• Month: August 2018

    World Bank Group Provides Update on Activities to Implement 2030 Agenda

    NEW YORK, USA: The World Bank Group has provided an overview of its work on each of the 17 SDGs. The second edition of its publication titled, ‘Implementing the 2030 Agenda,’ outlines the Group’s work on sustainable development, mapped to the Global Goals, and offers a snapshot of projects at local, national, regional and global levels.… Continue Reading »

    New York Becomes the First City in the Nation to Offer ASL Direct to Deaf and Hard of Hearing New Yorkers

    NEW YORK, USA: On March 2nd, 2018, the de Blasio administration announced that New Yorkers who primarily communicate via American Sign Language can now obtain City services faster and more efficiently through the use of ASL Direct, becoming the first city in the nation to offer the service. The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities has worked… Continue Reading »

    World Bank Prices First Global Blockchain Bond, Raising A$110 Million

    WASHINGTON/SYDNEY: The World Bank launched bond-i (blockchain operated new debt instrument), the world’s first bond to be created, allocated, transferred and managed through its life cycle using distributed ledger technology. The two-year bond raised A$110 million, marking the first time that investors have supported the World Bank’s development activities in a transaction that is fully managed using… Continue Reading »

    How Art Can Be Made More Accessible For Partially Sighted People

    ONTARIO, CANADA: Ontario alone has over 100 art galleries, and they’re by far some of the best in the world. With the National Gallery and the National Arts Centre located right here in Ottawa, meanwhile, people from all across Canada flock here to see amazing art. But as the Canadian National Institute for the Blind reports, Ontario… Continue Reading »

    UN-AU Conference Showcases ICT Innovations to Attract Youth to Agriculture

    AFRICA: A two-day conference on youth employment in agriculture has highlighted opportunities to tap the potential of Africa’s vast youth population to contribute to sustainable development of the continent. With an estimated 60% of Africa’s 1.2 billion population being under the age of 25, the discussions underscored the need to create tens of millions of… Continue Reading »

    “Hands to Discover” Leads the Way in Accessibility for Travelers

    PORTUGAL; EUROPE: Offering tailor-made information and on-site services for the hearing-impaired can ensure deaf people access to the universal right to travel with no barriers to accessibility, but one can find such services in few countries. Meanwhile, in Portugal one online platform is leading the way. Have you wondered what challenges await a hearing-impaired person… Continue Reading »

    DEADLINE AUGUST 31ST – Invitation to join The Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation

    GUANGZHOU, CHINA: The Guangzhou Award is co-sponsored by the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the World Association of the Major Metropolises (Metropolis) and the City of Guangzhou in China. It aims at recognizing innovative initiatives that bring forth social, economic and environmental sustainability in cities and regions and, in so doing, it cooperates to… Continue Reading »

    New Study Focuses on Risk Aversion to Understand Why Some People Flee Conflict, While Others Don’t

    WASHINGTON, DC: Despite growing numbers of people that are forcibly displaced due to conflict, the reality is that many do not flee and continue to live under difficult circumstances. To understand how people make this choice, a new World Bank working paper, “Risk Preferences and the Decision to Flee Conflict,” examines the role of risk… Continue Reading »

    Building Resilient Transport in Sao Paulo Brazil: $300 Million in Sustainable Development Bonds

    BRAZIL: The State of Sao Paulo accounts for 33% of Brazil’s total GDP; its 41 million inhabitants have the highest per capital income in the country.Yet, the state still faces excessive economic concentration near the main cities, an overused road network prone to congestion, accidents, and vulnerable to natural disasters; and flash floods and landslides in… Continue Reading »