Get involved Vol , No. - February 2019

Take action for a more equal world!

From UN DESA’s World Economic Situation and Prospects report to the World Economic Forum in Davos, growing inequalities have been the focus of numerous high-level events and discussions. But as renowned economists and Heads of States battle it out on debate podiums, is there anything that you can do to reduce the inequalities between people?

International fora are attaching increasing attention to inequality, as governments and leaders increasingly realize that inequality is a significant barrier to eradicating poverty, maintaining global economic growth and achieving sustainable development for all. That is why reducing inequalities is a central concept in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, expressed in Sustainable Development Goal 10, but also in the principle of leaving no one behind.

This February, UN Member states and agencies, civil society organization, private sector representatives and experts from all over the world will gather in New York for the UN Commission for Social Development. The Commission will discuss ways of addressing inequalities and improving social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies.

The Commission will examine social protection policies that have proved to be effective at the national level, in a coherent and integrated way.

You too can get involved and have your say to ensure that vulnerable groups are protected and not left behind. On 15 February 2019, the Commission will hold a Civil Society Forum at the UN Headquarters in New York. Non-governmental organizations have long been a powerful voice in the debate on inequalities and this will be their chance to advocate for social protection for all. See how your organization can participate here: https://ngosocdev.org/

Stand up for inclusion! Join the Civil Society Forum, follow the Commission through the live webcast (webtv.un.org) and join the discussion on social media, using #CSocD57.

For more information: 57th Session of the Commission for Social Development 

Are you an SDG changemaker? Share your good practices!

Three years into the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, governments, UN entities, civil society organizations and companies around the world are taking unprecedented steps to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and build a better world for all. To achieve the 17 global goals by 2030, we need even more action, faster.

To help stakeholders working toward the SDGs, UN DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG) has launched a call for submissions of good practices, success stories and lessons learned in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Submissions to the SDG Good Practices platform will be analyzed by a dedicated inter-agency team coordinated by UN DESA, and the results will be made available online for easy access and broad dissemination. Where applicable, the submissions can serve as inputs to thematic preparations for the 2019 sessions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

The SDG Good Practices platform seeks to answer the questions:

  • Where do we stand?
  • Are we on track?
  • What are the inspiring breakthroughs and success stories that are showing results and impacts?
  • What are the good practices that can be replicated and scaled up?
  • What are the gaps and constraints and how should we address them?
  • Looking ahead, what steps should we take to accelerate progress?

An event will be organized in the lead-up to the SDG Summit in September 2019 to showcase a selection of the success stories and to present the main findings of the evidence-based stock-taking. We hope that the submission, collection, analysis and dissemination of good practices, success stories and lessons learned will help galvanize the momentum for implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Now, though, we need your input to make this analysis meaningful! Submissions can be made now through 28 February 2019 through DSDG’s web-based portal. All are encouraged to follow the template to the extent possible. Please find more information in all of the six UN languages here. Have a question? Please email DSDG@un.org.

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