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Death and taxes

Nothing in our lives is certain except death and taxes, goes the old English saying. But looking at the recent  tax avoidance scandals, it seems that for some wealthy individuals and multinational corporations, only one of these life certainties applies. With a workshop organized this week in Addis Ababa, UN DESA, with financial support from the Government of Italy, is helping African countries ensure that their badly needed revenues do not end up in tax havens.
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Building Capacity to implement the 2030 Agenda – UN DESA’s contribution

 The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) is organizing a Side-Event to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly 2nd Committee titled “UN DESA Building Capacity to implement the 2030 Agenda”. The event will be held on Monday, November 27, 2017 from 1:15 PM to 2:30 PM in Conference Room 6 at the UN Headquarters in New York.
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High Level Meeting: Modelling Tools for Sustainable Development Policies

On 29-30 June, a High Level Meeting on ‘Modelling Tools for Sustainable Development Policies' was held in the premises of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy, to discuss the role of integrated modelling in informing policy...
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Mission Statement

 

UN DESA partners on capacity development to support Member States in building integrated, evidence-based, inclusive and well-funded national strategies and plans to achieve sustainable development that ensure no one is left behind.

Capacity Development Projects around the world

This map illustrates the geographical spread of UN DESA’s capacity development projects. As a global entity, UN DESA does not have country-based operations. Depending on the type of demand and the level of specificity of the request, UN DESA chooses the appropriate geographic level – global, regional, national or subnational – for its intervention.  Sometimes, emerging best practices in capacity development for sustainable development are prototyped at the country-level and later scaled up and diffused throughout the international community.
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Building Capacity to implement the 2030 Agenda – UN DESA’s contribution

 The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) is organizing a Side-Event to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly 2nd Committee titled “UN DESA Building Capacity to implement the 2030 Agenda”. The event will be held on Monday, November 27, 2017 from 1:15 PM to 2:30 PM in Conference Room 6 at the UN Headquarters in New York. read more

International Day of Cooperatives 2017 on Inclusion

The implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is well underway, and cooperative businesses remain one of the best-kept secrets in the SDG toolbox. Cooperative enterprises are based on ethics, values, and a set of seven fundamental principles that keep people, rather than profit, at the centre of their businesses... read more