Good News on Sustainable Development from Around the World
Published on: 06.04.2018
We are sharing with you the latest happy news on positive achievements and successful initiatives that help to meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 from countries throughout the world. We hope you find motivation and inspiration in these positive achievements.
Sports as a key enabler of sustainable development
April 6th marks the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace and Japanese athletes are promoting SDGs through the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games that Japan will host in 2020. Olympic medalists and athletes are sending video messages through social media platforms to spread the word on the importance of SDGs
Source: UN News
Pakistani youth encouraged to work toward sustainable development goals
Oxfam concluded in Pakistan a nationwide campaign that aimed at engaging youth across the country for sustainable development goals. More than 2,000 students were encouraged to work towards concerning issues such as gender equality, climate change, inclusive and sustainable growth, justice, peace, etc. Pakistan is the only country to include the SDGs in its national agenda. Youth in Pakistan constitutes about 60% of the population.
“It is important to invest in youth and champion them in social, economic, science & technology and entrepreneurial roles that will enhance Pakistan’s economic and social development. They should be given priority and encouraged to contribute and provide solutions for global problems,” Country Director of Oxfam in Pakistan Mohammed Qazilbash said.
Source: Daily Times
Plastic bag litter in Britain’s seas dropped by 30%
A study published by the journal Science of the Total Environment says that plastic bags in a specific area, a patch along the Norwegian, German, northern French and Eastern Irish coasts, dropped by 30 percent since 2010. This positive improvement may be related to the fact that Britain and other countries across Europe introduced charges for plastic bags and also to the ocean shifts.
“The research confirms that by working together we can reduce, reuse and recycle, and retackle the marine litter problem,” Scientist and co-author of the study Thomas Maes said.
Happy Elephants: the UK to introduce the world’s toughest ivory ban
The UK government announced on April 3rd that a new ban will be introduced on ivory sales. The ban will be the strictest in the world.
The ban foresees unlimited fines and up to five years in prison.
The ban defines that with the exception of ivory items produced before 1947 with less than ten percent ivory, musical instruments made before 1947 with less than 20 percent of ivory and rare antiquities more than 100 years old all the items made of ivory will be outlawed.
The ban still needs to be adopted, but conservationists are urging the EU to take action regarding the ivory trade.
Source: National Geographic
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