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Building accessible societies for all

Urban poverty, inequalities and exclusion often exist at the expense of sustainable development. The speed and scale of urbanization brings challenges for all family members such as youth, particularly young girls and women, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and older persons. To meet these future challenges that the growing urban population is facing, city leaders must move quickly and plan accordingly.

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Be part of solving data challenges at the UN World Data Forum 2018

Calling all data geeks! Data experts and users from government, business, academia and civil society are invited to harness the power of data to meet the world’s sustainable development challenges at the next UN World Data Forum, taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 22 to 24 October 2018. The 2018 Forum is building on the initial success of the first ever UN World Data Forum, held earlier this year in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Expert voices

The UN Public Service Awards – what does it take to earn the highest accolade?

Every year, UN DESA grants the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service – the UN Public Service Awards. Institutions from around the world are honoured for their creative achievements that lead to more effective and responsive public administrations. As the call for nominations to the 15th edition of the Awards opens this month, we ask Stefania Senese, Governance and Public Administration Officer in UN DESA’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management, why public service is so important.

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High-level Conference in Qatar concludes with “Doha Messages” on financing sustainable development

The High-level Conference on Financing for Development and the Means of Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was organized by the State of Qatar in cooperation with  UN DESA, concluded on 19 November. After two days of stimulating discussions, UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General Liu Zhenmin, presented a set of ten “Doha Messages” aimed at strengthening the coherence and cooperation for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development.

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Upcoming Events

1 December International Day of Persons with Disabilities Event (the International Day is commemorated on 3rd December)
11 December Launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP)
12-14 December, Manila Regional Workshop on the Production of Statistics on Asset Ownership from a Gender Perspective through Household Surveys
18 December International Migrants Day
18-21 December, Geneva 12th annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
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