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April 21, 2017

BJP, Shiv Sena Seek Stringent Law for Population Control

This article originally appeared on News 18.

New Delhi: The BJP and its ally Shiv Sena on Wednesday sought a “stringent law” for population control to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Participating in a discussion on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Lok Sabha, Sanjay Jaiswal (BJP) said the country should bring in a “stringent law” to enforce birth control measures.

“We should call gurus (spiritual leaders) across religions and make them understand (the importance of population control) because this is impacting our population count,” Jaiswal said.

Bhavna Gawali (Shiv Sena) said if the country wants to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030 then there is a need for effective birth control measures.

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April 21, 2017

How Malaysia can achieve sustainable development

This article originally appeared on Star 2.

How vulnerable is Malaysia to droughts and water shortages? How will climate change affect us? How far have we moved towards a green economy?

For an academic overview of these and other questions, independent scholar Dr Hezri Adnan, has written a book looking at this country’s eco journey.

What started out as a paper on environmental policy in Malaysia for a United Nations journal eventually turned into The Sustainability Shift, a 192-page book on sustainable development. Although the book took a few years to complete before it saw print, the author has no regrets whatsoever.

It aims to show how, through the reformation of “institutional hardware, software and ‘heartware’, Malaysia can nurture an inclusive, sustainable society […]

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April 18, 2017

Corporate Japan focusing on global sustainability despite setbacks

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This article originally appeared on Nikkei Asian Review.

TOKYO — Under the leadership of President Donald Trump, the U.S. setback in the fight against global climate change, as well as the move toward protectionism, is threatening efforts by corporations to pursue their social responsibilities. But Japanese companies are increasingly aware of their mission in society as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics approach.

ANA Holdings last year conducted due diligence for the first time exclusively for the risk of possible violation of human rights by itself and its suppliers. Chikako Miyata, an official in charge of promoting corporate social responsibility, said the review has made the major air carrier face the growing risk of human rights abuses.

The research identified a factory […]

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April 14, 2017

Norway Crown Prince Wants Girl Education, Women Safety Prioritized

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This article originally appeared on Front Page Africa.

Monrovia – The visiting Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway who is also United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Good Will Ambassador has underscored the need for girls’ education and women’s safety to be prioritized, if the Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved.

Crown Prince Magnus said it was important for women to be involved in order meet the SDGs.

Speaking to women at Fish Market in Monrovia, he acknowledged Liberian women’s resilience which returned peace to Liberia.

“I understand there have been tough times; risks you have taken and the resilience and endurance to bring peace; something that is good,” Prince Magnus stated.

The SDGs, he told the women, has 17 goals and one […]

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