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UN’s Lagging Development Goals Need a Sense of Urgency

By Simone Galimberti*

KATHMANDU, Nepal | 6 March 2024 (IDN)—The latest Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) was recently launched in Bangkok. As usual, it was a mix of official interventions by ministries from the whole region and a wide-ranging array of exciting side events organized mainly by civil society in partnership with United Nations agencies and programs. (P32) Italian | Japanese | Korean | Portuguese | Spanish | Turkish


Bangladesh Farmers Are Protecting Paddy Cultivation from Climate Risks

By Rafiqul Islam Montu

SHYAMNAGAR (SATKHIRA), Bangladesh | 11 February 2024 (IDN) — The new variety of paddy is ‘Charulata’. This paddy is salinity tolerant, can withstand normal winds, and yields well without fertilisers and pesticides. It is effortless to save seeds from this paddy. Due to these reasons, ‘Charulata’ paddy is spreading quickly from one farmer to another. Many people are now planting this paddy. This rice seed has been extended to many more farmers in the last season. The yield has also been good. (P31) Japanese | Korean | Portuguese | Spanish | Turkish

The grassroots democracy practised at the village level is “self-autonomy” that existed before the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was established in 1949 by Mao Zedong. Credit: Kalinga Seneviratne.

China’s Grassroots Democracy Paves Path to Sustainable Development

By Kalinga Seneviratne

HUANGSHI, Hubei Province, China | 12 January 2024 (IDN) — About 30 minutes drive from this city in Hubei Province are villages that are providing a model of village-based grassroots democracy that is paving the path to achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs), adopted by the United Nations (UN) in 2015, which China supported. (P29) Arabic | Chinese | Japanese | Korean |  Spanish


Thailand: Farm Academy Training Takes Kids Away from Screens

By Pattama Vilailert

KHON KAEN, Thailand | 6 January 2024 (IDN) — Nalinthip has been a nurse for 13 years and is the mother to two children aged three and five. Her husband is a YouTuber who spends most of his time on the screen at the age of 40. His Internet using behavior alarmed Nalinthip and she became worried that her young children would follow in the father’s footsteps. (P28) Indonesian | Italian | Japanese | Thai


Africa: Instability Slows Down Progress in Sustainable Development

By Jeffrey Moyo

HARARE, Zimbabwe | 10 December 2023 (IDN) — For almost two years, Zimbabwe’s opposition politician, Job Sikhala, has remained jailed without conviction after he was arrested in 2021, facing charges of inciting public violence.

Another opposition leader, Jacob Ngarivhume, was jailed in April this year for four years on similar charges as in 2020 when he called for a national shutdown in protest over poor government leadership here. (P26)  Japanese | PortugueseSwahili | Turkish






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