Humankind has achieved unprecedented social progress over the past several decades. Poverty has declined dramatically around the world, and people are healthier, more educated and better connected than ever before. However, progress has been uneven. Social and economic inequalities persist and, in many cases, have worsened. Virtually everywhere, some individuals and groups confront barriers that prevent them from fully participating in economic, social and political life.
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Every year on 15 July, the importance of youth skills development is in focus at the UN and around the world. This is the day when the World Youth Skills Day is being celebrated, putting a spotlight on the need to promote education, training and jobs for young people. Ahead of this years event, UN DESA Voice spoke with Elizabeth Niland, Social Affairs Officer in UN DESAs Division for Social Policy and Development, about our joint efforts to promote youth development around the globe.
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The 193 Member States of the United Nations unanimously agreed to a set of measures that will begin the reversal of the decline of the oceans health as the five-day Ocean Conference concluded on 9 June. The outcome document, together with more than 1,300 commitments to action, marks a breakthrough in the global approach to the management and conservation of the ocean.