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Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) lab reviews progress towards sustainable development goals

From presentation to implementation: Regional support to the follow-up on the VNR process

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and its sister regional commissions on Thursday hosted a Regional Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) Lab on the margins of the ongoing high level political forum (HLPF) on sustainable development. The Lab was held on the theme; “From presentation to implementation: Regional support to the…

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South African Energy Minister: Stable, predictable policy and regulatory framework must be created

En annonçant l’allocation d’un budget de 7,44 milliards de rands au secteur de l’énergie, le ministre a fait remarquer que le secteur, en déclinant de 6,9%, avait contribué négativement

A stable, predictable policy and regulatory framework must be created that will lead to investment and growth in South Africa’s energy sector, says the country’s Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe. Minister Mantashe was delivering his first energy budget speech in Parliament since the merging of his mineral resources…

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

Somalia: Response plan for impact of poor Gu rains in place to avoid a major crisis

The delayed start and poor performance of the 2019 Gu’ (April-June) rains resulted in severe drought conditions across Somalia through early May

Two years after the prolonged 2016/2017 drought destroyed livelihoods and displaced almost one million Somalis - but also triggered a massive and successful scale up in humanitarian response to avert famine - severe climatic conditions, combined with other persistent drivers of humanitarian crisis, armed conflict, protracted and continued displacement and…

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In Mozambique, it’s ‘a matter of the heart’ says Guterres, lauding the cyclone-struck nation’s ‘undeniable moral authority’

More aid and more support will be needed from the international community in Mozambique to respond effectively

Arriving in Mozambique to express solidarity and see for himself the damage wrought by two back-to-back cyclones earlier this year, UN chief António Guterres on Thursday said “undeniable moral authority” lay with its people, who had borne the brunt of a disaster linked inexorably to climate change, and a warming world. “For me,…

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Combatting pollution and its effects on the health of children in Madagascar

In Madagascar, it is estimated that more than one in five deaths are caused by exposure to pollution

The NGO Pure Earth and UNICEF conducted a sensitization workshop Wednesday on the problem of pollution and its impact on children in Madagascar. Globally, air pollution alone is responsible for more than 7 million deaths. In Madagascar, it is estimated that more than one in five deaths are caused by…

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‘Nothing left to go back for’: UN News hears extraordinary stories of loss, and survival as Mozambique rebuilds from deadly cyclones

As people struggled to recover, a second devastating monster storm - Cyclone Kenneth hit the northern provinces of Cabo Delgado and Nampula, affecting more than 400,000 people

As UN Secretary-General António Guterres arrives in the southern African nation of Mozambique on Thursday for a two-day visit, he will be surveying the damage wrought by the deadly back-to-back cyclones earlier this year. UN News reports from the ground, on some of the extraordinary stories of loss, courage, survival and recovery,…

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Climate change threatens progress across sustainable development, warns new UN report

Three quarters of stunted children live in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa

The impacts of climate change and increasing inequality across and within countries are undermining progress on the sustainable development agenda, threatening to reverse many of the gains made over the last decades that have improved people’s lives, warns the United Nations’ latest report on the Sustainable Development Goals. Launched on…

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Statement by President of International Rescue Committee (IRC) David Miliband after four-day visit to Chad and Cameroon

Across the Lake Chad region, the lives and livelihoods of 10 million people are threatened by this new reality

David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee said: “I traveled to Chad and Cameroon to meet IRC staff and witness the modern face of humanitarian crisis: multiple fronts of conflict, growing displacement and poverty all deteriorating thanks to the undeniable impact of climate change.  Across the Lake…

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60 young debaters from the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and the Balkans met in Malta to debate a sustainable 2030 future

The overall objective of the Young Mediterranean voices programme is to empower young people to enhance a culture of dialogue to contribute to public policy

“It is our duty to build the next generation of Euro-Mediterranean dialogue leaders to transform debate into action for a sustainable future. This was stated by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela in his address at the 1st Euro-Med Debate and Policy Forum. Held in Malta for the first…

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High-level political forum on sustainable development kicks off in New York

The meeting runs from Tuesday, 9 July, to Thursday, 18 July 2019, including a three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Tuesday, 16 July, to Thursday, 18 July 2019

The meeting of the high-level political forum (HLPF) on sustainable development kicks off in New York today to evaluate global efforts to achieve the SDGs that focus on quality education, decent work, equality, climate change, justice and partnerships. At least 47 countries are ready to take the stage to present…