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[NEWS] Asia-Pacific Business Forum Urges Regulation of Technologies, Financing Models

香港亞太商業論壇強調需要大規模投資以實現可持續發展目標,以及人造智能等新興技術的潛力能夠產生社會和經濟效益。

亞太經社會和數碼港是香港特別行政區管理的一個技術社區,共同舉辦了關於企業在可持續發展中作用的為期兩天的會議。

The Asia-Pacific Business Forum in Hong Kong highlighted the need for massive investment to achieve the SDGs, and the potential for emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence to produce social and economic benefits.

ESCAP and Cyberport, a technology community managed by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, jointly organized the two-day meeting on the role of business in sustainable development.

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[NEWS] DESA Promotes SDGs at Policy Meeting for Asia

聯合國經濟和社會事務部在博鰲亞洲論壇年會上向亞洲領導人介紹了區域合作對實現可持續發展目標的重要性。

聯合國負責經濟和社會事務的副秘書長劉振民將中國的“一帶一路”倡議作為區域合作的一個例子,可能有助於實現可持續發展目標的努力。

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs addressed Asian leaders on the importance of regional cooperation for achieving the SDGs, at the annual meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia.

Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, cited China’s Belt and Road Initiative as an example of regional cooperation that could potentially support efforts toward achieving the SDGs.

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[NEWS] Biodiversity loss is scarier than climate change

WWF director general Marco Lambertini at Ecosperity observed that the speed of the natural disappearance was almost 1,000 times that of the original, and it was also the fastest reduction in species since the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

WWF’s Living Planet report from 2016 showed that of 3,706 wildlife populations around the world, 60 per cent have disappeared in the last 40 years.

“We need to work out the invisible value of nature,” says Lambertini. “We cannot have a prosperous society in a depleted planet.”

Services provided by nature, such as trees that filter air and water, plants that store carbon, insects that pollinate crops, and the mental health benefits of green areas, are valued at $125 trillion a year, reaching $145 trillion. The study also found that losses caused by land use change amount to 4 to 20 trillion U.S. dollars per year found by a study in 2014 by ecologists.

Lambertini claimed that “We need to make biodiversity loss and nature loss a serious issue, an issue that people are afraid of,” he says. “We are scared of climate change, but the loss of nature is “even more scary,”.

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[NEWS] Global Targets Agreed for SDG Road Safety Progress

FIA Foundation Deputy Director Avi Silverman said: “These targets are essential if there is to be global progress towards the SDG agenda on road safety. They provide a clear set of actions to be prioritized by governments worldwide. And importantly, they take into account the needs of children and the vulnerable, setting the key objectives to save lives on the world’s roads.”

The goal of Sustainable Development Goal 3.6 is to halve the number of road traffic casualties by 2020. The focus of SRD 11.2 is to provide everyone with a safe and sustainable transportation system, improve road safety and pay special attention to children and vulnerable groups.

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “Road injuries are the top cause of death for young people. It is simply not possible to improve child and adolescent health if we don’t address road traffic crashes”, which had emphasized the importance of the work, particularly for children and youngsters.

Read More: Governments have reached agreement on a set of global targets intended to drive progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) agenda on road safety

Download: FIA Foundation Annual Report 2017