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Title  UN DESA Voice August 2017: Youth building peace, Geospatial data, Celebrating in
Writer name  구생회 Date  2017-08-03

  Newsletter of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs  
Volume 21, No.08 - August 2017

Around the world today, more and more societies are recognizing the role that youth play as agents of change and as critical actors in preventing conflict and building peace. Many of the world’s 1.2 billion young people, are also affected by the horrors of conflict and war. It is against this backdrop that the International Youth Day this year will be celebrated under the theme “Youth Building Peace”, considering matters of youth, peace and security from a social developmental perspective.

Measuring each country’s progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will require innovative approaches to collecting and integrating data. We cannot keep the 2030 Agenda’s promise of leaving no one behind if we do not count everyone first.

Every year on 9 August, the international community comes together to celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, paying tribute to indigenous communities around the globe. Living across 90 countries, indigenous peoples make up less than five per cent of the world’s population, represent some 5,000 different cultures and speak a majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages. The annual celebration dates back to December 1994 when the UN General Assembly decided to hold yearly observances.

Today’s generation of youth is the largest the world has ever known. For many of them, growing up will not be a peaceful time, with armed conflict disrupting their lives and often uprooting them entirely. 12th August is the International Youth Day and this year we celebrate those young people who are working tirelessly to build and protect peace. Read on to learn how you can do your share.

Whether travelling to one of the world’s 1,017 places called San Francisco or delivering disaster relief to the feet of Sagarmatha – also known as Qomolangma, Shengmu Feng and Mount Everest – standardized geographical names can mean the difference between “lost in translation” and getting lost. As the UN Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names (UNCSGN) turns 50 this month, we sat down with Cecille Blake of UN DESA’s Statistics Division who told us, why names of places are important for sustainable development.

A total of 43 countries reported on their progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the second High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which concluded in New York on 19 July. Each country’s Voluntary National Review was followed by questions from other countries and from civil society representatives, in a unique process introduced by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


2-4 August
7 & 18 August
 30th Session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names, New York  
9 August
 International Day of the Indigenous Peoples  
11 August
 International Youth Day (12 August)  


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