|DESA News Vol. 11, No. 8||August 2007|
The world’s 1.2 billion young people are being called upon to stand up and make their voices heard on International Youth Day, which is celebrated on 12 August. The observance is a reminder to youth that their contribution to the development dialogue is valuable, and that their participation matters. To participate means not only to have a seat at the political table, but to play an active role in development by contributing their skills and energy to the improvement of their communities.
The oldest city of South Africa is Cape Town. It is also Kaapstad, eKapa, Le Cap, Kapstadt and Kapkaupunki. Which of these names is correct? Which are in current use? Place names may vary due to language, Romanization methods, even politics, but successful communication depends on an appropriate use of names on maps, in the media, and in legal documents.
On 31 July, Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom joined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his call for action to meet the Millennium Development Goals. According to Mr. Brown, millions of lives are at stake in what amounts to a development emergency.
This title examines the tasks and challenges of restoring effective governance in crisis and post-conflict countries, including the role of government, international organizations and donor countries based on more than three decades of experience with post-conflict reconstruction.
One of the most important aims of UN efforts to promote good governance is to establish the capacity to attain the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the General Assembly in 2000. This title constitutes a first attempt to link governance issues to the MDGs.
Ms. Vasantha Kandiah Chief of the Demographic Analysis Branch of the Population Division, retired on 31 July following a United Nations career spanning some twenty-five years, devoted largely to the issues of fertility, mortality, and population estimates and projections. Ms. Kandiah has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan.