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Enter your Innovative Ideas to Transform the Cities of Our Future

Cities for Our Future Challenge Shanghai

A new global competition is encouraging students and youth to submit their innovative urban solution ideas to help transform the cities of our future. The contest aims to identify the top solutions to specific challenges facing 24 cities around the world and the winning idea will receive a prize of £50,000 to assist with implementation. The competition ‘The […]

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New Report Identifies Opportunities to Achieve Global Goals

Global Opportunity Report 2018

This year’s Global Opportunity Report is focused on solutions and identifying new markets that could help accelerate action towards achieving the targets of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The report address solutions related to Goals 10, 12, 13 and 14 on Reduced Inequalities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action and Life Below […]

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African Ministers Announce New Commitment to Sustainability

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This month, Ministers from 12 African countries have announced a new commitment to sustainability during a meeting marking the fifth anniversary of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA). The meeting also served to formally welcome Madagascar as a new signatory to the GDSA.   The GDSA is an African-led initiative that puts sustainability […]

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South-South knowledge-sharing crucial for ending poverty and achieving the global goals

Photo- Emmanuel Akinbobola: UNDP

At the second annual Global Goals Week in New York this year, the Republic of Uganda and UNDP convened a special event to look at a critical issue on the path to a more equitable future – that of transferring tested solutions and knowledge to other countries in support of their own national priorities. Global […]

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New solutions platform puts African innovation on the world map

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The new Global Opportunity Explorer exhibits hundreds of cutting-edge solutions for reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and a good share of them arise from the African continent. Now you can help expand the pool of African innovations on the platform by contributing solutions. Last month, Sustainia launched the Global Opportunity Explorer – a global […]

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UN launches global #CleanSeas campaign to end marine litter

CleanSeas Campaign_UNEP Shawn Heinrichs

The UN has launched a major global #CleanSeas campaign to eliminate sources of marine litter including microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022. Launched at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali, the #CleanSeas campaign is urging governments to pass plastic reduction policies; targeting industry to minimize plastic packaging […]

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Global Festival of Ideas launches SDG Action Campaign

Global Festival of Ideas

The inaugural Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development has convened thought leaders, policy-makers, business leaders and civil society activists in Germany this month to chart new thinking and action on the world’s biggest development challenges. The Global Festival of Ideas officially launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) action campaign at the event – showcasing the latest innovations, tools […]

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Two African leaders named 2016 Champions of the Earth

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Two inspirational African environmental leaders are among the six recipients of the 2016 Champions of the Earth award. H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, received this top environmental accolade for his outstanding policy leadership outstanding in fighting climate change and in national environmental action. Masen – the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, received its award for its entrepreneurial vision […]

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Innovative African ecopreneurs honoured by SEED Awards

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Every year, innovative African ecopreneurs from across the continent compete for the prestigious SEED Awards which honour starts ups that offer solutions to sustainable development challenges. This year, the award winners include roads made from recycled plastic, natural fertilizers made from water hyacinth plants, and shoes made from discarded and upcycled rubber tyres. About the SEED Awards The SEED Awards aim […]

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Made in Uganda: Africa’s first solar bus

Africa's first solar bus

To meet growing energy and sustainable development needs, the future of transport in Africa has to go green. Leading the way is Uganda’s Kiira Motors Corporation which has developed the Kayoola Solar Bus: a 35-seater electric solar bus with zero tailpipe emissions. This innovative and future-oriented initiative is being led by the Government of the […]

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