Science and technology – engines to spur action for the Sustainable Development Goals

The power of science, technology and innovation to improve the lives of people and to help protect the planet is evident. But in order to drive progress towards the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its vision of leaving no one behind, innovative solutions will need to be pro-poor, equitable, and scalable. How can the potential of innovation be unlocked for the benefit of all?

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Living life in the city: UN DESA announces latest urbanization trends

In today’s increasingly global and interconnected world, more and more people decide to live their lives in cities. In 2018, 55 per cent of the world’s population is residing in urban areas and by 2050, 68 per cent is projected to be urban. In the coming decades, further increases are expected both in the size of the world’s urban population and in its share of the total. The widespread growth of urban areas described in the 2018 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects, launched by UN DESA’s Population Division on 16 May 2018, highlights the importance of building sustainable cities, where growth is planned and well managed.

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The Ocean Conference one year on – are we keeping our promise?

Interview with UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean

Almost exactly one year ago, countries gathered at the first-ever Ocean Conference, unanimously committed to a set of ambitious measures to start reversing the decline of our ocean’s health. The conference also attracted over 1,400 voluntary commitments of ocean action by states, international organizations, civil society and others.

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How to tax a cloud? Experts discuss taxation in a digitized economy

With the advancement of information technologies, such as cloud computing and blockchain, an increasing portion of the global economic activity is moving online. Along with immense opportunities, the digital economy also brings serious challenges, including to tax systems, which may particularly affect the developing countries. How to tax digital activities conducted by businesses located in different countries? Who should collect the taxes for income generated by online products and services? A recent UN meeting of tax experts considered these and other issues.

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