DESA News for June 2015

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Joint call for nations to invest ahead for people and planet

With less than two months to go, the countdown is intensifying for the Addis Ababa Conference aimed at securing the resources needed for the well-being of people and the health of our planet. In a joint call, the principals of the organizations behind the event urge world leaders to come to the Ethiopian capital ready to commit to a financing plan which will help us achieve our aspirations to end extreme poverty by 2030. “This year we can make history by adopting our ambitious and adaptive sustainable development agenda, and a universal climate agreement,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “But …

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High-level Political Forum on sustainable development prepares for post-2015

From 26 June to 8 July, the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development will meet for the second time under the auspices of ECOSOC and the third time since its creation. The Forum will have an essential role in steering and reviewing progress towards the sustainable development goals and the post-2015 development agenda once Member States adopt them in September. In line with this task, its theme will be “Strengthening integration, implementation and review – the HLPF after 2015”. “We will need a strong review mechanism to track our progress towards this new ambitious agenda, and the HLPF will …

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Modest growth of global economy continues

The world economy continues to grow at a modest pace, with a gradual improvement projected for the second half of 2015 and 2016, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2015 report, launched on 19 May. Growth of world gross product is projected to improve slightly from 2.6 per cent in 2014 to 2.8 per cent in 2015—a downward revision by 0.3 percentage points from the forecast presented in the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP) in January. “The current world economic situation is characterised by five ‘lows’: low growth, low trade flows, low …

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