Tag Archives: sustainable development

Women’s Empowerment Remains A Challenge In The Pacific – Says Human Development Report

 

What is important about the report, what Pacific Islands were included – how did they go – what successes, what challenges? Progress for women? How is the Pacific doing compared to the rest of the world?

We put these and other questions to Matthew Johnson-Idan Development Economist , United Nations Development Programme Pacific Office in Fiji.

For more information on the Human Development Index Report click here 

Talking Sustainable Development at St. Edmunds College, Canberra

The students at St. Edmunds were ready and waiting to greet the UNIC Director and his colleague when they arrived to talk to the 6th Grade about the United Nations and the SDGs.

The lively session demonstrated the students’ knowledge of global affairs and touched on issues such as how to achieve gender parity, why certain MDGs were not as prominent in the SDGs and what would the UN do when all the SDGs were met.

The students were asked to think about how they could contribute to achieving the SDGs and were left with a number of ideas they could take up.

Radford Student Visit

Fourteen senior year students from Radford College visited UNIC to have a round table discussion with the Director on the United Nations and the 2030 Agenda.

The session included a presentation on the origins, structure and work of the United Nations, as well as a more focused discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals.

The aim was to prepare students for a school debate focusing on international affairs and this resulted in many of the questions revolving around the roles of countries at the UN and how UN resolutions have an impact.  At least one issue was fully understood as every cake and biscuit was eaten, such that when the Director asked for one he was reminded that he had just told the students that they should all play their part in eliminating food waste.  They were obviously quick learners.

High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2018 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council will be held from Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018; including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Monday, 16 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018.

The theme will be “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”. More.

UN Oceans Day June 8 – Bombaderry High School and UNIC Canberra beach cleanup.

On June 8 World Oceans Day the Year 8 students from Bombaderry High School undertook a big Ocean Cleanup at Seven Mile Beach near to their school.
They had also been undertaking video projects to show the rest of the school about the importance of saving our oceans and sustainable living.

Picking up plastic on the beach the UNIC Canberra Director and the students were happy that the plastic was in their bags and not in the mouths or stomachs of marine life
or polluting the world’s beautiful oceans.

Prior to the beach clean up UNIC Canberra spoke to the students at their school about the Ocean Conference and how the world is coming together to protect our oceans and that today in Bombaderry we were all playing our part. Good to know our future is in good hands, thanks to all the students.

Lead UN body in Asia-Pacific opens with focus on regional cooperation to support 2030 Agenda

17 May 2017
Press Release No: G/21/2017

Bangkok (ESCAP News) –The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) marked its 70th Anniversary at the opening of the annual Commission session in Bangkok today, with its Executive Secretary reflecting on the extraordinary transformation of the region, and underlining the importance of regional solutions to support the global development agenda.

“Seventy years ago, ours was a region devastated by conflict. Political instability was rife, poverty and famine were endemic, and social tensions widespread,” said United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Shamshad Akhtar. “Today our region accounts for over a third of the world’s output, and we are on track to make up half of global GDP by 2050. We are driving global growth, global trade and increasingly, science, technology and innovation. Poverty has fallen to 15 per cent in 2012, down from 50 per cent in 1990.”

The Need to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Papua New Guinea

How are people’s lives linked to the Sustainable Development Goals? This film tells the stories of three families in the Coastal, Highlands and Central regions of Papua New Guinea. It documents the challenges they face in their daily lives, how they are over coming these and their aspirations for the future.

Film created by UN Office PNG

Businesses to play greater role in new development era in Asia-Pacific, says UNDP at Responsible Business Forum

UNDP, Global Initiatives, 600 business leaders and government officials start work on a new coalition for sustainable development

23 November 2016, Singapore – At the fifth Responsible Business Forum, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today called on business leaders to take a greater role in the new development era in order to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This Forum, opened in Singapore by UNDP and Global Initiatives, aims to address a sea change in the nature of development funding by creating a new partnership for sustainable development. Domestic public and private finance accounts for 89 percent of all financial flows in Asia-Pacific, according to a UNDP report launched last month. While foreign funding (Official Development Assistance) is still essential for the development system, it now accounts for 0.7 percent of totalfinancial flows in Asia-Pacific (down from 13.5 % in 1990).