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17 Sustainable Development Goals 17 Partnerships

Division for Sustainable Development DESA, 2015 The United Nations Sustainable Development Summit for the adoption of Agenda 2030 and the sustainable development goals was held during three historic days in New York, 25-27 September 2015. In the lead-up to the Summit, the UN Secretariat, through its Division for Sustainable Development of the Department of Economic […]

WFS 2015 Preparatory Meeting with the League of Arab States

WFO, represented by Dr. Deisi Kusztra, President and Mr. Isidro de Brito, Vice President for Legal and Administrative Affairs, is attending a meeting with the League of Arabe States Headquarters today with H.E. Amb. Dr. Badre Eddine Allali, Assistant Secretary General and Mrs. Enas Sayed Mekkawy, Head of Women, Family and Childhood Department as part of the […]

Local action is key to implement the 2030 Agenda

The World Local Economic Development Forum opens in Turin on the 13th of October. This will be an opportunity to demonstrate that the sustainable development goals of inclusive growth and decent work for all are not just a job for nations and international organizations. Local and regional development can lead the way. Decent jobs are […]

Less than half of countries have achieved gender parity in education

Paris, 12 October—A new Gender Report compiled by UNESCO’s EFA Global Monitoring Report (GMR) for International Day of the Girl Child, shows that fewer than half of countries – of which none in sub-Saharan Africa –  have achieved the goal of gender parity in both primary and secondary education, even though all were supposed to achieve it […]

Solutions Summit reflections by Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer

On the evening of 27 September 2015, the Solutions Summit at UN Headquarters turned attention toward breakthrough solutions for achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals, immediately following the conclusion of the UN Sustainable Development Summit. The White House has just published an inspiring article about the Solutions Summit by Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology […]

World report on ageing and health

World report on ageing and health

Comprehensive public health action on population ageing is urgently needed. This will require fundamental shifts, not just in the things we do, but in how we think about ageing itself. The new World report on ageing and health outlines a framework for action to foster Healthy Ageing built around the new concept of functional ability. Making these […]


The General Assembly voted on September 10 to allow non-member observer states to raise their flags alongside those of the 193 member states. An overwhelming majority of countries – 119 – supported the move. Palestine is the first non-member observer state of the United Nations to benefit from this resolution. The Palestinian flag was raised […]

Historic New Sustainable Development Agenda Unanimously Adopted by 193 UN Members

On 25 September, a bold new global agenda to end poverty by 2030 and pursue a sustainable future was unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at the start of a three-day Summit on Sustainable Development. The historic adoption of the new Sustainable Development Agenda, with 17 global goals at its […]

Business leaders pledge investments worth millions to boost gender equality – UN

26 September 2015 – Top global companies and foundations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Unilever, are committing millions of dollars to promote gender equality as they gather at a United Nations event in New York. Commitments made at the Business and Philanthropy Leader’s Forum, hosted by the UN entity dedicated to gender […]