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Reducing the HIV rate is one of the joint goals of southern African governments. Reuters/Edward Echwalu

Steps southern Africa can take to reach the new development goals

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.
Australians are major offenders when it comes to wasting food. Food waste image from www.shutterstock.com

Sustainable Development Goals: a win-win for Australia

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.
Improving maternal mortality and ending preventable deaths in children are some of the health targets in the Sustainable Development Goals. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade/Flickr

More is less? Health in the Sustainable Development Goals

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. Coal mine image from www.shutterstock.com

Sustained economic growth: United Nations mistakes the poison for the cure

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. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

New development goals on health need more work to be realistic

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.
Pope Francis and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are together seeking to mobilise world opinion to change the way we live and produce. EPA/L'Osservatore Romano

Pope works to reconcile Catholic teaching, population pressures and sustainable development

On his first visit to the US, Pope Francis will highlight the challenges of poverty and sustainability. A related issue, he acknowledges, is population. So what does that mean for Catholic teaching?
Good governance is a foundation for sustainable development under the new goals. Lars Plougmann/Flickr

Explainer: the world’s new sustainable development goals

Later this week, world leaders will gather at the United Nations in New York and adopt a set of Sustainable Development Goals to guide global development.
Australia’s prodigious coal output is one of the factors that count against it in a new appraisal of sustainability among OECD nations. John Englart/Wikimedia Commons

Australia is among the most liveable nations, but it lags other countries on sustainability

A survey of OECD nations puts Australia 18th out of 34 on progress towards the world's new sustainability goals. It scores well on quality of life, but lets itself down on - you guessed it - climate.
Police officers stand guard in downtown Shanghai. China’s pollution crisis has reached epic proportions, driven by the country’s relentless pursuit of economic growth. Reuters/Aly Song

Why the new Sustainable Development Goals won’t make the world a fairer place

The pursuit of endless industrial growth is chewing through our living planet, producing poverty and threatening our existence. The new Sustainable Development Goals fail to deal with this.

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