Last September, the UN General Assembly adopted a landmark global development agreement – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and features 169 related targets that aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all, over the next 15 years. The new agenda comes after the conclusion of an earlier 15-year global development plan that proved to be the most successful in the history of the planet – the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is commemorated each year on 15 June to highlight the often silent suffering of the elder generation. The Day was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011, following a request by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), who first established the commemoration in June 2006.
2016 presents an unprecedented opportunity for the world to come together and embark upon a journey to transform the world. From ending poverty to eliminating hunger, to reaching social and economical equality, and to taking climate actions; sustainable development cannot be realized without the concrete efforts from public institutions with effective public service delivery.
Tracking the movements of refugees and migrants across the globe has been at the heart of Bela Hovy’s work for the past 20 years. As the Chief of the Migration Section in UN DESA’s Population Division, he and his team ensure that the international community has accurate data to help promote safe and well-managed international migration.
After its two week session gathering more than 1,000 participants from more than 250 organizations, some 70 Member States and 35 UN agencies, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues concluded its 15th session on 20 May with the adoption of its session report, including recommendations for States, UN bodies and indigenous peoples.
Environmental sustainability is an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The concept of sustainable development has been recognized as the only way to balance the imperative of eradicating extreme poverty and human deprivation with a need to keep the stability of our natural environment.