• Month: July 2018

    ODI Examines ‘Leave No One Behind’ Reflections in VNRs

    INTERNATIONAL: Analysts from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) report that they are encouraged by countries’ engagement with the Voluntary National Review (VNR) process so far, even though the presentations made at the 2016 and 2017 sessions of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), for the most part, only “met minimum requirements for… Continue Reading »

    A New Decade for the CRPD: Partnerships for Inclusive & Sustainable Development

    NEW YORK, USA: From June 11th till the 14th, GAATES actively participated in the 11th Session of the Conference of States Parties (CoSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in New York City. The events at this year’s CoSP were universal and looking towards the future of the CRPD through key… Continue Reading »

    Antalya Stays on Track for Sustainable Growth

    ANTALYA, TURKEY: Historic buildings and over 600 kilometers of sandy beaches make the city of Antalya one of Turkey’s most popular tourist destinations. But a population boom is threatening to overwhelm the city’s transportation system—and dilute its image as a jewel of the Mediterranean. To strengthen Antalya’s sustainable future, the municipal government, with support from IFC,… Continue Reading »

    New Road Fuels Kazakhstan’s National Priorities

    ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN: Even though Almaty is no longer the capital of Kazakhstan—the seat of government shifted north two decades ago—it has remained the nation’s financial hub, the largest city, and a magnet for tourists and business travelers from the around the world. As a result, Almaty is also known for its traffic. With around 2 million… Continue Reading »

    mEducation Alliance Symposium (Nov 6-8th, D.C.) Call for Presentation Proposals now open

    WASHINGTON, DC, USA: The Mobiles for Education Alliance (mEducation Alliance) will host the 8th Annual mEducation Alliance Symposium from November 6–8, 2018 to share ideas and launch new partnerships that advance the use of technology, particularly in lower resource countries/context, in the education field. They invite your presentation submission and your assistance in helping disseminate the call for presentation… Continue Reading »

    Namibia, Switzerland Share Preview of VNR, All 47 Main Messages Available

    INTERNATIONAL: All 47 countries that plan to present voluntary national reviews (VNRs) during the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) have released their “main messages,” providing an overview of SDG action and plans, and progress and challenges with SDG implementation. Main messages for Namibia and Switzerland were released on… Continue Reading »

    C40, UCCRN and Partners Quantify, Sound Alarm on Climate Threats to Urban Residents

    INTERNATIONAL: Cities and partners have issued a joint technical report, highlighting data analyses and case studies developed by the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN). It calls attention to urbanization trends, particularly in Asia and Africa, and illustrates the breadth and magnitude of climate change impacts on cities. The first global-scale assessment of its kind, the… Continue Reading »

    HLPF Blog Posts Highlight Smart Cities, DRR, Inclusivity in SDG Implementation

    INTERNATIONAL: María Soledad Cisternas Reyes, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, has called for planning and participative management in all countries to address the needs of the 15% of the world’s population with physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments. Writing on the blog published in the lead-up to the 2018 session of the UN… Continue Reading »