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Youth Delegates raise their voices at the UN General Assembly

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are often heralded as the new social contract between the world’s leaders and the people they represent. But given the 15-year time span of the 2030 Agenda, it is also a unique agreement across time.

“I see Sustainable Development Goals as a contract between generations,” said Clara Halvorsen who represents Denmark as Youth Delegate to the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. “Two years ago, the world leaders decided on a plan for how the world should look like in 2030. And in 2030, it will be us, the young people who take over. That’s why we should be incorporated in the implementation of the Agenda 2030.”

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World Toilet Day 2017: Where does our poo go?

By 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals aim to reach everyone with adequate and equitable sanitation, as well as halve the proportion of untreated wastewater and increase recycling and safe reuse. For that to be achieved, everyone’s poo needs to be contained, transported, treated and disposed of in a safe and sustainable way. To raise awareness of the importance of this four-step journey, ‘wastewater’ is the theme of World Toilet Day 2017 on 19 November.

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When it comes to climate action, small can be big

Nearly 50 years ago, Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon with the famous quote: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong’s single pace made history and to this day it symbolizes the overcoming of a generational challenge. For our generation, that challenge is climate change, but this time everyone can make their small step right here on Earth.

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Expert voices

World Toilet Day – no laughing matter

Most people don’t give much thought to what happens to their faeces once they flush their toilet. Others have their faces flush with shyness, when the subject of toilet pops up. But for billions of people who still lack access to sanitation services, toilets are often a matter of life and death. Ahead of this World Toilet Day, UN DESA Voice speaks to Kate Medlicott, Technical Officer at Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health at the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO coordinates this year’s World Toilet Day campaign on behalf of UN-Water.

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In case you missed it

Sophia the robot joins UN meeting

The future of everything took center stage at a joint event of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN General Assembly’s Second Committee on 11 October. But this was not your average UN meeting; neither were the panelists joining to discuss the role of artificial intelligence to help spur sustainable development. Among them was Sophia, the first ever robot to participate in an official UN meeting.

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Upcoming Events

1 November, New York High-Level Symposium “Global Energy Interconnection: Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals”
1 November, New York Expert Group Meeting on Integrated Approaches to International Migrations
6-17 November, Bonn UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 23
18-19 November, Doha High-level Conference on Financing for Development and the Means of Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
19 November World Toilet Day
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