Africa’s maternal mortality rates are the highest in the world.
Africa faces the monumental task of reducing its maternal deaths by three-quarters if it is to meet the Sustainable Development Goals around maternal mortality.
Achieving the UN's ambitious new target will require some big changes.
Health care in Zambia is free but fraught with difficulties.
Healthcare that everyone can access is an important step in bridging the inequality in a country. In reality though, its hard to implement properly.
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Summit drew an unprecedented show of support from the General Assembly of nations.
The widely accepted concept of economic prosperity - GDP - increasingly fails to measure human well-being.
Solar energy is key to development in African countires.
Integrated research is key to sustainable development, which helps Africa resolve its energy woes.
Important information about death can be collected from a person’s surviving relatives.
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Health authorities need to bridge the gap and connect with communities to successfully identify health priorities and plan for the future.
An Egyptian engineer at work on a project to upgrade the Suez Canal. Engineers will be crucial in making the sustainable development goals a reality.
If we want the Sustainable Development Goals to be more than just big dreams, Africa will need well trained engineers who can put their skills to good use in their own communities.
Most African countries record less than 75% of their births and deaths.
In Africa, only four countries record more than 75% of their births and deaths. This creates an unequal system and impacts on how governments plan for these citizens.
The aim of the sole sustainable development goal on health is to improve health and well-being.
Despite the criticism, the sustainable development goal for health presents an opportunity to approach health holistically.
The health workforce crisis is one of the faultlines in the provision of health care in South Africa.
To turn around the performance of South Africa's health system and make it more equal, there are three challenges that need to be addressed.
Governments alone cannot achieve the UN’s big agenda.
To start, businesses can stop creating problems that governments have to fix.
Reducing the HIV rate is one of the joint goals of southern African governments.
In the region, the Southern African Development Community will have a critical role to ensure the targets of the sustainable development goals are met over the next 15 years.
Now comes the hard part.
After two years of negotiations, the UN Sustainable Development goals will be adopted today. How can society and government actually end poverty and achieve other lofty goals?
The “Africa we want” envisioned by the AU can be built - but not without universities’ help and hard work.
Higher education can play a key role in pursuing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Collaboration will be crucial.
Businesses should definitely be involved in sustainable development, but watch out for ‘greenwash’.
Have the Sustainable Development Goals been co-opted by big business?
Australians are major offenders when it comes to wasting food.
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By promoting more sustainable development we can improve the quality of life and opportunity here in Australia, while also promoting prosperity in the many developing countries in our region.
The Sustainable Development Goals include targets to end child marriages and female genital mutilation. Tahani (in pink) married when she was 6 - nearly half of all women in Yemen were married as children.
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The 17 Sustainable Development Goals explained in charts.
Improving maternal mortality and ending preventable deaths in children are some of the health targets in the Sustainable Development Goals.
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Health has secured its place as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. But without clear mechanisms to report, finance or engage other sectors, could more end up as less?
Here’s a goal: no new coal mines.
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By championing economic growth, the Sustainable Development Goals are a barely disguised defence of the market fundamentalism that underpins business-as-usual. But in an age of planetary limits, sustained economic growth is not the solution to our social and environmental ills, but their cause.
Michael Otieno, a pharmacist, dispenses anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs at a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. Among the new sustainable development goals is promoting mental health and well being and achieving universal health care.
The sustainable development goals will be ratified by the United Nations next week but there are a few lessons it should learn from the failed millennium development goals.