The 2030 Agenda has come with a powerful vision for combatting poverty and leaving no one behind. As one of the main policy organs within the UN system for providing policy advice that can help Member States achieve this critical goal, the 55th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55) will take place on 1-10 February at UN Headquarters in New York City.

The Ocean Conference will be held at UN Headquarters in New York on 5-9 June 2017, seeking to spur action to ensure the continued health of the world’s oceans. The conference will comprise of plenary meetings, partnership dialogues and a special event commemorating World Oceans Day. To prepare for this major event, the President of the General Assembly will be organizing a two-day preparatory meeting on 15-16 February in New York.

At the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016, the General Assembly committed to strengthening international cooperation on migration for the benefit of refugees and migrants, as well as for countries and communities of origin, transit and destination. By adopting the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, the Assembly also set in motion a process to improve the global governance of international migration.

Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. Promoting gender equality, advocating for the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants, or removing barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability; these actions uphold the principles of social justice.

This year, UN DESA will celebrate seven decades of serving UN Member States and the international community in their efforts to promote economic, social and sustainable development around the globe. We spoke with Lenni Montiel, UN DESA’s Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, about this milestone and upcoming celebrations.

Countries reached agreement on 20 January on a plan that would significantly improve the outlook for the world’s forests, including a target that would expand the world’s forests by 120 million hectares—an area about the size of South Africa—by 2030.

Although a modest global recovery is projected for 2017-18, the world economy has not yet emerged from the period of slow growth, characterised by weak investment, dwindling trade and flagging productivity growth, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2017 report launched on 17 January.

1-10 February
15-16 February
Preparatory Meeting for the Ocean Conference, New York
16-17 February
Fifteenth Coordination Meeting on International Migration, New York
21-23 February
Bahamas Symposium, Nassau
28 February

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