21 April 2016 – The President of the United Nations General Assembly today called on the international community to take action on the new UN sustainable development agenda in order to begin a transformation for the benefit of all people and the planet, or risk failure that will be felt for generations to come.
“The choice is yours,” said General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft as he opened the High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals at UN Headquarters in New York, which takes place as world leaders are also gathering ahead of tomorrow’s signing of the Paris climate accord.
The General Assembly President said that together, the two agreements deliver a clear message to the world: that a transformation has begun which will ensure both shared prosperity and the vitality of our planet.
UN Economic Commission for Latin America
A complex international context and the 2030 Agenda The Latin American and Caribbean perspective
Presentation by Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC Executive Secretary, at the X Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Community of Latin American States (CELAC).
2016 DPI/NGO Conference in Gyeongju, Korea on the theme of “Education for Global Citizenship”
Event to Enable Focus on Education in Pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals
The United Nations Department of Public Information is pleased to announce that the Republic of Korea has confirmed its desire to host the sixty-sixth Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference in Gyeongju from 30 May to 1 June 2016. Organized in cooperation with the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, the NGO community, the Government of the Republic of Korea and the National Organizing Committee of Korea, the Conference will be held under the theme “Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together”. It will be the first time for the DPI/NGO Conference to be held in Asia.
Public Administration and Development Management
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
DPADM Symposium on the “Promotion of an inclusive and accountable public administration for sustainable development”
Summary of the Symposium The Symposium on the “Promotion of an inclusive and accountable public administration for sustainable development” was held from 16 to 17 March 2016 in Cochabamba, Bolivia. It was opened by the President of Bolivia and the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and closed by the Vice President of Bolivia. 500 participants from 33 countries from the region participated in the discussions on how public institutions could best support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
- The meeting revealed that a number of countries are moving ahead rapidly with the implementation of Agenda 2030. They are reviewing their national development plans, revamping or creating institutions, empowering local authorities and communities and reaching out to people.
- Effective and responsible institutions are essential for realizing the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
- Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires a commitment at the highest level and a vision on how to get there.
- More than ever, it is clear that serving the people is the raison d’être of public institutions and civil servants. The SDGs have also shed new light on the importance […]
Department of Economic and Social Affairs : interview of DPADM officers on Accountable public administration for sustainable development
Without an inclusive and accountable public administration, it is unlikely that the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development will be achieved. To share knowledge of innovative practices and lessons learned on how to build such an administration, UN DESA’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) is hosting a symposium in Cochamba, Bolivia on 16-17 March. We asked Marion Barthelemy, Acting Director of DPADM, and Adriana Alberti, Senior Governance and Public Administration Officer of DPADM, to share their views on the role of public administration in sustainable development. How important is inclusive and accountable public administration for the achievement of sustainable development? “Public institutions will be directly responsible for translating the sustainable development goals into development strategies and action plans, and for keeping track of progress. Capable, inclusive and accountable state institutions are needed to ensure the quality and equitable access to public services, including education, health, sanitation, etc. They help ensure rule of law and shape an enabling environment for realizing the SDGs. But realizing the SDGs requires ensuring institutions with adequate skills and capacities to plan and implement policies, adopt whole of Government approaches, collect and use statistics and project the impact of policies. This also requires […]
Department of Economic and Social Affairs : SDG indicators: The last missing piece of the 2030 Agenda
“Sustainable Development Goal indicators are the last missing piece to complete the architecture of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda,” explained Stefan Schweinfest, Director of UN DESA’s Statistics Division, ahead of the 47th Session of the UN Statistical Commission, which takes place at UN Headquarters on 8-11 March. At this annual meeting, Chief Statisticians will gather from all corners of the world to discuss statistical standards that will help generate better data for better lives. In this year’s session, the Commission will continue its regular work, which covers all kinds of new areas such as refugees, climate change and big data. However, a special focus will be on the presentation of the global indicator framework for the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Commission is invited to agree on the SDG indicators and endorse a provisional workplan for the indicators that will require refinement as well as a proposed workplan for their implementation. Developing a set of global indicators The Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) , established by the Statistical Commission at its 46th session , has been tasked to develop the first ever indicator set for the post-2015 development […]