At a recent high-level meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants, held by the General Assembly on 19 September 2016, Member States decided to develop a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. The compact is expected to be adopted at an intergovernmental conference at the United Nations in New York in September 2018. The participation of civil society groups and other stakeholders will be essential to making the compact a success.
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In 2017, we celebrate the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Tourism industry is one of the largest in the world, contributing 10 per cent of the global GDP, creating one in every eleven jobs on the planet and employing almost twice as many women as other sectors. Daniela Bas, Director of UN DESAs Division for Social Policy and Development, explains how inclusive, accessible tourism can help to end poverty while leaving no one behind.
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On 27 July, Ambassador Marie Chatardová became the seventy-third President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) the body at the heart of UNs work to advance sustainable development.
I wish to announce that the key priority of my Presidency will be to develop initiatives towards fostering sustainable, resilient and inclusive societies through participation of all, said Ms. Chatardová, after her election by acclamation.