The United Nations (UN) is an international organization made up of over 193 Member States. Founded in 1945, the UN deals with global issues relating to climate change, sustainable development, human rights, terrorism, etc.

Kenya, an East-African country bordering the Indian Ocean, joined the United Nations on December 16, 1963. This year, Kenya is hosting the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the biennial World Investment Forum meetings in its capital, Nairobi. The meetings will be held from July 17-July 21 and include many high-ranking officials from numerous countries within the United Nations.

UNCTAD is a meeting with the United Nations body and its primary focus is dealing with development issues regarding international trade. In Nairobi, Kenya, a conference will be held for the representatives of UN countries to participate in discussion and debate about methods to establish better balance in the economy on an international scale.

The World Investment Forum is a global forum for creating international policies between investment partners, and discussing solutions to different problems in order to meet the newly created Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development goals were adopted by UN member countries on September 25, 2015 with the intentions to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for every nation. The seventeen goals have individual sub-goals and 169 measures which are intended to be achieved over the next fifteen years.

The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals are: end poverty in all its forms everywhere; end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture; ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, at all ages; ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning; achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; ensure access to water and sanitation for all; ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all; promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment, and decent work for all; build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation; reduce inequality within and among countries; make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable; ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns; take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts; conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources; sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reserve land degradation, halt biodiversity loss; promote just, peaceful, and inclusive societies; and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

The 2016 World Investment Forum is designed for all countries that adopted the Sustainable Development Goals to discuss strategies and form partnerships with each other, as well as with large companies and organizations, in order to progress on achieving the goals.

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