A strong and resilient infrastructure remains the backbone of thriving communities. It is the driving force to ensure access to sustainable, smart and innovative technologies, and equitable rights to innovation, financial markets and jobs.
In July, we look at the importance of Sustainable Industries, Innovation and Infrastructure as the foundation to build back better in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Look out for the numerous reports that have been or will be released throughout the month.
THE Sustainable Development Goals REPORT: 2020
The 15-year global effort to improve the lives of people everywhere through the achievement of the 17 Goals by 2030 was already off track by the end of 2019. And now, in only a short period of time, the pandemic has unleashed an unprecedented crisis, causing further disruption to progress, with the world’s poorest and most vulnerable affected the most, says the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020.
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AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY
Report: State of Food Security and Nutrition
According to the forthcoming UN report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020, the decades-long decline in hunger in the world has unfortunately ended.
As COVID-19 wreaks havoc in ways that will only become apparent in the months and years to come, the report, which will be launched on 13 July, looks at some of the impacts on food security and nutrition, and provides policy recommendations to prevent cost increases of nutritious foods and ensure access to affordable healthy diets.
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Innovation and experimentation are helping a coffee farm in the US state of Hawaii to prosper in a competitive market, an approach which has helped the company get through the global COVID-19 pandemic. UN News talks to Fred Cowell, the General Manager of Kauai Coffee Company, which has the largest coffee farm in the country accounting for 25 to 30 per cent of nationwide production in any given year.
Report: E-Government Survey
According to the forthcoming biennial UN E-Government Survey, about 66 per cent of countries provided online transactional services in 2020, with the biggest increases in Africa and Oceania, where online transactional services grew by 80 and 75 per cent respectively since the last Survey.
The report, to be released on 10 July, says that the pandemic triggered the adoption of new and innovative digital tools by governments, including e-services for medical goods, virtual doctor visits, self-diagnosis as well as COVID-19 tracking and tracing apps. Despite the progress, a vast number of people still don’t have access to online services.
See the E-Government ranking of countries.