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Good News on Sustainable Development from Around the World

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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.

Source: BBC

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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  1. Profile photo of Muyunda Kaonga

    It is always an inspiring moment to learn more about what other Nations are doing in helping achieve the SDGs.

    Sports has the power to heal, it has the power to unite. It has united many broken Nations like Egypt, Ivory Coast, Liberia just to mention a few.

    Nelson Mandela once said “Sport has the power to change the world…it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.”

    We the youths are the future and we need to use our energy and take action on working towards making a better world. Together we can, united we stand.

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Timeline 2018



March 15, 2018


Competition launch –
Entries are welcome


June 1, 2018


Voting & commenting begins for all


Early Summer 2018

Launching of the Certificate Programme


July 31, 2018


Deadlines for entries


August 15, 2018


Deadlines for votes & comments


August 17, 2018


People’s Choice
Prize winners announced
10 finalists announced in both categories


August 30, 2018


Deadline for receipt of videos from finalists in both categories


September 21, 2018


Deadline for Panel of Judges’ selection of the winners


October 5, 2018


Closing of the Certificate Programme


October 7, 2018


Winners announced at Entrepreneurship Summit in Berlin

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