Every day, tens of thousands of people flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution. There are now more registered refugees in the world than there are citizens of the United Kingdom. From Turkey to Tanzania, sprawling …
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UN Environment and Google have announced a global partnership that promises to change the way we see our planet. Combining environmental science, big data and unprecedented accessibility, this joint effort aims to expand what the world knows about the impacts of human activity on global ecosystems.
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Over one billion people globally do not have access to electricity. Of those, 600 million reside in Africa. Just as the continent leapfrogged the landline telephone in favour of the mobile, it may also leapfrog centralized fossil fuel powered grids, moving straight to small-scale, off-grid and mini-grid renewable energy. 100 million people already have off-grid solar products in Africa, and D-light alone has reached over 80 million people globally. We traveled to Kenya to find out what is driving this growth and what the future might hold.
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We travel 15km North East from Nairobi, the bustling capital of Kenya, down a dusty, bumpy road. We pass large houses being constructed among fields of maize. As we approach Starehe Girls Centre, we spot the large solar array, angled on the car park roof at the entrance to the school. This 25KW solar array is the centrepiece of a renewable energy transformation at Starehe; the award of their winning entry to the Zayed Future Energy Prize.
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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 Cities for Our Future Challenge' is run by RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) to mark its 150th anniversary and was launched in partnership with the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
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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,
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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
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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
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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
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