In Focus

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The SDGs Report 2019

Since its inception in 2015, the 2030 Agenda has provided a blueprint for shared prosperity in a sustainable world—a world where all people can live productive, vibrant and peaceful lives on a healthy planet. The year 2030 is just over a decade away, and we must ask ourselves if our actions today are laying the right foundation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019 provides evidence-based insights to answer this question and highlights both gains and challenges.

Mosquito Population Successfully Suppressed Through Pilot Study Using Nuclear Technique

A pilot trial in Guangzhou, China, carried out with the support of the IAEA in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a promising step in the control of mosquitoes that carry dengue, the Zika virus and many other devastating diseases. The trial used a combination of two techniques: one involving nuclear sterilization and the other exposing the mosquitoes to a bacteria. The results  demonstrate the successful near-elimination of field populations of the world’s most invasive mosquito species.

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World Hepatitis Day (28 July)

Viral hepatitis B and C affect 325 million people worldwide causing 1.4 million deaths a year. It is the second major killer infectious disease after tuberculosis, and 9 times more people are infected with hepatitis than HIV. Hepatitis is preventable, treatable, and in the case of hepatitis C, curable. However, over 80% of people living with hepatitis are lacking prevention, testing and treatment services. During the World Hepatitis Day 2019 campaign, WHO is urging all countries and partners to promote the theme “Invest in eliminating hepatitis.”

In the Spotlight

Team Zero Heroes
Team “Zero” Heroes

Team “Zero” Heroes from the Delft University of Technology, (the Netherlands) has won the top prize of 25,000 euros of the 2019 Airbus Fly Your Ideas global student competition organised by Airbus in partnership with UNESCO, in recognition of their easy to use battery-less wireless smart switch application to replace traditional wired systems in aircarft. Team “Zero” Heroes was chosen from among 269 projects. The biennial competition is a celebration of creativity, designed to inspire young people to get involved in sustainable innovation and engineering.

The UN System at Work

2019 Summits: Action for People and Planet

Every September, the Member States of the United Nations meet at the General Assembly in New York to discuss the critical issues of global concern. This year, in addition to the general debate, world leaders will participate in a series of summits and high-level meetings to boost action on climate change and accelerate progress on sustainable development, aimed at securing healthy, peaceful and prosperous lives for all. Underpinning the action week are the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by all world leaders in 2015. 

Goal of the month


Find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals

Did you know?

The UN aims to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
The UN has supported elections in more than 100 countries.
Since 1946, more than 170 cases have been entered in the General List of the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. Find out more in Global Issues: International Law
The Paris agreement on climate change was signed by the largest number of countries ever in a single day. Find out more in Global Issues: Climate Change

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UN in Pictures

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Lake Elton Biosphere Reserve - Russian Federation
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