As more than 61 per cent of the world’s employed population earn their livelihoods in the informal sector, the UN stressed that a transition to the formal economy is critical to ensure rights’ protection and decent working conditions.
Criticised for his brutal anti-drug campaign, Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte is, however, beloved in Davao City where he served as mayor for 21 years. With his daughter Sara now running the city, Davao has become an unlikely sustainability trailblazer for the country.
Shamshad Akhtar –
Asia Pacific's economic success story belies a widening gap between rich and poor, that if not tackled urgently, could thwart our ambition to achieve the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, writes UN undersecretary-general Shamshad Akhtar.
Amy Black and Alexis Menten –
Despite the fact that about 250 million children around the world cannot attend school, 2018 is shaping up to be a promising year for global efforts to improve educational access and quality. Here's why.
One-fifth of companies on the Singapore Exchange acknowledge the Sustainable Development Goals, and fewer have plans around them. Corporate Citizenship's Lawrence Ow explains why Singapore-listed firms should sit up and pay attention to the SDGs.
The rise of robots is inevitable, but the associated grim predictions around job losses aren't. Asian Development Bank vice president Stephen Groff explains how countries can prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The world has nothing to worry about reserves. After 40 years of fearing energy shortages, we now live with abundance. Guard against false narratives, not scarce resources says Samuele Furfari, Professor at Université libre de Bruxelles.
Hannah Koh –
Many doubt their ability to fight climate change and build more liveable cities, but education and storytelling could put agency back into the hands of the people, said panellists at the Cities:Possibilities forum.