Volume 18, No.10 - October 2014

Feature articles

Behind the scenes at the UN General Assembly

In the last week of September, high-level government representatives descended on New York to attend the UN General Assembly to address a number of issues vital for the well-being of our planet. Putting people at the centre of development, meeting new population challenges and ensuring the rights of the world’s indigenous peoples – these were some of the topics on a busy agenda, where UN DESA played a crucial role providing support. Read more

Providing key information for MDG momentum

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an end to the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals while speaking at a high-level event convened by the MDG Advocacy Group on 25 September. Organized by UN DESA in collaboration with a number of partners, the event featured the launch of a new publication as well as a data tool visualizing 14 years’ worth of MDG data from UN DESA’s Statistics Division. Read more

Renewing commitments to end poverty


The global community is making important strides to reduce extreme poverty. However, despite substantial progress, about one in five people worldwide still lives on less than $1.25 a day. To renew commitments, show solidarity and make sure no one is left behind, the United Nations will commemorate the 2014 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty at UN Headquarters in New York on 17 October. Read more

Publications and websites

Technical reports


Abortion Policies and Reproductive Health around the World

Produced by UN DESA’s Population Division, the report provides information on changes in legal grounds for abortion between 1996 and 2013. It also includes latest available information on government policies and programmes related to reproductive health. Read more

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