Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development 2020

From 24-27 February 2020, Dr Dominique Mystris (Senior Researcher, SA SDG Hub) attended the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) 2020 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The ARFSD considered the 2030 Agenda, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the African Union’s Agenda 2063 through the themes of people, prosperity, planet, peace and partnerships.

Monday 24 February was the star…

South African Universities and the SDGs

This article was written by Dr Vandudzai Mbanda. Dr Mbanda is a Senior Researcher at the South African SDG Hub, Department of Business Management, University of Pretoria.

The South African SDG Hub hosted a seminar attended by participants from academic and research institutions, government and civil society. The purpose of the seminar was to network and to get a sense of the barriers and opportuni…

Can we continue to harvest abalone (Haliotis midae) in South Africa

This post summaries an article by D.J Crookes titled "Can we continue to harvest abalone (Haliotis midae) in South Africa?" The full article can be found here.   Haliotis midae contains a vast array of both species and subspecies. Abalone which are more commonly known as marine snails, have been critically impacted by the effects of illegal commercial harvesting. This is set to have deb…

MEDIA RELEASE: Briefing Note on SDG-Agenda 2063 and NDP alignment published

On 16 October 2019, the South African SDG Hub at the University of Pretoria launched their latest Briefing Note. The Briefing Note, titled "Coordinating for impact: Aligning Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the National Development Plan’s Cycle of Development" explores alignment between national-, continental- and global development agendas. South Africa&…

Ethiopia plants more than 350 million trees in 12 hours

This article was written by Helen Regan and originally appeared on the CNN Africa News Board. The thumbnail was obtained from The New York Times. Ethiopia planted more than 353 million trees in 12 hours on Monday, which officials believe is a world record. The burst of tree planting was part of a wider reforestation campaign named "Green Legacy," spearheaded by the country's Prime …

Media release: Cloud computing and the SDGs in South Africa

The South African SDG Hub at the University of Pretoria has released a Briefing Note that explores the relationship between science, technology and innovation (STI) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The briefing note titled Cloud computing and the Sustainable Development Goals in South Africa focuses on the potentially transformative impact of cloud computing. It argues that cloud com…

Forest and Farm Facility Launches Partnership in Togo in Support of SDGs

This article was written by Catherine Benson Wahlen and originally appeared on the IISD SDG Knowledge Hub. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN’s (FAO) Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) and the Government of Togo have launched a partnership to strengthen forest and farm producers in tackling poverty and coping with climate change. The FFF aims to contribute to achieving at least 11 of the…

Special Rapporteur Urges Human Rights Approach to Water and Sanitation in Lesotho

This article was written by Delia Paul and originally appeared on the IISD SDG Knowledge Hub. The thumbnail was sourced from United Nations News Story

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The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, Léo Heller, highlighted justice issues related to water and sanitation access in Lesotho, following his two-week visit. He urged the Government of Lesotho to give …

Call for SDG Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications

The South African SDG Hub at the University of Pretoria (UP) is calling for qualified persons interested in interlinkages between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to apply for a Postdoctoral Fellowship. Background The South African SDG Hub (www.SASDGHub.org) supports the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by enabling access to relevant, useful and reliable South Af…

UNGA Proclaims UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

This article was written by Ana Maria Lebada and originally appeared on the IISD SDG Knowledge Hub. The UN General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 2021-2030 UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The Decade will be implemented “within existing structures and available resources,” with the aim of supporting and scaling up efforts to prevent, halt, and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide and ra…