DESA News for November 2015

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UNGA Second and Third Committees kick off in New York

Following the opening of the landmark 70th session of the General Assembly, the Second and Third Committees officially kicked off their working sessions at UN Headquarters. “Events that are unfolding around the world remind us of the daunting task ahead of sustaining social development gains and building more inclusive societies,” Mr. Wu Hongbo, UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General said during the Third Committee’s opening session. The committee, tasked with social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues, will play a crucial rule in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The agenda, consisting of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, …

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Coming together to end poverty and discrimination

“To build a sustainable future, our struggle must be recognized,” said Henri Yamasheta Wilson, from ATD Fourth World Movement, as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was commemorated on 16 October. At the event, Mr. Wilson conveyed, along with Zena Grimes, the message of 25 members of his organization, many of whom live in poverty. “When you are poor, your life, your kid’s life, your family life – it is not your choice,” he said. Bringing together representatives from civil society and activists whose work  engages on the experiences and efforts of people living in poverty, the day …

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Evolution of internet governance: empowering sustainable development

Around the globe, there are about three billion people connected to the Internet. From achieving gender equality to promoting inclusive and sustainable innovation, the Internet has been identified as the key enabler of development by helping to foster positive results in areas including education, healthcare, agriculture, employment and commerce. On 10-13 November, the 10th Annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) kicks off in João Pessoa, Brazil, bringing together some 5,000 online and offline participants. Technological advancements in connectivity have expanded broadband access and mobile penetration in recent years. But in spite of the progress achieved, more efforts are necessary in order …

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