Stories we loved the week of May 1:
‘Now is the time for implementation,’ Ban urges session on integrating UN sustainability agenda – UN News Centre
“We now have a set of goals and targets that form the basis for a coherent, integrated and indivisible approach to eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development. We must pursue the goals with their complementarity and interlinkages in mind, and with the aim of breaking down silos and avoiding one-size-fits-all solutions,” Mr. Ban said.
In this two part series (which we may have had something to do with), we learn how the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoA-REC&N), as a coordinator and facilitator between diverse stakeholders, is working to achieve an integrated landscape approach for the remote and spectacular, but threatened, Gambella region of Ethiopia.
New study: Good governance of natural resources essential for post-conflict peacebuilding and economic recovery – UNEP News Centre
According to the study, entitled Governance, Natural Resources, and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, natural resources are essential to sustaining people and peace in post-conflict countries, but governance failures often jeopardize such efforts. Nevertheless, with persistence and commitment on the part of government, civil society, and the international community, it is possible to improve governance of natural resources and thereby help ensure that a country’s natural resources bring peace, health, and economic development and not crime, corruption, and a relapse to violence.
The photo featured above is a Sudan farmer harvesting sorghum plants. Photo Credit: Fred Noy / UN Photo