Governments Must Recognize the Importance of the Youth

October 07, 2020

In 2015, world leaders attending the United Nations General Assembly agreed to 17 goals for a better world. Known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the aim is to meet these objectives by the year 2030 in a bid to end poverty, achieve gender equality, ensure access to quality education,...

Is Hagia Sophia Merely a Place of Worship?

July 21, 2020

Hagia Sophia, with a history of 1,500 years hosting different religions, will now be reconverted from a museum into a mosque. This recent shift after a Turkish court decree has sparked extensive debate internationally, and we are now seeing political maneuvers heating up fault lines that divide...

Africa’s Mixed Record on Keeping Up With UN Goals

March 10, 2020

Almost five years ago, all member states of the United Nations signed the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development. This agenda includes 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) on global challenges such as poverty, urbanization and climate action, all featuring targets and indicators to measure...

How Localization Can Help Overcome Extreme Poverty

June 22, 2019

The World Bank Group’s Mahmoud Mohieldin believes innovative financing and partnerships are needed to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Countries that have invested in human capital, infrastructure and decent systems of social protection have made more progress than others in...

Tourism Is an Effective Tool for the SDGs

February 13, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Zurab Pololikashvili, the secretary-general of the World Tourism Organization. To travel is a universal human right. There are references to this in national constitutions and international covenants, such as Article 13 of the Universal...

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in America

September 09, 2016

The US is falling short of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In September 2015, the United States and 192 other nations adopted the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). These 17 goals and 169 targets set a development agenda for all countries, including the US,...