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PRESS RELEASE: Despite great progress since the early days, the HIV response is still failing children

GENEVA, 7 July 2020—The latest report on the progress towards the Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free targets shows that despite great progress made since the early days of the epidemic, the HIV response for children has fallen behind. Year after year, the bold target of eliminating new HIV infections among children is being missed and children are dying needlessly …


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COVID-19: UNDP hands over R1,8Million worth personal protective equipment to Gauteng Department of Health

Pretoria, 7 July 2020 – In just over a month since the last handover, the United Nations Development Programme in South Africa handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Gauteng Department of Health. Gauteng accounts for a disease burden of 32.2 % of all cases in South Africa and has the second highest number of cases, behind the Western …


Press Release: Joint SDG Fund Announces a Historical $US60 Million Grant to Close the SDG Financing Gap

7 July 2020:Today, the UN’s Joint SDG Fund announces a historical $US60 million grant to close the SDG financing gap. The multi-year commitment, with an initial disbursement of $29 million being released this month, is considered the largest systemic UN led initiative on SDG financing in its history. With funding to be distributed across all continents, 40% will invest in …

‘Stay the course together to emerge stronger’ from COVID-19 crisis: UN chief’s message to major sustainability forum

As a major United Nations forum prepares to assess progress towards a fairer future for people and the planet, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that each of the Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, is being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), which formally begins on Tuesday, is an annual stock-take of the …

Business sector still far from reaching sustainability goals, UN report shows, 20 years on from landmark summit

6 July 2020 – A new UN report on the private sector, released by UN Global Compact, shows that progress on bringing about a sustainable future for people and the planet is patchy, and the majority of companies involved in the Compact, are not doing enough to help bring about the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “The scale and …

The World Youth Report: Youth Social Entrepreneurship and the 2030 Agenda

The World Youth Report: Youth Social Entrepreneurship and the 2030 Agenda seeks to contribute to the understanding of how youth social entrepreneurship can both support youth development and help accelerate the implementation of the SDGs. To do so, the Report first synthesizes the current discussion on social entrepreneurship and anchors it in the context of the 2030 Agenda. Chapter 2 …