Volume 8, No. 2, March - April 2004

  In this issue:
 

Mr. Ocampo on Least Developed Countries

International Women's Day

Global dialogue on development

Consultations with Bretton Woods Institutions

Enabling environment for poverty eradication

Status of women

Statistics

Information and Communication Technologies

Development Policy

Water and sanitation

Small Islands

Forests

Social Development

Institution building for African renewal

Trends and analysis

Global economic outlook

Sustainable development partnerships

Millennium Development Goals Indicators

Technical cooperation

Knowledge management for MDGs

Toolkit on Youth

Publications and web sites

ICT for Development

National Accounts Statistics

Meetings
 

Preparatory meetings for the 2004 ECOSOC High-level Segment
New York, 28-30 June 2004
February-March 2004

http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ecosoc/hl2004/index.htm

       This year, the high-level segment of the Economic and Social Council, to be held from 28-30 June in New York, will address: resources mobilization and enabling environment for poverty eradication in the implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries, 2001-2010.

       In preparation for the event, the DESA Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination is organizing a number of roundtables in cooperation with UN Departments and agencies.

       The first was held on 17 February 2004. During the day-long meeting ECOSOC and senior officials reviewed progress in mobilizing resources and creating an enabling environment for poverty eradication for the least-developed countries (LDCs) since an action plan was drawn up at an international conference on the issue held in Brussels in 2001.

       The Brussels Programme of Action - a set of key commitments for implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - includes seven specific commitments made by the LDCs and their development partners, including mobilization of financial resources as well as governance, trade and sustainable development.

       In his opening remarks, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs José Antonio Ocampo said despite the best efforts of the countries themselves and the international community, most LDCs are in serious danger of falling short of the millennium targets and the Brussels Programme of Action. In many small countries, the very serious obstacles to providing public services and human resources are exacerbated by heavy debt loads.

       Mr. Ocampo also warned that in extreme cases, the lack of access to resources can undermine the basic mechanisms of governance and lead to political disintegration and open social conflicts. "Armed conflicts are on the rise and many are taking place in poor countries," he noted. "Such instability, in turn, is a major obstacle to making the business climate attractive to both domestic and foreign investors. The efforts to mobilize resources should therefore be closely integrated with the efforts to achieve peace and security."

       The addresses were followed by three roundtable discussions on the following topics: (i) “Mobilizing domestic resources, capacity-building and national policy measures for the creation of an 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”; (ii) “Mobilizing external resources and the creation of an enabling environment for poverty eradication”; (iii) “The regional dimension of resources mobilization and enabling environment for poverty eradication”.


       During the discussions that followed, a range of participants - including finance ministers, UN agency chiefs and officials from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) - offered recommendations to remedy the economic woes of poor countries. These included widening the tax base, focusing on the middle class, investing in infrastructure, giving priority to education and providing LDCs with fair access to international markets.

       The meeting concluded that with current trends, the Millennium Development Goals would not be met in many least developed countries, in particular in sub-Saharan Africa. International assistance was needed to help those countries achieve their development goals. While the least developed countries held primary responsibility for shaping their policies, the importance of external resources, ODA and foreign direct investment could not be underestimated. The need to include least developed countries in international trade arrangements was of particular importance. The human capital aspect was also stressed. In the efforts to overcome poverty, it was crucial to provide prospects to the young generation and empower the population. Participants pointed out that the financial sector had to be strengthened. They also noted that peace and security were the needed prerequisites for development. Sharing of best practices and understanding of lessons learned needed to be emphasized.

       On 17 and 18 March 2004, the Council will organize roundtables to hear presentations and reviews by a number of LDCs and their development partners on successes achieved, or problems encountered, on the country level in creating an enabling environment conducive to the mobilization of resources for poverty eradication in the context of the implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2001-2010.

       Contact: Ms. Aliye Celik, Chief, ECOSOC Interorganizational Cooperation Branch, Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, tel: (212) 963-4201, fax: (212) 963 7454.


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Intergovernmental Meetings

Commission on the Status of Women, 48th Session, New York, 1-12 March 2004
Statistical Commission, Thirty-fifth Session, New York, 2-5 Mar 2004
United Nations ICT Task Force, Sixth Meeting, New York, 25-27 March 2004
Commission on Sustainable Development, Twelfth Session, New York, 14 - 30 April 2004
Special high-level meeting of ECOSOC with the Bretton Woods institutions and WTO, New York, 26 April 2004
United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF 4), Fourth Session, Geneva, 3-14 May 2004
Commission for Social Development, Forty-second Session, New York, 4-13 February 2004
Expert Group Meetings
Committee for Development Policy, Sixth Session, New York, 29 March to 2 April 2004
Committee of Experts on Public Administration, Third Session, New York, 29 March - 2 April 2004
Expert Group Meeting on the world economy - Project LINK, New York, 14-16 April 2004

Inter-Agency Meetings

Inter-agency and Expert Meeting on MDG Indicators, New York, 29 March – 1 April 2004

Intergovernmental Meetings

Commission on the Status of Women, 48th Session
New York, 1-12 March 2004
 
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/48sess.htm

       The session will consider two thematic issues: 1) women’s equal participation in conflict prevention, management and conflict resolution and in post-conflict peace-building; and 2) the role of men and boys in achieving gender equality. Panel discussions on first thematic issues will be held on 2 March 2004. The Commission will hold a high-level round table on 1 March 2004 on gaps and challenges in measuring progress in the context of the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Platform for Action and the outcome of the twenty-third special session in the Commission on the Status of Women at its forty-ninth session in 2005. Documentation, including the reports of two expert group meetings held in preparation for the session, can be found at http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/48sess.htm .

      Contact: Abigail Loregnard-Kasmally, DAW/DESA, Tel: (212) 963-3137.

      Side-events

Weaving the World’s Women Together – Lessons for 2005 and Beyond
New York, 4 March 2004

       Panelists will discuss a range of issues including human rights, sustainable development, and the role of men and boys for gender equality. The panel is sponsored by the OSAGI/DESA, the International Alliance of Women, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, FEMNET, and the Women’s Environment and Development Organization. Ms. Wariara Mbugua, Principal Social Affairs Officer, United Nations OSAGI/DESA will participate on the panel.

      Contact: Wariara Mbugua, OSAGI/DESA, Tel. (212) 963-2226.

Women and Electoral Processes
New York, 3 March 2004

       The panel is organized as a follow-up to the recent expert group meeting on Enhancing women's participation in electoral processes in post-conflict countries. The objective of the panel discussion is to share and take forward the experts' recommendations, with particular emphasis on strategies and effective implementation of gender-sensitive practices in post-conflict electoral processes. The panel is cosponsored by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations and OSAGI, who will chair.

      Contact: Kate Burns, OSAGI/DESA, Tel: (917) 367-5221.

Men Working for Gender Equality
New York, 4 March 2004

       The Division for the Advancement of Women, in collaboration with ILO, UNAIDS and UNDP, will organize the panel to discuss efforts being undertaken by men around the world to promote gender equality between women and men. A broad range of initiatives, including men taking more responsibilities as fathers, becoming involved in caring roles, combating HIV/AIDS, promoting equality in the workplace and networking and advocating for greater involvement of men and boys in gender equality work will the emphasized.

      Contact: Anna Moderzitski, GAS/DAW/DESA, Tel. (917) 367-3124.

Lessons learnt from the experiences of the Mano River Women's Peace Network
New York, 5 March 2004

       The Division for the Advancement of Women will organize a panel discussion to review the experiences of the Mano River Women’s Network. The network has been identified as a successful women's network that contributed to bringing peace to countries in the Mano River Union, namely, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The panel aims to draw lessons from the work of the network at the regional, sub-regional and national level.

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

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Statistical Commission, Thirty-fifth Session
New York, 2-5 Mar 2004

http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/sc2004.htm

      As a special topic the Commission will discuss the results of a review of the implementation of the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, which were adopted 10 years ago. Other topics to be discussed include social statistics (programme review), health statistics, poverty statistics, national accounts, environmental statistics and accounting, economic and social classifications, harmonization of indicators and reporting on the millennium development goals and statistical capacity building. The agenda, organization of work as well as the complete documentation for the Commission session are available on the web page.

      Contact: Stefan Schweinfest, Statistics Division, Tel: 1-212-963-4849.

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United Nations ICT Task Force, Sixth Meeting
New York, 25-27 March 2004
http://www.unicttaskforce.org

       The Sixth Meeting of the UN ICT Task Force will address the outcomes of the Geneva phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). During the first two days of the meeting, a Global Forum on the subject of Internet governance will be held with participation of all stakeholders.

       The Forum will be an opportunity to engage in an open discussion of all aspects of this range of issues. In the period leading up to the Global Forum, an on-line discussion of these issues will be organized to ensure as broad and comprehensive representation of views, perspectives and recommendations as possible.

       The Global Forum will contribute to the world-wide consultation process to be organized by the Secretary-General according to the Plan of Action adopted at the Geneva phase of the WSIS in December 2003.

       Contact person: Mr. Sergei Kambalov, Deputy Executive Coordinator, UN ICT Task Force, Tel: (212) 963-4751, fax (917) 367 4340.

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Commission on Sustainable Development, Twelfth Session
New York, 14 - 30 April 2004

http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd/csd12/csd12.htm
http://www.sidsnet.org

       This will be the first substantive session of the Commission since the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development. The first 3 days will be devoted to a SIDS preparatory meeting (see below), while the remainder of the session will focus on the three thematic areas of water, sanitation and human settlements. There will be an emphasis on interactive discussion related to challenges, successes, case studies, lessons learned, and best practices with respect to making progress on commitments in these three areas. Five regional sessions to review progress in implementation at the regional level, a Partnerships Fair, Learning Centre and Side Events are other features of CSD-12.

      The Division for Sustainable Development, as secretariat for the Commission on Sustainable Development, has made available online four Secretary General’s reports. Three of these reports provide a review of the status of implementation of commitments made in Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and other relevant CSD sessions related to the themes of water, sanitation and human settlements, respectively, while the fourth provides an overview of progress towards sustainable development.

       Water and Sanitation

      Meeting the international development goals for water and sanitation will require that access be extended by 2015 to an additional 1.6 billion people and 2 billion people, given projected population growth. This requires a substantial acceleration of progress over that achieved in the 1990s, when some 900 million people gained access to an improved drinking water source and some one billion people to improved sanitation.

      Human Settlements

       With respect to the goal of substantially improving the lives of 100 million slum dwellers by 2020, even if achieved this would only be a small step towards addressing the daunting challenge of providing adequate housing, infrastructure and services, and employment not only to the estimated 900 million current inhabitants of slum settlements, but to the projected one billion new inhabitants of the developing world’s cities by 2020.

      Small Islands programme of action

      The first three days of CSD-12, 14-16 April will be dedicated to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) 10-year review preparations. The meeting will consider the synthesis report of the Secretary-General based on recommendations from SIDS, and reports from the expert thematic workshop, regional and inter-regional preparatory meetings. The high-level meeting to review the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA) on the sustainable development of the Small Island Developing States will be held in Mauritius from 30 August to 3rd September 2004.

      Regional preparatory meetings were held in late 2003, highlighting actions taken and the challenges faced in the implementation of the BPoA. An inter-regional meeting took place in January in The Bahamas, adopting both the Nassau Declaration and AOSIS Strategy Paper for the further implementation of the BPoA. The final preparations for the International Meeting including its agenda will be undertaken by CSD-12.

      Contact: Federica Pietracci, DSD/DESA, Tel: (212) 963-8497.

      To obtain the Nassau Declaration, please visit: http://www.sidsnet.org/docshare/other/20040206162805_Nassau_declaration_final_version.pdf

       To obtain the AOSIS Strategy Paper, please visit: http://www.sidsnet.org/docshare/other/20040206162842_AOSIS_strategy_final_version.pdf

      Contact: Diane Marie Quarless, DSD/DESA, Tel: (212) 963-8563.

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Special high-level meeting of ECOSOC with the Bretton Woods institutions and WTO
New York, 26 April 2004

       The Economic and Social Council will hold the special high-level meeting with the Bretton Woods Institutions and the WTO on 26 April 2004 at the United Nations Headquarters, the day following the spring meetings in Washington of the International Monetary and Financial Committee and the Development Committee. It is intended to be a free-flowing dialogue between the Economic and Social Council and a panel of finance ministers/high-level officials who have participated in the spring meetings of the Bretton Woods institutions or in intergovernmental work on trade. UNCTAD has been invited for the first time to the meeting.

      Following Monterrey, the spring meeting has gained greater importance in the multilateral efforts for deepening the dialogue between the United Nations and the Bretton Woods institutions, WTO, and UNCTAD, and for strengthening their partnership for achieving the agreed development goals. This year the meeting is expected to focus on specific issues contained in the Monterrey Consensus that require a greater degree of cooperation and coordination, within the holistic framework of the Monterrey Consensus. The President of ECOSOC is currently holding rounds of consultations to clearly define the overall focus of the meeting and the specific themes to be addressed during the parallel roundtables that will be held in the morning. A number of ideas have emerged during the preliminary discussions held thus far with financial and trade partners.

      In preparation for the meeting, the Council will convene informal hearings of civil society and the business sector. The hearings of civil society will be held on 22 March 2004. The focus will be on the implementation of the Monterrey Consensus, particularly in the areas of investment and trade. Informal Hearings of the business sector will be convened by the Council on Wednesday, 24 March. The topic of the hearings will be on "Mobilising Private Investment for Development", focusing on the issues of strengthening information for investors in developing countries and mitigating risks for investors in developed countries.

Background

      The first meeting, in 1998, was held against the backdrop of the Asian financial crisis, and ministers discussed how to maintain the focus on long-term development amidst economic and financial upheavals. The meeting in 1999 addressed the functioning of international financial markets and stability in financing for development, in the broader context of issues related to promoting recovery, ensuring cross-sectoral coherence and mobilizing the cooperation of all actors in the development process. In 2000, the meeting discussed the theme of strengthening international financial arrangements and eradicating poverty.

      In 2001, the meeting addressed two themes: (a) development financing, in particular poverty eradication, official development assistance, and debt; and (b) a development-friendly international financial system: public and private responsibility in the prevention of financial crises. The topic of the 2002 meeting was "Dialogue on the outcome of the International Conference on Financing for Development and of the meetings of the Development Committee and International Monetary and Financial Committee." After Monterrey, the meetings have helped lay down the foundation for "staying engaged" as called for in the Consensus.

      Contact: Mr. Sarbuland Khan, Director, Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Tel: (212) 963-4628, Fax: (212) 963 1712 and Mr. Oscar de Rojas, Director, Financing for Development, Tel: (212) 963 2587, Fax: (212) 963 0443.

      On the hearings with civil society, contact Daniel Platz, DC2-2380, Tel: (212) 963-3664.

       On the hearings with the business sector, contact Krishnan Sharma, DC-2 2108, Tel: (212) 963-4451.

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United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF 4), Fourth Session
Geneva, 3-14 May 2004

       The session will consider implementation of the proposals for action of the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests/Intergovernmental Forum on Forests in five programmatic areas: social and cultural aspects of forests; traditional forest-related knowledge; scientific forest-related knowledge; monitoring, assessment and reporting; and criteria and indicators. The meeting will also examine the reports of the Ad Hoc Expert Group Meetings on approaches and mechanisms for monitoring, assessment and reporting and finance and transfer of environmentally sound technologies, both held in December 2003, Geneva.

       To facilitate the exchange of experiences and increase opportunities for dialogue amongst participants, two side events focusing on Africa and Small Island Developing States will be organized.

       Contact: Pekka Patosaari, Coordinator and Head, Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forest, Tel. (212) 963-3160.

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Commission for Social Development, Forty-second Session
New York, 4-13 February 2004

http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/csd/csocd2004.htm

      The priority theme of the 42nd session of the Commission for Social Development was "Improving Public Sector Effectiveness". The Commission also reviewed the relevant United Nations plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups.

      The Commission recommended to the Economic and Social Council the adoption of the following:

  • agreed conclusions on the Priority Theme (E/CN/5/2004/L.9);
  • draft resolution on the Celebration of the tenth anniversary of the International Year of the Family and beyond (E/CN/5/2004/L.3);
  • draft resolution on the Comprehensive and integral international convention to promote and protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities (E/CN/5/2004/L.5/Rev.1);
  • draft resolution on Further promotion of equalization of opportunities by, for and with persons with disabilities, and protection of the human rights of persons with disabilities (E/CN/5/2004/L.6/Rev.1)
  • draft resolution on the Modalities for the review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002 (E/CN/5/2004/L.7); and
  • draft resolution on the Implementation of the Social Objectives of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (E/CN/5/2004/L.8).

      In addition, the Commission held panel discussions on the Priority Theme, International Migration and Migrants and the Madrid Plan of Action on Ageing. The Chairman's summaries of these panel discussions may be found at the Division for Social Policy and Development's website at http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/csd/csocd2004.htm .

      Contact: Office of the Director, Division for Social Policy and Development, Tel. (212) 963-5853, Fax: (212) 963-3062.

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Expert Group Meetings

Committee for Development Policy, Sixth Session
New York, 29 March to 2 April 2004

http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/csd/csocd2004.htm

       The Committee will discuss measures to improve 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 theme for the 2004 high-level segment of ECOSOC). Within this context, the Committee will also examine issues related to good governance, development and poverty reduction, with a particular focus on how to evaluate progress at national and local levels. In addition, the Committee will discuss measures that could be proposed for adoption by bilateral and multilateral partners to ensure that there is no disruption to a country's development on its graduation from least developed country status.

       Contact: Anatoly Smyshlyaev, Secretary of the Committee for Development Policy, Tel. (212) 963-4687.

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Committee of Experts on Public Administration, Third Session
New York, 29 March - 2 April 2004

http://www.unpan.org/cepa-3.asp

       The third session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration will be held at UN Headquarters from 29 March to 2 April. The main topics to be discussed in the meeting include: revitalizing public administration, public-sector institutional capacity for African renewal, and a review of United Nations activities in the area of public administration. In addition, the Secretariat will make a presentation on the general trends of UN activities in the area of public administration and will provide the Committee for its consideration a note by the Secretary-General on the preparation of a strategic framework for the period 2006-2007. The Committee will review its programme of work and make recommendations to ECOSOC on the agenda for its fourth session.

       Contact: Guido Bertucci, Tel. (212) 963-5761 or Haiyan Qian, Tel. (212) 963-3393.

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Expert Group Meeting on the world economy - Project LINK
New York, 14-16 April 2004

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

      The agenda of the meeting will include two broad items: the global economic outlook and special issues in the world economy. At the meeting, DESA will present the LINK Global Economic Outlook, which is made possible by combining inputs from LINK national forecasting/modeling centers and an assessment by DESA staff, via a simulation exercise on the LINK modeling system. Other international organizations, such as the IMF and the World Bank, will also present their views on the prospects of the world economy. Participants will also discuss the global outlook from their country/regional perspectives. A few sessions will be designated to the discussion of some special economic issues in the world economy, such as the impact of the latest devaluation of the US dollar on developing countries, the implications of the growing Chinese economy for other developing countries, fiscal policy settings in Western Europe and the implications for new EU members, and various trade related issues. Some 100 participants from about 60 countries and several international organizations are expected.

       Contact: Ian Kinniburgh, Development Policy and Planning Office, Tel. (212) 963-4838.

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Inter-Agency Meetings

Inter-agency and Expert Meeting on MDG Indicators
New York, 29 March – 1 April 2004

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

       The meeting, organized by DESA/UNSD and the Executive Office of the Secretary-General will review and discuss the data and analysis provided by the partner agencies for the preparation of the 2004 report on Millennium Development Goals: Data and Trends. The meeting will also discuss initial proposals for the 2005 report to the Secretary-General office, the availability and reliability of country data for MDG indicators and the objectives and initial work plans of the MDG Inter-agency working groups on selected indicators and measurement issues.

      Contact: Francesca Perucci, SD, Tel: 1 (212) 963-0212.

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Panels, symposia and events

United Nations Asia-Pacific Leadership Forum: Sustainable Development for Cities, Hong Kong, 25-26 February 2004
International Forum on Partnerships on Sustainable Development, Rome, 4-6 March 2004
International Women's Day, New York, 8 March
Panel discussion on Participation of Indigenous Women in Conflict Prevention, Conflict Resolution and Post-conflict Peace-building, New York, 10 March 2004
Panel on Transforming Governance: The Role of Regional Organizations, Portland, Oregon, 28 March 2004
UN/INTOSAI Seventeenth Interregional Seminar on Government Auditing Vienna, Austria, 19 - 23 April 2004

Expert Groups

Expert Group Meeting on Civil Society Participation in Fiscal Policy, New York, 15-16 March 2004
Workshop on a Global Youth Media Culture, New York, 27-29 April 04

Noteworthy Publications

Online Database of Partnerships for Sustainable Development

Panels, symposia and events

United Nations Asia-Pacific Leadership Forum: Sustainable Development for Cities
Hong Kong, 25-26 February 2004
http://www.susdev.gov.hk/html/en/leadership_forum/

       DESA, together with the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is holding the forum to provide an opportunity to discuss practical ways to achieve sustainable development goals, with particular emphasis on poverty alleviation and improving basic services. Key note speakers at the Forum will be Mr. José Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Mr. Jiang Zhenghua, Vice Chairman, Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China, and Mr Tung Chee Hwa, Chief Executive, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

       The fact that Asia Pacific region is already home to more than fifty percent of the world's population, and it will see the most rapid population growth over coming decades, serves as backdrop to the Forum. Given continuing migration from the rural areas to the cities, it is expected that the region will host a number of new “mega cities”, defined as cities with a population over ten million. Guided by the overarching theme of sustainable development in an urban context, the Forum aims to contribute to the CSD process by providing a local and regional level perspective on the implementation of Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.

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International Forum on Partnerships on Sustainable Development
Rome, 4-6 March 2004
http://www.minambiente.it/Sito/settori_azione/pia/att/forum_svs_eng.asp

       The Italian Ministry for the Environment and Territory, in cooperation with UNDESA is organizing the forum. Mr. Patrizio Civili, Assitant-Secretary-General for Coordination is giving an opening statement. The Division for Sustainable Development is providing assistance on some substantive aspects of the preparations and outreach activities. The forum is open to anyone interested in partnerships for sustainable development.

       Contact: Zvetolyub Basmajiev, DSD/DESA, Tel: (212) 963-4671.

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International Women's Day
New York, 8 March 2004
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/feature/iwd/2004/

      Organized by the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality, a panel discussion entitled “Women and HIV/AIDS” will be held in the observance of United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace at United Nations Headquarters on Monday, 8 March 2004. Moderated by Shashi Tharoor, the panelists will include Kofi Annan (Secretary General, UN); Dr. Lee Jong-wook (Director-General, WHO); Ndioro Ndiaye (Deputy Director General, IOM); Ms Noerine Kaleeba (UNAIDS); Dean Peacock (EngenderHealth South Africa); George Alleyne (Special Envoy of the Secretary-General in the Caribbean Region); and Linda M. Distlerath (Vice President, Global Health Policy, Merck & Co., Inc.).

      Contact: Amina Adam, DAW/DESA, Tel. 1 (212) 963-3169.

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Panel discussion on Participation of Indigenous Women in Conflict Prevention, Conflict Resolution and Post-conflict Peace-building
New York, 10 March 2004

      The United Nations Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, in cooperation with the Tribal Link Foundation, within the context of the 2004 Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, is organizing a panel discussion on Participation of indigenous women in conflict prevention, conflict resolution and post-conflict peace-building.

      This panel is also a contribution to the special theme of the Third Session of the Permanent Forum which is devoted to Indigenous Women.

      Participants on the panel are:

  • Ms. Njuma Ekundanayo, Vice-Chairperson of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (Democratic Republic of Congo);
  • Ms. Stella Tamang, Chair of the International Indigenous Women Caucus (Nepal);
  • Ms. Carmen Jerez, Director of the Educational Network of Ambayata (Ecuador);
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  • Mr. Michel Duclos, Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations; and
  • Mr. Danilo Turk, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

      The Panel will be chaired by Mr. Johan Scholvinck, Director of the Division of Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

      For those who do not hold a United Nations pass, please contact the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Tel: (212) 963-3640, email: IndigenousPermanentForum@un.org, by March 5th to provide your name so as to facilitate access to the conference room.

      Contact: Ms. Elissavet Stamatopoulou, Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Tel: 212-963-2775.

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Panel on Transforming Governance: The Role of Regional Organizations
Portland, Oregon, 28 March 2004

       The Division for Public Administration and Development Management is jointly organizing the panel with the United Nations University's Centre for Regional Integration Studies (www.cris.unu.edu) at the 65th Annual Conference of the American Society for Public Administration which will be held in Portland, Oregon from 27 to 30 March 2004. The theme of the Annual Conference this year is "Transforming Governance in a World without Boundaries". The UN-UNUCRIS Panel will take place on 28 March 2004 on the theme "Transforming Governance: The Role of Regional Organizations".

       Contact: Yolande Jemiai, Tel. (212) 963-8395.

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UN/INTOSAI Seventeenth Interregional Seminar on Government Auditing
Vienna, Austria, 19 - 23 April 2004

http://www.intosai.org

       This year the seminar's theme is "The Independence of Supreme Audit Institutions". DPADM, who co-organizes the meeting with the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI), will make a presentation on the role of Supreme Audit Institutions in auditing their countries' progress towards achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including the eradication of poverty, hunger and diseases. The Seminar participants - Auditors and Controllers-General - will discuss, inter alia, the auditing of socio-economic and environmental impact of government initiatives and the auditing of good governance, e-government and the fight against corruption.

       Contact: Esther Stern, Tel (212) 963-8100.

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Expert Groups

Expert Group Meeting on Civil Society Participation in Fiscal Policy
New York, 15-16 March 2004

http://www.unpan.org/directory/conference/guest/browseoneconference.asp?conference_id=1660

       An Expert Group Meeting on civil society participation in fiscal policy, organized by the Division for Public Administration and Development Management, will be held from 15-16 March 2004. Based on a series of specialized papers, the experts will present key substantive issues relative to civil society participation in macroeconomic policies, in particular, in fiscal policy. Each paper will be presented to the audience by the respective author and, subsequently, commented on by another expert. Afterwards, participants will have the opportunity to discuss each presentation. A publication with all the presentations and a summary of discussions will be prepared by DPADM to be disseminated amongst Governments and other interested institutions. The substantive findings will be used by DPADM to identify issues for enriching normative work and new products for its technical cooperation activities.

       Contact: Larry Wilmore, Tel. (212) 963-4758; or Julio D'Arcy, Tel. (212)963-5603.

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Workshop on a Global Youth Media Culture
New York, 27-29 April 04 (tentative)

       This Workshop will explore the impact of this powerful global media culture on young people. While young people are at the forefront of the information revolution, at the same time they are also confronted with the challenge of reconciling the reality of their daily existence with the popular images presented by that revolution.

       Contact Laura Skolnik, Division for Social Policy and Development, Tel: (212) 963-5161.

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Noteworthy Publications

Online Database of Partnerships for Sustainable Development
http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/partnerships

       The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) has launched an online Database of Partnerships for Sustainable Development. Developed in response to a request from the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) at its 11th session, this searchable database contains voluntary self-reports from partnerships announced at and since the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). As of 1 February, 266 partnership initiatives were registered with the CSD Secretariat, 209 of which were registered during the WSSD process.

       Contact: Zvetolyub Basmajiev, DSD/DESA, Tel: (212) 963-4671.

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Africa South of the Sahara
Latin America and the Caribbean
Global Initiatives


Africa South of the Sahara  

Workshop on the African Governance Inventory
Banjul, The Gambia, 19-20 April 2004

       The Division for Public Administration and Development Management will hold a two-day Workshop on the African Governance Inventory from 19-20 April, in conjunction with the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) Roundtable taking place in Banjul, The Gambia from 19-23 April. The Workshop aims to review the regional process set forth in the Africa Governance Inventory project, which was launched by DPADM in 1999 with funding from the Regional Bureau for Africa of UNDP and the Government of Italy. Participants will include government focal points on governance from the 16 countries invited to attend the sixth Africa Governance Forum, and representatives from UNDP and the Government of Italy.

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

Strengthening the capacity of national machineries through
the effective use of ICTs Meeting-cum-training workshop
Windhoek, Namibia, 19-23 April 2004

      The Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) will organize a meeting-cum-training workshop on strengthening the capacity of national machineries through the effective use of ICTs in Windhoek, Namibia, from 19 – 23 April 2004. This meeting-cum-training workshop aims to strengthen the technical, institutional and substantive capacity of national machineries for the advancement of women through ICT, to advocate successful gender equality policies, and to act as catalysts for systematic gender mainstreaming in all policies and programmes at national level. It will also provide practical training for information managers and/or documentalists of national machineries to support networking and partnerships among national machineries through effective development and maintenance of information bases, web sites and related information infrastructure. Approximately 60 participants will include the representatives of national machineries and information specialists from 13 countries in Southern Africa.

      Contact: Makiko Tagashira, GAS/DAW/DESA, Tel. 1 (212) 963-4836.

Poverty Reduction Strategy Programme for Chad

       In July 2003, the Government of Chad approved a Poverty Reduction Strategy Programme (PRSP). UNDP intends to support the Government in the monitoring and assessment of the PRSP in relation to the UN Millennium Development Goals. UNDP requested UNDESA to coordinate the preparation of a Programme related to these issues, which the Division for Public Administration and Development Management will be implementing during the period of February to May 2004.

       Contact: Jean Le Nay, Tel. (212) 963-5552.


Latin America and the Caribbean

Regional Caribbean Workshop on National Sustainable Development Strategies and Indicators of Sustainable Development
St. Lucia, 14-15 January 2004

http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/natlinfo/nsds/Report_Caribbean04.pdf

       The Workshop was jointly organized by the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and DSD/DESA. The main objectives of the workshop were to build capacity for promoting national sustainable development strategies and indicators of sustainable development, to provide a forum for the exchange of experiences and lessons learned in these areas, and to offer options for decision-making through the use of indicators of sustainable development at the national level. More than 40 participants attended.

       Contact: Reena Mahendra Shah, DSD/DESA, Tel: (212) 963-4586 and Kirsten Rohrhmann, DSD/DESA, Tel: (212) 963-2137.

Global Initiatives

Inter-agency Meeting on measures to ensure a "smooth transition" for countries graduating from Least Developed Country status
New York, 16 March 2004

       The one-day inter-agency meeting on 16 March is being convened jointly by the Development Policy and Planning Office of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS).

       The goal of the meeting will be to identify actions and measures that could be proposed for adoption by bilateral and multilateral partners to ensure that there is no disruption to a country's development on its graduation from least developed country status. This question has received heightened attention as a result of a recommendation that some countries should be graduated from the category. The subject is likely to become increasingly pertinent as more least developed countries are successful in their development efforts and become eligible for graduation.

       Contact: Anatoly Smyshlyaev, DPPO, Tel. (212) 963-4687.

Promoting Knowledge Management, Innovation and the Use of Information Technology in the Public Sector to Meet the Millennium Development Goals

       In April 2004, the Division for Public Administration and Development Management will begin to implement the above project which is financed by the Development Account under Section 35 of the UN programme budget for 2004-05. The objective of this three-year project is to assist Member States, particularly those that are least developed countries, to strengthen their institutional and human resources capacities by improving the management of information in the area of public administration. This project will also further promote linkages and cooperation between the regional and subregional institutions of the UNPAN network.

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

Toolkit to evaluate the World Programme of Action on Youth

       The Programme on Youth developed a toolkit that supports young people in the evaluation of their national youth policy along the standards agreed upon in the Programme of Action for Youth to the year 2000 and beyond (WPAY). The aims are to make the goals of the WPAY known amongst young people, to support their lobbying at the government level to achieve those goals and to gather input for the two General Assembly meetings in 2005 when the WPAY will be reviewed. The toolkit will be promoted throughout the year and highlighted on special occasions such as the World Youth Festival in Barcelona, Spain.

       Limited paper versions will be distributed and the toolkit will also be available as a download on the web site http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/

       Contact: Laura Skolnik, Division for Social Policy and Development, Tel: (212) 963-5161.



Statistics
Forests
Public Administration   
Social Development  
Sustainable Development
Information and Communication Technologies for Development

Statistics

Web page on Poverty Statistics
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/poverty/default.htm

Presents the work-in-progress on a publication on Poverty Statistics: Concepts, Methods and Best Practices. Provides detailed information on the procedures put in place to prepare the publication and report on its development.

Monthly Bulletin of Statistics
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/372
Vol. LVII – No. 12
December 2003
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/mbs

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

       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.

Contact: Gloria Cuaycong, SD, Tel: 1 (212) 963-4865.

National Accounts Statistics:
Main Aggregates and Detailed Tables, 2001 Part I and Part II
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.X/30

Sales No. E.03.XVII.14
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/nationalaccount/nasp1.htm

       Contains detailed national accounts estimates for 179 countries and areas. The national data for each country and area are presented in separate chapters using uniform table headings and classifications recommended in the United Nations System of National Accounts 1993 (SNA 1993). A summary of the conceptual framework of the SNA 1993 and definitions of important terms are also included. The new table format displays series numbers with the data in order to facilitate easy data comparison across tables.

Contact: Christof Paparella, SD, Tel: 1 (212) 963-4571.

National Accounts Statistics: Analysis of Main Aggregates, 2001
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.X/31

Sales No. E.03.XVII.17
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/snaama/

       This publication presents, in the form of analytical tables, a summary of the principal national accounting aggregates based on official detailed national accounts data for more than 200 countries and areas of the world. The analytical tables include detailed economic analysis of data on gross domestic product by type of expenditure, kind of economic activity and other principal income aggregates, based on current prices and constant prices are transformed into structural shares, growth rates and implicit price deflators for more detailed economic analysis.

Contact: Julia Santander, SD, Tel: 1 (212) 963-1508.

 

Forests

Approaches for improving transfer of environmentally sound technologies for sustainable forest management

       The publication will explore the central role of environmentally sound technologies (ESTs) in sustainable forest management and the transfer of ESTs for sustainable forest management (SFM) in the work of the UNFF. It will provide a framework for improving the transfer of ESTs, looking at barriers and opportunities affecting their successful transfer.

       Three case studies on barriers to and approaches for improving the transfer of ESTs for the sustainable management of mangrove forests, tropical forests, and temperate and boreal forests will be analyzed.

       Contact: Njeri Kariuki tel: (917) 367-6048, Secretariat on the United Nations Forum on Forests.

 

 Public Administration 

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

       DPADM will issue nos. 60 and 61 of the Governance World Watch on UNPAN at the end of March and April, 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.

       Contact: Haiyan Qian, Tel. 212-963-3393.

Social Development

E-service: Youth Flash

       The Programme on Youth recently launched a new service called Youth Flash. It is sent by email, free of charge, and provides an update on the youth agenda of the United Nations and its partnering youth organizations around the world. All interested parties can subscribe by sending an email to youth@un.org with 'subscribe' as the subject line, or by subscribing from the web site http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/

      Contact: Charlotte van Hees, Division for Social Policy and Development, Tel. (917) - 367-4053.

 Sustainable Development

Natural Resources Forum
http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/publications/nat_res_forum.htm
http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/nrf

       The first 2004 issue introduces a new section – UN Activities – to highlight major international meetings organized by DSD or other recent undertakings to advance international cooperation on sustainable development and important current issues of concern to the UN. The issue features two articles, one on the International Freshwater Forum (Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 29 August – 1 September 2003), reported by DSD-DESA Water Management Adviser, Mr. Aslam Chaudhry, and the other by Ms. Marcia Brewster on the work of the new Interagency Gender and Water Task Force (GWTF), established in June 2003. Marcia is the Task Manager and Editor-in-Chief of the journal. The latter article focuses on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the goals of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) through the involvement of both women and men in the implementation of targets.

       Contact: Marcia Brewster, DSD/DESA, Tel: (212) 963-8590.

 Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Development
http://www.unicttaskforce.org/wsis/books.asp

       As part of its contribution to the World Summit on the Information Society, the UN ICT Task Force has recently edited or funded a series of publications on Information and Communication Technologies for Development:

The Wireless Internet Opportunity for Developing Countries

       This publication is the result of the conference with the same name organized by the ICT Task Force and the Wireless Internet Institute (W2i) on 26 June 2003, at the United Nations Headquarters. Recognizing the potential of wireless Internet to accelerate the adoption of technology in developing countries, “The Wireless Internet Opportunity for Developing Countries” promotes wireless Internet as a way of circumventing the prohibitive cost of deploying conventional wired infrastructure in developing countries. It presents the challenges of reconciling worldwide demand for wireless Internet connectivity with sensible applications in support of wireless infrastructure investment.

Connected for Development: Information Kiosks and Sustainability

       Evidence and experience suggest that the involvement and empowerment of local communities play a crucial role in efforts to turn Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) into efficient instruments of development. This publication explores the preconditions and critical components necessary for the successful use of telecommunications community centres and information kiosks for development. It is intended as a resource supporting the sharing of ideas and best practices amongst individuals and organizations endeavoring to provide universal access and services.

Challenges and Partnerships: Opening Up ICT to the World

       In an effort to highlight the vital role of ICT in achieving the Millennium Development Goals and as a contribution to the World Summit on the Information Society, “Challenges and Partnerships: Opening Up ICT to the World” showcases some of the major deliverables and initiatives the United Nations ICT Task Force and its Members are undertaking collectively and individually and highlights strategies that work and can be replicated to make the information society a reality.

Low Cost Access and Connectivity: Local Solutions

       Despite significant access and connectivity challenges faced by many people in the developing world, the demand and need for communication and empowerment through information is so great that it has spurred innovative and imaginative solutions at the local level. The essays found in this publication highlight some of the creative initiatives taken at the local level to secure access and connectivity.

The Age of Digital Opportunity - Connecting the Generations

      The publication is a collaborative effort by the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC), the United Nations ICT Task Force, the Inter-American Development Bank’s Information and Communication Technology for Development Division of the Sustainable Development Department, and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. It provides a wide variety of insights from the conference “Caring Communities for the 21st Century: Imagining the Possible - Age of Connectivity” and presents an assortment of outlooks on how ICT can help meet the challenges posed by the ageing of the population.

      Contact: Enrica Murmura, OESC ICT Task Force, Tel: (212) 963-5913.


Advancement of Women
Policy Analysis
Population
Public Administration   
Statistics
Sustainable Development

Advancement of Women

Commission on the Status of Women, Forty-eighth Session
New York, 1-12 Mar 2004

Policy Analysis

Committee for Development Policy, Sixth Session
New York, 29 Mar-2 Apr 2004

Population

Commission on Population and Development, Thirty-seventh Session
New York, 22-26 Mar 2004

 

Public Administration

Committee of Experts on Public Administration, Third Session
New York, 29 Mar-2 Apr 2004

Statistics

Statistical Commission, Thirty-fifth Session
New York, 2-5 Mar 2004

 

Sustainable Development

Commission on Sustainable Development, Twelfth Session
New York, 14-30 Apr 2004


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