Assessing global land use
Assessing global land use: balancing consumption with sustainable supply
According to UNEP,this new report explores how the management of land-based biomass production and consumption can be developed towards a higher degree of sustainability across different scales: from the sustainable management of soils on the field to the sustainable management of global land use as a whole.
The report is available in English language here.
Launch of the International Year of Small Island Developing States (24 February)
The International Year of Small Island Developing States seeks to spotlight the contributions of this group of countries to the world, as well as celebrate their rich culture and diversity. The global launch will take place on 24 February, with a ceremony being held at the UN’s Trusteeship Council Chamber in New York at 10am. The event will be webcast live at http://webtv.un.org/.
The Year will also help raise awareness of the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, which will be held from 1-4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa, and will focus on building partnerships for sustainable development. Preparations for the outcome of the Conference will also get under way on 24 February at the first Preparatory Meeting. To learn more about the conference visit: http://www.sids2014.org/.
Post-2015 development agenda: water, sanitation and sustainable energy
The General Assembly is holding a 2 day thematic debate on Water, sanitation and sustainable energy in the Post-2015 development agenda on 18-19 February 2015.
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World Youth Report 2013: Youth and Migration
The United Nations 2013 World Youth Report offers a broad understanding of the situation of young migrants from the perspective of young migrants themselves. The report highlights some of the concerns, challenges and successes experienced by young migrants based on their own lives and told in their own voices.
World Radio Day is celebrated on 13 February
COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN 2014
The fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10th-21st March 2014.
Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited NGO’s from all regions of the world attend the session.
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2014 Investor Summit on Climate Risk
A major investor summit on climate risk is taking place on 15 January, 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. It will be attended by hundreds of leading global investors.
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More information about is available for the Summit’s site.
United Nations Multilingual Calendar of Observances- 2014 app
Download the free, multilingual UN Calendar of Observances app, now available in Chinese, Spanish and English. Other official UN languages coming soon.
This free iOS app features official United Nations observances and links to related videos and further information. It also illustrates how the UN makes a difference in tackling global challenges.
UNAIDS 2013 | AIDS by the numbers
The latest estimates from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) show that the world continues to close in on the goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by stopping HIV transmission and halting AIDS-related deaths. Remarkable progress has been made over the last decade—yet significant challenges remain.
See also: 2013 UNAIDS Global Report
According to newest update of the FAO Food Price Index, world food prices remain high, but steady. 2013 was the third highest year on record for the Index. FAO economist Abdolreza Abbassian says,
"Last month, the FAO Food Price Index remained elevated as strong demand for certain high-protein foods continued to drive up prices overall, countering falling prices of major food crops after last year’s abundant harvests.”
View the FAO Food Price Index, here.
According to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects 2014 (WESP) report, the global economy is expected to grow at a pace of 3.0 per cent in 2014 and 3.3 per cent in 2015, compared with an estimated growth of 2.1 per cent for 2013.
WESP is produced at the beginning of each year by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the five United Nations regional commissions. The full version of the report will be available 20 January 2014.
A pre-release copy is available for download in English.PDF.
For previous WESP reports since 1999, visit the DESA WESP Reports
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