DESA News for July 2014

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Partnering with islands for a sustainable world

The global community is now only two months away from the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, which offers a once in a decade opportunity to focus the world’s attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development. Final preparations are now being completed and on 24 July, Conference Secretary-General Wu Hongbo will engage in a live Google+ Hangout on how to empower youth for sustainable islands. Exploring ways to build high-impact and sustainable partnerships with small island developing States was one of the main focus points for countries gathered at UN Headquarters …

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Building the future we want at ECOSOC

From 30 June to 11 July, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will connect the many related efforts to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and consider how to set the stage for success of the global development agenda that will follow the Goals after 2015. The MDGs have been the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. With a number of sub-targets covering a range of poverty, hunger, health, gender equality, education and environmental indicators, the MDGs were embraced by all UN Member States. Major progress at the global, regional, national and local level shows that millions …

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Revealing urbanization trends worldwide

The world’s urban population has grown rapidly since 1950 and the coming decades will bring further profound changes to its size and distribution. On 10 July, UN DESA’s Population Division will release the latest urbanization trends, providing data that are critical for assessing current and future needs with respect to urban growth. “Virtually all of the world’s population growth for the foreseeable future will occur in urban areas, and this fact will have enormous implications for the success of the post 2015 development agenda,” said John Wilmoth, Director of UN DESA’s Population Division, ahead of the publication release this month. …

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