Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies

Goal-16BY IREH KINGSLEY

The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states expect to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years. During the break from past, the High-Level Panel Report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda has made a strong plea for effective institutions, calling a “fundamental shift” to recognize theirsignificant role in contributing to citizens’ well-being. The Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has followed suit by putting forward a goal to “promote peaceful andinclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all andbuild effective,accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.” Continue reading

The African Dream of Freedom of Expression

129_081771a5344f8a85e95766c05a7a0ac0.jpgBY SELEMAN KITENGE

The freedom of expression is still a mystery to most of the least developed countries (LDC) in Africa. Despite the major efforts done by the international community to address this issue, the continent is still far behind from achieving this long waited African dream. Though most of African countries have included this right to their constitutions and laws as part of their commitment and ratification on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Adopted on 10 December 1948), African Youth Charter (was endorsed on 2 July 2006) as well as other international laws, but its implementation is not satisfying at all. Continue reading

History of the Cyprus conflict and the UNFICYP mission

The maiCyprus-2n purpose of this article is to give a clear and unbiased view of the Cyprus conflict between the Greek and the Turkish ethnic groups. It will be based on historical facts and will analyse the role played by the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces In Cyprus (UNFICYP) in the search of solutions to the conflict.

The Mediterranean island of Cyprus has experienced during its history complex episodes of hostilities that have led to the division of the territory, which determines the current state of the conflict between the two opposing factions. But before analysing the latest disputes, let’s take a brief look back at Cyprus’ history to better understand the background of the conflict. Continue reading

Goal 15: Sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems – antidote of desertification, land degradation and biodiversity loss

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BY DECHEN RABGYAL

At no point in time did the issue of fast degrading terrestrial ecosystems receive such an attention than from the latter half of the twentieth century. And it continues to be high on the agenda at various national, regional and global forums. It has come about by the fast deteriorating terrestrial ecosystem attributed to human activities giving way to climate change, land degradation, desertification, and biodiversity loss, consequently impinging human life and larger ecosystem. Continue reading

UNYANET x World Press Freedom Day 2015: In memory of those who lost their lives

world_press_freedom_day__pedro_x__molinaFreedom of speech is a fundamental human right – and paramount to any democracy. For centuries people have died for the right to speak their minds. Today, those who enjoy it tend to forget their freedom is by no means self-evident. Why people – despite history – still have to fight for it. Continue reading

Goal 13: Combating climate change and its impacts

By Sakshi Jain

Goal 13 of the Sustainable Development Goals was to ‘take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts’. Climate change encompassesGoal-13 within it global warming, which is mainly a surface temperature increase phenomenon, as well as the other changes that are caused by increasing greenhouse gases. The causes of climate change vary from solar irradiation to human activities.

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Goal 12: Sustainable consumption and production – UN calling and our answer

Goal-12By Rima-Maria Rahal

Statements which describe the importance of achieving sustainable consumption and production begin by highlighting that there is a necessity backed by hard facts to embrace this goal: the human population is growing rapidly, being projected to reach 9.5 billion by 2050 – and it needs to be fed. This goal of eradicating hunger has not been achieved even with the comparatively few 7 billion heads we number currently. At the same time we are overexploiting and destroying the majority of ecosystems that we rely today already, painting an even dimmer picture of our prospects of feeding the planet’s growing number of inhabitants. Usually, this is where the executive summaries, issues briefs and extended abstracts stop illuminating the relevance of coming up with sustainable consumption and production patterns. Continue reading