What results do we hope to see from the Ocean Conference happening at UN Headquarters this June? Hear some of the key participants in this event including President of the General Assembly Peter Thomson, Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden Isabella Lövin, Minister for Fisheries of Fiji Semi Koroilavesau and UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo, who is also the Conference Secretary-General,...
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The SIDS Symposium 2017 wraps up today. Tune in to follow the discussions on Small Island Developing States and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation. Talks will revolve around innovative ideas to mobilize ICT for delivering on the SDGs and SAMOA Pathway, mobilizing resources and leaving no one behind. #SIDSSymposium2017

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Looking for information on the 48th Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission happening on 7-10 March? Tune in now to follow the Civil Society briefing!

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UN DESA’s #SIDSSymposium2017 continues today with discussions on how to ensure that Small Island Developing States make rapid progress towards realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Symposium kicks off to support the realization of the 2030 Agenda in Small Island Developing States!

“With this Symposium, we intend to take a moment to pause and reflect on how SIDS can take a fast track towards the SDGs and the SAMOA Pathway”, UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General Mr. Wu Hongbo said as the Symposium kicked off earlier today in the Bahamas.

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Today, there are around 244 million people who have crossed international borders in search of a better life. To ensure the safety and dignity of all people on the move, the Fifteenth Coordination Meeting on International Migration took place in New York, bringing together key actors to start the work of realizing the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.

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Small Island Developing States (SIDS) face many challenges in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, notably their vulnerability to the impact of climate change and natural disaster. This is why the Government of the Bahamas, with the support of UN DESA is organizing a symposium which kicks off today and runs through 23 February.

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The Government of the Bahamas, with the support of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, will organize a Symposium from 21 to 23 February 2017. The focus is on “Implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in SIDS: equipping public institutions and mobilizing partnerships”.

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With Sustainable Development Goal number 14 - which aims to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development - Small Island Developing States become the first and immediate benefactor of results. Follow the SIDS Times newsletter to keep up with all that’s happening: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Today is the World Day of Social Justice, when the world recognizes the importance of promoting gender equality, advocating for the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants and removing barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability. Get involved to help advance social justice! Read this for more information: [ Bit.ly Link ]
World trade volumes expanded by just 1.2 per cent in 2016, the third-lowest rate in the past 30 years. The latest #WESP2017 monthly briefing warns that this prolonged episode of weak global growth could be self-perpetuating, through the linkages of weak investment, dwindling trade and low income growth. Get more details here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Did you know that every minute, one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into the ocean? To help safeguard the planet's oceans and help them recover from human-induced problems, the international community is preparing for the Ocean Conference in June. And we are on track in our preparations! Here is the go to site to stay updated ahead of this event: [ Bit.ly Link ] #SaveOurOcean
In 2016, world trade almost came to a standstill. Because of the trend of protectionism, international trade becomes both a cause and a symptom of slow growth in the global economy. If this continues it will prolong growth in the economy and undermine a recovery in investment. Read the latest report of UN DESA’s Development Policy and Analysis Division for the details: [ Bit.ly Link ]
The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants provides an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of women and men in search of a better life. Learn more about how this declaration aims to improve people’s lives: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Join #TeamSmurfs, the United Nations, and UNICEF to tackle 17 big goals and make the world a happier place for the International Day of Happiness on 20 March. Take the quiz at to find out more about #SmallSmurfsBigGoals

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The world is younger than ever before. Watch the highlights from the ECOSOC Youth Forum’s #SDGLive to hear YouTubers, Youth Advocates and social media influencers discuss the potential of the Sustainable Development Goals: [ Bit.ly Link ]
“The ocean is the source of the oxygen we breathe,” says the President of the General Assembly Peter Thomson, as he explains the importance of the upcoming Ocean Conference and the efforts to #SaveOurOcean. Watch and listen to him in this video by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO: [ Bit.ly Link ] #SaveOurOcean
We are live again from the Fifteenth Coordination Meeting on International Migration taking place on 16 and 17 February at UN Headquarters in New York. We are speaking with William Gois, who is the Regional Coordinator of the Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), a regional network of migrants' organizations, NGOs, advocates, grassroots organizations and trade unions working to promote the rights and...
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Migrants perform critical jobs, send home remittances and contribute significantly to development.

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