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MDG Goal 7
"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

Sustainable development focuses on improving the quality of life for all of the Earth's citizens without increasing the use of natural resources beyond the capacity of the environment to supply them indefinitely. It requires an understanding that inaction has consequences and that we must find innovative ways to change institutional structures and influence individual behaviour. It is about taking action, changing policy and practice at all levels, from the individual to the international.

Since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, sustainable development has emerged as a new paradigm of development, integrating economic growth, social development and environmental protection as interdependent and mutually supportive elements of long-term development. Sustainable development also emphasizes a participatory, multi-stakeholder approach to policy making and implementation, mobilizing public and private resources for development and making use of the knowledge, skills and energy of all social groups
concerned with the future of the planet and its people.

Intergenerational Dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals
01 August, 2017
A United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) Intergenerational Dialogues event will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, 1 August 2017. The event titled, ôIntergenerational Dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goalsö will be co-hosted by DPI and the NGO/DPI Exe...

2016 High-level political forum on sustainable development, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council
11 - 20 July, 2016
The 2016 high-level political forum on sustainable development, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, will be held from Monday, 11 July, to Wednesday, 20 July 2016. The three-day ministerial meeting of the forum will be held from Monday, 18 July, to Wednesday, 20 July 2016....

2016 ECOSOC High-Level Segment Open Call for Oral and Written Statements
28 March - 15 April, 2016


The Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs is pleased to announce an open call for oral and written statements for the 2016 ECOSOC High Level Segment (HLS)...

2015 High-level political forum on sustainable development, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council
26 June - 08 July, 2015
The 2015 high-level political forum on sustainable development, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, will be held from Friday, 26 June, to Wednesday, 8 July 2015. The three-day ministerial meeting of the forum will be held from Monday, 6 July, to Wednesday, 8 July 2015. <...

The First Meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs)
01 - 02 June, 2015
The First Meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), taking place on 1-2 June at the UN Headquarters in New York, will develop an indicator framework for the monitoring of the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda at the globa...

Hearings of the General Assembly with NGOs, civil society organizations, major groups and the private sector in preparation for the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda ľ non- accredited NGOs
26 - 27 May, 2015
Please note that the deadline for completing the questionnaire for accreditation is extended to 5:00 p.m. EST on 13 May 2015.

In accordance with General Assembly resolution 69/244 of 29 December 2014, the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda wi...

Hearings of the General Assembly with NGOs, civil society organizations, major groups and the private sector in preparation for the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda ľ ECOSOC, CSD Roster and WSSD accredited NGOs
26 - 27 May, 2015
In accordance with General Assembly resolution 69/244 of 29 December 2014, the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will be held from 25 to 27 September 2015, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the Gene...

Third SIDS Conference and Pre-conference
01 - 04 September, 2014
The Third SIDS conference will be held over 4 days in Apia, Samoa from 1-4 September. Registration to the Conference allows participation in the pre-conference activities.

Registration is open for four categories of NGOs:

Organizations accredited to previous conferences on the sust...

Second meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
30 June - 08 July, 2014
The second meeting of the High Level Political Forum will convene from 30 June-8 July, 2014. Modalities for participation are still under review, and will be updated as information becomes available.

For more information on the HLPF please see the following website:á

SIDS Final Preparatory Committee Meeting
23 - 27 June, 2014
UN Member States will conclude the preparatory work for the Conference, which will take place from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa. They will also aim to finalize the outcome document by the end of the PrepCom. UN Agencies and Major Groups and other Stakeholders will have the opportunity to pro...


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