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Volume 16, No.12 - December 2012

Feature articles

Strengthening cooperatives beyond 2012

“As a strong partner in development, the cooperative movement works with the United Nations every day to empower people, enhance human dignity and help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement as the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) 2012 came full circle on 19-20 November with events and festivities at UN Headquarters in New York. Read more

Working towards an inclusive new development agenda

Working towards an inclusive new development agenda (Photo credit: iStock photo)

Efforts towards building a new global development agenda are intensifying with only three years left to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expiration date in 2015. While it is still too early to speak of specific goals, many stakeholders agree on a number of issues that were not adequately reflected in the MDGs and have become more pressing ever since. Read more

ECOSOC Vice President responds to online questions

Following up on the social media initiative “Building the Future We Want”, held in the lead up to ECOSOC’s Special Ministerial Meeting on 24 September, the Vice President of the Council, Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba, took time to address some of the questions related to Rio+20 follow-up, the green economy, youth involvement, peace and development. Read more


Publications and websites

Technical reports

Pre-launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2013

The chapter on global economic outlook of the WESP 2013 will be launched in New York on 18 December at 11 am at the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium. 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. One of its purposes is to serve as a point of reference for discussions on economic, social and related issues taking place in various United Nations entities during the year. Read more

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