SDG Update – 10 January 2019


Financial Inclusion Through Mobile Technology: Closing the Agricultural Gender Gap

Sinan Hatik, Graduate Student, The George Washington University; and Anne Marie Moran, Graduate Student, The George Washington University; and Grace Alexander, Graduate Student, The George Washington University

Agriculture feeds the world, and technology connects the world. So why are we struggling to link the two? Financial inclusion is the bridge that connects the two, and technology serves as powerful means to bring women in developing countries into the fold of agribusiness.


Canada Joins International Renewable Energy Agency

9 January 2019: Canada has become the 160th member of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the global intergovernmental organization aiming to promote the widespread adoption of renewable energy.

Bangladesh, Spain to Lead Discussions on Migration Review Mechanism

2 January 2019: The Permanent Representatives of Bangladesh and Spain will lead consultations to determine the modalities and organizational aspects of the International Migration Review Forum, which is established in the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The Forum is conceived as a “repurposing” of a prior mechanism, the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, and will hold its first session in 2022.

WHO COP 24 Report: Health Benefits Outweigh Costs of Meeting Paris Agreement Goals

5 December 2018: Meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change could save approximately a million lives per year worldwide by 2050, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, which contends that the value of health gains from climate action would be twice the cost of mitigation policies, with the benefit-to-cost ratio even higher in countries like China and India.

ECLAC Reports on Youth Migration, Youth Efforts to Advance SDGs

11 December 2018: Young people under the age of 24 from rural areas make up the majority of emigration from northern Central America, according to a report released by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). Also on youth in the LAC region, an initiative was announced to help advance the SDGs through youth projects tackling poverty and and inequality.