Forthcoming meetings (in chronological order)
Committee for Development Policy
Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee (IPC) of the Third United Nations
Since 1998, the United Nations Economic and Social Council has held annually a special high-level meeting with the Bretton Woods institutions immediately after the Spring meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee and the Development Committee. The 2001 event will take place on 1 May, at United Nations Headquarters.
The meeting is intended to enable a free-flowing discussion among ministers of finance on the one hand, and ministers of development cooperation and of foreign affairs, on the other. It should deepen the dialogue between the United Nations and the Bretton Woods institutions, thus strengthening partnership for achieving the development goals agreed at the global conferences of the nineties. The meeting also follows up on the Millennium Declaration, and its emphasis on the role of the Economic and Social Council.
A panel composed of the Chairpersons of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, the Development Committee, the Group of 20, the Group of 24, and the Financial Stability Forum will start the dialogue.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, the President of the World Bank, and the Managing Director of the IMF are also expected to participate.
The President of the ECOSOC will chair and moderate the debate.
This year’s dialogue is expected to be of particular interest, as it will address issues relating to financing for development, including the international financial system and its responsiveness to the priorities of growth and development, in particular of developing countries, and to the promotion of economic and social equity in the global economy.
In particular, development financing in conjunction with poverty eradication, ODA and debt, as well as public and private responsibility in the prevention of financial crises are expected to be dealt with in the discussions.
On follow-up to United Nations conferences and summits, the Commission agreed to serve as the intergovernmental focal point for the review of conference indicators. It will validate technically the indicators, recommend a limited list, and devise a review mechanism for the future. The Commission is doubtful that a single limited set of indicators can satisfy the various national, regional and specialized sectoral needs and emphasized the need for flexibility.
The Commission also considered the follow-up to the agreed conclusions of the Economic and Social Council's high-level and coordination segments and to its resolutions of 2000, and concluded that the actions taken were consistent with the Council's requests and adequately reflected the relevant work being undertaken and planned by the Statistical Commission and the Statistics Division (UNSD).
The Commission adopted the draft Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services and directed its author, the inter-agency Task Force on Statistics of International Trade in Services, to prepare a users' manual on data collection next.
In its review of ongoing statistical work worldwide, the Commission endorsed the human settlements statistics programme of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlement (UNCHS); an expert group meeting will evaluate methodologies, concepts and sources of city statistics. It also endorsed the development by the Statistics Division (UNSD) of a guide to producing statistics on time use for measuring paid and unpaid work, and a web site on time-use surveys. It approved a new approach to the assessment of the extent to which the 1993 System of National Accounts has been implemented; and reviewed progress on other areas, including the International Comparison Programme.
The Commission agreed with the proposed work programme and time frame for updating the International Standard Industrial Classification and the Central Product Classification by 2002 and for planning their revision by 2007. It welcomed the progress made towards completion of the Handbook of Statistical Organization, and stressed that the Handbook should be applicable to all regions and all levels of statistical development. It took note of the progress made by the UNSD on three web sites (i) the global integrated presentation of the work of the international organizations in statistical methodology, (ii) good practices in official statistics and (iii) the United Nations Economic and Social Information System (UNESIS) common data base for global statistics.
The Commission expressed appreciation for the report of the Friends of the Chair entitled "An assessment of the statistical criticisms made of the Human Development Report", which it considered thorough, balanced and fair. It welcomed the response of the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) to the report, wherein the HDRO had outlined a number of positive developments in relation to statistical aspects of the Human Development Report.
In relation to the planned work of the UNSD, the Commission endorsed the proposed draft programme of work for the biennium 2002-2003, the priorities proposed by the Director of the UNSD, and the list of expert group meetings and workshops to be held by the UNSD in 2001. It took note of the activities undertaken and planned under the Development Account and the new initiative in building capacity in household surveys particularly in Africa.
In relation to general coordination and integration concerns the Commission re-stated its view that (i) the international statistical agencies should pay adequate attention to coordination and integration of their work; (ii) the "integrated programme" of the Economic Commission for Europe, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Statistical Office of the European Communities and the global integrated presentation of the work of the international organizations in statistical methodology were important tools for coordination and integration, and (iii) programme reviews of selected fields of statistics should be carried out.
The Commission took note of the existing statistical programmes in relation to selected United Nations special years and observances and of the activities of the other functional commissions that are relevant to the work of the Statistical Commission.
The Commission adopted five draft resolutions for submission to ECOSOC: the situation of and assistance to Palestinian women (E/CN.6/2001/L.2/Rev.1); the release of women and children taken hostages, including those subsequently imprisoned in armed conflict (E/CN.6/2001/L.3); discrimination against women and girls in Afghanistan (E/CN.6/2001/L.5/Rev.1); mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system (E/CN.6/2001/L.6); and the multi-year programme of work for the Commission for 2002-2006 (E/CN.6/2001/L.8). Agreed conclusions on gender and all forms of discrimination, in particular racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance were also adopted.
The Commission took four decisions, among them the decision to meet in a resumed session from 9 to 11 May 2001 in order to complete the work of its 45th session. Among items which will be discussed at this resumed session are the system-wide medium-term plan (E/CN.6/2001/4), the proposed programme of work of the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women and the Division for the Advancement of Women for the biennium 2002-2003 (E/CN.6/2001/CRP.2); the working methods of the Commission (E/CN.6/2001/8); and agreed conclusions on women, the girl-child and HIV/AIDS.
With respect to the Report of the Secretary-General assessing the implications of the reforms of mechanisms in the human rights area for communications concerning the status of women (E/CN.6/2001/12), and the views expressed in this regard by Member States, the Commission decided to request another report of the Secretary-General on the CSW communications procedure. The report will take into account ways and means to make the communications procedure more effective and efficient, based inter alia, on written opinions of the Member States and taking into account discussions at CSW45.
Concerning the recommendations for enhancing the effectiveness of the working methods of the Commission (E/CN.6/2001/8), CSW decided to request its Bureau to undertake, with the assistance of the Secretariat, the preparatory work necessary for further discussion at its 46th session. This preparatory work would build on the report of the Secretary-General and on the discussions that were held during its 45th session.
653 Representatives from 296 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) attended the session. They participated actively in the session and related events and activities. Five representatives addressed the Commission during the general debate, while seven representatives gave statements during the expert panel discussions on the two thematic issues before the Commission (women, the girl-child and HIV/AIDS; and gender and all forms of discrimination, in particular racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance), and in the debate on the CSW multi-year programme of work.
During the session, the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) facilitated 129 side events, which were composed of 110 NGO side events including issue and regional caucus meetings, as well as 13 UN entity and 6 Government events. In collaboration with the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, the Division held daily morning briefings to update NGOs on negotiations and other relevant issues. In collaboration with the Medical Women’s International Association the Division co-sponsored a panel concerning, “Women, Girls and HIV/AIDS.” In collaboration with the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership, the Division co-sponsored a panel, “Gender and Racial Discrimination: A dialogue on how intersectionality can be put into practice in the work of the CSW.” Together with the National Council for Research on Women, the Division organized a mini launch of its CD ROM “Women Go Global”. The Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI) sponsored a panel on “Gender perspectives on disarmament”, moderated by Angela E.V. King.
Contact: Amina Adam, Tel. (212) 963-3169, E-mail: email@example.com on NGO participation, OR Abigail Loregnard-Kasmally, Tel. (212) 963-3137, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org on general information on the session .
Over the past six months, the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women has collaborated with the Department for Disarmament Affairs on the development of six briefing notes on gender and disarmament. The briefing notes cover the gender perspectives on small arms, landmines, weapons of mass destruction, disarmament, demobilization and rehabilitation initiatives, disarmament for development initiatives, and women's advocacy for disarmament. NGOs working in the area of disarmament became involved in the process, reviewing drafts and providing concrete examples, and further committed themselves to the broad dissemination and utilization of the briefing notes.
The briefing notes were launched on 14 March 2001, at a panel in conjunction with the 45th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The Under-Secretary-General of the Department of Disarmament Affairs, Jayantha Dhanapala, gave the keynote address. The panel brought forward a broad range of gender perspectives on disarmament from the United Nations, Member States, academia and NGOs.
Contact: Carolyn Hannan, Tel. (212) 963-3104, E-mail: email@example.com
The United Nations and the World Bank have established the Global Initiative on Transport Emissions (GITE) as a tool for the creation of policies to combat transport emissions.
GITE will contribute a background policy paper on the role of transport in economic and social development and its environmental dimension to the forthcoming session of the Commission on Sustainable Development in April, at which energy and transport are the focal issue.
GITE consists of the Transport Emissions Knowledge Initiative (TEKI), the Partnership for Vehicle and Fuel Technology Modernization (PVFTM), and the Small Initiatives Clearing House (SIC).
TEKI will work with national Governments and international agencies to develop an adequate statistical and policy information base, assist in strengthening national institutions responsible for policy formulation, and establish international standards.
PVFTM is a strategic consortium of car manufacturers and petroleum companies willing to share technology solutions with companies in developing countries.
PVFTM will identify technology needs and match them with available solutions through a series of background reports, an interactive web page, and roundtables of vehicle manufacturers, fuel companies, policy makers, and transport experts.
The PVFTM has already attracted several major partners.
SIC will identify small projects aimed at reducing emissions. SIC will work with sponsors to develop a project to the concept stage, and prepare it for presentation to potential funding agencies, as well as assist in identifying financing mechanisms. SIC is currently working on several projects in Brazil.
The Energy and Transport Branch of the Division for Sustainable Development anchors the initiative at the UN in collaboration with the Transport Branch of the Infrastructure Department of the World Bank.
Contact: Kathleen Abdalla, Tel. (212) 963-8416, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Division for Public Economics and Public Administration has launched version 2 of its global online network on public administration and finance (UNPAN).
UNPAN provides the following services:
Committee for Development Policy, third session
As a contribution to the 2001 ECOSOC High-level segment on the role of the United Nations system in supporting the efforts of African countries to achieve sustainable development, the Committee is formulating a set of recommendations in this area.
The Committee's agenda also gives special attention to a number of outstanding issues concerning the designation of the least developed countries.
Contact: Anatoly Smyshlyaev, Tel. (212) 963-4687, E-mail:
Commission on Population and Development
, 34th session
The theme of the session is "population, environment and development".
Contact: Birgitta Bucht, Tel. (212) 963-3183, E-mail: email@example.com
The programme will encompass a discussion of the global economic outlook, as produced within the Project LINK network, as well as sessions on special topics related to work under way in preparing part I of this year's World Economic and Social Survey.
Seminar on Handbook of Statistical Organization
The Handbook of Statistical Organization was first published in 1954. In 1980, a revised version appeared. In 1999, the Statistical Commission requested the UN Statistics Division to prepare a new update. A draft version of this Handbook rev. 2 is now being edited. In order to assess the relevance and accuracy of the draft, two regional seminars will be held. The first of these is scheduled for 11-13 April in Vienna, for Heads of National Statistical Agencies in the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the three Baltic republics and Mongolia. In September, a similar seminar is scheduled for the ASEAN countries, in Kuala Lumpur. Finally, Singapore has proposed to host a global seminar about the Handbook, in February 2002. The Handbook will be submitted for approval to the Statistical Commission meeting of March 2002.
Contact: Willem de Vries, Deputy Director,Statistics Division, E-email:
Seminar on International Development
The Economic Assessment and Outlook Branch of the Division for Development Policy Analysis is organizing a seminar entitled "New ownership structure and external balance in economies in transition", with guest speaker Prof. Kazimierz Poznanski, Professor of International Relations, University of Washington, Seattle.
Contact: Jozef van Brabant, Tel. (212) 963-4752, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Commission on Sustainable Development
, 9th session
The Programme of Work of the session is at: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd9/pow.PDF
The Technical Committee will review proposals for the revision of the International Plan of Action on Ageing. The results will be made available on the Programme on Ageing website of the Division for Social Policy and Development.
Contact: Diane Loughran, Tel. (212) 963-1707, E-mail: email@example.com
Ad Hoc Group of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters
, 10th meeting
Preparatory Committee for the Second World Assembly on Aging
, First session (resumed)
The Preparatory Committee for the Second World Assembly on Ageing which met from 26 February to 2 March 2000 without coming to an agreement on procedural matters will meet to continue negotiations.
Contact: Diane Loughran, Tel. (212) 963-1707, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Commission on Sustainable Development, 10th session:
meeting of the Commission as the preparatory committee for the World Summit on Sustainable Development
Three regional meetings of the Youth Forum of the United Nations will take place between April and June 2001. The first is the meeting of the European Youth Forum, which will be held in Brussels on 7 April 2001. The second is the Asia-Pacific Youth Forum (NGO meeting), and the Asia-Pacific intergovernmental meeting of Ministers responsible for Youth, which will be held in Bangkok from 3 to 8 June 2001. The third is the meeting of the Arab Youth Forum, which will take place in Beirut from 26 to 27 June 2001.
The three meetings are being held in preparation for the Fourth World Youth Forum which will be held in Dakar, Senegal, from 5 to 12 August 2001. The main objective of the fourth World Youth Forum is to review progress achieved and obstacles encountered in the implementation of the Braga Youth Action Plan, as well as identify new opportunities for empowering youth in the implementation of the Plan at the local and regional level. The Division for Social Policy and Development is responsible for this programme.
Contact: Joop Theunissen, Tel. (212) 963-7763, E-mail: email@example.com
Special High-level meeting of the ECOSOC with the Bretton Woods institutions New York, 1 May
The two major themes of the meeting will be: Development financing: poverty eradication, ODA and debt; and towards a development-friendly international financial system: public and private responsibility in the prevention of financial crises.
Preparatory Committee for the High-level International Intergovernmental Event on Financing for Development (FfD)
, First part of third session of Preparatory Committee
The meeting will consider in greater depth the issues contained in a working paper prepared by the PrepCom facilitator, Mr. Mauricio Escanero (Mexico), taking into account all inputs submitted at its second session.
Contact: Federica Pietracci, Tel. (212) 963-8497, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Economic and Social Council, Organizational session, 2001
The Meeting, organized by the Division for Public Economics and Public Administration (DPEPA), will explore critical issues related to enhancing national institutional capacities, as well as regional and global structures and mechanisms for managing diversity.
The Expert Group Meeting will seek to identify dimensions of diversity in the civil service, regional differentials of diversity and selected themes such as women, ageing, and disability in the civil service. Ms. Rafiah Salim, ASG, OHRM, has agreed to speak about diversity in the UN. It is hoped that as a result of the Meeting, strategies for managing diversity in the civil service will emerge and concrete recommendations will be proposed towards effective diversity management policies in the civil service. As a follow-up activity, the Division is planning to produce a publication and develop training materials.
Contact: Francesca Coullare, Population Division, Tel (212) 963-4950, E-mail: email@example.com
Third United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries
OSCAL provides substantive support to the Conference, organized by OSCAL.
Contact: Yvette Stevens, Tel. (212) 963-5084, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
International Day of Families
The seventh year anniversary celebration of the International Day of Families will be observed on 15 May 2001, at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. The event, which was proclaimed on 20 September 1993, by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 47/237, reflects the importance that the international community attaches to families as basic units of societies, and concern regarding their situation in countries around the world. The theme for this year is Families and Volunteers - Building Social cohesion.
Contact: Amr Ghaleb, Tel. (212) 963-3238, E-mail: email@example.com
Meeting of Secretary-General’s Youth Employment Policy network
New York, 23-24 May
New York, 23-24 May
Technical level partners of the network will exchange experiences on practical initiatives to promote youth employment, and discuss in draft the youth employment policy recommendations that the Secretary-General is to present to the fifty-sixth session of the General Assembly in the Fall. The joint Secretariat of the Network (UN/DESA, ILO and World Bank) will also plan the high-level
meeting of the network, currently scheduled for July.
In order to ensure wide participation in the formulation of the policy recommendations to the GA, the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) is organizing, during the month of April, an E-Conference on the theme: Incorporating youth employment into development strategies, including major UN system initiatives.
Steven Miller, Tel. (212) 963-7535, E-mail:
The second high-level forum on city information in the Asian Pacific Region
DPEPA will convene an Ad Hoc Expert Group Meeting on Innovations in Mobilizing International Resources for Development Assistance in Genoa, Italy from 30 to 31 May 2001.
The purpose of the Meeting is to explore innovative and practical suggestions for mobilizing global revenues for development financing.
The Meeting will bring together a group of 8-10 leading international experts as well as some 12-15 representatives of developing countries to discuss a series of proposals canvassed in recent publications and international forums on resource transfers for development support, poverty alleviation and debt relief.
The Meeting seeks to contribute to the current deliberations; both within and outside the United Nations system, on financing of development and bridging the development divide.
The proceedings of the Meeting, including analytical papers presented by the participants, will be issued as a publication.
International Seminar on the Measurement of Disability
The Statistics Division is planning an international seminar on the measurement of disability in New York from 4-6 June 2001. This seminar will bring together a broad array of developed and developing country experts in disability measurement for statistical reporting. Specific objectives of the meeting are to
The seminar will be convened in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States of America.
The Meeting, organized by the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), will address the social and economic challenges and opportunities faced by women in rural areas.
The expert group meeting aims to produce policy recommendations to promote a more even distribution of opportunities and benefits associated with globalization. The findings of the meeting will be incorporated in the Secretary-General’s report on the improvement of the situation of women in rural areas for the next sessions of the General Assembly. The Commission on the Status of Women and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women will also review the report, the latter body in its it review of the obligations of States parties under Article 14 on rural women.
African National Machineries on Women
A regional meeting of representatives from women’s national machineries in Africa and selected national machineries from other regions will be held from 16 to 18 April 2001 in Addis Ababa. The meeting will discuss a needs assessment report of problems and constraints facing national machineries in Africa. The meeting will also establish a Regional Task Force with terms of reference, and decide on an implementation schedule and monitoring mechanisms. The meeting will also produce guidelines on implementation methodologies and monitoring indicators and systems. Hosted by the ECA, the meeting is jointly organized by the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) and the Division for Public Economics and Public Administration (DPEPA).
Contact: Fatiha Serour, Tel.
(212) 963-8379, E-mail:
Meeting on Women and Peace-building
A consultation meeting on "Enhancing Women's Participation in Peace-building" is being organized by the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in close collaboration with the African Women's Committee on Peace and Development (AWCPD), at the ECA Conference Center in Addis Ababa, from 23 to 25 April 2001.
The consultation will review current peace initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa to identify their strengths and weaknesses; and will identify capacity building needs of women to enhance their contribution to the peace process.
Participants will represent 13 countries: Burundi, the Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. DPA, DPKO, several UN entities, OAU and a range of regional NGOs and researchers will also participate.
The Gender Advisory Services Unit (GASU) of the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) is currently entering the second phase of a project on Reducing the Gender Dimensions of Poverty: Microfinance Policies, Processes and Practices
The project aims to assess and improve the viability of microfinance as a poverty reduction strategy and a tool for the economic empowerment of women. A desk review of the literature on microfinance programmes of the UN, Asia, Africa and Latin America has already been prepared to examine the relevance and effectiveness of micro-finance initiatives as tools for reducing the gender dimension of poverty.
Following the completion of the review, DAW held two brainstorming sessions aimed at identifying themes for an online discussion, and reviewing and furthering the scope of the project. The on-line discussion will involve UN institutions and divisions, women’s national machineries, NGOs and existing microcredit entities, and will examine a number of theoretical, policy and operational issues as they relate to microfinance in Africa. The discussion will begin in late April 2001 and will last for 6 to 8 weeks.
International Symposium on Network Economy and Government
The Symposium, sponsored by the Government of China with the support of DPEPA will bring together high-level government officials and leading international experts from the public and private sectors to discuss the current development and trends of the global network economy, its challenges and opportunities for developed and developing countries, and appropriate national and global economic governance framework for the emerging network economy.
The Symposium will also address the current trends and strategies in e-commerce development and the relevant policy issues, review legal and administrative aspects of e-commerce, and examine the case study of e-commerce development in the City of Ningbo, China.
The meeting will review the preparatory work of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts for the Tenth Meeting of the Group of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (Geneva, September 2001). It will also examine the revised draft of the United Nations Manual for the Negotiation of Bilateral Treaties between Developed and Developing Countries
and the consultant’s report thereon.
Contact: Abdel H. Bouab, Tel. (212) 963-8406, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The workshop aims to upgrade the technical skills of tax administrators from developing countries and economies in transition, including practical methods and strategies for combating tax avoidance and evasion.
The workshop will focus on new and innovative financial instruments, electronic commerce and taxation, and negotiation of bilateral tax treaties between developed and developing countries.
It will utilize case studies and lectures by experts in international taxation and finance.
The workshop, organized with the support of China, will present an opportunity for participants to share experiences and points of view on methods of resource mobilization.
Contact: Abdel H. Bouab, Tel. (212) 963-8406, E-mail: email@example.com
This is the second phase of the programme sponsored by the Italian Trust Fund for Human Resources and Capacity Building and administered by DPEPA.
The first phase took place 12-23 March also in Rome and Turin.
The programme seeks to provide middle-level diplomats from developing countries with the knowledge and negotiating techniques that will ensure agreements beneficial to their countries.
Contact: Marco Suazo, Tel. (212) 963-8423, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
A new SPPD project has been finalized:
POL/01/002 - Sustainable Urban Space Management System.
The purpose of the project is to provide the technical support services required as inputs to a seminar to be held in October 2001 in Gdansk, Poland.
The objective of the seminar is to define and develop, according to the “Global Compact’s Nine Principles” (presented by the Secretary-General at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1999), new technologies and models for local governance regarding environmental assets.
Gary Manukyan, Tel. (212) 963-5410, E-mail: email@example.com
As a follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development, and the Special session of the General Assembly, the Social Economic Policy and Development Management branch of the Division for Social Policy and Development will organize two workshops in the coming months. The first workshop will be held in 2001. The workshop will focus on capacity building and strengthening the collaborative efforts of central and local governments, community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders including the private sector and investors, for poverty eradication in environmentally sensitive communities.
Representatives of the following countries are expected to participate in the workshop: Bangladesh, China, India, Kenya, Kyrgystan, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. In addition, representatives of non-governmental organizations from China, Japan and the United States are also expected to attend.
The second workshop, organized with the funding from the Development Account, is the International Workshop on Networking and Capacity Building for Social Development in Northeast Asia. This workshop will be held in. The workshop is expected to formulate a common programme and a work plan for strengthening the capacities for selected local institutions to undertake social policy research, materials development and training, and to form a network of institutes that will be further strengthened through collaborative efforts and shared experiences in relevant fields of social policy training and research. Representatives from the following countries are expected to participate in the workshop: China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation and Thailand.
The themes of the two workshops reflect the current situation of transition in many of the countries of the region, which are experiencing an increase in poverty, a reduction in formal employment, and a growing threat of social exclusion leading to the likelihood of social disintegration. The overall objective is to encourage capacity building and training, particularly at the local level, that will enable people to maintain and improve their living conditions and opportunities at a time when many services that were previously provided by the government have ceased or will soon do so.
Contact: Shian-Lung Lai, Tel. (212) 963-6168, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gender mainstreaming in Sub-Saharan Africa
new study representing the first attempt to systematically analyze the success of the United Nations Development Fund's (UNDP) efforts to promote gender mainstreaming in sub-Saharan Africa was released on 22 March 2001.
The publication, entitled Assessment of Gender Mainstreaming in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Review of UNDP Supported Activities
, focuses on gender-related activities carried out by the UNDP Africa Bureau in two major thematic areas - poverty eradication and governance –as well as in the area of women-specific initiatives. The study assesses the extent to which a gender perspective was incorporated in project design and project formulation, as well as in implementation and evaluation. The assessment was initiated by the UNDP in cooperation with the Division for the Advancement of Women.
Based on a sample of 18 of the 45 countries in the region, the study includes 74 UNDP-funded programmes and 115 projects.
It grades and ranks the initiatives according to a Gender Mainstreaming Index, ranging from zero to eight.
The index was developed to facilitate a quantitative evaluation and comparison.
DESA Discussion Paper No. 16
This study examines the entry of multinational banks (MNBs) into the developing and transition economies. The expectation is that this will create more market discipline for domestic banks, thus making them more efficient and enhancing financial stability. But is this the case? Using data from the Bank for International Settlements and the International Monetary Fund, the author tries to determine which factors tend to increase MNBs lending activities in emerging economies and looks at the impact of MNBs on credit supply (and informally on financial stability) in a substantial sample of economies. The author concludes that domestic banks respond to increased MNB competition for the low-risk segment of the market with lower overall lending (measured as a ratio de GDP), especially in the early stages of international financial competition.
Population, Environment and Development 2001
Concerns about the consequences of environmental change have ascended to the top of the international agenda, and have brought in their wake-renewed attention to the complex interrelationships between population, environment and development. In recognition of this fact, the Population Division has issued the first-ever United Nations wall chart on population, environment and development. The wall chart is a companion piece to the 2001 edition of its annual World Population Monitoring , which has the same theme.
The wall chart features new demographic data from the 2000 revision of the United Nations population estimates and projections. The demographic data include total population and population density, as well as total, urban and rural growth rates for all countries of the world. The chart also presents the most up-to-date key environmental and development indicators from other United Nations and outside sources regarding fresh water, forests, agriculture and nutrition, poverty and economic development, energy consumption, number of motor vehicles, carbon dioxide emissions and participation in international treaties relating to the environment.
World Population Monitoring is available from the Division in advance unedited version. A concise version has been issued as one of the documents of the Commission on Population and Development, under symbol E/CN.9/2001/2.
Contact: Barry Mirkin, Tel. (212) 963-3921, E-mail: email@example.com
The World Ageing Situation 2000 was published and made available at the first preparatory Committee meeting. Copies are available from the Programme on Ageing/DSPD.
Contact: Diane Lougran, Tel. (212) 963-1707, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
1998 Industrial Commodity Statistics Yearbook
This edition of the Yearbook contains annual quantity data on production of industrial commodities by country, geographical region, economic grouping and for the world.
A standard list of about 530 commodities (about 590 statistical series) has been adopted for the publication.
Most of the statistics refer to the ten-year period 1989-1998 for about 200 countries and areas.
Grace Hu, Tel. (212) 963-4604, E-mail: email@example.com
Special features in this issue:
World Shipbuilding; Total exports and imports:
index numbers of quantum, unit value and terms of trade by regions; Civil aviation traffic:
passenger-km and cargo net ton-km.
Contact: Gloria Cuaycong, Tel. (212) 963-4865, Fax (212) 963-0623, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The World Water Development Report
In the next two decades water use by humans will increase by 40 %, researchers say, and 17 % more water will be needed to produce food for the growing world population. One third of the countries in water-stressed regions of the world are likely to face severe water shortages this century. By 2025 there will be approximately 6.5 times more people living in water-stressed countries than in 2000, a total of 3.5 billions. Currently at least 1.1 billion people lack access to safe water supply and almost 2.5 billion lack adequate sanitation – the majority in developing countries. The increasing pollution and depletion of surface and groundwater resources exacerbate the situation. How societies face up to these challenges and the increasing competition for water will be critical to sustainable development.
To provide the knowledge and information needed for policy and decision-making, the UN system and its partners have established the UNESCO-based World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), whose central product, the World Water Development Report (WWDR), will track progress towards sustainable management and development of water resources. The draft first edition will be presented as a background document to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002, following its review by the tenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-10). The finished work will be a major contribution to the 3rd
World Water Forum in 2003.
The WWDR will aim to give a comprehensive and credible picture of the state of the world’s freshwater resources and our stewardship of them, and to influence strategies and practices at the local, national and international levels. It will assess: human water stewardship; the state of the global water system; and, critical water resources and management problems. The UN and Member States will prepare it jointly, to harmonize the collection and preparation of reliable data.
The assessment will be made at the regional, national and local level. Methodologies will be tested on an initial set of cases, covering selected regions. Particular emphasis will be placed on developing-country situations, where management capacities are likely to be weaker.
Contact: Hakan Troop, Tel. (212) 963-5243, E-mail: email@example.com
Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee (IPC) of the Third United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries
(LDC-III), Third session
The Session is expected to complete a second reading of the Draft Programme of Action of the Conference. It was preceded by inter-sessional negotiations from 26-30 March 2001. OSCAL participates.
The Third United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries will be held in Brussels from 14-20 May 2001, hosted by the European Union. The meeting will assess the results at the country level of the Programme of Action for LDCs during the 1990s; review the implementation of support measures; and consider the formulation and adoption of appropriate national and international policies and measures for the sustainable development of the least developed countries.
The TICAD Steering Committee met to prepare the forthcoming Ministerial Meeting in Tokyo in December 2001.
The key themes proposed for discussions at the ministerial are: (i) governance, (ii) food security, (iii) private sector development, (iv) infrastructure, (v) information technology, (iv) HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases, and (vii) education.
It has been decided to hold three meetings of the Expanded Steering Committee and one preparatory meeting before the Ministerial Meeting.
The outcome of the Ministerial Meeting will be used as a significant input to the TICAD III, which is likely to take place in 2003.
DESA/OSCAL will be assisting in the preparation of two papers: (i) the main background paper on "Review of the progress of TICAD since the adoption of the Tokyo Agenda for Action", with the Government of Japan; and a paper on "education" with UNESCO.
Contact: Abraham Joseph, Tel. (212) 963-4839, Fax (212) 963-3892, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ad Hoc Working Group met to organize its work for the next two sessions, 29 May to 1 June and 30 July to 3 August 2001.
The President of the General Assembly, Mr. Harri Holkieri of Finland, chaired.
The Group adopted the themes of conflict prevention and peace building
for in depth discussion.
It was agreed that presentations from regional organizations, the Secretariat and specialized agencies, and member states would be invited.
An informal non-governmental organizations (NGO) hearing may be arranged to introduce their work in the field as a contribution to implement the recommendations of the Secretary-General's report on conflict and peace in Africa. The Group will monitor the outcomes for Africa of the major events this year, including the LDC conference, HIV/AIDS Special Session, Habitat II Conference, ECOSOC High Level Segment and Small Arms Conference.
The Office of the Special Coordinator for Africa and the Least Developed Countries (OSCAL) will continue to provide substantive servicing to the Working Group.
Contact: Yvette Stevens, Special Coordinator, Tel. (212) 963-5084, Fax (212) 963-3892, E-mail: email@example.com OR Raj Bardouille, Tel. (212) 963-4420, Fax (212) 963-3892, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org OR Leslie Wade, Tel. (212) 963-4420, Fax (212) 963-3892, E-mail: email@example.com
The meeting discussed various issues relating to energy supply in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), namely, access to energy supplies, the need for rural electrification, promotion of renewable energy technologies, mitigating the effects of oil price fluctuations, transport of fuels to landlocked countries, financing the energy sector and regional cooperation. A number of project ideas ("deliverables") were identified as concrete outputs, which could emerge from the third Conference on LDCs in Brussels in May.
Ms. Stevens, Special Coordinator of OSCAL attended the meeting and presented a paper on "Energy for Sustainable Development of LDCs in Africa - The Case for Support for Regional Cooperation".
Contact: Yvette Stevens, Tel. (212) 963-5084, Fax (212) 963-3892, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The meeting was organized in the framework of South-South cooperation by the Office of the Special Coordinator for Africa and the Least Developed Countries (OSCAL), in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), to contribute to the preparatory process of the Third United Nations Conference of the Least Developed Countries (LDC III), scheduled to take place in Brussels from 14-21 May 2001.
The meeting addressed two main challenges faced by the LDCs in the new millennium: reducing poverty and integrating their economies more closely into the global economy in order to achieve sustainable growth and development. The meeting focused on the role of science and related technologies in promoting food security, reducing poverty and improving the living standards of the peoples of the LDCs. The meeting also examined the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as a vehicle for LDCs to further enhance their capacity to boost production, increase productivity, and adopt new measures and processes for accelerating development.
Specific project ideas were developed at the meeting that will be incorporated through various means into the draft Programme of Action for the LDCs to be considered in Brussels.
Contact Ms. Raj Bardouille, Tel. (212) 963-1645, Fax (212) 963-3892, E-mail: email@example.com
The agenda included the review of activities in 2000, deliberation on the institutional and organizational aspects of the Observatory, adoption of the financial report and budget programme for the year 2001, and discussion of the mandate of the scientific and technical council.
Two roundtable discussions, on early warning, drought and desertification, and on sharing water resources, were held.
A debate also took place on combating desertification and poverty reduction.
The Executive Secretary of the Observatory was requested to carry out studies on a number of ideas emerged from these discussions.
The Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) is an international organization based in Tunis that provides a framework for consultation and partnership for combating desertification and drought in Africa. Members includes:
countries from the North (Germany, France and Italy); African countries (Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cape Verdi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Uganda, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Chad and Tunisia; African sub-regional organizations (CILSS, IGAD, UMA); UN System (UN, UNESCO, FAO, UNDP/UNSO, the Executive Secretariat of the CCD); and NGOs (Club of Sahel/OECD and ENDA-Tiers-monde).
Contact: Emmanuel Goued Njayick, Tel. (212) 963-5006, Fax (212) 963-3892, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The United Nations has been observing 8 March as the International Women’s Day since 1975, the International Women’s Year. The 2001 observance had as its focus Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security. At the special event on “Women and Peace: Women Managing Conflicts”, speakers highlighted the lack of women in peacekeeping leadership positions, empowering women as a development policy, and the connection between protecting women’s rights and peace. The event included a video presentation and panel discussion. A number of prominent personalities attended, including the Presidents of the General Assembly and the Security Council, and the Deputy-Secretary-General.
Peace petitions were received from the floor, supported by 30,000 cards and 130,000 signatures. The petitions called for the integration of women into peace efforts and for their protection in conflict situations. An interactive session followed the panel discussion, with participants asking questions both from the floor and via videoconference
Contact: Abigail Loregnard-Kasmally, Tel. (212) 963-3137, E-mail: email@example.com
The Meeting discussed a number of process issues that offered opportunities for increased gender mainstreaming, such as the improvement of policy frameworks and programming and budgeting methodologies, the participatory development of indicators, the development of partnerships and strategic alliances and improved cooperation between the global and the regional level. Members also discussed the need for gender equality issues to be considered in the changing ACC machinery. These discussions included the future handling of a number of issues of system-wide relevance such as women and peace and security, gender and ICT, CCA/UNDAFF, tools and indicators for gender analysis, monitoring and evaluation, and gender mainstreaming in its many facets.
The Meeting will prepare for ACC a set of recommendations on the purpose, expected outputs and approaches for the achievement of gender equality in the United Nations system. An ad hoc meeting, to review the output of inter-sessional activities and follow-up on decisions by ACC at its October 2001 session, will be held before the next session of CSW.
A one-day workshop on Approaches and Methodologies for Gender Mainstreaming was organized in conjunction with the Meeting. Ms. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, Executive Director of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat), delivered the keynote address. This was followed by case studies on: incorporating gender perspectives into corporate medium-term planning processes in FAO; organizational arrangements to support gender mainstreaming in UNFPA; incorporating gender perspectives at the programme level in Habitat; gender mainstreaming in intergovernmental processes at ESCAP; and methods and tools to support gender mainstreaming, proposed by OSAGI.
* Formerly the Inter-Agency Committee on Women and Gender Equality (IACWGE)
Documentation: The Report of the Inter-Agency Meeting on Women and Gender Equality on its sixth session New York, 27 February to 2 March 2001) will be released as ACC/2001/3
The Preparatory Committee agreed at its second substantive session in February to
Accept the generous offer of Mexico to host the conference, to be known as the International Conference on Financing for Development.
specific timing and location would be announced by Mexico during the third session of the Preparatory Committee.
Further details are included in the report of the session (A/55/245)
The joint statement of the co-chairmen at the conclusion of the second substantive session of the FfD PrepCom is available on the Internet at: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/0201PC-bcpapers.htm
Contact: Federica Pietracci, Tel. (212) 963-8497, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
OECD/DAC Donor-Developing Country Dialogues on National Strategies for Sustainable Development (NSDS)
, Third workshop
The Dialogues sought to address three basic questions: 1.What are the principles underlying strategies for sustainable development? 2. What form do effective strategies take? 3. How can the donors support the development and implementation of the strategies best?
This workshop, the concluding one in a series of three, brought together participants from each of the dialogue countries (Bolivia, Nepal, Thailand, Burkina Faso and Tanzania), parallel learning countries (Ghana and Pakistan), all OECD bilateral donor agencies, DAC, UNDP Capacity 21, the Division for Sustainable Development of DESA, and resource persons.
The main outputs of the project are a policy guidance document for donor agencies on sustainable development strategies, and a more detailed technical ‘sourcebook’ on strategies. The policy paper will be submitted to the DAC High Level meeting in April 2001 for ministerial approval
Contact: Mrs. Kirsten Rohrman, Tel. (212) 963-2137, E-mail: email@example.com
United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), Organizational meeting
ECOSOC established in October 2000 a new permanent body, the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), building on the five-year ad hoc process of Intergovernmental Panel on Forests and Intergovernmental Forum on Forests (IPF/IFF). It is the first subsidiary body of ECOSOC created since the CSD in 1992. The UNFF will have its Secretariat in New York, meet annually, and hold the first and the fifth meeting in New York, two meetings in Geneva and one in Costa Rica. UNFF is open to all governments. It will include ministerial segments and multi-stakeholder dialogues with participation by international and non-governmental organizations, the private sector and others, to promote coordinated action. As to its programme or work and plan of action to promote sustainable forest management worldwide, to be presented to the World Summit for Sustainable Development in 2002, UNFF would concentrate on facilitating and monitoring implementation of the IPF/IFF proposals for action. The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), successor to the Interagency Task Force on Forests (ITFF), is expected to play a key role in supporting the work of the UNFF, as it would undertake specific joint programmes, projects and other activities to facilitate countries in the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests. The first substantive UNFF session is scheduled for on 11-22 June 2001, in New York.
Contact: Ms. Tiina Vähänen, Tel. (212) 963-3262, Fax (212) 963-3463 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org