implementation and also facilitate social inclusion, multi-level coordination, and prioritization in planning and budgeting.
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The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020: Transforming food systems for affordable healthy diets
Relief Web, July 13, 2020
Almost 690 million people around the world went hungry in 2019. As progress in fighting hunger stalls, the COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying the vulnerabilities and inadequacies of global food systems. 
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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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2021 UN Food Systems Summit
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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