Highlights

Celebrating the world’s public servants

As countries ramp up their efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN DESA highlights the central role of public institutions in delivering the promise of the 2030 Agenda. The annual United Nations Public Service Forum and Awards, held on the UN Public Service Day, 23 June, celebrate the men and women who act as the backbone of institutions and the brainpower that enables the day-to-day delivery of public services.

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More than 400 submissions listed in new SDG good practices database to inspire action for the goals

What are the inspiring breakthroughs and success stories that illustrate SDG implementation? What are the good practices that can be replicated and scaled up? What are the gaps and constraints and how should we address them? Looking ahead, what steps should we take to accelerate progress? To help answer these and other questions, UN DESA circulated a call for submissions of SDG-related good practices or success stories from Member States, the UN system and stakeholders – and received more than 600 suggestions!

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It’s time to #SaveOurOcean – take #OceanAction now!

Never before has it been so easy to follow the world’s progress toward protecting our ocean and sustainably managing its vital resources. Ahead of World Oceans Day on 8 June, UN DESA has re-launched its oceanconference.un.org website for all news and information related to Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water. On this site, you can also register your commitment or join the communities of ocean action. The time is now to #SaveOurOcean! 

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Expert voices

The people behind the numbers – latest population trends to be revealed

For nearly seven decades, the UN has been collecting and analysing population data from countries or areas around the world to estimate the number of humans inhabiting planet Earth today and in the future. What do these numbers tell us? And why is it so important to be counted? As UN DESA prepares to launch the 2019 revision of World Population Prospects on 17 June 2019, we ask Thomas Spoorenberg, Population Affairs Officer at UN DESA’s Population Division.

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