A new world starts in school

Education for everybody could be the key to ending world poverty. Good progress has already been made, but much more is needed to get every child to school before 2030.

13. September 2016

When the nations of the world agreed on the 17 Global Goals, they made a plan so ambitious that it can seem overwhelming. How will we ever be able to achieve all those big, important, and interconnected goals, and where to even start? But the answer may actually be quite simple: Start with school.

According to professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, an expert of sustainable development and adviser to the UN General Secretary, the goal to make people smarter and wiser is the key to unlocking all the rest:

“Of all of the investments needed to achieve sustainable development, none is more important than Goal 4: Quality Education,” Mr Sachs told World’s Best News. The goal aims to achieve universal primary and secondary education everywhere by 2030.

“If we can guarantee that every child in the world will be able to start in kindergarten and then go at least all the way through a quality secondary education, that would mean a breakthrough,” says Mr Sachs.

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World unites to save the seas

All nations have agreed to work together to save the oceans before 2030. It will not be easy, but history shows international cooperation can bring real change.

If you need a good argument for protecting the world’s oceans, take a deep breath. Half the oxygen you just inhaled originally came from the sea, according to a recent UN report that highlights the status of the world’s oceans and the value of protecting them.

“The ocean is crucial for life on Earth, including for human beings,” says professor Katherine Richardson, one of the leading ocean experts at the University of Copenhagen. “Our entire natural world has evolved through an interaction between life in the ocean, life on land, and the climate”.

Oceans of opportunity

The vital oxygen is only one of many important resources provided by the sea. Every year, the world’s fishermen catch a total of about 80 million tonnes of fish, which provides 17 per cent of the total protein consumed by humanity.

And that’s just the fish. If we count other types of seafood, such as shellfish and squid, the total food production comes to 156 million tonnes a year, according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

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New medical ring protects against HIV

A simple looking ring is being hailed as a new breakthrough against HIV/AIDS.

26. April 2016

It looks like just a simple ring of soft, white silicone, but it’s taken ten years of research to create, and the ring could turn out to be an important weapon in the battle against AIDS.

Two large clinical trials have recently shown that a special medical ring of silicone placed in the vagina reduced test participants’ risk of contracting HIV with up to 61 percent. The ring is infused with the medical substance Dapirivine, which acts by blocking the virus from making copies of itself inside human cells.

The substance is slowly released from the silicone ring, and is only absorbed in other parts of the body to a very small degree. The trials, which encompassed a total of 4,588 women in four African countries, also showed that the ring is safe for longer term use.

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Sea turtles make comeback after years on the brink

Decades of hard work to protect sea turtles are now paying off. A number of countries report larger numbers of these armoured but vulnerable creatures.

2. February 2016

There used to be so many green sea turtles on caribbean beaches during nesting season that a person could walk on their shells along the coast and never touch the sand. We know this from the logbooks of some of the first European ships to reach the New World. But the sailors quickly realised that the turtles were an easy catch, and soon thousands of turtles were butchered for meat when they came to the coast to lay their eggs. Even today, green sea turtles are known as ‘soup turtles’ in some languages.

When sea turtles were finally declared a protected species in the USA in 1973, they were on the verge of being eaten to extinction.

40 years of protection pays off

In 1991, the Archie Carr nature reserve was established on a stretch of Florida coast. Fewer than 50 turtle nests were registered in the reserve during the first year. But since then, numbers of nests began to climb. A sea turtle only starts laying eggs at around 30 years of age, and during the first decade of the Archie Carr reserve, the number of nests slowly increased to around 200. Then numbers started booming. In 2011, researchers counted 6,023 nests on the beach, and the 2015 count broke all records, with a total of 14,152 nests. As each nest can contain up to 200 eggs, this could mean millions of new turtles.

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More vaccine against the ’toilet death’

Big investments in vaccine are set to break a vicious circle in the global struggle against the deadly bacterial disease cholera, which is a scourge to especially poor people and refugees.

20. January 2016

Sudan and Haiti could not get any vaccine last year, when they asked the World Health Organisation (WHO) for supplies to prevent cholera outbreaks. There was simply not enough vaccine on the global market. But this situation is now set to change, since WHO in 2013 began to establish a global stockpile for cholera vaccine. This stockpile has so far meant that the distribution and use of vaccine against cholera is now at the highest level in 15 years.

Millions of doses

Meanwhile, the WHO continues to buy large quantities of vaccine. This is done both to supply the stockpile and to break the vicious cycle where high prices means small demand for the vaccine, which again leads to small production, which in turn means high prices. By procuring big volumes of vaccine, the WHO creates demand, which in turn leads to higher production and thus lower prices. This will make the vaccine more available and affordable to the countries that need it most.

Recently, the WHO has approved a new supplier, bringing the number up to three. This is expected to double the amount of vaccine available on the global market in 2016, with opportunities for further increases.

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Austria

Austria is participating in World’s Best News’ and European Year for Development’s EYD Day from September to December.

Read the Austrian newspaper here.

The newspaper will be distributed at several EYD2015/Global Goals events.

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Czech Republic

Czech Republic took part in World’s Best News’ and European Year for Development’s EYD Day September 14th.

Read the Czech newspaper here.

Nearly 100 volunteers distributed thousands of newspapers during the morning peak to the general public in Prague and in 18 other towns. Some schools were also involved.

See pictures from the event here.
See a short video from the event.

At the same time they made an exhibition at the UN Information Center, Jungmann Square, in Prague.

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Slovenia

Slovenia took part in World’s Best News’ and European Year for Development’s EYD Day September 11th.

Read the Slovenian newspaper here.

Together with 20 partner organisations around Slovenia more than 300 volunteers distributed the newspaper and 10,000 special produced Kefir (a diary product) and dairy Mlekarna Planika Kobarid (a agricultural cooperative with local farmers) in 26 towns (see the map):

Breginj, Črnomelj, Gornja Radgona, Kobarid, Koper, Kranj, Krško, Ljubljana, Logatec, Loče, Maribor, Metlika, Murska Sobota, Negova, Novo mesto, Nova Gorica, Ptuj, Semič, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenske Konjice, Spodnji Ivanjci, Škofja Loka,Velenje, Vipava, Zagorje ob Savi, Žalec.

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Finland

Finland took part in World’s Best News’ and European Year for Development’s EYD Day September 25th.

Read the Finnish newspaper here

Read the Finnish-Swedish newspaper here.

The papers and 1,000 apples were handed out at the Helsinki Railway station, Friday morning, September 25th.

Read an article (in swedish) about the event.

The newspaper has been sent to 1,500 secondary and high schools in Finland. Finland is also offering newspapers for universities to be distributed during development cooperation weeks.

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Germany

Germany took part in World’s Best News’ and European Year for Development’s EYD Day September 11th.

Read the German newspaper here.

The papers were handed out in Berlin, Cologne and Hamburg. Also small towns (Eppstein and Langen in the regions of Rheinland-Pfalz) were a part of the EYD Day. Visit the Facebook page: Engagement Global

The newspapers will also be distributed on bigger events – e.g. in Potsdam with over 500 school kids and in a “global learning station” at the Zoo in Münster. Read more on their website.

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Hungary

Hungary is participating in World’s Best News’ and European Year for Development’s EYD Day in October – November.

Read the Hungarian newspaper here.

The newspaper will be distributed online and hard-copy at several events.

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Ireland

Ireland took part in World’s Best News’ and European Year for Development’s EYD Day September 17th.

Read the Irish newspaper here.

Volunteers around the country (see map) distributed 7,000 newspapers to commuters and members of the public and spread the positive news of development progress.

See pictures from the events on Twitter (#WorldsBestNews).

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The same evening Dochas co-hosted a family friendly outdoor film screening with a group called Happenings for members of the public in Merrion Square – one of Dublin’s parks. The focus here was on sustainability, climate change, international development and World’s Best News.

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Italy

Italy is participating in World’s Best News’ and European Year for Development’s EYD Day.

Read the Italian newspaper here.

Italy has organized a national work program with three main activities: 1)  a communication campaign at the national level, 2) a Development Cooperation Week in Italian primary and secondary schools and 3) academic seminars and workshops.

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Latvia

Latvia took part in World’s Best News’ and European Year for Development’s EYD Day September 24th.

Read the Latvian newspaper here. 

More than 250 volunteers – mostly kids and young people from schools, youth centers and activist groups – handed out 7,000 newspapers together with the Latvian edition, featuring the best news about Latvia’s involvement in development cooperation. The distributions took place in more than 20 cities across Latvia.

The main event started in Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a speech of parliamentary secretary, then volunteers went through the city and handed out newspapers to commuters and members of the public.

Distribution of the paper will also take place in regions within EYD2015 from October to December.

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Portugal

Portugal took part in World’s Best News’ and European Year for Development’s EYD Day September 11th.

Read the Portuguese newspaper here. 

Around 250 volunteers distributed the newspaper in transport hubs – metro and train stations – in Lisbon.

In several other cities – Faro, Vila Real Santo António, Funchal, Braga, Vila Verde, Mértola, Aveiro, Elvas and Porto – you were also able to get the paper in the streets. 26 schools from all over the country participated in the event.

See photos from the event on their Facebook.

The national newspaper – Diário de Noticias – also distributed some exemplars of the newspaper as an insert at national level.

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Slovakia

Slovakia took part in World’s Best News’ and European Year for Development’s EYD Day October 14th.

Read the Slovakian newspaper here.

The newspaper (9,800 pieces) was a leaflet in the daily SME (a daily newspaper) with coverage in whole Slovakia.

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United Kingdom

United Kingdom took part in World’s Best News’ and European Year for Development’s EYD Day September 14th.

Read the UK newspaper here.
Read the special youth editition here.

50 volunteers – many of whom were young returned volunteers from the national ICS programme – handed out around 9,000 newspapers in 7 cities across the UK (London, Birmingham, Colchester, Bristol, Newcastle, Glasgow, Belfast). See a short video from Kings Cross.

See the pictures from the UK here.

In the UK they also held a World’s Best News Market Stall at the first event national government DFID Youth Summit where interested youth delegates could come and take some copies of the newspaper, learn more about the initiative and sign up to get involved.

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Denmark

Denmark took part in World’s Best News’ and European Year for Development’s EYD Day September 11th.

The biggest day of World’s Best News in Denmark is the second Friday in September where we have our morning event.

See pictures from Denmark here.

From 7 to 9 am more than 1,500 volunteers throughout Denmark distributed thousands of papers and chocolate from Coop and Toms.

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Spain

Spain is participating in World’s Best News’ and European Year for Development’s EYD Day in October.

Read the Spanish newspaper here.

See pictures from the participating countries.

Malta

Malta is participating in World’s Best News’ and European Year for Development’s EYD Day.

Read the Maltese newspaper here.

See pictures from the participating countries.

Luxembourg

Luxembourg is participating in World’s Best News’ and European Year for Development’s EYD Day.

Read the Luxemburg newspaper here.

See pictures from the participating countries.

Romania

Romania took part in World’s Best News’ and European Year for Development’s EYD Day September 19th and 20th.

Read the Romanian newspaper here.

35 volunteers distributed almost 9.500 newspapers in two major parks in Bucharest, Romania.

See pictures from the event here.

The EYD2015 Ambassador, Andreea Raicu, posted a video inviting people to get a copy of World’s Best News (in Romanian).

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Bulgaria

Bulgaria took part in World’s Best News’ and European Year for Development’s EYD Day October 19th.

Read the Bulgarian newspaper.

Close to Sofia University metro station voluteers handed put free newspapers and the Bulgarian cookie “Belvita”.

Also in the cities Lovech, Svoge, Dupnica and Kirdjali you could get free copy of the paper.

See pictures from the participating countries.

France

France took part in World’s Best News’ and European Year for Development’s EYD Day October 24th.

Read the French newspaper.

The movement of the European Youth distributed 5,000 newspapers in several cities in France.

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A new world starts in school

13 Sep 2016

Education for everybody could be the key to ending world poverty. Good progress has already been made, but much more is needed to get every child to school before 2030.

World unites to save the seas

13 Sep 2016

All nations have agreed to work together to save the oceans before 2030. It will not be easy, but history shows international cooperation can bring real change.

More vaccine against the ’toilet death’

20 Jan 2016

Big investments in vaccine are set to break a vicious circle in the global struggle against the deadly bacterial disease cholera, which is a scourge to especially poor people and refugees.

Youth is key to ending poverty

08 Dec 2015

The whole world could benefit from the potential of the many young people in developing countries, if we help them access health and education.

New medical ring protects against HIV

26 Apr 2016

A simple looking ring is being hailed as a new breakthrough against HIV/AIDS.

Sierra Leone girls fight for their rights by football

08 Dec 2015

A Danish organisation is using the power of football to bring people together in Sierra Leone, helping them reconcile after the civil war and to learn about basic rights.

Good news for rare animals

08 Dec 2015

Though world wildlife has been more than halved in the last 40 years, several rare species are actually making a comeback, thanks to conservation efforts. Numbers of tigers, pandas, and gorillas are still low, but growing.

Digital youths fight climate change in Africa

08 Dec 2015

“Climate change is killing Africa, #youthbaton is here to make a change”.

Cambodian villagers win back their land

14 Dec 2015

More than 300 families in a small village in Cambodia have peacefully regained their rights to their forest, after many years of conflict.

Orangutans take back their forest

08 Dec 2015

Since 2012, the rehabilitation centre Nyaru Menteng has been resettling orangutans in areas of pristine rainforest in the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo.

Good news for rare animals

08 Dec 2015

Though world wildlife has been more than halved in the last 40 years, several rare species are actually making a comeback, thanks to conservation efforts. Numbers of tigers, pandas, and gorillas are still low, but growing.

Fish-farmer leaves poverty behind

21 Jul 2015

Sometimes, natural disasters lead to opportunities for new life. Indian Jannagath caught such an opportunity with a fishing net.

100 percent clean energy in Costa Rica

01 Jul 2015

The power stations of Costa Rica have not burnt any fossil fuels during the first months of 2015. All electricity came from sustainable sources.

We all have a lot to celebrate this Friday

08 Sep 2015

The world has become a better place, many of us just don’t realise it yet. This Friday, World’s Best News celebrates that most people of the world now live longer and better lives. Everyone is invited.

The EU spreads World’s Best News

12 May 2015

A Danish information campaign has been so successful that the EU has chosen to publish it across Europe. The aim is to bring good news from developing countries to EU citizens, as part of the European Year for Development

World’s Best News Receives CISU Prize

01 May 2014

This weekend, the steering committee of the World’s Best News in Roskilde were given the initiative award for third-world development by the CISU.

Denmark Must Set Ambitious Goals After 2015

13 Mar 2014

When the Director of the UN Millennium Campaign, Corinne Woods, paid a visit to Denmark last Wednesday, she brought with her a challenge. Denmark must lead the effort to create ambitious development goals after 2015.

World’s Best News is a journalistic awareness campaign and media that publishes news about progress in the developing countries.

We are a collaboration between the UN, DANIDA, more than 100 Danish NGOs and 100 private sector companies. In 2015 we partner with Project Everyone, Action/2015 and European Year for Development.

Theme: Human Rights

Cambodian villagers win back their land

14 Dec 2015

More than 300 families in a small village in Cambodia have peacefully regained their rights to their forest, after many years of conflict.

Sierra Leone girls fight for their rights by football

08 Dec 2015

A Danish organisation is using the power of football to bring people together in Sierra Leone, helping them reconcile after the civil war and to learn about basic rights.