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Volume 15, No. 8 - August 2011
The world’s population aged 60 or older is expected to double by 2050, to a record of 21 per cent – representing two billion people. Member States are expressing concerns about the status of older persons revolving around their social and economic situation, their participation in development and their relationship to human rights. FULL ARTICLE
Gathering world leaders, UN agencies and a record number of participants representing civil society and the private sector from around the globe, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has worked hard for the past month focusing on some of the most pressing challenges facing the world today. FULL ARTICLE
“The Facebook generation is showing a growing resolve to change our world – and a capacity to make things happen. They are bringing their energy and courage to some of the most difficult issues we face,” said the UN Secretary-General at the opening of the High-level Meeting on Youth on 25 July. FULL ARTICLE
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Mr. Donald Lee retired on 31 July 2011 as Chief of the Social Perspectives on Development Branch in the Division for Social Policy and Development of DESA, a position he held with distinction, where he led the team for the DESA flagship Report on the World Social Situation and provided substantive support to the Commission for Social Development and its Bureau.
Mr. Yacob Zewoldi retired on 31 July 2011 as Chief of the Demographic Statistics Section in the Statistics Division of DESA, a position he held since 2010. His retirement marks 25 years of dedicated service to DESA’s Statistics Division and to the Statistics Division of UNECA, in particular in the area of population and housing censuses.
- Second Session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing, New York, 1-4 August
- The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, New York, 9 August
- Change Your World 2011 Campaign in support of the International Youth Day 2011, 12 August