More countries could leave the ‘least developed’ category, but better support needed

1 día 3 horas ago

Five Asian countries – Bangladesh, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal and Timor-Leste – could be leaving the least developed countries (LDC) category as soon as 2024, joining Angola, Bhutan, Sao Tome and Principe, Solomon Islands and Sao Tome and Principe, which are already set to graduate in the coming years. At its annual plenary meeting, from… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

Urbanization: expanding opportunities, but deeper divides

1 día 3 horas ago

Whether the process of urbanization is harnessed and managed, or allowed to fuel growing divides, will largely determine the future of inequality, says UN DESA’s World Social Report 2020. For the first time in history, more people now live in urban than in rural areas. And over the next three decades, global population growth is… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

Working together to end homelessness

1 semana 4 días ago

“We want everyone to be involved and make change happen!” says Amine Lamrabat, Information Officer in UN DESA’s Division for Inclusive Social Development. Ahead of the UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD) this month, which for the first time in its history will address homelessness, he shares how we can all work together to end homelessness… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

Everyone included – how to end homelessness

2 semanas 1 día ago

Homelessness is one of the crudest manifestations of poverty, discrimination and inequality, affecting people of all ages, genders and backgrounds. Globally, 1.6 billion people worldwide live in inadequate housing conditions, with about 15 million forcefully evicted every year according to UN-Habitat, which has noted an alarming rise in homelessness in the last 10 years. This… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

2020: the year for action, to ‘rise up’ and safeguard ocean life

2 semanas 3 días ago

With the ocean in deep crisis, members of civil society and philanthropic organisations are urging governments and corporations to take bold action to safeguard the ocean. After a two-day preparatory meeting in New York ahead of June’s UN Ocean Conference in Portugal, activists handed over what they termed “A Blue Call to Action” to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, on Wednesday. Multiple stressors are eroding the ocean’s ability to function as the… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

Ocean Conference has potential to be a ‘global game-changer’

2 semanas 4 días ago

The second global Ocean Conference taking place in Portugal in a few months’ time promises to be “a critical moment” for the health of life under water and on land, the President of the UN General Assembly said on Tuesday, as preparations got underway. “Life under water is essential to life on land”, said Tijjani Muhammad-Bande. The ocean produces “half… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

Ocean action starts here

2 semanas 4 días ago

From pollution to overfishing, to raising temperatures and acidity, the life-support system provided by our ocean is under relentless pressure and its capacity to absorb it is running low. This June in Lisbon, Portugal, the 2020 United Nations Ocean Conference will seek innovative solutions to put an end to the abuse of our ocean and to restore… Read more ›
Helen Daun Rosengren

2020’s ‘wind of madness’ indicates growing instability

2 semanas 4 días ago

Rising instability and unpredictable geopolitical tensions have led to a “wind of madness” across the world, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday during his main annual press conference for journalists at UN Headquarters in New York. Following recent flare-ups in some hotspots, the UN chief observed that although de-escalation efforts indicated progress, the situation has now changed. “I have spoken about winds of hope. But today a wind of madness is sweeping the globe.  From Libya to Yemen… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

New UN finance panel to push Global Goals forward

3 semanas 4 días ago

The President of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday encouraged Member States to support a new panel that has been set up to help make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality, by 2030. On Tuesday, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande and Mona Juul, the President of the UN Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC, introduced a joint initiative to establish a high-level panel on financial accountability,… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

Historically high levels of inequality closing the door to a better life for millions of people

1 mes ago

Growing inequality in both developing and developed countries could exacerbate divisions and slow economic and social development according to a new UN report, the World Social Report 2020, that was launched today. More than two thirds of the world’s population today live in countries where inequality has grown, and inequality is rising again even in… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

Climate crisis ‘affecting quality of life and fuelling discontent’

1 mes ago

The climate crisis, as well as persistently high inequalities, and rising levels of food insecurity and undernourishment, is affecting the quality of life in many societies and fuelling discontent, the UN warned on Thursday, on the publication of the 2020 World Economic Situation Report (WESP). Switch to renewables and low-carbon energy urgently needed The UN… Read more ›
Michal Szymanski

The state of our world

1 mes 1 semana ago

The world economy has barely had the time to recover from a string of shocks that began with the 2007 financial crisis, and we can already see another global slowdown looming large. At the same time, high economic and social inequalities are fuelling some of the mass protests around the world. As we start a new… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

Happy 75th Birthday, United Nations!

1 mes 2 semanas ago

The United Nations makes a difference in the lives of everyone, everywhere. From providing food and assistance to 91.4 million people in 83 countries, supplying vaccines to 45 per cent of the world’s children, to working with 196 countries to keep global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius. The examples are many of how… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

The five stories you loved in 2019

2 meses ago

As we wrap up a momentous year, which saw the world come together to renew its commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, we look back at the stories that resonated with you and – hopefully – inspired you to take action. Thank you for being with us and join us next year as we… Read more ›
Michal Szymanski

Latest migration trends revealed

2 meses ago

Migration has major impacts on both the people and the places involved in it. When supported by appropriate policies, migration can contribute to inclusive and sustainable development in both origin and destination countries, while also benefitting migrants and their families. Reliable data on migrants and migration are crucial for assessing current and future trends, identifying… Read more ›
Michal Szymanski

Bring global migration compact ‘to life’, urges UN chief

2 meses ago

As “policies shaped more by fear than fact” have caused untold suffering to migrants, the UN Secretary-General is urging countries to realize the goals of a global agreement that promotes enhanced international cooperation on migration. António Guterres issued the charge in his message for International Migrants Day, observed annually on 18 December. “Safe, orderly and regular migration is in… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

Two indigenous languages are dying every month: UN Assembly President

2 meses ago

Despite UN efforts throughout this International Year of Indigenous Languages to highlight the daily disappearance of mother tongues across the world, the President of the General Assembly (PGA) warned on Tuesday that “challenges persist nonetheless”. “Every fortnight, at least one indigenous language vanishes from the face of the earth”, spelled out Tijjani Muhammad-Bande. “This translates into two… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

International cooperation on migration – what’s next?

2 meses ago

December is a time to recall that all migrants—no matter their immigration status—are entitled to the same basic human rights as everyone else. Migrants form a vital and integral part of our societies and contribute much to sustainable development. As revealed by UN DESA’s latest revision of estimates of the International Migrant Stock, the number of… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid
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