“A development framework that is people-centered can only succeed if it embraces the social dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is because people are, and must remain, the focus of the global, regional and local development efforts,” said Amina Smaila, Vice-chair of the UN Commission for Social Development, ahead of its 54th session which kicks off in New York on 3 February.
“If 2015 was a year of global sustainable development action, 2016 must be a year of national SDG traction,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a briefing to the General Assembly on 14 January. UN-DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development is engaged in a number of activities that seek to help the national-level rollout of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including direct capacity development assistance to the pilot countries Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Honduras, Jordan, Togo, Uganda, and Viet Nam.
As the world transitions from the eight Millennium Development Goals to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it has become apparent that civil society and non-governmental organizations are absolutely vital in making sure that the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is realized for all of the world’s people.
During the last week of January, UN DESA’s Statistics Division organized the Expert Group Meeting on International Trade and Economic Globalization Statistics, drawing participants from 20 countries and seven agencies to UN headquarters in New York. We asked Ronald Jansen and Ivo Havinga, Assistant Directors of the division, to share their insights in economic globalization, as well as comment on the new handbook that will serve as a measurement framework for international trade and economic globalization.
The world’s indigenous languages are under threat of disappearing, with one language dying every two weeks and many more at risk. To address the question on how to maintain the roughly 6000 indigenous languages, UN DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD), Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, organised an expert group meeting on indigenous languages on 19-21 January in New York.