Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are a key component underthe Paris Agreement. Bangladesh has submitted its first NDCs in 2015 andoutlined its intended actions across ten different sectors: Food security, livelihoods,and health protection, disaster management, coastal zone management, floodcontrol and erosion protection, climate resilient infrastructure, ruralelectrification, urban resilience, ecosystem-based adaptation, community-basedwetland and coastal conservation, and capacity building. As Bangladesh is oneof the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change, implementingthe adaptation and loss and damage components of its NDCs is of greatimportance. Accordingly, Bangladesh has included not only mitigation actionsbut also adaptation components into its NDCs.
Up to 2% of the global population have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The exact number is hard to pinpoint, but millions of people are affected world-wide, tens or hundreds of thousands in Sri Lanka alone. Awareness of ASD is slowly rising in the country, but there is much work to be done, and critical blind spots remain. One of them is that almost every existing support for autistic people--early detection, therapy, facilities--is designed with children in mind: but it is necessary to look further and think on the scale of entire lifespans.
Youth are a key stakeholder in addressing impacts of climate change. To build the capacity and empower youth at national, regional, and international level, SLYCAN Trust organises the Global Youth Forum on Climate Change, which is held annually as part of Sri Lanka NEXT Conference, organised by the Ministry of Mahaweli Development & Environment of Sri Lanka.
Climate change impacts threaten agriculture and food security in Sri Lanka. With impacts of floods and droughts experienced the last decade, many agriculture communities are highly vulnerable and unable to carry out their livelihoods.
The research project "Implementation of NDCs for Renewable Energy in Sri Lanka" focuses on identifying gaps in policies and regulations in Sri Lanka to implement the country's Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for renewable energy, with a primary focus on solar and wind energy.
Three landmark global agendas were produced in 2015: the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030.
Literacy is the ability to read, write and communicate effectively. It gives all individuals, regardless of their gender, community or society, the power to connect and understand the complexities of the world. Women, who comprise half the world population, deserve special attention in enhancing literacy, owing to the historical inequities they have suffered through gender-based discrimination throughout history. UNESCO quantifies this gender gap in global literacy rates by indicating that only 82.7% of women worldwide are literate today, as compared to 86.3% of men. However, this gap widens more in poverty-ridden regions like South Asia and Africa and therefore requires careful assessment.
The Sustainable Development Goals comprising 17 goals with 169 targets for the years 2016-2030 are being debated on the extent to which it provides prominence to youth. The Open Working Group (OWG) of the General Assembly, comprising of 30 member states prepared the framework of the SDGs. They have recognized the fact that youth is one of the major groups that is central to the development of the SDGs that constitutes “The Major Groups” which are expected to facilitate the representation of all facets of society.
At the beginning of the new millennium in 2000, world leaders gathered at the United Nations and formed a framework to combat poverty in its all dimensions and translated this vision into eight goals, named the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were to be achieved by the world within a period of 15 years. Nations were to use the MDGs as a basis for their policy formulations. Substantial progress has been made by 2015, where the world has been able to realize the first MDG of halving the extreme poverty rate, for instance.