Volume 6, No. 3, June-July 2002

  In this issue:
  ECOSOC 2002
Global dialogue on development


Review of the Africa Programme of the '90s

Committee of Experts on Public Administration

GA on the Digital Divide

Trends and analysis

World Economic and Social Survey 2002

Millennium Goals

Technical cooperation
Current and forthcoming publications
Current an upcoming meetings
 



Fourth Preparatory Committee for the World Summit on Sustainable Development
Bali, Indonesia, 27 May-7 June

http://www.johannesburgsummit.org/index.html

            Several thousand participants are currently gathered in Bali, Indonesia, for the fourth and final preparatory session laying the groundwork for the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development.

The Bali PrepCom opened on 27 May with calls for bolder commitments that can achieve real change. Summit Secretary-General Nitin Desai said the main issue for Bali was not just to complete negotiations on a programme of action but to ensure that the outcome document would be “bold and firm enough to meet the high expectations that people have for the Johannesburg Summit.”

Following the official opening, government representatives have been engaged in efforts to hammer out the draft programme of action to be adopted by the Summit when it convenes at the end of August in Johannesburg, South Africa.  To facilitate discussion on the Programme of Action, participants have had before them a chairman’s paper , which compiles provisions which have been agreed upon in previous preparatory activities.  It also includes highlighted passages where consensus has not been reached.

      

                The draft text reaffirms the validity of Agenda 21 — a blueprint for sustainable development endorsed by the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development. The paper identifies a number of key areas for action, including eradicating poverty, changing unsustainable patterns of consumption and production, and protecting natural resources. Good progress is being made and it is likely that the working groups assigned to negotiate the text would complete the bulk of their work by the end of the first week.  Critical issues still requiring further deliberation included trade and finance, climate change, natural disasters, oceans, water, sanitation and the establishment of a world solidarity fund for poverty eradication. The section of the document relating to Africa was also being further negotiated, as was the issue of how best to reflect climate change in the text.         

The goal of the Bali meeting is to reach consensus on a programme of action that is “deliverable”, according to Emil Salim of Indonesia, Chairman of the Commission on Sustainable Development, which is acting as the preparatory committee for the Summit. In addition, governments will work on a political declaration to be endorsed by heads of State in Johannesburg. The importance of having definitive, consensus texts before the start of the Summit has been underlined by Nitin Desai , the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Development and Secretary-General of the World Summit. Such extensive preparatory negotiations, he said, led to the success of the Monterrey Conference on Financing for Development. That conference, in turn, strengthened the financial groundwork for future action on sustainable development.

In opening remarks to the session Mr. Desai voiced the hope that participants would not adopt the usual UN procedure of "decision by exhaustion."  “The real challenge”, he said, is “not just of agreeing, but also of agreeing on something that the world recognizes as being a major step forward for sustainable development”.  He said that the Johannesburg Summit is being seen as part of a set of conferences that are defining a new multilateralism. Its immediate precursors have been: the Millennium Summit, which outlined the Millennium Goals stemming from all of the U.N. conferences held in the nineties; the Doha meeting on trade negotiations where at least some of the concerns of developing countries were given a central place in the world trade agenda; the Finance for Development conference in Monterrey which put development at the center of the world of global finance, and was also marked by major commitments of additional resources by the European Union, the United States and others, reversing what has been nearly a decade of decline in ODA.

“Johannesburg is the third leg of this exercise, where we are going to define how sustainability can be put into development in order to give the new multilateralism a programmatic basis for cooperation”. Therefore, “we have to signal a commitment to change. We have to signal that there is a credible mechanism for ensuring that these changes will take place in the years beyond Johannesburg. That we will not meet ten years after Johannesburg with the same concerns that we have not been able to put sufficient energy into the implementing since then.  That we have not able to retain high level political attention on what we agreed in Johannesburg.  And that we have not been able to find resources to implement what we agreed in Johannesburg”.

Earlier, in a statement entitled “Towards a Sustainable Future” delivered on 14 May, the Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that the aim of the Johannesburg Summit was to find practical ways for humanity to respond to the challenge of bettering the lives of all human beings, while protecting the environment. He added that this requires moving from commitments - of which there have been plenty - to action.

The framework for the effort was agreed upon at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), held in Rio de Janeiro. At that conference, the international community committed itself to a comprehensive plan of action known as Agenda 21, which embraced economic growth, social development and environmental protection to achieve sustainable development in the twenty-first century.

Ten years after the Rio Summit – with progress towards most of Agenda 21 goals sorely lagging – the Johannesburg Summit faces a serious responsibility. “Less than four months from now”, in the Secretary-General’s words, “at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, we have a chance to restore the momentum that had been felt so palpably after the Earth Summit”.

To “rehabilitate our one and only planet,” he identified five key areas - water, energy, health, agriculture, and biodiversity - that make up an ambitious but achievable agenda, areas in which progress is possible with the resources and technologies at our disposal today.

It is expected that both the drafts to be finalized in Bali - the Programme of Action and the Political Declaration - will express continued support to Agenda 21’s objectives. They will specify concrete means of overcoming those problems that have hampered the implementation of Agenda 21, with a renewed focus on realizable activities in each priority area. While much has been agreed upon towards these documents, many areas of disagreement remain, regarding such issues as target dates for implementation and references to the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol.

Towards reaching consensus on those matters, there was a pre-session meeting of delegations and Committee members beginning on 24 May. Also, there were multi-stakeholder dialogues which concluded on 29 May, which mainly focused on partnership initiatives. Because it is expected that these will be an important outcome of the Summit, the dialogues produced a set of pre-requisites and principles that should guide the establishment of partnership initiatives to be announced in Johannesburg. Further consultations are planned during the PrepCom to work out remaining concerns. Capacity-building and partnership initiatives for sustainable development were the topics of parallel discussion groups supporting the dialogue.

From 29 to 31 May, intergovernmental discussions have focused on the Summit documents. This will be followed by a high-level (ministerial) segment for the last three days of the meeting. That segment will include the Chairman’s presentation of results of previous discussions on the political declaration, and a general debate including heads of delegations and observers from intergovernmental and other groups. After the general debate, an interactive dialogue will be organized in an effort to finalize the draft political declaration.

So far, over 3,365 people from 153 countries have been participating in the preparatory meeting, including 1,342 government delegates, 931 representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and 144 journalists.  

Beijing Forum on New and Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Development
Beijing, China, 15-17 April
http://www.johannesburgsummit.org/html/calendar/clndrapr2002.html

In preparation for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China organized a Forum on New and Emerging Technologies.  About 150 leaders from academia, the scientific community, professional institutions, business and government attended the forum, which was focused on promoting the role of business-science partnerships in utilizing new and emerging technologies for sustainable development. The Forum Communiqué has been submitted to the Fourth Session of the Preparatory Committee for the WSSD.

Contact: Kui-nang Mak, DSD/ETB, Tel. (212) 963-8798, E-mail: makk@un.org

Working Group on Energy for Sustainable Development
New York, 9-10 May

A working group on energy for sustainable development was convened by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York to deliberate on the preparation of a conference room paper on a framework for partnerships.  This working group consisted of representatives from different stakeholder groups.  Representatives from UNDP, the World Bank, UNIDO, UNESCO, and UNEP were present as observers.  The conference room paper was intended for use by stakeholders at the Fourth Session of the Preparatory Committee for the WSSD, 27 May - 4 June 2002, in Bali, Indonesia.

            Contact: Kui-nang Mak, DSD/ETB, Tel. (212) 963-8798, E-mail: makk@un.org

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Intergovernmental Meetings

Johannesburg Summit PrepCom IV
Economic and Social Council
Committee on the Elimination of Discrimation Against Women
Ad-Hoc Committee of the Whole of the General Assembly for the Final Review and Appraisal
   of United Nations New Agenda for Africa in the 1990s
GA Meeting on Information and Communications Technology
Committee of Experts on Public Administration
Report of the Committee for Development Policy
Outcome of Special High-level Meeting of ECOSOC with Bretton Woods Institutions
Expert Group Meetings
Open-ended Working Group on Ageing for Europe
Working Group on Ageing for Latin America
Expert Group Meeting on Census Questionnaire Development Including Disability Questions
ECOSOC Panel Discussion on Gender Mainstreaming
Expert Group Meeting: "Sharing of Experiences and Practices in Social Development"
Expert Group Meeting: "Social Responsibility of the Private Sector and Forging Partnerships for
    Social Development"
Inter-Agency Meetings
Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting on Data/Information Collection on International Migration

Intergovernmental Meetings

Fourth Preparatory Committee for the World Summit on Sustainable Development
Bali, Indonesia, 27 May-7 June

See feature above

Economic and Social Council
Substantive Session, 2002
New York, 1-26 July
http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ecosoc

ECOSOC to deliberate on the contribution of human resources development

With five out of eight Millennium Development Goals directly concerning health and education, the theme of this year’s high-level segment of ECOSOC “The contribution of human resources development, including in the areas of health and education, to the process of development” is timely and pertinent. The Council plans to adopt a Ministerial Declaration, providing policy guidance and recommendations for action by Member States and the UN system.

The high-level segment is a culmination of the intensive preparatory process which began in February and March this year with three round tables involving Governments, the UN system, civil society and the private sector. In addition, on 1 May Professor Jeffrey Sachs briefed the Council on HIV/AIDS. The close cooperation of key agencies such as WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNDP and the World Bank has been instrumental in laying the groundwork for ensuring a successful high-level segment.

The background papers, presentations, and records of commentary from the preparatory meetings constituted major inputs to the Secretary-General’s report to be considered at the high-level segment, and form the basis for the Ministerial Declaration. The documentation has been distributed to delegations as a CD-ROM , so as to assist them in framing the Ministerial Declaration.

The opening session on 1 July will be devoted to the High-level Policy Dialogue with the Heads of IMF, World Bank, WTO and UNCTAD on current developments in the world economy and international economic cooperation.  Ministerial Round Tables on Human Resources Development will be held in the afternoon.  The high-level segment will also consist of Ministerial Roundtable Breakfasts and a Joint Panel by WHO and UNFPA titled: "Health Priorities in Africa: Are we in the right direction for achieving the Millennium Development Goals in health?"

The report of the Secretary-General based on the preparatory work stresses that human resources development is fundamental to the development process, contributing to poverty eradication and long-term economic growth through improved health, education and human capacity building.  The report highlights the complementarities and synergies between health and education policies as well as with other sectors, and the need to fully integrate education and health into poverty eradication strategies to foster progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.  The importance of close collaboration among the United Nations system organizations under the leadership of governments is addressed, as well as the need to significantly increase investments in human resources development to fund well-formulated plans.

Coordination segment - focus on the strengthening of ECOSOC

            The focus of the ECOSOC coordination segment, 10-12 July, will be “Further s trengthening of the Economic and Social Council, building on its recent achievements, to help it fulfil the role ascribed to it in the Charter of the United Nations as contained in the United Nations Millennium Declaration.” According to the Secretary-General’s report on this theme, with the international community beginning to implement the commitments undertaken at the Millennium Summit, the International Conference on Financing for Development and other conferences, and shortly also at the World Summit on Sustainable Development, ECOSOC will face an important challenge. ECOSOC is widely expected to undertake significant efforts to help bring the UN system, the Bretton Woods institutions and other actors together for implementing these outcomes in a collaborative manner, and to help maintain the focus on reviewing and monitoring the outcomes of these conferences in a balanced way.

            Informal consultations have begun on this segment. There is the hope that the ground laid last year for the strengthening of ECOSOC could be built upon.  The perception of forward movement in this respect had been instrumental in arriving at the agreement embodied in the Monterrey Consensus to assign a key role to the Council in the Monterrey follow-up process.

            Other new challenges to ECOSOC’s  role in fostering coherence of actions and policies are globalization and the need for more integrated approaches to peace and development. The report presents a number of proposals on how the Council can build on progress made and enhance the effectiveness and impact of its work.

Operational activities segment - Capacity building and simplification and harmonization of operational modalities

            The operational activities segment of the ECOSOC will consider progress in the implementation of General Assembly resolution 56/201 on the triennial policy review of operational activities. The debate will focus –inter alia– on two important challenges for the development assistance of the system: building sustainable capacity of recipient countries and implementing effective and efficient operational modalities for the delivery of development assistance. These subjects are dealt with respectively in the Secretary-General’s Report on “United Nations Support to Capacity Building” and on “Simplification and Harmonization of Rules and Procedures for Operational Activities for development”.

The adoption of the Millennium Declaration has emphasized the need for all countries to acquire the necessary capacity to achieve the Declaration’s goals and targets. The Secretary-General’s report on this subject highlights how the scope and significance of capacity have evolved over time and recognizes that capacity building has become a major component of all efforts to achieve poverty eradication, economic growth and sustainable development. The Council’s debate on capacity building – which will take place in a high-level panel at the ministerial level on 5 July 2002 – will focus on the need for developing countries to have the necessary capacity to formulate and implement appropriate development policies, and on the challenge for the international development community as a whole to help them to do so. The future role of the United Nations operational activities in this area will be central to the discussion.  

The operational activities segment will also include a policy dialogue with the executive heads of UN funds and programmes.  This year’s dialogue will focus on the measures that these entities will introduce for the simplification and harmonization of their procedures.  Those measures will be summarized in a programme of work being prepared in response to a request of the General Assembly and reflects the need echoed in the recent United Nations Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey  for better use of official development assistance and other forms of development financing. The Secretary-General’s report on this subject complements the programme of work of the UN funds and programmes and documents how the effectiveness and efficiency of United Nations development assistance, notwithstanding some recent progress, continues to be undermined by the high transaction costs of planning and implementing processes. The Report recognizes that, unless real progress is achieved to rationalize these processes, the relevance and impact of the United Nations system development assistance would be considerably limited. The high-level policy exchange with the heads of the United Nations funds and programmes will be an opportunity for the Council to focus on this issue and identify ways to move forward.

The documentation produced for the segment also include a system-wide management plan for the implementation of the Assembly resolution 56/201 on the triennial policy review of operational activities, a report on assessing the effectiveness of UN development operations, and a statistical updating of operational activities of the UN system for the year 2000.

A key message to be conveyed during the session is that the UN is actively engaged in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.  (See related DESA report ) Media events will include the launching of the policy section of the World Economic and Social Survey   and  a report by UNAIDS.

            Future issues of the DESA news will provide information on the ECOSOC general segment, and the humanitarian segment.

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

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Commi ttee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
Twenty-
seventh Session
New York, 3-21 June
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/27sess.htm

At this forthcoming session, the Committee will review the reports of eight States parties to the Convention, including the combined initial and second periodic reports of Suriname; the combined initial, second, third and fourth periodic reports of St. Kitts and Nevis; the combined initial, second, third, fourth and fifth periodic reports of Congo; the combined third and fourth periodic reports of Belgium, Tunisia and Zambia respectively; the combined fourth and fifth periodic reports of Ukraine; and the fourth and fifth periodic reports of Denmark. 

An exceptional session of the Committee is being held from 5 to 23 August 2002 to consider the reports of 11 States parties which have been awaiting review for some time.

With the accession to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women by the Solomon Islands on 6 May 2002, the number of States parties to the Convention became 169.  Adopted in 1979 and opened for signature in March 1980, the Convention is now among the international human rights treaties with the largest number of ratifications and accessions.  However, it is also amongst those treaties with the highest number of reservations by States parties. As of 24 May 2002, there were 74 signatories and 40 ratifications or accessions to the Optional Protocol of the Convention, which was adopted in October 1999.

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

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Ad-Hoc Committee of the Whole of the General Assembly for the Final Review and Appraisal of United Nations New Agenda for Africa in the 1990s (UN-NADAF)
Organisational Session
New York, 14 June

http://www.un.org/ecosocdev/geninfo/afrec/sgreport/nadaffin.htm

            The substantive session of the Committee is scheduled to take place on 9 to 13 September and from 7 to 9 October.  The review, which will be based on the report of an independent evaluation of UN-NADAF, aims at bringing out lessons from UN-NADAF that would benefit the on-going elaboration of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).  A one day session of the General Assembly on 16 September will be dedicated to NEPAD.   The ten-year history of UN-NADAF and its documentations are available on a website developed by OSCAL.

            Contact: Yvette Stevens, Special Coordinator, OSCAL, Tel. (212) 963-5084, E-mail: stevens@un.org

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General Assembly
Meeting on Information and Communications Technology
New York, 17-18 June
http://www.unicttaskforce.org

The General Assembly will hold three plenary meetings and two informal panels over the two days on Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD). The Secretary General and the President of ECOSOC have been invited to address the meeting, together with the Chairs of the United Nations ICT Task Force, Mr. Jose Maria Figueres Olsen, and of the G8 DOT Force, Mr. Peter Harder. During the first plenary meeting, Mr. Yoshio Utsumi, Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (I TU), will brief the audience on the preparatory process for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to be held in 2003 and 2005.

The two informal panels have been organized to provide an input of ideas, experiences and policy advice from experts and representatives of the civil society and of the private sector. They will focus on:

Panel 1: How can ICT leverage development to meet the Millennium Summit goals, on multi-stakeholder partnerships for promoting digital opportunity?

Panel 2: The United Nations’ role in supporting efforts to promote digital opportunity, in particular in Africa and the LDCs: challenge of inclusion in the world economy through ICT (sub themes: infrastructure development; improving connectivity; promoting access to the information society)

            This General Assembly meeting on ICT comes at a time of great emphasis on the significance and bearing of the new technologies for the developing world.   The UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, stressing the need to reach out to marginalized groups, recently said that ICTs hold great promise for economic development, healthcare, and education as well as for strengthening civil society, promoting democracy, and making governments more open and accountable, and he urged both the public and private sectors to take sustainable action to bridge the digital divide that exists between the world's rich and poor.

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

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Committee of Experts on Public Administration
New York, 22-26 July
http://www.unpan.org/directory/conference/guest/browseoneconference.asp?conference_id=1296

The Division for Public Economics and Public Administration is organizing the first meeting of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration to be held at Headquarters in New York from 22-26 July.  In its resolution 2001/45 of 20 December 2001, ECOSOC approved the Committee, recognizing that efficient, effective and transparent public administration, at both the national and international levels, has a pivotal role to play in the implementation of the key objectives of the United Nations Millennium Declaration.  Also recognized in this context is the need to strengthen national public-sector administrative and managerial capacity-building, in particular in developing countries with economies in transition.

The Committee will be composed of 24 high-level experts in the field of public administration, and will support the work of ECOSOC concerning the promotion and development of public administration and governance among Member States.  It will review critical issues in public administration and governance, and will advise ECOSOC on new trends and strategies to cope with these issues.  Its analysis and advice will be used to assist Member States to achieve higher levels of efficiency of their public administration systems, which will lead to a higher quality of life for their people and will strengthen their development processes.  The Committee, through ECOSOC, will also advise the Secretary-General in issues related to public administration and the civil service.

Reports on the following topics have been prepared for the Committee to discuss during its first meeting:

  • The critical role of public administration and good governance in implementing the United Nations Millennium Declaration:  Human Resources Development;
     

  • Capacity of the Public Sector to Support Creation and Application of Knowledge, Innovation and Technology for Development;

  • The critical role of public administration and good governance in implementing the United Nations Millennium Declaration:  Institutional Capacity Development;

  • Financial capacity of the public sector to implement the United Nations Millennium Declaration;

  • Basic data on the public sector; and  

  • The critical role of public administration and good governance in implementing the United Nations Millennium Declaration:  E-government – known applications and enabling environment.

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

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Report of the Committee for Development Policy
Fourth Session
New York, 8-12 April
http://www.un.org/esa/analysis/devplan/index.html

The report of the Committee for Development Policy contains the contribution of the Committee to the discussion of the theme chosen for the high-level segment of the 2002 substantive session of the Economic and Social Council, namely the contribution of human resources development, particularly in the areas of health and education, to the overall process of development.  The report further summarizes the Committee’s deliberations on the effectiveness of external assistance, with a particular focus on Africa. It also deals with the modalities and conditions of external assistance, including in the areas of health and education. In addition, the report examines some indicators of the criteria for the identification of the least developed countries.  The report concludes that improving the criteria is a continuous process because new and better data are always becoming available.

            Contact : Anatoly Smyshlyaev, DPAD, Tel. (212) 963-4687, E-mail : Smyshlyaev@ un.org

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Outcome of Special High-level Meeting of ECOSOC
with the Bretton Woods Institutions
New York, 22 April
http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ecosoc/bwi.htm#Part I

The theme of the meeting was the outcome of the International Conference on Financing for Development, held about a month earlier in Mexico, and its follow-up in the meetings of the Development Committee and International Monetary and Financial Committee of the Bretton Woods institutions, just concluded in Washington.  The meeting took the form of a free-flowing dialogue between the Economic and Social Council and a panel composed of finance ministers and high-level officials who had participated in the spring meetings of the Bretton Woods institutions.

This was the fifth special high-level meeting between the Economic and Social Council and the Bretton Woods institutions.  It provided an important opportunity for interaction, at the international level, between policy makers in the areas of finance, development cooperation and foreign affairs. The documentation of the meeting, and an informal summary, including specific proposals on how to make the outcome of future special high-level meetings between the Economic and Social Council and the Bretton Woods institutions more effective, is available online at: http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ecosoc/bwi.htm

            Contact: Alberto Padova, DESC, Tel. (212) 963-4759, E-mail: padova@un.org

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Expert Group Meetings

Open-ended Working Group on Ageing for Europe
Geneva, 1-5 June

The Open-ended Working Group on Ageing is devoted to negotiations on the draft regional implementation strategy on ageing as a preparatory activity for an Inter-ministerial Conference to be held in Berlin in September 2002, at the initiative of the German Government.  The purpose of the inter-ministerial conference will be to translate the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing 2002 (MIPAA) into a regional implementation strategy.  This is the second meeting of the group after the Second World Assembly on Ageing.  The first one took place in Geneva at the beginning of May.  Both are organized by the Economic Commission for Europe.

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

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Working Group on Ageing for Latin America

New York, 10 June

This working group was first convened by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) after the preparatory meeting for the Second World Assembly on Ageing held in Bolivia in November 2001.  The group met in Washington, D.C. in March 2002. Its tasks are mainly the identification of priorities in the field of ageing for the regional implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing 2002 and the preparation of three expert group meetings leading to a Regional Ministerial Conference to be held in Santiago de Chile in April 2003.

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

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Expert Group Meeting on Census Questionnaire Development Including Disability Questions
Cairo, 8-21 June

ECOSOC Panel Discussion on Gender Mainstreaming
New York, 11 June

A panel discussion on gender mainstreaming is being organized by the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI) and the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), in cooperation with the Division for ECOSOC Support and Coordination (DESC). The panel discussion entitled “Gender mainstreaming in the functional commissions of ECOSOC” will take place on 11 June 2002, and will be hosted by the Economic and Social Council, in cooperation with the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

The panel intends to support preparations for the Council’s deliberations under the new sub-item on gender mainstreaming, which will be held for the first time at the substantive session of ECOSOC in July 2002.  It will provide an opportunity to share experiences on lessons learned, good practices and challenges ahead with regard to gender mainstreaming through interactive discussions. The focus of the panel will be on the progress made in gender mainstreaming in a number of sectoral areas under the responsibilities of functional commissions.

Panelists will include the ECOSOC President, Chairpersons of the Functional Commissions and heads of the substantive divisions servicing those Commissions.

See also ECOSOC feature above

Contact: Christina Brautigam, DAW/GAS, Tel. (212) 963-0535, E-mail: brautigamc@un.org

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Expert Group Meeting: “Sharing of Experiences and Practices in Social Development”
Havana, Cuba, 12-14 June

This expert group meeting is organized by the Division for Social Policy and Development in preparation for the forty-first session of the Commission for Social Development in 2003, which deals with the priority theme “National and International Cooperation for Social Development”.  The meeting in Havana is conceived as a forum for experts from different countries to exchange views on national, regional and international experiences and best practices in the field of social development.  A report from the meeting containing analysis of the obstacles encountered and lessons learned will be used as an input for the forthcoming Report of the Secretary-General on the priority theme of the Commission.

Contact: Wenyan Yang, DSPD,Tel. (212) 963-4714, Fax: (212) 963-3062, E-mail: yang@un.org

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Expert Group Meeting: “Social Responsibility of the Private Sector and Forging Partnerships for Social Development”
Copenhagen, Denmark, 26-29 June

This expert group meeting has been organized to provide substantive input to the forty-first session of the Commission for Social Development to be held in February 2003.  The priority theme of this session is “National and international cooperation for social development”, of which two sub-themes are “the social responsibility of the private sector” and “forging partnerships for social development”.  A report from the meeting containing a summary of discussion and recommendations will be used as an input for the forthcoming Report of the Secretary-General on the priority theme of the Commission.

            Contact: Eric Olson, DSPD, Tel. (212) 963-0013, Fax: (212) 963-3062, E-mail: olsone@un.org

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Inter-Agency Meetings

Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting on Data/Information Collection on International Migration
New York, 11-12 July

The Population Division of the United Nations Secretariat is organizing a Coordination Meeting on International Migration in New York.  The primary objectives of the meeting are three-fold: (a) to share and exchange information on data collection activities - existing and planned – in the area of international migration, and their use; (b) to identify the major gaps or areas of missing information; and (c) to facilitate the coordination of activities of the various offices within the United Nations system and other relevant international and regional organizations as well as institutions concerned with international migration.

            Contact: J. Grinblat, PD, Tel. (212) 963-3216, E-mail: grinblat@un.org

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Noteworthy Publications

World Economic and Social Survey 2002

Panels and symposia

International Congress of the European Federation of the Elderly 
IASIA Conference
Parliamentary and Strategic Development Initiatives in Africa
Training Series on Policy Awareness in Information Technology

Noteworthy Publications

World Economic and Social Survey 2002
E/2002/50/Rev.1
Sales No. E.02.II.C.1  
http://www.un.org/esa/analysis/ddpa.htm

The key issue of Part One of this year's World Economic and Social Survey revolves around the origin, depth, strength and sustainability of the economic recovery under way in some major developed market economies and some developing countries, but still tentative notably in Western Europe. It examines also the question of symmetry, namely whether any upturn in developed market economies will have similar repercussions on core developing countries in 2002-2003 as had the downslide from late 2000 in the United States and elsewhere with some delay until at least early 2002. Finally, it assesses the global economic situation shaping up and its repercussions for international trade and finance, including commodity prices, which are so crucial for recovering some of the ground lost in many developing countries and some economies in transition.

Contact: Jozef van Brabant, DPAD, Tel. (212) 963-4752, E-mail: Brabant@un.org

Part Two looks at new thinking and experiences of public-private cooperation in achieving society’s goals. It shows how the role of the government is experiencing a drastic transformation, as the public sector gradually retreats from the direct production of goods and social services in competitive markets and the private sector expands its activity in areas that were widely considered the state’s responsibility. It describes the experiences in different sectors and addresses the issues related to this new relationship between the public and the private sector.

Chapter V deals with the privatization process per se as a tool to forge changes in the relation between the State and the market and to use society’s limited means most efficiently to supply people’s needs.  It also describes the changes produced by privatization on the focus and nature of research and development. Chapter VI analyzes the shifts in the agricultural sector as the share of private investment in R&D increases. The utilities sector has been a main target for privatization programmes throughout the world.  Chapter VII describes how increased competition coupled with an effective regulatory scheme as part of a wider liberalization process can lead to increased efficiency, better quality and a significant fall in the real price of electricity.  Chapters VIII and IX focus on the private sector’s involvement in human resources development: in education and health. They conclude that in both sectors, private participation has been essential in complementing the public provision of these vital services. They also propose that the public sector should take steps to enhance its dual role of important provider and efficient regulator to assure equal access, allocation and quality competition, coupled with an effective regulatory scheme as part of a wider liberalization.

            Contact: Anatoly Smyshlyaev, DPAD, Tel. (212) 963-4687, E-mail: Smyshlyaev @ un.org

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Panels and symposia

International Congress of the European Federation of the Elderly
Turin, 30 May–1 June

The United Nations Programme on Ageing has been invited to give a speech on the developments of the recent Second World Assembly on Ageing to the Congress of EURAG.  EURAG is a European organization created in 1962.  It represents the interests of the elderly population and it is active in 33 European countries. The topic of this Congress is “Active older people: Role models for Europe in the 21st century.”

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

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IASIA Conference
Istanbul, Turkey, 17-20 June

The Division for Public Economics and Public Administration will participate in the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration Conference to be held on the theme of "Public Administration between Globalization and Decentralization: Implications for Training and Education".  F. Loriot, Deputy-Director, DPEPA and Chief of the Governance and Public Administration Branch, will offer a keynote speech on this topic, and participate in a panel on Joint Initiatives between UNDESA and IASIA.

            Contact:  F. Loriot, DPEPA, Tel. (212) 963-8418, E-mail: loriot@un.org

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Parliamentarians and Strategic Development Initiatives in Africa
Johannesburg, 27-29 June

            A follow-up regional conference on the "Parliamentarians and Strategic Development Initiatives in Africa" meeting will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa.  The meeting is expected to take a close look at the interrelationships between the Africa Union Protocol, NEPAD initiative and that of the Conference for Stability,Security and Development in Africa (CSSDCA), and to prepare a joint recommendation to the Africa Union/Organization of African Unity (AU/OAU) Summit of Heads of State (July 2002).

            The first such Regional Conference was organized in Accra by the Africa Leadership Forum from 18 to 21 April 2002. The main objectives of the meeting were to establish an African network of parliamentarians as advocates of NEPAD and Africa Union and to strengthen the capacity of the African parliamentarians in influencing policies and decisions in the continent.  The conference noted with regret the low level of awareness of these initiatives among parliamentarians as well as the general public in virtually all countries.  The participants underlined that broad based ownership is indispensable for success.  The conference called on African Parliaments to initiate processes at regional and national levels including establishment of a number of Select Committees that could promote effective popularization and implementation of these initiatives.  OSCAL participated and made a statement on "The Role of Parliamentarians in Development Initiatives".

            Contact: Meri Madarshahi, OSCAL, Tel. (212) 963-5436, E-mail: madarshahi@un.org

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Training Series on Policy Awareness in Information Technology

            Under the auspices of the United Nations Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Task Force and the ECOSOC Working Group on Informatics, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the MIT Media Lab, Harvard University, and Intel Corporation Inc. just launched a seminar series on Policy Awareness and Training in Information Technology.

            T he series, targeted to the senior and mid-level delegates from Permanent Missions to the United Nations in New York, consists of a set of four modules and one seminar, repeated four times a year.  The first four modules focus on computers and software, e-mail and web surfing, web-page design and maintenance.  The fifth module -- an interactive high-level seminar -- will cover “Policy Awareness and Security Issues on Information Technology” and will be aimed at ambassadors and senior diplomats.

            The response to this initiative has been quick with registrations for training all the way to November and an extensive waiting list.  The sponsors are encouraged that 85 per cent of registrants are from developing countries.  This indicates a high level of commitment by those nations to harnessing the technology.

            The objective of the series is to equip decision-makers with basic technical skills to facilitate their work.  The partners also aim to expose decision-makers to different possibilities for implementing policies related to new communication technologies. Intel has donated the latest training equipment.

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Africa South of the Sahara
Arab States
Asia and the Pacific
Latin America and the Caribbean

Africa South of the Sahara

Support for the Monitoring of Poverty Reduction Strategies and Millennium Declaration Goals:  Case Studies of Eight Francophone Countries
Dakar, Senegal  9-10 May

             On the 9 th and 10th of May, a workshop took place in Dakar co-organised by UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa and UN DESA (represented by J. Le Nay). The theme was: What kind of support for the monitoring of Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRSP) and Millenium Declaration Goals (MDG): A case study of eight francophone countries”. The purpose of the workshop was to determine the kind of support needed by the countries in order to monitor the PRSPs and the MDG. The statistic administrations are experiencing grave difficulties in most of the countries under review. UNDP Africa intends to provide support through a regional project. UN DESA provides its technical support in the design of the project and will be associated to its implementation. AFRISTAT, a regional entity based in Bamako and aiming at building capacities in statistics in Francophone Africa, will be a key partner in the project.  

           See also report on the millennium development goals and feature on ECOSOC

            Contact: Jean Le Nay, DSPD, Tel. (212) 963-5552, E-mail: lenay@un.org

Water and Energy for Poverty Reduction and Eradication
Advisory Services
The Gambia, 12-18 May

Advisers from the Division for Sustainable Development and the Division for Social Policy and Development of DESA undertook a one-week inter-divisional advisory mission to The Gambia to prepare a project proposal on poverty eradication for submission to the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security.  The mission focussed on water and energy as a means for poverty reduction and eradication.  The mission is  part of the move to diversify the resource mobilization of the Department for technical cooperation, and carry out inter-divisional and inter-disciplinary projects.

            Contact: J. Gururaja, DSPD, Tel. (212) 963-8785, E-mail: gururaja@un.org OR Muhammed Chaudhry, Tel. (212) 963-8558, E-mail: chaudhry@un.org OR Olympios Katsiaouni, Tel. (212) 963-6417, E-mail: katsiaouni@un.org

National Human Development Reports and the Millennium Development Goals in Southern Africa
Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa, 3-17 June

In a continuation of an earlier initiative previously noted in DESA News , advisory services will be provided by UN DESA (represented by Jean Le Nay and Olympios Katsiaouni) to Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa from 3-17 June for capacity building to upgrade the countries’ respective National Human Development Reports, including its relation to the Millennium Development Goals.  These services are provided as a partnership between UN DESA and UNDP, with the latter providing the funding.

            Contact: Jean Le Nay, DSPD, Tel. (212) 963-5552, E-mail: lenay@un.org OR Olympios Katsiaouni, Tel. (212) 963-6417, E-mail: katsiaouni@un.org

Steering Committee of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD)

New York, 6 June

            The Steering Committee will meet to discuss arrangements for the third Conference of TICAD scheduled to be held in the first quarter of 2003.  On the following day, 7 June, the Steering Committee will hold a dialogue with NEPAD representatives from the five NEPAD Steering Committee countries.

Conflict Management Information

The Division for Public Economics and Public Administration is preparing to launch a conflict management information resource on UNPAN. This website, designed with funding from the Regional Bureau for Africa of UNDP under the Conflict Management Capacity-Building project, presents an interactive database aiming to share information about and among African NGOs, IGOs and practitioners involved in conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

The Conflict Management site offers three inter-related databases:

  • respectively on NGOs, international organizations, academic and research institutions working;
  • activities and events, seminars and training courses; and  
  • UN staff and other conflict prevention specialists.

            Data will be contributed by the users.

Contact: Gay Rosenblum-Kumar, DPEPA, Tel. (212) 963-8381, E-mail: rosenblum-kumar@un.org

Arab States

Advisory Group Meeting for Project RAB/01/006:  "Transparency and Accountability in the Public Sector in the Arab Region"
Beirut, Lebanon, 30-31 May

            The Division for Public Economics and Public Administration organized the first Advisory Group Meeting for Project RAB/01/006, hosted by ESCWA and held in Beirut from 30-31 May.  The objective of the project is to assist governments in the Arab World to improve transparency and accountability in the public sector through comparing existing policies and programmes.  For this purpose DPEPA, in cooperation with the Regional Bureau for Arab States of UNDP and through national consultants will compile information on current legislation, policies, programmes and practices for analysis and identification of good practices and gaps.  The Group will guide the research process to ensure the validity and reliability of the data gathered and increase the participation of regional and national stakeholders.  Its membership includes representatives of a number of stakeholder regional organizations.            

Contact: Elia Armstrong, DPEPA, Tel. (212) 963-2926, E-mail: armstronge@un.org

Asia and the Pacific

Outcome of Expert Group Meeting: “Supportive Environment for Cooperatives”
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 15-17 May
http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/coop_egm.htm

The purpose of the Meeting was to provide support to Member States and national, regional and international cooperative organizations in their efforts to create a supportive cooperative environment and to promote an exchange of experience and best practices.

During the Meeting participants discussed the development of a coordinated approach towards the creation of a supportive environment for the development of cooperatives at national and international levels.  A report containing a summary of conclusions and a set of recommendations for action will be issued shortly.

            Contact: Albert Vinokourov, DSPD, Tel. (212) 963-1713, Fax: (212) 963-3062, E-mail: vinokourov@un.org

The Third High-level Forum on City Informatization in the Asia-Pacific Region
Shanghai, China, 12-14 June
http://www.unpan.org/directory/conference/guest/browseoneconference.asp?conference_id=1279

Co-sponsored by the Division for Public Economics and Public Administration, UNDP and the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, the Forum will focus on E-government and City Informatization.  Panelists, including top e-government officers and professionals of advanced e-government countries, will participate in special thematic sessions organized to provide the mayors and city decision-makers worldwide with real world solutions of and best practices in e-government.  The participants will present and debate various key issues in developing e-government, including policy, strategy and priority in e-government development; e-government services to citizens and to business; public key infrastructure for e-government; bridging the digital divide and universal access to the Internet; and public-private partnership building in e-government.

            Contact: Hongren Zhou, DPEPA, Tel. (212) 963-6639, E-mail: zhou@un.org OR Haiyan Qian, Tel. (212) 963-3393, E-mail: qianh@un.org

The Third UNPAN Training Workshop on E-information Management
Shanghai, China, 13-15 June

http://www.unpan.org/directory/conference/guest/browseoneconference.asp?conference_id=1284

The main purpose of the workshop is to train the working staff of the Online Regional Centres of the United Nations Public Administration Network on the utilization of the newly developed UNPAN online database.  The database consists of 4 directories which will be managed by all the members of the regional centres:  the Contact directory, Website link directory, Training institutions directory and Conference/training workshop directory.

            Contact: Haiyan Qian, DPEPA, Tel. (212) 963-3393, E-mail: qianh@un.org

Workshop on Promotion and Dissemination of Census Statistics in ASEAN Countries
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 24-28 June

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

Latin America and the Caribbean

Interregional Expert Group Meeting: “International Norms and Standards Relating to Disability”
Mexico City, Mexico, 11-14 June
http://www.sre.gob.mx/discapacidad/

The Government of Mexico in cooperation with the United Nations, assisted by Development Account Project 00/01H, Capacity building and institutional development for equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities , will hold an inter-regional expert meeting to review and discuss the context and elements of a comprehensive and integral international convention to promote and protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.   Findings and recommendations and the outcome of the inter-regional expert meeting will be made available to the Ad Hoc Committee established pursuant to General Assembly resolution 56/168 , which will hold its first meeting from 29 July to 9 August at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

More information about the Ad Hoc Committee will be available at: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable

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


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

Statistics

First Global Progress Report Towards the Millennium Development Goals

Under the guidance of the Executive Office of the Secretary General and in close cooperation with partner agencies from the UN system and the International Financial Institutions the Statistics Division has prepared a draft of the first global progress report towards the millennium development goals.   The document reports on recent world and regional trends in the areas addressed by the millennium goals, based on a series of 48 indicators.   The preparation of the report was a collaborative effort among various UN system and specialized agencies with approximately 25 different agencies/offices involved. Each agency was responsible for contributing data series and a brief analysis on a particular substantive area.   The report also discusses statistical quality issues related to the available data.

            Contact: Francesca Perucci, SD, Tel. (212) 963-0212, E-mail: perucci@un.org OR Stefan Schweinfest, Tel. (212) 96 3-4849, E-mail: schweinfest@un.org

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

ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/349
Vol. LVI – No. 1
January 2002

            Special features in this issue:  World shipbuilding; Civil aviation traffic:  passenger-km, cargo net ton-km; Total exports and imports by regions:  quantum and unit value indices, terms of trade.

ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/350
Vol. LVI – No. 2
February 2002

            Special features: Indices of world industrial production, by branches of industry and by regions, 1995=100; Producers’ or wholesale price indices, 1990=100; Earnings in manufacturing by sex; Construction of new buildings.

ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/351
Vol. LVI – No. 3
March 2002

            Special features: Retail price indices relating to living expenditures of United Nations officials; Fuel imports, developed economies:  unit value indices, quantum indices and value; Indicators on fuel imports, developed economies; Registration of new motor vehicles; External trade conversion factors; Manufactured goods exports:  unit value and quantum indices, value; Selected series of world statistics.        

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

World Statistics Pocketbook
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.V/22
Sales No. E.02.XVII.3

            This handy pocketbook provides an easy-to-use international compilation of basic economic, social and environmental indicators for 209 countries and areas worldwide.  It covers 57 key indicators in the areas of population, economic activity, agriculture, industry, energy, international trade, transport, communications, gender, education and environment, drawn from over 20 international statistical sources.  The layout provides an easy-to view comprehensive statistical profile of each country or area and the notes on sources and definition provide a valuable guide for further research by the in-depth user of these statistics.

Contact: Virgilio Castillo, SD, Tel. (212) 963-4867, E-mail: castillo@un.org

Population and Vital Statistics Report
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.A/220
Series A Vol. LIV, No. 1
Data available as of 1 January 2002

            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 234 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 sown in the “Latest population census” column until census data becomes available.

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

Advancement of Women

Gender Mainstreaming: An Overview

This overview was recently published by the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues, Department of Economic and Social Affairs.  The work reviews lessons learned in the development and application of policies and strategies, and provides guidance on applying gender mainstreaming in specific contexts, including: policy analysis and development; research; technical assistance; servicing intergovernmental bodies; and data collection, analysis and dissemination.

            Contact: Carolyn Hannan, DAW, Tel. (212) 963-3104, E-mail: hannan@un.org

Economic and Social Policy 

Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization

DESA will be coordinating the submissions for section III, “Cooperating for development” of the Secretary-General’s report on the w ork of the organization to the forthcoming session of the General Assembly. The section will contain inputs from the organizations members of the Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs (EC-ESA), including DESA, and the UN Development Group of Funds and Programmes.

            Contact: Nikhil Seth, OU SG, Tel (212) 963-1811, E-mail: seth@un.org

 Financing for Development

Financing for Development: Building on Monterrey

T he Coordinating Secretariat for the International Conference on Financing for Development is engaged in setting in motion follow-up mechanisms in keeping with the commitment by governments to ‘Stay Engaged’.   The Deputy Secretary-General was in Washington recently for consultations on the matter.  Further discussions will take place at ECOSOC (see above ).

As a first step, the Secretariat is publishing a book entitled “Financing for Development: Building on Monterrey” that will contain the ‘Monterrey Consensus’, speeches by Heads of State and Government and other Heads of Delegation at the Summit segment, as well as statements by Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Heads of other major stakeholders: the World Bank, IMF and WTO. A briefing by President Fox on the retreat for Heads of State and Government, summaries of the Roundtable discussions, proposals and statements by civil society and business, and summaries of press conferences will focus on the many significant and far-reaching initiatives, commitments and proposals enunciated at Monterrey.

A companion CD-Rom will also include the Secretary-General’s Report and Technical Notes that served as inputs to the intergovernmental discussions and eventually led to the Monterrey Consensus . The text of all the speeches made at plenary sessions at Monterrey will be accompanied with video clips, and there will be wider coverage of the NGO Global Forum and Business proposals. The CD-Rom will also carry a selection of press clippings and a photo gallery of events in Monterrey.

The book and CD-Rom document a turning point in the long road to achieving international cooperation in economic and social development, while at the same time seeking to promote coherence and consistency in international monetary, trade and financial systems and policies . The publication is to serve for future reference o n financing for development, as a significant aid in the follow-up process and as a means of bringing the achievements and goals of Monterrey to a larger public.

            Contact: Sanjay Acharya, FDCS, Tel. (212) 963-3049, E-mail: acharya1@un.org

Policy Analysis

World Economic and Social Survey 2002
E/2002/50/Rev.1
Sales No. E.02.II.C.1

            Please see description above

 Public Administration 

Public Service Ethics in Africa
Volumes I and II
http://www.unpan.org/ethics

The Division for Public Economics and Public Administration has published a two-volume work on public service ethics in Africa.  This is the result of a study comparing the ethics legislation, policies and practices in ten African countries: Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda.  The outcome of the work  is intended to serve as a basis to introduce or improve ethics measures and assist in making recommendations and funding decisions for governments, donors and the wider public. Volume I presents an overview of the study findings from which other Sub-Saharan countries can draw lessons. Volume II compiles country-level reports, provided by the national consultants for the project, highlighting the individual contexts and concerns of participating countries. A database, containing the replies to the study questionnaire and other supporting documentation, has been converted into web-pages and posted on the project website.

Contact: Elia Armstrong, DPEPA, Tel. (212) 963-2926, E-mail: armstronge@un.org

Worldwide E-Government Survey and Report
http://ww.unpan.org/egovernment2.asp#survey

The Division for Public Economics and Public Administration conducted a worldwide survey on e-government in cooperation with the American Society for Public Administration.  The report of the survey, “Benchmarking E-Government:  A Global Perspective”, has recently been completed and is available online at the UNPAN website.

            Contact: Haiyan Qian, DPEPA, Tel. (212) 963-3393, E-mail: qianh@un.org

Social Development

Report of the Secretary-General on the Second World Assembly on Ageing

            In its resolution 56/228 of 28 February 2002, the General Assembly requested the Secretary General to submit a report to the General Assembly at its fifty-seventh session on the full range of tasks of the United Nations programme on ageing, with a view to initiate the implementation process with all necessary resources.    The report reviews the following items: t he main outcome documents of the Second World Assembly on Ageing; the development of the Second World Assembly on Ageing and its parallel events; and the principal tasks for implementation and follow up to the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing 2002.

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

Sustainable Social Structures in a Society for all Ages
ST/ESA/275
Sales No. E.02.IV.2

            This publication is a compilation of the results of an expert group meeting held in Addis Ababa in May 2000 by the Division for Social Policy for Development in cooperation with the NGO Help Age International. The meeting was designed to provide an opportunity for a cross-cultural exchange among societies in different phases of development.

            Contact: Rosemary Lane, DSPD, Tel. (212) 963-5090, Fax: (212) 963-3062, E-mail: lane@un.org

Advancement of Women
Africa
Economic and Social Policy 
Population
Public Administration   
Social Development  
Statistics
Sustainable Development

Advancement of Women

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
Twenty-seventh Session
New York, 3-21 June
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
Pre-sessional Working Group for the Twenty-eighth Session
New York, 24-28 June

Africa

Steering Committee of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD)
New York, 6 June

Ad-Hoc Committee of the Whole  of the General Assembly for the Final Review and Appraisal of United Nations New Agenda for Africa in the 1990s (UN-NADAF)
Organisational Session
New York, 14 June
http://www.un.org/ecosocdev/geninfo/afrec/sgreport/nadaffin.htm

Economic and Social Policy 

General Assembly
Meeting on Information and Communications Technology
New York, 17-18 June
http://www.unicttaskforce.org  

           See news item above

Economic and Social Council
Substantive Session, 2002
New York, 1-26 July

            See feature above

Population

Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting on Data/Information Collection on International Migration
New York, 11-12 July

 

Public Administration 

Third High-Level Forum on City Informatization in the Asia-Pacific Region
Shanghai, China, 12-14 June

Third UNPAN Training Workshop on E-information Management
Shanghai, China, 13-15 June

Committee of Experts on Public Administration
First Meeting
New York, 22-26 July
http://www.unpan.org/conf_groupexperts.asp


Social Development


Expert Group meeting: "Sharing of Experiences and Practices in Social Development"
Havana, Cuba, 12-14 June

Expert Group Meeting: “Social Responsibility of the Private Sector and Forging Partnerships for Social Development”
Copenhagen, Denmark, 26-29 June  

Statistics

Expert Group Meeting on Census Questionnaire Development Including Disability Questions
Cairo, 8-21 June
 

Sustainable Development

CSD Acting as the Preparatory Committee for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, Ministerial Level
Fourth Session
Bali, Indonesia, 27 May-7 June

            See feature above


DESA News is an insider's look at the United Nations in the area of coordination of economic and social development policies. This issue was produced by the Information Support Unit of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in collaboration with DESA Divisions. DESA News is produced every two months.

Luciana Marulli-Koenig, Editor 
Room DC2-1436, Tel. (212) 963-0060, E-mail: esa@un.org