A nurse weighs a baby at a clinic in Accra, Ghana.
For healthcare to be accessible, affordable and equal, policies and programmes that promote universal health coverage need to be based on evidence.
HIV cells (in red) attacking an organism.
Understanding where there are high numbers of new HIV infections is important to establishing whether interventions are working or not.
We need to look behind the sharing economy’s apparently informal, casual intent to consider the impacts on people’s lives.
In cities dominated by globalised market forces, how can we achieve social equity and justice? For any sharing economy idea, we need to ask what will it do to fix the big problems confronting us all.
Using research evidence to implement development goals isn’t just a technical process.
Linking policymakers with research relevant for implementing the SDGs is difficult. But building strong relationships between them and researchers is a good place to start.
African universities can work towards decolonisation while championing the UN’s Agenda 2030.
Universities play a major role in procuring the human and intellectual resources needed for fulfilling the various goals of the UN's Agenda 2030.
A worker inspects solar panels at a solar farm in China.
What do China, India, South Africa and Mexico have in common? They all reduced the carbon intensity of their economies without sacrificing economic growth. Other developing nations can do the same.
An outstanding example of sustainable residential building, Breathe Architecture’s The Commons apartments in Melbourne won a 2014 National Architecture Award.
Image courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects
New South Wales is the only state that has made meaningful progress on legislation and enforcement of standards capable of creating a sustainable built environment.
Interventions piloted in the North to help meet the SDGs may not be as efficacious in the Global South.
Leaving no-one behind is a catchphrase that seeks to ensure that all people benefit from the global development agenda set in the sustainable development goals.
Education is recognised in a number of the SDGs, particularly SDG 4 which calls for “inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all”.
Universities can contribute to the goals through education, research, innovation and leadership, but they need to get started now.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals have distinct functions but are interrelated and requires an integrated approach from both scientists and policymakers.
The WHO recommends donor human milk as the next best infant feeding option.
Human milk banks play an important role in ensuring the safe supply of breast milk. This is made available to babies whose mothers are unable to breastfeed.
Activists protest against South Africa’s proposed nuclear deal.
Education should be for everyone not only those in formal education institutions. Popular education programmes presents an opportunity for people to learn how to contribute to a sustainable future.
Contraceptives lie at the heart of proper family planning but in Nigeria uptake has been slow.
Nigeria must reduce its population growth to increase the quality of life for people in the country. A better knowledge of contraceptives can help achieve this.
Increasing access to health data and more readily available analytical tools offer some opportunities to tackle the ever-growing rates of obesity.
Enshrining the need for planning healthy built environments in legislation will help ensure the fundamental role planners have to play in facilitating healthy lifestyles.
A rising generation of young people are growing up in peril.
By the end of the 1990s, the idea of encroaching deserts had become difficult to defend.
Africa's great green wall suffers from a major mismatch between ambition and effort. But that's not to say it should be ditched altogether.
People across Africa don’t have access to mental health professionals. A new community-based approach in Zimbabwe is proving effective.
Lay workers are being trained to help Zimbabwe manage mental issues in communities. So far it's proving successful.
Kenya needs to improve efforts to reach, treat and cure all TB patients.
About three million people globally are 'missed' each year for Tuberculosis diagnosis. Many of them will die, some will get better, others will continue to infect others.
Antenatal care is important during pregnancy.
Antenatal care is a vital time for both mother and unborn baby. It promotes and establishes good health before childbirth and after delivery.
Stocks displayed at the Nigerian Stock Exchange in Lagos.
Evidence suggests a strong relationship between sustainability and the global competitiveness of a country. Nigerian businesses need to embrace it in order to thrive.