Volume 8, No. 4, July-August 2004

  In this issue:
 

ECOSOC
   High-level segment
   Coordination segment
   Operational activities

Global dialogue on development

Financing for development
Information society
Elimination of discrimination
Persons with disabilities
Small islands
Sustainable consumption
Networked government
Action for youth

    Outcome
      Forests

Trends and analysis

E-government
Women, peace and security
Gender mainstreaming
Regional financial arrangements
Role of the university
Youth day

Technical cooperation

Water and energy
Youth in poverty
Reinventing government
Follow-up of the Social Summit
Clean development mechanism
Forum on mining

Publications and web sites
 

Statistics
Economic and social policy
Financing for development
Population
Public administration
Social development

Calendar
 

Advancement of women
Economic and social policy
Social development

 

Economic and Social Council, 2004 Session
High-level segment

New York, 28-30 June 2004
http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ecosoc/hl2004/index.htm

            This year, the high-level segment of the Economic and Social Council was held from 28-30 June at the UN headquarters in New York. During the segment, ministers and other high-level representatives from Member States and heads of UN agencies, funds focused on the critical theme: Resources 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 high-level segment is a culmination of an intensive preparatory process which began in February and March with several round tables involving the Governments, the UN system, civil society and the private sector. The close cooperation of key agencies such as OHRLLS, UNDP, UNCTAD, ILO, UNCDF, OSAA and others has been instrumental in laying the groundwork for ensuring a successful high-level segment.

            The background papers and presentations from the preparatory meetings constituted major inputs to the Secretary-General's report to be considered at the high-level segment, and form the basis for the Ministerial Declaration. The documentation has been distributed to delegations as a CD ROM, so as to assist them in framing the Ministerial Declaration. These materials have also been posted onto the ECOSOC web site at (http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ecosoc/hl2004/index.htm ).

            The segment started on the morning of 28 June with a High-Level Policy Dialogue with the Heads of International Financial and Trade Institutions. It addressed current issues in the world economy with a focus this year on Resources mobilization for the implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for the Decade 2001-2010 (the theme of the segment). It was an occasion to exchange views on the global economic situation and its impact on development, notably the realization of the Millennium Development Goals in LDCs. The Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Mathieu Kerekou, President of Benin, Mr. Rubens Ricupero, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, Mr. Ian Goldin, Vice President, External Affairs, Communications and UN Affairs of the World Bank, and Mr. Agustín Carstens, Deputy Managing Director of IMF were among the high-level participants in the dialogue.


            In the afternoon, an investment promotion forum for poverty reduction in the Least Developed Countries was organized featuring roundtables organized by UN agencies to discuss how to mobilize resources and expertise to address poverty and to pursue sustainable business development in the 50 poorest countries in the world. The high-level segment also featured several Ministerial Roundtable Breakfasts and other special events.

            Mr. José Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, introduced the report of the Secretary-General on the theme of the high-level segment (Resources mobilization for the implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for the Decade 2001-2010, E/2004/54) on 29 June. He focused on three main considerations: debt, commodities and the special situation of countries at risk of conflict.The report noted that despite a global commitment to address widespread poverty in the least developed countries (LDCs), on the basis of current trends, most LDCs are unlikely to achieve the MDGs. The report addressed three critical areas. Firstly, fostering a people-centred policy framework. Secondly, creating enabling conditions domestically and more so internationally. Thirdly, the role of partnerships, including public-private partnerships at all levels, in exploiting the growing potential of the private sector and civil society for achieving the objectives of the Brussels Programme of Action and the MDGs.

            The Council adopted a ministerial declaration on resources mobilization and enabling environment for poverty eradication and sustainable development for the least developed countries at the conclusion of the high-level segment, on 30 June. A key message of the declaration calls for a renewed committment to the implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the decade 2001-2010.

            In a concrete effort to mobilize resources in LDCs, the interagency initiative Turning Assets into Usable Capital was launched during the high-level segment. Its pilot project aims to assist Benin in efforts to give title to land and property in conjunction with improved access to financial services based on ownership.

            The level of participation of ministers and other high-level officials was unprecedented. The President of Benin Mr. Mathieu Kerekou; the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid Mr. Poul Nielson; the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania Mr. Jakaya M. Kikwete; Ms. Maria Cattaui, Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Commerce as well as a large number of other eminent persons and representatives of the business sector participated in the meeting.

            Contact Ms. Aliye Celik, Chief, ECOSOC and Interorganizational Cooperation Branch, Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Tel. 1212 963 4201.

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Coordination Segment
1-7 July 2004

            The Coordination Segment will be devoted to two themes this year: (i) 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 ECOSOC Decision 2003/287. (ii) 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.

            The theme of rural development will enable continuation of the discussion held at last year's high-level segment. It will be the occasion for ECOSOC to review how far the UN system has gone to promote an integrated approach to rural development. The segment will place special focus on LDCs.

            In the afternoon of 1 July, a panel discussion will take place on the theme Working together to promote integrated rural development in developing countries, particularly the least developed countries. Panelists will include Mr. Jacques Sylla, Prime Minister, Madagascar, Mr. Mark Malloch-Brown, Administrator, UNDP, Mr. Lennart Bage, President, IFAD, Mr. James Morris, Executive Director, WFP and Mr. David Harcharik, Deputy Director General, FAO.

            Contact Mr. Alberto Padova, OIC, Policy Cordination Branch/Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Tel. 1212 963 475).

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Operational activities segment
7-9 July 2004

            The main theme for operational activities segment of 2004 ECOSOC, as identified by the General Assembly in its res. 56/201 on TCPR, adopted on 21 December 2001, will be the triennial comprehensive policy review (TCPR) of operational activities for development of the United Nations system. In paragraph 96 of this resolution the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit at its fifty-ninth session, through the Economic and Social Council, a comprehensive analysis of the implementation of this resolution in the context of the triennial policy review, and to make appropriate recommendations. The precise orientations of next TCPR were also identified by ECOSOC in its resolution 2003/3 (in paragraph 37).

            The 2004 TCPR is a unique opportunity for the General Assembly to address the effectiveness and relevance of the development work of the UN system and its country-level functioning. The focus of the analysis for the 2004 TCPR is to assess the capacity of the UN system to assist national efforts of developing countries to pursue their development goals in the new context that follows the series of global conferences of the 1990s as well as the Millennium Summit, the Doha Conference, the Johannesburg Summit and the Monterrey Conference.

            The analysis for the TCPR includes a reflection on the country-level functioning of the UN system, focused on coordination, harmonization and efficiency of the UN system's development support, as well as an overall assessment of the effectiveness of the UN system's operational activities for development, and an evaluation of the progress of the Common Country Assessment (CCA) and United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and their impact on operational activities.

            The analysis for the TCPR should be also seen in the light of the second set of reform measures introduced by the Secretary-General in 2002 (A/57/383), since field-level coordination was considered a key area for action in that reform phase (see Action 14 of the 2002 reform package). As a consequence, it focuses on the assessment of the effectiveness of operational activities of the UN system in improving their development results and outcomes, as reiterated in 2003 in the request by ECOSOC. It also requires the review of a number of reform efforts introduced by the 2002 UN reforms as vehicles to enhance the functioning of the UN development cooperation through joint programming, pooling of resources, common databases, knowledge networks, dedicated support for the resident coordinator, integrated planning, budgeting and resource mobilization tools for countries emerging from conflict, widespread use of results-based management by the UN system and other performance evaluation approaches.

            The Operational activities segment of ECOSOC (2½ days/5 meetings plus ½ day/ 1 meeting Joint meeting of the humanitarian and operational segments (12 July) will hold the following events: (a) Panel on the international development agenda and the improvements of the operational activities of the United Nations system at the country level: effectiveness and challenges; (b) Dialogue with heads of United Nations funds and programmes; (c) Panel on the role of the common country assessments and United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks in country-level coherence and coordination; and (d) General debate on the report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of General Assembly resolution 56/201 on the triennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system. OESC will submit to the Council the report of the Secretary-General on implementation of the General Assembly resolution 56/201 and ECOSOC resolution 2003/3 and conference room papers, including consolidated list of issues related to the coordination of operational activities for development, prepared by Executive Committee members of UNDG. All documents are now available on ECOSOC web page at http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/TCPR.htm .

            Contact Mr. Igor Volkov, OESC Development Cooperation Policy Branch, at 1212 963 5776.

General Segment
15-23 July 2004

            Among the numerous items to be considered by the Council during its general segment, to be held from 15-23 July 2004, are, among others, item 7 (f) the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on African countries emerging from conflict – mechanism; item 7 (d) the long-term programme of support for Haiti, item 6 (a) follow-up to the International Conference on Financing for Development, and item 7 (h) Tobacco or health. The Council will also be reviewing a number of draft resolutions and decisions contained in the reports of its subsidiary bodies.

           The FFDO will provide general support to the Financing for Development agenda item during the general segment of the substantive session of ECOSOC in 2004.

            Contact Ms. Aliye Celik, Chief, ECOSOC and Interorganizational Cooperation Branch, Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Tel. 1212 963 4201.

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Intergovernmental Meetings

Multi-stakeholder consultations in preparation on the General Assembly, Sixtieth Session, New York, September-December 2005
Preparatory Meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society, Tunis phase, Hammamet, Tunisia 24-26 June
Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Thirty-first Session, New York, 6-23 July 2004
Pre-sessional Working Group for the Thirty-second Session, New York, 26-30 July 2004
Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, Fourth Session, New York, 23 August - 3 September 2004
International Meeting to Review Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS, Mauritius, 10-14 January 2005

Outcomes

United Nations Forum on Forests, Fourth Session, Geneva, 3-14 May 2004

Expert Group Meetings
First African expert meeting on sustainable consumption and production, Casablanca, Morocco, 17-20 May 2004
Ad Hoc Expert Group Meeting on Networked GovernmentSeoul, Republic of Korea, 14 - 18 July 2004
Consultative meeting on World Program of Action for Youth, Coimbra, Portugal, End of September 2004 (tentative)

Intergovernmental Meetings  

Multi-stakeholder consultations in preparation on the General Assembly, Sixtieth Session
New York, September-December 2005

           The Financing for Development Office (FfDO) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)is organizing various sets of multi-stakeholder consultations that are expected to begin in the second half of 2004 and will feed into the next High-level Dialogue of the General Assembly on Financing for Development in 2005. The first set is being implemented in cooperation with the World Economic Forum with two main focus areas: 1) Understanding how private-public partnerships can improve the reach and effectiveness for development assistance and 2) Improving the climate for private investment. The second set is administered by the FFDO and will focus on 1) Building and inclusive financial sector for development and 2) Sovereign debt for sustainable development. The FFDO is currently in close contact with civil society organizations to explore the possibility of launching other sets of multi-stakeholder consultation on topics of relevance to the Monterrey Consensus and the FfD process.

          Contact: Alex Trepelkov, Financing for Development Office, Tel. 1212 963 7633.

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Preparatory Meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society, Tunis phase
Hammamet, Tunisia 24-26 June

http://www.itu.int/wsis/

            The ICT Task Force took part in the Preparatory Meeting for the Tunis phase of the WSIS Summit in Hammamet, Tunisia on 24-26 June. The meeting reviewed the information society issues that should form the focus of the Tunis phase; began to discuss the structure of the process for the second phase on the basis of contributions from delegations; began to define the nature of the output from the Tunis Summit; and considered how the second phase should address the follow-up and implementation of the Geneva Plan of Action. The participants were also informed of the progresses on the Working Group on Internet Governance and the Task Force on Financial Mechanisms, that the Secretary General was requested to set up by the WSIS in Geneva.

            Contact Mr. Sergei Kambalov, Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Tel. (212) 963-4751; Mr. Samuel Danofsky, Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Tel. 1917 367 2424.

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Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Thirty-first Session
New York, 6-23 July 2004

            At this forthcoming session, the CEDAW Committee will review the reports of eight States parties to the Convention:

  • The combined initial through third periodic reports, and combined fourth and fifth periodic reports of Angola (CEDAW/C/AGO/1-3, and CEDAW/C/AGO/4-5);
  • The fifth periodic report of Bangladesh (CEDAW/C/BGD/5);
  • The fifth periodic report of the Dominican Republic (CEDAW/C/DOM/5);
  • The combined second and third periodic reports, and combined fourth and fifth periodic reports of Equatorial Guinea (CEDAW/C/GNQ/2-3, and CEDAW/C/GNQ/4-5);
  • The combined initial through third periodic reports of Latvia (CEDAW/C/LVA/1-3);
  • The combined initial through third periodic reports of Malta (CEDAW/C/MLT/1-3);
  • The fifth periodic report of Spain (CEDAW/C/ESP/5); and
  • A follow-up report to the fifth periodic report of Argentina (CEDAW/C/ARG/5/Add.1).

            Reports of States parties to the CEDAW Convention and the provisional agenda (CEDAW/C/2004/II/1) for the thirty-first session are available online: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/31sess.htm . The Committee will also have before it the report on ways and means of expediting the work of the Committee (CEDAW/C/2004/II/4).

            Contact: Philomena Kintu, Women's Rights Section, Division for the Advancement of Women, Tel. 1212 963 3153.

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Pre-sessional Working Group for the Thirty-second Session
New York, 26-30 July 2004

           The pre-sessional working group will have a closed meeting to prepare the lists of issues and questions of the following reports:

  • The combined initial, second and third periodic reports of Samoa (CEDAW/C/WSM/1-3);
  • The combined initial, second, third, fourth and fifth periodic reports of Laos (CEDAW/C/LAO/1-5);
  • The combined second and third periodic reports of Croatia (CEDAW/C/CRO/2-3);
  • The second periodic report of Algeria (CEDAW/C/DZA/2);
  • The combined second, third, fourth and fifth periodic reports of Gabon (CEDAW/C/GAB/2-5);
  • The combined fourth and fifth periodic reports of Turkey (CEDAW/C/TUR/4-5);
  • The combined fourth and fifth periodic reports of Italy (CEDAW/C/ITA/4-5); and
  • The combined third and fourth periodic reports, and the fifth periodic report of Paraguay (CEDAW/C/PAR/3-4, and CEDAW/C/PAR/5).

            Representatives from the United Nations system will have an opportunity to present information on these States to the working group in a closed meeting on 26 July 2004 (tentative), and the representatives from NGOs may provide their information to the working group in an informal meeting on 26 July 2004 (tentative).

            Contact: Ms. Philomena Kintu, Women's Rights Section, Division for the Advancement of Women, Tel. 1212 963 3153.

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Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, Fourth Session
New York, 23 August- 3 September 2004

http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/rights/ahc4.htm

            The Ad Hoc Committee will continue the discussion on the draft text.

            Contact: Jean-Pierre Gonnot, Division for Social Policy and Development, Tel. 1212 963 3256, Fax 1212 963 0111.

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International Meeting to Review Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS
Mauritius, 10-14 January 2005

http://www.un.org/smallislands2005/

            The International Meeting to undertake a comprehensive ten-year review of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which was scheduled to convene in Mauritius from August 30 to September 3 2004, has been postponed. The postponement was made at the request of the host government, Mauritius, which reported unanticipated delay in completion of the conference centre being constructed for the event, due to unusual and adverse climatic conditions. The UN General Assembly therefore decided on June 10th that the International Meeting will be re-scheduled to 10-14 January 2005.

            The SIDS, with the support of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and agencies of the UN system, as well as the pertinent Regional Commissions and other regional organizations have been engaged for the past year in in-depth review of implementation of the Barbados Plan of Action (BPOA) at the national and regional levels, identifying areas of continuing need, and taking note of new and emerging issues which have undermined efforts toward implementation of the BPOA.

            Issues of continuing concern include:

  • Improved market access and special and differential treatment for SIDS in international trade;
  • Managing the adverse effects of climate change;
  • Support for disaster prevention and mitigation;
  • The need for appropriate technology and resources to develop alternate energy sources;comprehensive support for implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, particularly poverty alleviation and reduction; and
  • continuing need for technical and financial resources to strengthen capacity for planning, design, implementation and monitoring of integrated sustainable development policies.

            New and emerging issues highlighted included:

  • Greater focus on science and technology for development, including the transfer of technology and the further development of ICT;
  • The impact of HIV/AIDS and other lifestyle diseases on economic development and social welfare;
  • Protection of indigenous culture, and the development of cultural industries as growth sectors; and
  • The significantly increased cost to SIDS of implementing enhanced security measures in economic growth sectors.

            These are among the priority issues addressed in the draft strategy for the further implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action, tabled at CSD-12.

            The Preparatory Meeting for the Mauritius International Meeting held in April 14-16, 2004, at the start of the twelfth session of the CSD, offered the first opportunity for the international community as a whole to begin consideration of a draft strategy to further implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action. Informal consultations were continued during May, and will likely be held again later in the year, in preparation for the International Meeting in January 2005.

           Contact: Ms. Diane Quarless, Division for Sustainable Development, Tel. 1212 963 8563.

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Outcomes

United Nations Forum on Forests, Fourth Session
Geneva, 3-14 May 2004

http://www.un.org/esa/forests/session.html

            Forests remain a critical issue in the global environmental and development agenda. Not only are forests vital for maintenance ecological balance and biological diversity they are equally important for the livelihoods of people, especially the world's poor. Forests are a source of food, energy, shelter, medicine, commerce, and spiritual well-being. Demands on forests often transcend political boundaries creating a need for regional and global dialogue for cooperation and collective action. For the past four years, UNFF has provided the international community with a Forum where these issues have been deliberated.

            The Fourth session of the United Nations Forum on Forest (UNFF 4) which was held from 3 to 4 May 2004, saw increased representation and participation from developing countries and major groups such as indigenous people, youth, and women.

            The two-week session considered social and cultural aspects of forests; traditional and scientific forest-related knowledge; and monitoring, assessment and reporting and criteria and indicators of sustainable forest management. Governments addressed enhanced cooperation, including among members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). In addition, the session marked the beginning of the review process of the international arrangement on forests to be considered at the fifth session.

            The Multi-stakeholder Dialogue between government representatives and major groups witnessed an increase in enthusiasm and participation. Close to 150 major groups attended the Dialogue. Participants focused on property rights, clear tenure systems, and fair and balanced sharing of benefits.

            As part of the fourth session, three panel discussions on the role of sustainable forest management in rural development and poverty eradication in Africa and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and the role of forests in achieving the Millennium Development Goals were held. The recommendations emanating from the SIDS panel will contribute to the preparations of the Meeting to Review the Implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The discussions added a new dimension to the work of the Forum.

UNFF 5 Bureau members

            The following bureau members were elected by acclamation during the first meeting of UNFF 5 held on 14 May 2004: Francis K. Butagira (Uganda), Adam Craciunescu (Romania), Manuel Rodriguez Becerra (Colombia), and Denys Gauer (France). The Asian Group Bureau member will be elected at a later date.

           Contact: Njeri Kariuki, Secretariat on the United Nations Forum on Forests, Tel. 1917 367 6048.

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Expert Group Meetings

First African Expert Meeting on Sustainable Consumption and Production
Casablanca, Morocco, 17-20 May 2004
http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/sdissues/consumption/Marrakech/conprod10Yafr.htm

            Within the 10-Year Framework of Programmes for Sustainable Consumption and Production, the First African Expert Meeting on Sustainable Consumption and Production was held in the context of the Third African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production in Casablanca, Morocco, 17 - 20 May 2004. The meeting was organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in consultation with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and hosted by the Moroccan Center for Cleaner Production. Financial support for the meeting was provided by the Governments of Norway and Germany. Participants included experts from governments, national cleaner production centers, academia, civil society, private sector and international organizations.

            The objectives of the meeting were: (a) to identify regional and sub-regional priorities and needs for sustainable consumption and production in Africa; (b) to consider a regional framework for promoting more sustainable consumption and production, contributing to poverty alleviation, economic development and environmental protection; (c) to consider the international 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production agreed at the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development, to review the Marrakech Process agreed at the First International Expert Meeting on Sustainable Consumption and Production, and to consider how African countries could participate in and benefit from the international process; (d) to prepare outcomes of the meeting, which could be presented to the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), to other regional institutions such as NEPAD, ECA and the African Union, to DESA and UNEP, and to the next international expert meeting on the Marrakech process to be held in 2005, for further action.

            All the goals were fulfilled and in addition the meeting adopted a statement requesting the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) to include sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in its programme of work and to include initiatives that promote SCP in NEPAD's programme of work. It also called for AMCEN to consider the possibility of holding a special session on SCP to elaborate a regional strategy on sustainable consumption and production and an action plan for capacity building. In addition, the African Round Table on Sustainable Consumption and Production was institutionalized.

            All documents related to the meeting, including one background paper, one paper on energy consumption in Africa and the final report of the meeting are available at the joint initiative of the Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)web site on the Marrakech process: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/sdissues/consumption/Marrakech/conprod10Yafr.htm

           Contact: Mr. Santiago Martinez de Orense, Division for Sustainable Development, Tel. 1212 963 4526.

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Ad Hoc Expert Group Meeting on Networked Government
Seoul, Republic of Korea, 14 - 18 July 2004

            The Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs is organizing the Ad Hoc Expert Group Meeting on Networked Government to be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea from 14-18 July in conjunction with the 26th Congress of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS). The Meeting will address the intended and unintended impact of e-government for the structures and processes of government, as well as examine the lessons to date. The debate on this subject is large, and presentations will serve to illustrate its nature and scope, including the theoretical frameworks concerning the motivation for government agencies to adopt e-government and restructure their operations. Case studies from several countries will provide more specific examples of the challenges faced in implementation, as well as change realized, through the study of national systems, and sectoral implementation.

            The objectives of the Meeting are to:

  • Identify major issues and trends in structural and process changes associated with e-government development;
  • Enhance the available knowledge on these important issues;
  • Enrich the ability of DPADM to better serve the Member States in the area of e-government; and
  • Facilitate the creation of new partnerships.

            Contact: Mr. Jerzy Szeremeta, Division for Public Administration and Development Management, Tel. 1212 963 3924.

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Consultative meeting on World Program of Action for Youth
Coimbra, Portugal, End of September 2004 (tentative)

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

            In 2005, ten years after its adoption, the General Assembly will review the achievements made in the implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY). Responding to a request of the member states (RES/58/133), the Division for Social Policy and Development is convening a consultative meeting with youth organizations, NGOs, UN Agencies and researchers, to prepare for this review. The meeting will be hosted by the Government of Portugal, tentatively at the end of September.

            Contact: Joop Theunissen, Division for Social Policy and Development, Tel. 1212 963 7763.

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Panels and symposia

Roundtable breakfasts of the high-level segment of the ECOSOC, New York, 29-30 June 2004
Round Table Discussion with UN Security Council Members: Consolidating Progress and Closing Gaps in the Implementation of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325, New York, 1 July 2004
Round Tables and Panel Discussion on Gender Mainstreaming in Intergovernmental Bodies, New York, 2-6 July 2004
Seminar on Regional Financial Arrangements, New York, 14-15 July 2004
Participation at the North East Asia Economic Conference (NAEC) Meeting, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 22 July 2004
Conference on the Role of the University in Promoting Democratic Governance for Peace and Development, New York, 22 - 23 July 2004
International Conference on Engaging Communities, Brisbane, Australia, 14 - 18 August 2004

Events

Celebration of International Youth Day at the World Youth Festival, Barcelona, Spain, 12 August 2004

Panels and symposia

Roundtable breakfasts of the high-level segment of the Economic and Social Council
New York, 29-30 June 2004

http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ecosoc/

            As part of the high-level segment of the Economic and Social Council the ICT Task Force organized two Ministerial roundtable breakfasts. The breakfast titled E-government: The Challenge of Providing Secure Online Public Sector Services included private sector senior executives from InfoWorld Magazine, IBM, Unisys and Configuresoft. The themes included information sharing between government divisions; providing of services to constituents and businesses; the growing cyber-attack risks and their prevention. The breakfast titled IT Infrastructure for Nations and Businesses: Key to Global Economic, Business and Social Development included private sector senior executives from Computerworld Magazine, Adva Optical and TCG Global, and addressed high-speed Telecommunications infrastructure issues and the key advantages of a broadband communications infrastructure.

            Contact: Ms. Cheryl Stafford, Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Tel. 1917 367 3116.

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Round Table Discussion with UN Security Council Members: Consolidating Progress and Closing Gaps in the Implementation of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325
New York, 1 July 2004

            The Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women (OSAGI) and Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) will facilitate the discussion on the implementation of the Security Council resolution 1325 at the Round Table sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Canada, Chile and the United Kingdom to the United Nations and the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security. Building on the recommendations developed at the first Round Table, held in January 2004, this Round Table will develop a practical tool to facilitate Security Council members to systematically consider a gender perspective in the drafting of all resolutions, decisions, presidential statements and terms of reference for Missions. The Round Table will also launch a forward-looking discussion on expectations, outcomes and strategies for further implementation in advance of the October 2004 anniversary of resolution 1325 and consideration of the Secretary-General's report.

           Contact: Kate Burns, Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issuesand the Advancement of Women, Tel. 1917 367 5221.

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Round Tables and Panel Discussion on Gender Mainstreaming in Intergovernmental Bodies
New York, 2-6 July 2004

            The Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination and the Division for the Advancement of Women are jointly organizing several panels and thematic round tables, focusing on gender mainstreaming in intergovernmental bodies and the United Nations entities at large as well as at the operational level. Government representatives, staff of the United Nations as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations are welcome to attend. Panel discussion on gender mainstreaming in the United Nations Nations operational activities will be held on 2 July from 3 to 6 p.m. The participants will include the Resident Coordinators of Barbados and Morocco, the Executive Director of UNIFEM, and the Senior Gender Specialist of the Bureau for Gender Equality of ILO. Panel discussion on achievements in gender mainstreaming in entities of the United Nations system will be held on 6 July, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the participants will be the High Representatives of OHRLLS, the Executive Director of UN-Habitat, the Director of Technical Support Division of UNFPA and the Vice-President of IFAD. On 6 July from 3 to 6 pm a Thematic Round Table on accountability, monitoring, evaluation mechanisms and implementation plans for bridging the gap between policy and practice in gender mainstreaming will be held. The Ambassador of Norway will chair and moderate the round table. The Thematic Round Table on mainstreaming gender perspectives into sectoral policies and strategies will be held on 6 July from 3 to 6 pm.

            Contact: Anna Modersitzki, Gender Analysis Section, Division for the Advancment of Women, Tel. 1917 367 3124.

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Seminar on Regional Financial Arrangements
New York, 14-15 July 2004
http://www.un.org/esa/ffd

            The Financing for Development Office (FfDO) in cooperation with Economic and Social Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Ford Foundation is preparing a two-day seminar on Regional Financial Arrangements at UN Headquarters on 14-15 July 2004 as a side event to the 2004 ECOSOC substantive session.The FFDO organized a side event on 15 June 2004 at the UNCTAD XI conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Innovative Sources of Finance.

          Contact: Alex Trepelkov, Financing for Development Office, Tel. 1212 963 7633.

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North East Asia Economic Conference (NAEC) Meeting
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 22 July 2004

           At the invitation of the organizers of the Northeast Asia Economic Conference (NAEC), the Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, will participate in the forthcoming meeting of the Organizing Committee of the Conference as a member. The meeting will determine the contributions that the NAEC can make to the socio-economic development in the Northeast Asian countries (China, DPR Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Republic of Korea, and Russia) and to decide on the Agenda for the NAEC meeting of 2005.

           The NAEC has existed over ten years and includes central and local government agencies, the private sector, NGOs, academic communities, and other stakeholders in the countries of Northeast Asia. By participating in its July 2004 meeting in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, will attempt to bring the UN's pro-poor dimensions to the Conference activities.

            Contact: Mr. Adil Khan, Division for Public Administration and Development Management, Tel. 1212 963 6168.

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Conference on the Role of the University in Promoting Democratic Governance for Peace and Development
New York, 22 - 23 July 2004

            The Division for Public Administration and Development Management of the United Nation Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the University of Rome La Sapienza, and the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations are organizing a Conference on The Role of the University in Promoting Democratic Governance for Peace and Development which will be held at UN Headquarters in New York from 22-23 July. This event is sponsored by the Government of Italy through the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DGCS.

            The overall goal of the Conference is to provide a platform for presidents and rectors of universities, diplomats, representatives of international organizations, practitioners and NGOs, both from developed and developing/crises countries to exchange views on how to further strengthen the role of universities as an actor in promoting democratic stability, providing humanitarian assistance, facilitating post-conflict reconstruction, and supporting peaceful, sustainable development. In particular, five themes will be explored:

1) The role of universities in promoting sustainable development: a global strategy;
2) Cooperation strategies between universities, governments and citizens in strengthening democracy and good governance, locally, nationally and regionally;
3) The role of universities in leadership development;
4) The role of universities in the situation of humanitarian crisis and post-conflict reconstruction: challenges, priorities and prospects; and
5) Experiences on cooperation programmes between universities and other organizations.

            Contact: Ms. Adriana Alberti, Division for Public Administration and Development Management, Tel. 1212 963 2299.

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International Conference on Engaging Communities
Brisbane, Australia, 14 - 18 August 2004

            The Division for Public Administration and Development Management is partnering with the State Government of Queensland, Australia to hold an International Conference on Engaging Communities from 14-18 August in Brisbane, Australia. Overall, the theme of the conference is citizen-government dialoguing for social justice and social equity. Among other issues, the Conference aims to explore 'engagement' practices from across the globe and examine the role of participation in good governance.

            Contact: Mr. Adil Khan, Division for Public Administration and Development Management, Tel. 1212 963 6168.

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Events

Celebration of International Youth Day at the World Youth Festival
Barcelona, Spain, 12 August 2004

http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/iyouthday/index.html

            The Division for Social Policy and Development of the United Nation Department of Economic and Social Affairs will celebrate International Youth Day 2004 at the World Youth Festival that takes place from 8-14 August in Barcelona. This year's theme is Youth in an Intergenerational Society, corresponding to the tenth anniversary of the International Year of the Family, celebrated in 2004. Together with the expected 10.000 young participants, many NGOs and several UN agencies and bodies, the positive role of young people in society will be discussed and celebrated.

            Contact Charlotte van Hees, Division for Social Policy and Development, Tel. 1917 367 4053.

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

Africa South of the Sahara

Water and Energy Mission
Gambia, 30 May - 10 June 2004

            A water and energy mission of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs visited The Gambia from 30 May to 10 June to provide technical backstopping and project management support to the project: Managing Water and Energy Services for Poverty Eradication in Rural Gambia. This project is being funded by the Human Security Trust Fund. In addition to reviewing the baseline survey reports for five villages, the mission interviewed candidates for various project positions. An operational plan for the next quarter was prepared, focusing on expansion of existing water and energy systems. Discussions with a number of micro credit institutions and projects were held to define a strategy for the management of community revolving fund.

           Contact: Mr. Aslam Chaudhry, Division for Sustainable Development, Tel. 1212 963 8558.

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Integrated mobilization of efforts to achieve the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPoI) and Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) in Chad for water supply, sanitation and Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)
N'Djamena , Chad, July 2004

            A national event is scheduled in July 2004 in N'Djamena (Chad) to present the edited version of Chad's Integrated Framework for Water Supply and Sanitation (SDEA). Official acceptance of this country driven strategic process is the result of three years of effort under project CHD/98/004 executed by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The SDEA is more than a strategic reference document for all actors of the water sector, it is also a dynamic process which has been carried out completely within the country according to the latest recommendations of JPOI, UN-CSD and recent international conferences on water, in particular for IWRM.

            The agreed national water policy and its related water strategies and action plan is built on the conclusions of detailed studies and multi-actor dialogues (3 regional workshops and 6 sub-sectoral workshops) on inter-dependant issues: rural water supply; urban water-supply; sanitation; livestock hydraulic; irrigation, environment and water resources. External agencies have been involved continuously during the three-year process and have been supportive. All sub-sectoral ouputs have been, finally, integrated within a national framework according to macro-economic considerations, social dimension and poverty reduction and, environmental protection.

           Contact: Mr. Jean-Michel Chêné, Division for Sustainable Development, Tel. 1212 963 8575.


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Asia and the Pacific

Safe Drinking Water Project
Tajikistan, 5-15 April 2004

            At the request of the Government of Tajikistan, a water team of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs visited Dushanbe from 5-15 April 2004 and formulated a project document for possible funding by the Human Security Trust Fund. The main purpose of the project is to complement Government efforts to meet the internationally agreed goals and targets related to provision of safe drinking water supply, poverty reduction and health improvement. This will be achieved by providing safe drinking water supply to 30,000 people in 22 villages through rehabilitation and extension of the Fakharabad water supply scheme. Rural population in these villages, including schools and health centers, do not have access to sustainable safe drinking water supplies because the existing water supply system was completely destroyed during the civil war. Project sustainability is ensured through capacity-building and economic empowerment of local communities through asset acquisition at the village level. The project is presently going through an internal review process.

           Contact: Mr. Aslam Chaudhry, Division for Sustainable Development, Tel. 1212 963 8558.

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Workshop on Youth in Poverty in Southeast Asia
Yogyakarta, Indonesia, August 2- 4, 2004

            The Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the United Nation Department of Economic and Social Affairs is convening a Workshop on Youth in Poverty in Southeast Asia. This Workshop will be hosted by the Government of Indonesia and is being organized in collaboration with the office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Jakarta. Two participants from six countries in the region (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, The Philippines and Vietnam) have been invited to discuss and define the special characteristics of young people living in poverty, the intergenerational transmission of poverty and possible pro-poor interventions.

            Contact Charlotte van Hees, Division for Social Policy and Development, Tel. 1917 367 4053.

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Regional Forum on Reinventing Government in East and Southeast Asia
Penang, Malaysia, 21 - 23 August 2004

            The Regional Forum on Reinventing Government in East and Southeast Asia will be organized by the Division for Public Administration and Development Management of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme in partnership with University Sains Malaysia, to be held from 21 - 23 August in Penang, Malaysia.

            The objective of the Forum is to assist governments to strengthen their public sector and governance capacities to achieve their development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals, and to take greater advantage of the potential of globalization. This entails, first of all, an assessment of ongoing reform efforts and practices within the various countries in the region, with a view to analysing best practices and innovative approaches and learning from past efforts in furthering their development agenda. Among the areas to examine in this context are public sector capacity to manage globalization, facilitate citizen access to services, utilize information and communication technologies, and promote public participation and accountability. Specific objectives of the Forum are to:

  • Review best practices and innovative approaches in the selected countries dealing with public sector capacity to cope with and benefit from globalization and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals;
  • Examine critical factors accounting for the success or failure of the programme to reinvent government;
  • Provide a venue for a network of universities and training and research institutions and representatives of the government to share their respective experiences; and
  • Identify areas of common concern and a framework for regional and national cooperation in East and Southeast Asia.

            Case studies from selected East and Southeast Asian countries will be presented. The countries include: Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. Each of the country papers will describe the impact of globalization on social groups, economic sectors and trade patterns, and examine in further detail two or more of the following four themes:

1) Developing state capacity for strategic assessment, policy analysis, and adjustment and international negotiation;
2) Improving the quality of and access to public services;
3) Promoting E-government; and
4) Enhancing participation and accountability.

            Contact: Ms. Nahleen Ahmed, Division for Public Administration and Development Management, Tel. 1917 367 5012.

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Latin America and the Caribbean

Workshop of the Sub-Regional Network to the Follow-up of the Social Summit
Guatemala, 8-9 July 2004

           The Division for Public Administration and Development Management of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, with the collaboration of the Government of Guatemala, will organize the Fourth Workshop of the Sub-regional Network to the follow-up of the Social Summit in Guatemala on 8-9 of July 2004. It will be an opportunity for participants from Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama to exchange national experiences on institutional issues related to the follow-up and implementation of the Social Summit's Commitments and the social goals of the MDG. Best-practices, achievements and institutional capacities will be reviewed with the participation of governmental and non-governmental stakeholders and specific measures to strengthen the follow-up and implementation at national level of the Commitments agreed at the Social Summit will be discussed, with a sub-regional perspective.

           Contact: Mrs. Maria Concepción Castro Mazariegos, Vice-Secretary General, Presidential Secretariat of Planning, SEGEPLAN (Host Institution) and Julio C. D'Arcy, Interregional Adviser, Division of Public Administration and Development Management, Tel. 1212 963 5603.

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Capacity Development Workshops on the Clean Development Mechanism
Ecuador and Nicaragua, September 2004

            The Division for Sustainable Development of the United Nations Deparment of Economic and Social Affairs, will be holding capacity development workshops on the clean development mechanism (CDM) in Ecuador and Nicaragua in September 2004. The workshops will be presented jointly with experts from the e7, which is a non-profit organization made up of major electric utilities from G-7 countries. The aim of the workshops is to assist the countries to move forward on energy access and clean power development in a manner consistent with their sustainable development goals. The Clean Development Mechanism is one of the so-called flexibility mechanisms in the Kyoto Protocol, designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate the effects of climate change.

          Contact: Mr. Friedrich Soltau, Tel. 1212 963 4337.

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Global Initiatives

Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals and Metals and Sustainable Development, Second preparatory meeting
Geneva, 1-3 June 2004

            The second preparatory meeting of the Global Dialogue on Mining/Metals and Sustainable Development took place in Geneva, June 1-3, 2004. At this meeting, co-chaired by South Africa and Canada, co-hosted by UNCTAD and co-financed by United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, over 60 officials representing 37 national governments completed negotiation of the Terms of Reference and the draft Rules of Procedures for a new Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals and Metals and Sustainable Development. International organizations such as UNCTAD, UN-DESA, the World Bank and UNECA also participated as observers. The participants agreed that the Terms of Reference and the new Forum do not create legally binding obligations for its members, including the Secretariat.

            The participants unanimously approved a proposal for Canada to act as the Secretariat for the initial five years period of the Forum. The participants also provided guidance to the Secretariat for the development and implementation of the Programme of Work for the new Forum.

            The meeting concluded with an agreement that the Forum is now open for notification of membership by interested countries. When twenty-five countries become members, the Forum, as well as the Secretariat, will come into effect. The Secretariat will then start working towards the development and implementation of a work programme as well as preparing for a ministerial level inaugural meeting of the new Forum in the year following its coming into effect.

           Contact: Mr. Anatoli Belov, Division for Sustainable Development, Tel. 1212 963 8786.

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UNITAR workshops on information technology
2-9 July 2004

            The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the ICT Task Force and Intel Corporation jointly organize the 2004 Series entitled Policy awareness and training in information technology under the auspices of the Working Group on Informatics. The programme consists of a set of four progressive modules and one seminar presented as a cycle, which will be repeated four times throughout the year. Modules 1 to 4 of each cycle focus on: (a) Introduction to computers and Windows 2000; (b) E-mail and Internet search basics; (c) Introduction to Microsoft Word 2000; and (d) Web-page design basics and usability techniques. Module 5, conceived as an interactive seminar, covers policy and security issues in information technology. Cycle III of the 2004 Series will be held between 2 July and 9 September 2004.

            Contact UNITAR Office, Room DC1-603; tel. 1212 963 3021 or 963 9196; Enrica Murmura, Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Tel. 1212 963 5913.

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Statistics
Economic and Social Policy 
Financing for Development  
Population
Public Administration   
Social Development  


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

Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS On-line
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.

ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/376
Vol. LVIII - No. 4, April 2004

            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/377
Vol. LVIII - No. 5, May 2004

            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.

           Contact: Gloria Cuaycong, Statistics Division,Tel: 1212 963 4865.

Handbook on the Collection of Fertility and Mortality Data
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.F/92
Sales No. E.03.XVII.11

            The Handbook on the Collection of Fertility and Mortality Data provides detailed information on available sources/methods to obtain these data and may be used to decide what combination will best suit national conditions to derive fertility and mortality indicators. Fertility and mortality statistics provide crucial data for social and economic planning and for informed decision making. For example, planning for the provision of maternal and child health services can only be accurate if data on expected numbers of births in future years are available. Similarly, the construction of schools and training of teachers must rely on expected numbers of students at different grade levels. Data on fertility and mortality are collected by several complementary sources: civil registration systems, population censuses and samples surveys. The appropriateness of different combinations of sources and methods is discussed in details, given different circumstances.

           Contact: Francesca Coullare, Statistics Division,Tel: 1212 963 4950.

2000 Energy Balances and Electricity Profiles
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.W/11
Sales No. E/F.04.XVII.2

            The 2000 Energy Balances and Electricity Profiles is the eleventh issue in a series of energy data for selected developing countries. This volume presents energy balances data and electricity profiles data for 49 and 79 countries respectively. The data are arranged to show energy production, conversion and consumption for each fuel used in the country. Special electricity profiles for an additional group of countries are published to cover, exclusively, the electricity part of conversion and consumption activities.

           Contact: Karoly Kovacs, Statistics Division,Tel: 1212 963 4748.

International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) Revision 3.1
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.M/4/Rev.3.1
Sales No. E.03.XVII.4

            The International Standard Industrial Classification of all Economic Activities (ISIC) is the international reference classification of productive economic activities. It provides a set of activity categories for the production of statistics according to such activities. Since the adoption of the original version of ISIC in 1948, the majority of countries around the world have used ISIC or developed national classifications derived from ISIC. ISIC has therefore become an important tool for comparing statistical data on economic activities at the international level. In this update to ISIC, Rev.3, the structure of the classification and the boundaries of its building blocks remain largely unchanged. Explanatory notes are provided in extended detail, allowing for more accurate interpretation of the content and boundaries of individual classes. New activities that have emerged over the previous 10 years are reflected in the new explanatory notes, allowing for easier, more consistent and thus less ambiguous application of ISIC.

           Contact: Ralf Becker, Statistics Division,Tel: 1212 963 4600.

International Merchandise Trade Statistics Compilers Manual
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.F/87
Sales No. E.02.XVII.17

            Updated recommendations on methodology for compiling international merchandise trade statistics were made available in the 1998 United Nations publication, International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Concepts and Definitions. The current publication has been produced at the request of the United Nations Statistical Commission to assist United Nations Member States in the implementation of the methodological guidelines laid out in the Concepts and Definitions. The Compilers Manual is directed to all institutions which play a role in the collection, compilation and dissemination of trade statistics, and it may also serve as a guide to users who wish to understand better the nature of trade data. The Manual discusses in detail the conceptual and institutional framework of data collection, the sources of data, methods of data compilation, and data dissemination, reconciliation and exchange. Reference is also made to the relationship between international merchandise trade statistics and statistics on balance of payments and national accounts.

           Contact: Vladimir Markhonko, Statistics Division,Tel: 1212 963 5252.

National Accounts: A Practical Introduction
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.F/85
Sales No. E.04.XVII.4

            National Accounts: A Practical Introduction provides an introduction to some basic concepts and structures of the System of National Accounts (SNA) to economists and policy makers who are not familiar with national accounts, as well as other newcomers to the field of national accounting.

           The text may serve as a guide to reading the SNA itself. In that sense, the text is written in as simple a style as possible, and therefore the detailed elaboration of concepts in both theory and practice is avoided. Simple exercises are included, whenever possible, to make concepts and structures clearer to readers. The handbook also provides an example of the complete system in Excel so that readers can trace the linkages in the system by looking at the formulas there. A compilation spreadsheet that can be used for compiling national accounts is also developed as part of the development of the handbook. It has been tested and used in many developing countries. Those supplements are posted on the web page of the United Nations Statistics Division as part of the series Handbook of National Accounting.

           Contact: Viet Vu, Statistics Division,Tel: 1212 963 4218.


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

Environmental Accounting
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envAccounting

            Presents the methodological, coordination and technical cooperation work of the Environmental Group. Latest addition to the Statistics Division Website.

Economic Statistics/National Accounts
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/nationalaccount/

            Site update reflects the four substantive areas of work by the Economic Statistics Branch of the Statistics Division.

National Accounts: A Practical Introduction (electronic file)
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/nationalaccount/seriesf_85.htm

            Provides an introduction to some basic concepts and structures of the System of National Accounts (SNA) to economists and policy makers who are not familiar with national accounts, as well as other newcomers to the field of national accounting.

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Economic and Social Policy 

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Development

            The ICT Task Force's second annual report (E/2004/62 ) describing the 2003 activities was released on 16 June.

            Contact Ms. Enrica Murmura, Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Tel. 1212 963 5913.

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 Financing for Development

Report of the Secretary General on the Implementation and Follow-up to Commitments and Agreements on the International Conference on Financing for Development and other publications

           The FFDO is currently preparing the second report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of and follow-up to commitments and agreements made at the International Conference on Financing for Development to be submitted to the 59th session of the General Assembly.

           A wider study on new and innovative sources finance is in its final stages and will be presented to the General Assembly.

           Preparations are underway for a publication on the outcome of the 2003 High-level Dialogue of the General Assembly on Financing for Development.

FFDO Web site

           The website is continuously being updated and restructured to accurately reflect all the activities of the FFDO in a timely fashion.

          Contact: Alex Trepelkov, Financing for Development Office, Tel. 1212 963 7633.

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Population

           The Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs has published two new reports on nuptiality, fertility and contraception.

           The World Fertility Report 2003 presents a compilation of key estimates and indicators of fertility, nuptiality and contraceptive use for 192 countries, referring mostly to the 1970s and to the 1990s (or more recent periods, when possible). The set of data presented permit an assessment of the unprecedented changes in nuptiality, contraceptive use and fertility that have occurred since the 1970s. Among other things, the report documents the worldwide shift of marriage to older ages, the tremendous increase in the use of contraception, and a major and unprecedented reduction of fertility levels in developing countries.

           The wall chart entitled World Contraceptive Use 2003 presents the most recent data available on current contraceptive practice for countries and areas of the world. Indicators presented include the number of women of reproductive age who are married or in a consensual union, the percentage of them using contraception, and their distribution by type of method used. The chart shows that, at the world level, 61 per cent of all women of reproductive age who are married or in a consensual union are using contraception. This world average results from quite different levels in the more and the less developed regions: 69 per cent in the former and 59 per cent in the latter. Worldwide, nine out of every ten women using contraception rely on modern methods.

The World Fertility Report 2003 and the wall chart on World Contraceptive Use 2003 can be found on the Population Division website at http://www.unpopulation.org .

            Contact: Larry Heligman, Population Division, Tel. 1212 963 3208.

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 Public Administration 

Civil Society and Pro-poor Budgeting

            This publication is the outgrowth of the Expert Group Meeting on Civil Society and Fiscal Policy held in March 2004 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Traditionally, citizens have relied on elected representatives in the legislature to introduce democracy and transparency to the budgetary process. In a number of countries, discontent with representative democracy has increased the attractiveness of an alternative: direct participation of civil society in fiscal policy. This publication will help determine what role should civil society play in the formulation of fiscal policy, and will answer questions as to whether - and how - direct participation by citizens in the budgetary process might contribute to the implementation of pro-poor policies in developing countries.

            Contact: Mr. Adil Khan, Division for Public Administration and Development Management, Tel. 1212 963 6168.

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Governance World Watch

            The Division for Public Administration and Development Management will issue nos. 63 and 64 of the Governance World Watch on UNPAN at the end of July and August, 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: http://www.unpan.org/major_development.asp

            Contact: Haiyan Qian, Division for Public Administration and Development Management, Tel. 1212 963 3393.

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Social Development

Report of the third session 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
http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/rights/ahcwgreport.htm >

            During its third session held on 24 May - 4 June 2004, the Ad Hoc Committee conducted a first reading of-i.e., collected proposed revisions and amendments to--the draft text of the convention as contained in the report of the Working Group (A/AC.265/2004/WG.1). The Committee considered Articles 1 to 24, issues of international cooperation and the Preamble. The Committee decided to defer the consideration of the title, the structure, part of the Preamble, Definitions (Article 3) and Monitoring (Article 25) till the 4th session.

            The Ad Hoc Committee decided to forward to its fourth session a compilation (contained in annex II to its report--A/AC.265/2004/5) of proposed revisions and amendments made by the members of the Ad Hoc Committee to the draft text presented by the Working Group as a basis for negotiations by Member States.

            Contact: Jean-Pierre Gonnot, Division for Social Policy and Development, Tel. 1212 963 3256, Fax 1212 963 0111 .

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Advancement of Women
Economic and Social Policy 
Social Development  

Advancement of Women

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
31st session
New York, 6-23 Jul 2004

32nd session
Pre-sessional Working Group
New York, 26-30 Jul 2004

Economic and Social Policy 

Economic and Social Council
Substantive session of 2004
New York, 28 Jun-23 Jul 2004

Preparatory Meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society, Tunis phase
Hammamet, Tunisia 24-26 June

Social Development

Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral Convention on Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities
New York, 23 Aug-3 Sep 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