Helping Small Go Big: Mainstreaming What Happens in the Margins

With only a decade of action left for the sustainable development agenda, UNDP is looking beyond business as usual, to find new ways to learn from the margins, and to look into radically new approaches that fit the complexity of development challenges. One of those new approaches is learning from women and men who have solved problems through ingenuity and …

ABB Energy Management Solutions Support Asia’s Largest Wastewater Treatment Plant

ABB successfully completes delivery of medium- and low-voltage digital solutions for the expansion of the Shanghai Bailonggang Wastewater Treatment Plant in China guaranteeing continuous and reliable power supply. The expansion of the facility, which also included the introduction of more advanced wastewater treatment processes, required ABB’s high reliability and precision …

The Plan To Map Every Coral Reef on Earth – From Space

In October 2020, Australian scientists found a detached coral reef skyscraper on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef—nearly 500 meters tall and 1.5 kilometres wide — that exceeds the height of the Eiffel Tower and New York’s Empire State Building. This was the first discovery of its kind in 120 years. It …

FAO Launches the UN’s International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021

The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, today launched the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021 (IYFV) with an appeal to improve healthy and sustainable food production through innovation and technology and to reduce food loss and waste. Proclaimed at the …

Improve Human Waste Management in African Countries for Better Health, Environment and Economy

Poor sanitation continues to pose major health, environmental and socioeconomic risks in many African countries, according to new research by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The paper highlights ways to improve management, generate industry from human waste, and improve sanitation for cities and …

Namibia’s Locust Crisis: “They have no Mercy at All”

“This is the first time seeing such a scary situation ever since i was born here. Nothing else can compare to such a serious threat,” said farmer Fabian Sisamu. “It is the worst situation ever; we are fearful of the future,” his friend Ian Mubita adds, disheartened by what may …