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Volume 15, No. 9 - September 2011
Daniela Bas was only six years old when doctors found a tumor pressing on her spine. Beating the odds, she survived but became paraplegic in less than 20 days before surgery. Now, Daniela heads UN DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development, where one of the tasks is to promote the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its implementation worldwide. FULL ARTICLE
Is it fair to compare the recent plunge in stock markets with the early stages of the crisis in 2008 and are we heading towards a double-dip recession? These and other frequently asked questions on the current economic turmoil are addressed by UN DESA’s Development Policy and Analysis Division (DPAD). FULL ARTICLE
Indigenous peoples make up more than five per cent of the world’s population. Although their societies have contributed much to scientific and cultural knowledge, their ways of life continue to be threatened by the pace and scale of global development. On 9 August, the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was commemorated. FULL ARTICLE
More on Global dialogue on development
More on Trends and analysis
- Adjusting CensusInfo to disseminate data
- Forum for knowledge-sharing on census data archiving
- Implementing recommendations on energy statistics
More on Capacity Development
The report to be launched the third week of September monitors the progress made in achieving the targets of MDG 8. Continued attention is given to the impact of the global crisis on meeting these targets and embedding any new commitments resulting from the High-level Plenary Meeting of the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly on the MDGs into the monitoring process.
More on publications and websites
Mr. Tariq Banuri retired on 31 August as Director of the Division for Sustainable Development and Head of Office of the Conference Secretary-General for Rio+20. Mr. Banuri has broad experience on the interface between policy, research and practical actions on the realization of the goal of sustainable development. He has also worked in government, academia, civil society and the international system.
Mr. Nikolai Zaitsev retired on 31 August as Head of DESA's Capacity Development Office. Mr. Zaitsev joined the UN in 1982. His many achievements during his years of service include being part of a pioneering technical cooperation programme in the former Soviet Union; being one of the main “brains” behind the concept of Integrated Management and Document Information System; and serving as Chief of the OUSG in DESA.
Ms. Ndey Isatou Njie joined the Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) as Chief of the Water, Energy and Strategies Branch on 8 August. Ms. Njie has 32 years experience in water resources and environmental management, managing strategic framework processes for sustainable development, and capacity development.
More on comings and goings
- Fourth session of the Conference of States Parties, New York, 7-9 September
- 66th session of the General Assembly, New York, 13 September - 31 December
- Sixth Annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), Nairobi, Kenya, 27- 30 September