ECOSOC Youth Forum to be held at the end of January

ECOSCO Youth ForumThe ECOSOC Youth Forum, which has been held annually since 2012, will take place from the 30th to the 31st of January in New York under the title “The role of youth in building sustainable and resilient urban and rural communities”. The aim of the forum is to bring youth into discussions with government representatives, youth delegates, policymakers and other relevant stakeholders in civil society and the private sector about the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development. The Forum’s primary participants come from National Youth Councils, the UN Major Group for Children and Youth, regional youth organizations, and youth-led and youth-focused organizations and networks. This year’s theme centers especially around Sustainable Development Goals 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17. The same Goals will be discussed in this year's High-level Political Forum in July. During plenary sessions, interactive thematic and regionally-based discussions, which includes regional perspectives, youth will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with Member States and other stakeholders. The Youth Forum is organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth and the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development. Find more information about this year’s ECOSOC Youth Forum here. A draft program of the Forum can be found here.  

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Wrapping up 2017 and looking ahead to 2018

Image of two global leaders on disability issues in conversation outside a UN conference roomIn 2017, a number of ‘transformative’ initiatives were taken by the international community to make the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development a reality by, for and with persons with disabilities. The 2030 Agenda with the principle of “leaving no one behind” calls for immediate action toward inclusive society and development, taking a “people-centered” approach. Our work is dedicated to support action by Governments, other UN offices, civil society, in particular, persons with disabilities, academic institutions, and the private sector to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality for ALL, including persons with disabilities, in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. As the international community, we need to make every action, every decision and every progress in the SDGs be accessible by, for and with persons with disabilities. Read more

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Launch of the new Youth Flash

UN Youth Flash January 2018Youth Flash is out with a new look! With a more user-friendly interface, readers are now able to search for news and publications from specific UN entities. Readers are also able to look for articles through the introduction of keywords. Tweets from our @UN4Youth account, as well as a video that is relevant to Youth is featured as well! Read more

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International EGM on “Sustainable development in territories of indigenous peoples”

Participants and the 2016 session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Credit: UN Photo/Manuel Elias23-25 January 2018 Conference Room 5 , United Nations Headquarters, New York

Sustainable development in territories of indigenous peoples (Article 4 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) Article 4 Indigenous peoples, in exercising their right to self-determination, have the right to autonomy or self-government in matters relating to their internal and local affairs, as well as ways and means for financing their autonomous functions. Read more

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EGM on “Youth, Peace and Security: Social Issues and Social Policies”

Expert Group Meeting “Youth, Peace and Security: Social Issues and Social Policies” Rome, 30-31 October 2017The Division for Social Policy and Development in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) organized an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) under the theme “Youth, Peace and Security: Social Issues and Social Policies”, which took place in Rome on 30-31 October 2017. The meeting brought 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 discussed ways to promote and enhance young people’s positive engagement in conflict prevention, peacebuilding and sustaining peace. These topics were 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 addressed issues of youth marginalisation and socio-economic exclusion that contributed to their vulnerability to engage in violence, conflict and social unrest, particularly their susceptibility to radicalisation and violent extremism. Read more

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RWSS 2017: Promoting Inclusion Through Social Protection

Third Committee Opens Session to Calls for Greater Inclusion of Youth, Women, Persons with Disabilities in Decisions Affecting their LivesUniversal social protection is a potent development policy tool that can alleviate poverty, inequality and social exclusion. Few countries have been able to reduce poverty and improve living conditions on a broad scale without comprehensive social protection systems in place. The international community’s consensus on the importance of social protection has been reinforced with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Target 1.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals stresses the role of social protection in ending poverty in all its forms, as it seeks the implementation of “nationally appropriate social protection measures and systems for all, including floors”. By 2030, the goal is no less than “substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable”. Countries around the world have made noteworthy progress in building and strengthening social protection systems. Still, only 29 per cent of the global population enjoy comprehensive coverage. Even in countries with comprehensive social protection systems in place, poverty persists, particularly among children, youth, older persons, persons with disabilities, migrants, ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples. Read more

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Taking a different course for a world free of poverty

AARP-UN Briefing Series on Global AgingThe fifty-sixth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 29 January to 7 February 2018. The session will address the 2018 policy cycle’s priority theme “Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”. This year, the Commission will also convene a High-Level Panel discussion on the third review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA). The panel is scheduled to be held on the morning of Wednesday, 31 January 2018 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The third global review of achievements and obstacles in the implementation of MIPAA offers a timely opportunity to raise the profile of ageing and engage members of the Commission and other key stakeholders, including civil society organizations and the private sector, in a discussion on how older persons could be better taken into account in development agendas efforts to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development, in the context of leaving no one behind and ensuring lives of dignity for all. Read more

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International Human Solidarity Day 2017

International Human Solidarity Day 2017 The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a renewed global commitment to not only end poverty and hunger but also achieve social inclusion, universal social protection, reduction of inequalities and environmental sustainability, all requiring fundamental changes in the way our societies function. The 2030 Agenda recognizes that a holistic approach is needed and that business-as-usual is no longer an option. If we are to realize the transformational vision of the 2030 Agenda, it is crucial to look at alternative development strategies that promote global cooperation, solidarity, and inclusiveness. The concept of solidarity has defined the work of the United Nations since the birth of the Organization. The creation of the United Nations drew the peoples and nations of the world together to promote peace, human rights and social and economic development. The organization was founded on a basic premise of unity and harmony among its members expressed in the concept of collective security that relies on the solidarity of its members to unite “to maintain international peace and security”. Read more

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