International cooperation works – even from home

For the past 75 years, royals, presidents, prime ministers and other world leaders have been coming together at the UN General Assembly every year to discuss and attempt to peacefully resolve the planet’s gravest challenges. This year, for the first time since the end of the Second World War, they will stay at home. But the conversation and cooperation carry on.

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Making the case for sustainable business solutions

This year is like no other, for individuals and businesses alike. The world is facing new and unforeseen challenges at a time when the international community is five years into efforts to achieve the global goals and at the start of the Decade of Action. As companies struggle in a COVID-19 stricken world, some suggest that the gloomy economic forecast may make them less inclined to adopt sustainable business practices. The upcoming SDG Business Forum hopes to prove otherwise.

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A Decade of Action to deliver the SDGs

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to impact lives and livelihoods, a health crisis has quickly become a human and socio-economic crisis, impeding progress towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), whilst also making their achievement even more urgent and necessary.

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Expert voices

Prosperity or planet – do we really have to choose?

We have all seen it: Venetian canals teeming with fish, once polluted megacities under clear blue skies, wild animals roaming empty boulevards. The COVID-19 crisis laid bare that human prosperity and well‑being still come largely at the expense of our planet’s health. But UN DESA’s latest Sustainable Development Outlook report found that we have a chance to change all that. We talked to its lead author, Nazrul Islam. 

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Paying tribute to the resilience of indigenous peoples

Around the world, there are approximately 476 million indigenous peoples. Their culture of cooperation and trust has prepared them to confront the COVID-19 pandemic in a resilient  manner. On 10 August, representatives of indigenous peoples, governments and the UN system came together to pay tribute to their resilience in a virtual event to commemorate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

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As a preventive measure amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some of the high-level meetings organized by UN DESA
worldwide have been postponed, cancelled or are taking place virtually in a scaled down format. Others are still being reviewed.
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