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17 Goals to Transform Our World

In 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In 2016, the Paris Agreement on climate change entered into force, addressing the need to limit the rise of global temperatures.

Governments, businesses and civil society together with the United Nations are mobilizing efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Agenda by 2030. Universal, inclusive and indivisible, the Agenda calls for action by all countries to improve the lives of people everywhere.

Explore this site to find out more about the efforts of the UN and its partners to build a better world with no one left behind.

Make digital world safer for children, increase online access to benefit most disadvantaged – UNICEF

December 11th, 2017|Infrastructure, News, Youth|

Governments and the private sector have not kept up with the game-changing pace of digital technologies, exposing children to new risks and harms – both on and offline – and leaving millions of the most disadvantaged behind, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Monday in a new report.

Boost in global economy offers opportunities to tackle deep rooted development issues (UN Press Release)

December 11th, 2017|News, Press material|

An upturn in the global economy—now growing by about 3 per cent—paves the way to reorient policy towards longer-term issues such as addressing climate change, tackling existing inequalities and removing institutional obstacles to development, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2018, launched today in New York.

Conflicts, drought drive hunger despite strong global food supply – UN agriculture agency

December 7th, 2017|Hunger and food security, News|

Despite strong global food supply, localized drought, flooding and protracted conflicts have intensified and perpetuated food insecurity, the United Nations agriculture agency reported Thursday.

UN health agency launches first global monitoring system for dementia

December 7th, 2017|Health, News|

The United Nations health agency on Thursday launched the first global monitoring system for dementia, which is expected to affect 152 million people worldwide by 2050 – triple the current 50 million – amid the aging of the global population. Dementia includes Alzheimer’s disease and other types of memory loss and cognitive disabilities.

Launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2018 (Press Briefing)

December 7th, 2017|Economic growth, News, Press material|

World economic growth has reached its highest level of growth since 2011, according to the 2018 World Economic Situation and Prospects Report (WESP), which will be launched by Mr. Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic [...]

China tops patent, trademark and design filings in 2016 – UN agency reports

December 6th, 2017|Economic growth, News, Partnerships|

Worldwide filings for patents, trademarks and industrial designs reached record heights in 2016 amid soaring demand in China, which received more patent applications than the combined total of applications received by the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the European Patent Office, the United Nations intellectual property agency said Wednesday.

Millions of babies, mostly in South Asia, risk brain damage from breathing toxic air, UNICEF warns

December 6th, 2017|Health, News|

Almost 17 million babies live in areas where air pollution is at least six times higher than international limits, causing them to breathe toxic air and potentially risking their brain development, according to a new paper released on Tuesday by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).