Asian-Pacific Region Needs To Refocus On Their Global Goals

Climate Goals

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 …

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Global Sustainability in 2022: Situation After Covid-19

Climate Accords Goals

In 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that the world had only until 2030 to reduce greenhouse gases or drastically face irreversible damage. Now that we are in 2022, we only have eight years to meet that guideline. Because the world’s response to COVID-19 took precedence over the environment in 2020, many people have entirely forgotten about the IPCC guideline.

A Year of Climate Breakdown: 2022

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 hurricanes and tropical storms were battering Central America. …

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Businesses Play An Important Role in Sustainable Development

How Businesses Can Help With Sustainable Development

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).…

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Benefit Of The Coronavirus For Asia And The World’s Sustainability

Coronavirus

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.…

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Sustainable Development Goals: A Guide To Data And Development

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 …

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The Support of UNCRD In Sustainable Development Communities

UNCRD in Sustainable Development

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.…

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Southeast Asia Needs Improved Data To Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals Asia

Sustainable development goals are essential for the Asia Pacific region if it is to ensure the health and safety of the populations of each nation. Resources are becoming increasingly strained as populations grow. Access to clean water, food resources, energy, healthcare and more are under threat.

The situation is critical, and that is what makes the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development so important. There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals for the region, with 169 separate targets. While this sounds like a great step forward, there is an obstacle in the way.

There is no way to achieve these goals in a direct, efficient manner without the right data and funding.

The decision to implement new sustainable development goals is perfect for the ongoing evolution of the region. The problem is that to create the right goals with good starting

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How The ASEAN Can Help Southeast Asia’s Oceans

ASEAN Can Help Southeast Asia's Oceans

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 …

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Dominance Of China In Global Renewable Energy Technology

Renewable Energy in China

When it comes to China renewable energy sources and investment, no country can surpass China. They were already the world large domestic investors in renewable energy in 2015 spending some $102 billion.

Since then, they have only gone further to cement their world dominance and lead the likes of US, Australia, and the UK who are now at the risk of missing out on this rapidly expanding market.

According to IEEFA (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis), China’s dominance is no longer restricted to domestic investment but is fast spreading overseas. They have accelerated their foreign investment and continue to acquire renewable energy sources and supporting technologies around the world.

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Does Home-based Solar Power Generation Really Threaten Electric Utilities?

Solar Power Generation

Green energy is not a passing fad in the world.  More and more families are interested in improving their carbon footprint, and solar power generation systems are an obvious first step.  Solar power panels can be installed on rooftops for continuous use or using solar power generators on an as-needed basis.  Click the link to read more on the best backup solar generators, according to SolarGenerator.guide.

A clearer picture of the damage to the environment and the recent first-hand experiences of climate change via hurricanes help to deliver a further blow for fossil fuels and traditional energy supplies. Many countries have seen a divide between solar and grid energy for a while. The question is, is this divide irreparable with solar power finally winning? Or, is there still some fight left in these traditional utilities?…

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Kitakyushu – The World Capital of Sustainability

World Capital of Sustainability

Japan achieved significant economic growth and development in the 1960s. More important was Kitakyushu World Capital which became one of the largest industrial zones in the history of Japan.

The only challenge that faced the capital was air and water pollution. For instance, Dokai Bay was suffering from both domestic and industrial water pollution.

The pollution worsened with time and reached the point where Dokai Bay was labeled as the “Sea of Death.” However, research institutes, enterprises, residents and governmental agencies combined their effort in a move to curb the issue.

The city of Kitakyushu established the Environmental Pollution Control Bureau (EPCB) which today, is commonly known as the Environmental Bureau. This had taken place before the government formed the Environmental Agency.…

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The Need For A Multi-Modal Sustainable Transport Network In Asia Pacific

Sustainable Transport Network In Asia

Sustainability within the Asia-Pacific region is essential for its economic development. Many now feel that this can only be fully improved and maintained with a reliable transport system in place. There have been measures in place to develop this for some years.

More recently, UN ESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) organized a joint Ministerial Conference on Transport with Russia in 2016. The aim here was to help develop a new five-year regional action program for sustainable transport.

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Why Should Japan Be A Global Leader In Sustainable Development?

Japan Sustainable Development

There are increasing concerns over the future of the world regarding global health, environmental catastrophe, social injustice, and poverty. The need for increased sustainable development is evident.

Climate change hits hard, poverty gaps increase, and some communities face disaster. The UN, among others, have made it clear that developed countries and economic leaders need to take control.

Nations with the wealth, power, and technology to make a difference have a responsibility to do so. One of the nations with the spotlight thrust upon them here is Japan. Many feel that Japan is best positioned to make a considerable difference.

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Sustainable Community Building In Japan

Sustainable Community Building In Japan

There is a Japanese community in Higashi-Okitama County, Yamagata Prefecture working to a different kind of developmental plan. There is a focus on a new form of sustainability and development through community effort. The project covers areas from education and local consumption to the environment and disaster prevention.

There is a clear need for a new type of sustainability in Yamagata Prefecture. There is a declining population, and it is up to the residents to take care of themselves and their resources. This is precisely what is happening with the Kirari Yoshijima Network

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