The Decade of Ocean Science: Will the UN deliver on its pledge for new funding for SIDS?

UNESCO says the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development will help accelerate progress towards SDG 14, the Sustainable Development Goal for the conservation and sustainable use of the ocean, seas and marine environment, and one which is particularity important for Seychelles. Continue reading “The Decade of Ocean Science: Will the UN deliver on its pledge for new funding for SIDS?”

World Bank Group exits from upstream oil investments

The World Bank Group will no longer finance upstream oil and gas (exploration & production-E&P) after 2019. $280 billion is the worth of the upstream oil and gas portfolio across the World Bank Group (WBG consists of 4 institutions).

However, in exceptional circumstances, the WBG says it will consider financing upstream natural gas in the poorest countries where there is a clear benefit in terms of energy access for the poor, and if the project fits within the country’s commitments under the Paris Agreement. In 2017 alone  $4.4 billion, out of its total lending of $22.6 billion, went to energy and extractive industries Continue reading “World Bank Group exits from upstream oil investments”

Breaking the Silos: Implementing the ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’

The‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ will require a new culture of “shared responsibility,” described by the UN Secretary-General as based on agreed universal norms, global commitments, shared rules and evidence, collective action, and benchmarking for progress.

This includes new forms of solution-oriented, inclusive and integrative multi-stakeholder partnerships, which will be a key element of Agenda 2030 and efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Continue reading “Breaking the Silos: Implementing the ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’”

FAT – Missing From The SIDS Agenda

As Small Island Developing States (SIDS) representatives meet this week in Seychelles to prepare for the small island summit to be held in Samoa next year, I propose they focus on FAT. FAT?? Yes, you heard right. FAT. And its missing from the agenda!!

SIDS hold some of the fattest people on the planet and that alone is threatening their sustainability. SIDS have topped the fat charts for some time – the 5 most overweight nations have been SIDS. A new study by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)  reveals this is still the case. The world’s fattest nation, Nauru boasts a 71.1 % obesity rate. Latest data shows that almost 74% of women and about 64% of men in Seychelles are overweight with more than 25% of the adult population being obese. Yet, the FAO representative who made a presentation this week at the preparatory meeting in Seychelles did not once mention his own organisation’s report as related to obesity in SIDS. Continue reading “FAT – Missing From The SIDS Agenda”