Pandemic expected to cause growth in global migration to plummet

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically affected all forms of human mobility. Around the globe, the closing of national borders and severe disruptions to international land, air and maritime travel obliged hundreds of thousands of people to cancel or delay plans of moving abroad, left thousands of migrants stranded or unable to return, and forced countless persons to return to their home countries earlier than planned.

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In the face of danger: looking back at a year like no other

2020 has been a year like no other. COVID-19 turned our lives upside down as it tore through the world, leaving severe illness and death in its path. As New York City became the pandemic’s North American epicenter in the early months of 2020, UN Headquarters was forced to shutter. But our global efforts continued apace, as we quickly shifted toward remote work and digital technologies to deliver the support that countries needed.

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How do we end hunger and protect food livelihoods? Find out at our next online event!

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, UN DESA has published policy briefs and reports aimed at sharing data to help countries and organizations make informed policies to respond to the crisis. To bring the findings and recommendations to a wider audience, the Department has organized monthly online conversations as part of its Global Policy Dialogue Series. Food security will be at the heart of the next event on 16 December. Join us and share your questions with our experts!

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Expert voices

The science of saving the world

Earlier this year, UN Secretary-General António Guterres appointed 15 of the most eminent scientists from around the world to write the next Global Sustainable Development Report – the world’s science-based guide to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. We talk to the co-chairs of this group of scientists, Imme Scholz of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and John Agard of the University of the West Indies.

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In case you missed it

Internet Governance Forum – virtually together

In a twist befitting its name, November’s annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) moved to an entirely online format. The change did not dampen the spirit of more than 6,000 participants who connected to the Forum from 173 countries. Speakers included some of the most authoritative voices on Internet governance, including UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the President of the UN General Assembly, the President of ECOSOC and Under-Secretary-General of UN DESA.

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Upcoming Events

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. Find out the latest information about the affected events:
UN DESA Calendar

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