One of the benefits of safe sanitation is better physical well-being, but messages about preventing disease are often insufficient to change behaviours.
Research found that women’s NGOs had made vital contributions to the success of development projects, but they were easily marginalised and trivialised once those projects got off the ground.
Being denied access to safe, private toilets is particularly dangerous for women and girls, impacting on their health and education, and exposing them to an increased risk of harassment and even attack.
A new team and a new programme of work is being discussed at the WHO, but will the new director general engage with challenging issues or maintain status quo?
It is time for India to fully fund and implement its ambitious health policies, and translate them into better health outcomes for its millions. Without health, little else matters.
LGBTQI people’s health is consistently poorer than that of the general population.
Tedros Ghebreyesus Adhanom has set universal health coverage as a priority. There are several ways to make headway with this goal.
The World Bank’ s ‘Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2016: Taking on Inequality’ contains some useful analyses, but fails to answer a whole gamut of questions.
Our conventional understanding of sustainability separates the domain of law and politics from that of environment and development, making the latter the mainstay of technocracy.
Despite the fact that food crises can be prevented, they continue to arise due to the community’s collective amnesia on what has worked and what has not.
‘No one is left behind’ brings with it a powerful message. It emphasises progress – one that is inclusive, fair, integrated and empowering.
A look at member states’ considerations, candidates plans for the future of global public health management and contemporary issues for the WHO.
The world needs an alternative system, measuring economic value in face of the dissatisfaction that brought Donald Trump to the White House.
Wetlands management is vital but sweeping statements about their universal value may do more harm than good.
The ocean can no longer be viewed as a limitless space for free access for all. It needs to be managed over its entirety.
Even when several government departments and ministries collect data across institutions and other stakeholders, these are not in line with standard definitions.
Nation states, UN bodies and civil society gathered in Quito for Habitat III to adopt the New Urban Agenda. So how will the UN’s new global urban roadmap transform our cities over the next 20 years?
The NUA drew sharp criticism from a number of scientists who say it fails to address the urgency of growing urbanization and contains no tangible plan.
For India to make urbanisation sustainable, it must first tackle the problems of multiplicity of jurisdictions, weak revenue base and human resource capacity deficit that impact most of its cities.
The expert on economic development and special advisor to the United Nations secretary-general wants to press governments to follow through on their promises.
The report by the International Disability and Development Consortium said the exclusion of children with disabilities was a major obstacle to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all by 2030.
There were seven highly regarded and qualified women who could have been selected as the next UN secretary-general. So why did the job go to another man?
Africa should focus on the feasible reforms of the UN and de-emphasise its demand for improved representation on the security council voting reforms, given the complex politics around these issues.
The signing of the Continental Free Trade Area agreement targeted for December 2017 could set Africa on a new development path.
Developed countries can help achieve sustainable development in a number of ways, including by addressing climate change, tackling tax evasion and tax havens, and improving official development assistance.
UNFPA and UNICEF have launched the Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage , which will support more than 2.5 million adolescent girls at risk of and affected by child marriage.
Macroeconomic policies in recent decades have focused on low inflation, rather than full employment, while limited social protection has exacerbated economic insecurity and vulnerability.
Since 2005, the number of new HIV/AIDS cases around the world has been relatively constant, according to a study published in the Lancet journal.
The shift from the MDGs to sustainable development goals is also a shift from tracking aggregates to tracking more disaggregated indicators, and India urgently needs a strategy to overcome data limitations.
The UN agencies’ efforts to help more than 60 million people affected by the climate cycles worldwide are exposing weaknesses in local and international systems.
A ‘data revolution’ is needed in terms of making disaggregated data available if India is to achieve – or get anywhere near – the ambitious sustainable development goals related to health and nutrition.
The most affected are indigenous people caught in crossfires in current and past armed conflicts in Colombia, India, Myanmar, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Guatemala and Peru.
Pointing out that an average of 380 lives are lost in accidents every day, MPs and experts are pushing for new legislation to be passed.
The goals are a tremendous opportunity to spur government, civil society, academic and business action, and set benchmarks against which they will be held accountable.
A disagreement over international tax architecture in Addis Ababa reveals inherent tensions between multinational capital and global development