Key Issues

Intergovernmental Coordination

Intergovernmental processes and deliberations are at the heart of the United Nations system and includes the work of the General Assembly (Second and Third Committee), the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and well as their subsidiary mechanisms. These are the central platforms for fostering debate and…

Sustainable Development

On 25 September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 associated targets. Building upon the success of the Millennium Development Goals, this new development agenda is the international community’s primary guide for sustainable development in the years…

Population

In 2011, the global population surpassed 7 billion, and it is expected to reach 9 billion by 2045. The implications and management of our rapid population growth, as well as specific population-related themes are central to development efforts. The Commission on Population and Development was created to follow-up to the implementation of the Programme of…

Public Administration

The United Nations promotes and supports the development of public administration and institutions among Member States for realizing the internationally agreed development goals, including the SDGs. The Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG) supports intergovernmental discussions, research and capacity development for building effective, accountable, inclusive and transparent institutions.  This includes analyzing and reporting…

Financing for Development

A major achievement of 2015 was the adoption of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, a new global framework for financing sustainable development, which aligns all financing flows and policies with economic, social and environmental priorities. The Addis Agenda builds on the 2002 Monterrey Consensus and 2008 Doha Declaration and provides a strong foundation to support…

Social Development

Inclusive Social Development encompasses a wide range of issues, including, but not limited to: poverty eradication, the reduction of inequalities, employment generation, the promotion of cooperatives, family, the role of civil society, older persons and ageing, youth, disability, and indigenous peoples. The work of the United Nations on social development is guided by a number…

Statistics

Part of the mission of the United Nations is to serve as a global centre for data on all issues, making information compiled throughout the UN system available worldwide. When it comes to statistics, it is our responsibility to manage and facilitate the development of the global statistical system. We strive to develop standards, principles…

Economic Analysis and Policy

The United Nations recognizes that sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth is crucial in achieving the 2030 Agenda, with employment creation and social development as pillars of healthy growth in the world economy. The Economic Analysis and Policy Division (EAPD) monitors global macroeconomic trends and prospects and formulates advice for international policy coordination. It provides…

Forests

The United Nations works to promote the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests and to strengthen long-term political commitment to this end. Our promotion of sustainable forest management practises is based on the UN Forest Instrument, the Rio Declaration, the Forest Principles, Chapter 11 of Agenda 21 and the outcome of…

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