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UN DESA shows commitment to climate action at COP24

From blistering heatwaves and high-intensity natural disasters to melting sea ice and biodiversity loss, the impacts of global warming are more visible than ever. The recent “Global Warming of 1.5°C” report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms the need to strongly commit to the Paris Agreement’s aims of limiting global warming to well below 2°C and, even better, limiting warming to 1.5°C. It is clear: All stakeholders must raise their ambition, take urgent action and make unprecedented transitions now to achieve a carbon-neutral world by mid-century.

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First report on persons with disabilities and the SDGs

“Societies will never achieve the SDGs without the full participation of everyone, including people with disabilities. We cannot afford to ignore or marginalize the contributions of 1.5 billion people,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres earlier this year. Yet, in many countries, essential services for persons with disabilities are unavailable, or of poor quality. Data also show that poverty rates are on average 15 percentage points higher for persons with disabilities. These new numbers – connecting persons with disabilities with the 17 sustainable development goals – will be released by UN DESA in the first report of its kind, “Realizing the SDGs by, for and with persons with disabilities,” to be launched on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December 2018. 

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Stand up for human rights and inclusive development!

Everyone is “entitled to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, social, cultural and political development, in which all human rights and fundamental freedoms can be fully realized,” the UN Declaration on the Right to Development proclaimed in 1986.

The right to development belongs to everyone, individually and collectively, with no discrimination and with full participation. It improves “the well-being of the entire population and of all individuals on the basis of their active, free and meaningful participation in development and in the fair distribution”. Ahead of and beyond Human Rights Day on 10 December, stand up for human rights and inclusive development!

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Expert voices

The water and energy challenge

The way we produce energy today requires water – a lot of it. Nearly all of the global electricity generation is considered water intense. With a rapidly growing world population, the demand for both water and electricity is set to increase dramatically. How can we ensure enough water for energy and enough energy to provide clean water?

That is the challenge that the new Global Network on Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions is determined to tackle. The Network, which will be launched by UN DESA, ITAIPU Binacional and other partners at the COP 24 climate conference this month, will promote integrated approaches to the water‑energy nexus. We talked to Nicolas Franke, Sustainable Development Officer at UN DESA.

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Rule of law and global cooperation vital to address threats posed by new technology

The 13th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) concluded on 14 November in Paris, highlighting the importance of the rule of law and global cooperation to ensure a safe cyberspace.

“Digital solutions are transforming lives and can turbocharge our work to achieve the SDGs,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his opening statement of the Forum, “but alongside the tremendous benefits that it can bring, new issues have emerged around cybersecurity, data and artificial intelligence. We see the Internet being used as a platform for hate speech, for repression, censorship, and control.”

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3 December International Day of Persons with Disabilities
3-5 December, Brussels Expert Group Meeting on SDG 4: Thematic review
4 December, New York UNGA High-level Meeting on Middle-income Countries and 2030 Agenda
10-11 December, Marrakech Intergovernmental Conference on the Global Compact for Migration
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