DESA News Vol. 11, No. 5 May 2007

Features

The road to Doha 2008 The road to Doha 2008

World leaders rallied around the issue of financing development in Monterrey five years ago. While standing up for an equitable trading system, they also committed to debt relief, development aid and reform of institutions. The message was that aid and trade must go hand in hand if the benefits of globalization are to reach the world’s poorest citizens. Yet five years on, despite a significant breakthrough in debt cancellation, uncertainty over the fate of the Doha trade negotiations remains.

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Charting a course of action on sustainable development Charting a course of action on sustainable development

Nearly five years have elapsed since the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg and fifteen since the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. This year, at its fifteenth session from 30 April to 11 May, the Commission on Sustainable Development will take up policy options for a cluster of four closely-interrelated issues that have emerged from these two summits.


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Energy, industrial development, air pollution, and climate change Energy, industrial development, air pollution, and climate change

H.E. Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Minister of Energy and Industry of Qatar and Chairman of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development's 15th session, and Joanne DiSano, Director of the DESA Division for Sustainable Development, brief journalists on the issues at the opening of the session on 30 April.


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Publications and websites

Compendium of Innovative E-government Practices

Compendium of Innovative E-government Practices

As information and communication technologies change the lives of people around the world, governments must find solutions that increase public value to citizens through, for example, the use of internet which has the power to transform government service delivery and public administration.


Industrial Development for the 21st Century: Sustainable Development Perspectives

Industrial Development for the 21st Century: Sustainable Development Perspectives

This report highlights key industrial development challenges for developing countries, across different regions and sectors, and how effectively and with what sorts of policies and results different countries have responded.


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Comings and goings

Comings
Mr. Juwang Zhu

Mr. Juwang Zhu was appointed Chief of the Programme Coordination, Major Groups and Partnerships Branch of the Division for Sustainable Development effective 1 April.


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Calendar

Commission on Sustainable Development

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

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

38th session, New York, 14 May-1 June

Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations

Resumed session of 2007, New York, 14-18 May

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

6th session, New York, 14-25 May


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