Things You Need To Know

Vol 28, No. 6 – June 2024

4 things you should know about rethinking disability inclusion

The world is currently experiencing several crises, and the upcoming United Nations conference on persons with disabilities is focused on rethinking how we can better include persons with disabilities to build a more resilient and equitable future. With over 1.3 billion persons with disabilities worldwide, this conference is of great importance to advance and protect their rights. Here are four things you should know about rethinking disability inclusion:

Vol 28, No. 5 – May 2024

4 opportunities for science, technology and innovation in Small Island Developing States

The challenges of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are well-known: their relatively small size, undiversified economies, distance from large markets and trade routes, as well as extreme vulnerability to external shocks. In the world of science, technology and innovation (STI), SIDS also face a number of obstacles. But these vulnerabilities have a flip side. Here are four STI-related challenges that can become opportunities for SIDS.

Vol 28, No. 4 – April 2024

3 things you need to know about this year’s UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is one of three UN bodies addressing Indigenous Peoples' issues, focusing on economic and social development, culture, education, environment, health, and human rights. It also works to ensure that the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is implemented and respected worldwide. Ahead of the Forum on 15-26 April, learn 3 things unique to this year’s session:

Vol 28, No. 3 – March 2024

5 things you need to know about the Committee for Development Policy

The Committee for Development Policy (CDP) will hold its annual meeting at UN Headquarters in New York on 4-8 March. Its 24 members bring a wealth of perspectives on development issues from their work in academia and other organizations across the world. Here are five things to know about the Committee’s efforts to make a difference for development around the globe:

Vol 28, No. 2 – February 2024

3 ways to foster societies where everyone is included

In today’s globalized world, it is crucial to promote social justice alongside digital transformation to create more inclusive and equitable societies. Both social justice and digital transformation can improve access to essential services for vulnerable communities, creating opportunities which include everyone. Here are three things you should know:

Vol 28, No. 1 – January 2024

5 things you should know about the future of work

The world of work is currently undergoing significant changes due to emerging technologies, globalization, and other factors. These changes have the potential to reshape job markets and livelihoods for billions of people. While they present exciting opportunities for enhanced productivity and innovation, they also pose challenges for workers and policymakers alike. To promote a future of decent work for everyone, here are five key things you should know:

Vol 27, No. 12 – December 2023

7 approaches the public sector employed to respond to a global crisis

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, public institutions faced unprecedented challenges. Governments worldwide grappled with fundamental questions, seeking ways to sustain essential government functions and deliver critical public services. The World Public Sector Report 2023 explores the transformative impact of these efforts. Learn of 7 approaches the public sector employed to respond to the crisis and contribute towards achieving the SDGs.

Vol 27, No. 11 – November 2023

7 ways UN DESA supports a rescue plan for people and planet

The latest UN DESA Annual Highlights Report showcases seven ways UN DESA supported Member States to advance the 2030 Agenda throughout the 77th Session of the General Assembly, despite a challenging global context and significant setbacks to SDG progress. Here’s what you need to know about UN DESA’s efforts.

Vol 27, No. 10 – October 2023

8 topics that will bring us closer to the Internet we want

Surfing the Internet for work, school or to get the latest news. Today, more and more people have access to the world wide web. How can we further improve connectivity and create an online space which empowers people? This is the mission of the  Internet Governance Forum (IGF) taking place from 8 to 12 October. Here are the 8 main topics on IGF’s agenda:

1. AI & Emerging Technologies: AI is fast-moving but we have been living with it for longer than we think

Vol 27, No. 9 – September 2023

5 reasons why science can help the world achieve the SDGs

Achieving the global goals by 2030 will be no easy task. Fortunately, an Independent Group of Scientists (IGS) is working on a new set of recommendations to leverage the power of science to navigate between our economic, social and environmental objectives. The two IGS co-chairs. J. Jaime Miranda and Imme Scholz, shared their ideas about how science can inspire the development transformations we need.