Volume 5, No. 6, December 2001 - -January 2002



Features

UN ICT Task Force
International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD)
World Summit on Sustainable Development    
Fourth World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference
Millennium Indicators Database on Internet  
World Public Sector Report 2001:  Globalization and the State
Women and Girls of Afghanistan
Expert Group Meeting on Environmental Management
Monitoring for Sustainable Forest Management
International Migration Event
Tokyo International Conference on African Development Ministerial-level Meeting
Change of Name for ACC

Current meetings

Economic and Social Policy  
Advancement of Women
Policy Analysis
Public Administration 
Social Development
Sustainable Development
Financing for Development


Technical cooperation

Advancement of Women
Public Administration
Social Development


Current publications

Statistics
Social Development  
Sustainable Development
Financing for Development  
Public Administration


FEATURES

UN ICT Task Force
http://www.unicttaskforce.org

              The United Nations Information and Communication Technologies Task Force was launched by the Secretary-General on 20 November  to help harness IT and cutting-edge communications to fight poverty around the world. "The new technologies that are changing our world are not a panacea or a magic bullet. But they are without doubt enormously powerful tools for development," The Secretary-General said. "They create jobs. They are transforming education, health care, commerce, politics and more. They can help in the delivery of humanitarian assistance and even contribute to peace and security," he told the Task Force at its first meeting.

             José Maria Figueres Olsen, a former President of Costa Rica  and a champion of digital development in his country, will chair the Task Force. DESA has a seat on the Task Force and was represented by Mr. Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. The Task Force brings together an unprecedented number of actors both from the public and private sector and non-governmental organizations in a multistakeholder partnership to move the process forward.

            The United Nations ICT Task Force will provide a global forum for the use of information and communication technologies in development. It also will promote partnerships between governments, businesses and civic groups aimed at mapping out development strategies tapping the latest technologies. Special attention will be given to the least developed countries and eradicating poverty.

             As one of the more immediate actions, the Task Force intends to promote the use low-orbiting satellites to enable poor countries to gain access to the Internet and other broadband services without having to first install costly land communications lines.

              Contact: Sarbuland Khan, Director, DESC, Tel. (212) 963-7478, E-mail: Khan2@un.org


International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD)

Monterrey, Mexico, 18-22 March 2002
h t t p : / / w ww.un.org/ffd

Preparations for Monterrey are now entering their final phase.  National Governments, the World Bank, the IMF, and the WTO, as well as representatives of civil society and the business sector are actively participating in the preparatory process.  During the last Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 15-19 October 2001) statements by delegations as well as NGOs and business entities focused on the scope and coverage of the final outcome document. As previously agreed, the Facilitator, Minister Mauricio Escanero of Mexico, prepared a new version, which will be the basis for discussions at the upcoming January PrepCom (14-25 January), the last before the International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey (18-22 March 2002).

Facilitator's draft

           
The document seeks to give shape to the important areas of agreement that are expected to emerge from the conference.  It is based on the hope that the heads of state and government attending the conference will commit to working together to ensure that the global systems of finance and trade fully support economic growth and social justice for all the peoples of the world.

              The objective is to achieve a fully inclusive and equitable globalization; thus, mobilizing the financial resources needed to fulfill the multilaterally agreed development goals -- including those contained in the Millenium Declaration --is the first step towards ensuring that the 21st century becomes the century of development for all.

              In confronting the challenges of financing for development, the draft anticipates that the discussion will focus on the following leading actions:

 
  • mobilizing domestic financial resources for development
  • mobilizing international resources for development, including foreign direct investment and other private flows
  • international trade as an engine for growth and development
  • increasing international financial cooperation for development, including through official development assistance (ODA)
  • enhancing financing for global public goods, such as control of communicable diseases, environmental protection, financial stability, and knowledge for development
  • strengthening multilateral development banking
  • innovative sources of multilateral development financing
  • sustainable debt financing
  • addressing systemic issues -- enhancing the coherence and consistency of the international monetary, financial and trading systems in support of development. To this end, it is important to reform the international financial architecture, improve global governance and strengthen the UN's leadership role.

The task of building a global alliance for financing for development will require unremitting effort.  It will be necessary for those attending the conference to commit to keep their constituency fully engaged, both to ensure proper follow-up and implementation of the agreements and commitments sealed at the conference, and to continue the search for constructive actions.

Delegates at the resumed third session of the Preparatory Committee approved the accreditation of two organizations as IGOs for the FfD process (Asian Development Bank and Common Fund for Commodities), as well as six business entities and twenty-two additional NGOs. It also approved the FfD Bureau's proposal for the format of the Monterrey Conference.

Major forthcoming events

          The international community will discuss the proposed FfD outcome at the following:

December 2001
 
World Economic Forum, South Asia Economic Summit
(Incorporating Financing for Development Themes)
New Delhi, 2-4 December

Economic Commission for Europe and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development - Expert Meeting on FDI
Geneva, 3 December

Fourth of Five Round Table Meeting Organized by the Business Council for United Nations
New York , 12 December

January 2002

UNCTAD-Seminar on Market Access
New York, 8-9 January

Last Session of the FfD-Preparatory Committee
before the International Conference on Financing for Development
New York, 14-25 January

Second Preparatory Committee of the World Summit on Sustainable Development
New York , 28 January-8 February

World Social Forum Incorporating Financing for Development Themes
Porto Allegre, Brazil , 30 January-5 February

Annual Meeting -World Economic Forum
New York , 31 January-5 February

Reports and Publications

            In the recently published UNU-Press Book, "Financing for Development: Proposals from Business and Civil Society", twenty-one papers by business executives and civil-society activists from developing and developed countries address the question of how to boost the financing of development. Topics covered range from microcredit to large-scale project finance; from gender and poverty to bridging the digital divide; from local to global environments for investment; from domestic to international taxation; from trade expansion to debt relief; and from official development assistance to reform of the United Nations. Heads and senior officials of transnational and developing country financial and manufacturing enterprises have contributed to this collection as well as advocates and advisors of major church-based and secular non-governmental organizations in the North and the South.  The initial versions of the papers were presented during hearings held by the United Nations General Assembly at the end of 2000 as part of its preparations for the Conference.  

            Preparations are well under way to publish the Report of the Secretary-General on FfD and ten technical notes by the FfD-Secretariat.  The book should be available in January 2002.  The papers are available on the FfD website.

            Contact:  Harris Gleckman, FfD Secretariat, Tel. (212) 963-4690, E-mail: gleckman@un.org


World Summit on Sustainable Development

Johannesburg, South Africa
2–11 September 2002
http://www.johannesburgsummit.org

             Preparations for what is expected to be the largest and most important international meeting ever held to address the integration of environmental, economic, and social decision-making — the World Summit on Sustainable Development — have taken a major step forward, as three new initiatives from the Secretary-General got underway recently.

 
  • Minister Jan Pronk began his role as Special Envoy for the Summit.
  • Nitin Desai, in his additional new role as Secretary-General for the Summit, opened debate on 29 October among General Assembly Second Committee members in New York.
  • The Secretary-General’s high-level advisory panel for the Summit met for the first time in late October-early November.

            The dates for the Summit, which will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa are under review by the General Assembly.  It has been proposed to bring the Summit forward one week from 26 August to 4 September 2002 to avoid having world leaders finishing their work on 11 September.  The Goal of the Summit is to generate concrete action to implement sustainable development — a concept developed over a decade ago to embrace the integration of economic, environmental and social decision-making. Political, corporate and community leaders from around the world will come together to seek action to improve quality of life while protecting resources for future generations.  

            The Johannesburg meeting will address a number of major challenges facing the world today, such as how to harness the benefits of globalization for all, alleviate poverty, improve access to energy, clean water and sanitation, reduce environment-related health problems and promote responsible consumption and production. Currently one fifth of the world’s people must survive on less than one dollar a day; over one billion people lack access to safe drinking water; and two billion people lack access to commercial energy.

            A new brochure outlining the Summit was released recently.  At the release Mr. Desai said, " Billions of people have yet to obtain the most basic elements of a healthy life, such as clean drinking water or sanitation.  At the same time, we cannot simply use up the world’s resources today and expect that there will be no consequences tomorrow”.

            Mr. Desai went on to say, "For too long, environmentalists and industrialists alike have seen a false trade-off between environmental protection and economic growth. We hope that Johannesburg introduces a new way of thinking, one that sees economic and environmental health as interlinked, mutually supportive goals".

            By the end of November all of the regional and sub-regional preparatory meetings were completed.  Governments and major groups have begun shifting their attention to the next global preparatory meeting to be held in New York at the end of January 2002.  At that PrepCom it is expected that analysis of the assessment of progress in implementing Agenda 21 will be substantially completed and attention will begin to focus on the forward agenda of actions that need to be undertaken to place the global community firmly on a sustainable path.   An important first step in setting this new agenda will be the release in December of the Secretary-General's report to the Prepcom.

            Contact: Andrey Vasilyev, DSD, Tel. (212) 963-5949, E-mail: vasilyev@un.org

          For the latest information on the Johannesburg Summit 2002, visit  www.johannesburgsummit.org , the official website of the United Nations Secretariat for the summit.

          The Johannesburg World Summit Company (JOWSCO), on behalf of the Government of South Africa, is managing logistical organization of the summit in South Africa.  For information about the NGO forum, visit the JOWSCO website at: www.joburgsummit2002.com  


Fourth World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference
 
Doha, 28-30 November

           In a letter to Mr. Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary-General, written immediately after the conference, the Secretary-General of UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) described the singular achievements of the Fourth WTO Ministerial Conference at Doha. He began by saying, "It sends a strong signal to the international community: the agreement that was finally achieved despite sensitivity over a number of issues shows the unequivocal willingness of the WTO member states to find multilateral solutions and to join efforts to make trade an instrument for development. The new work programme approved at Doha provides member states with the opportunity to enhance the trade liberalization process, and injects a renewed sense of confidence at a moment when it is particularly important to reverse the current slowdown of the international economy".

            Some of the decisions taken at Doha will have an immediate impact, for example, the declaration on the TRIPS Agreement (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) and Public Health, which "largely reflects the interests of the developing countries and clarifies the flexibilities provided by the TRIPS Agreement regarding public health policies". A wide range of new negotiating mandates were also agreed upon at the meeting, and these will have implications for the nature and scope of WTO rules by the end of the negotiating process in January 2005. For example, the new process on agriculture trade seeks negotiations aimed at "phasing out all forms of export subsidies", thus providing an "opportunity to address the significant distortions caused by developed countries' subsidies, which are affecting the export interests of developing countries".

            The links between trade and the environment were recognized at the conference, both in the Preamble to the Ministerial Declaration, and in the mandates for the work programme.

            Negotiations regarding market access for non-agricultural products have begun, aimed at reducing trade barriers. This mandate provides for special treatment to developing countries in the form of "less than full reciprocity in reduction commitments". In general, proposals initiated by developing countries were accepted in several instances. Thus, four "new" topics (trade and investment, trade and competition policy, transparency in government procurement, and trade facilitation) will be addressed in a multi-year two-stage process, and negotiations are premised only on the "explicit consensus" of all WTO members. Also, two new working groups will discuss the links between trade, debt and finance, and between trade and transfer of technology, even though negotiations on these subjects are not foreseen. Finally, implementation issues put forward by the developing countries will be addressed as a matter of priority.

            "LDCs' concerns were generally taken into account by invoking the provisions of the Brussels Programme of Action and reference to the Zanzibar Ministerial Declaration of LDCs. A special work programme will be elaborated for small economies. In a separate action, it was agreed to grant the European Union a waiver from its non-discrimination obligations under the WTO, in order to enable it to give preferential tariff concessions to the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. This represents the major positive result for 77 ACP countries".

            He ended by saying that "the UN system has been and will remain central to this process of improving the rules and the functioning of multilateral trade, in close cooperation with the WTO.  UN agencies shall continue to provide the necessary support to developing and least developed countries".


Millennium Indicators Database on Internet
http://millenniumindicators.un.org

            In September 2000 147 heads of State and Government and 191 nations in total adopted the United Nations Millennium Declaration. The Declaration calls for the use of selected social and economic indicators to measure progress towards implementation of the Declaration and the eradication of poverty by 2015.

            Forty-eight indicators have been recommended, grouped under eight goals:

 
  1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2. Achieve universal primary education
  3. Promote gender equality and empower women
  4. Reduce child mortality
  5. Improve maternal health
  6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  7. Ensure environmental sustainability
  8. Develop a global partnership for development

            Most of indicators are now available in the form of country profiles at the Statistics Division's new Internet site http://millenniumindicators.un.org  

            The indicators are based on published sources of the United Nations system. They cover the period 1985-2000, as available. The internationally-recommended statistical definitions used and the sources are shown with each indicator.  The full list of indicators will be posted by the end of March 2002.

            DESA, convenor of the Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs, and the United Nations Development Programme, convenor of United Nations Development Group, will cooperate in preparing the quantitative assessments that will be required for the annual reports of the Secretary-General to the General Assembly on progress achieved towards implementing the Millennium Declaration goals.  The first report is due in September 2002.

            Contact: Robert Johnston, SD, Tel. (212) 963-4557, E-mail: johnstonr@un.org


World Public Sector Report 2001:  Globalization and the State

              The Division for Public Economics and Public Administration (DPEPA) will release shortly the inaugural issue of the World Public Sector Report on Globalization and the State.  The purpose of the Report is to provide policy makers, scholars, and civil society at large with relevant research findings, information, and data on questions related to the public sector.  It reviews the most current issues and trends in public administration and public economics, and analyzes the challenges that governments face in reforming particular areas of their public sector.  The Report is also intended to facilitate the discussion of relevant public sector issues in the agenda of the United Nations intergovernmental bodies such as the Economic and Social Council.

            The Report , which will be published every two years, is composed of two main parts.  The first part will be devoted to a specific theme of relevance to public administration and development covering different regions and countries.  The second part elaborates on the conceptual issues and the measurement of different dimensions of the State, and provides comparable data and indicators on the size and structure of the public sector.

            The theme "Globalization and the State" was chosen for this issue partly due to the controversy which still surrounds this subject, and partly due to the need to underscore the importance of strengthening the State and its institutions in a globalizing world.  The Report is the confluence of inputs from many different sources. It has drawn on the work and views of prominent world personalities and institutions, as well as the reports of Meetings of Experts on the United Nations Programme in Public Administration and Finance, which bring together a representative group of eminent practitioners and scholars from every part of the world.

            The Report analyzes what opportunities globalization presents, why some countries have been able to take full advantage of globalization while others have lagged behind, and how to make globalization work for all.  This brings to the forefront the role of the State in the context of globalization.  How is globalization affecting the role and functions of the nation-State?  How should the State be redesigned so that people can benefit from globalization?  What State capacities are most needed to respond to the challenges of globalization?  Answering these questions entails reviewing three basic dimensions of the State: its institutions, administrative capacity and social policies. The Report aims to answer these questions in an objective and clear fashion.

            Contact: Guido Bertucci, Director, DPEPA, Tel. (212) 963-5761, E-mail: bertucci@un.org


Women and Girls of Afghanistan

            In response to the request from women of Afghanistan for support and solidarity, an Afghan Women’s Summit for Democracy was held at the European Commission in Brussels from 4 to 5 December 2001.  The event was organized by the Center for Strategic Initiatives of Women, Equality Now, the European Women’s Lobby, the Feminist Majority, and V-Day in collaboration with the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI) and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). At the Summit, Ms. Angela King, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, delivered the Secretary-General’s message which underlined that true Afghan peace was not possible without full restoration of women's rights.  Ms. King also presented a statement of solidarity, in which she highlighted the UN's support for Afghan women as they seek, with men, to reconstruct their society.  At least fifty Afghan women leaders, broadly representative of women in Afghanistan took part in the Summit.

            The Special Adviser spoke at a panel discussion entitled "Women in Afghanistan: Beyond the media portrayal to action" sponsored by the Group on Equal Rights for Women, on 20 November 2001 at the United Nations.  On 30 November 2001, she addressed the conference "Women for Afghan Women: Securing our Future" held at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York.  She briefed the participants on the ongoing activities of the UN system to facilitate the political negotiations on a transitional government for Afghanistan, to create conditions that would allow for the delivery of humanitarian aid as well as the rehabilitation and recovery process.

            Fatiha Serour of the Gender Advisory Services Unit of DAW is one of three gender specialists in the Integrated Mission Task Force, which advises the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Afghanistan. The two other gender specialists are from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

            Contact: Carolyn Hannan, OASG/DAW, Tel. (212) 963-3104, E-mail: hannan@un.org OR Sylvia Hordosch, WRU/DAW, Tel. (212) 963-5450, E-mail: hordosch@un.org


Expert Group Meeting on Environmental Management
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/env_manage  

            The expert group meeting on "Environmental management and the mitigation of natural disasters: a gender perspective" held in Ankara, Turkey, from 6 to 9 November 2001, was organized by the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) in collaboration with the Inter-Agency Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR).  To have a wide range of views, DAW preceded it with a six-week on-line discussion on “gender equality, environmental management and natural disasters”.  More than 240 people from diverse backgrounds and places participated in the discussion.

            The expert group meeting discussed the link between gender, environmental management, natural disaster reduction and risk management and the role of different actors therein.  It adopted a number of recommendations on policies, legislation, participation, information and capacity-building, research and the role of the international community.

            Experts recommended in particular to enhance environmental management and risk management, and gender equality and to systematically include hazard proneness and gender-based vulnerabilities in environmental impact assessments. They also reiterated the importance of women’s participation in decision-making in public administration and in governmental structures at all levels and recommended that local governments should be held accountable for achieving gender balance in decision making. Experts also highlighted the necessity to introduce a gender perspective into the ongoing research on the relationship between climate, natural hazards, disaster and related environmental vulnerability. They stressed the need to foster the coordinated application of these results and to encourage the utilization of gender-sensitive indices and indicators. They further pointed out to the need to develop, test and validate tools, methodologies, indicators and other instruments for including gender analysis in local level disaster risk management.

            Contact: Maria Hartl, GAS/DAW, (212) 963-3140, E-mail: hartl@un.org OR Santiago Martinez de Orense, E-mail: martinez-orense@un.org


Monitoring for Sustainable Forest Management

          On 5-8 November, a government-led initiative in support of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) was held in Yokohama, Japan.  The meeting focused on monitoring, assessment and reporting (MAR) on the progress towards sustainable forest management.  The first and second day focused on MAR and sustainable forest management, and the role of criteria and indicators.  The third day focused on progress in implementing the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests/Intergovernmental Forum on Forests (IPF/IFF) proposals for action.

            The report from the meeting will be transmitted to the UNFF 2.  For further information regarding the government-led initiative please contact Mr. Osamu Hashiramoto at: osamu_hasiramoto@nm.maff.go.jp

            The Collaborative Partnership on Forests met in conjunction with the initiative on monitoring, assessment and reporting. International Tropical Timber Organization
 (
ITTO) hosted and chaired the meeting.  The CPF members discussed the policy dialogue between heads of CPF member organizations and ministers, as well as the CPF Framework to be held for the second session of UNFF, San José, Costa Rica, 4-15 March 2002.

            The CPF summary report will soon be posted on the UNFF’s website: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/forests.htm


International Migration Event

          On Wednesday, 21 November 2001, the Second Committee of the General Assembly met on Agenda item 100 "International migration and development, including the question of the convening of a United Nations Conference on International Migration and Development to address migration issues". After having previously discussed the report of the Secretary-General (A/56/167), it formally adopted the draft resolution submitted by the Vice-Chairman of the Committee (A/C.2/56/L.28). The essential operative paragraphs of the adopted resolution request the Secretary-General to solicit, one additional time, the views of the member states and other relevant organizations, and to submit a report on this issue to the General Assembly at its fifty-eight session, in a sub-item of the agenda entitled "International migration and development".


Tokyo International Conference on African Development Ministerial-level Meeting

             The Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial-level meeting was held on 3 and 4 December, 2001, in Tokyo with the participation of Ministers, Heads of Delegations and senior officials, representing 52 African countries and 27 partner countries as well as international, regional and sub-regional organizations. This meeting was organized in the context of the high level dialogues promoted by the TICAD process. It aimed to relaunch the implementation of the Tokyo Agenda for Action adopted in October 1998 through the review of efforts accomplished, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and on exchange of views on thematic themes and approaches underlying African development.  The meeting was co-organized by the Government of Japan, UN-OSCAL, UNDP, Global Coalition for Africa and the World Bank. H.E. Mr. Junichiro Koizumi, Prime Minister of Japan, made the opening statement and H.E. Mr. Alpha Oumar Konare, President of the Republic of Mali, delivered the keynote address. Ms. Yvette Stevens, Special Coordinator, led the OSCAL team composed of Messrs. Emmanuel Goued Njayick and Abraham Joseph.

           The meeting provided a valuable opportunity for discussion at the Ministerial-level of what the TICAD process had accomplished thus far and what could be expected of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD); it also constituted an excellent forum to discuss the basic themes and approaches to African development including foundation of development (governance and peace), investing in people (education and health), poverty reduction, South-South Cooperation, regional cooperation and integration and information technology for development. One of the important events in the meeting was the session on dialogue with the business community, which gave an opportunity for a rich exchange of views between the private sector and African Ministers; and the dialogue with civil society particularly with the NGO representatives from Africa and Japan.

           Contact: Abraham Joseph, OSCAL, Tel. (212) 963-4839/3892, E-mail: josepha@un.org


Change of Name for ACC

http://CEB.unsystem.org

            At its resumed substantive session on 24 October 2001, ECOSOC concurred in a proposal from ACC to change its name from ACC to the United Nations System Chief Executives Board (CEB) for Coordination and stipulated in its decision (E/2001/L.50), that the change of name would not involve any change in the mandate.

            This proposal, originally made by the ACC Senior Review Team, was intended to highlight the functions and composition of ACC as a board of chief executives of the United Nations system.  Executive Heads had concurred at their Fall 2000 session subsequent to which the proposal to modify ACC’s name to "United Nations System's Chief Executives Board" (CEB) was presented for consideration of the Committee for Programme and Coordination (CPC) and ECOSOC.

            Contact: Eric Lacanlale, CEB Secretariat, Tel. (212) 963-6889, E-mail: lacanlale@un.org OR Karina Gerlach, Tel. (212) 963-5858

 

CURRENT MEETINGS

General Assembly
Fifty-sixth Session
New York, 11 September-23 December 

Economic and Social Council
Organizational Session
New York, 29 January-1 February 2002

          Contact: Sarbuland Khan, Director, DESC, Tel. (212) 963-4628, E-mail: khan2@un.org


Advancement of Women

http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination A gainst Women (CEDAW)
Twenty-sixth
Session
New York, 14 January-1 February 2002

            At this forthcoming session, the Committee will review the reports of eight States parties to the Convention, including the initial report of Fiji, the combined initial, second and third periodic reports of Estonia and Trinidad and Tobago; the combined second and third periodic report of Uruguay; the combined second and third periodic reports of Iceland and Sri Lanka; the fourth and fifth periodic reports of Portugal; and the fifth periodic reports of the Russian Federation.

            Contact: Jane Connors, WRU/DAW, Tel. (212) 963-3162, E-mail: connorsj@un.org OR Philomena Kintu, Tel. (212) 963-3153, E-mail: kintup@un.org


Policy Analysis

http://www.un.org/esa/analysis/ddpa.htm

Expert Group Meeting on Strengthening Information and Analytics in the Global Financial System
New York, 5 November

Sixteen senior financial professionals, mostly from the New York area but also including individuals from Asia, Africa and Latin America, met with DESA staff on 5 November to discuss a set of proposals for strengthening confidence in investing in developing economies. This informal and "off the record" meeting saw a frank exchange on a set of proposals that Dr. Barbara Samuels, a consultant to DESA with long experience in risk management in financial institutions, has been developing through discussions with colleagues in the financial industry. A revised version of the consultant's report is to be made available by DESA for further discussion by policy makers and  the financial industry in the context of the Financing for Development process.

Contact: Barry Herman, DPAD, Tel. (212) 963-4747, E-mail: Herman@un.org  


Public Administration

Roundtable Discussion :  Internet Empowered Cities and Government Agencies - Transgovernmental Relations in the Information Age
Rutgers University
Newark, New Jersey, 30 November -1 December

            Contact: Helena Alves, DPEPA, Tel. (212) 963-8836, E-mail: alvesh@un.org  


Social Development

http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/

International Day of Disabled Persons
New York, 3 December
http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/disid2001.htm

Related events during the week of 3-7 December:

United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Disability-sensitive Policy and Programme Monitoring and Evaluation
New York, 3-5 December

Organized by the Division for Social Policy and Development
More info is at: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/disid2001b.htm

Contact: Akiko Ito, DSPD, Tel. (212) 963-1996, E-mail: ito@un.org

Launch of the Art Exhibit “United Colors”
paintings by Walter Engel.
New York, 3 December

Organized by the United Nations Staff Recreation Council Colombian Cultural Club in cooperation with the Division for Social Policy and Development.

Seminar on Disability: Concepts, Definitions, Data Collection and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)
New York, 6 December

Organized by the United Nations Statistics Division

Panel Discussion on New Approaches to Assess Progress and Evaluate Outcomes
New York, 6 December

Organized by the Division for Social Policy and Development

Preparatory Committee for the Second World Assembly on Ageing, 8-12 April 2002
First Session, Resumed
New York, 10-14 December
http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/ageing/waa/index.htm

          Contact: Alexandre Sidorenko, DSPD, Tel. (212) 963-0500, Fax: (212) 963-0500, E-mail: sidorenko@un.org


Sustainable Development
   
http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/

CSD acting as Preparatory Committee for the World Summit on Sustainable Development
Second Session
New York, 28 January-8 February 2002

See feature above

            Contact: Andrey Vasilyev, DSD, Tel. (212) 963-5949, E-mail: vasilyev@un.org  


Financing for Development 

http://www.un.org/esa/ffd

Preparatory Committee for the High-level International Intergovernmental Event of Financing for Development
Fourth Substantive Session
New York, 14 January-25 January 2002

See feature above

            Contact:  Harris Gleckman, FfD Secretariat, Tel. (212) 963-4690, E-mail: gleckman@un.org


TECHNICAL COOPERATION
http://esa.un.org/techcoop/

Sub-regional Consultations on Reducing the Gender Dimensions of Poverty: Micro Finance Policies, Processes and Practices
Morocco, 3-5 December
Ghana, 10-12 December

            Contact: Fatiha Serour, GASU/DAW, Tel. (212) 963-8379, E-mail: serour@un.org  

 
Regional Training Workshop on Gender-sensitive National Planning
Dar-es-Salaam, 3-7 December

           The United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), in collaboration with the United Nations Division for Public Economics and Public Administration (DPEPA), organized a Regional Training Workshop on Gender-sensitive National Planning in Dar-es-Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania. The Workshop aimed to train key Government officials in gender-sensitive planning and budgeting skills; to devise a strategic action plan to develop leadership and management training for women in the public sector; and to develop a sub-regional strategy for operationalizing gender sensitive national planning and budgeting with particular reference to the role of national machineries and gender focal points. The Workshop was attended by Government representatives from Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda, Swaziland and the United Republic of Tanzania.

          Contact: Fatiha Serour, GASU/DAW, Tel. (212) 963-8379, E-mail: serour@un.org OR Sofia Heine-Ellison, E-mail: heine-ellison@un.org  

Regional Symposium on Gender Mainstreaming
Bangkok, 10-13 December

The Asia-Pacific Regional Symposium on Gender Mainstreaming is being held in Bangkok from 10 to 13 December 2001.  Organized by the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women in collaboration with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP), the Symposium brings together representatives of Governments, regional-level intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and civil society groups, private sector and academia for constructive dialogue on gender mainstreaming in the region.

            The opening plenary session will focus on the issue of gender mainstreaming in the efforts to alleviate poverty in a globalizing world, while other plenary sessions will focus on gender mainstreaming in national budgets, institutional development and accountability for gender mainstreaming and specific strategies for gender mainstreaming in different areas.

C ontact: Michio Sarumida, OSAGI/DAW, E-mail: sarumida@un.org


Public Administration

Conference/Workshop on Investment Promotion in the Southern Africa Development Community
Rome, 5-6 December
http://www.unpan.org/whatsnew007.asp

            As a follow-up to the African Forum for Investment Promotion, and within the framework of the recommendations emerged at the OAU Summit and at the recent ECOSOC meeting, the Division for Public Economics and Public Administration (DPEPA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, the Italian Trade Commission (ICE), and the European Commission (EC) has organized a Conference/Workshop on Investment Promotion in the Southern Africa Development Community.

            The Conference brought together government policy-makers, private sector representatives, development banks, and UN agencies to discuss the conditions and instruments needed for fostering investment in Africa, particularly through technical assistance and cooperation.  The Conference addressed better understanding of the needs and means of public and private partnership in African economics, and aimed to increase awareness of potential investors interested in business opportunity in Africa.

            Contact: Jerzy Szeremeta Chief, PPADB/DPEPA, Tel. (212) 963-3924, E-mail: szeremeta@un.org , OR Michael Mimicopoulos, Tel. (212) 963-7565, E-mail: mimicopoulos@un.org

Public Administration Education and Training in a Framework of Modernization and Decentralization: Comparative Perspectives and Challenges for Slovakia
Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 6-8 December

          Contact: Yolande Jemiai, DPEPA, Tel. (212) 963-8395, E-mail: jemiai@un.org  

Capacity Building for NGOs in Consultative Status with ECOSOC:  Launching Meeting for the NGO Informal Regional Network for Africa (NGO-UN/IRENE)
Tunis, 9-11 January 2002

            This meeting is jointly organized by the NGO/Section of the Division for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, the Division for Public Economics and Public Administration and the NGO Tunisia 21 in cooperation with the Office of the Special Coordinator for Africa and the Least Developed Countries and DPI. Following the recommendations of the NGO-UN/IRENE launching meeting in Aracaju, held in March 2001, and the request of the President of ECOSOC, the upcoming Tunis meeting is especially designed for the African NGOs.  Its main purpose is to reinforce the United Nations' partnership with African NGOs through networking, training and exchange of experiences and best practices in order to increase their participation in the political, social and economic life at all levels (local, national, regional and international). One of the most vital functions of the network is to provide national and regional NGOs with the necessary tools to contribute to the work of ECOSOC and give significance to civil society's perspectives in its debates, and more specifically in the scope of the high level segment.  

            Contact: Hanifa Mezoui, Chief, NGO/Section, DESC, Tel (212) 963-8552, E-mail: mezoui@un.org OR Najet Karaborni, DPEPA, Tel. (212) 963-6207, E-mail: karaborni@un.org

Projects and Advisory Services in the Pipeline

            Sudan:  A project document proposal on Civil Service Reform in Sudan has been prepared by a group of international and national consultants and is being reviewed and approved by the Government and UNDP.  The project is expected to start in January 2002.  This project is a follow-up of the implementation of a SPPD (SUD/ 01/001 Support to the Civil Service Reform in Sudan), in which Ms. Karaborni carried out a three-week mission in Sudan to assist the Government in preparing a 25-year National Public Service Strategy.

            Contact: Najet Karaborni, DPEPA, Tel. (212) 963-6207, E-mail: karaborni@un.org

            Chad:   Following the completion of a SPPD project: Studies on Governance (CHD/00/002), UNDP and the Government requested DESA to continue its support in this field and to formulate a preparatory assistance project for the year 2002.  This project aims at strengthening the decentralisation process, as well as the new decentralized localities before, during and after the upcoming local elections, which will take place at the end of 2002.  The project is under preparation and will be sent to UNDP in December 2001 for approval.

            Contact: Najet Karaborni, DPEPA, Tel. (212) 963-6207, E-mail: karaborni@un.org


Social Development

Youth Employment Network Secretariat
  http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/youthemployment/index.html  

            DESA is currently discussing with the ILO and the World Bank a proposal for a permanent Secretariat for the Youth Employment Network. This Secretariat would service the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel, which met with him, the President of the World Bank and the Director-General of the ILO for the first time in Geneva on July 16, 2001. The Secretariat would also assist in the follow-up to and implementation of the recommendations of the High-Level Panel. These recommendations were discussed in the General Assembly on November 19, 2001 in the context of the Follow-Up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit. The panel’s recommendations are available in document A/56/422.

          Contact: Steve Miller, DSPD, Tel. (212) 963-7535, Fax: (212) 963-3062, E-mail: millers@un.org

International Workshop on Enhancing Delivery of Social Services in Transitional Economies
St. Petersburg, 18-20 December

            Contact: Alexei Tikhomirov, DSPD, Tel. (212) 963-1070, E-mail: tikhomirov@un.org

International Workshop Strengthening the Sub-regional Network in Central America and the Caribbean for Implementation and Follow-up of the Social Summit and Geneva 2000 Commitments
Havana, 9-11 January 2002

            Objective: to review the activities undertaken at sub-regional level by the 8 participating countries in trying to establish a sub-regional network in support of both exchanging experiences amongst these countries and disseminating information about social indicators, programmes and projects, in pursuing the objectives set in the World Summit for Social Development.

            Contact:  Julio D'Arcy, DSPD, Tel. (212) 963-5603, E-mail: Darcy@un.org
 

CURRENT PUBLICATIONS

Statistics

Monthly Bulletin of Statistics
http://esa.un.org/unsd/mbs/

Provides monthly statistics on 60 subjects from over 200 countries and areas, together with special tables illustrating important economic developments.  Quarterly data for significant world and regional aggregates are included regularly.

ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/345
Vol. LV – No. 9
September 2001

Special features in this issue:  Selected series of  world statistics; Petroleum products, production; External trade conversion factors; Manufactured goods exports:  unit value index, quantum index and value; Fuel imports; Some indicators on fuel imports; Registration of new motor vehicles; Retail price indexes relating to living expenditures of United Nations officials.

ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/346
Vol. LV – No. 10
October 2001

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, SD, Tel. (212) 963-4865, E-mail: cuaycong@un.org

Statistical Yearbook
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.S/21
Sales No. E/F.00.XVII.1

This annual compilation of statistics for over 200 countries and areas of the world is organized in four parts:  world and region summary; population and social statistics; economic activity; and international economic relations.  This issue of the Yearbook presents 80 tables in the field of demographic and social statistics, national accounts, finance, labour force, wages and prices, agriculture and manufacturing, transport and communications, energy, environment, intellectual property, international merchandise trade and tourism, balance of payments, and development assistance, and covers, in general, the ten-year period 1989-1998 or 1990-1999, with data available as of 30 November 2000.

          Contact: Gloria Cuaycong, SD, Tel. (212) 963-4865, E-mail: cuaycong@un.org

Population and Vital Statistics Report
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.A/219

Series A Vol.LIII, No.4, Data available as of 1 October 2001

This issue of the Population and Vital Statistics Report presents 2000 and 2001 estimates of world and continental population, as well as corresponding 2000 estimates for 229 countries or areas of the world, which are listed separately in the Report.  Also shown for each country or area are the results of the latest nation-wide census of population (total, male and female) and, wherever possible, nationally representative statistics of live births, deaths and infant deaths (deaths under one year of age) for the most recent year available.  If a nation-wide population census has never been taken, but a sample survey has, the survey results are shown in the “Latest population census” column until census data become available. 

This issue of the Population and Vital Statistics Report supersedes all previous issues, and the data contained in it are themselves subject to future revision.  For more detailed data and data relating to years not shown here, readers should consult the Demographic Yearbook.

          Contact: Yacob Zewoldi, SD, Tel. (212) 963-0445, 
E-mail: zewoldi@un.org

1998 Energy Statistics Yearbook
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.J/42
Sales No . E/F.01.XVII.12

The forty-second issue of this Yearbook presents internationally comparable series on commercial energy for more than 215 countries and areas, contains data in original and common units for the years 1995-1998.  Annual data are presented on the production, trade and consumption (including per capita) of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels and electricity.

          Contact: Karoly Kovacs, SD, Tel. (212) 963-4748, E-mail: kovacs@un.org

1999 Demographic Yearbook
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.R/30

Sales No. E/F.01X III.1

The latest, fifty-first edition of this publication is a unique international source of population information for more than 233 countries or area of the world.  It provides population information for the year 1999, reported by national statistical offices and covering such areas as population size, composition, fertility, morality, nuptiality and divorce.  Statistics are shown for urban/rural areas where available.  Detailed technical notes and footnotes explaining data sources, availability, timeliness, quality, reliability and coverage of national information accompany the data. 

          Contact: Srdjan Mrkic, SD, Tel. (212) 963-4940, E-mail: mrkic@un.org

Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System Revision 2
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.M/19/Rev.2

Sales No. E.01.XVII.10

The Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Rev.2 is a guide for national governments in establishing and maintaining reliable civil registration systems for legal documentation on events throughout the lifetime of individuals from birth, changes in marital status, and to death.  It provides technical guidance on standards, concepts, definitions and classifications for civil registration and vital statistics to further increase international comparability of data.  This publication replaces the Principles and Recommendations Rev.1 , published in 1973.  It includes developments in technology and computing that can greatly enhance civil registration.  It is also an important reference book for teaching and training on vital statistics and civil registration systems in population research institutes, training centers and universities.  Companion to this book are the series of Handbooks on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems issued by the United Nations over the last several years.

          Contact: Violeta Gonzales-Diaz, SD, Tel. (212) 963-4966, E-mail: Gonzales-diaz@un.org


Social Development

Report on international strategy for action on ageing

The report entitled “International Strategy for Action on Ageing: Draft Text Proposed by the Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the Second World Assembly on Ageing” will be discussed in the resumed first session of the Committee, 10-14 December.

          Contact: Alexandre Sidorenko, DSPD, Tel. (212) 963-0500, Fax: (212) 963-3062, E-mail: sidorenko@un.org

Report on the Integration of Social and Economic Policy

Advanced copies of the report entitled Integration of Social and Economic Policy , prepared for the 40th session of the Commission on Social Development, to be held in February 2002, will be available in December 2001 on the Division for Social Policy and Development’s website at http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/index.html

          Contact: Sergei Zelenev, DSPD, Tel. (212) 963-4732, Fax: (212) 963-3062, E-mail: zelenev@un.org


Sustainable Development

The Division for Sustainable Development has just released the publication Indicators of Sustainable Development: Guidelines and Methodologies .  This document represents the outcome of the Work Programme on Indicators of Sustainable Development approved by the Commission on Sustainable Development at its third session in 1995.  The publication is available online at http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/isd.htm

          Contact: Birgitte Alvarez-Rivero, DSD, Tel. (212) 963-8400, E-mail: alvarez-riverob@un.org .


Financing for Development

Financing for Development: Proposals from Business and Civil Society

Report of the Secretary General on FfD and ten technical notes by the FfD-Secretariat

See feature above

World Public Sector Report 2001:  Globalization and the State

See feature above

 

DESA News is produced every two months
Luciana Marulli-Koenig, Editor 
Room DC2-1436, Tel. (212) 963-0060, E-mail: esa@un.org