|DESA News Vol. 11, No. 5||May 2007|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
15th session, New York, 30 April-11 May
38th session, New York, 14 May-1 June
Resumed session of 2007, New York, 14-18 May
6th session, New York, 14-25 May