The UN Secretary-General has released the advance, unedited version of his annual report on progress towards the SDGs. The report identifies cross-cutting areas where political leadership and urgent, scalable multi-stakeholder action are critical to shift the world onto a trajectory compatible with achieving the SDGs by 2030.

Unless national and international financial systems are revamped, the world's governments will fail to keep their promises toward the sustainable development goals in the 2030 Agenda says this new UN report released yesterday

India will continue to remain the world’s fastest-growing large economy in 2019 as well as in 2020, much ahead of China, a UN report said. According to the UN’s World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2019, India’s GDP growth is expected to accelerate to 7.6% in 2019-20 from an estimated 7.4% in the current fiscal ending March 2019.

The demand for sustainable products in developing countries like Brazil, China and India has grown even faster than in developed-country markets. Standards that uphold not just the quality but the sustainability of products from developing countries can be the key to unlocking new markets, according to a new United Nations report.

On 19 October, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation, Mr. Léo, presented the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation to the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly on the principle of accountability.

A fast-changing climate, conflict, inequality, persistent pockets of poverty and hunger and rapid urbanization are challenging countries’ efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a UN report.

The 2018 report of the Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development finds that most types of development financing flows increased in 2017, and that there has been progress across all the action areas of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.

An upturn in the global economy—now growing by about 3 per cent—paves the way to reorient policy towards longer-term issues such as addressing climate change, tackling existing inequalities and removing institutional obstacles to development, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2018.

This report released ahead of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, warns that by 2050, urban populations exposed to hurricanes will increase from today's 310 million to 680 million. Urban assets vulnerable to sea level rise and flooding could reach 35 trillion U.S. dollars by 2070 - 10 times more than the current levels.

Since 1947 the World Economic and Social Survey has promoted a broader understanding of development, emphasizing the importance of advancing the structural transformation of the economy, progress in social development and environmental sustainability.

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