Although one of the poorest countries in the world, Rwanda has achieved most of its Millennium Development targets for health. The major mechanisms for implementation of government policies, with the support of development partners, have been the provision of relatively local health centers, payment of health providers by results, setting up an affordable health insurance scheme and the appointment of volunteer Community Health Workers. The effectiveness of this level of community involvement suggests that the SDGs may also be attainable. This article informs the achievement for SDG 3 and its targets.
In March 2017, the inaugural Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) was launched, a result of collaboration between leading institutional investors, human rights specialists and NGOs to produce an assessment framework for private sector performance on human rights. The Benchmark analysed 98 of the Global 500 largest publicly listed companies on their human rights performance. This article provides insight into the results of the first analysis and explain why the CHRB matters.
The article summarises research conducted in different climate zones related to green roof design that is correlated with roles of substrate in promoting plant growth. From the review, it will serve as a guideline for selection of substrate suitable for green roofs in different climates worldwide. From the recommendation made, the success of plant growth in addressing food security needs a concerted effort worldwide through development of standard guidelines related to green roof design for close comparison across the world region. The review supports SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals and SDG 13: Climate action.
The decision-making process for sustainable development (SD) needs to consider 4 types of rationalities, namely instrumental rationality to engage people towards SD; substantive rationality to integrate values for SD in decision making; communicative rationality to promote cooperation and coordination for more SD; and bounded rationality to consider human cognitive properties and the presence of complexities intrinsic to SD. More sustainable decisions would require educating for sustainability-related values to influence individual decisions; making decision-makers accountable and promoting systemic changes in the current development model.
The Business and Sustainable Development Commission’s Africa Focus Report identifies the major market opportunities Africa, where sustainable business models could open up an economic prize of at least US$1.1 trillion and create over 85 million new jobs by 2030. Partnerships forged by business are integral to the success of all SDGs and in particular SDG 17.
Children at Imperial College London
The Elsevier Foundation partners with Imperial College London to support a high-tech makerspace next to the college. The programme offers 14 to 18 year-olds from one of London's most disadvanataged communities the opportunity to enhance soft skills and engage with cutting-edge science, engineering and design through workshops, afterscool clubs, and mentoring. The maker challange programmes offer important enrichment to young people, who would not otherwise have this explosure, and further support both SDG 4 and SDG 17.
The Business and Sustainable Development Commission’s Report identifies the major market opportunities opened up by delivering the SDGs, and the importance of sustainable finance and renewing the social contract. It sets out the key actions for government, business and civil society. Partnerships forged by business are integral to the success of all SDGs and in particular SDG 17.
The cost of the health SGDs
How much will it cost to reach the health-related SDGs in low-income and middle-income countries? This model-based projection analysis funded by the World Health Organization estimates that an extra $274 billion spending on health is needed per year by 2030 to make progress towards the SDG 3 targets—the equivalent of $58 per person. If actually spent, 97 million lives could be saved and life expectancy increased by 3·1–8·4 years.
The Business and Sustainable Development Commission’s Executive Summary sets out the challenges faced by business in today’s world, and the opportunities that the SDGs offer for a sustainable and successful business environment. Partnerships forged by business are integral to the success of all SDGs and in particular SDG 17.
The Role of Gender-based Innovations for the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Toward 2030: Better Science and Technology for All (Edition 1)
The Elsevier Foundation is committed to advancing SDG 5 and has developed a 3-year strategic partnership with Portia, an organisation that women and men have the same opportunities for engagement and advancement in science. Building on research drawn from recent Gender Summits, Portia will advance sex-gender sensitive research, innovation, development and deeper understanding through a series of annual SDG reports and the creation of a Gender Summit Consortium.

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