DESA News Vol. 10, No. 6 November-December 2007


Violence against women Violence against women, causes and costs of a global curse

Violence against women is not confined to a specific culture, region, or country, or to a particular group of women within a society. Quite the reverse. Violence against women is truly a global phenomenon. Complex, pervasive, persistent, pernicious. It occurs in different settings, takes many different manifestations, and evolves and emerges in new forms. The way that women the world over experience it is influenced by a range of factors, such as age, class, disability, ethnicity, and economic status. On average, at least one in three women is subject to violence at some point in her lifetime.

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Indigenous Peoples A milestone in the protection of human rights of indigenous peoples

The world's indigenous people, who number more than 370 million and live in some 70 countries, are also the most likely group to be poor. In Mexico, 80% of the indigenous population is poor versus the 18% of the non-indigenous groups, and 87% of indigenous peoples in Guatemala are poor compared to 54% of the non-indigenous population, reflecting a trend which is similar in other countries in the region, as Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Chairperson of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues highlighted recently.

Despite this gloomy picture, there is reason for optimism. The adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the first-ever session of the Human Rights Council in June, represents a landmark achievement in fulfilling the long-standing demands of indigenous people. Provided that it receives final endorsement by the General Assembly this fall, the Declaration will become an important tool for indigenous peoples in claiming their rights. Moreover, although it is not legally binding, the Declaration provides the international community with a comprehensive international standard that we should all strive together to achieve.

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Ms. Rachel Mayanja Women, peace and security

Ms. Rachel Mayanja, Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, addresses the Security Council on 26 October on the subject of women, peace and security.


Global dialogue on development

"Keep The Promise: Make It Happen"

General Assembly Second Committee, New York, 2 October-1 December

Racism and humanitarian concerns at the Third Committee

General Assembly, New York, 2 October-22 November


Trends and analysis

The state of the world economy

Expert group meeting, Geneva, 30 October-1 November

International cooperation in tax matters

Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters, 2nd session, Geneva, 30 October - 3 November

Citizen participation in the implementation of the UN development agenda, including the MDGs

Expert group meeting, New York, 1-2 November

Enhancing CEDAW implementation in Asia-Pacific

Workshop, Bangkok, 6-9 November

Engaging civil society in public accountability

Dialogue with audit institutions, Manila, 7-8 November

African youth as partners for peace in post-conflict countries

Expert group meeting, Windhoek, 14-16 November

How to fight poverty in the next 10 years

International forum, New York, 15-16 November

Integration of older persons in development goals

Consultative meeting, Bangkok, 28 November-1 December

Measuring international migration: concepts and methods

Expert group meeting, New York, 4-7 December

Enhancing the service delivery capacity of the African public service

Roundtable conference, Arusha, 4-8 December

Consideration of the content of a non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests

Ad hoc expert group meeting, New York, 11-15 December

Developing gender statistics

Inter-agency and expert group meeting, New York, 12-14 December

Triennial review of operational activities

Preparatory process including thematic studies, expert group meetings and field missions


Publications and websites

Policy Workshop on HIV/AIDS and Family Well-beingPolicy Workshop on HIV/AIDS and Family Well-being

The purpose of the Policy Workshop on HIV/AIDS and Family Well-being, held in Windhoek, Namibia in January 2006 was to bring together representatives of governments and non-governmental organizations as well as academic experts and practitioners from various countries in southern Africa to discuss the impact of HIV/AIDS on families in the region; to consider how families and communities are coping with the disease; and to contribute to the development of a strategic policy framework to assist Governments to strengthen the capacity of families and family networks to cope. This report reflects the collective views of workshop participants.

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Innovations in Governance and Public Administration: Replicating What WorksInnovations in Governance and Public Administration: Replicating What Works

This publication sheds light on the many opportunities of innovations in governance as a developmental tool. The publication provides key ideas and useful tools to transfer and adapt successful practices and innovations in governance and public administration. By providing governments with a menu of innovations to solve economic and social problems effectively and with tools to adapt to their own context, the international community can play a critical role in promoting good governance.

Contact: Division for Public Administration and Development Management

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World Statistics Pocketbook 2005 World Statistics Pocketbook 2005


Sales no. E.06.XVII.3

This handy international statistical pocketbook provides a compilation of basic economic, social and environmental indicators for 208 countries and areas world-wide. It covers 57 key indicators in the areas of population, economic activity, agriculture, industry, energy, international trade, transport, communications, gender, education and environment, based on over 20 international statistical sources. The layout provides an easy‑to‑view comprehensive statistical profile of each country or area; and the notes on sources and definitions on indicators provide a valuable guide for further research by the in‑depth user of these statistics.

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Comings and goings


Ms. Kathleen AbdallaMs. Kathleen Abdalla has been appointed Chief of the National Information, Monitoring and Outreach Branch of the Division for Sustainable Development effective 1 October. Ms. Abdalla joined the Division in 1997 and has worked on energy issues and on faciliating and supporting the annual sessions of the Commission on Sustainable Development, the Johannesburg Summit in 2002, developing energy indicators for sustainable development and organizing the CSD Learning Centre. Ms. Abdalla joined the United Nations in 1985. Prior to her assignment with DESA, she served in Iraq, Jordan and South Africa. Ms. Abdalla holds a Ph.D. in economics.


Ms. Mary Pat SilveiraMs. Mary Pat Silveira retired from the United Nations in October after 28 years with the Organization. Ms. Silveira began her United Nations career at the Center for Science and Technology for Development in 1978. She transferred to the Division for Sustainable Development in 1993 and later joined the UN Mission in Kosovo as Deputy UN Chief Representative in Mitrovica. After leaving Kosovo, Ms. Silveira worked in the Environment and Human Settlements Division of ECE before rejoining the DESA Division for Sustainable Development in 2004. Ms. Silveira’s last posting was as Chief of the Sustainable Development National Information, Monitoring and Outreach Branch.