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One world. One Net. One Vision ⁠— the 14th Internet Governance Forum

More and more of us seem to live our lives today in equal parts in the physical world and in cyberspace. From public discussion to education, to catching-up with friends and online commerce, a sizable portion of our social interactions now happens online. But while we have millennia of experience in managing our relations in the physical world, governance of the Internet is an area nearly as new as the web itself.

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Know of an innovative public service institution? Nominate it now to the 2020 United Nations Public Service Awards!

We often take public services for granted. These services in public transportation, health care, education, social and emergency services are critical for a well-functioning society and they are primarily provided by public institutions. Most of the time, we are not aware of these important services, especially if they are effective, efficient and responsive. 

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More than a toilet: sanitation critical to anti-poverty efforts

The United Nations commemorates World Toilet Day every year on 19 November to draw global attention to the alarming statistic that 4.2 billion people live without adequate sanitation services. Ahead of this year’s celebration, we spoke to Madhushree Chatterjee, Chief of the Natural Resources and Interlinkages Branch of UN DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development Goals, who filled us in on this year’s plans and why sanitation plays a critical role for global efforts to eradicate poverty. “A toilet is not just a toilet—it’s a lifesaver, dignity-protector and opportunity-maker,” Ms. Chatterjee said.

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Upcoming Events

4-8 November 2019, St. George's, Grenada Workshop on Environment Statistics and Climate Change Statistics for the CARICOM Region
11-12 November 2019, Lima, Peru Workshop on Energy Statistics for Latin American and Caribbean Countries
19 November 2019 World Toilet Day
25-27 November 2019, Christ Church, Barbados Caribbean Regional Thematic Conference on managing a statistical organization in times of change
25-29 November 2019, Berlin, Germany Fourteenth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
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