On 12 February, the Group of Friends of DDR hosted an expert-level meeting on the political situation and the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process in these two countries.
The Progress Report 2020 provides a snapshot of this uniquely challenging year, focusing on some of the many activities designed to help fight the toxic effects of mercury.
The world is far from achieving agreed goals to reduce global warming in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the UN Secretary-General warned on Monday in his ongoing bid to secure greater commitment to averting climate catastrophe. Watch video.
Following an “annus horribilis” of death, disaster and despair, 2021 must be a year of transformation, Secretary-General António Guterres told the UN’s 193 Member States on Thursday.
Announcements and Events
GHO provides a summary of the key trends, opportunities, needs and responses covered in the Global Humanitarian Overview 2021 - the most comprehensive, authoritative and evidence-based overview of the current state and future trends in humanitarian action.
The Progress Report 2020 provides an overview of the activities and implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. It focuses on some activities designed to help fight the toxic effects of mercury, from capacity-building to science and on the efforts made to anticipate and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global mercury agenda.
Trading for Development in the Age of Global Value Chains (GVC) examines whether there is still a path to development through GVCs and trade. It concludes that technological change is at this stage more a boon than a curse. GVCs can continue to boost growth, create better jobs, and reduce poverty provided that developing countries implement deeper reforms to promote GVC participation, industrial countries pursue open, predictable policies, and all countries revive multilateral cooperation.
In the Spotlight
In a rapidly urbanizing and globalized world, cities have been the epicentres of COVID-19. The virus has spread to virtually all parts of the world; first, among globally connected cities, then through community transmission and from the city to the countryside. This report shows that the intrinsic value of sustainable urbanization can and should be harnessed for the wellbeing of all. It provides evidence and policy analysis of the value of urbanization from an economic, social and environmental perspective.
The challenge of integrating the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into national policy frameworks is leading to renewed interest in national development planning. There are indications that there has been a recent rise in the number of countries with some form of national development strategy or plan, aimed at implementing sustainable development across its economic, social and environmental dimensions. Read more
2020 UN Card
The 2020 edition of The UN Card brings you an update to 11 actions of the UN, that show in quantifiable terms how the daily work of UN colleagues affects the lives of people around the globe.
The UN System Chart, is a non-exhaustive document, which reflects the current structure of the Organization.