Almost half the world’s population is under 30 years old but youth represent less than 2 percent of all lawmakers. Young people are twice as networked as others and can use their potential to realize the Sustainable Development Goals. Today’s young people are raising their voices for equality, empowerment and the opportunities they need to help create a better future for all.
Asia-Pacific is a region like no other. This is an incredibly diverse group of countries.
Deputy Secretary- General Amina J. Mohammed
From large economies to the small island states, from G20 economies to countries facing long-lasting crises and seeking a transition back into development. From middle to low income countries – this region is a microcosm of our global community. More
International data sectors from national statistical offices, the private sector, NGOs, academia and international and regional organizations are gathering in Dubai from Monday to Wednesday, in a bid to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) More
What is important about the report, what Pacific Islands were included – how did they go – what successes, what challenges? Progress for women? How is the Pacific doing compared to the rest of the world?
We put these and other questions to Matthew Johnson-Idan Development Economist , United Nations Development Programme Pacific Office in Fiji.
For more information on the Human Development Index Report click here
The students at St. Edmunds were ready and waiting to greet the UNIC Director and his colleague when they arrived to talk to the 6th Grade about the United Nations and the SDGs.
The lively session demonstrated the students’ knowledge of global affairs and touched on issues such as how to achieve gender parity, why certain MDGs were not as prominent in the SDGs and what would the UN do when all the SDGs were met.
The students were asked to think about how they could contribute to achieving the SDGs and were left with a number of ideas they could take up.
The session included a presentation on the origins, structure and work of the United Nations, as well as a more focused discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals.
The aim was to prepare students for a school debate focusing on international affairs and this resulted in many of the questions revolving around the roles of countries at the UN and how UN resolutions have an impact. At least one issue was fully understood as every cake and biscuit was eaten, such that when the Director asked for one he was reminded that he had just told the students that they should all play their part in eliminating food waste. They were obviously quick learners.
The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2018 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council will be held from Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018; including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Monday, 16 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018.
The theme will be “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”. More.
Interview with UNESCO Pacific Representative Ms Nisha – discussing what is Intangible Cultural Heritage, does it apply in the Pacific and does it relate to the sustainable development agenda?
On June 8 World Oceans Day the Year 8 students from Bombaderry High School undertook a big Ocean Cleanup at Seven Mile Beach near to their school.
They had also been undertaking video projects to show the rest of the school about the importance of saving our oceans and sustainable living.
Picking up plastic on the beach the UNIC Canberra Director and the students were happy that the plastic was in their bags and not in the mouths or stomachs of marine life
or polluting the world’s beautiful oceans.
Prior to the beach clean up UNIC Canberra spoke to the students at their school about the Ocean Conference and how the world is coming together to protect our oceans and that today in Bombaderry we were all playing our part. Good to know our future is in good hands, thanks to all the students.
17 May 2017
Press Release No: G/21/2017
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.”