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Working towards a world where no one is left behind

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).

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Elder abuse: A global social issue

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.

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Celebrating UN Public Service Day

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. 

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Getting the numbers right on human mobility

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.

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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. 

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Economic activity in the world economy remains lacklustre, with little prospect for a turnaround in 2016, according to UN DESA’s World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2016 report, launched on 12 May.

According to the report, world gross product will grow by just 2.4 per cent in 2016, the same pace as in 2015, marking a downward revision of 0.5 percentage points from UN forecasts released in December 2015.

Persistent weakness in aggregate demand in developed economies remains a drag on global growth, while low commodity prices, mounting fiscal and current account imbalances and policy tightening have further dampened prospects for many commodity-exporting economies in Africa, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Latin America and the Caribbean. This has been compounded by severe weather-related shocks, political challenges and large capital outflows in many developing regions.

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World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2016

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Upcoming Events

6-7 June, New York First annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals
10 June, New York Committee on NGOs, resumed session
14-16 June, New York 9th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD
15 June World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
23 June United Nations Public Service Day
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