Topic: Social Justice

NEWS: USA: Index Assesses Cities’ Progress On SDGs

US cities still have a long way to go towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the first-ever US Cities SDG Index, which ranks the 100 most populous metropolitan areas in the US based on their performance on the SDGs. Because 62.7% of the US population live in urban areas, the Index aims to provide a framework for action to help address sustainable development challenges faced by cities…

NEWS: UN Releases UNGA72 Preparatory Documents

In preparation for the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA72), the UN has released a number of documents related to its agenda item on sustainable development, including documents on education for sustainable development (ESD), implementation of UN environmental conventions, and social development. The documents provide an overview of progress on the topic and make recommendations for the UNGA’s consideration, including specific recommendations on accelerating progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…

NEWS: Australia: Alcohol Industry Lobbying Tactics Exposed

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education’s submission to the Northern Territory Alcohol Review has exposed how the alcohol industry undermined and attacked scientific evidence in an attempt to mislead the inquiry. 
Public health experts say alcohol industry submissions to the review “conspire to undermine science by merchandising doubt in a manner straight out the tobacco industry’s playbook”…

BLOG: Spinning The Truth: Diageo CEO Lies On TV

Diageo is not an ordinary company. This is not an ordinary CEO. Spinning the truth until it becomes a lie is not normal, even if it is standard in the alcohol industry. Diageo’s products are not ordinary commodities but harmful for individuals, families, communities and societies at large. Apparently Diageo is intent on evading responsibility, rather burdening society with paying the costs for the harms its products and marketing cause, instead of acting responsibly and ethically…

REPORT: Shocking Alcohol Use Disorders Increases In United States

Substantial increases in alcohol use, high-risk alcohol intake, and DSM-IV alcohol use disorder constitute a public health crisis and portend increases in chronic disease comorbidities in the United States, especially among women, older adults, racial/ethnic minorities, and the socioeconomically disadvantaged…

NEWS: South Africa: Rising Criticism Of Beer Against Hunger Campaign

In South Africa calls mount to boycott SAB Miller’s campaign against hunger
The South African Breweries, together with Stop Hunger Now South Africa, has launched a Beer for Africa eight-pack in order to feed hungry students across the continent.
But civil society organisations have called the initiative irresponsible and are urging consumers to boycott it and sign a petition against it…