4 experts on how to advance sustainable development

Monday, October 19th, 2020

What do we really need to do to achieve the UN SDGs by 2030?

Elsevier’s new report on the progress of sustainability science – The Power of Data to Advance the SDGs – offers unique insights and initiatives, many developed with partners, to map the state of research in each SDG area. It focuses on four key areas: Gender, Health, Reducing Inequalities and Climate.

In the report, experts take a deep look into what has been achieved thus far and what is still missing to achieve real progress. Here are some highlights.

“Healthy adults earn, and healthy children learn.”

Amref Health Africa Global CEO Githinji Gitahi, MD. (Photo courtesy of Amref Health Africa)

Amref Health Africa Global CEO Githinji Gitahi, MD. (Photo courtesy of Amref Health Africa)

 

SDG3: Good Health and Well-beingAmref, the largest Africa based international non-governmental organization (INGO), is committed to increasing sustainable health access in Africa. To achieve the UN’s sustainability agenda, Amref Health Africa’s Global CEO Githinji Gitahi emphasizes the need to take a broader approach to health:

“The wider sustainable agenda cannot happen without healthy societies, and indeed we cannot achieve healthy societies without sustainable development. The two are therefore interdependent. However, health is actually the basis for human capital, which is needed for sustainable development, and it’s therefore a good starting point to see it as ‘ground zero’ for the SDGs.

A basic social-economic principle should be that ‘healthy adults earn, and healthy children learn.’ This is Human Capital 101!”

 


Read the full article on Elsevier Connect: “4 experts on how to advance sustainable development“, Maha Rhannam, 14 October 2020.