May 2017

May 2017 Newsletter



Public Engagement for the Global Goals with a Special Focus on Sustainable Oceans: Highlights from Johan Rockstrom Keynote speech

Author: Tamara Luisce

On April 19, 2017, the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Global Environment Outreach Centre (GEOC) and the Embassy of Sweden held an International Symposium titled Public Engagement for the Global Goals with a Special Focus on Sustainable Oceans with HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (Sustainable Development Goals Advocate) as special guest of honour. The keynote speaker for this event was Dr. Johan Rockstrom, Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre. The audience in this event, hosted at the UNU headquarters in Tokyo, were academics and researchers from different universities and research institutes, public servants, students, NGO representatives and even Princess Takamado of Japan. Read More



Prioritizing Urban Sustainability Over Urban Opportunity

Author: Mebeelo Kafungwa

It is increasingly challenging to address the diversity of issues of urbanization, such as inclusive economic opportunity, technological innovations, sustainability while still offering a livelihood for the world population. It has enlightened both the global and local communities on the long-term consequences that our current way of designing cities has on the environment. Some current environmental and inequality related impacts include water scarcity, air pollution, traffic congestion, cyclones, hurricanes, floods, rampant increase of urban slums, power outages, and disease outbreaks. City innovation has provided great improvements over time. Unfortunately, diverse, and complex problems persist, which prompted stakeholders to respond by adopting a standalone SDG goal aiming to overcome urban sustainability challenges by the year 2030. Read More



Famine in South Sudan, and emergencies in Yemen, Somalia and Nigeria

Author: Joseph Cook

Famine has adversely affected millions around the world for past many decades. In recent months, a global awareness of the current famine in South Sudan, and impending famines in Yemen, Somalia, and Nigeria has been observed. As per the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 20 million people are in urgent need of food assistance, 1.4 million children are acutely malnourished, more than 20 million people lack access to clean water and sanitation, and 21 million people lack sufficient health care facilities. This requires $4.4 billion of funding to meet immediate needs, of which $1.1 billion has been received. Read More



The Food Security Challenge and Global Food Prices: Highlights from the Global Report on Food Crisis, 2017

Author: Jheel Bastia 

There might be a few people or probably none who are not affected by the surging food prices or to say so, are not concerned. Be it a least developed, developing or a developed nation, it is difficult to say if they are not facing the brunt of increasing food prices. While the impacts may not be as severe   in developed countries, developing and under-developed countries have been hit hard. While some countries are fighting an internal battle of population growth and land crunch, there are many others who are being denied the right to see a light at the end of the tunnel. To analyze the impact of several factors on food prices, the ‘Global Report on Food Crisis 2017’ was released in March this year, a joint effort by the European Union, World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in association with other stakeholders. The report addresses and presents a global picture of the extent and severity of food insecurity worldwide. Read More