Category Archives: Sustainable Development

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL’S REMARKS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HIGH-LEVEL DIALOGUE ON ‘BUILDING SUSTAINABLE PEACE FOR ALL: SYNERGIES BETWEEN THE 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTAINING PEACE’, New York, 24 January 2017

Mr. President of the General Assembly, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, All protocol observed,

In recent decades, globalization and technological progress have generated unprecedented economic progress, with higher living standards for many and even a reduction in the number of people in extreme poverty.

But these benefits are not enjoyed by everyone. Inequality is high, and growing. According to recent figures, the eight richest people in the world have the same wealth as the 3.6 billion poorest. Children in sub-Saharan Africa are more than 14 times more likely to die before their fifth birthday than children in developed countries. Statistics like these drive discontent and erode trust in governments and international organizations. Continue reading

“My View on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” Student Photo Contest – Applications open from now until September 19th!

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, represent an action plan for solving global challenges by 2030. The SDGs comprise a total of 17 goals including: ending poverty in all forms, fighting against inequality and addressing climate change.

To raise awareness of the SDGs, a photo contest will be hosted by UNIC Tokyo and Sophia University, with special cooperation from Getty Images, on the theme “My View on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.

This contest is open to graduate, undergraduate, and vocation college students, from all countries! This is the first SDG contest of its kind among the 63 UNIC offices network around the world and the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN-DPI).

The contest’s theme is to encourage students to “reflect on the Sustainable Development Goals, communicate their feelings in a photograph and share it with many other people.”

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PRESS RELEASE: New Report Finds that Stronger Bridge between Science and Policies is Needed to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

Study finds that the notion of inclusiveness must be at center of SDG action

President of ECOSOC Oh Joon addresses the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

President of ECOSOC Oh Joon addresses the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

New York, 12 July—Understanding of the scientific basis for action will be needed to achieve the ambitious and transformative goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, according to a new report issued by the United Nations today during the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

According to the Global Sustainable Development Report 2016, key elements of the 2030 Agenda–such as what it will take to ensure that no one will be left behind—have yet to be thoroughly scientifically researched. The Report finds that the new Agenda requires asking different questions, many that have not yet been answered by the research. Continue reading

UN political forum opens with focus on achieving 2030 Agenda’s call to ‘leave no one behind’

Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, addresses the Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, addresses the Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

UN News Centre, 11 July 2016 – Opening the first meeting of the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development since the adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda, the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today outlined the tasks before the body and called for stronger commitment to accomplish its mandated tasks.

“A strong Forum means faster progress towards the attainment of the 17 ambitious and indivisible Sustainable Development Goals towards inclusive, equitable, and prosperous societies for all,” said ECOSOC President Oh Joon in his remarks.

The High-Level Political Forum will be held from 11 to 20 July at UN Headquarters in New York and it will also include a three-day Ministerial Segment, from 18 to 20 July, which coincides with the High-Level Segment of ECOSOC’s annual session. Continue reading

رسالة الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي للتعاونيات، 2 تموز/يوليه 2016

إنَّ ما تسعى إليه التعاونيات هو التمكين والإدماج والاستدامة. فهي تهدف إلى الدفاع عن مبادئ المساواة والمشاركة الديمقراطية. وتجسد مبدأ عدم ترك أحد خلف الركب الذي تنطوي عليه أهداف التنمية المستدامة.

         وتؤدي التعاونيات دوراً هاما في كثير من المجتمعات. وتقدر الأمم المتحدة أن شخصا واحدا من كل ستة أشخاص هو إمّا عضو في تعاونية أو زبون من زبائنها. وفي جميع أنحاء العالم، يوجد نحو مليونين و 000 600 تعاونية توظف 12.6 مليون شخص. وتناهز قيمة أصولها مبلغ 20 تريليون دولار من دولارات الولايات المتحدة، وتدر عائدات سنوية تقارب 3 تريليونات من الدولارات. Continue reading

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL’S MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF COOPERATIVES, 2 July 2016

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Cooperative endeavour is about empowerment, inclusion and sustainability. It is designed to uphold the principles of equality and democratic participation.  It embodies the principle of the Sustainable Development Goals that no-one should be left behind.

 

Cooperatives play an important role in many societies. The United Nations estimates that one person in every six is either a member or a client of a cooperative.  Worldwide, some 2.6 million cooperatives employ 12.6 million people.  Their assets are worth about US$20 trillion and they generate about US$3 trillion in annual revenue.  Continue reading

الجمعية العامة تعتمد بالإجماع إعلانا سياسيا لتعزيز جهود مكافحة الإيدز والقضاء عليه

اعتمدت الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة بالاجماع إعلانا سياسيا بشأن فيروس نقص المناعة البشرية والإيدز بهدف التعجيل بمكافحة الفيروس والقضاء على وباء الإيدز بحلول عام 2030. جاء ذلك في اليوم الأول من الاجتماع رفيع المستوى الذي تعقده الجمعية العامة لمدة ثلاثة أيام حول القضاء على وباء الإيدز

وجدد رؤساء الدول والحكومات وممثلو البلدان التأكيد على التزامهم بالقضاء على وباء الإيدز بحلول عام 2030 وبتسريع وتكثيف الجهود وباغتنام الفرص الجديدة التي تتيحها خطة التنمية المستدامة لعام 2030 للتعجيل بالإجراءات ذات الصلة. وأكد معتمدو البيان السياسي على ضرورة إدماج مراعاة تعزيز وحماية واحترام حقوق الإنسان والحريات الأساسية للجميع، في كل سياسات وبرامج فيروس نقص المناعة البشرية والإيدز Continue reading

رسالة الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة بمناسبة يوم البيئة العالمي، 5 يونيو 2016

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يُسلِّط الاحتفال باليوم العالمي للبيئة هذا العام ضوءا تمس الحاجة إليه على الاتجار غير المشروع بالأحياء البرية. وثمة سبب خطير يدعو للانزعاج؛ فالفيل يُذبح لأجل عاجه، ووحيد القرن لأجل قرونه، وأم قرفة لأجل قشورها. ومن السلاحف البحرية إلى النمور وحتى أخشاب روزوود، فهناك آلاف الأنواع من الحيوانات والنباتات البرية التي ما فتئت تُدفع إلى حافة الانقراض. والأعمال التجارية والأفراد المتورطون لا يدفعهم سوى تحقيق مكاسب قصيرة الأجل على حساب المنافع الطويلة الأجل للمجتمعات المحلية والموائل. وهم يعملون، في حالات كثيرة، بالتواطؤ مع شبكات الجريمة المنظمة العابرة للحدود الوطنية والجماعات التي تضلع بشدة في زعزعة استقرار الأمم Continue reading

New global education action agenda to mobilize civil society, adopted at UN DPI / NGO Conference

Closing ceremony of the UN Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization Conference, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea.

Closing ceremony of the UN Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization Conference, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea.

Gyeongju, Republic of Korea ( ESCAP News) – Representatives of NGOs and academia finalized and adopted a global education action agenda at the 66th United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) / Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference that concluded today in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea.

The Gyeongju Action Plan provides concrete guidance for NGOs around the world to enhance their ability to lobby governments for commitment to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to mobilize NGOs in communities on the ground. Continue reading

UN NGO Conference opens with spotlight on global citizenship to achieve 2030 Agenda

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Gyeongju, Republic of Korea (ESCAP News) — The 66th United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) / Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference, opened its session in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea today with its gaze fixed firmly on mobilizing global civil society to support implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At the opening ceremony, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted that the contribution of NGOs, academia and youth will be key to achieving the SDGs, for without the participation of NGOs and civil society groups, no initiative, however visionary, can be fully achieved. Continue reading