UN DESA Monthly Newsletter for May 2023

Monthly Newsletter: Vol 25, No. 5 – May 2023
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Leveraging innovations to secure our shared future

The international community finds itself at the halfway mark of the global race towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Yet, the goals are still far off track in many areas and UN Secretary-General António Guterres recently warned, “unless we act now, the 2030 Agenda will become an epitaph for a world that might have been.”

Expert Voices

“Middle-income countries face a set of global challenges that require joint action”

Around the world, 107 nations rank as middle-income countries. They generate a per capita income from about $1,000 to more than $12,000 per year and together, they are home to three quarters of the world population. Ahead of the UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on Middle-income Countries on 11 May, UN DESA’s Cornelia Kaldewei explains the issues that middle-income countries face today.

Things You Need To Know

5 things you should know about how forests benefit people and planet

This month, the sustainable management of the world’s forests will take centre stage at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Officials from UN Member States, the UN system, international and regional organizations, will gather to discuss this critical planetary resource at the UN Forum on Forests on 8-12 May 2023. Here are 5 things you need to know: