Regional Overviews of SDG 7 #SDG7Conference

The five UN regional commissions provided an overview of SDG 7 progress on the first day of the Global SDG 7 conference in Bangkok. Chaired by the World Bank’s Vivien Foster (Global Lead for Energy Economics, Markets & Institutions), representatives of the five regions gave short presentations. The five global regions are, Asia and the Pacific (presented by UN ESCAP) Latin America and the Caribbean (presented by UN ECLAC) Europe (presented by UN ECE) Western Asia (presented by UN ESCWA) Africa (presented by UN ECA) Each SDG is detailed by a set of targets and measured according to its stated indicators. For the 17 SDGs, there are a total of 169 targets and close to 230 indicators. For SDG 7

Edinburgh Preparative Conference on WMDFZ in the Middle East

First group photo of the Edinburgh Preparative Conference at the Edinburgh City Chambers with the Deputy Lord Provost. From 23-25 January 2018, UN House Scotland held a series of seminars titled The Edinburgh Preparative Conference in the Edinburgh City Chambers. The Edinburgh Preparative Conference was the first small step towards a treaty to a weapons of mass destruction free zone (WMDFZ) in the Middle East. With guests ranging from experts to activists to academics from the region and beyond, it was a successful week that set out strategies, goals, and long-term planning for a draft treaty that explored the technical possibilities of an agreement when the political stars align. The Edinbu

POP: Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East

Distributed to Parliament on 19 February, the latest edition of the Parliamentary One-Pager addresses the concept of a Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East. Download the POP. #WMD #weaponsofmassdestruction #middleeastpeace #middleeast #weaponsofmassdestructionfreezone

UNHS at the Global SDG 7 Conference

A global preparatory meeting in support of the review of SDG 7 at the 2018 UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF) is being held from the 21st to the 23rd of February 2018 in Bangkok (Thailand), by UN ESCAP. This meeting aims to bring together key stakeholders from Governments, UN system and other international organizations, the private sector, and civil society to engage in a dialogue that emphasises on the integrated and cross-cutting nature of sustainable energy and its multiple roles in supporting the achievement of the SDGs. The concept note for the conference can be found here - http://bit.ly/2sHeLPW Since Scotland has been an active partner in global dialogues around the Sustainable Dev

Q&A with Professor Siddharth Kara

On 31 January, 2018, UNHS interns spoke with Professor Siddharth Kara as part of the “See Me, Free Me” campaign to raise awareness of modern slavery in Scotland. Professor Kara is a leading expert in human trafficking and contemporary slavery and he is a senior fellow and lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a senior fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery (2009); Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia (2012); and Modern Slavery: A Global Perspective (2017) all from Columbia University Press. Here is what Professor Ka

Does the Super Bowl have a trafficking problem?

For all of its profitability, the NFL is plagued with problems. Domestic violence, sexual misconduct, and life threatening head injuries are just a few of the themes that grace the headlines at the beginning of each season. Although these issues have exposed some difficult realities of sports, masculinity, and sex in America, many of the systematic problems underlying the success of the League remain to be seen. One such issue is the occurrence of human trafficking during its most popular event– the Super Bowl. According to Alliance 8.7, 5.4 out of every 1,000 people on earth are victims of trafficking and modern slavery. Image credit Alliance 8.7 Human trafficking, defined by the Department

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