Our Divisions: Division for Sustainable Development Goals
The Division targets its capacity development towards translating decisions of UN intergovernmental bodies related to sustainable development into actual policies and actions on the ground. The Division, with support from its three offices away from the Headquarters, and in collaboration with other UN entities and UN country teams, focuses on supporting Member States in preparing their voluntary national reviews at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. It also builds capacity for integrated planning and policy design, linking to the national planning process key sectoral areas such as transport, agriculture, energy, water and sanitation, sustainable cities, waste management and disaster reduction, as appropriate.
Division for Sustainable Development Goals
As the COVID-19 pandemic carves its dark entry into the history of humankind, causing serious illness and death, and upending daily life as we know it, UN DESA is supporting the world to contain the calamity and emerge from it more resilient and united. “UN DESA...
UN DESA Partners with Itaipu Binacional in Paraguay and Brazil in Support of Water and Energy Sustainability Intitiatives
Today, 1.1 billion people lack access to electricity, while water stress affects more than 2 billion people. By 2030, the world will need 40 per cent more water and 50 per cent more energy. Climate change will exacerbate this stress even further. The...
Capacity Building Course on Technology for Development: Innovation Policies for the Sustainable Development Goals in the Arab Region
In the framework of the UN Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), seven UN agencies namely UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN Industrial Development Organization, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UN Conference on Trade and Development, International Telecommunication Union, World Intellectual Property Organization and UN University-Maastricht have developed a 5-day capacity building course on the framework, policies and measurement of innovation in the context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Energy and water are closely interlinked and interdependent, with about 90 per cent of global power generation being water intensive, while about 8 per cent of the global energy generation is used for pumping, treating and transporting water to various consumers. Both energy and water are used in the production of crops, including those used to generate energy through bio-fuels.
Capacity Building Workshop for Developing Countries Presenting Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2018
In September 2015, the General Assembly adopted a new agenda to guide development efforts for the period from 2015 to 2030 (Resolution A/RES/70/1: Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development). The 2030 Agenda sets out 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets which jointly constitute a comprehensive plan of action to eradicate poverty and ensure sustainable development. Building on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Agenda is universal, applicable to all countries, considering “different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities”. The goals and targets are “integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development”.
The Addis Ababa Action Agenda (Addis Agenda) calls “on all businesses to apply their creativity and
innovation to solving sustainable development challenges” and invites them “to invest in areas critical
to sustainable development” (para 35). In addition, the Addis Agenda recognizes that “investing in
sustainable and resilient infrastructure […], for all” is a pre-requisite for achieving the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) and points to an infrastructure gap of $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion annually in
developing countries (para 14).
Everyone is talking about implementing the 2030 Agenda, especially considering the inter-linkages between the three dimensions of sustainability and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But how do we do this in practice? And how do we work to understand and manage the complexity of those relationships without losing sight of the big picture: creating the changes necessary to foster prosperity for both people and planet?
Between 22 January and 1 February 2018, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) will undertake two field missions to Belize and Costa Rica to implement project activities on the monitoring and reporting of sustainable development objectives, goals, and targets, as well as the implementation of national sustainable development strategies in selected countries of Africa and Latin America.
UN and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology to team up to help developing countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs is entering into an agreement with China’s Ministry of Science and Technology to embark on a series of initiatives aimed at strengthening knowledge sharing, capacity building and collaboration across...
The rapid and often unplanned and uncoordinated growth of cities has compromised existing transportation systems and significantly increased the challenge of creating new transportation systems, especially in developing countries. This online course is designed to...