DESA NGO News — 31 July 2017

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1 August: Intergenerational Dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals
A United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Intergenerational Dialogues event will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, 1 August, 2017. The event will be titled “Intergenerational Dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals” and will be co-hosted by DPI and NGO/DPI Executive Committee.

9 August: International Day of the Indigenous Peoples
By resolution 49/214 of 23 December 1994, the United Nations General Assembly decided that the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People shall be observed on 9 August every year. The date marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations. This year is of particular importance, as it is the Tenth Anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which is the theme of the event.

This year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples will be commemorated on Wednesday, 9 August at UNHQ in New York. It will take place from 3.00pm to 6.00pm in the ECOSOC Chamber. The event will be divided into two parts. The first part is a High Level Segment that will include interventions from UN officials and the Chairperson of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

The second part of the event will include a panel discussion to discuss the successes and challenges faced on the implementation of the UNDRIP over the past decade, with the participation of guest panelists ranging from government representatives to indigenous experts representing different regions of the world. More information can be found at the International Day dedicated website.

11 August: International Youth Day 2017
The official commemorative event to celebrate International Youth Day 2017 will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 11 August, from 10:00am to 1:00pm on this year’s theme of “Youth Building Peace”. It will bring together youth as well as representatives of Member States and United Nations entities to explore the various ways in which young people are contributing to building and sustaining peace.

The Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is organizing the event in collaboration with the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development's (UN IANYD) Working Group on Youth and Peacebuilding.

Persons with UN Grounds Passes can attend the event with their badges and should not register for a ticketed pass. External participants can register for this event online at Please note that registration closes on 7 August 2017.

Those unable to attend can watch and follow the event live at and on social media through Facebook at and Twitter at

For more information about the event and this year’s theme, please visit:

4 - 15 September: 13th Session, Committee on Enforced Disappearances, Geneva
At its forthcoming 13th session in September 2017 in Geneva, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances will examine the efforts of the following countries to implement the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance: Gabon and Lithuania. The Committee will also adopt lists of issues on the reports submitted by Albania, Austria and Honduras. To attend, please register here: More information:

12 September - 31 December: 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly
The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 19 September 2017.


ECOSOC High-level Segment
The High-level Segment (HLS) of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), 17-20 July, was the culmination of ECOSOC's 2017 session during which the Council and the entire ECOSOC system addressed "Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions through promoting sustainable development, expanding opportunities and addressing related challenges" . During the HLS, 43 countries presented Voluntary National Reviews of their national implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as part of the high-level political forum on sustainable development convened under the auspices of ECOSOC. Members States and other stakeholders also discussed national, regional and international approaches to poverty eradication during the General Debate; addressed challenges and opportunities in global economic and trade policies for the achievement of sustainable development via the High-level Policy Dialogue with the International Financial and Trade Institutions; and focused on reducing multi-dimensional poverty in the SDG era during the Thematic Discussion. The HLS concluded with the adoption of the joint ministerial declaration of the HLS of the 2017 session of ECOSOC and the HLPF, convened under the auspices of the Council.

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) Major Groups and other Stakeholders activities
HLPF Major Groups and other Stakeholders Preparatory Meeting: On 9 July 2017, the Division for Sustainable Development of DESA (DESA DSD) and the HLPF Major Groups and other Stakeholders Coordination Mechanism organized a preparatory meeting for stakeholders participating in the HLPF. At this meeting, stakeholders worked together to prepare for the HLPF and new members were sensitized to the sessions, meetings, and opportunities for engagement throughout the forum. More information on this meeting is available here:

HLPF Major Groups and other Stakeholders Official Session: On 11 July 2017, DESA DSD organized the official thematic review session of the HLPF entitled "Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world: Multi-stakeholder perspectives," which showcased the viewpoints of major groups and other stakeholders on the theme of the HLPF, as well as their activities and efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda. More information on this session is available here:

HLPF Side Event between VNR Countries and Major Groups and other Stakeholders: On 12 July 2017, DESA DSD, together with the Major Groups and other Stakeholders Coordination Mechanism, organized a side event that allowed for further dialogue between the major groups and other stakeholders and the representatives of Voluntary National Review countries at the HLPF. More information on this side event is available here:

Breakfast Meeting between VNR Countries and Major Groups and other Stakeholders: On 19 July 2017, DESA DSD and the UN Foundation organized a breakfast meeting between representatives of Voluntary National Review countries and major groups and other stakeholders as a way to provide further space for dialogue and conversation.

VNR Engagement for Major Groups and other Stakeholders: Throughout the high-level week of the HLPF, when countries presented their Voluntary National Reviews, DESA DSD worked with the Steering Group of the HLPF Major Groups and other Stakeholders Coordination Mechanism to organize stakeholders for their participation in the question and answer portions of the reviews. Because of this, major groups and other stakeholders were able to work together to ask questions and make interventions on numerous occasions during the Voluntary National Reviews.

Survey of Major Groups and other Stakeholder Experiences at the HLPF: DESA DSD is collecting the views and feedback of representatives of major groups and other stakeholders regarding their experiences at the HLPF. You can access the survey here: Responses will be collected until 3 August 2017.


Sustainable Development Goals Report 2017
If the world is to eradicate poverty, address climate change and build peaceful, inclusive societies for all by 2030, key stakeholders, including governments, must drive implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a faster rate, says the latest progress report on the SDGs launched by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on 17 July 2017.

Using the most recent data available, the annual Sustainable Development Goals Report provides an overview of the world’s implementation efforts to date, highlighting areas of progress and areas where more action needs to be taken to ensure no one is left behind. This year’s report finds that while progress has been made over the past decade across all areas of development, the pace of progress has been insufficient and advancements have been uneven to fully meet the implementation of the SDGs.

The report is based on latest available data on selected indicators of the global SDG indicator framework, prepared by UN DESA with inputs from a large number of international and regional organizations.

World Economic and Social Survey 2017
The World Economic and Social Survey 2017 reviews the 70-year history of a flagship publication that is also the oldest continuing report of its kind and in the process derives lessons from the past that are relevant to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Since 1947, the Survey, by systematically analysing the evolution of the global economy and its implications for development, has been helping the Economic and Social Council fulfil its mandate under the Charter of the United Nations, which is “to promote the solution of international economic problems, higher standards of living, full employment and conditions of economic and social progress and development”.

Over the course of seven decades, Survey analyses have been underpinned by an understanding of development as structural transformation driven by national policy decisions and influenced by the global development environment. It is through this lens that the Survey views multiple phases of development thinking and practice which extend all the way from the post-Second World War period—during what is often called the Golden Age of Capitalism—to the years following in the wake of the global financial crisis. While keeping in mind the significant changes that have occurred in the global development landscape over the past seven decades, the Survey shows that many parallels can be drawn between the challenges currently facing the international community and those that confronted the world in the past.

This edition of the Survey highlights the importance for achieving sustainable development of a stable global economy supported by coordinated global actions, well-functioning international trade and monetary systems, respect for national policy space, international solidarity and development planning.



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