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September 9, 2019

UN DESA Voice September 2019

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Monthly Newsletter, Vol 23, No. 9 – September 2019

We must act now – for people and our planet

The world is facing challenges of an unprecedented nature. A polarized political landscape, worrisome signs of a global economic slow-down, growing inequalities, conflicts and a global environmental crisis. The evidence is clear: we must act now. The international community has a brief window of opportunity to accelerate action, using the plan in place to achieve a positive outcome for everyone: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 transformative Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Investing in the SDGs makes economic sense

Financing is the thread that connects many of the priorities during the UN high-level week of action for people and planet this September – from advances on climate action to universal health coverage to the SDGs and small island developing States.

Priorities of small islands in the global spotlight at Samoa Pathway Midterm Review

Five years ago, in Apia, Samoa, governments from around the world adopted the Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action—or SAMOA Pathway —an ambitious 10-year framework that articulates the aspirations of small island developing states and sets them on course for sustainable development. On 27 September, the United Nations General Assembly will hold a one-day High-level Midterm Review to assess progress made in addressing the priorities of SIDS through the implementation of the Samoa Pathway.

Get involved

10 everyday actions you can take to ActNow on climate change!

Did you know that a chatbot is spurring individual action on climate change around the world?
As part of the United Nation’s global call to individual action on climate change, the ActNow climate action chatbot recommends everyday actions to help you make more sustainable choices – like traveling more sustainably, saving energy or eating less meat.

Expert voices

Science report offers concrete actions to realize global goals

All kinds of people, from UN delegates to youth organizers and business leaders, often say that realizing the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 will create a better world—and now science truly backs this claim. The 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) will launch on 11 September, providing a science- and evidence-based tool in support of the global goals. We spoke with Shantanu Mukherjee, chief of the Integrated Policy and Analysis Branch in UN DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development Goals, about the report and some of the key findings.

In case you missed it

“We are facing a learning crisis’, UN Secretary-General warned on International Youth Day

Education is a powerful development multiplier that plays a pivotal role in accelerating progress across all the 17 global goals. Yet today, the world is facing a learning crisis. “Education today should combine knowledge, life skills and critical thinking”, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres, in his message for International Youth Day celebrated on 12 August 2019. “It should include information on sustainability and climate change. And it should advance gender equality, human rights and a culture of peace”.