In this issue
The text of Mr. Ocampo’sopening statement to the Second Committee is available online at
From 1-5 November 2004, the General Assemblywill undertake its triennial comprehensive policy review of operationalactivities for development. The mainpurpose of the 2004 TCPR is to evaluate the capacity of the UN system to assistdeveloping countries to pursue their priorities and meet their needs in the contextof the consensus on the development agenda that follows the MillenniumDeclaration and the other global conferences and summits.
Member States have assigned an important roleto the operational activities for development of the UN system in helping countriesto achieve the MDGs in accordance with their national priorities and needs. TheUN system with its far-flung field offices and its historic credibility canprovide invaluable support. The TCPR should review the UN system policies andmechanisms in place or necessary and appropriate which enable its operationalactivities to play their assigned role. The TCPR 2004 will assess how the UNsystem at the country level is positioned and what changes, if any, might beneeded to make it a more cohesive and effective development partner, in tandemwith other partners.
It is expected that the General Assembly willadopt a new resolution on this subject setting out
In addition to the core discussion for TCPR,two side events are being organized by DESA scheduled on 1 and
The second panel will consist ofmembers of a UN country team, a senior representative from the government, anda representative from civil society and will focus on the UN developmentcooperation: coordination, participation, and effectiveness. The panelcomplements the previous day's panel and provides an opportunity to bring tothe attention of delegations on first hand evidence of the actual functioningof the UN development system, sharing experiences and lessons learned at thecountry level.
Contact: Massimo D'Angelo, Office ofECOSOC Support and Coordination, +1 212/963-4731.
The Second Committee will discuss agenda item89 on the eradication of poverty and other development issues on
Section I of this report focuses on thecontribution of microcredit and microfinance to the implementation of theDecade. It examines the role that microcredit and microfinance can play instrategies to eradicate poverty, the challenges facing their future developmentand the role of Governments and the international community in providing poorpeople with greater access to financial services.
Section II discusses the preparations alreadyunder way for the International Year of Microcredit, and highlights the keyinitiatives and activities to mark the Year planned by Governments, the UnitedNations system and other stakeholders.
The Year of Microcredit provides asignificant opportunity to raise awareness about the importance ofmicrofinance, and in particular microcredit, in the eradication of poverty, andto further enhance existing programmes that support sustainable, inclusivefinancial sectors around the world. Department of Economic and Social Affairsand the United Nations Capital Development Fund are the joint coordinators forthe Year.
Representatives of governments, UN agencies,the private sector, microfinance partners and non-governmental organizationswill participate in a launch of the programme in
A number of UN agencies will host luncheonpanels the same day. Afternoon high-level panels will identify the constraintsimpeding the growth and sustainability of the microfinance sector and willdiscuss removing the barriers to building inclusive financial sectors. Thepanels will launch the discussions on the main issues of the Year ofMicrocredit addressing the central question of "why are so many bankablepeople un-banked" as well as the importance of collecting accurate data tobetter serve those who do not have access to good financial services. A finalplenary session will offer the Advisors' Group for the Year, a group ofprominent leaders in the field of economic development, banking and finance,the opportunity to summarize day's discussions aiming to present a vision ofhow to move forward.
To launch the Year of Microcredit, an efforthas been undertaken by
Contacts:Division for Social Policy and Development – Ms. Felice Llamas, + 1 212/963-2924 (report of the Secretary-General);Ms. Sarangerel Erdembileg, + 1 212/963-4720 (International Year).
In response to General Assembly Resolution58/208, which requests the Secretary-General to continue convening meetings tocoordinate activities regarding international migration, the PopulationDivision held a third coordination meeting on international migration from27-28 October 2004 in New York. The dates of the meeting were selected so as togive participants the opportunity to attend also the presentation of theSecreatry-General's report on international migration and development(A/59/325 ) in the Second Committee of the General Assembly, which was scheduledfor 29 October. In addition to providing a forum for the exchange ofinformation on activities in the area of international migration anddevelopment, this third coordination meeting provided a venue to discusssubstantive issues related to the preparation of the General Assembly'shigh-level dialogue on international migration, which will take place duringits sixty-first session in 2006.
Contact:Ms. Hania Zlotnik, Population Division, +1 212/963-3185.
Seminar on relevance of population aspectsfor the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals
In preparation for the United Nations summitto review progress made in the achievement of the millennium development goals,the Commission on Population and Development will consider at itsthirty-seventh session in April 2005 how the implemention of the Programme ofAction of the International Conference on Population and Development, in allits aspects, contributes to the achievement of the internationally agreeddevelopment goals, including the millennium development goals. In order toprovide the Commission with the most comprehensive and up-to-date assessment onthis subject, the Population Division is organizing the seminar on relevance ofpopulation aspects for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals from17-19 November 2004.
Contact : Ms. Hania Zlotnik,Population Division, +1 212/963-3185.
United Nations ICT Task Force meeting
The United Nations ICT Task Force will holdits seventh meeting in
Contact: Mr. Sergei Kambalov, Office of ECOSOCSupport and Coordination, + 1 212/ 963-4751.
Expert group meeting on conflict prevention,peace-building and development
Mr. José Antonio Ocampo,Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs will chair the meeting.Speakers include Ms. Frances Stewart from the
The expert group meeting is intended toprovide a forum to discuss the links between security and development at theconceptual and policy levels. It will also contribute to the process ofdeveloping DESA's strategic framework on the security-development nexus.
The meeting will be conducted through workingsessions focusing on themes related to various aspects of DESA's work in thisarea: (1) Structural causes of conflict and the role of sustainabledevelopment: conflict prevention and peace-building perspectives: (a) socio-economic development policies and conflict prevention and (b) natural resourcegovernance and conflict prevention; (2 ) Socio-economic and institutionalchallenges of post-conflict peace-building and development: a long termperspective; and (3) Partnerships and civil society: roles and capabilities inconflict prevention and peace-building.
Contact: Mr. Navid Hanif, Office of ECOSOCSupport and Coordination, +1 212/963-8415.
Expert group meeting on the role ofnational mechanisms in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women:achievements, gaps and challenges
The findings and conclusions of the meetingwill provide inputs for the work of the forty-ninth session of the of theCommission on the Status of Women in 2005 that will focus on the review andappraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and theoutcome document of the twenty-third special session of the General Assemblyentitled "Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for thetwenty-first century".
Contact:Ms. Natalia Zakharova, Division for the Advancement of Women, +1 212/963-8134.
Panel on globalization and interdependence
Professor Amartya Sen will deliver a keynoteaddress to the Second Committee of the General Assembly on "Forgingcoherence to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, in the context ofglobalization". Prof. Sen's address will be followed by remarks by Mr.Martin Wolf, columnist of the Financial Times, and by an informal question andanswer session with the members of the Assembly. The meeting precedes theSecond Committee's deliberations on the globalization and interdependence item.The event, organized by the Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, will bepresided over by H.E. Mr. Marco Balarezo (
Contact: Mr. Navid Hanif, Office of ECOSOCSupport and Coordination, + 1 212/963-8415.
Expert group meeting on the world economy- Project LINK
Some 80 participants from about 50 countriesand several international organizations are expected to attend. The meetingwill examine the short-term economic outlook for the world economy and for allthe main geographic regions. DESA will present the LINK Global EconomicOutlook, which is prepared by combining inputs from LINK national forecastingcentres with assessments by DESA staff. Other international organizations, suchas the IMF and the World Bank, will also present their views on the prospectsfor the world economy and other participants will present regional and countryperspectives. A few sessions will discuss special economic issues in the worldeconomy, such as the impact of the latest rise in oil prices, the challenge fornew EU members of joining the euro, and some other regional issues.
Contact:Mr. Ian Kinniburgh, Development Policy and Planning Office, + 1 212/963-4838.
Panel discussion to observe the tenth anniversaryof the International Year of the Family
For the afternoon of 6 December, andfollowing the General Assembly plenary meeting to be held that morning toobserve the Tenth Anniversary of the International Year of the Family, theDivision for Social Policy and Development is organizing a panel discussion.The purpose of the panel discussion will be to complement the GeneralAssembly's observance of the tenth anniversary of the IYF and to analyze anddiscuss current international trends and issues relating to families.
Contact: Mr. Eric Olson, Division forSocial Policy and Development, + 1 212/963-0013.
Giving aVoice to People with Disabilities in the Development of a Convention concerningtheir Human Rights
This is acapacity building and training pilot project implemented in partnership withDisabled Peoples' International (DPI), a global non-governmental organizationof persons with disabilities, which has an important role in representingpersons with disabilities across regions and disabilities at the GeneralAssembly Ad Hoc Committee elaborating and negotiating an InternationalConvention on the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. The trainingis aimed at strengthening the organization and better preparing it to take anactive part in the process towards a Disability Convention.
Roundtableof national human rights institutions and the national machineries for theadvancement of women
Theroundtable will be hosted by the Conseil Consultatif de l'Homme du Maroc (CCDH)and will bring together representatives of national human rights institutionsand national machineries for the advancement of women from fifteen countriesfrom all regions of the world. The meeting is organized by Division for theAdvancement of Women (DAW/DESA) in collaboration with the Office of the HighCommissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
Theobjective of the roundtable is to build the capacity of these institutions to moreeffectively promote and protect women's human rights by contributing to abetter understanding of the linkages between gender equality and women's humanrights.
Contact: Ms.Emanuela Calabrini, Division for the Advancement of Women, + 1 212/963- 8814.
Regional Meeting on Internet Governance
The United Nations ICT Task Force AfricanStakeholders Network and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), incollaboration with the Government of Mauritius, will organize a regionalmeeting on Internet Governance to be held on 8-10 December 2004. The outcomesof the meeting will feed into the activities of the Secretary-General's WorkingGroup on Internet Governance, the African Regional Preparatory Conference forthe World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) to be held in
Contact: Mr. Samuel Danofsky, Office ofECOSOC Support and Coordination, + 1 917/367-2424
Forging Partnerships for Social Protection
Next month the Division for Social Policy andDevelopment is organizing an International Workshop "Forging Partnershipsfor Social Protection". The workshop take place on 2-4 November in
Contact: Mr. Sergei Zelenev, Division forSocial Policy and Development, + 1 212/963-4732.
Subregional Workshop for
The Division for Public Administration andDevelopment Management will organize the workshop in collaboration with ESCAPand the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. The workshop will be one of thefirst major activities under the Development Account Project "R":"Networking and Capacity-Building for Poverty Alleviation throughCommunity-Based Development in the Areas Affected by EnvironmentalDegradation." Participants from
Regional Forum on Revitalizing Governmentin
The Regional Forum on Revitalizing Governmentin
Specific objectives of the Forum are to:
Scholars and academics from seven selectedSouth Asian countries will present case studies of their respective countries.The countries are:
Participants will include governmentofficials, particularly those from central agencies managing public sectorreforms and modernization, and representatives from international institutions,the academia and regional institutes, and civil society organizations.
Contact: Ms. Nahleen Ahmed, Division forPublic Administration and Development Management, + 1 917/367-5012.
The Wireless Internet
The United Nations ICT Task Force and theWireless Internet Institute (W2i), in cooperation with UNITAR, will organize ameeting on "The Wireless Internet Opportunity for Rural Communities: ThePyrenean Regional Experience" as part of the "Global MunicipalGovernment and Local Authorities" conference series. The objective of themeeting, hosted by the Department of Economic Development of the City of
Contact: Mr. Samuel Danofsky, Office ofECOSOC Support and Coordination, + 1 917/ 367-2424
The Wireless Internet
The United Nations ICT Task Force and theWireless Internet Institute (W2i) in cooperation with UNITAR and the FederaciónLatinoamericana de Ciudades, Municipios y Asociaciones de Gobiernos Locales(FLACMA) will organize the "Global Municipal Government and LocalAuthorities" conference in Rio de Janeiro on 8-9 November 2004. The eventis co-hosted by the Rio De Janeiro State Government, Rio De Janeiro StatesIndustry Federation (FIRJAN) and W2i. The objective of the meeting is toestablish a thorough understanding and prospective roadmap of emergingstandards and regulatory provisions affecting municipal authorities, toexplore, based on case studies, the potential benefits of broadband wirelessapplied to local communities and to identify and discuss practical solutions towireless access challenges.
Contact: Ms. Enrica Murmura, Office ofECOSOC Support and Coordination, + 1 212/963- 5913.
Designing for the 21 Century
The project supports the social inclusion ofpersons with disabilities, with particular reference to the Latin American and
Contact:Mr. Jean-Pierre Gonnot, Division for Social Policy and Development, + 1 212/963-3256.
World Economic and Social Survey 2004
The World Economic and Social Survey 2004 will be issued in November.This year's publication will be produced in two parts. The first part (sales no.E.04.II.C.I) discusses the state of the world economy in 2004. It includes anexamination of developments in international trade and finance in 2003-2004 andpresents an overview of recent developments in and immediate prospects for thedeveloped market economies, the economies in transition and the developingcountries. The second part (sales no. E.04.II.C.3) will focus on internationalmigration and will include a review of trends in migration over the pastcentury, national policies and international agreements regarding migration,and will examine the economic and social impacts of migration in both sendingand receiving countries.
Contact: Mr. Ian Kinniburgh, Development Policy andPlanning Office, + 1 212/963-4838.
World Survey on the Role of Women in Development
The World Survey is a flagship publication of the Department issued every five years. This edition of the survey focuses on women and international migration, and presents key issues on labour migration, family formation and reunification, rights of migrant women, refugees and displaced persons, as well as trafficking of women and girls. A summary of the report has been prepared for consideration by the General Assembly at its 59th session (A/59/287 ) .
Contact: Ms. Sharon Taylor, Division forthe Advancement of Women, + 1 212/963-5226.
Review and Appraisal of theProgress Made in Achieving the Goals and Objectives of the Programme of Actionof the International Conference on Population and Development : The 2004 Report
The Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population andDevelopment recommended that the General Assembly organize a regular review andappraisal of the implemementation of the Programme of Action. This report,prepared by the Population Division, is the second such review and appraisal,marking ten years since the adoption of the Programme of Action. (The firstreview and appraisal, also prepared by the Population Division, was in 1999.)This second review and appraisal was submitted to the thirty-sevents session ofthe Commission on Population and Development in 2004. Based on the commentsreceived from the Commission, the second review and appraisal was revised andupdated. This publication is the revised and updated report. The majorconclusion of the report is that the past decade has been one of substantialprogress. However, there have been shortfalls and gaps; progress has not beenuniversal and many countries may fall short of the agreed goals of theProgramme of Action. The report concludes that continued efforts and commitmentar needed to mobilize sufficient human and financial resources, to strenghteninstitutional capabilities, and to nurture partnerships among Governments, theinternational community, non-governmental organizations and civil society.
Contact person: Mr. LarryHeligman, Population Division, + 1 212/963-3208.
World Population to 2300
Every two years, the Population Division prepares and issues the officialUnited Nations estimates and projections of world, regional and nationalpopulation size and growth and demographic indicators. These estimates andprojections cover the period 1950-2050. As necesary, the Population Divisonalso prepares supplementary world population projections covering a much longerperiod, referred to as "long-range projections". This report presentsthe newest such long-range projections and provide national, regional and worldprojections to 2300. The report also includes a set of essays reflecting on theresults which greatly enrich the debate on this important topic. In theseprojections, world population peaks at 9.2 billion in 2075. However, afterreaching its maximum, world population declines slightly and then resumesincreasing, slowly, to reach a level of just under 9 billion by 2300.
Contact: Mr. Thomas Buettner, Population Division, +1 212/963-3209.
Economic, Social and Population Impacts of the HIV/AIDSEpidemic
The report documents the wide-ranging negative impacts of HIV/AIDS: onpopulation size and growth and national mortality levels; on families andhouseholds; agriculture sustainability; business; the health sector; education,and economy growth. A second part presents summaries the large number of researchstudies on the impact of HIV/AIDS, with particular attention to the methodologyand scope of each study. The study suggests that immediate and concertedactions to prevent new infections and to treat and care for people living withHIV/AIDS will mitigate the destructive consequences of an unchecked epidemic.The report concludes: “ The course of the HIV/AIDS epidemic is by no meanspre-determined. The eventual course of the disease depends on how individuals,communities, nations and the world respond to the HIV/AIDS threat today andtomorrow.”
Contact: Mr. Larry Heligman, Population Division, + 1 212/963-3208.
Demographic and Social Statistics
The Demographic and Social Statistics Branch is introducing itsre-designed web site. The web site features multiple categories related to:sources of data, standards and methods, statistical products and databases andmeetings organized by the Branch. Under the category "Source ofdata", for example, the web site offers an overview of all planned andconducted censuses in the world, enabling users to download the information forfurther processing. As for "Standards and methods", the web site provideslinks to all methodological publications issued by the Branch in all officialUnited Nations languages, enabling users to download them. For the first timethe Demographic Yearbook and its accompanying Population and Vital StatisticsReport are placed on the web and made available for downloads in PDF and Excelformats, thus providing users with direct access to data. In addition to dataand meta-data the web site also provides link to Demographic Yearbook technicalreports, thus significantly enhancing user's overview of the whole DemographicYearbook system. The web site also provides complete coverage of all themeetings organized by the Branch.
UNSD statistical databases and data of internationalworking partners
Check the updated site of UNSD statistical databases and the new links toonline databases of the working members of the Committee for the Coordinationof Statistical Activities.
Monthly bulletin of statisticsand MBS online
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 includedregularly.
Special features in this issue: indices of world industrial production bybranches of industry and by regions; producers' or wholesale price indices; earningsin manufacturing, by sex; construction of new buildings; total exports andimports by regions: volume and unit value indices and terms of trade.
Contact: Ms. Mary Jane Holupka, Statistics Division, +1 212/963-1606.
2001 Demographic Yearbook
The United Nations Demographic Yearbook is a unique source of nationalpopulation and vital statistics, published annually, for over 230 countries orareas in the world. It provides statistics on population size and composition,fertility, mortality, infant and foetal mortality, marriages and divorces. TheYearbook also includes a detailed set of technical notes and footnotesexplaining the sources, availability, timeliness, quality, reliability andcoverage of the data presented. The new Yearbook 2001 presents the most recentnational data on population counts from countries or areas.
Contact: Ms. Sabine Warschburger, Statistics Division, +1 212/963-9547.
Millennium Development Indicators : World and Regional Groupings
View the latest MDG World and regional groupings- the classification usedfor the compilation of Millennium Development Indicators world and regionaltrends.
Updates and Amendments to the System of NationalAccounts 1993
This joint publication of the United Nations, the International MonetaryFund, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, theStatistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat) and the World Bankcomplements the recommendations of the System of National Accounts, 1993 (1993SNA), and reflects changes and improvements that have been introduced to thesystem of national accounts since its last revision in 1993. Along with the1993 SNA, Updates and Amendments supports the implementation of internationalstandards of national accounting and provides the methodological basis forimproving the international comparability of national accounts data. Thepublication contains the text of the 1993 SNA that has been updated as a resultof the adoption of new international standards for the statistical measurementof financial derivatives. It also includes four functional classifications thatwere fully elaborated and updated after the 1993 SNA was published. It alsoprovides for the first time a glossary of terms and definitions.
Contact: Ms. Magdolna Csizmadia, Statistics Division, + 1212/963-4819.
Internet Governance: A Grand Collaboration
As part of its contribution to the World Summit on the InformationSociety (WSIS), the United Nations ICT Task Force has recently released thelatest publication of the ICT Task Force Book Series, titled "InternetGovernance: A Grand Collaboration". The book presents a compendium of paperssubmitted prior and during the ICT Task Force Global Forum on InternetGovernance, for the consideration of participants. These papers cover a widerange of technical, regulatory, policy and development issues related to thegeneral subject of Internet governance and contain a lot of useful informationon how many different organizations are already governing the Internet and itseffects on society. At the same time the papers suggest that a number ofimportant issues are not being addressed effectively, and that in some areasthere is an urgent need to put in place new arrangements to counter real andpresent threats to the stability and utility of the Internet.
Contact: Ms. Enrica Murmura, Office of ECOSOC Supportand Coordination, + 1 212/963-5913.
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Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Keynoteaddress by Professor Jeffrey Sachs on the Millennium Development Goals
Launchof the report of the Commission on Private Sector and Development
Lectureby Professor Talat Halman on culture and peace
Contact: Ms. Aliye Celik , Office of ECOSOC Supportand Coordination, + 1 212/963-4201.
InternationalYear of Microcredit 2005, launch day celebration
Contact: Ms. Sarangerel Erdembileg, Division forSocial Policy and Development, + 1 212/963-4720.
International Day of Disabled Persons
Contact Ms.Maribel Derjani-Bayeh, Division for Social Policy and Development, + 1212/963-3897.
The theme for thisyear's observance is Nothing About UsWithout Us , which is based on the active involvement of persons withdisabilities in the planning of strategies and policies that affect theirlives. An event, including the screening of documentaries, will be organized inconference room 4.
General Assembly observance of the tenth anniversaryof the International Year of the Family
Contact: Mr. Eric Olson, Division for Social Policyand Development, + 1212/963-0013.
DESA News is an insider's look at the UnitedNations in the area of coordination of economic and social developmentpolicies. The newsletter is produced by the Information Support Unit of theUnited Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in collaboration withDESA Divisions, and is issued every two months.