Volume 8, No. 5, September-October 2004

  In this issue:
  General Assembly
  59th Session

Outcome of ECOSOC 2004

Global dialogue on development
Rights of persons
   with disabilities

Review of UN Forum
   on Forests

Population and housing
   census

Internet governance
MDG indicators
Equity, inequalities and
   interdependence


Trends and analysis
Trade Statistics
Environmental accounting
Youth employment
Public administration

Technical cooperation
Africa South of the Sahara
Arab States
Asia and the Pacific
Eastern Europe and CIS
Latin America and the Caribbean
Global initiatives

Publications

Statistics
Advancement of women
Population
Social development
Sustainable development

Web sites

Statistics
Economic and social policy
Social development

Comings and Goings
 

New ASG for gender issues

Calendar
 

General Assembly
Social development
Sustainable development

 

ECOSOC resumes Substantive Session
New York, 8-9 September 2004
http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ecosoc

           During its resumed session, the Council will revert to a number of draft resolutions from its general segment, including a draft resolution on the follow-up to Monterrey; and a draft resolution on expanding the mandate and scope of the work of the ECOSOC Expert Group on Tax Matter. The Council is also expected to continue its consideration of two other draft resolutions, dealing respectively with the review of the Brussels Programme of Action for Least Developed Countries, and the issue of graduation of countries out of the list of least developed in the light of the report of the Committee on Development Policy, which compiles the list.

           From 5-6 October, the Economic and Social Council is planning to hold a one and a half-day meeting on the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to enable the Council to contribute to the ten-year review of the Barbados Programme of Action for Small Island States to be held in Mauritius in January 2005.

           The outcome of the first part of the Substantive Session is given below.

           Contact: Ms. Aliye Celik, Chief, ECOSOC and Interorganizational Cooperation Branch, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Tel: 1212 963 420; and Mr. Navid Hanif, Chief, Policy Coordination Branch, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Tel: 1212 963 8415.



General Assembly
Fifty-ninth Session
New York, 14 September-December 2004

http://www.un.org/ga/58/plenary/index.html

Second Committee
October - November 2004

Economic development issues
http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ecosoc

           The committee willfocus themes such as the interlinkages between development and conflict; malaria; trade and development; culture and development; achieving the MDGs in the context of globalization; sports and development; biofuels; genetic privacy, medicines and genetic engineering; as well as others.

           The Second Committee will consider the item 91 (a) Implementation of the first United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006) on the basis of a report prepared by the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD). This report is in two parts: Part I responds to resolution: 58/222 on the implementation of the first United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006); while Part II responds to resolution 58/221 on preparations for the International Year of Microcredit, 2005.

           The Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination will organize several panel discussions and other events to support the work of the Assembly and its Second Committee. The panel discussions and keynote addresses will feature high-level experts including renowned academics, representatives of the UN system, civil society and private sector

           The events will include the following keynote addresses:

  • 5 October: "Development and Conflict" by Paul Collier, Director of the Development Research Group, the World Bank and Director, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford.
  • 27 October: "Trade and Development" by Thomas Friedman, Columnist, New York Times.
  • 29 October: "Forging coherence to achieve the MDGs in the context of Globalization" by Prof. Amartya Sen; Lead Discussant: Martin Wolf, Columnist, Financial Times.

            Contact: Ms. Aliye Celik, Chief, ECOSOC and Interorganizational Cooperation Branch, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Tel: 1212 963 420; and Mr. Navid Hanif, Chief, Policy Coordination Branch, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Tel: 1212 963 8415.

            On eradication of poverty, contact: Mr. Donald Lee, Division for Social Policy and Development, Tel: 1212 963 8762, Fax: 1212 963 0111 or Ms Sarangerel Erdembileg, Division for Social Policy and Development, Tel: 1212 963 4720, Fax: 1212 963 0111 (on the International Year of Microcredit).

Third Committee
5 October - 25 November


Social Development Issues

           The Third Committee will consider:

  • The item entitled "Implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social Development and of the 24th special session of the General Assembly". The Report of the Secretary-General (A/59/120 ) has already been issued in all languages.
  •            Contact: Ms. Gloria Kan, Division for Social Policy and Development, Tel: 1212 963 5873, Fax: 1212 963 0111.

  • The Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities.
  •            Contact: Mr. Jean-Pierre Gonnot, Division for Social Policy and Development, Tel. 1212 963 3256, Fax 1212 963 0111.

  • The Report on Violence against women
  •             In response to Resolutions 57/181 , 57/179 , and 58/185 and based on information received from Member States, entities of the United Nations system and activities undertaken in UN intergovernmental and expert bodies, the report highlights legislative, policy and other measures undertaken to combat all forms of violence against women, as well as crimes against women committed in the name of honour. The report also provides an update on the preparation of the in-depth study on all forms of violence against women.

                Contact: Ms. Carolina Vizcaino, Division for the Advancement of Women/Women's Rights Section, Tel. 1917 367 3076.

  • The Report on Trafficking in women and girls
  •             In response to Resolution 57/176 , the report provides information on the legal and policy measures introduced by Member States, and activities undertaken by entities of the United Nations system and other organizations to combat trafficking in women and girls. The report concludes with a series of recommendations for future action.

                Contact: Ms. Emanuela Calabrini, Division for the Advancement of Women/Women's Rights Section, Tel 1212 963 8814.

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Intergovernmental Meetings

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
Review of the Effectiveness of the United Nations Forum on Forests

Outcomes

2004 ECOSOC Substantive Session, New York, 28 June - 23 July 2004
Expert Group Meetings
United Nations Forum on Forests Ad Hoc Expert Group, Third Meeting, New York, 7-10 September 2004
United Nations Expert Group Meeting to Review Critical Issues Relevant to the Planning of the 2010 Round of Population and Housing Censuses, New York, 15-17 September 2004
Consultations on the Establishment of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG)Palais de Nations, Geneva, 20-21 September 2004
Inter-agency and Expert Group Meeting on MDG Indicators, Geneva, 29 September - 1 October 2004
International Forum for Social Development: Equity, Inequalities and Interdependence, Fourth Meeting, New York, 5 - 6 October 2004

Inter-Agency Meetings
Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA), Fourth Meeting, New York, 1-3 September 2004

Intergovernmental Meetings  

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

           During its third session, held from 24 May to 4 June 2004, the Ad Hoc Committee discussed the draft convention prepared by its Working Group in January 2004. The Ad Hoc Committee will continue the discussion on the draft text at its fourth session and will consider a compilation of proposed revisions and amendments made by its members to 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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Review of the Effectiveness of the United Nations Forum on Forests http://www.un.org/esa/forests/reports-unff5.html

           At the establishment of UNFF in 2000, Governments agreed to review the effectiveness of the international arrangement five years later in 2005. The review is expected to address the institutional framework of the UNFF and its position within the United Nations system.

           During UNFF 4, Governments decided on a process to facilitate the review. Member States, CPF members, other relevant organizations and forest-related processes and major groups were invited to voluntarily submit responses to a questionnaire prepared during the session that was based on 21 specific criteria for the review of the effectiveness of the United Nations Forum on Forests. The UNFF Secretariat has also made guidelines for reporting on IPF/IFF proposals for action implementation, a suggested reporting format and other reference materials available. The deadline for submission of the voluntary reports for CPF members, other organizations and forest-related processes, and major groups is 30 September 2004. Member States are invited to submit their input to the Secretariat by 31 October 2004.

           Contact: Mr. Peter Csoka, Secretariat on the United Nations Forum on Forests, Tel: 1212 963 3264.

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Outcomes


2004 ECOSOC Substantive Session
New York, 28 June - 23 July 2004

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

           The session included a High-Level Segment (28-30 June), a coordination segment (1-7 July), an operational activities segment (7-12 July), a humanitarian segment (12-14 July), a general segment (15-22 July) and a concluding session (23 July). Deliberations during the session addressed and adopted text on a range of sustainable development related issues, including rural development, information and communication technologies for development, human settlements, and protection against products harmful to health and the environment.

           High-level segment: The three-day high-level segment’s general debate devoted its deliberations to the theme of mobilizing resources and creating an enabling environment for poverty eradication in the context of the implementation of the 2001 Brussels Programme of Action for the LDCs, and concluded with the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration that reaffirmed the commitments contained in the Brussels Programme of Action, and called for the world’s 50 poorest nations to translate their goals into specific measures within their national development frameworks and poverty-eradication strategies. At the end of the session, the Council decided that the theme of its 2005 high-level segment would be “Achieving the internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration, as well as implementing the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits: progress made, challenges and opportunities.

            Coordination Segment: Panel discussions and roundtables focused on two themes this year. The first theme, which followed from last year’s high-level segment theme, considered the coordinated and integrated UN system approach to promoting rural development in developing countries, particularly LDCs. ECOSOC adopted text on this theme calling for enhanced coordination and cooperation among UN agencies, especially at the country level, and calling on, inter alia: the UN system to further support capacity-building programmes for rural development through enhanced coordination and information exchange mechanisms; the UN system and regional organizations to further promote South-South cooperation in rural development; international and regional financial institutions to continue to enhance their support for national efforts for poverty eradication and rural development; and UN organizations dealing with development to strengthen their cooperation in addressing and supporting the empowerment and the specific needs of rural women. ECOSOC also invited the UN system to further assist developing countries in their efforts to enhance access by the rural poor to productive assets, especially land and water.

            The second theme of the coordination segment reviewed the implementation of agreed conclusions adopted in 1997 on mainstreaming gender perspectives into all policies and programmes in the UN system, and explored ways to align the framework of the 1997 agreed conclusions with the outcomes of other conferences held since 1997, including the Millennium Summit. At the conclusion of the session, the Council decided that the theme of its 2005 Coordination Segment would be “Towards achieving internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration.” The Council also decided to continue consultations on a multi-year work programme for the coordination segment, with a view to finalizing the programme before the next substantive session.

            Environment: On adopted text concerning “Protection against products harmful to health and the environment,” ECOSOC requested the Secretary-General to continue updating the electronic version of a consolidated list of banned or restricted products and printing the new data for those who may not have access to the e-version, particularly those in developing countries. The Council also urged governments to: participate fully in the process of developing a strategic approach to international chemical management by 2005; support developing countries in strengthening their capacity for the sound management of chemicals and hazardous wastes by providing technical and financial assistance; and ratify and implement the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) and the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Conventions.

            The Council deferred action on certain issues to its resumed substantive session , among them, on: the International Conference on Financing for Development; implementation of the Programme of Action for the LDCs for the Decade 2001-2010; international cooperation in tax matters; reports of coordination bodies; proposed strategic framework for the biennium 2006-2007; the Committee for Development Policy report; and a draft resolution in the Commission on Science and Technology for Development report.

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Expert Group Meetings

United Nations Forum on Forests Ad Hoc Expert Group, Third Meeting
New York, 7-10 September 2004

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

            The UNFF Secretariat is in the final preparation stages for the third Ad Hoc Expert Group Meeting. The expert group will recommend the parameters of a mandate for developing a legal framework on all types of forests. Experts from 48 countries are expected to attend the meeting.

           The Secretariat has prepared two background information papers to assist experts in analyzing the catalysts and obstacles impacting on the implementation of the IPF/IFF proposals for action. Catalysts such as good governance, national forest programmes, the development of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management (SFM) and stakeholder participation have contributed to the implementation of the proposals for action. Obstacles to implementation at the national level include inadequate institutional mechanisms for assessing progress in the implementation of the proposals for action, insufficient knowledge of the proposals for action and financial constraints, among others. In addition, experts will analyze all resolutions and decisions adopted at past UNFF Sessions.

           As part of the meeting, a stakeholder panel discussion on "Raising the Profile of Forests and Forestry" will be held on 8 September. Experts from the major groups will assess elements of the current international arrangement on forests and other relevant bodies and instruments that have been successful in ensuring the effective participation and substantive input of major groups.

           Contact: Ms. Elisabeth Barsk-Rundqiust, Secretariat on the United Nations Forum on Forests, Tel: 1212 963 3263.

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United Nations Expert Group Meeting to Review Critical Issues Relevant to the Planning of the 2010 Round of Population and Housing Censuses
New York, 15-17 September 2004
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/egm/CensusEGM04/

            The expert group meeting will focus on critical issues for the development of the 2010 World Population and Housing Census Programme.

           Contact: Mr. Jeremiah Banda, Statistics Division, Tel: 1212 963 8338.

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Consultations on the Establishment of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG)
Palais de Nations, Geneva, 20-21 September 2004

           The Secretariat of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) will organize a first round of consultations on the establishment of the Working Group. The consultations aim to develop a common understanding of structure and functioning of the WGIG. Discussions are expected to focus on the scope and working methods of the WGIG, as well as the general profile, qualities and characteristics of its members. Participants are expected to represent Governments and entities which are accredited to the WSIS preparatory process. These will include representatives from the permanent missions to the United Nations in Geneva, officials from government offices responsible for information technology strategy, participants from international and regional organizations dealing with Internet Governance, specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies, as well as non-governmental organizations and representatives from the private sector and civil society.

           Contact: Mr. Markus Kummer, Executive Coordinator of the Secretariat of WGIG, Tel: +41(0)22 917 54 88.

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Inter-agency and Expert Group Meeting on MDG Indicators
Geneva, 29 September - 1 October 2004

            The meeting will focus on planning and preparation of 2005 comprehensive report of the Secretary-General on Implementation of the Millennium Declaration and reviewing MDG indicators development process. The Statistics Division and Development Policy and Planning Office are organizing the meeting.

           Contact: Ms. Francesca Perucci, Statistics Division, Tel: 1212 963 0212.

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International Forum for Social Development: Equity, Inequalities and Interdependence, Fourth Meeting
New York, 5 - 6 October 2004

http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/IFSD/4thmeeting.htm

           The main theme of the Fourth Meeting of the International Forum for Social Devleopment will be Equity, Inequalities and Interdependence, chosen in the perspective of the 10-year review of the outcome of the World Summit for Social Development. The meeting will consist of a closed seminar on 5 October and the morning of 6 October, and conclude with an open, informal debate in the context of the 59th session of the General Assembly in the afternoon of 6 October.

            Contact: Mr. Jacques Baudot, Division for Social Policy and Development, Tel: 1212 963 4596, Fax: 1212 963 0111.

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Inter-Agency Meetings

Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA), Fourth Meeting
New York, 1-3 September 2004

           The CCSA meets twice a year to coordinate issues pertinent to statistical activities in the UN and related organizations.

           Contact: Mr. Stefan Schweinfest, Statistics Division, Tel: 1212 963 4849.

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Panels and symposia

United Nations Symposium on Population and Housing Censuses, New York, 13-14 September 2004
Capacity Building Workshop for the UN NGO Informal Regional Network in Latin America and the Caribbean, Montego Bay, Jamaica, 16 September 2004
Trade in Services, Subgroup Mode 4 Meeting, Paris, 16-17 September 2004
UN Committee Meeting on Environmental-Economic Accounting, Copenhagen, 20-21 September 2004
London Group on Environmental Accounting, Ninth Meeting, Copenhagen, 22-24 September 2004
Expert Working Group on Improving the Role of Government in the Promotion of Environmental Management Accounting (EMA), Eighth Session, Copenhagen, 22-24 September 2004
High-level Panel on Youth Employment Network, Third Meeting, Washington, D.C., 27-28 September 2004
Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA) Conference, Apia, Samoa, 5-8 October 2004
Technical Sub-group meetings on Classifications, New York, 18-21 October 2004
Special Forum on "The Development of Land Information Policies in the Americas", Aguascalientes, Mexico, 26- 27 October 2004
Consultative meeting on WPAY, Coimbra, Portugal, End of October 2004 (tentative)

Events

25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), New York, 13 October 2004
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, New York, 17 October 2004

Panels and symposia

United Nations Symposium on Population and Housing Censuses
New York, 13-14 September 2004

http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/egm/Symposium04/

           The symposium is to set priorities for the upcoming decade round of population and housing censuses.

           Contact: Mr. Jeremiah Banda , Statistics Division, Tel: 1212 963 8338.

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Capacity Building Workshop for the UN NGO Informal Regional Network in Latin America and the Caribbean
Montego Bay, Jamaica, 16 September 2004

           The workshop will focus on preparing NGOs to contribute to the work of ECOSOC.

           Contact: Ms. Hanifa Mezoui, Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Tel: 1212 9638652.

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Trade in Services, Subgroup Mode 4 Meeting
Paris, 16-17 September 2004

            The meeting is to further progress on the development of a statistical framework to measure Mode 4 - Movement of Natural Persons.

           Contact: Ms. Alessandra Alfieri , Statistics Division, Tel: 1212 963 4590.

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UN Committee Meeting on Environmental-Economic Accounting
Copenhagen, 20-21 September 2004

            The meeting will establish the Committee and will develop a programme for the implementation and promotion of environmental-economic accounting.

           Contact: Ms. Alessandra Alfieri, Statistics Division, Tel: 1212 963 4590.

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London Group on Environmental Accounting, Ninth Meeting
Copenhagen, 22-24 September 2004

http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/citygroup/londongroup.htm

            The meeting will discuss methodological advances in water, mineral and energy accounts, introducing social dimensions into environmental accounts and policy uses of environmental accounting. The draft handbook on water accounting will also be discussed.

           Contact: Ms. Alessandra Alfieri, Statistics Division, Tel: 1212 963 4590.

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Expert Working Group on Improving the Role of Government in the Promotion of Environmental Management Accounting (EMA), Eighth Session
Copenhagen, 22-24 September 2004

           The working group session will be hosted by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency in cooperation with the Copenhagen Business School, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Rambøll, 2.-0 LCA consultants and Danish Crown. This will be an international working level meeting with participants to be invited from governments, international organizations, industry, and academia. The objective of the meeting is to discuss the draft International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) guidance document on EMA, to foster exchange of information on incentives to encourage the adoption of EMA by industry and other bodies, and to discuss possible future work by the Group in conjunction with other international technical organizations.

           Contact: Mr. Tarcisio Alvarez-Rivero, Division for Sustainable Development/Policy Integration, Analysis and Evaluation Branch, Tel. 1212 963 5708.

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High-level Panel on Youth Employment Network, Third Meeting
Washington, D.C., 27-28 September 2004

http://www.ilo.org/yen

            This is a meeting of the twelve leaders and policy experts in the field of youth employment who were appointed by the Secretary-General in 2001 as members of the High-Level Panel on Youth Employment. Following its first meeting in 2001, the High-level Panel produced a series of recommendations which where transmitted by the Secretary-General to the UN General Assembly in September 2001. These recommendations focused on four global priority policy areas or the four "E's": Employability, Equal opportunities, Entrepreneurship, and Employment creation. Following its second meeting in July 2003, the Panel agreed to continue working with the Youth Employment Network in an advisory capacity.

            Contact: Mr. Donald Lee, Division for Social Policy and Development, Tel: 1212 963 8762, Fax: 1212 963 0111; and, Mr. Joop Theunissen, Division for Social Policy for Development, Tel: 1212 963 7763.

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Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA) Conference
Apia, Samoa, 5-8 October 2004

           The Division for Public Administration and Development Management of DESA will be participating in the Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA) Seminar 2004 under theme of "Globalization, Security and Development". This year's host is the Government of Samoa through the Public Service Commission (PSC).

           The seminar intends to examine issues concerning the traditional and non-traditional threats to security and the role of public administration systems in responding to these challenges. The seminar will focus on the specific modes and measures adopted to promote economic and social security and collective efforts undertaken between and among states and social sectors (state, business and civil society) to address security concerns. DESA presentation will be made on the theme of "Promoting economic security: Less Aid, More Trade and Investment." The presentation seeks to highlight the pivotal role of trade and investment in achieving sustainable economic growth in the light of the various threats and vulnerabilities faced by developing nations.

           Contact: Mr. Jacinto De Vera, Division for Public Administration and Development Management/Socio-economic Governance and Management Branch, Tel: 1212 963 0525.

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Technical Sub-group Meetings on Classifications
New York, 18-21 October 2004

http://unstats.un.org/unsd/class/intercop/default.htm

           This meeting will review a complete draft for the revised Central Product Classification (CPC), as prepared by the United Nations Statistics Division. This draft will reflect inputs from the consultation process on CPC, feedback from regional classifications workshops and earlier conclusions of the Technical Subgroup.

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

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Special Forum on "The Development of Land Information Policies in the Americas"
Aguascalientes, Mexico, 26- 27 October 2004

           In pursuance of Resolution 5, adopted at the Seventh United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for the Americas in January 2001, the Statistics Division, the Permanent Committee on Spatial Data Infrastructure for the Americas (PC-IDEA) and the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) are organizing this special forum, hosted by the Government of Mexico.

           Contact: Mr. Amor Laaribi, Statistics Division, Tel: 1212 963 3042.

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Consultative Meeting on WPAY
Coimbra, Portugal, End of October 2004 (tentative)

           In 2005, the General Assembly will review the achievements made in the implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY), ten years after its adoption. Responding to a request of the member states (A/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 October.

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

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Events

25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
New York, 13 October 2004

            A round table is scheduled to commemorate the adoption of the Convention, to increase the momentum for universal ratification and full implementation of the Convention. The event will be chaired by Ms. Feride Acar, Chairperson of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, the Secretary-General and the President of the 59th session of the General Assembly have been invited to participate.

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

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
New York, 17 October 2004

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

            The twelfth observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty seeks to promote increased awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and serves as a reminder for concerted effort in achieving the millennium development goal (MDG) of halving the number of people living in poverty by 2015.

            The observance is sponsored jointly by the ATD Fourth World Movement, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the Department of Public Information and the NGO Sub-Committee for the Eradication of Poverty.

            This year's observance will include a gathering in the UN garden at the commemorative stone to honor victims of poverty. People living in extreme poverty will give testimonies of their plight.A panel discussion on the study "How poverty separates parents and children: A Challenge for Human Rights" will be held.

            Contact: Ms. Felice Llamas, Division for Social Policy for Development, Tel. 1212 963 2924, Fax: 1212 963 0111.

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Africa South of the Sahara
Asia and the Pacific
Eastern Europe and CIS
Latin America and the Caribbean

Africa South of the Sahara  

Training of Trainers Workshop on Implementing Conflict-sensitive Development
University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana, 6 - 17 September 2004

http://www.unpan.org/conflictmanagement.asp
http://unpan1.un.org/intradoc/groups/public/documents/un/unpan007522.pdf

            The second Training of Trainers (TOT) Workshop under project RAF/03/010 will be based on the thematic module on "Transforming Conflict and Development towards Sustainable Peace" and will be attended by participants from 15 institutions of the following African countries: Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Workshop will consist of training on the course material and experiential pedagogical skills for delivering it, and an actual training delivered to a local audience by the participants under the supervision of the TOT Workshop leaders.

           Contact: Ms. Gay Rosenblum-Kumar, Division for Public Administration and Development Management, Tel. 1212 963 8381.

Consultative Meeting on the Draft Programme for Leadership Capacity Development for Good Governance in Africa
Johannesburg, 27 September - 1 October 2004

           The meeting is being organized by the African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development (CAFRAD) and the Uganda Management Institute, in collaboration with the Department of Public Service and Administration in South Africa and New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). The Division for Public Administration and Development Management is providing financing through the Italian Trust Fund. The participants in the Meeting will be human resource managers in public sector institutions, especially Ministries responsible for public service in Africa, as well as a selected number of experts in leadership capacity-building, particularly from management development institutes. The overall objective of the Meeting is to review the draft programme for Leadership Capacity Development for Good Governance in Africa, finalize and submit it to the Pan African Conference of Ministers of Civil Service which will meet on 1 October at the same venue.

           Contact: Mr. John Mary-Kauzya, Division for Public Administration and Development Management, Tel. 1212 963 1973.

High-level Consultation on the Implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Phase One
Sierra Leone, 25-27 October 2004

            The Division for the Advancement of Women will implement a two-phase technical assistance project with the Government of Sierra Leone to strengthen capacity of Government officials to implement the Convention. A team of internationally recognized experts, including from the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, will hold consultations with high-level Government officials (Ministry/Department heads) in key ministries. They will prepare recommendations for priority action by the Government in the field of legislative reform, policy and programme measures, cooperation with civil society, and cooperation with the international community. The second phase of the project, in early 2005, will consist of training for mid-level government officials to strengthen their capacity to implement the experts' findings.

            Contact: Ms. Saras Jagwanth, Division for the Advancement of Women/Women's Rights Section, Tel. 1212 963 6052.



Asia and the Pacific

Seminar on Pros and Cons of Kyoto Protocol in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Teheran, July 2004

           The Division for Sustainable Development participated in a National Seminar in Teheran, Iran which presented the final results of a study project designed to familiarize Iranian experts and policy-makers with the key features of the Kyoto Protocol (including its market-based flexibility mechanisms), and also provided policy makers with a clear description of the pros and cons of ratifying the Protocol. Conducted in association with a National Research Team (NRT) comprised of technical experts from various ministries and research institutes within the country, DESA's technical representatives discussed the likely effect of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) opportunities within the country, and also participated in a subsequent high-level meeting addressing Iran's potential ratification. Three days after the conclusion of these meetings, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to proceed with such a ratification. Like other OPEC countries, however, this submission only be forwarded to UN FCCC following Russia's ratification.

           Contact: Mr. Roger K. Raufer, Division for Sustainable Development/Energy and Transporation Branch, Tel. 1212 963 8803.

Treaty Reporting Workshop
Timor-Leste, 8-10 September 2004

            The Division for the Advancement of Women will participate in a treaty reporting workshop being hosted by the government of Timor-Leste in Dili in September. The workshop is intended to raise awareness of new treaty reporting guidelines and to strengthen the capacity of government officials to prepare reports under the human rights treaties to which Timor-Leste is a party, including the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

           Contact: Ms. Saras Jagwanth, Division for the Advancement of Women/Women's Rights Section, Tel. 1212 963 6052.

Workshop on Poverty Statistics
Manila, Philippines, 7-8 October 2004

http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/poverty/default.htm

           This is part of the Poverty Statistics project to assist policy-makers and statisticians in countries to meet the growing demand for poverty statistics and related information by building up a system of poverty measurement which is responsive to national and international data needs. The project will produce a publication entitled Handbook on Poverty Statistics: Concepts, Methods and Policy Use.

           Contact: Ms. Gisele Kamanou-Goune, Statistics Division, Tel: 1212 963 4328.


Eastern Europe and CIS

First Conference of the European and African Regional Assemblies; andPost-Conference Workshop on "Decentralized Governance for Effective and Responsive Service Delivery"
Florence, Italy, 17 - 21 September 2004

           The conference is co-organized by the Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) with the Regional Assembly of Tuscany in Italy and under the patronage of the Presidency of Italy, The post-conference workshop on the theme "Decentralized Governance for Effective and Responsive Service Delivery: Prerequisites, Trends, Approaches, Policies, and Capacity-Building Strategies" will be held from 20 to 21 September 2004. The objectives include: to exchange information and experiences, examine case studies and various legal frameworks, and recommend appropriate oversight, standards and monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. Participants will include high-level experts in decentralized governance, local government political and administrative practitioners from Europe and Africa, as well as representatives of development agencies, including the United Nations system, who are engaged in financing decentralized governance.

           Contact: Mr. John Mary-Kauzya, Division for Public Administration and Development Management, Tel. 1212 963 1973.

Subregional Workshop on "Capacity-Building for Poverty Alleviation through Community-Based Development in the Areas Affected by Environmental Degradation for Central Asia"
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 19 - 21 October 2004

           DPADM is organizing the workshop in cooperation with the Administration of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic and the National Centre for the Development of Mountainous Regions of Kyrgyzstan, on sustainable livelihood activities through environmental conservation, in the mountainous areas of Central Asia.

           The main emphasis of the proposed national action plans is to build institutional capacity and establish networks for the formulation and implementation of policies aimed at poverty eradication through community development in areas affected by environmental degradation. The Workshop will include the following activities:

  • Country presentations from each of the participating countries describing the current issues concerning poverty and environmental degradation;
  • Each of the participating countries will be required to prepare national action plans, including a budget; and
  • The workshop will discuss the subregional activity relating to the monitoring and follow-up of the national action plans and, therefore, the participants will be expected to recommend measures for subregional activities and nominate an agency to undertake these activities.

           Contact: Mr. Alexei Tikhomirov, Division for Public Administration and Development Management, Tel. 1212 963 1070.


Latin America and the Caribbean

Wireless Internet Conference
Monterrey, Mexico, 8-9 September 2004

           The ICT Task Force and Wireless Internet Institute (W2i), in cooperation with the Monterrey Tech University, will organize a meeting on "Wireless Internet for Underserved Communities in Latin America: The Mexican Experience" as part of the "Global Municipal Government and Local Authorities" conference series. The conference includes a half day plenary session with overviews of broadband wireless Internet technology and applications, and several workshops addressing, among others, the following issues: existing delivery methods, infrastructure economics, the role of the local governments and municipalities, applications in support of economic and social development, and regulatory and legislative implications. Participants come from public and private sectors, development programs, media and academia. A book outlining the outcomes of the conference and drawing from the Latin American experiences is anticipated for the end of 2004.

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

Telecommunications Policy Seminar
Georgetown, Barbados, 14-15 September 2004

           The ICT Task Force will take part in the 8th Telecommunications Policy Seminar. The seminar brings together ICT stakeholders from Government Ministers and Senior Officials, high-level policy makers, regulators and operators, service providers, industry players, representatives from academia and end users. The seminar seeks to identify the challenges faced by Caribbean governments in ensuring that all citizens are able to participate in information and communication technologies, that innovative solutions and practical strategies for deploying ICTs in the Caribbean are implemented, and that devices for leveraging the opportunities created by ICTs for social and economic progress are further developed.

           Contact: Ms. Enrica Murmura, Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Tel. 1212 963 5913; Ms. Daniela Giacomelli, Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Tel. 19173672432.

Capacity Development Workshops on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
Power Electricity Project Development
Managua, Nicaragua, 23-24 September
Guayaquil, Ecuador, 28-29 September

            DESA's Division for Sustainable Development will hold two capacity development workshops on the clean development mechanism (CDM). The aim of the workshops is to assist the countries to develop CDM projects in the electricity sector, with the ultimate aim of promoting clean power development in a manner consistent with their sustainable development goals.The workshops are being convened together with the relevant government agencies, with support from the e7, whose experts will be participating in the workshops. 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, Division for Sustainable Development /Energy and Transport Branch, Tel. 1212 963 4337.

Wireless Internet and Municipal Government Conference
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 27-28 October 2004

           The ICT Task Force and the Wireless Internet Institute (W2i) in cooperation with United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Federación Latinoamericana de Ciudades, Municipios y Asociaciones de Gobiernos Locales (FLACMA) will organize the "Global Municipal Government and Local Authorities" conference. The event is co-hosted by the Rio De Janeiro State Government, Rio De Janeiro States Industry Federation (FIRJAN) and W2i. The objective of the meeting is to establish a thorough understanding and prospective roadmap of emerging standards and regulatory provisions affecting municipal authorities, to explore, based on case studies, the potential benefits of broadband wireless applied to local communities and to identify and discuss practical solutions to wireless access challenges.

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

Preparatory Workshops on Internet Governance
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, October 2004
Mexico City, Mexico, October 2004

           The ICT Task Force is organizing two workshops in preparation for the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Meeting on Internet Governance that will take place in Miami in the spring of 2005. The workshop that will be held in Trinidad and Tobago is organized in cooperation with a local Task Group led by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the University of West Indies. The meeting will address the themes of Internet governance and Enabling Environment. Local support is provided by the Ministry of Public Administration, the European Delegation in the Caribbean, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the National Library of Trinidad and Tobago.

           The workshop in Mexico City is organized in cooperation with a local Task Group, led by the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM). The event will focus on Internet governance, but will also address topics related to Institutional Design. The two preparatory meetings in Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago are meant to advance Internet governance issues in both sub-regions - Latin America and the Caribbean - and to contribute to the work of the WSIS Working Group on Internet Governance.

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



Statistics
Advancement of Women
Population
Social Development  
Sustainable Development

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

Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS On-line
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/mbs

            MBS and its on-line version 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/378
Vol. LVIII - No. 6, June 2004

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

ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/379
Vol. LVIII - No. 7, July 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; World exports by provenance and destination.

           Contact: Ms. Mary Jane Holupka, Statistics Division, Tel: 1212 963 1606.

World Statistics Pocketbook
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.V/27
Sales No. E.04.XVII.5

            This handy pocketbook provides an easy-to-use international compilation of basic economic, social and environmental indicators for 209 countries and areas worldwide. It covers 55 key indicators in the areas of population, economic activity, agriculture, industry, energy, international trade, transport, communications, gender, education and environment, drawn from over 20 international statistical sources. The layout provides an easy-to-view statistical profile of each country or area and the notes on sources and definition provide a valuable guide for further research by the interested users.

           Contact: Mr. Virgilio Castillo, Statistics Division, Tel: 1212 963 4867.

International Trade Statistics Yearbook, 2002
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.G/51, Vol. I and Vol. II
Sales No. E/F.03.XVII.2

            Volume I provides historical information on the external trade performance of individual countries in terms of current values. Information showing important commodities traded by an individual country (latest 4 years) and the country's trade with its major trading partners and regions (latest 5 years) are also shown. Summary tables for each country show imports by broad economic categories, exports by industrial origin and the percentage share of the country's trading partners and regions in relation to its total trade. This volume contains data for 184 countries or reporting customs areas. Volume II. Trade by Commodity. Volume II contains selected commodity tables showing total world trade of those commodities analyzed by regions and countries, as well as various specialized tables.

            Contact: Mr. Ronald Jansen, Statistics Division, Tel: 1212 963 5980.

Energy Statistics Yearbook, 2001
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.J/45
Sales No. E/F.04.XVII.6

            The 2001 Energy Statistics Yearbook is the forty-fifth in an internationally comparable series of commercial energy statistics summarizing world energy trends and presents annual data for 215 countries and areas for the period 1998 to 2001 on production, trade and consumption of energy: solids, liquids, gaseous fuels and electricity. In addition, per capita consumption series are also provided for all energy products. Special tables of interest include international trade tables for coal, crude petroleum and natural gas by partner countries - providing information on direction of trade, selected series of statistics on fuelwood, charcoal and bagasee, refinery distillation capacity - and a table on selected energy resources.

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

Population and Vital Statistics Report
ST/ESA/STAT/SER.A/226/227
Vol. LV, Nos. 3 and 4, Data available as of 31 December 2003

            The latest available population census and estimates are presented quarterly for over 200 countries or areas. National statistics of live births, deaths and infant deaths for the most recent year are also shown.

           Contact: Mr. Srdjan Mrkic, Statistics Division, Tel: 1212 963 4940.


Advancement of Women

Report of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

            The report contains the results of the Convention's 30th and 31st sessions. These include: concluding comments on 16 States parties; General recommendation 25 on article 4, paragraph 1 of the Convention, temporary special measures; the Convention's first decision under the complaints procedure of the Optional Protocol, and a summary of the Convention's first inquiry under article 8 of the Optional Protocol. An overview of the Convention's current working methods is also included.

            Contact: Ms. Christine Brautigam, Division for the Advancement of Women/Women's Rights Section, Tel. 1212 963 0535.

Women, Peace and Security

            The Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women in coordination with the Inter-Agency Working Group on Women, Peace and Security will prepare the Secretary-General's report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 , which will be presented to the Security Council on 28 October 2004. Throughout the month of October there will be a number of events sponsored by Member States, UN agencies and NGOs on progress made in gender mainstreaming and the advancement of women in peace and security.

            Contact: Ms. Katherine Burns, Office for the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women, Tel. 1917 367 5221.


Population

Trends in Total Migrant Stock: The 2003 Revision
http://www.unpopulation.org

           The Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs has issued new estimates of the number of international migrants in each country or area of the world as of 1 July of 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990 and 2000 by sex.

            These estimates are derived mostly from data on the foreign-born enumerated by censuses. They are presented for both sexes combined as well as for males and females. The data are available in an Excel file that also contains: (1) the estimated population in each country or area for each reference year; (2) the growth rate of the migrant stock for each ten-year period; (3) the percentage of international migrants over the total population: (4) the percentage of female migrants over all international migrants, and (5) the percentage distribution of international migrants by major area or region. The Excel file plus documentation is available for purchase at a cost of $US 150. The order form for these data and instructions for placing an order are available on the Population Division website.

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


World Contraceptive Use 2003
http://www.unpopulation.org

            The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs' Population Division has just issued a CD-ROM containing data on contraceptive prevalence. The order form to purchase the CD-Rom is available on the Population Division web site.

           The CD-Rom contains two datasets. The first presents the most recentlevels of contraceptive prevalence, measured as the percentage of women ofreproductive age, married or in union, who are using contraception. Alsoincluded are prevalence levels by method of contraception. Data arepresented by country and for country aggregates, including the world, themore and less developed regions, and the major areas (Africa, Asia,Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America and Oceania).The second dataset includes trend data on contraceptive prevalence forcountries with information for two periods between 1990 and 2002. Twotypes of measures are included: (a) prevalence of any method ofcontraception, and (b) prevalence any modern method of contraception.

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


Social Development

Making Commitments Matter: A Toolkit for Young People to Evaluate National Youth Policy
Now available in Spanish and Portuguese

http://www.un.org/youth

           The Youth Toolkit, "Making Commitments Matter: A Toolkit for Young People to Evaluate National Youth Policy", has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese. The Toolkit was developed by the Division for Social Policy and Development to prepare for the General Assembly's review of the 'World Programme of Action for Youth to the year 2000 and beyond' (WPAY) in 2005. It enables young people around the world to participate in this review by assessing their country's progress towards achieving the commitments made in the WPAY. Besides the Spanish and Portuguese versions, the Toolkit is available in English and French and in the near future also in Arabic.

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


 Sustainable Development

Sustainable Energy Consumption in Africa

           The paper is co-edited by Stephen Karekezi, Jennifer Wangeci and Ezekiel Manyara from the African Energy Policy Research Network (AFREPREN/FWD). This paper attempts to provide a differentiated assessment of energy consumption trends in the African continent. Selected options that should be applicable across the continent, should reflect the specific characteristics of each of the three sub-regions (North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and South Africa) factoring in the different consumption patterns, energy types consumed, and prevailing economic conditions. This paper served as a background paper for the Regional Conference on Sustainable Consumption in Africa held in Morocco in May 2004, co-organized by DESA, UNEP and the Government of Morocco.

           Contact: Mr. Santiago Martinez de Orense, Division for Sustainable Development/Policy Integration, Analysis and Evaluation Branch, Tel. 1212 963 4526.

Integration of Social Policy into Sustainable Public Procurement

           The paper was prepared by Professor Christopher McCrudden as an input to the on-going work of the Division for Sustainable Development on sustainable public procurement. It is expected to be the second publications in a planned Sustainable Development Discussion Series. Case studies developments in South Africa and Brazil were separately prepared by ICLEI regional offices and the one for Brazil is being translated in Portuguese for the use by the Government of Brazil.

           Public authorities can influence markets through their procurement practices. While much progress has been made on "green procurement" in recent years, achieving "sustainable procurement" in a broad sense requires integration of social criteria into procurement guidelines and practices. The objectives of the paper are to analyze key issues regarding the integration of social policies into public procurement from a legal perspective, highlighting the possible conflict with the trade regime, and to present some possible ways forward. The paper surveys a number of examples from many parts of the world and demonstrates that use of procurement for social policy purposes has a long history, starting around the end of the Nineteenth Century. With development in the international trade regime since the 1970s, international procurement disciplines have also developed and present some challenges to the efforts towards integrating social aspects in public procurement. The paper finds that two different dispute settlement models have emerged. One is represented by the European Union, where domestic regulatory space has been given to procurement linkages as a way to enforce EU social legislation. Under the second model, social policy is seen as exogenous, as in the WTO, and economic considerations take precedence. The paper concludes that there may be cause for a re-examination of the linkages between social policy and public procurement at regional and international levels in future trade negotiations.

           Contact: Ms. Chikako Takase, Division for Sustainable Development/Policy Integration, Analysis and Evaluation Branch, Tel. 1212 963 8774.



Statistics

Demographic and Social Statistics
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/

            Major site redesign and restructuring to cover all the substantive areas of work under the Demographic and Social Statistics Branch, Statistics Division, is being undertaken.

Economic and Social Policy 

ECOSOC Web Site
http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ecosoc/

           The ECOSOC web site is being redesigned by the Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination and the Department for Public Information to increase its usability by the members of the Council, the UN system and the public at large. The design of the web sites of the General Assembly and the Security Council will serve as a starting point.

            Contact: Ms. Lotta Tahtinen, Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Tel. 1917 367 2212.

Social Development

Web Site of the Programme on Youth in Three Languages http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/spanish/index.html

           Besides an English and French version, the website of the Programme on Youth, within the Division for Social Policy and Development, is now also available in Spanish.

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



  • The Secretary General has announced the appointment of Ms. Rachel Manyanja as the new Assistant Secretary General for Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women, succeeding Ms. Angela King. Ms. Manyanja is currently Director of Human Resources at FAO, Rome. A brief vita is in SG/A/884 .


General Assembly    
Social Development  
Sustainable Development

General Assembly

General Assembly
59th session
New York, 14 September - December 2004

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 August - 3 September 2004

 

Sustainable Development

Ad Hoc Expert Group on consideration with a view to recomending the parameters of a mandate for developing a legal framework on all types of forests
New York, 6-10 September 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 
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