2030 Sustainable Development Goals

Around 2.5 billion more people will be living in cities by 2050, projects new UN report

By 2050, two out of every three people are likely to be living in cities or other urban centres, according to a new United Nations report, highlighting the need for more sustainable urban planning and public services.

Families and Inclusive Societies the theme of International Day of Families 2018

Across the world, “families are still the most important unit” we all belong to. 

That’s the message from Professor Bahira Sherif Trask, one of the keynote speakers at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, taking part in events to mark the International Day of Families.

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New $10 billion funding plan, targets 260 million missing out on school

Three youth activists from India, Kenya and Sierra Leone on Friday delivered a petition signed by 1.5 million of their peers to the United Nations Secretary-General that calls for more investment in education.

Better trained, educated youth are key to development across Timor-Leste: UNDP

With nearly three-quarters of Timor-Leste’s population under 35-years-old, young people need better education, skills and training to boost development across the Southeast Asian nation.

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Upcoming election among 'positive' signs in Zimbabwe: UN official

The international community is being urged to provide greater support to Zimbabwe as it strives to achieve development goals.

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2030 Agenda represents ‘collective decision’ to ‘change the way we live’: UN chief economist

Despite an upturn in the global economy there are “clouds on the horizon” which need to be addressed if the world it to reach the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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News In Brief 05 February 2018

  • Further proof of chemical weapons use in Syria should be met with “meaningful response”: UN Disarmament Affairs chief
  • “Human cost” of prolonged crisis in Libya highlighted in $313 million appeal
  • World’s poorest countries need faster growth to reach SDGs: UNCTAD
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“Improvements are astonishing” in “very poor” region of Tajikistan

“Astonishing” improvements came about when five UN agencies joined forces in an integrated manner to help transform one impoverished valley in the Central Asian country of Tajikistan.

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“Digital giants” leading a “cautious” trade recovery: UNCTAD

The “digital giants” of the world economy are having a major impact but global flows of foreign direct investment remain well below their 2007 peak, before the global markets crashed.

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Populations of migratory birds are “collapsing”: UN avian expert

The population of migratory birds worldwide is in danger of collapsing unless their habitats are taken better care of and climate change is addressed.

That’s the view of Borja Heredia, head of the avian unit at the UN Convention on Migratory Species.

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