DESA News Vol. 10, No. 6 November-December 2006

Calendar

November

Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters

Geneva, 30 October-3 November

General Assembly Second Committee

"Keep the Promise: Make It Happen"

New York, 2 October-1 December

Panel discussion on energy security and its implications for the future

New York, 1 November

Panel on E-Government as a tool for participation and inclusion

New York, 3 November

Workshop in on implementation and follow-up to concluding comments of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

Bangkok, 6-9 November

General Assembly Third Committee

New York, 2 October-22 November

Workshop on the principles and recommendations for the 2010 World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses Bamako

6-9 November

Dialogue on civil society engagement in public accountability

Manila, 7-8 November

Inauguration of the Global Centre for Information and Communication Technologies in Parliament

Rome, 17 November

December

Training workshop on statistical organization and management for SADC member States

Luanda, 2-7 December

Expert group meeting on measuring international migration: concepts and methods

New York, 4-7 December

Observances

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November

Violence against women remains prevalent, pervasive, systemic, and even sanctioned. The key challenge that remains is to move the issue from awareness that it is a human rights violation and a crime, to making it socially unacceptable and counter to community norms. Governments, NGOs, civil society, the private sector and international bodies must work together to face this challenge head on, and to provide the political will, commitment and courage to finally eradicate this scourge from human life.

International Day of Disabled Persons

3 December

The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons, 3 December, aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. The theme of the day in 2006 is e-Accessibility, and is based on the goal of full and equal enjoyment of human rights and participation in society by persons with disabilities.

International Migrants Day

18 December

On 4 December 2000, the General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December International Migrants Day (resolution 55/93). On that day, in 1990, the Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (resolution 45/158).

Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations are invited to observe International Migrants Day through the dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and through the sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure their protection.

Special events

UN Common Ground conflict resolution film series

New York, 8 and 28 November

DPADM and OESC represent DESA in co-hosting with DPA, DPI and UNDP the UN Common Ground Conflict Resolution Film Series, which is presenting two world-premiere documentary films in November. On 8 November, Echoes Across the Divide will be shown, in which Turkish and Greek Cypriots bridge the political divide with a concert played on rooftops across the Green line. On 28 November The Imam and the Pasto will be shown, an exploration of Christian/Muslim trust-building and partnership where former instigators cross the religious divide to become instigators of peace and rebuild communities torn apart by violence. Both film screenings take place at 6 p.m. at the Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium.

Contact: Ms. Gay Rosenblum-Kumar, Division for Public Administration and Development Management, + 1-212/963-8381