SDGs two years on – where are we and where do we need to be?

On 25 September 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations unanimously adopted a bold new global agenda to end poverty by 2030 and pursue a sustainable future. Two years on, are we on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? How can we pursue such a long-term agenda in a world that is changing so rapidly? How to maintain the initial enthusiasm when the daily grind of implementation sets in?

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Strengthening South-South and triangular cooperation to achieve the 2030 Agenda

In the 40 years since the adoption of the landmark Buenos Aires Plan of Action (BAPA), the world has experienced an unprecedented economic and political transformation. Nowhere has this change been deeper and more rapid than in the South. The time is ripe to reflect on how South-South and triangular cooperation have emerged as distinctive platforms for international development cooperation.

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Working towards safe, orderly and regular migration

At a recent high-level meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants, held by the General Assembly on 19 September 2016, Member States decided to develop a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. The compact is expected to be adopted at an intergovernmental conference at the United Nations in New York in September 2018. The participation of civil society groups and other stakeholders will be essential to making the compact a success.

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Tourism can play a major role in eradicating poverty

In 2017, we celebrate the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Tourism industry is one of the largest in the world, contributing 10 per cent of the global GDP, creating one in every eleven jobs on the planet and employing almost twice as many women as other sectors. Daniela Bas, Director of UN DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development, explains how inclusive, accessible tourism can help to end poverty while leaving no one behind.

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Meet Marie Chatardová, the new President of UN Economic and Social Council

On 27 July, Ambassador Marie Chatardová became the seventy-third President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – the body at the heart of UN’s work to advance sustainable development.

“I wish to announce that the key priority of my Presidency will be to develop initiatives towards fostering sustainable, resilient and inclusive societies through participation of all,” said Ms. Chatardová, after her election by acclamation.

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