UN DESA is a vital interface between global policies and national action in the economic, social and environmental spheres. Rooted in the United Nations Charter and guided by the universal and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other global agreements, UN DESA responds to the needs and priorities of the global community. Learn more about UN DESA, download the new DESA Brochure.

Who we are

SDG Projections: Massive scale projections and peoples’ voices to celebrate UN70 and visually depict the 17 Global Goals Organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information in partnership with the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the Office of the Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, the Global Poverty Project and other partners General Assembly 69th session: High-level Forum on a Culture of Peace Opening Statements by the Acting President of the General Assembly and the Secretary-General, followed by panel discussions

Rooted in the United Nations Charter and guided by the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) upholds the development pillar of the United Nations. Read more

What we do

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Mrs. Ban visit to UNESCO World Heritage Site Taishan Mountain, including Nantian Gate, Sky Street, Bixia Temple, Tangmo Cliffstone and Sunview Peak.

Whether by organizing major UN conferences, supporting intergovernmental bodies, taking the pulse of the latest socioeconomic trends, publishing cutting-edge analyses or helping countries develop capacity, UN DESA’s influence reaches far beyond the doors of the UN. Read more

UN 70


In 2015, the United Nations celebrated its 70th anniversary. It was a year to highlight and reflect upon seven decades of global collaboration to promote peace, security, human rights, development and our joint efforts to conquer some of the most pressing challenges facing our world. Read more

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