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The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development will meet from 9 to 18 July 2018 at UN Headquarters in New York to take stock of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and discuss challenges and successes, as well as determine what is working and what is not. The theme of this year’s forum is: “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”.

 This year, Sudan is one of 47 countries that will present their Voluntary National Reviews — the actions they have taken to achieve the Goals — during the 3-day ministerial meeting from 16 to 18 July. The first week will include numerous panel and roundtables on the theme and on the SDGs under review.



Press Release: UN announces worldwide search for exceptional Young Leaders to drive implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Bogota, 7 October –The United Nations announced today that it was seeking applications for its second class of Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals–exceptional young people who are leaders in the effort to end poverty, combat climate change and reduce inequalities.

Led by the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake, the Young Leaders Initiative recognizes 17 young leaders every year who are driving bold efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Ms. Wickramanayake made the announcement at the One Young World summit in Bogota alongside the inaugural class of Young Leaders for the SDGs.

The Young Leaders programme places a spotlight on young people between the ages of 18-30 from around the world, and across many different issues, who are leading positive change towards a sustainable future. The 17 chosen Young Leaders will work with the UN Envoy on Youth to engage young people in the Sustainable Development Goals, advocate for their achievement and contribute to a brain trust supporting the UN’s advocacy efforts to mobilise young people.

“Young people today are not the leaders of tomorrow – we are the leaders of today”, said Ms. Wickramanayake. “Nowhere is that more true than in the efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.  Never before has a generation been so well equipped – with the knowledge, the passion and the technology – to put the planet and our societies on a sustainable path. Young people are the secret weapon to achieving the Goals.”

Today, there are 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10-24—they are the largest generation of youth in history. Their numbers are expected to grow: between 2015 and 2030 alone, about 1.9 billion young people are projected to turn 15 years old.   Continue reading

On 28 June, a High-Level Event on Education will be convened in partnership with key SDG 4 stakeholders to drive a new push for inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all. The event will also elaborate on how to advance the incorporation of the SDGs into the curricula of every school in the world.

The High-Level SDG Action Event on Education seeks to highlight the growing momentum around the implementation of SDG 4, including in the area of SDG Learning. It seeks to galvanize the efforts of the world’s leading education stakeholders and to raise awareness about the obstacles and opportunities for achieving universal access to quality education and lifelong learning including through technical and vocational education and training.

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مؤتمر المحيط يختتم أعماله بأكثر من ألف تعهد لحماية المحيطات

الصيد بالشباك في كولومبيا.World Bank/Edwin Huffman

 أعرب رئيس الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة بيتر تومسون، عن سعادته لما تمخض عنه مؤتمر المحيط والذي اختتم أعماله اليوم الجمعة بتعهدات تصل إلى أكثر من ألف ومئتين من أجل الحفاظ على المحيطات

وفي مؤتمر صحفي عقد ظهر اليوم، قال تومسون: تمت إثارة الوعي العالمي بشأن المشاكل التي يعاني منها المحيط، وهذا أول شيء. وهناك أمر أود أن أقوله وهو أن الناس تساءلت عن عدم وجود خلاف في هذا المؤتمر مثل مؤتمرات الأمم المتحدة المعتادة. وأعتقد أن الجواب على ذلك، هو أنه عندما يتعلق الأمر بالمحيط فهو التراث المشترك للإنسانية، وليس هناك شمال أو جنوب وليس هناك غرب أو شرق عندما يتعلق الأمر بالمحيط. إذا كان المحيط يموت فهو يموت بالنسبة لنا جميعا، إنها مشكلة مشتركة لناولذلك يجتمع الناس معا بطريقة رائعة في هذا المؤتمر. وأعتقد أيضا أن الانفتاح على المجتمع المدني والمجتمع العلمي والقطاع الخاص وإحضارهم جميعا معا قد عمل على كسر الانقسامات الطبيعية الموجودة لدى الحكومات وغيرها Continue reading

UN Ocean Conference wraps up with actions to restore ocean health, protect marine life

Fishing boat in the Indian Ocean off the island of Mombasa. UN Photo/Milton Grant (file)

The first-ever United Nations summit on oceans today wrapped up with a global agreement to reverse the decline of the ocean’s health, and more than 1,300 pledged actions for protecting the blue.

“The bar has been raised on global consciousness and awareness of the problem in the oceans,” the President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, told journalists in New York.

Mr. Thomson, whose native Fiji co-sponsored the event along with Sweden, said the organizers got what they wanted from the conference: “I’m 100 per cent satisfied with the results of this conference. Our aim was high. Our aim was to start the reversal of the cycle.” Continue reading

Winners of Multilingual Essay Contest to Present at United Nations General Assembly in July 2017

ELS Educational Services is pleased to announce that 60 students have been selected as winners of the 2017 Many Languages, One World® international essay contest. 2017 is the fourth year ELS Educational Services and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) ( ) have sponsored Many Languages, One World. This year ELS and the UNAI also welcomes Northeastern University (  as the host of the Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum and the sponsor and organizer of the Northeastern University Global Youth Symposium.

The event includes an all-expense-paid trip to Boston and New York City and the opportunity to speak in the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations. Students will present action plans related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Continue reading


President Hamilton, [Andrew Hamilton, President, NYU]

Dean Henry, [Peter Henry, Dean, NYU Stern School of Business]

Professor Whelan, [Ms. Tensie Whelan, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business]

Dear friends,

I would like to thank everyone at New York University, and especially the Stern School of Business, for your warm welcome and your role in making today’s gathering possible.

Let me also thank all of you for being here to discuss the crucial challenge of climate change and how we must address it.

I can think of no better audience – this wonderful mix of scholars and scientists, students and activists, investors and entrepreneurs – the people who, together, are making climate action real.

And I can think of no better place to have this conversation than here at NYU and the Stern School, where you are dedicated to cultivating solutions and a new generation of leaders.

This notion of inter-generational responsibility is very much on my mind.

My grandfather was born in 1875.  He could not have imagined the world we live in today.

Now I have three grand-daughters of my own – the oldest is eight. I cannot imagine the world they will inhabit decades from now, when they will be my age.

But not knowing is no excuse for not acting to ensure that we do not undermine their future.

I want my grandchildren to inherit a healthy world, free of conflict and suffering — and a healthy planet, rooted in low-carbon sustainable solutions.

That is my wish for everyone, everywhere. To get there, we have our work cut out for us.

Allow me to be blunt. The world is in a mess.  Continue reading

اجتماع دولي في السودان لمساعدة مرضى السرطان في البلدان منخفضة ومتوسطة الدخل

برنامج الوكالة الدولية للطاقة الذرية لعلاج السرطان في البلدان المنخفضة والمتوسطة الدخل. المصدر: الوكالة الدولية للطاقة الذرية

عقدت الوكالة الدولية للطاقة الذرية اجتماعا في السودان للمساعدة في تمويل مبادرات مكافحة السرطان في البلدان التي تكافح في مواجهة العبء المتزايد للمرض

الاجتماع الذي عقد في الخرطوم بالتعاون مع منظمة التعاون الإسلامي والبنك الإسلامي للتنمية، استعرض مقترحات لتقديم خدمات السرطان للاجئين، وزيادة التمويل لمكافحة سرطان عنق الرحم – المسبب الرئيسي لوفيات المرأة عالميا -وتعزيز الطب النووي الوطني والبنية التحتية للعلاج الإشعاعي

ضم الاجتماع ممثلين عن وزارات الصحة والمالية من 16 دولة لتقديم مقترحات تمويل لمختلف مؤسسات التمويل التنموي، وتعبئة الموارد ودعم التدريب كجزء من مكافحة السرطان في الدول التي تنتمي إلى المنظمات الثلاث Continue reading


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!


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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