Highlights

International Day highlights forests’ role in sustainable energy

Until the advent of fossil fuels, for thousands of years, wood was the primary source of energy for human populations. Today, over 2 billion people worldwide, in rural and urban areas, still rely on wood for their primary energy needs. Wood constitutes the primary source of energy for cooking and heating in many developing countries, where nearly 90 per cent of fuelwood and charcoal is consumed. 

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Youth show commitment towards SDGs at ECOSOC Youth Forum

Acknowledging that youth play a key role to the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations hosted several hundred young leaders at the annual ECOSOC Youth Forum in New York on 30-31 January, to address some of the most pressing issues of our time. For the first time since its inception, the forum also featured a designated SDG Media Zone, a platform for direct interactive discussions between youth activists and development veterans on how to work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Expert voices

Data to help measure gender equality

This month, gender equality and data to improve people’s lives will take center stage at UN Headquarters in New York, with the UN Statistical Commission taking place, immediately followed by the Commission on the Status of Women. As it was some 30 years ago since UN DESA initiated the work on gender statistics, we asked Francesca Grum, Chief of the Social and Housing Statistics Section in UN DESA’s Statistics Division, how it all got started and how data plays a role for women’s empowerment.

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More from UNDESA

This year marks 10 years since the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration) was adopted, setting minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of indigenous peoples around the world.

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Upcoming Events

1 March, New York Expert Group Meeting on Partnership Data for the SDGs
7-10 March, New York 48th Session of the UN Statistical Commission
20-24 March, New York Committee for Development Policy
21 March International Day of Forests
27-31 March, Arusha, Tanzania Workshop on Environment Statistics for the East African Community Region
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