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SDGs – roadmap to build back better, greener and fairer

From 7 – 16 July, the UN will use this year’s virtual High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) to discuss how the SDGs can help the world build back better. The COVID-19 crisis is taking a grim toll on human lives across the globe. Although the complete impact is yet to be fully comprehended, […]

Australia 37th on SDG progress, COVID-19 response could help our future impact

Australia has moved up one ranking from 38 to 37 in the annual Sustainable Development Report which shows progress against the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Click here for Australia’s report. And while this shows we still have a lot of room for improvement, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Australia Chair John Thwaites says Australia’s strong response to COVID-19 […]


On 26 June 1945, world leaders gathered in San Francisco to sign the Charter of the United Nations, bringing into operation a new system of international collaboration and governance. 75 years later, the UN will commemorate the Charter’s anniversary in the context of the global COVID-19 Pandemic. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has taken the occasion […]

More ‘can and must be done’ to eradicate caste-based discrimination in Nepal

World Bank/Peter KapuscinskiPeople walk down a street of shops in Kathmandu, Nepal. (file)   Shocked over the killing last weekend of five men in Nepal, who had planned to escort home one of their girlfriends from a higher caste, the UN human rights chief on Friday stressed that ending caste-based discrimination is “fundamental” to the overall […]

COVID-19 could help turn the tide on ocean health in Asia-Pacific

The COVID-19 pandemic could help turn the tide on the well-being of oceans in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a UN report published on Wednesday. It suggests that the temporary shutdown of activities due to the crisis, as well as reduced traffic on the seas and demand for marine resources, could give oceans the “much-needed […]

COVID-19 pandemic exposes global ‘frailties and inequalities’: UN deputy chief

The COVID-19 pandemic which has swept across the developed and developing world is “exposing the frailties and inequalities of our societies,” according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General. Speaking to UN News, Amina Mohammed said that the global crisis unleashed by the virus could and should kickstart efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, the 17 globally […]