November 15, 2017
Ageing is one of the “mega-trends” that are likely to condition the prospects for achieving the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2017, there are an estimated 962 million people aged 60 or over in the world, a population that is growing faster than all younger age groups. Over the next few decades, the increase in the numbers of older persons is almost inevitable, with a projection to reach 1.4 billion in 2030 and 2.1 billion in 2050.
With increasing age and longevity, most older persons–especially those aged 80 and above–will eventually require care services. Care and support services and the manner in which they are provided are vital to maintaining the health, quality of life and independence of older persons and to fostering their social integration. However, 48 per cent of the global population is not covered by any national legislation on long-term care, and 46 per cent is subject to means-testing which makes coverage available to older persons only when they live below the poverty line. Read more
November 2, 2017
The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3 in 1992. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of on the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
Building on many decades of UN’s work in the field of disability, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted in 2006, has further advanced the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international development frameworks, such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, the New Urban Agenda, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development.
The theme for this year’s IDPD is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”. Read more
October 31, 2017
The Division for Social Policy and Development in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) is organizing an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) under the theme “Youth, Peace and Security: Social Issues and Social Policies”
, to take place in Rome on 30-31 October 2017. The meeting will bring together experts from academia, representatives of Member States, United Nations entities, youth organisations and intergovernmental bodies to examine current challenges regarding youth, peace and security issues, and discuss ways to promote and enhance young people’s positive engagement in conflict prevention, peacebuilding and sustaining peace.
These topics will be considered under the framework of Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, as well as in the context of the World Programme of Action for Youth and the UN System-Wide Action Plan on Youth. The meeting will address issues of youth marginalisation and socio-economic exclusion that contribute to their vulnerability to engage in violence, conflict and social unrest, particularly their susceptibility to radicalisation and violent extremism. Read more
October 26, 2017
This year, UNDESA DSPD is using a new platform for managing NGO registration to meetings and events at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The platform is called Indico
, and it will be replacing the registration functionality of the current system, CSO Net
. Indico is user-friendly, secure, robust and flexible. You can find more information about Indico here: https://reg.unog.ch/about
See our quick guides on:
• How to get started with Indico
• How to designate your organization’s Conference Focal Points
. Please designate your Conference Focal Points as soon as possible to avoid delays which may prevent your organization from participating in events, but no later than 31 October 2017
October 26, 2017
Highlighting the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to ensure a life of dignity for all, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for redoubling of efforts to eradicate poverty it in its entirety.
“This globally agreed agenda, pledges to secure a healthy planet and build peaceful and inclusive societies to ensure lives of dignity for all,” said the Secretary-General in a video message marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
“Its pledge to leave no one behind will require innovative approaches, partnerships and solutions.”
In particular, he called for addressing the root causes of poverty to eradicate it in its entirety, and in doing so to listen to the views and guidance of people living in poverty and acting together with them. Read more
October 24, 2017
From its inception, young people were actively involved in the development of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including through: (a) the formal inclusion of young people in United Nations negotiations related to sustainable development through the major group system, in particular the children and youth major group; (b) consultations with young people held at the national level by Member States to inform their national positions; and (c) the My World global survey.
Echoing this participation, as well as the growing interest in and increased policy focus on youth issues as they relate to sustainable development, youth are given specific recognition in the preamble of the 2030 Agenda, and both explicit and implicit references to youth are found throughout its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The pledges made in the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind and to reach the furthest behind first, as well as its affirmation to be people-centred, ensure that youth are included in all aspects of the Agenda. Read more
October 24, 2017
A central pledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to ensure that no one will be left behind, to see all Goals and targets met for all nations and peoples and for all segments of society, and to endeavour to reach the furthest behind first.2 Yet, in virtually every country, some individuals and social groups still confront barriers which prevent them from fully participating in social, economic and political life. Social exclusion is manifested in the routine denial of opportunities, of access to resources, of voice and of the respect for rights, whether based on a person’s age, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, origin or economic or other status.
UN DESA’s forthcoming “Report on the World Social Situation 2017”
will show the potential of social protection systems to promote inclusive development that leaves no one behind. Read more
October 19, 2017
By 2030 more than 60% of the world’s population is projected to live in cities. Urban centers will face key challenges in ensuring that the needs of people living in hardship are met. As cities become smart, they must also provide equal access to the benefits of technological progress for vulnerable social groups and leave no one behind.
A key challenge faced by cities is to ensure the engagement of all people living in situations of hardship and to promote inclusivity. Smart cities in the future should meet the needs of vulnerable members among social groups such as families, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, older persons and youth and thus need to reinvent themselves in the way they communicate, plan and respond to the complex needs of their people. Technological and social innovation is allowing cities to explore solutions and create smarter and inter-connected communities that can enhance service delivery, improve citizen’s lives and reduce urban poverty. Innovation can be a catalyst for change and ensure that our cities and communities are resilient and inclusive for all people of all ages. Read more