DESA News for October 2015

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New agenda adopted – for people and planet

The United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development saw a record number of government leaders converge on United Nations headquarters in New York on 25-27 September. Vowing to leave no one behind, they pledged their commitment to the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, encompassing 17 universal and transformative sustainable development goals. “We have reached a defining moment in human history,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the summit opening. “The people of the world have asked us to shine a light on a future of promise and opportunity,” he said. “Member States have responded with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable …

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Better data for better lives: Statistics at the center of sustainable development

As the global statistical community embarks on the final phase of defining a new indicator framework to review progress of the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the world community prepares to celebrate World Statistics Day on 20 October. This day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010 to recognize the central role of statistics for development and their importance in shaping our societies. A statistical day was already a tradition in over 100 countries around the world, but the adoption by the General Assembly of a resolution marking 20 October as World Statistics Day brought …

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Sustainable development through building age inclusive urban environment

According to the newly released 2015 Revision of World Population Prospects, there are 901 million people aged 60 or over in 2015, making up 12 percent of the global population. With a 3.26 percent growth rate each year, the number of older persons in the world is projected to be 1.4 billion by 2030 and 2.1 billion by 2050, and could rise to 3.2 billion in 2100. Older persons are becoming an increasingly central demographic group in our world. To bring more attention to older persons, the United Nations is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the International Day of Older …

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