• Africa

    UN Agencies Pilot SDG 11 Reporting in African, Latin American Cities

    NEW YORK, USA: The governments of Botswana, Colombia, Ecuador and Tunisia are reporting on urban SDG indicators, with support from the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). A UN-Habitat companion guide titled, ‘SDGs: Monitoring Human Settlements Indicators,’ provides… Continue Reading »

    The Leading ICT-Connected Country in Central and Western Africa

    GABON, AFRICA: It is impossible these days to drive around the cities of Gabon without noticing the large billboards promoting internet access at rates that were unimaginable only a few years ago. This is a wonderful development for Alphonse, a young, 34-year old public-sector professional. WhatsApp, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram are all applications that this ultra-connected… Continue Reading »

    Career-Focused Education Delivers More than a Degree

    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: Saarah Saint had almost everything a young South African needs to be successful: a strong work ethic, professional ambition, and creativity. But the one thing she didn’t yet have—a higher education degree—threatened to derail her plans for a career in advertising. Johannesburg’s Vega School, which prepares its students for careers through “Work-Integrated… Continue Reading »

    Successful Accessibility Certification Graduate

    CAMEROON, AFRICA: Cameroon resident Richard Tambe has a dream to make Cameroon more accessible to it’s citizens and visitors.   To realize that dream, he registered with GAATES and successfully completed his certification as an expert in accessibility of the built environment. Richard was highly motivated to achieve his certification to give him the credibility to… Continue Reading »

    WMO Checklist Helps Enhance Early Warning Systems

    INTERNATIONAL: Early warning, a critical component of disaster risk reduction (DRR), can prevent loss of life and reduce the economic impacts of hazardous events, including disasters, according to a multi-hazard early warning systems checklist developed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in partnership with the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization… Continue Reading »

    UN Initiatives Build Capacity for SDGs 8, 11 and 13

    INTERNATIONAL: Capacity-building initiatives seek to promote climate change adaptation, sustainable urban development and climate information services (CIS). They advance SDGs 13 (climate action), 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and 8 (decent work and economic growth), among others. The UNFCCC Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) published an update on its ongoing technical assistance aiming to promote… Continue Reading »

    Global SDG Awards Competition to Increase Private Sector Engagement

    INTERNATIONAL: The Global SDG Awards, the first international, private-sector focused sustainability competition based on the SDGs, were launched at the GLOBE Forum 2018 from March 14th-16th in Vancouver, Canada. The competition will be open to companies and social enterprises with sustainability programs and business models geared towards realizing the SDGs. David A. Klar, Global SDG Awards… Continue Reading »

    Report Highlights Potential of Migration in Arab Cities

    INTERNATIONAL: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Ford Foundation have issued a report titled, ‘Migration and Inclusive Cities: A Guide for Arab City Leaders,’ which aims to stimulate innovative approaches to address opportunities and challenges posed by migration to Arab cities. Part of the UN-Habitat City Leaders Guide series, the publication is intended… Continue Reading »

    Advocates Find Varying Inclusiveness of Persons with Disabilities in VNRs

    INTERNATIONAL: The International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities for Sustainable Development found substantial variation in the inclusion of disability in Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) presented at the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The groups released a report that present 13 case studies… Continue Reading »