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The place we call home matters when we grow old

Our world is rapidly growing older. As we age, where and how we live and what support we are given, matter greatly for our health and wellbeing. Living arrangements and family support for older persons have become increasingly important for policymakers, especially in countries at advanced stages of population ageing. Understanding these links also matters for the world’s pledge to leave no one behind.

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Everyone included – championing social inclusion

“People want social and economic systems that work for everyone,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said earlier this summer. “The response to the pandemic, and to the widespread discontent that preceded it, must be based on a New Social Contract and a New Global Deal that create equal opportunities for all and respect the rights and freedoms of all.”

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Taking action to tackle the global sanitation crisis

Every 19 November, the world comes together for World Toilet Day, to celebrate toilets and raise awareness about the fact that 4.2 billion people live without access to safely managed sanitation. The day is all about taking action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030. See how you can be part of online efforts this year, using #WorldToiletDay.

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Expert voices

Can we measure the value of nature?

Can a boggy peatland really be more valuable than delicious cheese? As UN DESA Statistics Division launches four new publications on the System of Environmental‑Economic Accounting (SEEA), we talk to Alessandra Alfieri, Chief of the Environmental Economic Accounts Section, who explains that the world is not all about dollars and cents, but political decisions often are.

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Women’s job market participation stagnating at less than 50% for the past 25 years

Less than 50% of working-age women are in the labour market, a figure that has barely changed over the last quarter of a century, according to a new UN DESA report launched on 20 October. Unpaid domestic and care work falls disproportionately on women, restraining their economic potential as the COVID-19 pandemic additionally affects women’s jobs and livelihoods, the report warns.

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