Highlights

Staying on-track to realize the Sustainable Development Goals

2019 will be a critical year for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UN DESA will be fully engaged in the preparation of the two High-level Political Forums, one in July under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), completing its first cycle, and one in September at the summit level under the auspices of the General Assembly. We must seize the momentum to implement the 2030 Agenda and use this opportune year to assess progress and to strengthen our political will to act to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in all regions.

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Making every drop count – a decade for action

Access to clean water and sanitation is a basic human right that affects our health and our safety. We need safe water to drink every day, and we need adequate sanitation facilities to ensure that everyone has the ability to attend school or work, and is protected against sexual assault. And, we need to manage the flow of wastewater safely to protect our fragile ecosystems. But we have a long way to go.

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Are you an SDG changemaker? Share your good practices!

Three years into the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, governments, UN entities, civil society organizations and companies around the world are taking unprecedented steps to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and build a better world for all. To achieve the 17 global goals by 2030, we need even more action, faster.

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Expert voices

Diving into the blue economy

Can humans use the ocean as a tool for lifting people out of poverty, all the while protecting its valuable ecosystems? Certainly, say proponents of the growing sustainable blue economy movement. The first-ever Sustainable Blue Economy Conference, held in Kenya in November 2018, brought together thousands of ocean experts and activists to discuss how to sustainably use our ocean.

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In case you missed it

History made as UN Conference adopts landmark migration compact

On 10 December 2018, over 160 countries adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration during a two-day intergovernmental conference, held in Marrakesh, Morocco. Grounded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Global Compact took more than two years to prepare, including negotiations, thematic and regional consultations as well as hearings with civil society, the private sector, diaspora groups and academics.

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Upcoming Events

21-30 January, New York 2019 regular session of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations
21 January Launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2019
23-25 January, Nairobi Expert Group Meeting on Conservation and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
30 January Launch of the World Youth Report on “Youth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”
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