Our ocean is in serious trouble and the deterioration is increasingly posing a danger to people’s lives, livelihoods and well-being. On 5 June, the Ocean Conference kicks off in New York with a clear purpose of reversing this trend, presenting concrete solutions for healthy oceans and seas. Ahead of the event, UN DESA Voice spoke with Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General of UN DESA and Secretary-General of the Ocean Conference, about some of the urgent actions needed and his hopes for what the event will achieve.
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With over 1 billion people living with some form of disability in the world today, they are the world’s largest minority. As the world is moving forward with the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the international community has made a commitment to include everyone in society and development; which includes mobilizing support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

From effective delivery of health services, to quality education and decent jobs, and to climate change responses, strong public institutions with effective public service delivery play an essential role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and leaving no one behind.
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For the third year in a row, Thomas Gass, UN DESA’s Assistant Secretary- General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, invites the online community to join him in a Twitter chat to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their potential of addressing some of the most pressing global challenges, making our world a better place. Join him on 28 June from 9:30 to 10:30 am EDT and share your questions and comments using #SDGsChat!

Why is it so important that migration data is accurately tracked in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and how will these efforts help benefit people on the move? Ahead of an Expert Group Meeting on Improving Migration Data in the Context of the 2030 Agenda on 20-22 June, UN DESA Voice asked Haoyi Chen, Statistician in the Demographic and Social Statistics Branch of UN DESA’s Statistics Division.

At the 16th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum, the UN together with indigenous media groups hosted the first-ever Indigenous Media Zone at UN Headquarters in New York from 24 to 28 April 2017. The programme featured live interviews, press conferences, workspaces for indigenous media and discussions with human rights defenders and indigenous experts.
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