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The Queen presents awards to 2 young Bangladeshis

Young people from 38 countries across the Commonwealth celebrate their Queen’s Young Leaders Award with guests including Sir John Major, David Beckham OBE, Sir Lenny Henry CBE, Nicola Adams OBE, Neelam Gill, Caspar Lee, Tina Daheley and Ore Oduba Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined Award winners at final ever Queen’s Young Leaders Awards ceremony at ... Read More »

An approach to fuel innovation led growth

The world is afflicted by problems that people experience in their daily lives: clean air in congested cities, a healthy and independent life in old age, access to digital technologies that improve public services, and treatment of diseases like cancer or obesity that continue to afflict millions of people across the globe. Read More »

Bangladesh needs to boost productive investment: IMF

Banking sector health can be improved by strengthening governance, it says Dhaka, Jun 8 – Bangladesh will need to boost productive investment by addressing infrastructure bottlenecks and strengthening the banking sector to keep ongoing momentum unhurt, the IMF said in its annual assessment of the economy. Read More »

Abu Dhabi wealth fund world’s top real estate investor

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) is the top real estate investor in the world, a research report said, a sign of gulf sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) growing their alternate investments portfolio. SWFs in the Gulf have helped diversify their economies away from oil and invest in a wide range of non-oil related assets. ADIA, one of the richest sovereign wealth ... Read More »

Ethiopia’s green growth: Launchpad for wider climate action

By Dex Agourides May 25, 2018 (IPS) – The vision for a sustainable future in Africa is being realized at a time of great possibilities and this vision is underpinned by a shift in continental focus towards sustainable and inclusive economic growth and development. This focus highlights strategic efforts towards poverty alleviation, resilience building, promoting sustainable infrastructure and, efficient management ... Read More »

‘Corporate sourcing of renewables in 75 countries, growing’

IRENA study shows world market for corporate sourcing of renewable electricity reached 465 terawatt-hours in 2017 – enough to power a country the size of France Copenhagen, Denmark, 24 May – Companies in 75 countries actively sourced 465 terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable energy in 2017, an amount close to the overall electricity demand of France, according to a new ... Read More »

Where the water is

Manzoor Qadir , Vladimir Smakhtin Sustainable Development Goal 6 calls for universal access to clean water and sanitation. But if governments do not embrace unconventional water resources, achieving that goal will be as difficult as getting water from a stone – and the consequences for water-scarce regions will be dire. Read More »

Fighting inequality in Asia and the Pacific

By Shamshad Akhtar Bangkok, Thailand, May (IPS) – Inequality is increasing in Asia and the Pacific. Our region’s remarkable economic success story belies a widening gap between rich and poor. A gap that’s trapping people in poverty and, if not tackled urgently, could thwart our ambition to achieve sustainable development. This is the central challenge heads of state and government ... Read More »

Sustainable food systems not need new recipes

Many believe that the food and agricultural sector is different to all other economic sectors, that it is unique, and that it requires special economic models to thrive. After all, we expect the global food and agricultural system to respond to many different goals. It needs to deliver abundant, safe, and nutritious food. It needs to create employment in rural ... Read More »

Green development has to be equal for all

IPS caught up with Dr. Frank Rijsberman, director-general of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), at the end of the flagship side event of the GGGI during the 51st Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila on May 4, 2018, which featured the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its potential to create sustainable infrastructure and promote ... Read More »

Fund for smart and green shipping in Finland

INTENS, a VTT-coordinated Finnish research-industry collaborative consortium, has jointly committed over €13 million in the next three years, with the ardent funding support of €5.6 million from Business Finland, to proactively advancing, promoting and digitalizing Finnish marine industries and beyond, specially focusing on energy efficiency improvement and emissions reduction of ship energy systems. Read More »

Top 7 disruptive technologies for cities

By Abhas Jha Imagine you were working in development and poverty reduction in the early 1990s (I was!). Only one website existed in all the world in August 1991 (today there are over 1.5 billion). Mobile phones were expensive, rare, and clunky. Very few would anticipate a situation in which India would have more mobile phones than toilets. Read More »

Five-fold rise in private healthcare centres in 17-years

Dhaka, April 28 – Bangladesh has witnessed a five-fold growth in the number of registered private hospitals and clinics since 2000. According to the government’s Health Bulletin 2017, the number of registered private hospitals and clinics under Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has increased to 5,023 in 2017, which was 3,026 in 2011 and only 1,032 back in 2000. Read More »

Revving up green growth

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UN, Apr 27 2018 (IPS) – While sustainable development may still seem elusive to some, a new initiative wants to pave a path for nations working towards a greener future. Read More »