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Top 10 reads: Women at the helm of achieving sustainable development goals

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In 2015, the UN General Assembly set out the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, outlining 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a blueprint for a better and sustainable future. At the heart of achieving these SDGs is the vital role of women and girls, who constitute more than half the world’s population.

The full participation of women is essential, and their leadership and contributions are crucial to finding solutions to global environmental and economic crises. Women play a critical role in conserving, managing, and utilizing natural resources. In rural communities, they are the primary agricultural producers, making them essential for countries’ food security.

In AWARD's top 10 reads this month, they spotlight the strides and opportunities for women across the globe towards achieving the SDGs in line with this year’s slogan for International Day for Biological Diversity “Building a shared future for all life.” These curated reads underpin biodiversity as the foundation upon which civilization is built, focusing on climate, food, and water security solutions.