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Alec Baldwin joins call to protect indigenous activists

Accomplished American actor and environmental activist, Alec Baldwin, spoke out at the UN Headquarters in New York against violence perpetrated on indigenous activists that defend their lands and forests from exploitation. Speaking on the sidelines of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Mr. Baldwin said that, on average, four environment defenders lost their lives every week in 2017. Most of them were indigenous people. “The people who are protesting on behalf of the greater good of all the people (…) are criminalized and the people that murder them roam free,” he said.

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Forests play vital role in empowering people, promoting economic growth and combating climate change

It is estimated that 1.6 billion people, or 25 per cent of the human population, depend on forests for subsistence, livelihood, employment and income generation. Forests provide ecosystem services, such as timber, food, fuel, fodder, non-wood products and shelter – which are essential for human well-being. At the same time, they contribute to soil and water conservation, carbon storage and clean air. When forests are sustainably managed, they can be healthy, productive, resilient and renewable ecosystems, which can thrive while at the same time providing essential goods and services to people worldwide.

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Want to amplify the voices of civil society at the UN? Apply for ECOSOC consultative status!

The world is facing a number of pressing global challenges that need our urgent attention and action – from poverty, hunger, rising inequalities to the serious threat of climate change. No country nor organization can take on these immense tasks alone – we need all hands on deck. Is your NGO interested in getting involved in addressing the many demands of our time and to have a stake in UN deliberations? Then apply for ECOSOC consultative status! Deadline is 1 June 2019.

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Expert voices

Beyond taxes – how monetary and exchange rate policies can support sustainable development

A roadmap for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) often emphasizes the fiscal side of macroeconomic policy. The role of monetary and exchange rate policies, which are just as crucial for maintaining financial stability and external balance, are often overlooked. How can countries use them to boost sustainable economic growth and development? We ask UN DESA’s Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Ingo Pitterle.

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