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ECOSOC convenes high-level segment putting spotlight on poverty eradication

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold its High-level Segment from 17 to 20 July 2017 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, culminating the Council’s annual cycle of work on the 2017 ECOSOC theme “Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions through promoting sustainable development, expanding opportunities and addressing related challenges”.  The Segment convenes a diverse group of high-level representatives from Government, the private sector, academia and the multilateral system for policy dialogue, review and recommendations on the 2030 Agenda. 

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World population projected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050, and 11.2 billion in 2100

The current world population of 7.6 billion is expected to reach 8.6 billion in 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, according to a new United Nations report launched on 21 June. With roughly 83 million people being added to the world’s population every year, the upward trend in population size is expected to continue, even assuming that fertility levels will continue to decline.

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Live Facebook chat on how to combat social exclusion

Humankind has achieved unprecedented social progress over the past several decades. Poverty has declined dramatically around the world, and people are healthier, more educated and better connected than ever before. However, progress has been uneven. Social and economic inequalities persist and, in many cases, have worsened. Virtually everywhere, some individuals and groups confront barriers that prevent them from fully participating in economic, social and political life.

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Promoting the skills of young people

Every year on 15 July, the importance of youth skills development is in focus at the UN and around the world. This is the day when the World Youth Skills Day is being celebrated, putting a spotlight on the need to promote education, training and jobs for young people. Ahead of this year’s event, UN DESA Voice spoke with Elizabeth Niland, Social Affairs Officer in UN DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development, about our joint efforts to promote youth development around the globe.

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Countries agree on decisive and urgent actions to restore marine world to health as Ocean Conference concludes

The 193 Member States of the United Nations unanimously agreed to a set of measures that will begin the reversal of the decline of the ocean’s health as the five-day Ocean Conference concluded on 9 June. The outcome document, together with more than 1,300 commitments to action, marks a breakthrough in the global approach to the management and conservation of the ocean.

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The World Economic and Social Survey is celebrating 70 years of publication!

The Survey is the oldest continuing publication dedicated to recording and analyzing the performance of the global economy and global development while offering relevant policy recommendations. The first World Economic and Social Survey was called the “Economic Report: Salient Features of the World Economic Situation 1945-47”, launched at Lake Success, NY in January 1948. Over the 70 years, the Survey has taken on different names. In 1947, it was called the Economic Report; and from 1948 to 1954, the World Economic Report. In 1955, the publication was renamed the World Economic Survey. Since 1994, it has been called the World Economic and Social Survey. The year 1999 marked the launching of a companion publication entitled World Economic Situation and Prospects.

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Two years after the world leaders adopted the transformative and ambitious 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, how is the world progressing in delivering on the Goals and targets? The two progress reports on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an overview: the report of the Secretary-General: Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (E/2017/66) and The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2017. The reports review progress made towards the 17 Goals in the second year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda highlighting the most significant gaps, challenges and progress made.

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Upcoming Events

5-7 July, New York Eighth Session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing
10-19 July, New York High-level political forum on sustainable development
12-14 July, New York Expert Group Meeting on the Guidelines and Principles for the Development of Disability Statistics
17 July, New York Partnership Exchange
17-20 July, New York ECOSOC High-level segment
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