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Nigeria won’t achieve SDGs by 2030 except …’
Nigerian Tribune, August 16, 2020
A developmental expert, Mr Michael Ale has expressed pessimism about Nigeria, among other African countries, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
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FG Budgets N126bn to Upgrade Health Infrastructure
This Day, August 17, 2020
The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba said the federal government had earmarked the sum of N126 billion in the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) to upgrade health infrastructure across Federal Medical Centres (FMC) and teaching hospitals with intensive care units.
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UK-based NGO donates borehole to Kwara communities
Sundiata post, August 17, 2020
Moro (Kwara) – A UK-based NGO, Hope Spring Water Charity Foundation, has provided hand-pump borehole facility to a cluster of 22 communities at Gaa Dare Village in Moro Local Government Area of Kwara.
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Japan, UNDP partner to build capacity of peace operations in Nigeria
Naija247News, August 18, 2020
The Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a new phase of cooperation in support of peace operations in Nigeria.
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 Japan to execute three major projects in Nigeria
Vanguard, August 17, 2020
The Government of Japan has disclosed that it will implement three projects in Nigeria, as part of Japans’ regional support.
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COVID-19: 150m Nigerians lack access to safe water, sanitary facilities – Rector Ekiti Poly
Daily Post, August 18, 2020
The Rector, Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, Dr. Hephzibah Oladebeye and the Commissioner for Public Utilities in Ekiti, Mr. Bamidele Faparusi have disclosed that the COVID-19 spread has been difficult to tame in Nigeria because about 150 million Nigerians lack access to basic hand washing facilities.
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Global News
Egypt pioneering in collaboration through economic diplomacy: Minister Al-Mashat
Daily News Egypt, August 18, 2020
Egypt is pushing the frontiers in collaborations through economic diplomacy via three key principles, according to Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation.
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Seoul Gender Summit aims to support U.N.'s sustainable growth goals
Yonhap News Agency, August 18, 2020
SEOUL, Aug. 19 (Yonhap) -- The Gender Summit 2020 being hosted by Seoul aims to support U.N. sustainable development goals that can benefit all of humankind, South Korean organizers for the event said Wednesday.
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UN calls for action on sustainable development
Prensa Latina, August 18, 2020
United Nations, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) UN General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande today calls attention to the few years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how much remains to be done to achieve them.
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Global Observatory Tracks Lead Paint Legislation, Health-related SDG Targets
SDG Knowledge Hub, August 18, 2020
As of 31 May 2020, only 39% of countries had legally binding controls on the production, import, sale and use of lead paints, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Health Observatory.
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Cambridge chosen as a campus for 2020 UN Millennium Fellowship
Varsity, August 19, 2020
12 undergraduates from Cambridge will participate in the 2020 UN Millennium Fellowship, a program which “convenes, challenges, and celebrates” student leaders working towards UN goals
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Egypt’s International Cooperation hosts 2nd on Ministry COVID-19 response
Daily News Egypt, August 19, 2020
Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation has hosted a second virtual multi-stakeholder platform, entitled “Global Partnerships for Effective Development Cooperation”, to discuss ways of combating the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
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Articles and Publications
The Year of Covid-19 Crisis: How Do We Achieve Sustainable Development Goals By 2030?
News18, 17 August, 2020
The year 2020 marks the start of the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
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Africa Leads the Way: Working Across the SDGs for Health Equity
SDG Knowledge Hub, August 18, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the global community to recognize that when human health suffers, our economies, our political systems, and our communities all suffer as well. Health is integral to well-functioning, equitable societies where individuals are productive and safe.
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SDGs provide direction for sustainable post-COVID recovery
Mongabay, August 19, 2020
The novel coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19) may have brought immediate relief to some areas related to Sustainable Development Goal 15 to protect ‘Life on Land’ but the long-term impacts are unclear, experts said.
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Biodiversity Negotiations Should Account for COVID-19 and Ensure Equity
SDG Knowledge Hub, August 18, 2020
2020 was meant to be an important year – a “super year”– for addressing the global biodiversity crisis, culminating in the adoption of  an ambitious framework for broad action to transform “society’s relationship with biodiversity” and fulfil “the shared vision of living in harmony with nature” by 2050.    
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Investors continue to align with SDGs, August 18, 2020
Allocations to investments closely aligned to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals have grown from $8 billion to $11 billion at New York State Common Retirement Fund (CRF) so far this year.
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Global FDI into developing countries set to plunge this year
N-Business, August 18, 2020
A drop in investment in emerging markets in Africa, Asia and South America will make the UN's sustainable development goals harder to hit, Unido official says.
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Updates and Events
UNEP/DTU webinar: Development of Reporting Framework for the private sector with the focus on Sustainable Development Assessment
UN City, Copenhagen
Even though the enhanced transparency framework will enter into full implementation phase by 2024, many developing countries still lack the tools, institutional and human capacity to comprehensively assess the impacts of national policies and actions.
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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
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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