DESA News Vol. 11, No. 3 March 2007



Commission on the Status of Women

51st session, New York, 26 February-9 March

Statistical Commission

38th session, New York, 27 February-2 March

Development Cooperation with Middle-income Countries

Special conference, Madrid, 1-2 March

DESA/IPU/Italy Conference on the Policy-making Role of Parliaments in the Development of the Information Society

Rome, 3-4 March

DESA/Commonwealth Workshop on Debt, Finance and Emerging Issues in Financial Integration

London, 6-7 March

DESA/UNDP/Jordan Arab Regional Workshop on Opportunities and Challenges of Civic Engagement in Socio-economic Policies

Amman, 13-15 March

Network of Innovators in Governance in the Mediterranean Region

Steering Committee, Rabat, 14-16 March

DESA/IASIA International Taskforce on Standards of Excellence in Public Administration Education and Training

Brussels, 17 -18 March

Committee for Development Policy

9th session, New York, 19-23 March

DESA/Nigeria International Conference on African Legal Resources: Challenges and Opportunities of Legislative Informatics

Abuja, 20-22 March

DESA/INTOSAI Symposium on Value and Benefits of Government Audit in a Globalized Environment

19th meeting, Vienna, 28-30 March


Commission on Population and Development

40th session, New York, 9-13 April

Committee of Experts on Public Administration

6th session, New York, 10-13 April

Special High-level Meeting of ECOSOC with the BWIs, WTO and UNCTAD

New York, 16 April

United Nations Forum on Forests

7th session, New York, 16-27 April

Commission on Sustainable Development

15th session, New York, 30 April-11May


International Women’s Day

8 March

International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March each year to recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security. For the women of the world, the Day's symbolism has a wider meaning: It is an occasion to review how far they have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development. It is also an opportunity to unite, network and mobilize for meaningful change.

World Water Day

22 March

Coping with water scarcity is the theme for World Water Day 2007, which is celebrated each year on 22 March. This year's theme highlights the increasing significance of water scarcity worldwide and the need for increased integration and cooperation to ensure sustainable, efficient and equitable management of scarce water resources, both at international and local levels. Equity and rights, cultural and ethical issues are essential to be addressed when dealing with limited water resources. Imbalances between availability and demand, the degradation of groundwater and surface water quality, intersectoral competition, interregional and international disputes, all center around the question of how to cope with scarce water resources.