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Beginning a second decade to advance the rights of persons with disabilities

With over 1 billion people living with some form of disability in the world today, they are the world’s largest minority. As the world is moving forward with the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the international community has made a commitment to include everyone in society and development; which includes mobilizing support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

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Promoting public service innovation for sustainable development

From effective delivery of health services, to quality education and decent jobs, and to climate change responses, strong public institutions with effective public service delivery play an essential role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and leaving no one behind.

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Join Thomas Gass in Twitter chat on the SDGs

For the third year in a row, 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 to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their potential of addressing some of the most pressing global challenges, making our world a better place. Join him on 29 June from 11:00 to 12:30 pm EDT and share your questions and comments using #SDGsChat!

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Expert voices

Improving migration data in the context of the 2030 Agenda

Why is it so important that migration data is accurately tracked in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and how will these efforts help benefit people on the move? Ahead of an Expert Group Meeting on Improving Migration Data in the Context of the 2030 Agenda on 20-22 June, UN DESA Voice asked Haoyi Chen, Statistician in the Demographic and Social Statistics Branch of UN DESA’s Statistics Division. 

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In case you missed it

Reaching out through first ever Indigenous Media Zone

At the 16th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum, the UN together with indigenous media groups hosted the first-ever Indigenous Media Zone at UN Headquarters in New York from 24 to 28 April 2017. The programme featured live interviews, press conferences, workspaces for indigenous media and discussions with human rights defenders and indigenous experts.

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More from UNDESA

Growth in the global economy has picked up in the last six months in line with expectations, but in many regions, growth remains below the levels needed for rapid progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2017 report, launched on 16 May at UN Headquarters.

The report identifies a tentative recovery in world industrial production, along with reviving global trade, driven primarily by rising import demand from East Asia. World gross product is expected to expand by 2.7 per cent in 2017 and 2.9 per cent in 2018, unchanged from UN forecasts released in January this year. This marks a notable acceleration compared to just 2.3 per cent in 2016.

In a statement on the report, Mr. Lenni Montiel, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, underscored the “need to reinvigorate global commitments to international policy coordination to achieve a balanced and sustained revival of global growth, ensuring that no regions are left behind.”

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5-9 June, New York The Ocean Conference
7-9 June, New York ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting
13-15 June, New York 10th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
21-23 June, Geneva ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment
23 June UN Public Service Day
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