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Death in Rio: security forces patrol the Jacarezinho favela the day after 25 people were killed in a drugs operation on May 6 2021.

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Attempts to wage war on drugs in developing countries which don’t take into account the needs of local people are doomed to fail. Here’s why.

A community health worker attends to a baby during a free mother and child clinic for the public.

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Our findings provide an additional tool for determining what to prioritise, where to target and when to intervene.

People walking next to traffic in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.

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African city planners need to promote inclusive cities where residents are not captive walkers but walk because it is accessible, safe and pleasurable to do so.

In Gabon, sampling of bats in the framework of the EBOSURSY project. The objective is to promote the improvement of early detection systems in wild animals to prevent Ebola and other emerging diseases.

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The period in which we are living is conducive to reflection in order to co-construct new knowledge systems and think research differently.

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment as the first woman and the first African director general of the World Trade Organisation is a win for women globally.

Activists highlight some of the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals in Lima, Peru (February 20, 2017).

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A new report from the GovLab and the French Development Agency (AFD) examines how development practitioners are experimenting with emerging forms of technology to advance development goals.


Business schools have vast and diverse expertise to contribute to rebuilding better in a post-pandemic world, but the problems it has laid bare require business schools to change too.

All at sea.


Agreements between the EU and its partner countries for fishing rights could be a great vehicle to push sustainability but more must be done before we can say they are doing that.

Blockchain can support the dissemination of open educational resources on a global scale.


Open-educational resources are critical for increasing global learners’ access to education during COVID-19 and beyond. Blockchain technology can address concerns about plagiarism in resources.


Untreated wastewater is responsible for the deaths of 800 children under five every day, and inflicts serious damage to the environment. Knowing where sewage ends up is vital.


Australia has a huge opportunity to design a recovery strategy that strengthens our resilience to future shocks and ensures the country’s long-term, sustainable prosperity.

Canada’s failure to fulfil its commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals will leave our children worse off.


The COVID-19 pandemic risks making Canada’s already woeful record on child welfare worse. To safeguard a future for our children, governments must prioritize their care.

Will South Asia be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030?

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After the pandemic, South Asian governments must spend money on making public services work, rather than relying on GDP growth to pull people out of poverty.

Malala Yousafzai, an honorary Canadian citizen and a UN Messenger of Peace, speaks as she sits with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his office during her visit to Parliament Hill for her Honorary Canadian Citizenship ceremony in April 2017.


Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada is pursuing its international policy on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and scoring points on the world stage by leading the global support for recovery.

Welcoming Senegal’s President Macky Sall at Sochi International Airport before the 2019 Russia-Africa Summit.

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A more explicit emphasis on the national interest may encourage donor countries to play ‘the long game’ in Africa.

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Australia’s COVID-19 response was bettered only by South Korea and Latvia, according to a new United Nations report. Just don’t ask how we’re doing on climate and sustainability.

Strict physical distancing restrictions have resulted in cleaner air, but atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to rise.


Despite clear air as a result of the pandemic reducing human activities, our emissions still soar.

One of the entry points to San Roque, with a makeshift guard shelter on the left.

Kim Dovey

Besides battling the coronavirus pandemic, San Roque residents have long been locked in a bigger struggle for their very survival as a community in the face of home demolitions and relocations.

Water is now a more precious, strategic and scarcer than ever before in human history.


During normal times, and even more during the present pandemic, access to clean water and proper sanitation is essential.

People receiving food handouts in Lagos, Nigeria.


The Nigerian government must adopt a process that is open in implementing its social assistance programmes.

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