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After 15 years, we take stock of what has been achieved – and what still needs to be done.
NIgerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Sustainable development is one of the priorities of Nigeria's new government. This is an opportunity to combat problems detrimental to the country's economy and ecosystems.
Newly built toilets at Harper transit site in Liberia.
While everyone needs access to proper sanitation to stay healthy, for girls and women it is also an issue of safety and equal participation in society.
Poor sanitation leads to diseases like malnutrition and stunted growth in children. It also makes them sick and unable to attend school.
We know that Africa's cities need better sanitation. But is the global focus on private rather than shared toilets really the best approach?
These Vietnamese tea farmers are set to benefit from the deal. Others might not be so lucky.
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership has been described by its backers as a boon for development. But with no concrete commitments, nor any mention of climate, it is really at odds with the UN development agenda.
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?