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PEOPLE Current Events and Resources

Read the articles below on current events, developments, and context related to the 2024 theme of ensuring that all People have the resources they need to fulfill their potential! 

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SDG 1: No Poverty 

Piecing Together Poverty _ World Bank ** This is a useful resource that introduces the various economic and social factors that influence impoverishment

Our World in Data _ Poverty  **Great resource for understanding what poverty looks like in countries around the world (visuals and articles)

Solutions to Poverty to get us to 2030 _ Concern Worldwide  ** A very simplified overview of how poverty connects to inequality and some strategies that may contribute to lessening impoverishment around the world.

Asia’s poor grew by 68 million people after pandemic, report says _ Al Jazeera

SDG 2: Zero Hunger

The Zero Hunger Challenge - Food prices and hunger 

Kenya to launch biggest school meals programme in Africa_ The Guardian

How science and innovation can strengthen global food systems _ The Conversation

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN

How did the Russia-Ukraine war trigger a global food crisis?_ Al Jazeera

Floating Gardens in Bangladesh

Why the US cannot solve hunger _ The Guardian

SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

Good Health and Why it Matters _ UN Sustainable Development Goals resource

Overview of Good Health and Wellbeing _ Simpleshow Foundation

How do we stop infectious diseases from spreading?

Frontline health facilities faltering without water, sanitation, hygiene, and electricity _ WHO, UNICEF report

World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator Award: The Last Mile _ Medium

SDG 5: Gender Equality

Explore dimensions of gender equality _ United Nations

Challenges for women opening and running businesses in Cambodia and Vietnam _ The World Bank

FIFA Women's World Cup: Game changer for gender equality _ UN Women

Women are leading the humanitarian response in Sudan _ UN Women

How Spain is using data to end violence against women and girls _ UN Women

Empowering young women to break barriers in STEM _ UNESCO

Lebanese omen preserve tradition as a path to empowerment _ UN Women

Rwanda: Challenges and progress on gender equality_DW News

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Clean Water and Sanitation: Why it Matters _ United Nations

World Water Day 2022: Groundwater, invisible but vital to health _ WHO

Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States _ US Water Alliance  **Skip to page 26 for case studies!

World's water in focus after year of droughts and floods _ Al Jazeera

World Water Day: Mapping water stress across the Middle East _ Al Jazeera

Learning about water: multiple-perspective approaches_ UNESCO  **We recommend using the case studies beginning on page 21.

Running Dry Documentary _ National Academy of Sciences  **This documentary is over 13 years old, but we included it here to highlight how much of it still accurate and timely in 2023. 

The Middle East needs to fuel innovation to make desalination sustainable _ Arab News

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

Equality: Why it matters _ United Nations

Local Procurement Learning Partnership _ HLA

Unlocking the power of inclusion: The imperative for disability-inclusive data _ UNESCO

Egypt: Learning and Earning in Cairo's Garbage City _ UNESCO  **Skip to page 41 for this case study!

The World is Not Equal - Is that fair? _ World's Greatest Lesson  ** Helpful perspective on different types of inequalities

Maui fires renew centuries-old tensions over water rights_ AP News

Tackling Inequality by 'lifting stones; _ UN Africa Renewal

Developing countries propose $100 billion climate damage fund _ Reuters

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