The journey to age equality

Everyone deserves to live with dignity and respect. Yet, this right is anything but guaranteed as we grow older. People’s experiences later in life can differ dramatically, depending on their country of residence, social status, disability and other factors. These inequalities are often the result of poverty, maltreatment, neglect and limited access to basic services throughout a person’s life. And without targeted interventions, inequalities often deepen in old age.

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General Assembly – the work continues

The 2019 general debate has officially come to a close, but the work of the General Assembly hardly ends once the world leaders leave. Over the next months, the nitty‑gritty debates and negotiations in the General Assembly’s six main committees begin. UN DESA is substantively supporting the work of two of them.

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Poverty is the denial of children’s rights

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. As we celebrate three decades of this landmark human rights treaty, our attention turns to the millions of children worldwide who are still denied their right to a standard of living adequate for their physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development.

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Gathering storms and silver linings – what’s holding back SDG progress?

UN Secretary-General António Guterres recently called for the next ten years to become a decade of action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But in a rapidly changing world, ten years is a very long time. How can we plan for a future that will be drastically different from the present? UN DESA’s latest report – the Sustainable Development Outlook – tries to answer this question by analysing the megatrends that will shape our world over the next decade and studying their impact on our chances to achieve the global goals. We talked to the report authors. 

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Upcoming Events

1 October - 21 November, New York General Assembly, Third Committee, Seventy-fourth session
1 October International Day of Older Persons
7 October - 27 November, New York General Assembly, Second Committee, Seventy-fourth session
15-18 October, Geneva 19th Session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters
17 October International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
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