Sustainable cities – gateways for people on the move

The world is on the move, and today an estimated 258 million international migrants are living outside their country of birth. While global population movements grab headlines, a quiet revolution tiptoes in the background, dramatically changing our world – the great migration of humanity into cities. From just 746 million in 1950, the world’s urban population has ballooned to over 4 billion today. The movement of people from rural to urban areas, between cities of different sizes and from one country to another will continue to affect the distribution of the global population within and across national boundaries.

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Putting the money where the goals are: ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development

While estimates vary, it is safe to predict that the bill for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) worldwide will be in the trillions of dollars. The current upturn in global economy increases our chances of footing that bill, but steady sources of funding over the next 12 years – come rain or shine – must be guaranteed to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

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It’s not business as usual: Partnering to deliver the global goals

While national governments are at the helm of our journey towards a sustainable future, the private sector also plays a vital role in our efforts to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In fact, the successful implementation of these 17 transformative goals, requires us all – from governments, civil society, the private sector, to academia, philanthropic organizations and private citizens – to work together. It is our blueprint for a better future for our planet and for generations to come.

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Expert voices

Detecting inequalities from space

Everything that happens, happens somewhere. From deforestation, to urbanization, to gender inequalities, our social situations are conditioned or even determined by geographical circumstances. Satellites, big data analysis and other new technologies allow us to pinpoint statistical data on the map, painting for us an entirely new picture of our world. During the recent meeting of the UN Statistical Commission, Vice President of Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) Paloma Merodio explained the new possibilities.

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#EveryDrop counts – a new agenda and a decade for water action

A High Level Panel on Water consisting of 11 Heads of State and a Special Advisor has issued a New Agenda for Water Action calling for a fundamental shift in the way the world manages water so that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular SDG6, can be achieved. This follows a 2-year mandate to find ways to accelerate solutions to the urgent water crisis.

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