Sustainable Development Goals

Vietnam’s impressive health care strategy

Virtually every country worldwide has committed to achieving universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030, as part of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But some countries are progressing much faster than others in delivering equitable access not only to health services, but also to affordable medicines and vaccines. Among those leading the pack is Vietnam.Today, 87.7 percent of Vietnam’s population – or 83.6 million people – are covered by health insurance.

25 June 2019
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ASEAN not on track for SDG goals

Despite its best efforts to reach the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) released on Monday stated that on its current trajectory, Asia Pacific will not achieve any of the 17 SDGs by its 2030 target.For more than half of the SDGs, progress has stagnated or heading in the wrong direction.

29 May 2019
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The myth of climate wars?

In the years leading up to Syria’s civil war, the country endured three consecutive record-breaking droughts. By forcing internal displacement, the droughts arguably contributed to the social tensions that erupted in popular protests in 2011. But that does not mean that the Syrian conflict is a “climate war.”As extreme weather events proliferate, it’s becoming increasingly easy to find a link between climate change and violent confrontations.

27 May 2019
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Food security a key issue for ASEAN

In 2015, the world’s leaders came together to pledge the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda is a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity through global partnership. Built on the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for 2000-2015, it is monitored against a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

12 March 2019
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How can countries reduce poverty faster?

Can the world end poverty by 2030, the target set by the United Nations (UN) Agenda for Sustainable Development? The UN General Assembly recently reaffirmed this deadline but conceded that meeting it will require “accelerating global actions” to tackle poverty’s causes. As the international community explores new solutions, lessons from the past could be instructive.Poverty reduction has been central to development policy for decades.

17 November 2018
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The keys to universal health coverage

It has been three years since world leaders committed to one of the boldest goals ever set in global public health: achieving universal health coverage by 2030. Achieving this objective will mean that every person in every community has access to affordable care, both to prevent them from falling ill and to treat them when they do.The stakes are simply too high not to deliver on this promise.

10 November 2018
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Inclusive tourism: A tool for socio-economic development

When the organisers of the Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF) were looking for a venue for their 2017 event, they weren’t quite sure if Lao PDR’s UNESCO World Heritage town Luang Prabang would be able to handle the magnitude of the event. The ancient town located at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers in northern Lao PDR is considered by many as the heart of Laotian culture.

5 November 2018
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A race to close the inequality gap

Item 10 on the United Nations’ (UN) list of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is to reduce inequality by 2030. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) called income and gender inequality a growing global problem.

11 October 2018
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Food security is key to SDGs success

In 2015, the world’s leaders came together to pledge the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda is a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity through global partnership. Built on the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for 2000-2015, it is monitored against a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

15 September 2018
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The climate fight’s next turning point

Next month, the Global Climate Action Summit – one of the largest international gatherings on climate change the world has seen – will be held in San Francisco. The event, whose theme is “Take Ambition to the Next Level,” aims to serve as a launchpad for accelerated action that will enable the world to meet the goals set by the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

31 August 2018
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Strengthening land rights

For most of the world’s poor and vulnerable people, secure property rights, including land tenure, are a rarely accessible luxury. Unless this changes, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be impossible to achieve.Land tenure determines who can use land, for how long, and under what conditions. Tenure arrangements may be based both on official laws and policies, and on informal customs.

18 August 2018
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