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,...

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...

Young People Can Help Solve Youth Challenges

October 15, 2018

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Ahmad Alhendawi, the secretary-general of the World Organization of the Scout Movement and former UN youth envoy. With 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10 and 24, youth around the world face their fair share of challenges. Whether...

Denying Children Education is Simply Wrong

August 26, 2017

To deny admission to underprivileged Indian children on “technical grounds” is against the spirit of the Right to Education Act. In India, Jagdish Gandhi, the founder and manager of City Montessori School in Lucknow, recently published full-page advertisements in local editions of all...

Education in India: Proselytization Poses as Policy

October 22, 2016

Each successive generation of education policymakers has tried to imprint their particular notion of India on the youth by shoving information down their throats and not letting them think. This year, the big education policy event in India is the making of the National Education Policy 2016...

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,...

This is What Women Really Want

July 08, 2016

The #WhatIReallyReallyWant hashtag has been designed to make enough noise to reach the world leaders at the UN this September. It has been 20 years since the Spice Girls put Girl Power on the pop culture map. Catchy and lighthearted it may have been, but Wannabe became an anthem for young women...

Finding New Ways to Access Clean Water

July 05, 2016

A 19-year-old woman uses scrap metal for innovation. In Sierra Leone, just over 50% of the population has access to safe drinking water. It is a rare and expensive commodity. Nineteen-year-old Khadija is an innovator. Watch her create solutions to help her community make access to water...

Load More