Volume 7, No. 5, September-October 2003

  In this issue:
   
Global dialogue on development

General Assembly

Financing for Development 

ECOSOC outcome

Trends and analysis
Water, environment and security

Millennium database

Technical cooperation
 Review of operational activities

Demographics of AIDS in Africa

P ublications and websites

Statistics on SIDS and LDCs

Classification by broad economic categories

Reproductive behavior  

Africa governance portal

 

José Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General
for Economic and Social Affairs

            José Antonio Ocampo of Colombia is the new Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.  Mr. Ocampo assumed his post on 1 September 2003.

            Mr. Ocampo had been serving since 1 January 1998 as Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean  (ECLAC).  Prior to joining the UN, Mr. Ocampo was the Minister of Finance and Public Credit of his country.  He has held two other ministerial posts -- Minister of Agriculture, from 1993 to 1994; and Minister of Planning, from 1994 to 1996.

            Mr. Ocampo holds a BA degree from the University of Notre Dame, and Ph.D. in economics and sociology from Yale University.

            He began his career as a researcher at the Centre for Studies of Economic Development (CEDE) at the University of the Andes, Colombia, in 1976, and became the Director of the Centre in 1980.  Mr. Ocampo was researcher, alternate director and director of the Foundation for Higher Education and  Development (FEDESARROLLO) (1983-1988).

            He undertook a number of tasks and missions, including as national coordinator of the Employment Mission (1985-1986), Advisor to Colombian Government on Coffee Affairs (1989-1990), Head of the WIDER-SIDA mission to the Government of Nicaragua (1989-1991), and Advisor to Council for Foreign Trade of the Government of Colombia (1990-1991).


           Mr. Ocampo has written and published very extensively on such topics as international financial and monetary issues, international financial architecture, foreign capital and investment, models of development and economic policy, economic theory and Latin American economy, industrialization, international trade, employment, and Colombian economic policy and economic history.   He is the author, co-author or editor of a number of books and monographs, has contributed chapters to many books, and has written scholarly articles, research studies, official publications, U.N. documents and newspaper articles.   His most recent book in English, was Globalization and Development (2003).   Mr. Ocampo served on several editorial boards of academic journals, including The Journal of Development Economics and El Trimestre Económico.

            Mr. Ocampo was a visiting professor at Cambridge, Yale, and Oxford Universities.  He holds a number of personal honours and distinctions, including the degree of doctor honoris causa, and is a member of the Colombian Academy of History.

            Mr. Ocampo was born on 20 December 1952.  He is married and has three children.

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Intergovernmental Meetings

Commission on Sustainable Development - CSD-12 Bureau
General Assembly, 58th session
High-Level General Assembly Dialogue on Financing for Development and 
      Related Public Hearings

Outcome of ECOSOC substantive session in Geneva
Expert Group Meetings
The Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and the South China Sea (AIMS)
      Island Countries Regional Preparatory Meeting

Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting on Sustainable Consumption and Production
United Nations Information and Communication Technologies Task Force
Collaborative Partnership on Forests Network
Latin American and Caribbean Regional Meeting on Sustainable Consumption and Production
Expert Group Meeting:  Social Funds and Poverty Reduction
Expert Group Meeting on the Role of Men and Boys in Achieving Gender Equality

Inter-Agency Meetings

Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities
Coordination Meeting on International Migration
High Level Committee on Programmes
United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination

Intergovernmental Meetings  

Commission on Sustainable Development - CSD-12 Bureau
First meeting
Oslo, 10-11 September

http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/index.html

            The meeting will be chaired by Minister Børge Brende of Norway, Chair of the CSD-12 Bureau.

General Assembly
Fifty-eighth session
New York, 16 September-December 2003

At its 88th meeting of the 57th session on 6 June, the General Assembly elected H.E. Mr. Julian R. Hunte, Minister of External Affairs, International Trade, and Civil Aviation of Saint Lucia, as the President of its fifty-eighth session.  H.E. Mr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury (Bangladesh), Martin Belinga-Eboutou (Cameroon) were elected as Chairmen of the Second, and the Third Committees, respectively.

The General debate of the General Assembly will be held from Tuesday, 23 September to Friday, 3 October, immediately following the one-day high-level plenary meetings devoted to the follow-up to the outcome of the “twenty-sixth special session: implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS” to be held on 22 September.  The General Debate of the Second Committee will be held from 6 to 8 October while the Third Committee will start its work on 6 October as well.

High-Level General Assembly Dialogue on Financing for Development and 
Related Public Hearings

New York, 28-30 October
http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffd1003ga-hileveldialogue.htm

            This will be one of the key events of the session.  The Financing for Development (FfD) Office is fully engaged with the preparations for the biennial High-level Dialogue, designated as the intergovernmental focal point for the general follow-up to the 2002 International Conference on Financing for Development and related issues.  The first High-level Dialogue on the overall theme “Monterrey Consensus: status of implementation and tasks ahead” will take place on 29-30 October 2003 and will comprise an innovative series of plenary and informal meetings and interactive round tables, with the participation of all relevant stakeholders.  On the first day, two sessions of four round tables each will address the following themes: (a) regional dimensions of the implementation of the results of the Monterrey Conference; and (b) the link between the progress in the implementation of the agreements and commitments reached at the Conference and the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, in particular those contained in the Millennium Declaration.  The second day will feature a general policy dialogue on the theme of coherence and consistency of the international monetary, financial and trading systems in support of development.  The main event will be preceded by public hearings and dialogue with members of civil society and business interlocutors, to be held on 28 October 2003.  The President’s summary of the High-level Dialogue, including summaries of round tables and of public hearings, will provide a major input to a resolution on the follow-up to the Conference.

            In support of the High-level Dialogue, the report of the Secretary-General on Implementation of and follow-up to commitments and agreements made at the International Conference on Financing for Development (A/58/216) provides a comprehensive assessment of the progress made in the implementation of the Monterrey Consensus and contains policy recommendations that build on each of the six interrelated areas of “Leading actions” part and on follow-up processes of “Staying engaged” chapter of the Consensus.  Based on the participatory modalities of the Monterrey process, the FfD Office took the lead in preparing this report in cooperation with all major institutional stakeholders, including extensive consultations with the Bretton Woods institutions and WTO and close collaboration with UNCTAD, UNDP and regional commissions.  Other important inputs from the major institutional stakeholders will include the outcomes of the WTO Ministerial Conference in Cancun and of the Fall Meetings of the Bratton Woods institutions in Dubai.  In addition, the Summary by the President of ECOSOC of the special high-level meeting of the Council with the Bretton Woods institutions and WTO on 14 April 2003 (A/58/77-E/2003/62 and Add. 1 & 2) will be part of official documentation.

            Contact: Oscar de Rojas, Acting Head, FfD Office, Tel. (212) 963-4870; Fax: (212) 963-0443 OR Alexandre Trepelkov, Tel. (212) 963-7633; Fax: (212) 963-0443.

Second Committee
6 October - 5 December

It is envisioned that implementation of Agenda 21 and the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development will be addressed on 20 October, operational activities for development on 21 October, implementation of the first United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty on 23 October, follow-up to the international Conference on Financing for Development on 31 October, macroeconomic policy questions on 3 November and globalization and interdependence on 10 November.

Trade, Microcredit and Poverty, and Partnerships

The Division for ECOSOC Support and Coordination will organize several panel discussions and keynote addresses to support the work of the Second Committee.  The panel discussions and keynote addresses will feature high-level experts including academics, representatives of the UN system, civil society and private sector.  They will focus on corporate responsibility; partnerships; trade; and globalization.  More detailed information about the panel discussions and keynote addresses will be posted on the ECOSOC web site at http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ecosoc .

I mplementation of the First United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006)

            The Second Committee of the General Assembly will consider the item on Implementation of the first United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006) (Item 100) on 23 October 2003.  The following documentation will be before the Committee:

  • Report of the Secretary-General on Implementation of the first United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006) and International Year of Microcredit, 2005;
  • Note by the Secretary-General on Establishment of the World Solidarity Fund.
            Contact: Donald Lee, Division for Social Policy and Development,Tel. (212) 963-8762, Fax: (212) 963-0111.

Third Committee
29 September - 21 November

Implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social Development and the 24th special session of the General Assembly will be addressed on 6 October, advancement of women on 15 October and programme of activities of the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People on 22 October.

Advancement of Women

The following are reports prepared for consideration by the Third Committee or the Plenary

Traditional or customary practices affecting the health of women and girls
(requested by resolution 56/128)

Based on information provided by Member States, United Nations entities and other organizations, the report of the Secretary-General prepared by the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) highlights legal, policy and education measures introduced at the national level as well as international cooperation and measures taken within the UN system.  It identifies areas in which further efforts are needed, including legislative measures, implemented along with awareness raising, education and training initiatives; data collection; progress assessment and impact-monitoring studies; and strengthened cooperation among Member States, UN entities and non-governmental organizations.

Contact: Ann Syauta/Janette Amer, DAW/WRS, Tel. (212) 963-5361.

Violence against women migrant workers
(requested by resolution 56/131)

The report of the Secretary-General prepared by DAW on violence against women migrant workers is based on information provided by Member States, United Nations entities and other intergovernmental bodies.  It describes forms of violence, legal measures and support for victims, prevention strategies and international cooperation reported by Member States as well as many UN and other interventions.  It concludes that efforts should be continued and expanded, particularly in the areas of legislation, access to social services, prevention, awareness and training.  The need to further explore the link between migration and trafficking is also emphasized.

Contact: Emanuela Calabrini, DAW/WRS, Tel. (212) 963-8814.

CEDAW Reports

Two reports are submitted.  The report on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women consists of a status report on the Convention, while the report of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women compiles the Committee’s reports on its 28th and 29th sessions.

Contact: Christine Brautigam, DAW/WRS, Tel. (212) 963-0535.

Improvement of the status of women in the United Nations system
(requested by resolution 57/180)

The report of the Secretary-General provides information on the representation of women in the Secretariat and other organizations of the United Nations system for the period 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003. The data indicates that during the reporting period the overall progress toward the goal set by the General Assembly has been slow. In the larger group of Professional and higher-level staff with appointments of one year or more, women account for 35.5 per cent. On posts subject to geographical distribution, progress has continued and women account for 41.8 per cent. An analysis of trends over ten years shows that women’s representation on posts subject to geographical distribution has risen steadily during the last ten years. However, the representation of Professional and higher-level women with appointments of one year or more has stagnated during the last five years. Within the United Nations system, the overall proportion of women in the Professional and higher categories was 34.9 per cent at 31 December 2002.

Contact: Sylvia Hordosch, OSAGI/DESA, Tel. (212) 963-5450.

Improvement of the situation of women in rural areas
(requested by resolution 56/129)

The Secretary-General’s report reviews the attention given to the situation of rural women by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, intergovernmental bodies and processes, the UN system and international financial organizations. The report concludes with a summary of the responses received from Member States on the desirability of convening a high-level policy consultation on the situation of rural women.

Contact:  Heike Alefsen, DAW/GAS, Tel. (212) 963-8134.

Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcome of the twenty-third special session (A/58/313)
(requested by resolution 57/182)

This report of the Secretary-General reviews steps taken by the General Assembly and its main committees during its fifty-seventh session to promote the achievement of the goal of gender equality through the gender mainstreaming strategy.  Particular focus is placed on actions taken in relation to the follow-up to the United Nations Millennium Declaration and at major events during the past year.  An assessment of the work of the Economic and Social Council is also provided.  Finally, the report discusses the catalytic role of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women in support of gender mainstreaming in all policies and programmes of the United Nations.

Contact:  Natalia Zakharova, DAW/GAS, Tel. (212) 963 8134.

The empowerment of women and integration of gender perspectives in the promotion of economic growth, poverty eradication and sustainable development (A/58/135)
(requested by resolution 56/188)

This report of the Secretary-General examines the attention paid at recent United Nations conferences and summits to the concerns of women and gender equality goals in the context of the implementation of the Millennium Declaration and the promotion of economic growth, poverty eradication and sustainable development.  The report also focuses on the utilization of existing planning and reporting mechanisms to promote, facilitate and monitor progress in the empowerment of women and the integration of gender perspectives in development at national levels, in follow-up to global commitments.

Contact:  Natalia Zakharova, DAW/GAS, Tel. (212) 963 8134.

Social Development Issues

The Third Committee will take up the item of social development on 6, 7 and 8 October.  Agenda items include "Implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social Development and of the 24th special session of the General Assembly" (item 107); "Social development, including questions relating to the world social situation and to youth, disabled persons and the family" (Item 108) and "Follow-up to the International Year of Older Persons:  Second World Assembly on Ageing" (Item 109):

            The following documentation will be before the Committee:

  • Report of the World Social Situation 2003
  • Report of the SG on Implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social Development and of the 24th special session of the General Assembly
  • Report of the SG on Promoting youth employment 
  • Report of the SG on Cooperatives in social development
  • Report of the SG on the Follow-up to the Second World Assembly on Ageing
  • Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities (A/58/118 & Corr.1)
  • Report of the SG on the review and appraisal of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons  (A/58/61 - E/2003/5)
  • World Youth Report 2003: Report of the Secretary-General (A/58/79)

            Contact: To be referred to the appropriate section regarding any of the topics above, please contact the Office of the Director, Division for Social Policy and Development,Tel. (212) 963-2598, Fax: (212) 963-3062, E-mail: social@un.org

Outcomes

ECOSOC concludes a successful substantive session in Genev a
http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ecosoc

The Economic and Social Council held its 2003 substantive session from 30 June to 25 July in Geneva, Switzerland. The session with its five segments showed the vitality of the Council as the central forum within the system to address key issues of development policy and development cooperation.

            The three day high-level segment, held on the theme of “Promoting an integrated approach to rural development in developing countries for poverty eradication and sustainable development” attracted wide, high-level participation. It provided a timely opportunity to refocus the international agenda on rural development and to reflect on how to work towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in rural areas. At the end of the segment the Council adopted a Ministerial Declaration on the theme, providing policy guidance and recommendations for action.

            This year’s operational activities segment was held from 3-7 July 2003. It brought together key decision-makers from the world of development cooperation, including directors-general of bilateral cooperation agencies and senior panelists from developing countries, OECD/DAC, UNDP and DESA to address fundamental issues at the center of the current dialogue on international development cooperation. During the segment strong calls for renewed commitments and for innovation in the funding architecture of the United Nations development system were made.

            The coordination segment, held from 8-10 July on “The role of ECOSOC in the integrated and coordinated implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the major UN conferences and summits”, was held shortly after the adoption of General Assembly resolution 57/270 B on the integrated and coordinated follow-up to conferences, which dealt in considerable detail with the role of ECOSOC.  The Council adopted a short procedural resolution calling for informal consultations starting early next year to develop a multiyear work programme on common themes of conferences for its coordination segments.

            This year’s humanitarian affairs segment, held from 11-15 July, provided a comprehensive and coherent overview of the nature and extent of humanitarian financing.  At the conclusion of the segment the Council adopted a substantive and action-oriented resolution, which contains a new and ambitious agenda for the humanitarian community, donors and recipients alike, on the question of humanitarian financing.

            Among the numerous resolutions adopted by the Council during its general segment, held from 16-25 July, were resolutions on the ad hoc advisory groups on Guinea-Bissau and Burundi, which reconfirmed the Council’s interest in contributing constructively to peace-building efforts in African post-conflict countries. The Council also adopted, among others, resolutions on the long-term of programme of support for Haiti; Least Developed Countries and the implementation of the Brussels Programme of Action; follow-up to Monterrey; and revitalization and strengthening of INSTRAW. The Council also adopted resolutions on gender mainstreaming, and voted on several resolutions recommended by the Commission on Human Rights.

            The Council also selected themes for its 2004 high-level and coordination segments. The 2004 high-level segment will focus on “Resource mobilization and enabling environment for poverty eradication in the context of the implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2001-2010.”  The two themes selected for the 2004 coordination segment are “Review and appraisal of the system-wide implementation of the Council’s agreed conclusions 1997/2 on mainstreaming the gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system”; and “Coordinated and integrated United Nations system approach to promote rural development in developing countries, with due consideration to Least Developed Countries, for poverty eradication and sustainable development”. The resolutions and decisions adopted by the Council at its substantive session can be accessed on the ECOSOC web site at http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ecosoc .

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Expert Group Meetings

The Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and the South China Sea (AIMS)
Island Countries Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 10-year Review of the Barbados Programme of Action
Praia, Cape Verde, 1-5 September

http://www.sidsnet.org

The meeting will start with a framing session on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) vulnerability and the growing challenge of building resilience. Three presentations will be given.

  • Presentation by Prof. Lino Briguglio, University of Malta, on the economic vulnerability index – origins and background and recent developments – including issues relating to environmental and social vulnerability and natural disasters;
  • Presentation by Mr. Pierre Encontre, UNCTAD, on considerations of SIDS vulnerability profiles and their usage in the work of the Committee on Development Policy in regards to LCD status;
  • Presentation by Prof. Al Binger, University of West Indies Center for Environment and Development, on the growing vulnerability of SIDS – possible courses of action for SIDS to build their resilience.

Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting on Sustainable Consumption and Production
Seoul, 3-5 September

United Nations Information and Communication Technologies Task Force
Fifth meeting

Geneva, 12-13 September

The meeting will include a Global Forum, which will provide an occasion for the identification of strategies and modalities for ensuring an effective involvement of the private sector and civil society in the preparatory process of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

            The Meeting, held just before the third preparatory committee meeting (PREPCOM3) for the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS), will allow participants to discuss the Task Force's contribution to WSIS and explore ways to harness the power of information and communication technologies for the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs).

            In the Global Forum, after an opening session with a video statement by Secretary General Kofi Annan, participants will discuss:

  • How to define success for the World Summit on the Information Society, what is the role and impact of each sector towards an Information Society for all, and what are the challenges and opportunities facing WSIS stakeholders;
  • How the Task Force can provide a valuable contribution to the Millennium Development Campaign by bringing ICT-for-development into the development equation and spelling out how ICT can help advance development and promote the Millennium Development Goals;
  • Education as a key component in achieving the MDGs. Participants will hear a special presentation of the Global e-School and Community Initiative.

            In its plenary sessions, the ICT Task Force will, inter alia, discuss:

  • Follow-up on decisions and recommendations of the Fourth Task Force Meeting held on 20–22 February 2003 in Geneva;
  • Report and follow-up on the three diaspora Networks (Africa, Caribbean and latin America) launched by the ICT Task Force;
  • National e-strategies to advance the Millennium Development Goals.

Collaborative Partnership on Forests Network
Quebec City, Canada, 24 September

A meeting of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests Network, a network of organizations, governments and individuals interested in global forest policy issues, will take place 24 September 2003 as a side event at the upcoming World Forestry Congress in Quebec City, Canada.

            Contact: Mia Soderlund, UNFF, Tel. (212) 963-3262

Latin American and Caribbean Regional Meeting on Sustainable Consumption and Production
Managua, 8-10 October

Expert Group Meeting:  Social Funds and Poverty Reduction
New York, 15-16 October

            This expert group meeting will discuss key issues related to social funds, including the role of social funds in the context of poverty reduction, national and regional experiences with social funds, and future challenges.

            Contact: Donald Lee, DSPD, Tel. (212) 963-8762, Fax: (212) 963-0111.

Expert Group Meeting on the Role of Men and Boys in Achieving Gender Equality
Brasilia, Brazil 21-24 October
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/egm/men-boys2003/index.html

The Division for the Advancement of Women in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) will organise an Expert Group Meeting on the role of men and boys in achieving gender equality. The expert group meeting will form part of the Division's preparation for the forty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which will address this topic as one of its thematic issues. The specific focus of the Expert Group Meeting will be on the role of men and boys in achieving gender equality in the world of work and in the context of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Contact: Anna Modersitzki, DAW/GAS, Tel. (917) 367 3124 .

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Inter-Agency Meetings

Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities
Second meeting
Geneva 8-10 September

In 2002 the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA) was established. It brings together Chief Statisticians from the UN System agencies and from other international organizations active in the field of official statistics. The topics to be discussed at the second meeting include among others: Aggregation of national data to regional and global estimates, Towards an international statistical system, Harmonization of base years for index numbers, Proposal for the development of international guidelines for the presentation of statistical data and metadata, Improving the quality of data used for indicators for the Millennium Development Goals and Targets.

            Contact: Stefan Schweinfest, SD, Tel. (212) 963-4849

Coordination Meeting on International Migration
Second meeting
New York, 15-16 October

The Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs is organizing the second Coordination Meeting on International Migration that will be held at the United Nations Headquarters. Representatives of international, inter-governmental and other relevant organizations in the field of international migration will participate in the Meeting.

            The primary objectives of the meeting are three-fold: (a) to share and exchange information on recent and future activities in the area of international migration; (b) to discuss recent and anticipated policy developments and other relevant initiatives in the field of international migration; and (c) to facilitate the coordination of activities of the various bodies within the United Nations system, other relevant international and regional organizations, and other institutions concerned with international migration.

            Contact: Joseph-Alfred Grinblat, PD, Tel. (212) 963-3216

High Level Committee on Programmes
Sixth session
Rome, 18-19 September

United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination
2nd regular session 2003
New York, 31 October-1 November

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Panels, symposia and events

International Conference on Water, Environment and Security
Ad Hoc Group of Experts Meeting on Knowledge Systems for Development
Roundtable on The Digital Bridge to Latin America and the Caribbean
Regional Judicial Colloquium: The Application of International Human Rights Law at the
     Domestic Level

Conference of the International Personnel Management Association (IPMA)
Informal Consultation of Youth Experts
International Forum for Social Development: International Migrants and Development
International Day of Older Persons
Women, Peace and Security Celebration

Symposia

International Conference on Water, Environment and Security
Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 29 August - 1 September

The Government of Tajikistan is organizing an international conference under the theme of “Water, Environment and Security”, as a major event of the International Year of Freshwater, in Dushanbe.  The conference is scheduled to take place from 29 August to 1 September 2003, and will be attended by over 300 participants from around the world. At the request of the Government of Tajikistan, the Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) in partnership with the Division for Public Administration and Management Development ( DPAMD) will provide financial and technical support to the Government in organizing this conference. Other donors supporting this event include: Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), UNDP, UNEP, and USAID.

The Conference will feature plenary sessions with presentations by highly recognized speakers, panel discussions, a high level/ministerial segment, technical working group meetings, a number of side events, and a “World of Water” exhibition. The conference agenda and program has been developed around the following four themes.

  • Water and Interstate Cooperation 
  • Water, Health and Sanitation
  • Water Conservation and Productivity in Agriculture
  • Information sharing for strengthening water partnership

    The conference will provide an opportunity to the participating nations and agencies in sharing their experiences concerning the progress made and constraints faced in achieving the MDGs and WSSD outcomes, especially those related to the water sector.  Moreover, the conference will provide an opportunity to further strengthen the regional dialogue for sustainable development and management of regional water resources as an effort to foster peace and development in the region. It is expected that deliberations of this conference will contribute further not only in refining and localizing the targets to be achieved, but articulation of specific strategies to be pursued to achieve these targets.

    Main elements of DESA support to the Government of Tajikistan include: (i) two programming missions to Dushanbe to assist the Government in the preparation of detailed conference program, budget, work plan and TOR for various committees and consultants; (ii) provision of technical backstopping to the National Working Group, including identification of lead speakers and moderator for the first plenary session; (iii) engagement of two consultants; (iv) coordination among the of donors funding this conference; and (v) funding the participation of 10 delegates from developing countries and representatives of the International River Basin Authorities. In addition, one DESA staff member will present a paper on “Responding to the MDGs: A Strategy for Water Security” at the first plenary session.  Another staff will cover the first plenary session as a Rapporteur.

             C ontact: Manuel Dengo, DSD, Tel. (212) 963-4208, Fax: (212) 963-4340.

Ad Hoc Group of Experts Meeting on Knowledge Systems for Development
New York, 4-5 September

http://www.unpan.org/dpepa-kmb-ksranda.asp .

The meeting, organized by the Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) will bring together a number of academic experts and practitioners to discuss four aspects of knowledge systems for development: theoretical, ethical and historical underpinnings of the knowledge society; various approaches by governments to the development of national knowledge systems; measurement of the knowledge assets of a nation; and the role of knowledge in government and governance.

A publication devoted to the meeting is planned, which will contain inter alia all main expert papers and presentations, as well as reflections of the discussions, and recommendations and conclusions from the meeting. The results of the meeting will serve to enrich DESA’s ability to better assist the Member States in the area of knowledge management.

            Contact: Jennifer Sisk, DPADM, Tel. (917) 367-3026 .

Roundtable on The Digital Bridge to Latin America and the Caribbean
New York, 5 September

As part of its effort to mobilize key stakeholders for ICT-for-development, the United Nations Information and Communication Technologies Task Force (UN ICT TF), in partnership with the Information and Communication Technology for Development Division (SDS/ICT) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and Digital Partners, is organizing a roundtable discussion on t he Digital Bridge to Latin America and the Caribbean.

The goal of this meeting is to bring together prominent individuals from the Latin America and the Caribbean diaspora in the United States and Canada, as well as leaders from technology corporations, foundations, and non-profit organizations interested in advancing the development of the region, in order to build on a network that harnesses the knowledge, experiences and resources of the group in service to Latin America and the Caribbean.

            The envisioned Digital Diaspora Network for Latin America and the Caribbean (DDN-LAC) will build on the Digital Bridge to the Caribbean meeting organized by the ICT Task Force and held at United Nations Headquarters in January 2003, and aims to be an inclusive and effective force for positive and sustainable changes.  The ICT Task Force intends to build on that meeting by casting the net wider to include all LAC countries, in order to provide an opportunity for the Caribbean Network to revive its contacts and momentum.

            The meeting aims to offer a realistic assessment of the political and economic landscape of the region and to provide a framework for engaging diaspora individuals residing in the United States and empowering them to take specific actions to help in the advancement of their ancestral community, country and region.

Regional Judicial Colloquium: The Application of International Human Rights Law at the Domestic Level
Arusha, Tanzania, 9-11 September

The Division for the Advancement of Women in cooperation with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania will organize a judicial colloquium for English-speaking countries in Africa.  The judicial colloquium will provide an overview of relevant international human rights norms and extensive opportunity for participants to discuss cases where international human rights norms have been used to benefit women and girls. It will also provide an opportunity for judicial practitioners from developing countries in Africa to examine how international human rights law can be used at the domestic level to achieve equality for women and girls.

It is expected that approximately 30 senior judges and/or magistrates from the following Member States in the African region: Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe will participate in the three-day colloquium.

            Contact:  Juliet Solomon, DAW/WRS, Tel. (212) 963 6052.

Conference of the International Personnel Management Association (IPMA)
Panel on Diversity Policies and Practices

Chicago, USA, 11 September

            The Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) is organizing a panel on diversity policies and practices during the IPMA conference, which will take stock of existing policies and practices in the domain of managing diversity in selected countries, make a comparative analysis of their approaches to managing diversity, and formulate recommendations on guideline policies, strategies and practices of managing diversity in the public service.  In their presentations, the panellists will draw on their practical experiences of working on civil service reform and diversity management programmes in a number of countries including Canada, India, the Philippines, Poland, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

            Contact:  Elza Maharramova, DPADM, Tel. 212-963-8389 .

Informal Consultation of Youth Experts
New York, 6 - 8 October

            The consultation is being held to coincide with the meeting of the General Assembly at its 58th session and will review the recommendations contained in the World Youth Report; discuss the findings of the evaluation of the World Youth Forum of the United Nations System, as contained in the report of the Secretary-General on youth to the General Assembly (A/58/79); and consider the important potential implications of the resolution on of the Economic and Social Council on Policies and programmes involving youth (E/CN.5/2003/4).

            Contact: Joop Theunissen, DSPD, Tel. (212) 963-7763, Fax: (212) 963-3062.

International Forum for Social Development : International Migrants and Development
Third meeting
New York, 7-8 October

            The meeting will include a seminar and an open debate in the context of the 58th session of the GA on International Migrants and Development.   The objective of the Forum is to contribute to the emergence of a global dialogue on international migration and international migrants.  Two themes will be discussed:  "The current situation of international migrants"; and "Building an orderly regime for international migrants:  the role of international cooperation."

            Contact: Jacques Baudot, Coordinator of the International Forum for Social Development, Tel:  (212) 963-4596, Fax:  (212) 963-0111.

Events

International Day of Older Persons
New York,
2 October
http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/ageing/ageid03.htm

            The 13th Annual Celebration of the International Day of Older Persons will be held on Thursday, 2 October 2003.  The theme for this year’s event is Mainstreaming Ageing: Forging Links Between the Madrid Plan of Action on Ageing and the Millennium Development Goals.

            Keynote speakers will be Alejandra Ayuso, Argentina and Eveline L. Herfkens, Executive Coordinator for the Millennium Development Goals Campaign.  Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information will moderate the celebration is sponsored by the NGO Committee on Ageing in collaboration with the Department of Public Information and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs
            Contact: Alexandre Sidorenko, DSPD, Tel. (212) 963-0500, Fax: (212) 963-3062 .

Women, Peace and Security Celebratio n
New York, UNHQ, 31 October

Special events are planned to mark the third anniversary of the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

Contact: Katherine Burns, OSAGI,DESA, Tel. (917) 367 5221.

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Africa South of the Sahara
Eastern Europe and CIS
Global Initiatives

Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review, 2004

Preparation for the next Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review (TCPR) of the operational activities for development of the United Nations system, which the General Assembly will undertake at its 59th session in 2004, will start these coming weeks.  DESA, and in particular the Division for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, through the Development Cooperation Policy Branch, will establish a think tank among experts of this area and an inter-agency task force among evaluation units of UN organizations, promoting intensive consultations at the global, regional and country level, in order to undertake the necessary analysis required to prepare the necessary documentation of the TCPR. The process is expected to be highly participatory among all parts involved.

            Overall objective of the analysis will be to assess the capacity of the United Nations development system to assist national efforts to pursue development priorities at the country level in the new context that follows the series of major global conferences.  This new context calls for a renewed role of the United Nations system through its country-level activities, with the aim of supporting national efforts of developing countries in achieving internationally agreed development goals, while pursuing national development objectives, policies and strategies.

            This analytical activity of DESA responds to a fundamental request of the General Assembly (para.53 of resolution 56/201), which requests the Secretary-General to assess the overall effectiveness of the operational activities for development of the UN system and its functioning at the country level.  The evaluation will focus on system-wide dimensions of United Nations development work and will also include the evaluation of processes such as the Common Country Assessment (CCA) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).  It will be a unique opportunity to assess: (a) the contribution of the UN system to support national efforts to pursue internationally agreed development goals;  (b) the effectiveness of the development result-based orientations recently introduced by several organizations of the system; (c) its capacity to learn lessons from past experience, also through its evaluation activities; (d) efforts undertaken to enhance capacity development in developing countries assisting their efforts to pursue poverty eradication, economic growth and sustainable development; and (e) human resources and necessary skills available at the country level within the United Nations system to support national efforts and priorities.

A core thematic area for this analysis will be the rationalization and enhanced functioning of the United Nations development system at the country level, which will include the review of efforts undertaken, especially by the UN Funds and Programmes, to simplify and harmonize their own rules and procedures. One pivotal dimension of the long-term effectiveness of UN development cooperation, linked to national ownership of development assistance activities, is its integration with national efforts and priorities.  The TCPR will also address the issue of funding for operational activities for development of the United Nations system, which ECOSOC has just examined this past July, also through the stimulating discussion that took place at a high-level panel, on 3 July 2003 in Geneva, among personalities of the international development cooperation world.

            Contact: Massimo D’Angelo, DESC, Tel. (212) 963-4731.

Africa South of the Sahara  

Regional Training Workshop: Reporting under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
Arusha, Tanzania, 11-13 September

The Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) will conduct a training workshop for government officials of African countries responsible for reporting under article 18 of the Convention.  The primary objective of the training workshop will be to enhance the capacity of government officials to prepare States parties’ reports.  This will lead to enhanced understanding of the legal obligations established in the Convention and thereby increase opportunities for implementation of the Convention at the national level.

It is expected that approximately 30 government officials from the following Member States in the African region: Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe will participate in the three-day training workshop. The participants will include middle and upper level government officials.

            Contact: Juliet Solomon, DAW/WRS, Tel. (212) 963 6052.

Sub-regional Training Workshop on Conflict Management for Women
Kigali, Rwanda, 15-19 September

DAW,  in close collaboration with the Centre for Conflict Resolution of the University of Cape Town will organize a Training Workshop on Conflict Management for Women for senior women government officials and women in NGO leadership positions.  The training aims to enhance the capacity of women in the Great Lakes region in effective conflict management, including negotiation and mediation skills. The workshop will be organised for approximately 30 participants from Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, and United Republic of Tanzania.

            Contact: Makiko Tagashira, DAW/GAS, Tel. (212) 963 4836.

Meeting-cum-training Workshop on the Establishment of an E-based Network of National Machineries in Africa
Kampala, Uganda, October

DAW will organize a meeting for representatives from ten national machineries for the advancement of women in Africa in Kampala, Uganda in October 2003. The meeting-cum-workshop will identify common strategies for institutional capacity-building and develop an e-based network of national machineries.  The five-day meeting will include a two-day training workshop for expert representatives and for information managers/specialists from national machineries on the use of information and communications technologies (ICT) for knowledge management and information sharing.

This meeting is the first in the series of three meetings the Division is organizing within the framework of a project on “Capacity-building for national machineries for the advancement of women in promoting gender equality in African countries”, funded by the Development Account.  The following countries will be invited to participate in the meeting: Angola, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

            Contact: Ms. Makiko Tagashira, DAW/GAS, Tel. (212) 963 4836.

Workshop on Ageing and Poverty: the implications for national poverty policies and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Eastern and Central Africa
Dar es Salaam, 29-31 October

            This is a UNDESA workshop that is being organized in association with the United Republic of Tanzania and HelpAge International.

Contact: Diane Loughran, DSPD, Tel. (212) 963-1707, Fax: (212) 963-3062.

Eastern Europe and CIS

Workshop on Governance for WSSD Implementation in Countries in Transition
Istanbul, 16-18 September

            The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), in collaboration with the Government of Turkey, is organizing a Workshop on Governance for WSSD Implementation in Countries in Transition. The Workshop will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, as a follow–up activity to the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD), which took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 26 August to 4 September 2002, and the Regional Workshop on Capacity-Building in Governance and Public Administration for Sustainable Development in Countries with Economies in Transition, which was held in Thessaloniki, Greece, from 29 to 31 July 2002.

The purpose of the Workshop is to address the following: i nstitutional arrangements for implementing sustainable development at national and regional levels, with links to global levels; the role of governance and public administration in the achievement and implementation of sustainable development with particular attention to mobilization of financial resources, human development and capacity building; and the role of regional commissions and other regional organizations on promoting good governance for implementation of WSSD outcomes.

The output of the Workshop will be a summary report embodying the outcomes of the deliberations among all participants. It will: identify major national and regional challenges and put forward recommendations with a view to guiding the efforts of the countries in the region to achieve sustainable development with the assistance of the international community, and will address the concerns of public management and governance relative to implementing the commitments in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation. The workshop will also help to facilitate the development of national policies and strategies for sustainable development and intraregional cooperation. The report of the Workshop will be made available to the session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and the meeting of the ECOSOC Committee of Experts on Public Administration in 2004.

Contact: Anne Kerr, DSD, Tel. ( 917) 367-3072.

Global Initiatives

Workshop on HIV/AIDS and Adult Mortality
New York, 8-13 September

            The Population Division is organizing a Workshop on HIV/AIDS and Adult Mortality in Developing Countries that will be held at United Nations Headquarters from 8 to 13 September 2003.  The Workshop is a unique combination of a technical meeting and a training activity for African population specialists working in the area of HIV/AIDS in some of the countries most affected by the epidemic. The Workshop is one of the main components of the Development Account training programme on the demographic impact of AIDS in Africa. About 20 trainees, most of whom are working currently in national statistical offices and or in the AIDS coordination bodies of African countries, will attend the Workshop. The objectives of this training activity are to give African trainees a good understanding of the broad demographic aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, including methodological and data quality issues, and to make them aware about the crucial importance of adopting effective ways to communicate the results of research on population and HIV/AIDS. The Workshop will focus on ways of improving such communication, especially through the mass media. United Nations correspondents and DPI representatives will address the Workshop.

            The Workshop will also include presentations by experts and active discussions between trainees and experts on the technical aspects of estimating the demographic impact of HIV/AIDS, measuring adult mortality levels in general, and projecting mortality levels in the presence of the epidemic. The effects of HIV/AIDS on a wide array of social and economic aspects will also be discussed in conjunction with policy responses and programmes developed to meet the challenges posed by the epidemic. The last t wo days of the Workshop will be devoted to a discussion of opportunities and constraints in the use of demographic information to inform policy formulation and communication in the 15 countries represented. By the end of the Workshop, it is expected that each trainee will prepare an article on HIV/AIDS of sufficient quality to be presented in a national newspaper, the web, a radio or television programme.

            Contact: Joseph-Alfred Grinblat, PD, Tel. (212) 963-3216 OR Armindo Miranda, Tel. (212) 963-4532.

Fourth Training Workshop on E-information Management in United Nations Online Network in Public Administration and Finance (UNPAN)
Thessaloniki, Greece, 22-25 September

http://www.unpan.org/whatsnew.asp

            The workshop organized by the DPAM, in cooperation with the United Nations Thessaloniki Centre (UNTC) will focus not only on technical training, but also on sharing experience in the implementation of the UN Network for Public Administration (UNPAN) at both regional and international levels among e-information management capacity-building.  The training sessions will be administered by the UNPAN management team, and will be attended by 23 trainees from 18 UNPAN member institutions.

Contact: Haiyan Qian, DPADM, Tel. (212) 963-3393 .

Workshop on Globalization and Social Development: Capacity-Building through Sharing of Experiences in Public-Private Collaboration for Public Service Delivery
New Delhi, India, 7-8 October

DPADM is organizing a Workshop on “Globalization and Social Development: Capacity-Building through Sharing of Experiences in Public-Private Collaboration for Public Service Delivery” to be held in New Delhi, India from 7-8 October 2003.  The Workshop is in parallel with and in support of the 19th General Assembly and the Conference of the Eastern Regional Organization of Public Administration (EROPA), scheduled from 5-11 October 2003 in New Delhi.  The EROPA Conference’s main theme is “Public Administration and Globalization: Challenges, Opportunities and Options”.  The Workshop aims to address concerns of poverty and social inclusion through public sector initiatives and partnerships in globalizing conditions.  The Workshop also aims to strengthen the capacity of developing countries requesting assistance in various aspects of their implementation of the World Summit for Social Development (WSSD) commitments, and to enhance their organizational capacities to implement action programmes identified under the respective country’s commitment to the Copenhagen Declaration, through the exchange of views, information and expertise.

            Contact: Adil Khan, DPADM, Tel. (212) 963-6168, OR Jay de Vera, Tel. (212) 963-0525.

Fifth Global Forum on Reinventing Government: Innovation and Quality in the Government of the 21st Century
Mexico City, 3-7 November

http://www.unpan.org/globalforums.asp

            The global forums on reinventing government have been held annually since 1999 and hosted each year by a different Member State.  In 2002, the General Assembly of the United Nations requested the UN Secretariat and the UN system to support the host governments.  This year DPADM has been a member of the Organizing Steering Committee, representing the UN system.

            The Division, in partnership with UNDP, the United Nations Capital Development Fund, UN Habitat, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, Transparency International, Harvard University, and the American Society of Quality, will be organizing seven capacity development workshops as part of the agenda, respectively on 1) Building Human Capital in the Public Sector Capacity; 2) Innovation and Quality in Government; 3) Public Service Delivery and Urban Governance; 4) E-Government; 5) Innovations in Linking Decentralized Governance and Human Development; 6) Accountable and Transparent Government; and 7) Fiscal Transparency Report on the Observance of Standards and Codes and Other Tools for Promoting Continuing Fiscal Management.

Contact: Shabbir Cheema, DPADM, Tel. (212) 963-4533, OR Tony Shkurtaj, Tel. (212) 963-8836, OR Nahleen Ahmed, Tel. (917) 367-5012.

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Publications and web sites 

Statistics
Africa
Forests
Population
Public Administration   

Statistics  
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/updates.htm

ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/364
Vol. LVII – No. 4
April 2003

            Special features in this issue:  World shipbuilding; Civil aviation traffic:  passenger-km, cargo net ton-km; Total exports and imports by countries or areas:  volume, unit value, terms of trade and purchasing power of exports, in US dollars.

ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/365
Vol. LVII – No.5
May 2003

            Special features in this issue:  Indices of world industrial production by branches of industry and by regions; Producers’ or wholesale price indices; Earnings in manufacturing by sex; Construction of new buildings; Total exports and imports by regions:  volume and unit value indices and terms of trade.

ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/366
Vol. LVII – No.6
June 2003

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

ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/367
Vol. LVII – No.7
July 2003

            Special features in this issue:  World shipbuilding; Civil aviation traffic:  passenger-km, cargo net ton-km; Total exports and imports by countries or areas:  volume, unit value, terms of trade and purchasing power of exports, in US dollars; World exports by provenance and destination.

            Contact: Gloria Cuaycong, SD, Tel. (212) 963-4865

World Statistics Pocketbook
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.V/23
Sales No. E.01.XVII.6

            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.

World Statistics Pocketbook: Small Island Developing States
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.V/24/SIDS

Special Issue Preliminary

            This special issue of the United Nations annual World Statistics Pocketbook provides a compilation of basic social, economic and development indicators that together comprise a framework for assessing in quantitative terms each country’s current development situation.  The indicators presented can, at present, serve as benchmarks for assessment, monitoring and further development of statistical capacities in the small island developing States.

World Statistics Pocketbook: Landlocked Developing Countries
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.V/25/LLDC

Special Issue Preliminary

            This special issue of the United Nations annual World Statistics Pocketbook provides a compilation of basic social, economic and development indicators that together comprise a framework for assessing in quantitative terms each country’s current development situation.  The indicators presented can, at present, serve as benchmarks for assessment, monitoring and further development of statistical capacities in the landlocked developing countries.

            Contact: Virgilio Castillo, SD, Tel. (212) 963-4867

Population and Vital Statistics Report
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.A/225

Series A Vol. LV, No. 2
Data available as of 1 April 2003
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/seriesa/

            This issue of the Population and Vital Statistics Report presents 2001 and 2002 estimates of world and continental population, as well as corresponding 2001 estimates for 235 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 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 becomes available and are footnoted accordingly.

            Contact: Yacob Zewoldi, SD, Tel. (212) 963-0445

Classification by Broad Economic Categories
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.M/53/Rev.4
Sales No. E.03.XVII.8

            The original Classification by Broad Economic Categories (BEC) was produced in 1961 to provide a means for international trade statistics to be analyzed by broad economic categories such as food, industrial supplies, capital equipment, consumer durables and consumer non-durables.  The original BEC was linked to the Standard International Trade Classification.  Two revisions of BEC were produced to coincide with revisions of SITC, and a third revision made technical corrections.  The current publication provides links between BEC and the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (2002 edition) as well as to the basic classes of goods in the System of National Accounts (consumption goods, intermediate goods, capital goods).  Each of the 3,121 SITC headings is correlated to one of the nineteen BEC basic headings, as are 5,222 of the 5,224 HS02 subheadings (two HS02 subheadings fall outside the scope of SITC, Rev.3 and are therefore not correlated to BEC).

            Contact: Vladimir Markhonko, SD, Tel. (212) 963-5252 

2001 International Trade Statistics Yearbook Vol. I and Vol. II
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.G/50

Sales No.
E/F.03.XVII.2, Vol. I
Sales No. E/F.03/XVII.2, Vol. II

                 Volume I provide historical information on the external trade performance of individual countries in terms of current values. Information showing important commodities traded by an individual country (latest 4 years) and the country’s trade with its major trading partners and regions (latest 5 years) are also shown. Summary tables for each country show imports by broad economic categories, exports by industrial origin and the percentage share of the country's trading partners and regions in relation to its total trade. This volume contains data for 179 countries or reporting customs areas.

            Volume II contains selected commodity tables showing total world trade of those commodities analysed by regions and countries, as well as various specialized tables.

            Contact: Ronald Jansen, SD, Tel. (212) 963-5980

Statistics Web Pages
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/

Most recent additions and updates to the Statistics Division web site  include:

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

      These additions to the Millennium Indicators Database site provide the official list of millennium development goals, targets and indicators in authoritative French and Spanish translations, plus some related information on the databases and the MDG indicators programme in these languages. The navigation pages are also provided in French and Spanish versions.

      These colourful additions to the Millennium Indicators Database site provide for the first time maps showing clearly the regional and other groupings used by the Statistics Division in the millennium development goals indicators programme for presenting aggregate data on world and regional levels and trends. In addition to the basic geographical classification of developed and developing regions, with a map for each region, there are world maps showing the least developed countries, the landlocked developing countries and the transition countries. The maps are accompanied by listings of the countries and areas in each grouping, plus listings of the small island developing States and the World Bank's classification of low, medium and high-income countries used for several of the indicators.

            Contact: Francesca Perucci, SD, Tel.(212) 963-0212

Poverty Statistics site
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/poverty/

            The United Nations Statistics Division recently launched a project to prepare a publication on statistical concepts, methods and best practices for poverty statistics. This site presents work-in-progress on the project and on the draft publication and will report on the organization and implementation of the project activities including four regional workshops and one expert group meeting planned during the course of the project, 2004-2005.

            Contact: Gisele Kamanou , SD, Tel. (212) 963 4328

Africa

Networking: Directory of African NGOs on CD-ROM
Second edition, 2003

             Covers over 3000 organizations.

            Contact: Office of the Special Coordinator for Africa and the Least Developed Countries (OSCAL), Tel. (212) 963-5084 and (212) 963-4780, Fax: (212) 963-3892

Forests

Report of the Third Session of UNFF

            The report of the third session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) that took place 26 May - 6 June 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland, is now available online at the UNFF website, http://www.un.org/esa/forests .

Population

Partnership and Reproductive Behaviour in Low-Fertility Countries
ESA/P/WP.177

The study examines the momentous changes in marriage and childbearing patterns that took place during the last decades of the 20th century, focusing on the situations in the more developed countries.  The study highlights the relationship between marital patterns and childbearing patterns, showing how trends such as rising age at marriage, growing celibacy and increasing prevalence of cohabitation contribute to more extra-marital births, widespread childlessness and an increasing propensity to stop at low parities. While trends vary from country to country, they are nevertheless relatively similar within geographical regions, which thus emerge as contrasting clusters.

            Partnership and Reproductive Behaviour in Low-Fertility Countries can be downloaded free of charge from the Population Division web site http://unpopulation.org  

 Public Administration 

Report of the International Colloquium on Regional Governance and Sustainable Development in Tourism-driven Economies
Cancun, Q.R., Mexico, 20-22 February 2002

http://www.unpan.org/analytical_report.asp

This is a comprehensive report on the activities and conclusions of the Colloquium organized by the Division for Public Administration and Development Management.  The report includes contributions by participants in the form of concept papers on the subjects as they relate to tourism, fiscal decentralization, entrepreneurship, sustainable development, cultural change and the influence of culture on economic policy.  It also includes case studies on local tourism development in Mexico, the Philippines, India and Spain.

            Contact: Dawne Gautier, DPADM, (212) 963-2306.

Governance World Watch
http://www.unpan.org/major_development.asp

            DPADM will issue nos. 54 and 55 of the Governance World Watch on UNPAN at the end of September and October, respectively.  The publication provides a collection of news articles by various international media on the most recent major trends and developments in the areas of public policy and globalization, governance systems and institutions, information communication technology (ICT) for development, civil service and ethics in the public sector, human resources development, mobilization of financial resources for development, and private sector development.  The most recent issues and all back issues can be found at this link.

Contact: Ms. Haiyan Qian, DPADM,  Tel. (212) 963-3393.

Public Administration Web Pages

Africa Governance Portal (AGI)

            Following the information provided in the last issue of the DESA Newsletter, the Africa Governance Portal has been completed and is now available online at two websites: http://www.unpan.org/agi.asp and http://www.unpan.org/agiportal .

            The AGI is a flexible management tool assisting African governments and their development partners to improve programming, coordination and mobilization of resources in the field of governance. It is also a useful instrument for sharing governance experiences and promoting partnerships at the regional level.

            Contact: Valentina Resta, DPADM, Tel. (212) 963-8423.

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 (DESA) in collaboration with DESA Divisions. DESA News is issued every two months

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