DESA News for December 2015

Feature Articles

Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities

“The new agenda is a promise by leaders to all people everywhere. It is an agenda for people,” declared Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he opened the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York on 25 September. With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December aims to mobilize support on critical issues relating to the inclusion and advancement of persons with disabilities in society and development. Approved by 193 Member States, the new agenda includes 17 forward-looking sustainable development goals (SDGs). These new SDGs pay special attention to the most marginalized …

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Achieving the sustainable development goals through ICTs

Since 2005, peoples’ access to the Internet at home has doubled, with 46% of households being able to connect to the web today. With this rapid growth, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have been recognized as critical drivers to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Their positive impact on economic development has also been observed, where a 2% GDP increase can be seen for every 10% gain in broadband penetration in the developing world. On 15-26 December, a more in-depth discussion on achieving the SDGs through ICTs will take place during a United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting in New …

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New goals take aim at climate resilient future

“Any truly sustainable development must address the scourge of climate change,” UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General Mr. Wu Hongbo said just weeks before the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) opened in Paris on 30 November. The relationship between climate change and development are clear, with climate change aggravating already existing threats to people and the planet. This is also why so many of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have targets linked to climate. As COP21 kicked off, the impact of climate on various aspects of the development agenda – from economic growth to poverty and hunger eradication, and from health care …

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