Op-Eds
  • Making UN’s New Development Goals Work Sep 8, 2016

    By Alain Noudehou - Here in China, preparations are underway for Mid-Autumn Festival. At the same time, the United Nations is preparing for another major event. On Sept 25, just before the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly, member states will adopt a new set of Sustainable Development Goals, now being publicized on social media under Global Goals and Action2015. President Xi Jinping will join more than 150 leaders from other countries at the UN Headquarters in New York to participate in this historic moment.

  • China’s Poverty Reduction – A Job Done? Sep 8, 2016

    By Agi Veres - I am constantly impressed by China’s statistics relating to alleviating poverty and the Millennium Development Goals. For instance, between 1990 and 2011, China lifted a staggering 439 million people out of poverty, and the extreme poverty rate in China dropped by 94%. China has contributed to 76% of global poverty reduction achieved to date, and has met other key development goals, including those relating to universal primary education, safe drinking water and sanitation, and maternal mortality.

  • Legacy of Local Knowledge Can Reduce Disasters Sep 7, 2016

    By Agi Veres- At the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, in March, the international community was reminded that disasters hit hardest at the local level, with the potential to cause loss of life and great social and economic upheaval. Sudden onset disasters displace millions of people every year.

  • Nations Need to Bind for Oceans Sep 7, 2016

    By Agi Veres - Collaborative mechanisms needed for the effective protection of the world’s oceans As the cradle of life, oceans cover more than 70% of the earth’s surface and play a vital role in both national and global economies. They drive global ecosystems that make the Earth habitable for humankind, and yet, the world’s oceans are under severe strain and degradation.

  • Ending AIDS is Not an Unreachable Goal Sep 7, 2016

    In the not-so-distant future, it is plausible that AIDS could be something we read about in history books rather than newspaper headlines. Last September, China along with other member states, gathered at the United Nations to set the ambitious goal of ending AIDS everywhere by 2030 – as part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. On this World AIDS Day, the UN is calling on the international community to start delivering on this promise

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