About the United Nations
The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945. It is currently made up of 193 Member States. The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter. Due to the powers vested in its Charter and its unique international character, the United Nations can take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, and more.
The UN also provides a forum for its members to express their views in the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, and other bodies and committees. By enabling dialogue between its members, and by hosting negotiations, the Organization has become a mechanism for governments to find areas of agreement and solve problems together
RAI is a key transport headline indicator and has been established to focus on the critical role of access and mobility in the reduction of poverty in developing countries.
The Rio+20 outcome document, The future we want, inter alia, set out a mandate to establish an Open Working Group to develop a set of sustainable development goals for consideration and appropriate action by the General Assembly at its 68th session. It also provided the basis for their conceptualization. The Rio outcome gave the mandate that the SDGs should be coherent with and integrated into the UN development agenda beyond 2015. [this is a link](http://wikiprogress.org/about-wikiprogress/). Sustainable Development Goals Goal 1-End poverty in all its forms everywhere Goal 2-End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Goal 3-Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Goal 4-Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all Goal 5-Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls Goal 6-Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Goal 7-Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all Goal 8-Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all Goal 9-Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation Goal 10-Reduce inequality within and among countries Goal 11-Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Goal 12-Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns Goal 13-Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts* Goal 14-Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development Goal 15-Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss Goal 16-Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels Goal 17-Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
The Future We Want: Outcome document adopted at Rio+20PDF
The Rio+20 conference on sustainable development, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012 was the biggest UN conference ever and a major step forward in achieving a sustainable future – the future we want.
A life of dignity for all: accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015 DOCX
The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 65/1, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report annually on progress in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals until 2015 and to make recommendations for further steps to advance the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015. Renewed efforts are essential for achieving the Millennium Development Goals by the end of 2015. While providing an assessment of progress to date, the report also identifies policies and programmes that have driven success in the achievement of the Goals and can contribute to accelerating it. These include emphasizing inclusive growth, decent employment and social protection; allocating more resources for essential services and ensuring access for all; strengthening political will and improving the international policy environment; and harnessing the power of multi-stakeholder partnerships. A new post-2015 era demands a new vision and a responsive framework. Sustainable development — enabled by the integration of economic growth, social justice and environmental stewardship — must become our global guiding principle and operational standard. This is a universal agenda that requires profound economic transformations and a new global partnership. It also requires that the international community, including the United Nations, embrace a more coherent and effectiveresponse to support the agenda. As we make the transition to this new era, we need to continue the work begun with the Millennium Development Goals and ensure that extreme poverty is ended within a generation. In keeping with United Nations principles, this post-2015 framework can bring together the full range of human aspirations and needs to ensure a life of dignity for all.
Green Economy ReportPDF
The Green Economy Report is compiled by UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative in collaboration with economists and experts worldwide. It demonstrates that the greening of economies is not generally a drag on growth but rather a new engine of growth; that it is a net generator of decent jobs, and that it is also a vital strategy for the elimination of persistent poverty. The report also seeks to motivate policy makers to create the enabling conditions for increased investments in a transition to a green economy.
Open Working Group Proposal for Sustainable Development GoalsPDF
The outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, entitled “The future we want”, inter alia, set out a mandate to establish an open working group to develop a set of sustainable development goals for consideration and appropriate action by the General Assembly at its sixty-eighth session. It also provided the basis for their conceptualization. The document gave the mandate that the sustainable development goals should be coherent with and integrated into the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015.
Delivering The Post-2015 Development AgendaPDF
With their clear and simple call to tackle poverty, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have helped to mobilize resources and concentrate action around the world. Now, the UN development system is helping countries to accelerate progress on the MDGs in the time remaining to 31 December 2015, while also looking ahead to the global development agenda which will succeed them. Lessons learned from the MDG experience are relevant as the new agenda is constructed. One lesson was about the need to include a broad range of stakeholders in its design. Thus, in the past two years, the UN development system has facilitated an unprecedented outreach effort to people all over the world, and reached out to those not usually consulted in international processes. To date, nearly 5 million people have expressed their priorities for the future.
A renewed global partnership for developmentPDF
n today's increasingly integrated world, the post-2015 development agenda must be conceived as a truly global agenda with shared responsibilities for all countries. The world has changed fundamentally since the adoption of the Millennium Declaration. It is faced with new challenges and opportunities, many of which require collective action. The renewed global partnership for development underpinning the post-2015 development agenda will need to evolve with the changing development landscape to enable transformative changes. To do so effectively, it should build on the strengths of the current global partnership for development while going beyond its present framework. Most importantly, it will have to be based on a strong commitment to engage in collective actions with a clear distribution of tasks between developed and developing countries. Important lessons can be learned from the experience with the present global partnership for development. MDG 8 has played a central role in galvanizing aid, increasing market access, providing debt relief, improving access to ICT and essential medicines and other forms of support. It also helped bring greater focus to the special needs of the most vulnerable countries. Yet, MDG 8 also had important gaps and systemic shortcomings, and there is a large discrepancy between its initial level of ambition and its implementation. In addition, MDG 8 perpetuated a “donor-recipient” type of relationship and did not pay sufficient attention to mobilizing development financing other than aid.
The Global Conversation BeginsPDF
Emerging views for a new development agenda The United Nations and partners have launched an unprecedented series of consultations with people the world over to seek their views on a new development agenda to build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This global conversation responds to a growing call for active participation in shaping the ‘world we want’. Taking place well before governments sit down to negotiate and finalize such a new agenda, the consultations underway provide evidence and perspectives to governments on the challenges people face in improving their lives and those of their families and communities. We offer our analysis here as a snapshot of where consultations stand to feed into the global debate and the work of the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. A final report of the findings of the consultations will be prepared in the summer of 2013, once national and thematic consultations have yielded their final results.
Realizing the future we want for allPDF
The first report from the UN system on the Post-2015 Development Agenda - Realizing the Future We Want for All - recommends that new goals should build on the strengths of the Millennium Development Goals, apply to all countries, and be based on the fundamental principles of human rights, equality, and sustainability.
The Power of Local ActionPDF
Lessons from 10 Years of the Equator Prize This book represents a significant contribution to the literature on sustainable development, and draws from a uniquely rich and detailed body of case study material on 127 Equator Prize winning communities. We hope that the lessons presented here are of value to national and international policymakers, leaders in civil society and community-based organizations, and others. As a knowledge broker in sustainable development practice, UNDP recognizes and embraces its responsibility to learn from what is working on the ground and to assist governments in the process of taking success to scale. It is ultimately only from thoughtful reflection on what is working, and what is not, that we will create a more enlight- ened policy landscape which empowers real achievement towards sustainable development.
Regional Analysis of Policy Reforms to Promote Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy InvestmentsPDF
South-Eastern European, Eastern European and Central Asian countries are confronted with a wide range of economic and environmental problems caused by their inefficient and polluting energy systems. At the same time, their energy economies provide some of the most promising opportunities for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. This will require the use of costeffective energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy technologies – the main selffinancing methods to implement climate change mitigation. The investment potential for energy efficiency in these countries is so large that only the private sector can provide the capital needed to achieve meaningful results. This in turn will require a market for energy efficiency in which large investments can be made with low transaction costs at an acceptable risk-to-returns ratio and within a reasonable period of time. At present, private investors do not often finance energy efficiency projects in these countries because dedicated sources of financing are lacking and local banks are generally unfamiliar with such investments. Another obstacle in financing energy efficiency projects is the absence of policy and institutional support for their implementation. The lack of knowledge and experience on how to select and formulate energy efficiency investment projects is often a challenge for local experts.
State of the world's cities 2010-2011: Bridging the urban divide - Overview and key findingsPDF
The world's urban population now exceeds the world's rural population. What does this mean for the state of our cities, given the strain this global demographic shift is placing upon current urban infrastructure? Following on from previous State of the World's Cities reports, this edition uses the framework of 'The Urban Divide' to analyze the complex social, political, economic and cultural dynamics of urban environments. The book focuses on the concept of the 'right to the city' and ways in which many urban dwellers are excluded from the advantages of city life, using the framework to explore links among poverty, inequality, slum formation and economic growth. The volume will be essential reading for all professionals and policymakers in the field, and a valuable resource for researchers and students in all aspects of urban development.
- The Future We Want: Outcome document adopted at Rio+20PDF