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Title  UN DESA Voice May 2017: Forests, Ending poverty, Science and SDGs
Writer name  구생회 Date  2017-05-02

  Newsletter of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs  
Volume 21, No.05 - May 2017

The United Nations Forum on Forests will meet for its 12th session (UNFF12) from 1 to 5 May 2017 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The meeting marks the first session of the Forum since the historic adoption of the United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 by the United Nations General Assembly on 27 April 2017. Discussions at UNFF12 will focus on technical issues related to sustainable forest management and strategies to promote implementation of the Strategic Plan.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes poverty as the “greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.” To eradicate it, coordinated efforts must be undertaken to build on the achievements realized so far and to prevent current and future challenges from jeopardizing further progress.

The Second Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the Sustainable Development Goals, which is part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism, will take place in New York from 15 to 16 May 2017. This year’s forum will explore the same set of SDGs as the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), but with a focus on science, technology and innovation.

The second annual ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD Forum) will be convened from 22 to 25 May 2017. The FfD Forum was established by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda to support the follow-up and review of FfD outcomes (Monterrey Consensus, Doha Declaration and Addis Agenda) and the means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

On 31 May 2017, the President of ECOSOC will convene a special meeting to highlight the relevance of industry, innovation and infrastructure to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Ahead of this meeting, UN DESA Voice spoke with Navid Hanif, Director of the Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination (OESC) in UN DESA, about the state of infrastructure development and sustainable industrialization around the world

Changing population age structures and sustainable development was at the center of the debate at the 50th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) which took place at UN Headquarters in New York from 3-7 April 2017. Speakers at the event emphasized that the world’s population had substantially increased in size and had seen dramatic shifts in its distribution by age and by place of residence since the first session of the CPD 70 years ago.


1-5 May
8-10 May
 2017 Integration Segment of ECOSOC, New York  
15-16 May
 Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs, New York  
22-31 May
 2017 Resumed Session of the Commitee on NGOs, New York  
22-25 May
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