Sustainable Development Goals

The Hard Fruits Of Labour

Sai Villafuerte | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK
Sai Villafuerte

As children, we are told to 'dream big'. We are told that hard work gets you to the top and that by doing so, you can lead a successful and happy life...

The Internet Of Things Can Help Bring Electricity To Millions Living In Off-Grid Communities

Mohsen Mohseninia | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Tech
Mohsen Mohseninia

Having access to sustainable energy can help improve people's health and wellbeing, give them better access to education, and empowers people to set up their own businesses. It also gives people access to home comforts that many take for granted - a television, a refrigerator, the ability to charge up a mobile phone or laptop.

Going Beyond Girls' Education: Why Potlokwa's Story Should Inspire Us All

Payal Dalal | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK
Payal Dalal

Potlokwa is one of the girls that should inspire and drive girls' empowerment. Her journey and story should be at the heart of every conversation and intervention. Her voice, and others like her, must be what guides us as we create partnerships and holistic programmes to support and empower girls around the world.

Still Left Behind

Neil Heslop OBE | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK
Neil Heslop OBE

Helen Rangoro is 16 and like many young disabled girls in south west Kenya started primary school later than we're used to in the developed world. He...

A New Accord To Conserve And Sustainably Use The Seas

Patricia Scotland QC | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK
Patricia Scotland QC

Just as it took incredible ingenuity, bravery and perseverance to mount a mission to the Moon, it will require the same investment to safeguard our blue planet, to move from a philosophy of 'explore and exploit' to one of 'sustain and be sustained by'. For the sake of the ocean and those that depend on it, we must rise to the occasion.

The Modern Slavery Act Two Years On - The Fight Continues...

Kevin Hyland OBE | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Politics
Kevin Hyland OBE

There are gaps that need filling and this will take vast resource and resolve. The UK Prime Minister has called this 'the great human rights issue of our time' and it is my hope that defeating this will be one of the greatest achievements of our time.

Reducing Food Waste: The Overwhelming Case For Change

Dr Richard Swannell | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK
Dr Richard Swannell

The status quo is no longer tenable. We owe it to our world, and the next generation, to tackle food waste head on and sow a sustainable future. This means in our own homes as well as in the businesses we work with and who we work for.

Creating Connected Communities Through Craft

Kanak Hirani Nautiyal | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Style
Kanak Hirani Nautiyal

f our gender might have ever worked against us in other circumstances, this time it went in our favour. Most of the artisans that we work with to create our handmade products are women -- of all ages and skill levels.

Why The UN's Global Goal On Gender Equality Matters In The UK

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

If we get this right, it is women at the sharpest end who most stand to benefit. But of course gender inequality benefits us all. We are all stronger when we are more equal. And equality has to mean leaving no one behind.

Engineering Skills Are The Key To Achieving Sustainable Development And Reducing Foreign Aid Dependency

Wilson Nyemba | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Tech
Wilson Nyemba

Engineers have a huge role to play in this. Engineers extract water from source, distribute it and ensure it is clean and safe to drink. They make the machines that manufacture medicines. Engineers convert power, be it hydroelectric, thermal or nuclear and distribute it to the public, and are doing so in increasingly green ways.

Growing Global Movement To End FGM

Jacqui Hunt | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK
Jacqui Hunt

Action to end female genital mutilation (FGM) has come a long way since pioneering anti-FGM campaigner Efua Dorkenoo OBE first spoke of it as a violat...

Zero Possibility Of 'Getting To Zero' On Child Mortality?

Helen Morton | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK
Helen Morton

If the global community is serious about 'getting to zero' on under-five child deaths, it needs to be equally serious about drowning, positioning prevention as a priority; a forgotten, but fundamental, Global Goal enabler.

Where Is Humanity Headed?

Ben Koh | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Koh

The true inspiration to be drawn from this economic restructuring is the power of hope - the courage to dream and aspire to a better future, in what can only be described as a testament to the power of human will and determination, transcending all cultures and borders. Time will tell if our tenacity and persistence will allow us to prevail.

London College Of Fashion And Kering - Fashion Sustainability And Education In Focus

Brooke Roberts-Islam | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Style
Brooke Roberts-Islam

Professor Frances Corner, Head of London College of Fashion opened the 3rd annual Kering Talk with the comment that when LCF moves to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2020, all the faculties and facilities will be under one roof, giving the students and teaching staff "literally the space to think".

Amidst The Chaos, Seeds Of Hope: The United Nations, the Sustainable Development Goals, And World Good Will

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Alex Ratcliffe

What can we do? We can will our time, money and attention towards this, this quality in human nature, in our own natures, in these institutions, and the untold and unsung millions working for the greater good. Thus, we and our children may yet see the time when the phoenix rises from the ashes. So, do take that thought into your day with your morning coffee. Where there's a will, we may still find the way.

Why We Need More Innovation in Sanitation

Jim McHale | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK
Jim McHale

This World Toilet Day, it's time for new solutions to tackle and old problem. Bill Gates once said that there are not enough smart people working in ...

Overflowing Cities: How Sanitation Will Be Key To The World's Urbanising Population

Barbara Frost | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK
Barbara Frost

This World Toilet Day, we are calling on global leaders to deliver on their promises to meet the UN's Global Goal 6 to ensure universal access to safe water and sanitation. The health and well-being of our urban world depends upon them.

Sport Is A Powerful Vehicle For Change

Sue Wicks | Posted 02.10.2016 | UK Sport
Sue Wicks

After watching the Olympics from Rio, I wonder how many of us will decide to pull on a pair of trainers, pick up a tennis racket or put on a swimming costume? We know it's unlikely we will become the next Jessica Ennis-Hill, Andy Murray or Tom Daley, yet watching elite sport has an immense power to inspire and motivate us. Outside of the professional arena, the power of sport can also be life changing.

Sport And The Sustainable Development Goals: New Methods of Engagement

Angus Berry | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Sport
Angus Berry

Published a year ago now, the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer the world a framework around which global development can rally. The new goals offered, for the first time, a truly north to south appreciation of the issues and challenges facing the world today.

The six reasons we need to push on with water and sanitation for all

Barbara Frost | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK
Barbara Frost

It's hard to believe that already a year has elapsed since the UN agreed a set of new global promises to leave a safer, healthier, cleaner and more pr...

Education needs to fundamentally change if we are to reach our global development goals

Aaron Benavot | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

The new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report by UNESCO, released this morning, shows the vast potential for education to propel progress towards a...

Ending Child Marriage In Indonesia: Fulfilling The Promise Of The Sustainable Development Goals

Citta Widagdo | Posted 19.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Citta Widagdo

Due to its population size, Indonesia ranks among the ten countries in the world and one of the highest in the Southeast Asia and Pacific region with the highest occurrences of child brides.

It's a Game Changer

Richard Reoch | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Politics
Richard Reoch

"Now we are able to buy sheep, breed them and sell them," says Hanane Anassi who leads a women's cooperative in the harsh landscape of Morocco's Atlas mountains. What's changed in this ancient land where millions live in poverty, is that these sheep-raising women have become computer savvy.

Sustainable Development Goals Go

Christian Friis Bach | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK
Christian Friis Bach

In these days, while UN member States meet in New York to assess progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals a new game, Pokemon Go, has been r...

Ensuring That No One Is Left Behind: A View on an Inclusive World in 2030

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

Motto: "We can redream this world and make the dream come real. Human beings are gods hidden from themselves". Ben Okri, The Famished Road (winning ...