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People with Down syndrome can drive positive changes in their workplaces

22. März 2018 - 16:23

People with Down syndrome, their advocates and supporters gathered at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday 21 March to rally employers and make sure they saw the benefits of enabling people with Down syndrome and disabilities to make meaningful contributions in the workplace.

The event, marking the 2018 edition of World Down Syndrome Day under the theme ‘What I bring to the Workplace,’ was a chance to show everyone people with Down syndrome can and should contribute and live valued working lives, and to be fully included in their communities.

“Inclusion within the normative and valued pathways of family and community life is one of the primary means to a life of meaning, belonging and possibilities,” said Bruce Uditsky, Chief Executive Officer of Inclusion Alberta Canada.

In the afternoon, a range of employers engaged in an open dialogue on the benefits and challenges companies face in employing people with disabilities.

One speaker, Debra Ruh, CEO of Unites States-based CEO of Ruh Global Communications, told the event that she refused to listen when experts said that her daughter Sara, born with Down syndrome, ‘would be lucky just to be able to push shopping carts at the local grocery store.’

With such comments ringing in her ears, Ms. Ruh left the banking industry and created TecAccess, a company with the core mission of making information and communication technologies (ICT) more accessible, notably to those with disabilities. Some 80 per cent of her employees are technologists with disabilities.

“Employees with disabilities in most sectors stay on the job longer, resulting in up to a 6 per cent turnover rate improvement,” she noted in her presentation, adding: “People with disabilities who are employed have less overall absenteeism and the number of compensation claims are no different.”

A parallel event was held at the Palais des Nations, the home of the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva, where people with Down syndrome spoke up on “What I bring to my community.”

The hashtag #WhatIBringToMyCommunity encompasses how people with Down syndrome can and make meaningful contributions throughout their lives – whether in schools, workplaces, the community, culture, media, and sports.

Among other things, the campaign also draws from the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs); Goal 10 sets out to reduce inequalities within and among countries, Goal 10.2 aims by 2030 to empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.

All the SDGs that ensure the opportunity of persons with Down syndrome to participate and contribute fully in society by 2030, including for quality education (SDG 4) and decent work and economic growth (SDG 8) are relevant to the campaign.

Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition, exists in all regions across the globe and commonly results in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics or health.

Source: UN News  

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Leveraging ICTs to Build Information and Knowledge Societies for All

19. März 2018 - 18:27

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2018 kicked off today with a range of compelling sessions on everything from building vibrant ICT-centric ecosystems to disaster risk reduction to machine learning for 5G systems.

More than 2,500 information and communication technology (ICT) experts from around the globe have assembled at ITU headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland to advance technological solutions to meet the challenges of sustainable development.

This year’s World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum marks 15 years since the first summit held in Geneva, demonstrating that the foundations of a “just and equal information society” set by the Geneva Plan of Action in 2003 are still crucial to all WSIS stakeholders.

Since then, the WSIS forum has grown to become the leading ICT for development event in the world.

“[The WSIS Forum] is our common platform to review the achievements of [information and communication technology] developments, to discuss the challenges and opportunities, to showcase innovation and to share best practices,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

With diverse stakeholders from around the world, the WSIS Forum brings together global commitments to create and maintain an information society that brings benefits to everyone, everywhere. And this year includes increased focus on how to leverage the power of ICTs to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This year’s range of engaging Forum sessions and more than 200 specialized workshops and interactive exhibitions, prizes and a new track focused on Youth in ICTs, proves that as ICTs evolve, so will the processes that shape them.

Innovation Track @ WSIS Forum

This year’s Innovation Track @ WSIS Forum, Accelerating Digital Transformation: Building Vibrant ICT Centric Innovation Ecosystems, provides a unique opportunity for high-level dialogue, cooperation and partnership building. The full-day session identified good practices for supporting innovation ecosystems and funding policy for high impact, sustainable ICT projects.

View the Live Webcast here.

Youth in ICTs

In a new track, the WSIS Forum is promoting the ideals and principles of the United Nations among youth participants including a special track for students and young people aged 18-35 to explore how ICTs can help achieve the SDGs.

In the Cloud Café, youth will participate in an exchange of knowledge with subject-area experts, to advance ways that youth can help advance the work of the UN. In a session, Vloggers for SDGs, participants will discuss how YouTube has changed the way development organizations communicate with the public – hint the rise of video blogging (Vlogging).

And the second-annual global Hackathon, the #HackAgainstHunger organized by ITU, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Impact Hub, brought together more than 75 coders, food and agriculture experts and innovators to develop new ICT solutions to end world hunger.

WSIS Prizes and Champions

The WSIS Prizes 2018 winners and champions will be announced during WSIS Forum 2018. The WSIS Prizes recognize outstanding projects that have proven successful in leveraging the power of ICTs in support of the SDGs. This year, approximately one million online votes were cast for the 492 projects nominated out of 685 submitted.  The WSIS Champions will form a key part of our global and grassroots community engaged in online and community advocacy.


Attendees at WSIS will have the chance to view and interact with “ICT Solutions for SDGs” including drones for social development, robotics, artificial intelligence – and virtual reality experiences. A Photo Contest Exhibit and TEDxGeneva event are also part of the full schedule of events.

Celebrating ingenuity, these innovative projects you are about to discover showcase ICT solutions in areas as diverse and critical as the internet of things for development, e-agriculture, information accessibility, cybersecurity, VR and education, autonomous robots, gender empowerment, and the implementation of WSIS Action Lines towards the SDGs.

15 years of impact

WSIS is celebrating 15 years of impact, going back to the first WSIS meeting in 2003 when delegates from 175 countries met in Geneva to unite to build a people-centric, inclusive and development-oriented information society.

This first UN summit open to all identified 11 concrete Action Lines in the Geneva Plan of Action.

Learn more about the WSIS 2018.

The full WSIS Forum 2018 Agenda available here.

Source: ITU News  

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How Addiction Happens?

19. März 2018 - 18:03

We received this video from a family whose oldest son died of an accidental heroin and fentanyl overdose in December 2015, on his 22nd birthday. They made this video to help other teens and their families avoid going down the path of addiction. Here is their story, in their words.

Three weeks before our oldest son, Alex overdosed and died, he said to his father, “Maybe I can help others”. He wanted to help other young people avoid addiction. But, that was not meant to be. On his 22nd birthday, Alex’s mom found him on our couch in the basement, with the TV still on. He was cold to the touch. The local coroner’s office carried Alex’s body out of our house in a black body bag.

In the wake of Alex’s passing, our family analyzed the path that Alex, and we, had gone down. Alex did not fit society’s stereotype of an addict. It was like a slow-motion picture of a car skidding and then violently crashing. We looked at every frame, from every angle, to try to understand exactly how and when things went so wrong. We thought back to high school when Alex told us, unprompted, that he had been drinking with his friends. He didn’t want to lie to us. To college and signs of trouble that we did not heed. And to the two-year period from Alex’s first use of opiates to when he died.

We spoke with students at Alex’s high school and their parents. The two most common questions were “How could this happen?” and “How can I prevent it from happening to my friend or my child?” We answered these questions based on our experience and the leading research on addiction.

Subsequently, on Facebook, our family saw a beautiful and effective animated video on autism, called ‘Amazing Things Happen’. We reached out to the creator of that video and he was very gracious in communicating his experience. Our family decided that people could benefit from a clear video on addiction: how it starts, how it develops, and how to try to prevent it altogether. So, we made ‘How Addiction Happens’ to help others. To help Alex fulfil his wish.

All teens should watch the short video and think about themselves and their friends. You can see the path start to happen. Don’t go down it.

Their parents should watch it also. Take time and truly listen to your kids. They need your help.

Learn more about our work on Youth.

Source: How Addiction Happens 

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Making #EveryDrop Count

15. März 2018 - 15:44

Today more than 2 billion people are forced to drink unsafe water, and 4.5 billion people do not have safely managed sanitation services. Growing populations, increasing climate variability, mismanagement of water supplies and pollution are all contributing to increased water scarcity and stress.

The water crisis has many dimensions. 40 percent of the world’s people are affected by water scarcity, with as many as 700 million people at risk of being displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030. More than two billion people are compelled to drink unsafe water, and more than 4.5 billion people do not have safely managed sanitation services.

Women and girls suffer disproportionately when water and sanitation are lacking, affecting health and often restricting work and education opportunities. 80 percent of wastewater is discharged untreated into the environment, and water-related disasters account for 90 percent of the 1,000 most devastating natural disasters since 1990.

Recognizing the growing challenge, the United Nations will promote water and its crucial role in achieving the 2030 Agenda, particularly Sustainable Development Goal 6, at several prominent events this month:

  • 14 March: The Secretary-General will receive a report of the High-Level Panel on Water — 12 former and current Heads of State, and Government convened by the UN and the World Bank Group — that sets out recommendations to redefine how water resources should be understood, valued and effectively managed.
  • 19 March: The World Water Forum starts in Brasilia. The President of the UN General Assembly and several UN agency heads will be present at the Forum.
  • 22 March: The UN General Assembly will launch the Water Action Decade to mobilize action that will help transform how we manage water. The Decade aims to re-energize the commitment of the international community to tackle the issue of water as well as draw its attention to the approaching crisis. There will be a high-level event in the General Assembly Hall on this day with prominent leaders speaking on behalf of water action, including the President of Tajikistan and the musician Pitbull.
  • 22 March: The 25th anniversary of World Water Day, will focus this year on the solutions we can find in nature to help solve our water scarcity problems.

“Making Every Drop Count: An Agenda for Water Action” presents many recommendations as part of an Outcome Report from the Panel, which was convened in January 2016 by the United Nations Secretary-General and the World Bank Group President.

Join us in advocating water actions by using the hashtag #EveryDrop on social media.

More information about:
High Level Panel on Wate
World Water Day
Water Action Decade


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Empowering rural women and girls

12. März 2018 - 14:48

The 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018. Representatives of member states, UN entities and ECOSOC accredited NGOs from all regions of the world are welcome to attend the session.

This year the priority theme is “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and empowerment of rural women and girls.” It will evaluate progress in the implementation of the agreed conclusions from the forty-seventh session (2003) of “Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women’, and make a recommendation on how best to utilize the year 2020 to accelerate the realization of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

Women and girls are central to the sustainability of rural households and communities, improving rural livelihoods and overall wellbeing, but their role and significance are often overlooked. In fact, they are almost half of the agricultural labour force in developing countries, also carrying out the bulk of unpaid care and domestic work within families and households. Their knowledge and experience in food security and nutrition, land and natural resource management, bring additional resources to resilience against the negative effects of the changing climate on rural livelihoods.

With changing the climate, women are already unequal access to land, water and energy are further impacted. At the same time, existing gender inequalities and discriminations that constrain rural women’s decision-making power and participation in their households and their communities, are exacerbated by climate change and climate disasters. For instance, as floods and droughts increase, rural women and girls spend more time and effort to collect and secure water and fuel, missing out on education and income-generating opportunities.

A changing climate also means that there is a shrinking window of opportunity to close gender gaps in agriculture. A vast majority of the world’s poor live in rural areas, and closing the gender gaps in agriculture is essential for ensuring food security, building climate resilience and ending poverty. It will enable women, farmers, to adopt climate-resilient agricultural approaches at the same rate as men and increase overall agricultural productivity. According to some estimates, women’s equal access to land and other productive assets could increase agricultural outputs by up to 20% in Africa (Women in Agriculture).

UN Women supports efforts to increase women farmers’ access to land, financing, climate information and climate-smart technologies to achieve gender equality through climate-resilient agriculture, as well as enhancing their capacity to move up green agricultural value chains. Only once the inequalities are purposefully levelled, will both women and girls, whether rural or urban, be able to take their place at the heart of the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the growth of a better future for us all.

More information about the CSW62.

Source: UN Women

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The power of data to improve our Lives

6. März 2018 - 17:11

Statistics, numbers, figures – they tell the story of our lives. How well we live, and how well we take care of ourselves, each other and the environment. Through data, for example, we know how healthy people are, how many people live in poverty worldwide, how many children are not able to go to school, and where we stand on gender equality and our efforts to combat climate change.

Having all the needed data is critical for the international community to properly evaluate the current state of the world and to determine how best to move forward, improving peoples’ lives. As UN Secretary-General António Guterres recently put it, “accurate data is the lifeblood of good policy and decision-making.”

As nations across the globe strive to fulfill their commitment to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the availability, timeliness and accuracy of data are more important than ever. Only with high-quality data can we formulate the policies to bring the necessary change, and know if we are on the right track and if we are progressing fast enough to meet our goals by 2030.

232 global indicators help us track SDGs progress 

On 6-9 March 2018, statisticians from around the globe will come together at UN Headquarters for the 49th Session of the UN Statistical Commission. As in previous sessions, this year’s event is expected to draw a large number of data experts with one goal in common – to ensure that reliable data is collected to help serve nations and people across the world.

One of the top items on a busy Commission agenda is on the data and indicators to measure SDGs progress. These 232 global indicators developed to help follow up and review the 17 goals and 169 targets of the 2030 Agenda, are the result of tireless efforts by the global statistical community through the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators.

“I commend the UN Statistical Commission, the Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators, and the Statistics Division of UN DESA, for their mammoth efforts preparing this framework,” said Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly, when the framework was adopted by the UN General Assembly in July 2017.

“It will help all of us to measure what we truly value; to keep our promise to leave no one behind and, most importantly, to ensure accountability for the lofty commitments made in September 2015,” Mr. Thomson said.

Data hubs and platforms for innovation

In addition to data for the SDGs, a variety of topics are up for discussion and decision by this year’s Commission including open data, big data and statistics on climate change, refugees, disability, work and employment, and agricultural and rural statistics.

In keeping with tradition, the official session will be preceded by the Friday Seminar on Emerging Issues on 2 March, taking place under the theme “The Data Revolution in Action: Building a Federated System of SDG Data Hubs and Collaborative Platforms for Innovation.”

To meet the challenges that measuring the SDGs brings, the seminar will explore the need to build a modern statistical infrastructure, as well as ways to integrate SDG data and information platforms with each other to support policy and decision-making at all levels.

Bringing trusted data to the public

In addition to the Friday Seminar and a number of other side events, UN DESA’s Statistics Division will also organize the High-level Forum on Official Statistics on Monday 5 March.

Taking place under the theme “Communicating data and statistics: Bringing trusted and actionable data to the public, the media and policy-makers,” the Forum will shine a light on the need to communicate data more effectively to help policymakers, the media and the general public identify, understand, and make full use of trusted sources of data and statistics to support development efforts.

When we increase statistical literacy and improve our communication surrounding data, we allow citizens to better understand the world around them. We then also enhance the understanding of data and its role to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, making our world a better place. Because with better data, we have a chance to live better lives.

More information about the 49th Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission here. Click here for side event schedule.

Source: UNDESA

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Mahila: A Women’s Movement Rising

6. März 2018 - 17:02

The Good Shepherd International Foundation (GSSI Foundation) is releasing their newest documentary, “Mahila: a Women’s Movement Rising,” on March 8th International Women’s Day, to celebrate the power of women helping each other and to support a movement of women walking together to enforce their rights.

“Mahila” tells three stories of empowerment in India’s rural Dalit communities. For ages, Dalit women have suffered from triple oppression — from discrimination based on their gender, their caste and their impoverished economic class. The women of “Mahila” have found a rare voice and an important standing in their communities and in the wider India. They’ve achieved this through education, through the access to credit and training to form businesses, and through awareness of their rights as citizens.

“Mahila” introduces us to three generations of Dalit women who represent a movement that is changing the face of India. Young Indira gets her parents’ full support to fulfil her dream of becoming a teacher. Jaysree leads a women farmers’ cooperative that negotiates fair prices for their dairy production. And, finally, Mary Rani is the first Dalit woman to be elected president of her village.

The Good Shepherd sisters, who have advocated for women’s and Dalit’s rights in India for the past 30 years, lead this movement, supporting hundreds of girls and women out of oppression through education, economic justice and human rights.

Join Mahila’s women to speak up for women’s rights!

Check out the website for projects to support women to rise up from oppression and discrimination.

Source: GSSI Foundation

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Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives

2. März 2018 - 22:11

This year, the International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. The celebration of the Day has taken the form of global marches and campaigns, including #MeToo and #TimesUp in the United States of America and their counterparts in other countries, on issues ranging from sexual harassment and femicide to equal pay and women’s political representation.

Echoing the priority theme of the upcoming 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, International Women’s Day will also draw attention to the rights and activism of rural women, who make up over a quarter of the world population and are being left behind in every measure of development.

Rural women ensure food security for their communities, build climate resilience and strengthen economies. Yet, gender inequalities, such as discriminatory laws and social norms, combined with a fast-changing economic, technological and environmental landscape restrict their potential, leaving them far behind men and their urban counterparts.

View the infographic about some of these challenges and their consequences:

“Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed. Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.”
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.

Around the world, the United Nations system stands behind the realization of the rights of rural women, in principle and practice. Upholding these rights is essential to international commitments such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Fulfilling the promise of the landmark 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, where the goals include gender equality as well as ending poverty and hunger, achieving decent work for all and combatting climate change, largely depends on empowering rural women and girls.

Each year, the UN system and other intergovernmental bodies champion the right of rural women. They are dedicated to upholding the right to a decent standard of living, the right to land and productive resources, the right to live free from violence and harm, and the right to a healthy and educated life. View some of the successful stories.

Join us to transform the momentum into action, to empower women in all settings, rural and urban, and to celebrate the activists who are working relentlessly to claim women’s rights and realize their full potential.

The #TimeisNow.

More information about the International Women’s Day.

Join UN Women in celebrating the day.

Source: UN Women

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UNU Sustainable Development Explorer

2. März 2018 - 21:38

Interconnections are central to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015, the SDGs inspire global action to overcome the world’s related challenges — from hunger and poverty to equality and peace. Governments, businesses, civil society, and the UN system are working together to achieve the goals by 2030, and improve the lives of people everywhere.

Research for Solutions

The United Nations University’s work is uniquely comprehensive, spanning the full breadth of the SDGs. Our global network of highly-specialised research institutes collaborates to better address these complex, multifaceted challenges.

With some 400 UNU researchers engaged in more than 180 research projects, we are most active where the different goals merge and interact. The UNU Sustainable Development Explorer is an opportunity to experience the “who” and “what” of UNU’s work, meet our experts, and learn how our ideas are generating knowledge to develop realistic solutions to achieve all 17 SDGs.

See our growing collection of research, commentary and multimedia related to each SDG:













For more information about the UNU Sustainable Development Explorer, please visit:

Join on Twitter and Facebook, and Follow the hashtag #SDGExplorer.

Source: UNU

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What is the role co-operatives have for social development?

1. März 2018 - 18:51

The 56th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56) took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 29 January to 7 February. The Commission is the advisory body for the social development pillar of global development. The priority topic for this year: “Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all” is in close connection to the role and activities of co-operatives around the world.

Based on a report presented by the Secretary General of the United Nations, the Commission discussed and analysed strategies that have proven to be efficient in eradicating poverty and, in particular, extreme poverty. The report states that “strengthening co-operatives and producer organisations is also an effective strategy to empower rural people living in poverty and make the rural economy more productive”. But besides this important role of empowering people, co-operatives are also vehicles to drive other poverty alleviation strategies.

The Commission discussed many of the factors that lead to poverty, such as unemployment, climate changes, discrimination, inequalities, and others. In all these, co-operatives have a very strong record of action by providing stable and decent employment, protecting the environment, caring for the communities where they operate, and by serving as centres of democracy and equal opportunity for people, without discrimination.

Unemployment and informality were identified as rising concerns. Without a job, or without decent and stable conditions of employment, it is impossible for the most vulnerable to lift themselves out of poverty. In addition, the lack of sufficient social protection in many countries makes the situation worse. Employment creation and transitioning workers from the informal to the formal economy should thus be a priority, particularly in government-led initiatives to end poverty. Co-operatives already employ 10% of the active population in the world, a total of 279 million people. Helping the creation and development of co-operatives is one of the ways governments can stimulate employment. From another perspective, the role of cooperatives in transitioning workers from the informal to the formal economy has been well documented and recognised by the International Labour Organization, which is another reason why stimulating the creation and development of cooperatives can have a direct impact in reducing unemployment and informality, thus reducing poverty.

The Commission also looked at some of the challenges of climate change and its impact on poverty. It is important to note that many of these immediate impacts will be felt in areas that are already struggling with higher rates of poverty. Extreme weather events will, most likely, affect the poorer communities. Therefore, strategies to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change are needed, and also in this case, co-operatives can have a role to play.

In terms of inclusion and reducing inequalities, the Commission looked at the extensive work that is still needed. It was reported that both income and social inequality are increasing. The most vulnerable groups, such as women, youth, minorities, indigenous people, among others, are also the most affected by rising inequality. It is important that co-operatives, when working in their local communities, be agents of positive discrimination by establishing policies and activities that actively counter inequality.

It is evident that the challenge of fully eradicating poverty still looms large. While governments have the primary responsibility for this effort, co-operatives can contribute to it by implementing effective strategies, share knowledge and establish partnerships with other agents of change.

Fighting poverty has been identified by the International Co-operative Alliance as one of the working areas where co-operatives can make a big difference in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the online platform ‘Co-ops for 2030’ (, there are many examples of how co-operatives are pledging to achieve these objectives that might serve as an inspiration to others. The campaign Co-ops for 2030 has been created within the framework of the ICA-EU partnership, also called #coops4dev. Read more information about #coops4dev partnership here.

To showcase some of these examples and to call on countries to continue to support co-operatives as tools to fight against poverty, the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC) organised an event during one of the days of the meetings of the Commission on Social Development. You can read more about that event here.

The CSocD56 concluded with the adoption of measures by government officials and civil society leaders, including the creation of social protection systems, that would help lift the millions of people still living in poverty, especially those in vulnerable situations. The Commission adopted several resolutions on topics such as ageing, strategies for eradicating poverty and Africa’s development.

It was also decided that the 2019 priority theme would be “Addressing inequalities and challenges to social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies”.

Photo (c) ABACO: Meeting one of the SDGs, ABACO co-operative from Peru offers tailored financing opportunities to small rural producers. Allowing them to expand and improve their production activities, and, consequently, the economic condition of their families.

Source: ICA

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UNDESA-DSPD Newsletter, March 2018

1. März 2018 - 18:30

Newsletter | March 2018

Government and civil society leaders agree on way forward to help lift millions out of poverty

This year’s UN Commission on Social Development (CSocD56) took place from 29th January to 7th February, and was concluded on the last day with the adoption of policies — including the establishment of nationally appropriate social protection systems — to be taken by government and the civil society to help the millions of people living in poverty and those in vulnerable situations.

Under the theme “Strategies for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”, the Commission saw over 600 representatives from civil society and government gather at the UN Headquarters in New York to discuss effective strategies to eradicate poverty.

Countries will discuss the best ways of reducing the growing distance between the “haves” and the “have‑nots” at the Commission’s next session, which will open early next year with the theme “Addressing inequalities and challenges to social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies.”

Learn more about the CSocD56 here.
Did you miss the CSocD56 discussions? Follow our YouTube channel to watch the archived webcasts.

Social justice for migrant workers is in everyone’s interest

This year the World Social Justice Day was celebrated on February 20, under the theme of “Workers on the Move: the Quest for Social Justice”.

The quest for social justice has been a historical journey for migrant workers who are often exposed to the risk of exploitation in countries of origin, transit, and destination. Despite the challenges faced by migrant workers in the labour markets, there is strong evidence about their positive contribution to hosting countries and communities alike.

A special event to mark the observation of the day was also taken place in New York UN Headquarters, bring together concrete stories and testimonies about the challenges of social justice and labour migration and possible policy responses to address these challenges. It contributed to the UN TOGETHER campaign, which has the purpose of encouraging global action in promoting non‐discrimination and addressing the problem of rising xenophobia against refugees and migrants.

Learn more about the World Social Justice Day, 20 February 2018 here.

UN Youth Envoy Message – ECOSOC Youth Forum 2018 UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake encouraged everyone at the 2018 ECOSOC Youth Forum: “Don’t be afraid to speak up and express your ideas – you are the best asset that the world has to achieve the SDGs”.

For more information about the Youth Forum, please visit:

Featured Stories High-Level Panel Discussions on:
“Strategies for Eradicating Poverty to Achieve Sustainable Development for All”

Read the press release here.
Watch the archived webcast here.

Towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies: Innovation and Interconnectivity for Social Development Read the press release here.
Watch the archived webcast here. “The Third Review and Appraisal of the Madrid Plan of Action on Ageing” Read the press release here.
Watch the archived webcast here. “Towards Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable Development: Mainstreaming of disability in the implementation of the Agenda 2030” Read the press release here.
Watch the archived webcast here. Highlights

Why are Digital Skills Critical for Older Persons?

Social Entrepreneurship for the SDGs through Block Chain and Cryptocurrency

Social Capital and Social Responsibility

Achieving Poverty Eradication by Sustainable Health, Well being and Education

   Featured Publications  Promoting Inclusion Through Social Protection

The Report on the World Social Situation 2017 shows that social protection systems can promote inclusive development that leaves no one behind.

Specifically, the Report aims to answer three main questions: Who enjoys social protection coverage—and who does not? What are the main barriers to social protection coverage? And how can social protection programmes be designed and implemented to be sensitive to the needs of disadvantaged groups? As the Report indicates, every country can provide some form of social protection to all of its citizens. Expanding access is often a matter of design rather than affordability.

Download the Executive Summary of the Report on the World Social Situation 2017.

World Economic Situation and Prospects 2018

The world economy has strengthened as lingering fragilities related to the global financial crisis subside. In 2017, global economic growth reached 3 per cent—the highest growth rate since 2011—and growth is expected to remain steady for the coming year.

The improved global economic situation provides an opportunity for countries to focus policy towards longer-term issues such as low carbon economic growth, reducing inequalities, economic diversification and eliminating deep-rooted barriers that hinder development.

Download the World Economic Situation And Prospects 2018.

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8 March: International Women’s Day
12-23 March: 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62)
21 March: World Down Syndrome Day 
2 April: World Autism Awareness Day
5 April: UN observance on “Empowering Women and Girls with Autism”
16-27 April: 17th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)


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Growth, Age and Spatial Distribution

1. März 2018 - 10:00

A recent assessment by the United Nations shows a world’s population numbered 7.6 billion in 2017 and is projected to grow to around 8.6 billion in 2030, especially in Africa and Asia.

The world’s population is likely to continue at a slower pace after 2050 when is expected to number around 9.8 billion and stabilize at a level of roughly 11 billion people by the end of the century.

In the short run, however, it is expected that the world will continue to see rapid changes in population size and population distribution by age, with important consequences for sustainable development.

Since the adoption of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development in 1994, most countries have experienced rapid demographic changes. Nowadays, there is a great diversity of demographic situations across countries and geographic regions, presenting various opportunities and challenges with regard to sustainable development. Early progress has been made towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals since their adoption in 2015. Nevertheless, population is still growing rapidly in most of the countries facing the greatest challenges with regards to ending poverty and hunger and ensuring health, education and equality for all.

In this context, sustained and reinforced efforts will be needed to ensure that all countries meet the internationally agreed Goals and targets by 2030. The World Demographic Trends Report provides an overview of demographic trends for the world, its geographic regions and selected countries, and for various development and income groups. It focuses on major demographic changes during recent during the time frame for decades, as well as projected changes implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and beyond. Some of the topics covered by the report include population size and change, mortality, changing population age structures, etc.

More information, download the full report.

Source: IFFD

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Cooperatives: Building multi-stakeholder partnerships on sustainable development

23. Februar 2018 - 19:30

The Asia-Pacific Co-operative Development Conference will focus this year on the theme “Building Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships on Sustainable Development.” The conference will take place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 26 February to 1 March 2018. It is being co-organized by the International Co-operative Alliance – Asia and Pacific (ICA-AP), ICA-EU Partnershipi on Co-operatives in Development: People Centered Businesses in Action (#coops4dev) and the Sri Lankan co-operative movement led by the National Co-operative Council, Consumer Co-operative Federation, SANASA Federation, Kotikawatta Thrift & Credit Co-operative and National Institute of Co-operative Development.

The Conference is a strategic dialogue among stakeholders on development policy, which is aimed to create structured exchange and development partnerships among co-operatives and stakeholders in the pursuit of Sustainable Development. It will feature four thematic sessions on Eradicating Poverty: Opportunity, Protection and Empowerment; Building a more Sustainable Food System: Hunger, Food Security and Livelihoods; Improving Access to Basic Goods & Services: Economic, Social and Cultural aspects; Protecting the Environment: Concern for Community along with working sessions on the three Asia Pacific Strategic Development Priorities namely, Sustainable Development Goals; Youth Inclusion and Exploring ‘Work’ and ‘Ownership’ Structures in Co-operatives.

The conference will also host a ‘development meeting’ of representatives of Alliance members and friends of the co-operative movement, who are currently engaged in and/or have the potential for international development, to explore creating a physical co-operative network with its primary focus on co-op led (sustainable) development, in Asia Pacific. The Alliance and the US Overseas Development Council jointly organized the global co-operative development meeting, under the mandate of the ICA-EU development partnership, on the theme: Co-operatives and International Development: How can Co-operatives and Mutuals do more and better together? The meeting was organized on the side-lines of the International Summit on Co-operatives in October 2016 in Quebec, Canada.

Latest Background Note and Proposed Agenda.

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Source: ICA Asia and Pacific

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Innovative Policies and Practices in Accessibility

21. Februar 2018 - 15:22

The Zero Project Conference 2018 will focus this year on Accessibility and will take place from 21 to 23 February in Vienna. The Conference will seek to connect invitees from many different sectors of society so that they can share and discuss ideas and concepts that really work. And, thereby, in a joint effort, help support the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Representatives of innovative practices and policies will present, discuss and inspire, jointly with world leaders from all sectors of society, with and without disabilities. Keynote speakers will include high level representatives from International Organizations, leading managers from multinational companies, representatives from leading NGOs, self-representatives, entrepreneurs, and many more.


68 Innovative Practices in the field of accessibility have been selected jointly with the Zero Project network of experts with and without disabilities from all over the world. Many of their representatives will be key presenters at the conference.


15 Innovative Policies in the field of accessibility have been selected jointly with the Zero Project network of experts with and without disabilities from all over the world. Many of their representatives will be key presenters at the conference.

  • Live stream –  Facebook page.
  • Twitter – Media highlights across Twitter feeds.
  • YouTube – Presentations will be uploaded in an accessible format to the conference’s YouTube channel, which includes captioning and spoken audio features.
  • #ZeroCon18 hashtag – Use the hashtag across social media to keep up with the latest from the conference.

To learn more about the Zero Project Conference 2018, please visit:

Source: Zero Project

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Social justice for migrant workers is in everyone’s interest

19. Februar 2018 - 16:34

Social justice is a cornerstone of lasting peace and prosperous coexistence.

On this World Day of Social Justice, we are focusing on the world’s 150 million migrant workers, many of whom face exploitation, discrimination and violence and lack even the most basic protections. This is particularly true for women, who make up 44 per cent of migrant workers.

Most migration today is linked, directly or indirectly, to the search for decent work opportunities. But many migrant workers end up trapped in jobs with low pay and unsafe and unhealthy working conditions, often in the informal economy, without respect for their labour and other human rights. They often have to pay high recruitment fees to get a job, on average over a year’s wages – there is high vulnerability to forced labour and child labour.

Migrant workers like all workers are entitled to fair treatment and fair treatment for migrant workers is also key to preserving the social fabric of our societies and to sustainable development

If labour migration is well-governed, fair and effective, it can deliver benefits and opportunities for migrant workers, their families and their host communities. It can balance labour supply and demand, help develop and transfer skills at all skill levels, contribute to social protection systems, foster business innovation, and enrich communities both culturally and socially.

Good governance will foster strong cooperation across migration corridors and regions. It should be guided by international labour standards, in particular the fundamental principles and rights at work and the relevant ILO and UN Conventions. The ILO’s Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration and the General Principles and Operational Guidelines for Fair Recruitment offer further guidance.

The ILO is encouraging the adoption of fair labour migration governance frameworks at all levels – global, regional and national. These include a comprehensive, integrated and “whole of government” approach that engages labour ministries together with business, and employers’ and workers’ organizations – those on the frontlines of labour markets.

In 2016 the United Nations General Assembly decided to develop a Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration to improve the governance of migration, to address the challenges and to strengthen the contribution of migrants to sustainable development.

We can choose to make labour migration a win-win situation for migrants and host communities. How we, as the international community, develop and help Member States implement this Compact will be instrumental in determining the future course of labour migration.

Source: ILO

Learn more about the World Social Justice Day, 20 February 2018.

Read our executive summary of the 2017 Report on the World Social Situation on “Promoting Inclusion Through Social Protection”.

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How can youth help the world build sustainable, resilient urban and rural communities?

14. Februar 2018 - 23:18

Youth from all over the world gathered at the United Nations to have their voices heard at the ECOSOC Youth Forum, held on 30-31 January 2018 in New York. They took the opportunity to address the challenges that today’s generation faces and to engage Member States in policy discussions.

Throughout the Forum, the SDG Media Zone live-streamed interviews and panel discussions across multiple platforms to engage with young people globally. For those who missed it, you can read all about Day 1 and Day 2 by following the links. Participants ranged from YouTube influencers, youth leaders, and policy makers; to actors and actresses.

  • Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to gender equality as a crucial thread for the entire 2030 Agenda in a discussion called Women Leaders of the UN, alongside Under-Secretary-General for Management Jan Beagle, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake, and Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ursula Mueller.
  • In Why the Youth Forum matters, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth – in conversation with the President of ECOSOC – said that young people were here to show that they were talking action: “We don’t wait for an invitation.”
  • Megan Boone, actress on the TV show “The Blacklist”, announced the launch of a short film contest showcasing action for sustainable development called Picture This – Festival for the Planet.
  • Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize winner from Liberia and UN SDG Advocate, talked about the importance of education in holding peaceful elections in Liberia, and the need to establish partnerships to bring young people closer to the UN, and the UN closer to them.
  • A team of eight teenagers from Minnesota, USA, shared what lessons they learned while working on the Green Girls Robotics Team and how it contributed to their desire to pursue engineering as a career.

Please visit this website to catch up on all 21 panels, including a panel in Chinese by famous actor/singer and UNICEF Special Advocate for Education Wang Yuan, whose panel on the UN Weibo channel was viewed more than 1.1 million times. And have a look at our panels in Spanish and French.

How can youth help the world build sustainable, resilient urban and rural communities?

While in New York for the annual Economic and Social Council Youth Forum, youth leaders from around the world shared with UN News some of their thoughts – centred around promoting awareness, driving engagement, enhancing youth participation in decision-making, as well as in the STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Photos of the 2018 ECOSOC Youth Forum.


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Why are Digital Skills Critical for Older Persons?

12. Februar 2018 - 17:48

“Digital skills can be effective for senior citizens to feel empowered and in control of their own lives. Digital skills help our relationships with our families, our communities and even beyond. They also help seniors to socialize, ease the pain of being alone and be creative”.

This was the message delivered by Ms. Masako Wakamiya, an 82-year-old Japanese software programmer during the 56th session of the UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD56) side event on “why are digital skills critical for older persons?”. Ms. Masako highlighted how technology could help older persons remain active and engaged in the world, with her extraordinarily impressive digital skills – she created Hinadan, a game app for smartphones for the elderly.

All countries are experiencing growth in the number and proportion of older persons in their populations. According to the World Population Prospects 2017, the number of older persons — those aged 60 years or over — is expected to more than double by 2050 and to more than triple by 2100, rising from 962 million globally in 2017 to 2.1 billion in 2050 and 3.1 billion in 2100. Globally, population aged 60 or over is growing faster than all younger age groups.

The Madrid International Plan of Action Ageing (MIPAA), which promotes the foundation of a “Society for All Ages”, recognized that technology could be used to bring persons together and thereby contribute to the reduction of marginalization, loneliness and segregation between the ages.

“Digital skills are critical for older persons because many of our daily activities – such as online learning, shopping, banking and access to public services- require interaction with technology.” said Ms. Rosemary Lane, Senior Social Affairs Officer, UNDESA/DSPD.

Today, many older persons worldwide remain vulnerable to digital exclusion and the least likely to tap the potential of innovative technologies, which prevent them from fully participating in social cultural, economic and political lives. To achieve ‘Society for All Ages’, we need to invest in digital education for older persons and ensure that everyone in every society has the chance to acquire digital skills. “Governments should work together with stakeholders to create high-speed and accessible technology infrastructures for older persons, businesses to foster entrepreneurial and innovative abilities, and promote life-long learning”, said Ms. Rosemary Lane.

“Digital technologies shouldn’t be only barriers for older persons and can enrich their quality of life if they’re able to make use of them.” said H.E. Ambassador Toshiya Hoshino, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations.

Speakers from academia called for creating more learning products and services, to empower older persons to engage in digital societies. “This requires a shared understanding of older persons’ values, abilities and goals to co-create environments that are supportive for learning and using technology”, said Ms. Rosalie Wang from the University of Toronto.

“Big Data, AI and the creation of life support businesses for a smart silver city will be critical for older persons,” said Dr. Toshio Obi from Waseda University, Japan. He recommended Life-long learning to acquire digital skills and new job styles such as telework, silver venture and cross-border workplace for older persons.

Ms. Marisa Giorgi from the Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) highlighted the power of technology to change the way we age. She explained how technology adoption for older persons requires participant-driven learning and how digital tools can help them plan their budget.

As Ms. Masako Wakamiya shared her insights and experience of teaching herself to code, all attendees were inspired by her enthusiasm and diligence.

“I hope that we, the community, the nations, and the unity of the United Nations will be able to join hands and think about how we can create a society where senior citizens feel empowered and can continue to play an important role”, she said.

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Source: UNSDN

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Government and civil society leaders agree on way forward to help lift millions out of poverty

8. Februar 2018 - 22:56

This year’s UN Commission on Social Development (CSocD56) took place from 29th January to 7th February, and was concluded on the last day with the adoption of policies — including the establishment of nationally appropriate social protection systems — to be taken by government and the civil society to help the millions of people living in poverty and those in vulnerable situations.

While nearly 1.1 billion people have risen from extreme poverty since 1990, many are living barely above the poverty line of $1.90 a day. The vulnerable groups, which include women, children, youth, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, and older persons, suffer greater degrees of poverty. At present, there are an estimated 1 billion people with disabilities, 80 per cent of whom live in developing countries and face poverty, while in most countries, indigenous peoples have higher infant and maternal mortality rates.

“At the global level, we have experienced impressive reductions in extreme poverty,” said UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed at the opening of the Commission. “Significant progress has also been made in improving access to education and healthcare, promoting the empowerment of women, youth, persons with disabilities, older persons and indigenous populations. However, the drop in extreme poverty remains uneven across regions, within countries and between various social groups.”

Under the theme “Strategies for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”, the 56th session of the UN Commission for Social Development saw over 600 representatives from civil society and government gather at the UN Headquarters in New York from 29 January to 7 February to discuss effective strategies to eradicate poverty, including through tackling inequalities, and ensuring all segments of the population have access to basic services, including safe water and sanitation.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in 2015 by world leaders, recognizes that sustainable development can only be achieved with the eradication of poverty.

At the Commission, the importance of creating productive employment and decent work for all, investing in people’s capacities and skills, and the development of a socio-economic framework were highlighted as effective strategies for ending poverty.  Participants also advocated for social protection systems as critical to reducing poverty, tackling inequality and promoting inclusive economic growth.

At present, only 29 per cent of the global population are covered by comprehensive social security systems that include the full range of benefits from child and family benefits to old-age pensions.

“Since the 1995 World Summit for Social Development, this Commission has been a vital global platform for sharing good policies and practices, and exchange of information and knowledge and innovative social policies and development, aimed at eradicating poverty, combating inequality, fostering job creation, investing in education and health, and scaling up the provision of social protection,” stated UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Liu Zhenmin in his opening remarks at the Commission.

Countries will discuss the best ways of reducing the growing distance between the “haves” and the “have‑nots” at the Commission’s next session, which will open early next year with the theme “Addressing inequalities and challenges to social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies.”

“Reducing inequality has clear social and economic benefits, it strengthens people’s sense that society is fair and improves social cohesion and mobility,”said Nikulás Hannigan, Chair of the Commission’s 56th session, in his closing speech.

The Commission also featured four high-level panel discussions on issues ranging from strategies to eradicate poverty, to ageing, disabilities and the impact of new technologies on development. Presenting cutting-edge research by top experts from around the world, these panels helped countries take informed decisions, as they adopted draft resolutions of the Commission.

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Source: UN DPI and UNDESA

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Cities for all: Implementing the New Urban Agenda

8. Februar 2018 - 22:35

The 9th Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) will be the 1st session to focus on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda adopted in Habitat III. WUF9 will be instrumental to substantively feed into the inputs for the first report of the implementation of the New Urban agenda. As the world’s premier conference on cities, the World Urban Forum (WUF) is a non-legislative technical forum convened by UN-Habitat, held since 2002. The theme of WUF9 is Cities 2030, Cities for all: Implementing the New Urban Agenda.

WUF9 therefore will provide a great opportunity to garner the efforts of all relevant actors to deliberate on, identify and commit to implementation of concrete solutions for the transformative commitments made in the New Urban Agenda (which are also fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals):

  • Sustainable Urban Development for social Inclusion and Ending Poverty
  • Sustainable and Inclusive Urban Prosperity and Opportunities for All
  • Environmentally Sustainable and Resilient Urban Development

WUF9 will also mobilize urban actors in national governments, subnational and local governments, civil society, private sector and academia to share knowledge and solutions for sustainable urban development; facilitate stakeholders’ inputs to monitoring and reporting on the New Urban Agenda and facilitate strong multi-stakeholder partnerships.

At WUF9, the Global Network for Disability Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development (DIAUD) and the GAP Partner Constituent Group for Persons with Disabilities will lead and participate in a series of discussions with global partners – ranging from governments and civil society to the private sector and academic – on building inclusive, resilient, and sustainable cities and communities for all.

The DIAUD/PWD-PCG delegates are focused on providing practical solutions for implementing the 2030 Agenda, the CRPD, and shaping a more inclusive urban future for all. Representatives will be advocating for clear commitments to the International Standards Organization’s accessibility standards, and the adoption of universal design principles as specified in Article 9 of the CRPD.

CBM along with World Enabled has drafted a document titled ‘The Inclusive Imperative: Towards Disability-Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development’. This document lists out the key recommendations for an Inclusive Urban Agenda. You can also access the ‘How to make cities accessible and inclusive’.

Check out the events of the Forum here.

More information about the WUF9 here.

Source: UN DSPD

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“Don’t be afraid to speak up” – Interview with UN Youth Envoy

8. Februar 2018 - 22:33

“Don’t be afraid to speak up and express your ideas – you are the best asset that the world has to achieve the SDGs.”

This is the message from the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, during the interview with UN DESA Voice, on how history’s largest youth generation is already building a better future, as the 2018 ECOSOC Youth Forum (30 to 31 January) wrapped up.

What has inspired you to take action for Sustainable Development Goals?

“Youth is our present and our future. If you look around, we are facing many challenges, which affect young people in particular. There are 1.2 billion young people today – the largest generation of youth the world has ever seen. Just imagine, more than half of them live in conflict zones – affected by violence, struggling to access food, water and medicine. More than a quarter of all youth still lack basic literacy skills and 71 million young people are unemployed. This is definitely not the present young people deserve and not the future we want. This is what inspires me to take action and advocate for youth.

Young people also played a role in shaping the 2030 Agenda. Through platforms like the MyWorld survey and the meetings of the open working groups and High-Level Political Forum, young people told the leaders what our vision was for the 2030 Agenda. Now it’s our turn to show that we are also capable of taking action and that we need to be recognized as partners, not just beneficiaries.”

What is your advice for youth who want to get involved in the SDGs but do not know where to begin?

“The best advice is to act now and not wait, to believe in yourself and your power to change the world for the better! And do not be afraid to speak up and express your ideas – you are the best asset that the world has to achieve the SDGs.

You can start by looking at examples of initiatives that already exist in your community, or think about what could be improved. In fact, I believe that the best way for youth to get involved in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is to start locally. Every young person and every little action can make a major difference. For instance, you can set up a workshop to teach your peers useful skills, raise awareness and advocate for gender equality, or promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle at your school and workplace. The possibilities are endless.”

How can youth make their voices and ideas on the Global Goals heard?

“There are many ways to make your voices heard when it comes to advocating for the Sustainable Development Goals, but I would like to focus on three. First, speaking up and talking to your friends and peers about issues and inequalities that you see around you. Many positive changes can start with raising awareness. Talk to your community via social media, for instance.

Second, engaging with your peers. Young people today are the most connected generation in history. They are uniquely placed to build partnerships across countries and sectors, and mobilize their collective strength to achieve sustainable development and create lasting peace. You can create or join youth groups, organizations, and networks advocating for a particular goal – such as zero hunger, quality education, access to clean water or sanitation, decent work and economic growth.

And third, get your government on board and participate in the decision-making process. Discuss issues that affect youth, demand actions on SDGs and keep an eye on their implementation.

To speak up and make sure your voice is heard is essential, but what is most important is to take action. I truly admire the work that young people are doing worldwide to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, whether taking climate action or building sustainable cities. Every little action is important!”

More information about the Youth Forum click here.

Learn more about the SDG Media Zone at the ECOSOC Youth Forum here. 

Source: UN DESA  

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