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UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)

by Khristine Custodio last modified Dec 23, 2013 08:54 AM
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) works closely with governments and stakeholders to help countries around the world meet their economic, social and environmental goals. UN DESA views water accounting and water governance issues as critical in meeting sustainable development goals, and in combating environmental challenges of Small Island Developing States.

The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) provides leadership and is an authoritative source of expertise within the United Nations system on sustainable development. It promotes sustainable development as the substantive secretariat to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and through technical cooperation and capacity building at international, regional and national levels. The context for the Division's work is the implementation of Agenda 21, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and the Barbados Programme of Action for Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States.

UN DESA's work addresses a range of cross-cutting issues that affect peoples’ lives and livelihoods. It tackles challenges on poverty reduction, governance,  finance, and environment, with special attention to the most vulnerable segment of the population in the globe. Its categorizes its work programme into three areas: norm-setting, analysis, and capacity-building.

More about UN DESA

UN DESA's research and analytical work covers a range of economic, social and environmental issues. It produces a host of  publications and major intergovernmental reports which are essential to UN negotiations and global policy decisions.

Its main priorities are promoting progress toward and strengthening accountability in achieving UN development goals, and ensuring civil society engagement with the UN.

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