The highlight of July is the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). It was convened from July 9-18 with prior preparatory processes under the theme ‘Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.’ Four years after the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) started, the 2019 meeting of the HLPF opened to take stock of progress, gaps, and obstacles. 47 countries (7 for the second time) have volunteered to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) to the HLPF. Speakers highlighted the need for more empowerment, courage, inclusivity, and equality. A presentation on the progress made on SDG 4 (quality education) revealed a “global learning crisis”, despite steady growth in school enrolment rates, more than …
Every July 18, the world celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day – a day to recognize Mandela’s contributions to freedom, equality, and human rights and to follow his example of service to build a better world.
To get inspired, here is a list of 12 amazing quotes from Madiba.
1. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
2. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
3. “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, …
The United Nations says culturally appropriate youth education is needed to combat high teenage pregnancy rates across the globe.
About 16 million girls under 18 years of age give birth each year across the world and 3.2 million have unsafe abortions, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Dr Annette Sachs Robertson, UNFPA Pacific director and representative, has told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat it is a lost opportunity when girls have babies “before their time”.
“They’re unable to fulfill their full potential in terms of education…, their contribution to their families and to themselves, and to the economy,” she said.
The UNFPA is using World Population Day on July 11 to urge nations to help in “breaking the cycle” of teenage pregnancy with targeted education and reproductive health services. More than 500 million of the world’s 600 million girls are in developing countries, according to the UNFPA.
Girls are staying …