Judging from statistics, we have many reasons to celebrate the achievements we have made since the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted three years ago. The under-five mortality rate has dropped, the global labor market witnessed an increase in productivity and 108 countries put policies and initiatives in place to make production and consumption more sustainable. But we still have a lot of work to do to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. You can be part of these efforts!
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The state of the global economy is currently showing mixed trends. Global GDP is expected to grow, but insufficient infrastructure, financial instability and increasing interest rates are holding many developing countries back from enjoying the revived economy. Trade growth is also accelerating, while the recent G7 summit witnessed crucial challenges to the multilateral trading system. To reach a more sustainable economy, what obstacles do we need to overcome? The team behind the World Economic Situation and Prospects report and monthly briefings in the Global Economic Monitoring Branch in UN DESAs Economic Analysis and Policy Division, share their insights.
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Cementing and protecting the rights of around 1.5 billion people around the world in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is a moral imperative, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres on 12 June, as he addressed the opening of the 11th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD at UN Headquarters in New York. He described the Convention, adopted in 2006 and entering into force in 2008, as one of the most widely-ratified international human rights treaties, reaffirming that people with disabilities are entitled to the same treatment as everybody else.