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Title  UN DESA Voice June 2018: Interview with UN Chief Economist Elliott Harris, Innov
Writer name  구생회 Date  2018-06-04

  Newsletter of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs  
  Volume 22, No.06 - June 2018  
 No trade-off between economic growth and environmental protection  

Responding to the challenges facing the global economy;ensuring enough financial means to fund the Sustainable Development Goals;exploring the digital economy and other frontier issues of sustainable development;and a moment of epiphany. The topics were many as cameras were rolling for the first UN DESA Voice interview with the UN’s Chief Economist Elliott Harris in a sun-drenched Rose Garden at UN Headquarters.

The power of science, technology and innovation to improve the lives of people and to help protect the planet is evident. But in order to drive progress towards the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its vision of leaving no one behind, innovative solutions will need to be pro-poor, equitable, and scalable. How can the potential of innovation be unlocked for the benefit of all?

In today’s increasingly global and interconnected world, more and more people decide to live their lives in cities. In 2018, 55 per cent of the world’s population is residing in urban areas and by 2050, 68 per cent is projected to be urban. In the coming decades, further increases are expected both in the size of the world’s urban population and in its share of the total. The widespread growth of urban areas described in the 2018 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects, launched by UN DESA’s Population Division on 16 May 2018, highlights the importance of building sustainable cities, where growth is planned and well managed.

More than one billion people, or 15 per cent of the world’s entire population, live with some kind of disability. Despite forming such a large part of our societies, people with disabilities continue to face discrimination, barriers to inclusion and even denial of their basic human rights.

Interview with UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean

Almost exactly one year ago, countries gathered at the first-ever Ocean Conference, unanimously committed to a set of ambitious measures to start reversing the decline of our ocean’s health. The conference also attracted over 1,400 voluntary commitments of ocean action by states, international organizations, civil society and others.

With the advancement of information technologies, such as cloud computing and blockchain, an increasing portion of the global economic activity is moving online. Along with immense opportunities, the digital economy also brings serious challenges, including to tax systems, which may particularly affect the developing countries. How to tax digital activities conducted by businesses located in different countries? Who should collect the taxes for income generated by online products and services? A recent UN meeting of tax experts considered these and other issues.


  5-6 June    
  11 June  UNGA High-level Event on SDG Financing, New York  
  12-14 June  11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, New York  
  20 June  Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018, New York
  23 June  United Nations Public Service Day  


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