General Assembly embarks on historic task of finalizing the post-2015 agenda


“Today, we embark on the critical task of negotiating an ambitious, inclusive and transformative post-2015 development agenda,” said UN General Assembly President Sam Kutesa as he opened the stocktaking session of the intergovernmental post-2015 development agenda negotiations, which took place from 19 to 21 January at UN Headquarters in New York.  Read more

Posted in: Sustainable Development


WESP 2015: Global economy to improve marginally

Global economic growth is forecast to increase marginally over the next two years, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP) report, launched today. The global economy is expected to grow 3.1 per cent in 2015 and 3.3 per cent in 2016, compared with an estimated growth of 2.6 per cent for 2014. Read more

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A key year for water begins

World Water Day - 22 March

During the last 15 years, some two billion people have seen improvements in their access to water sources thanks to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Yet across the globe today, 750 million people still lack safe drinking water. Tackling these challenges by placing water issues front and centre, the UN-Water International Conference takes place this week in Zaragoza, Spain. The goal is to bring the post-2015 agenda into action. Read more

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‘2015 can and must be time for global action’

Informal Meeting of the Plenary of the General Assembly.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon looked forward to a “year of opportunity,” as he briefed the 193-Member United Nations General Assembly on his priorities for 2015, and called for transformative global action that would ensure sustainable development and human dignity for all. Read more


Preparing for a year of global action

2015 is expected to be a historic year for global sustainable development. A number of milestone events are expected to set in motion crucial actions that will benefit both the people and the planet. With UN DESA playing a leading role in these efforts, DESA News met with Mr. Wu Hongbo, UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General, to learn more about upcoming events as well as gains made during the past year. Read more