Highlights

The whole world benefits when everyone is included

“Disability inclusion is central to the promise of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. When we remove policies or biases or obstacles to opportunity for persons with disabilities, the whole world benefits,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said earlier this year when he addressed the 12th session of the Conference of State Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

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International cooperation on migration – what’s next?

December is a time to recall that all migrants—no matter their immigration status—are entitled to the same basic human rights as everyone else. Migrants form a vital and integral part of our societies and contribute much to sustainable development. As revealed by UN DESA’s latest revision of estimates of the International Migrant Stock, the number of international migrants globally reached an estimated 272 million in 2019, an increase of 51 million since 2010. The global number of international migrants has grown faster than the world’s population. As a result, migrants comprise 3.5 per cent of the global population today, compared to 2.8 per cent in the year 2000.

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Expert voices

COP25: SDG Pavilion enhances link between climate action and SDGs

As global temperatures keep rising, transformative change is urgently needed to mitigate the climate-related risks to human life and well-being. The UN Climate Change Conference (COP25), to be held on 2-13 December in Madrid, Spain, will bring together the international community to accelerate efforts to reduce global warming. UN DESA is contributing by hosting the SDG Pavilion, an interactive space where relevant actors can share experiences and ideas on how best to leverage tangible action. We spoke with Minoru Takada in UN DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development Goals about what to expect.

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Tearing down the walls online

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, there is a dangerous tendency to build new divides, but this time, the walls are virtual and used to separate people online. The 14th Internet Governance Forum in Berlin gathered more than 6,000 participants from 168 countries – in person and online – to discuss ways of tearing down these barriers and improving governance of the Internet to make it a force for good.

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3 December International Day of Persons with Disabilities
9-17 December, China Capacity Building Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development Goals
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