Highlights

Seeking innovative solutions to fund ambitious agenda

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is ambitious and will require trillions of dollars of investment, with cost assessments ranging between $5 to $7 trillion per year. Three years into realizing the Sustainable Development Goals, there have been numerous successes – countries have taken concrete steps to mobilize domestic resources and implement national sustainable development strategies, and interest in sustainable investment is growing. But we face growing challenges as well. Although global growth is positive, there are growing risks and wavering commitments on a range of issues – climate change, trade and economic and financial cooperation.  

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“We are all in this together” – meet the new ECOSOC President

Earlier this summer, Rhonda King of the Caribbean island nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, was voted in as the 74th President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Upon her election on 26 July 2018, Ms. King said that she intended to make the year ahead “a defining” one for the body that leads the UN’s ambitious drive for sustainable, economic, social and environmental development.

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World leaders will soon be coming together at UN Headquarters in New York as the UN General Assembly’s 73rd session and its high-level week kick off in September. The global goals and our joint efforts to finance and achieve them, building a healthier, more equitable and prosperous planet, will be among the many items on a busy agenda.

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Expert voices

“Young people are active partners; they need to have a seat at the table”

Our planet is home to 1.8 billion young people today; the largest generation of youth in history. Growing up in an interconnected world, it is a generation facing many opportunities, but grave challenges at the very same time. This September, the UN will present a new strategy for youth to step up its efforts, working with and for young people around the globe. Ahead of the launch, UN DESA Voice talked to the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, who shared her hopes for what this new strategy will achieve.

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In case you missed it

Call for protection of rights of indigenous peoples on the move

Indigenous peoples have a profound spiritual connection to their lands and resources. Yet, increasingly, indigenous persons are migrating within their countries and across international borders. This year’s commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples focused on Indigenous Peoples: Migration and Movement. The event explored how migration is an opportunity, but also carries inherent risks.

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10-14 September, Tunis Regional Training Workshop on Trade SDMX
17 September, New York Briefing on the Global Infrastructure Forum 2018
18 September, New York UN General Assembly, Seventy-third session
24 September, New York High-level Meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
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