SDGs ownership key to success

2016 was the year when efforts to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) kicked off around the globe. Many events took place to lay the foundation for their worldwide realization and to start tracking progress. At the dawn of 2017, UN DESA Voice spoke with UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General Mr. Wu Hongbo about the work carried out so far and efforts that lie ahead to make the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development a reality for everyone. read more


UN World Data Forum to boost innovation and partnerships for better data in support of the 2030 Agenda

On 15-18 January 2017, the first-ever United Nations World Data Forum will bring more than 1,000 participants from national statistical offices, international organizations, national governments, civil society organizations, the business community, as well as research and academia to Cape Town, South Africa. read more

Unlocking the potential of young people

Around the world today, many young people find themselves to be among those being left behind either because they are working for a low wage, or underemployed or unemployed. So how can the potential for a new generation of young people be unlocked? This is where the Youth Forum of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) comes in. read more

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Steps to Sustainability: 2017

In 2017, UN DESA will celebrate 7 decades of assisting governments in economic and social affairs. Over the past year, we have dedicated ourselves to the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the universal blueprint for creating a world that is inclusive for all.

The start of the New Year is a great opportunity to reevaluate whether there are things we can do to contribute to the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Expert voices

Role of oceans and seas for our future

In June 2017, the international community will come together at the Ocean Conference to find ways to conserve and protect our oceans and seas for future generations. Why are they so crucial for our survival? We asked expert Dr. Marjo Vierros, who works as a consultant for UN DESA on issues related to Sustainable Development Goal 14. She is also the Director of Coastal Policy and Humanities Research, which undertakes interdisciplinary research on priority oceans issues.

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In case you missed it

Project for solar-powered vessels receives $1 million UN Energy Grant

A partnership working to promote solar-powered electric vessels in Tunisia and in the Middle East and North Africa was awarded the one million US dollars 2016 Energy Grant from UN DESA on 14 December. The project “Solar Fuelled Electric Maritime Mobility” by SINTEF, an independent non-profit research institute based in Norway, seeks to demonstrate the feasibility and the social, economic and environmental benefits of solar-fuelled electric boat transport in Tunisia and the wider region.

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The World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2017 Report will be launched on 17 January at 11 a.m. in New York. In subsequent days, this will be followed by regional launches in major cities around the world. The launch on 17 January will be broadcast live via UN Web TV. read more

New Years greeting 2017

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