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January 23, 2021

UN DESA Voice January 2021

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Monthly Newsletter, Vol 0, No. 0 – January 2021

Will 2021 be our year?

From political views to classifying favourite holiday movies, our world is bitterly divided. But If there is one thing we all seem to agree on, it is that the year 2020 has been an annus horribilis.

Highlights

More than a game – recovering better with sports

Sport is all about participation. It has the power of bringing together individuals, communities and countries, often bridging cultural, ethnic and national divides. But as COVID-19 has ravaged through our world, it has taken a heavy toll on both professional and recreational sports.

Forests are essential for a green recovery from COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an unprecedented toll on lives and economies around the world. As countries continue to work to turn the tide of the pandemic, plans and measures are being put in place to set us on the path to a green recovery. Forests have a key role to play in these efforts.

Get involved

Calling all world-changers: Share your SDG Good Practices!

UN DESA is calling on all changemakers, trailblazers and fearless activists to share their stories with the world. We are looking for good practices, success stories and lessons learned that could help others take action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Expert voices

Indigenous peoples’ centuries long fight against pandemics

The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly devastating for indigenous communities around the world. Dr. James Makokis, a Saddle Lake Cree Nation medical doctor explains how inequalities and colonialism have both played a nefarious role and how indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge and practices helps them protect the health of their communities.

In case you missed it

Economic statistics alone paint an inadequate picture of development, experts warn

Leading experts, speaking at an event hosted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, warned that present economic statistics omit critical information about the state of ecosystems and societies that underpin the economy.