MONTHLY NEWSLETTER, VOL 21, NO.04 - APRIL 2017

Changing population age structures and sustainable development: Achievements, challenges, opportunities

At its 50th session in April 2017, the Commission on Population and Development will consider a universal feature of recent population trends: changing population age structures. Gradual shifts in the age distribution of a population present both challenges and opportunities for sustainable development. The world’s population has undergone profound changes as mortality and fertility levels have decreased around the world. This pair of changes, known together as the demographic transition, leads initially to rapid growth and a younger population, driven by an early reduction in child mortality. read more

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Global solutions to global challenges: ECOSOC Partnership Forum

Recognizing the key role of fostering fruitful and successful partnerships in the success of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations Economic and Social Council is hosting its annual Partnership Forum on 5 April this year. Sustainable development for current and future generations has become the center of everything we do at the United Nations, and thus the ECOSOC Partnership Forum will explore ways to promote partnerships for global solutions to the global challenges as we move towards a sustainable future. read more

Indigenous peoples from all over the world gather for Permanent Forum

The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will meet for its 16th session from 24 April to 5 May 2017. More than 1,000 indigenous participants are expected to attend the Session, making it not only one of the most culturally diverse United Nations meetings, but also one of the largest public gatherings at UN Headquarters every year. A special focus this year will be the celebration of the “10th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” The Declaration, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 September 2007, was a historical achievement after more than 25 years of negotiations. read more

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Building strong institutions for effective implementation of the SDGs

The UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) will meet from 24 to 28 April for its sixteenth session at UN Headquarters in New York. The twenty-four Committee members will hold discussions on the theme of “Ensuring effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through leadership, action and means”. read more

Expert voices

Advancing international tax cooperation

On 3 April, the 14th session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters will kick off in New York. Running through 6 April, the event will spotlight a range of topics aimed at advancing international tax collaboration. Ahead of the session, UN DESA Voice reached out to the team of experts in UN DESA’s Financing for Development Office, including Economic Affairs Officers Ojeda Alvarez and Tatiana Falcao and Michael Lennard, the Chief of the International Tax Cooperation Unit. They shared more details on the work of the Committee and the role that tax cooperation plays for development. read more

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Statistical Commission adds last piece for full implementation of SDGs

Two years after the Commission created the Inter-agency Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), the global statistical community has come together to fulfill the promise of delivering a global indicator framework for the 2030 Agenda as requested by the UN General Assembly. By adopting the SDGs indicator framework on 10 March, the international community has a robust structure in place for keeping track of our efforts to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). read more

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Preparations for the Ocean Conference on track

The preparations for the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development – The Ocean Conference – are in full swing. The conference will take place from 5 to 9 June 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. read more

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