DESA News for May 2015

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Securing resources for the future we want

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development in July presents a unique opportunity to agree on a global plan to finance sustainable development, paving the way for a successful UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda and a universal agreement on climate later this year. As the countdown continues with a series of preparatory events, the global community is getting ready to invest ahead – for people and planet. Drafting sessions; hearings with business sector and civil society; spring meeting events of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and of the World Bank and IMF; and regional consultations …

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Envisioning a greener future: Forest Forum to define priority actions until 2030

Recognizing that forests are vital for global sustainable development, all 197 Member and Observer States of the United Nations Forum on Forests will gather for its eleventh session on 4-15 May. This session is a political milestone in multilateral forest policy, as Members of the Forum will deliberate and agree on the post-2015 International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) and define priority action areas for international forest policy for the next 15 years. The Forum is the only intergovernmental body that addresses all issues related to the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests at the United Nations. “Some …

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Forum puts spotlight on indigenous youth

Indigenous peoples suffer great risk of suicide. For example, in some regions the suicide rate among young indigenous women and men is five to six times the rate of non-indigenous youths. Some communities report even higher rates. The alarming over-representation of suicide among indigenous youth was one of the main topics during the two-week long 14th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which concludes on 1 May. Around the globe today, one out of five people is between the ages of 15 and 24. Among the estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, there are over 70 …

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