Asia

Elsevier,

Journal of Transport & Health, Volume 18, September 2020, 100913

Transport, a well-recognised determinant of health, is particularly salient to well-being and equitable health outcomes amongst older people and people living with disabilities living in low-and middle-income countries. Contributing to SDGs 3, 10 and 11, this study explores the facilitators and barriers for safe and accessible transportation from the perspectives of older people and those living with disabilities in Sri Lanka.
Elsevier,

Women's Studies International Forum, Volume 82, September–October 2020, 102402

To better understand how gender impacts parliamentary representation, the authors analysed representative claims made by parliamentarians in India, the world's largest democracy. Applying critical frame analysis to plenary debates in the Indian Rajya Sabha, the paper examined four parliamentary bills addressing violence against women and children under four successive governments between 1999 and 2019, contributing to SDGs 5 and 16.
International advocacy and evidence have been critical for shifting the pervasive issue of violence against women onto the health agenda. Guidelines and training packages, however, can be underpinned by Western principles of responding to individual survivors of violence and availability of specialist referral services, which may not be available in many countries. As Timor-Leste and other nations begin to build their health system response to violence against women, it is important to understand the current practices of health providers and the broader sociocultural context of providing care to survivors of violence. This article contributes to SDGs 3 and 5.
Advancing SDG 15, this article provides an overview of secondary metabolites in soil and root environments.
This article supports SDGs 2, 12 and 14 by exploring a transdisciplinary approach and plausible trajectories for China's projected production, consumption and trade of seafood to 2030.
This article addresses SDGs 3, 4, and 5 by highlighting trends in marriage and fertility in girls and women aged 15-24 years in urban and rural China, and the protective effect of education in this regard. The study recommends scaling up provision of reproductive health services and improving access to education for girls, as early marriage and childbearing are associated with increased risks of intimate partner violence, complications in pregnancy, and reduced opportunities for education and employment.
This article addresses SDGs 3 and 5 by analysing data from India's 2015–16 National Family Health Survey, showing that women who experienced spousal physical violence during pregnancy were more likely to use female-controlled than male-controlled spacing contraception, and less likely to use male-controlled than no contraception. The data suggests that antenatal and postpartum contraceptive counselling should accommodate the needs of women facing spousal physical violence, by providing female-controlled rather than partner-dependent contraceptive methods (eg, the pill or IUD).
Advancing SDG 15, this article evaluates the effect of natural and anthropogenic sites of Hyrcanian region on soil functions following 32 years of land cover changes.
Elsevier,

Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Volume 143, April 2020, 107741

Improving rice yield potential is crucial for global food security. Taoyuan, China, is famous worldwide as a special ecosite for ultrahigh rice yield. Climatological factors affecting this phenomenon have been identified, but the potential molecular processes and environmental mechanisms promoting ultrahigh yield remain mysteries. Advancing SDGs 2 and 15, this article explores how soil microbial metagenomic characteristics effect ultrahigh rice yields.
World Smart Energy Week is the world’s leading comprehensive B-to-B trade show for smart and renewable energy held twice a year in Japan. (March in Tokyo and September in Osaka) The show aims to provide a platform for professionals from across Japan, Asia, and the world to negotiate and network for the future of smart and renewable energy business. This supports SDG 9: to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

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