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Secretary-General’s SDG Progress Report Recaps Pandemic Impacts on 17 Global Goals

The UN has released an advance version of the UN Secretary-General’s annual report on SDG progress. The report will inform discussions during the July 2021 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The 2021 edition of ‘Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals’ is based on available data on the global indicators for the […]

Vaccine inequity posing ‘significant risk’ to global economic recovery: UN report

11 May 2021 Although the outlook for global growth has improved, the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as inadequate progress on vaccination in poorer countries, are putting recovery at risk, according to the latest UN economic forecast, published on Tuesday.  The World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) mid-year report warned widening inequality is threatening global growth, projected at 5.4 per cent this […]

Red alert for the planet: UN chief’s call to phase out coal by 2030

By Antonio Guterres In this pivotal year for humanity, now is the time for bold climate action. The science is irrefutable and globally agreed: to stop the climate crisis from becoming a permanent catastrophe, we must limit global heating to 1.5 degrees. To do this, we must get to net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases by mid-century. […]

‘Seize the moment’ to recover and rebuild better, UN deputy chief urges Asia-Pacific nations

Addressing the eighth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development, convened by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Amina Mohammed, highlighted the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  “[They] show the way to inclusive, resilient and sustainable economies and societies that respect people and planet”, she said.  […]

Don’t miss chance to showcase your SDGs programs

Registrations close on 30 March for the Digital SDGs Showcase being run during the virtual UN & Australia Sustainable Partnerships Forum on 20 and 21 April – The Showcase will provide an opportunity to show what you are doing to progress the SDGs in Australia and internationally. Other Showcasers already include Zoos Victoria, Business […]

Australia’s First Nations incarceration epidemic: origins of overrepresentation and a path forward

In 2020, a wave of Black Lives Matter movements unfolded across the globe. These movements re-focused a spotlight on Australia’s fraught relationship with its First Peoples. In particular, the movements increased community awareness of the disturbing reality that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (which I will refer to as First Nations peoples) are the […]