Milestone achievements for a better world

“It was the first time in human history that we as human beings reached consensus on the future of development,” UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo said, commenting on the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in an interview with UN DESA Voice. Mr. Wu shared his views on the many positive results achieved and on the work that now lies ahead.
Only a few months have passed since Heads of State and Government representatives of the 193 UN Member States gathered in New York for the UN Summit on Sustainable Development, to adopt the new, transformative and inclusive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). read more



World economic growth falls below last forecast

The world economy stumbled in 2015 and only a modest progress is projected for the next two years as a number of cyclical and structural headwinds persist according to the first chapter of the World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2016 report launched in December. The complete report featuring regional forecasts will be launched in multiple locations across the globe from 20 to 27 January.

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Happy 70th anniversary, UN ECOSOC!

“The Council has set global norms and standards in international development cooperation as well as humanitarian action,” ECOSOC President Mr. Oh Joon noted as the global community recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of the UN Charter. Time has now come to commemorate another milestone, 70 years of UN ECOSOC, taking actions to improve lives. On 22 January, the ECOSOC President will convene a special high-level meeting to mark this occasion. read more

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Be part of reviewing new sustainable development agenda

The successful adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals was the result of more than two years of intensive consultation and engagement of all stakeholders. read more

Expert voices

Role of sustainable transportation to combat climate change

The UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport met on the margins of COP21 to discuss sustainable transport and climate change and its work plan for 2016. Here, the co-chairs, Carolina Toha, Mayor of Santiago, Chile
and Martin Lundstedt, CEO of Volvo Group, share their views on the role of sustainable transport to combat climate change.
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Growing old around the globe – latest trends on ageing revealed

The world’s population is ageing: virtually every country in the world is experiencing growth in the number and proportion of older persons in their populations. Between 2015 and 2030, the number of older persons—those aged 60 years or over—in the world is projected to grow by 56 per cent, from 901 million to more than 1.4 billion. read more


The complete World Economic Situation and Prospects 2016 will be launched in Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Beirut, Geneva, Mexico, Moscow and New Delhi between 21 and 28 January, read more

This infochart conveys key messages on World Population Ageing, reflecting the latest estimates and projections from the 2015 Revision of World Population Prospects.
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