ECOSOC Youth Forum, New York City, 8 to 9 April 2019
New York, 8 April—Nearly 1,000 youth advocates from around the world are expected to meet with government ministers and officials at the United Nations this month to advance the role of young people in implementing of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Youth Forum, hosted by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and co-organized by the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, is the largest gathering of young people at the organization. It is taking place as today’s generation of young people, the largest the world has ever known, are leading changes all over the world, demanding that their leaders take action to make the world more sustainable.
Today, there are 1.2 billion young people, between the ages of 15 and 24, making up 16 per cent of the global population. Most of them live in developing countries. Millions of them do not have access to quality education, decent work or other opportunities to realize their full potential. Many continue to face uncertainties due to conflicts, economic variability, climate change, and rising inequalities.
Record number of countries, private and public-‐sector leaders to review progress on sustainable development
9-‐18 July, UN Headquarters, New York
Thousands of high-‐level representatives from governments, civil society and the private sector will gather at the annual High-‐level Political Forum (HLPF) this month to take stock of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and discuss successes, challenges and lessons learnt on the road to a fairer, more peaceful and prosperous world on a healthy planet by 2030.
Forty-‐seven countries will submit their Voluntary National Review (VNRs) -‐ an important, evidence-‐based platform to highlight national implementation.
Since the launch of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the number of countries presenting VNRs has more than doubled from 22 in 2016. With this year’s Forum, more than 120 countries would have submitted their reviews, showing commitment to tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time. The Forum also brings together leaders from all sectors of society, including the business community and civil society.
If the world is to eradicate poverty, address climate change and build peaceful, inclusive societies for all by 2030, key stakeholders, including governments, must drive implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a faster rate, says the latest progress report on the SDGs launched by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres today. More
The Forum will bring together member states, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders to review the successes, challenges and lessons learned on achieving the SDGs.
Richard Curtis, a SDG Advocate, is a screen writer and director, responsible for films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary – and leading up to the HLPF read what he has to say about the importance of the SDGs and why he regards them as the toolkit for the current and future generations.
Bangkok (ESCAP News) –The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) marked its 70th Anniversary at the opening of the annual Commission session in Bangkok today, with its Executive Secretary reflecting on the extraordinary transformation of the region, and underlining the importance of regional solutions to support the global development agenda.
“Seventy years ago, ours was a region devastated by conflict. Political instability was rife, poverty and famine were endemic, and social tensions widespread,” said United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Shamshad Akhtar. “Today our region accounts for over a third of the world’s output, and we are on track to make up half of global GDP by 2050. We are driving global growth, global trade and increasingly, science, technology and innovation. Poverty has fallen to 15 per cent in 2012, down from 50 per cent in 1990.”
Smurfs like eating big Smurfberry pies and singing happy songs, but it’s only fun when everyone in Smurf Village has enough to eat and has no worries. So when the Smurfs heard that the United Nations has a big plan to protect all people and the planet, they had to be a part of it. With their boundless energy and positive attitude, the Smurfs are a great choice to help the United Nations celebrate this year’s International Day of Happiness on 20 March by promoting the Sustainable Development Goals. The Goals aim to protect people and our planet so we can all live the happiest lives possible.
The Forum, which will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Center, will be a unique opportunity for major producers and users of data and statistics to collaborate, launch new initiatives, and innovative solutions to deliver better data on health, education, income, environmental indicators and other aspects of sustainable development.
On 25 September, 193 world leaders will come to the United Nations Headquarters in New York to formally commit to the Sustainable Development Goals, on the same day cinema audiences around the world will get a chance to join the Global Goals campaign in an unprecedented effort to reach seven billion people around the world. The Global Goals campaign, launched at the UN, aims to tell seven billion people in seven days that “it’s time to change the world” through a ground-breaking collaboration of campaigners, public figures, companies and civil society groups. Continue reading →