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ReviewUrban drought challenge to 2030 sustainable development goals

In the first two decades of the 21st century, 79 global big cities have suffered extensively from drought disaster.

These sub-categories can support city stakeholders in taking drought mitigation actions and advancing the following SDGs: SDG 6 “Clean water and sanitation”, SDG 11 “Sustainable cities and communities”, SDG 12 “Responsible production and consumption”, SDG 13 “Climate actions”, and SDG 15 “Life on land”.

To further support cities in taking concrete actions in reaching the listed SDGs, this perspective proposes five actions that city stakeholders can undertake in enhancing drought resilience and preparedness:1) Raising public awareness on water right and water saving;

An Asian incentive to rid the world of hunger

Smarter ways to fix old problems Clearly, no single solution will create zero hunger by 2030.

Ultimately, as communities take ownership of issues and develop their own leadership, they can make progress via initiatives such as savings groups to reduce the burden of debt and community gardens on vacant plots, rooftops and windowsills.

In countries like China, India and the Philippines, governments are already setting up access through young entrepreneurs to farmers, with the first disruptive technology in the form of digital agtech devices like sensors and drones for managing nutrition and pests in crops like wheat, maize and rice.

In line with measures to promote nutritious, sustainable and healthy diets with fiscal policy, social protection and increased investment in research, participation from individuals can also contribute.

Pushing for a green economy clean energy

Given the absolute centrality of environment in development, in attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it’s been great to see how the UN has played a leading role in many ways.

After five days of discussions, ministers from more than 170 UN member states delivered a bold blueprint for change, saying the world needed to speed up moves towards a new model of development in order to respect the vision laid out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Member States agreed to 23 non-binding resolutions covering a range of environmental challenges, including a more circular global economy;

If countries deliver on all that was agreed here and implement the resolutions, we could take a big step towards a new world order where we no longer grow at the expense of nature but instead see people and planet thrive together.

On nature, next year there will be a big global meeting in China on the Convention on Biological Diversity, offering African member states the opportunity to shape the global biodiversity agenda by sharing strategies that are working well and can be replicated elsewhere.

If you follow what is happening in South Africa, trying to move its heavy manufacturing industrial sector from being dependent on coal to cleaner energy…it is a slow process.

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