“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.
To increase awareness of the vital, symbiotic relationship between forests and water, UN-Water and the UN Forum on Forests are combining forces for a joint celebration of the International Day of Forests and World Water Day on Monday, 21 March at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
At Leather Wings, a small shoe-making outfit based in central Kathmandu, four women sit in a small room cutting up bright red cowhide imported from India. Next door a dozen of their colleagues stitch the shapes together on hand-powered sewing machines. The owner Samrat Dahal says the boots, designed by a German expat, sell via the Internet in India, China and Italy.
According to a recently released Oxfam report, 62 individuals currently own as much wealth as the poorest half of the global population. Income and wealth inequality are some of the more visible and discussed aspects of inequality in the 21st century, while other dimensions — unequal outcomes in education and health, for instance — continue or in some cases worsen.
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.
In 2015, the number of international migrants reached 244 million, which equals an increase of 71 million compared to 2000. At the same time, millions of people are fleeing severe conditions at home to seek refuge and safety abroad. For the international community, it is critical that all efforts are rallied to ensure safe and well-managed migration, where lives are saved and where the rights and dignity of migrants and refugees are protected.
The World Economic and Social Survey 2014/2015 reviews economic, social and environmental policies implemented at the national level and the institutional aspects that enabled them, bringing about significant progress towards achieving the MDGs.

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31 March ECOSOC Partnership Forum “From commitments to results: Leveraging partnerships for the 2030 Agenda”, New York

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