DESA News Vol. 11, No. 4 April 2007


An ageing world poses new challenges for development strategists An ageing world poses new challenges for development strategists

The graying of industrialized countries resulting from declining birth rates and increased life expectancy has been making headlines for quite some time. Yet eyebrows were raised when DESA’s Population Division announced recently that nearly eighty percent of people aged sixty years or over are predicted to be living in developing nations by the year 2050.

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Forests International agreement on forests within reach

While forests cover about 30 percent of the world’s land area, they are shrinking at an alarming rate with areas the size of Panama or Sierra Leone disappearing year after year. About 1.6 billion people rely on forests for their livelihoods and, as world leaders highlighted in the Millennium Declaration, forests play an important part in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability.

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Signing of the new UN convention on the rights of disabled persons Signing of the new UN convention on the rights of disabled persons

H.E. Mr. Gilberto Rincon Gallardo, President of the National Council to prevent discrimination in Mexico, addresses the signing ceremony of the new United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which aims to secure the rights of some 650 million persons with disabilities around the world.

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Publications and websites

Ending Violence against Women Ending Violence against Women: From Words to Action - Study of the Secretary-General

Violence against women is a form of discrimination and a violation of human rights. It causes untold misery, cutting short lives and leaving countless women living in pain and fear in every country in the world. This study calls for efforts to eradicate violence against women to become a higher priority at the local, national and international level.

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Comings and goings

Ms. Diane Loughran

Ms. Diane Loughran was appointed Senior Communications Officer in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General as of 5 March. She joined DESA in 1999 to serve as Social Affairs Officer within the UN programme on ageing.



Committee of Experts on Public Administration

6th session, New York, 10-13 April

Economic and Social Council

Special High-level Meeting with the Bretton Woods Institutions, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

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-11 May