Volume 15, No.12 - December 2011

Feature articles

The future we want

Future we want

“Sustainable development is not a luxury, it is an imperative,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the launch of the UN campaign for Rio+20 on 22 November featuring a global conversation on the future we want. The campaign aims at engaging people to contribute ideas for new visions of a sustainable future. Read more

Spotlighting UN Public Service Awards winner

Spotlighting UN Public Service Award winner

Every year the UN honours winners of the UN Public Service Awards, highlighting excellence in public service delivery. In 2011, the Ministry of Public Administration of Mexico won first place for the Latin America and Caribbean region in two categories. DESA’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management, which administers the programme, interviewed Vice Minister Uriel Marquez Carrazco to discuss the winning initiatives. Read more

Highlighting importance of cooperatives

Cooperatives account for 100 million jobs worldwide and serve 1 billion members, putting people before profit. “Cooperatives contribute to food security, rural development, and other social services,” said General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, as the International Year of Cooperatives was launched on 31 October. Read more

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Technical reports

Pre-launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2012

The first chapter of the WESP 2012 on “The Global Outlook” will be launched in New York on 1 December.     

The WESP is a joint product of DESA, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the five United Nations regional commissions. It provides an overview of recent global economic performance and short-term prospects for the world economy and of some key global economic policy and development issues. Read more

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