Under-Secretary-General Liu Zhenmin and members of the High-level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs participate in the Board meeting in September 2021

Breakdown or breakthrough - top global thinkers weigh in on the UN plan to reboot multilateralism

In September 2021, top economists, global thought leaders and former Heads of State and Government came together for the second meeting of the High-level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs to discuss solutions to rampant inequalities, runaway climate change and other pressing challenges facing the world.

Shifting gears for sustainable transport

A farmer carrying her produce to the local market, a ship being loaded with medical supplies, a child seated on a school bus – the movement of people and goods from point A to point B, whether going from a village to a town or across a continent or ocean, shapes sustainable development.

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UN World Data Forum closes with global agreement to improve data quality, new financing tools for data collection

The 2021 UN World Data Forum concluded on Wednesday with the announcement of the Bern Data Compact for the Decade of Action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a clear call for action and commitment to invest in data capacities and data partnerships to leave no one behind, build trust and fill data gaps to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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4 things you need to know about data for people and planet

As the world continues to recover from COVID-19, we need quality data more than ever to support the decisions we make to improve people’s lives. Understanding the data that surrounds us is understanding how to use data to get back on track to achieve the global goals.

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The euro area’s economic pulse is coming back

The global pandemic has left deep scars on economies across the globe. This is certainly true for the euro area, which saw widespread lockdowns after the outbreak of the pandemic in the spring of 2020. As a response, a host of fiscal policies provided strong support across economies, and monetary policy has been maintaining a very accommodative stance.

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Young or old, UN calls for ‘digital equality’ for all

Marking the International Day of Older Persons on 1. October, the United Nations is driving home the message that “digital equality” online, needs to be inclusive of everybody, regardless of age.

Portable solar systems in rural Mongolia

Universal access to sustainable energy will remain elusive without addressing inequalities

During the last decade, a greater share of the global population gained access to electricity than ever before...

Rice Terraces System in Southern Mountainous and Hilly Areas, China

World’s forests under threat from economic and environmental crises

Progress in protecting the world’s forests—and the people who rely on them—is at risk due to the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the escalating climate and biodiversity crises ...

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Indigenous peoples continue to face barriers to realizing rights to lands and territories

The world’s indigenous peoples call 22 per cent of the global land surface home. They live in areas where you find about 80 per cent...


UN Panel: End financial abuses to save people and planet

Governments can finance critical action on extreme poverty, COVID-19 and the climate crisis and by recovering the billions of dollars lost...

Make 2021 a year of possibility and hope, UN chief tells General Assembly

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. 

COVID-19 recovery, focus of UN General Assembly special session

Nations united on Thursday for a special session of the UN General Assembly to survey the wreckage of the COVID-19 pandemic, reflect on the best response, and forge a path to better days ahead. 

Recognize and protect rights of persons with disabilities, UN chief urges, marking International Day

The United Nations is commemorating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on Thursday, calling for greater inclusion for persons with disabilities, and recognizing and protecting their human rights. 

"The Youth Centre" in the Mauritanian capital gives young people the opportunity to spend time with their friends, and learn new and creative skills.

Internet Governance Forum calls for global unity to bridge digital divides

Advancing digital inclusion and narrowing digital divides will build a strong recovery as the world strives to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, the 15th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) heard today as it concluded after a series of high-level roundtable discussions.

Dilma Montero Guallani, 59, is a volunteer in the remote community of Pekín, in the Bolivian Amazon, where she provides early malaria diagnosis and treatment.

To recover better from COVID-19, we must invest in… forests

As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on our economies and societies, the United Nations today called for the inclusion of forest financing in efforts to recover from the pandemic.