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In Focus

SDG Media Zone 24-28 September, UN Headquarters, New York
SDG Media Zone, UN Headquarters, New York (24-28 September)

The SDG Media Zone — a live format of interviews, panel discussions and other digital content — seeks to create, connect, and highlight the initiatives that the global community is working on to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Bringing together well-known personalities and Member States as well as content creators, influencers and media partners, the Zone provides a dynamic space to strengthen the commitment of the international community in support of the 2030 Agenda. On 24-28 September the UN will host an SDG Media Zone where solution makers will discuss initiatives and innovative approaches to advancing the Goals.

UN Sustainable Development Goals Global Equity Exchange-Traded Fund
Sustainable Development Goals Global Equity ETF

The Sustainable Development Goals Global Equity Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) is a just-launched collaboration between Impact Shares, a nonprofit ETF sponsor supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the UN agency that makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The new ETF will allow investment to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a universal call to action to reduce poverty and support economic development globally.


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High-Level Panel on Migration and Structural Transformation in Africa (25 September)

The outflow of migrants from Africa to other regions, and particularly to Europe, features prominently in the media. Intra-African migration, however, has received little attention, even though an estimated 53 per cent of migration in Africa occurs intra-regionally.The high-level event will provide a platform to discuss how to maximize the economic and developmental impacts of migration in Africa and ensure the continent’s structural transformation is economically sustainable. 

In the Spotlight

María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés
María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés

On 5 June 2018, the United Nations General Assembly elected Ecuadorean Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of its 73rd session. Ms. Espinosa is only the fourth woman to hold that position in the history of the world body, and the first woman ever from the Latin America and the Caribbean region to preside over the Assembly. She says at the top of her priorities will be to "empower women in politics, empower women as architects of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development." She will also focus on migration and refugees, climate change, the rights of persons with disabilities, peace and security and the revitalization of the UN.

The UN System at Work

Champion of the Earth Gala Diner UN Environment Assembly, Opening Plenary, Dec 4 to 6, 2017, Nairobi, Kenya, 5, December 2017
UN Environment

Tackling our environmental crisis takes courage, determination and grit. Our world needs extraordinary talent, new thinking and bold ideas. Discover the winners of this year’s top United Nations environment award, who are taking action to champion environmental protection around the world. This year’s UN Environment gala ceremony announcing the Champions of the Earth Awards and celebrating the Young Champions of the Earth prize winners will be held in New York on 26 September. Join us on social media to recognize the outstanding achievements of these women and men. #YoungChamps #EarthChamps. 

Goal of the week


Did you know?

Women make up the majority of international migrants in Europe and the Americas.  Find out more in Global Issues: Migration
Immigration slows down the ageing process of societies.  Find out more in Global Issues: Ageing
Unclean water and poor sanitation are the leading cause of child mortality.  Find out more in Global Issues: Water
The International Court of Justice rules on disputes between states, helping to prevent their escalation into conflicts. Find out more in Global Issues: International Law and Justice

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UN in Pictures

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