A new UN report has revealed that the Asia-Pacific region is not on track for achieving any of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or global goals set by the United Nations. The current pace means that the region could achieve less than 10% of the SDG targets.
According to the report titled Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2021, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, only nine of the region’s 104 measurable targets are being met.
According to the report, half of the Asia-Pacific goals have not been met, and many are still at a level below 2020. In addition, the report highlighted that progress in achieving environmental goals was very disappointing.
Other goals that the region failed to meet were gender equality (Goal #5) and clean water and sanitation (Goal #6), affordable, clean energy …
Unfortunately, humans have never been excellent stewards of the Earth through the years. We only have one Earth so let’s all pull together and protect our planet. To protect the environment and conserve the world for our children and future generations, most of us should take proactive measures toward cleaner living habits. Most of the harm to our environment stems from ingestion: what we eat, how much we eat, and how frequently.
Whether it’s gas, food, clothes, furniture, cars, water, toys, knick-knacks, or other products, we’re all retail consumers. The key isn’t to stop consuming but to consider our consumption habits, and how everyone buys or activity affects the ecosystem.…
Back in 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that the world had only until 2030 to drastically reduce greenhouse gases or face irreversible damage. Now that we’re in 2021, we only have nine years left to meet that guideline and because the world’s response to COVID-19 took precedence over the environment in 2020, many people have entirely forgotten about the IPCC guideline from 2018.
A Year of Climate Breakdown: 2020
Although it wasn’t front and center, the climate and weather patterns of 2020 were markedly different than any year before. New temperature records were set in multiple regions across the world. There were unimaginably devastating fires on the west coast of the United States, Siberia saw permafrost melting at an unprecedented rate, there were floods in China and other countries in Asia, and there were hurricanes and …
What’s Global Sustainable Development?
Global Sustainable Development is a contested notion with many different meanings. Regardless of the diversity of definitions that the term has generated, everybody involved in addressing the effects of development, the chances for a sustainable lifestyle, and the complex moral and ethical debates around globalization agrees that we’ve reached a stage where business as usual is no longer an alternative.
The most commonly cited definition of Sustainable Development is from the Brundtland Report: “Sustainable development is a development that meets the requirements of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own requirements” (United Nations Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future, 1987).…
The rapid onset and spread of the new COVID-19 coronavirus is proving to be a big challenge for public health officials throughout the world. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses. Some cause infection in people, and other infect animals.
Animals infected with coronaviruses can rarely spread the infection to humans. This jump to humans is what happened with the new virus, which has led to the worldwide outbreak of “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2”, called SARS-CoV-2. This is how the new virus got the name COVID-19, 19 is for 2019 when it was discovered.…
Need to know about the benefit of the coronavirus for Asia? The sustainability journey of China has been one of ‘two steps forward, one step back.’ While lauded for the progress it has made in areas like renewable energy and poverty alleviation, the developmental pathway of China has been riddled with challenges.
The country may be famous for ‘China speed,’ but when it comes to realizing its ambitious development targets, the size and complexity of China can mean change doesn’t come quickly.
Perhaps, such as the ‘airpocalyptic’ days before the authorities scrambled to manage air pollution, what China requires is a shock to the system, a motive that forces fast action.…
In the Asia Pacific, UN Environment works at the regional, sub-regional, and federal levels. There are five sub-regions: South Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, and South Pacific.
Work is concentrated on the six cross-cutting thematic priorities of UN Environment:
Asia-Pacific is among the most vulnerable regions to climate change, and impacts are projected to become more intense in the future. It accounts for almost half of global greenhouse gas emissions. UN Environment helps nations face the challenge of adjusting to a dynamic climate at the same time as handling greenhouse gas emissions.
In the Asia Pacific, UN Environment focuses on:
- Improving understanding and sharing knowledge on science, policies, and best practices
- Assessing technology needs and facilitating technology transfer for adaptation and mitigation
- Integrating climate change into national and sectoral systems and strategies
- Facilitating willingness for and access to
We are happy to share the 2018 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With over 180 maps and graphs, the new publication indicates the advanced societies are making towards the 17 SDGs.
It’s full of interpreted data visualizations, which can be reproducibly produced from data and source code. You can watch the SDG Atlas online, download the PDF book (30Mb), and get the data and source code behind the figures.
This Atlas would not be viable without the efforts of information scientists and statisticians working in global and national agencies around the globe. It’s produced in collaboration with the professionals across the World Bank’s data and research teams, and our international sectoral practices.
The Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2018 shows maps, graphs, and stories regarding the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It addresses trends, correlations, and measurement problems …
In every nation, there are different environmental challenges that affect the welfare of the people and the economy in various ways. Like other countries, Singapore is not spared from various environmental issues. However, the good news is that it promotes good practices toward environmental protection by all stakeholders.
Likewise, Singapore also aims to deliver the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals SDGs by 2030. Against this background, Singapore hosts Ecosperity Conferences annually, and these consist of global leaders committed to sustainability. The conference focuses on various key themes every year.
In 2019, Ecosperity conference aims to explore new approaches to water, energy as well as material flow to achieve low carbon. The other area of focus is to promote sustainability by building a resource-efficient future. As such the upcoming Ecosperity Conference in Singapore tackles different issues about sustainability.…
The environment sustains all aspects of life, but there is growing concern that the impact of human activities and urban developments are responsible for environmental degradation. We depend on the environment for all our needs that include the following: water, food, clean air, and various commodities that are processed from natural resources extracted from the earth.
As such, Environmental Management (EM) deserves due attention to ensure sustainable development for the benefit of future generations. Everyone has a responsibility to play a role to protect our environment, and this extends to animals as well. However, certain individuals should play a leading role in promoting the EM initiative.
What Is Environmental Management?
Environmental Management is primarily concerned with offering research and different views on the use and conservation of the environment. The field of environmental management encompasses the protection of habitat and …
The United Nations Center for Regional Development, UNCRD, began in 1971. This organization came about from an agreement between the United Nations and the Japanese government to promote sustainable development regionally for its communities. It works to deal with issues of globalization, decentralization and major environmental concerns.
One of the key aims is to enhance the visibility of the UNCRD as a center of excellence. However, there is much more to the arrangement than that.
It all starts with the idea of bringing key UN ideals and an international approach to the local communities.…
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is an organization that brings together ten coastal countries in the region. Their shared goal is to aid the economic and social development of the region broadly, with each country working together. As of 2017, the chair of the ASEAN is the Philippines – having formerly been Laos.
It up to the Philippine government to take control on leading issues, one of which is the health and protection of the region’s oceans. ASEAN needs to lead the way on new measures for the conservation of these vital habitats. There are many threats to contend with, but also many potential solutions.
One of the many charms of this Southeast Asian region is the rich biodiversity of its vast oceans. However, this is increasingly under threat.
Part of the reason that the oceans are so important …
Air conditioning is a necessity in some parts of the world and not a luxury. There are regions of Asia Pacific struggling with the rising temperatures as the climate changes. Many major cities continue to rise with urbanization but lack the best HVAC solutions for tenants.
Many people in this region need a better, updated solution for their heating and cooling needs. Old-fashioned large build-in systems may not be the best choice anymore. Improved systems could transform apartment living for millions across the Asia Pacific. Tenants just need to know what is better to use. Did you know that for example, using small portable air conditioners in single rooms can consume far less electricity each month, according to CoolAndPortable.com, than running a large central A/C system all day long?…