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Title  UN DESA Voice February 2018: Graduating from the LDCs, USG Liu joins #SDGLive, L
Writer name  구생회 Date  2018-03-22

  Newsletter of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs  
Volume 22, No.02 - February 2018
 Leaving the LDCs category: Booming Bangladesh prepares to graduate  

Propelled by better health and education, lower vulnerability and an economic boom, Bangladesh, the largest least developed country (LDC) in terms of population and economic size, looks likely to leave the LDC category by 2024. For the first time, the country is expected to meet the three criteria for graduation when the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) convenes at UN Headquarters in New York for its review in March 2018.

It is clear: everyone has a role to play in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and it is time to accelerate our efforts towards their worldwide realization. During the World Economic Forum in Davos on 23-26 January, the SDG Media Zone honed in on this very topic, bringing together leaders from across sectors to discuss the goals and the imperative of working in partnership to leave no one behind.

On its surface, the global labour market seems to be headed for a rosy future of decent jobs for all. Unemployment rates are falling across developing and developed countries from Mexico to Germany. In many cases, such as Japan or the Czech Republic, joblessness is at record lows. But a deeper dive into the statistics paints the reality in a much more nuanced and decidedly darker hue.

This February, the international community will intensify its efforts preparing for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The Compact, expected to be adopted in December this year, will cover all aspects of international migration in the spirit of human solidarity to ensure that no one is left behind. There are many ways to get involved and have a say to ensure that people on the move around the world are protected.

All eyes were on the ECOSOC Youth Forum this January, as the world’s young activists, leaders and innovators met with representatives of governments at UN Headquarters in New York. As the Forum wrapped up, UN DESA Voice talked to the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, on how history’s largest youth generation is already building a better future.

Faced with increasing pressures on their lands, indigenous peoples insist that their rights to their lands, territories and resources are respected. During a recent meeting at UN Headquarters, global experts on indigenous issues emphasized the need to address growing threats to indigenous peoples’ lands from natural resource exploitation, establishment of conservation areas, large-scale infrastructure projects and large-scale agriculture.




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14-16 February
 First Global Conference of the Platform for Collaboration on Tax – Taxation and the Sustainable Development Goals, New York
20 February
 World Day of Social Justice
  20-22 February  International Conference on Working across Sectors to Halt Deforestation and Increase Forest Area, Rome
  21-23 February   Global SDG 7 Conference, Bangkok
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