Ensuring that no one is left behind

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development last year marked a watershed year for sustainable development. Its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets are expected to stimulate action over the upcoming years in areas of critical importance for people and the planet. The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), meeting under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly, is the UN’s central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

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Join Thomas Gass in Twitter chat on the SDGs!

Thomas Gass, UN DESA’s Assistant Secretary- General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, invites the online community to join him in a Twitter chat on 8 July from 8:30 to 9:30 am EDT to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). What must be done to achieve these goals? How can we make sure that everyone is included? Join the chat and post questions using #SDGsChat! read more

Lever for effective implementation of 2030 Agenda

The Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) focuses on trends and progress in international development cooperation, promotes mutual learning, and encourages coherence in development policy and across diverse actors and activities. It is a core function of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This year, ECOSOC will convene the fifth biennial high-level meeting of the DCF at UN Headquarters in New York on 21-22 July, as part of its annual High-level Segment. read more

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UN launches World Youth Report on Youth Civic Engagement

On 15 July the UN will launch its World Youth Report on Youth Civic Engagement. The Report, prepared by UN DESA, explores young people’s participation in economic, political and community life, responding to a growing interest in and an increased policy focus on youth civic engagement in recent years among Governments, young people and researchers. read more

Expert voices

People at the centre of sustainable development

Ahead of the upcoming World Population Day, celebrated annually across the world on 11 July, we asked Mr. John Wilmoth, Director of UN DESA’s Population Division, to share some of the current population trends across the globe and why it is important to commemorate this day, this year with a focus on teenage girls. read more

In case you missed it

One of world’s largest disability meetings concludes annual session

The 9th annual Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) took place on 14-16 June at UN Headquarters in New York City, under the overarching theme “Implementing the 2030 development agenda for all persons with disabilities: Leaving no one behind”. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the CRPD. read more


This year’s High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) will be the first since the adoption of the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development. Member States will have an opportunity to hear the first national reviews but also to receive the first global progress report on the SDGs. read more

15,July, 2011 - Busan, South Korea - City view of Busan, South Korea's second largest metropolis after Seoul, with a population of around 3.6 million as of 2010: Half of the world’s population lives in urban environments. Most urbanites live in cities of fewer than 500,000 people. One billion people, one out of three urban dwellers are living in slum conditions today. Providing them with better housing and education will be one of the great challenges facing a world of 7 billion people and counting. Photo Credit:Kibae Park/UN Photo

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18 - 22 July , New York
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