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Let SDGs underpin COVID-19 economic recovery plans — Olawuyi
The Street Journal, August 04, 2020
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships (ARISP) of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Professor Damilola Olawuyi, has called on the government to fully embed the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into COVID-19 economic recovery plans.
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New National Forest Policy will preserve ecosystems – Minister
Daily Trust, August 03, 2020
Dr Mohammed Abubakar, the Minister of Environment, on Sunday said the new National Forest Policy, recently approved by the Federal Executive Council, would assist the country in managing and sustaining its vast forest resources.
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32 varsities conducting research to tackle pandemic, says NUC
The Nation, August 05, 2020
Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC) Prof. Abubakar Rasheed on Tuesday announced that 32 federal, state and private universities are conducting different stages of research to tackle direct and collateral impacts of COVID-19.
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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
UN chief outlines ‘bold steps’ for education in the face of COVID-19 disruption
UN News, August 04, 2020
Describing education as “the key to personal development and the future of societies”, António Guterres issued recommendations to get children back in the classroom in a policy brief launched alongside a new global campaign called Save our Future.
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Domestic development spending to fall by $396B in 2020-21, report predicts
Devex, July 31, 2020
The economic repercussions of COVID-19 mean low- and middle-income countries will have $396 billion less than projected for public spending on development from 2020-21, according to a report by End Water Poverty and Water Aid.
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UNPO General Assembly: "Self-Determination Critical to Sustainable Development"
UNPO, August 05, 2020
The XV General Assembly of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization adopted a resolution on the implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goal 16. The resolution highlights positive instances within the past six years where self-determination issues have been freely put to a vote.
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Education Post-COVID-19 2020: High Level Political Forum Side Event
India Education, August 02, 2020
Responding to negative impact of COVID-19, the UN Member States, UN agencies and key actors in the field of education reaffirmed their commitment to transform education in an egalitarian, resilient and inclusive way.
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Countries in Africa and Asia lead the way on climate action as Europe falls behind
Euro News, July 23, 2020
Countries in Africa and Asia have reached the UN’s climate action goal, as European nations fall behind.
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COVID-19 provides opportunity to resolve conflicts, address weaknesses across Arab region
Modern Diplomacy, July 26, 2020
António Guterres has released a policy brief outlining four sets of priorities to help these countries build back better and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the 2030 deadline.
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Articles and Publications
Covid-19 not an excuse to push back SDG blueprint
New Strait Times, August 02, 2020
The International Monetary Fund says that our world has gone into a downturn, and keeping in mind that the full financial effect of the emergency is hard to anticipate, estimates are placed at US$2 trillion.
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SDGs: Accelerating Action & Transformative Pathways through Nature-based Solutions
Inter Press Service, August 3, 2020
Unless we make bold changes in the way we produce our food and manage our land, we will not be able to cut emissions sufficiently and keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
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Clean cooking: Africa falls behind
African Business, August 03, 2020
Long regarded as an urgent issue, access to cleaner cooking techniques for the poorest Africans has become even more of a concern as a result of Covid-19.
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How innovators see the future of the world | Analysis
Hindusta Times, August 02, 2020
Covid-19 has brought us face to face with systemic problems we have long chosen to ignore collectively: Inequalities, environmental degradation, hunger, poverty, oppression, and the digital divide.
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A formidable compass: How the SDGs can guide us to build back better
UN Global Impact, August 2020
The shock of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt for a long time and could reverse the many development gains of the last few decades. Governments around the world now face the dual task of recovering from the pandemic while maintaining focus on the Global Goals.
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One Health legislation: Contributing to pandemic prevention through law
Relief Web, August 01, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic and other emerging infectious diseases, as well as the continuing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), are reminding us of the close connections between human, animal and environmental health and the urgent need to address them in a holistic manner.
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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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