UN DESA Voice is an insider's look at the United Nations in the area of economic, social and sustainable development policy. It is produced by the Strategic Planning and Communications Services of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs with articles written by UN DESA staff. This is an electronic publication - no printed edition is generated. 

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Volume 28 | No. 7 | July 2024

July 2024

In a world facing political turmoil, economic slowdown, rising inequalities and a worsening environmental crisis, our promise to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 is at stake. 

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Volume 28 | No. 7 | July 2024

In a world facing political turmoil, economic slowdown, rising inequalities and a worsening environmental crisis, our promise to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 is at stake. 

Volume 28 | No. 6 | June 2024

The public sector plays a crucial role in addressing societal challenges and fostering inclusive and sustainable development. As we face increasingly complex and inter-connected global challenges, public institutions must transform to anticipate future development needs and be more responsive and adaptive to the communities they serve. 

Volume 28 | No. 5 | May 2024

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) face major challenges—climate change, geographic remoteness, a narrow export base—that make them vulnerable to external economic, environmental, and social shocks. But they also have innovative solutions, dynamic populations, and people ready to act.  

Volume 28 | No. 4 | April 2024

There are no better forecasters of resilience in the world than young people, who have been calling attention to critical sustainable development issues. They have become experts on adapting to an increasingly challenging global landscape, filled with images of conflicts, climate crisis impacts, and deepening inequalities. They experience the results of past unsustainable practices, facing present consequences and racing against the clock to curb a rising tide.

Volume 28 | No. 3 | March 2024

Taxes play a vital role in helping governments deliver key services that benefit both individual citizens and societies. Effective, efficient, and inclusive collaboration on tax matters among nations can drive the mobilization of domestic resources, promote investment, and stimulate economic growth. International tax cooperation is also key in helping countries to finance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Volume 28 | No. 2 | February 2024

When the last International Conference on Small Island Developing States was held in 2014, there was no COVID-19 pandemic and no global economic recession and much fewer geopolitical tensions. The climate emergency, while present, had not reached the heights it has today.

Volume 28 | No. 1 | January 2024

The world economy in 2023 proved to be resilient, exceeding expectations with an estimated growth rate of 2.7 per cent, higher than the 2.3 per cent forecast last May. However, this better-than-expected performance masks underlying short-term risks and structural vulnerabilities.


Volume 27 | No. 12 | December 2023

“What happens in Antarctica doesn’t stay in Antarctica,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres upon returning from his recent trip to the southernmost continent to witness the melting sea ice. “We live in an interconnected world.” Just ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the Secretary-General issued a call for urgent global climate action to “not let the hopes of people around the world for a sustainable planet melt away.”

Volume 27 | No. 11 | November 2023

In the recent 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, a remarkable 63 UN Youth Delegates from 37 Member States lent their voices to discussions on pressing global development challenges. But what exactly is the UN Youth Delegate (UNYD) Programme? Why is it important to prioritize meaningful youth engagement in UN processes, and how does UN DESA champion this cause?

Volume 27 | No. 10 | October 2023

A recent United Nations report by an independent group of scientists calls for transformational shifts rooted in science that would urgently reverse course and turbocharge the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Based on the latest data and scientific insights, the Global Sustainable Development Report 2023, entitled “Times of crisis, times of change: Science for accelerating transformations to sustainable development,” offers practical solutions to accelerate SDG implementation.

Volume 27 | No. 9 | September 2023

Picture a world where poverty recedes, where hunger is but a distant memory, where inequalities dissolve, where girls and boys rise side by side, and where the environment thrives alongside humanity. The SDGs, conceived in 2015 with the world's collective voice, outlined this vision. But midway through our journey, we must confront the hard truths: our progress is slow and the challenges before us loom large.

Volume 27 | No. 7 | July 2023

This month, government representatives, businesses, civil society organizations, young people and other international actors will gather for the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, taking place on 10-19 July 2023 at UN Headquarters in New York. They all come together with one purpose: to review and assess progress to achieve the global goals.