More from UNDESA Vol 21, No. 11 - November 2017

Keeping our promise to the ocean – from commitments to action

In June 2017, 193 Member States of the United Nations gathered at the first-ever Ocean Conference and committed to a set of ambitious measures to start reversing the decline of the ocean’s health.

The Ocean Conference marked a global breakthrough in the sustainable management and conservation of the ocean, bringing the world one step closer to implementing the Sustainable Development Goal 14. The conference resulted in the outcome document, Our Ocean, Our Future: Call for Action, and close to 1,400 voluntary commitments for concrete action by governments, UN organizations, civil society, academia, the scientific community, and the private sector.

Now comes the time to turn these pledges into reality, to galvanize new partnerships, inspire international cooperation and mobilize resources for ocean action.

In September 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Mr. Peter Thomson as his Special Envoy for the Ocean, aiming at galvanizing concerted efforts to follow up on the outcomes of the UN Ocean Conference in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, maintaining the momentum for action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

To support implementation of the voluntary commitments, Mr. Peter Thomson, in collaboration with UN DESA, will be supporting Communities of Ocean Action among all stakeholders to spur further action and maintain the momentum generated by the first‑ever UN Ocean Conference held in June 2017.

The new Ocean Action newsletter will be providing regular, bi-monthly updates on progress made across the globe to save our ocean. The first issue, detailing the advancements to conserve and restore the planet’s mangroves is available here.

Subscribe to the Ocean Action Newsletter here.

The stories that shape the global economy

After years of outflows, capital is finally returning to emerging economies, but how long can this last? Why are a growing tourism industry and world trade not all good news? What is contributing to economic growth in Africa and Latin America? You can find answers to these and many other questions in UN DESA’s World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) Monthly Briefing.

Throughout the year, the Global Economic Monitoring Unit at UN DESA keeps their fingers on the global economic pulse through the WESP Monthly Briefing. The briefings, released on the second Monday of the month, analyse and identify the latest stories that shape the global economy and offer prognoses of future development.

On 12 December, the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2018 report, UN’s flagship publication on current world economic conditions and expected trends will be launched in New York. The report is produced annually by UN DESA, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the five UN regional commissions. There will be regional launches happening in Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Beirut, Geneva, Moscow and New Delhi as well.

You can access the latest issues of the Monthly Briefings here and the full report here.

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