A resident of Dabeiba, Colombia, is gifted a football at a match between former FARC-EP combatants and members of the Colombian Armed Forces, organized by the UN Verification Mission in Colombia. 19 June 2018. UN Photo/Jennifer Moreno Canizales.

"With the introduction of the SDGs, we have started to recognize the strong interdependency among all beings living on this planet, and how one person’s or country’s actions can affect others living thousands of kilometres away," argues Anantha Duraiappah. "Climate change is one example of this interdependency. One country’s actions can trigger extreme events such as droughts and floods, thus hindering the entire world’s progress towards achieving the SDGs." The author is Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (UNESCO).

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Explore the economy data, which provide objective measures of business regulations for local firms in 190 economies. Doing Business 2020 - Sustaining the pace of reforms.

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Food loss and waste is a global issue. When considering actions and policy options, the report argues that food loss and waste reduction should be seen as a way to achieve other objectives, notably improved efficiency in the food system, improved food security and nutrition, and improved environmental sustainability.

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The study draws on the most extensive and intensive survey ever undertaken of Africans who had migrated to Europe through irregular means from multiple African countries. 

Internally Displaced Persons receive rations of emergency food aid

The Executive Director of the World Food Programme, David Beasley, says WFP wants to learn more about how its efforts contribute to peace.

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The global economy is in a synchronized slowdown and the IMF is, once again, downgrading growth for 2019 to 3 percent, its slowest pace since the global financial crisis. The October World Economic Outlook is projecting a modest improvement in global growth to 3.4 percent in 2020. 

WTO Public Forum 2019

The 2019 edition of the WTO’s World Trade Report highlights that services have become the most dynamic component of international trade and that its role will continue to expand in the coming decades. It stresses the need to enhance cooperation in the international community to support this expansion.

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry at the press launch of the World Intellectual Property Indicators report.

Innovators across the globe filed 3.3 million patent applications in 2018, up 5.2% for a ninth straight yearly increase, according to WIPO’s annual World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI) report. Global trademark filing activity rose to 14.3 million, while that for industrial designs reached 1.3 million.

Woman in Katfoura, Guinea, collects the leaves of a moringa tree.

Rural women have unique knowledge, skills and experiences that are critical to promoting sustainable practices and combating the ill-effects of climate change. Economically empowered rural women, like those in Brazil, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Nepal and Niger mentioned in this article, are key to the success of families, communities and national economies. Through their labour, they are maintaining and improving their children’s education, household health, food security and nutrition, and are thus indispensable in the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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One in three children isn't growing well because of malnutrition. UNICEF's 2019 State of the World's children examines the issue of children, food and nutrition, providing a fresh perspective on a rapidly evolving challenge. Explore the special web feature

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Climate action has been speeding up in response to the climate crisis, with more and more governments, cities, and companies aligning their plans, policies and projections with the Paris Agreement—but much more effort is needed.

Eradicating hunger and food insecurity, as well as ensuring sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, is a central pillar of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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"How do we get more women in politics?" asks Global Sustainable Development Goal Advocate, Alaa Murabit. As a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth, she has seen first-hand how our experiences and opportunities in childhood shape our future realities and potential: "If, from a young age, a girl or woman does not feel she has power over her own body, it can be a challenge for her to believe that she should run for public office." She also calls for transforming 'our cultural assumptions about what traits define leadership.' 

2019 Report of the Secretary-General  on the work of the Organization

The Secretary-General’s Annual Report on the Work of the Organization offers a perspective on the state of our world and accounts for the results the Secretariat delivers.

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Data on disease, death, numbers of healthcare workers, and analysing the amount spent on healthcare allows us to understand why people become sick and what kills them. Here is the annual WHO Statistics.