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Title  UN DESA Voice November 2017: Building capacity for the global goals, Youth at UNGA, World Toilet Day
Writer name  구생회 Date  2018-03-22


  Newsletter of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs  
Volume 21, No.11 - November 2017
 Building capacity to realize the global goals  

Our world today faces unprecedented economic, social and environmental challenges. They are complex and closely connected. Countries need to address these challenges to move towards a sustainable future.

UN DESA partners on capacity development to support Member States in building integrated, evidence-based, inclusive and well-funded national strategies and plans to achieve sustainable development that ensure no one is left behind. How exactly does the department do that, and how is it able to extend its assistance to more than 75 countries.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are often heralded as the new social contract between the world’s leaders and the people they represent. But given the 15-year time span of the 2030 Agenda, it is also a unique agreement across time.

“I see Sustainable Development Goals as a contract between generations,” said Clara Halvorsen who represents Denmark as Youth Delegate to the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. “Two years ago, the world leaders decided on a plan for how the world should look like in 2030. And in 2030, it will be us, the young people who take over. That’s why we should be incorporated in the implementation of the Agenda 2030.”

By 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals aim to reach everyone with adequate and equitable sanitation, as well as halve the proportion of untreated wastewater and increase recycling and safe reuse. For that to be achieved, everyone’s poo needs to be contained, transported, treated and disposed of in a safe and sustainable way. To raise awareness of the importance of this four-step journey, ‘wastewater’ is the theme of World Toilet Day 2017 on 19 November.

Nearly 50 years ago, Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon with the famous quote: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong’s single pace made history and to this day it symbolizes the overcoming of a generational challenge. For our generation, that challenge is climate change, but this time everyone can make their small step right here on Earth.

Most people don’t give much thought to what happens to their feces once they flush their toilet. Others have their faces flush with shyness, when the subject of toilet pops up. But for billions of people who still lack access to sanitation services, toilets are often a matter of life and death. Ahead of this World Toilet Day, UN DESA Voice speaks to Kate Medlicott, Technical Officer at Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health at the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO coordinates this year’s World Toilet Day campaign on behalf of UN-Water.

The future of everything took center stage at a joint event of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN General Assembly’s Second Committee on 11 October. But this was not your average UN meeting; neither were the panelists joining to discuss the role of artificial intelligence to help spur sustainable development. Among them was Sophia, the first ever robot to participate in an official UN meeting.


1 November
  1 November
 Expert Group Meeting on Integrated Approaches to International Migrations, New York
6-17 November
 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 23, Bonn
  18-19 November  High-level Conference on Financing for Development and the Means of Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Doha
  19 November  World Toilet Day
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