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Title  UN DESA Voice September 2017: New UN DESA Chief, Two years of SDGs, South-South
Writer name  구생회 Date  2017-09-04

Newsletter of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs  
Volume 21, No.09 - September 2017
 Meet Mr. Liu Zhenmin – the new USG of UN DESA  

For many a seasoned diplomat, Mr. Liu Zhenmin striding the UN halls is a familiar sight. After all, during his career spanning over 35 years, Mr. Liu has been deeply involved in finding multilateral solutions to global problems and even served as his country’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations. On 26 July this year, he entered the UN building in quite a different role.

On 25 September 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations unanimously adopted a bold new global agenda to end poverty by 2030 and pursue a sustainable future. Two years on, are we on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? How can we pursue such a long-term agenda in a world that is changing so rapidly? How to maintain the initial enthusiasm when the daily grind of implementation sets in?

In the 40 years since the adoption of the landmark Buenos Aires Plan of Action (BAPA), the world has experienced an unprecedented economic and political transformation. Nowhere has this change been deeper and more rapid than in the South. The time is ripe to reflect on how South-South and triangular cooperation have emerged as distinctive platforms for international development cooperation.

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.

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 DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development, explains how inclusive, accessible tourism can help to end poverty while leaving no one behind.

On 27 July, Ambassador Marie Chatardová became the seventy-third President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – the body at the heart of UN’s 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.


6-8 September
7-8 September
 Expert group meeting on “Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration”, New York
12 September
 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly  
  13 September  Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the Adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples  
  13 September  4th meeting of the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW)  
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