From Crisis to Sustainable Development: the SDGs as Roadmap to 2030 and Beyond

The Sustainable Development Report (SDR), including the SDG Index and Dashboards which track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was released. The report shows that multiple and simultaneous international crises have halted progress on the universal goals adopted by all UN member c...

UN Secretary-General Declares an “Ocean Emergency”

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that the world had too long taken the ocean for granted and is now facing an "Ocean Emergency". In his speech to the UN Oceans Conference (28/6/22), which opened in Lisbon, Portugal, today, he said it was time to act. "We must turn the t...

Why Manila and Jakarta Might Disagree About Water Privatization

Source: The Diplomat Date: 31 August 2021 A big debate in economics and public policy is whether utilities like electricity and water should be provided by the state or by private companies. On the one hand, the argument goes that exposing utilities to market forces will make them more efficient and...

The pursuit of sustainable growth: a reflection

In the pursuit of sustainable growth, we often heard about sustainable development and even further, doughnut economics. What are they? And do they really matter on our mother Earth's sustainability? Sustainable development (Infographic by Rizki/TWA) Sustainable development The journey to formu...

Indonesia wants to reach net-zero plastic pollution by 2040. Do you have a big idea to help them do it?

Source: World Economic Forum Date: 26 March 2021 Indonesia generates around 6.8 million tonnes of plastic waste per year, but much of it is not disposed of properly.But by 2040 it hopes to achieve zero plastic pollution through shifting to a circular economy.The informal waste sector gathers up...

Indonesia creates expert wetlands team to revitalize development goal efforts

Source: Forests NewsDate: 30 December 2020 Getting a jump start on U.N. Decade on Ecosystem Restoration A Strategic Coordination Team for Wetlands Management created by Indonesia's Ministry of National Planning or National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) in October aims to streamline the coun...

Asia-Pacific countries not on track to reach sustainable development goals: UN

​Source: The Jakarta PostDate: 26 March 2020 ​A new United Nations report has warned that countries in the Asia and Pacific region are not on track to achieve any of the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and are in some cases even going in the "wrong direction". The United Nations Economic and...