World Economic and Social Survey 2018: Frontier Technologies for Sustainable Development

Anselm Kamperman Sanders, Tatiana Falcão, Alexander Haider, Jenna Jambeck, Cara LaPointe, Chris Vickers, Nicolas Ziebarth, Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat (UN/DESA)

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The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat (UN/DESA) is a vital interface between global policies in the economic, social and
environmental spheres and national action. The Department’s mission is to promote and support international cooperation in the pursuit of sustainable development for all. Its work is guided by the universal and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
Development, along with a set of 17 integrated Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. UN/DESA’s work addresses a range of cross-cutting issues that affect peoples’ lives and livelihoods, such as social policy, poverty eradication, employment, social inclusion, inequalities, population, indigenous rights, macroeconomic policy, development finance and cooperation, public sector innovation, forest policy, climate change and sustainable development. To this end, UN/DESA: analyses, generates and compiles a wide range of data and information on development issues; brings together the international community at conferences and summits to
address economic and social challenges; supports the formulation of development
policies, global standards and norms; supports the implementation of international agreements, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and assists States in meeting their development challenges through a variety of capacity development initiatives. In carrying out its work, UN/DESA engages with a variety of stakeholders around the world—non-governmental organizations, civil society, the private sector, research and academic organizations, philanthropic foundations and intergovernmental organizations—as well as partner organizations in the United Nations system. For more information, visit
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherUnited Nations
Commissioning bodyUnited Nations
Number of pages175
ISBN (Electronic)978-92-1047-224-1
ISBN (Print)978-92-1109-179-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018

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