Guinea: Significant Progress in 2009 Massacre Trial

14 Years On, Over 50 Victims Finally Heard; International Support Needed In the past year, more than 50 victims of Guinea’s 2009 brutal stadium massacre have been heard by judges in front of 11 accused, including Guinea’s former president. The trial is a rare current example of domestic accountability involving high-level suspects and should inspire […]

‘Radical reorientation’ needed as half of humanity lacks basic health coverage

Over 4.5 billion people worldwide lack coverage for essential health services the UN health agency said on Monday September 18, 2023, underscoring the need for stronger political commitment and increased government investment. Moreover, two billion face severe financial hardships when paying out-of-pocket for necessary medical treatment, according to a joint World Health Organization (WHO)-World Bank […]

Invest in SDGs ‘like never before’ implores UN chief

A “rescue plan” for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must now result in policies, budgets and investment to ensure a more just, equitable and green future by 2030, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday september 19, 2023.  He was speaking at the conclusion of the two-day SDG Summit at UN Headquarters, where world leaders […]

Annual cost for reaching the SDGs? More than $5 trillion

The cost of achieving ambitious sustainable development targets is estimated at between $5.4 and $6.4 trillion per year between now and 2030, UN economists said on Tuesday September 19, 2023. According to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), this represents between $1,179 and $1,383 per person, per year.  The study factors in 50 […]

UN marks halftime for the SDGs

The SDG Summit, taking place at the start of the UN General Assembly High Level Week, marks halftime for the crucial Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “This is a moment of solidarity for our global village at our global Town Hall – the United Nations,” said Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed.  Halftime Talks During high-level week of […]

In focus: Generation Equality Midpoint

On the 17th of September, UN Women together with the governments of Iceland and Tanzania, marked the midpoint moment for Generation Equality to bolster its agenda for gender equality acceleration at a critical time for women’s rights.   Generation Equality is the world’s leading initiative to boost investment and implementation of gender equality. It brings together […]