DESA News Vol. 11, No. 10 October 2007



DESA/ECA Online Discussion on Women, Political Participation and Decision-making in Africa

4 September-14 October

General Assembly

62nd session, New York, 18 September-December

DESA Expert Group Meeting on Full Employment and Decent Work for All

New York, 2-4 October

DESA/Regional Assembly of Tuscany/Conference of European Legislative Regional Assemblies: Study Tour of Elected Local Government Women Leaders in Africa

Rome, 4-11 October

DESA/Regional Commissions Expert Group Meeting on Indicators to Measure Violence against Women

Geneva, 8-10 October

DESA Workshop on Census Cartography and Management

Lusaka, 8–12 October

International Children’s Art Exhibit

New York, 8-19 October

DESA/Inter-Parliamentary Union/Association of Secretaries General of Parliaments:
World e-Parliament Conference 2007

Geneva, 10-12 October

DESA Workshop on Census Cartography and Management

Bangkok, 15-19 October

DESA/Government of Spain: Sub-Regional Training Seminar on the Implementation of the Ibero-American Charter for the Public Service

Cartagena de Indias, 16-19 October

DESA/ECA Regional Workshop for African Countries on Compilation of Basic Economic Statistics

Addis Ababa, 16-19 October

DESA/ESCWA Workshop on the Role of Judges and Parliamentarians in Implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

Amman, 17-19 October

DESA Expert Group Meeting on Innovative Finance for Sustainable Development

New York, 18-19 October

DESA Workshop on Census Cartography and Management

Port-of-Spain, 22-26 October

DESA/Government of the Republic of Korea: 5th UNPAN e-Knowledge Management Training Workshop

Seoul, 23-26 October

Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters

3rd session, Geneva, 29 October-2 November

DESA High-level Panel on Innovations in Public Administration

12th Congress of the Latin American Centre of Administration for Development, Santo Domingo, 30 October-3 November


Pan African Conference of Ministers of Local Government: Leadership Capacity Building for Decentralized Governance and Poverty Reduction in Africa

Monrovia, 20-22 November

DESA 6th Coordination Meeting on International Migration

New York, 26-27 November


International Day of Older Persons

1 October

Addressing the challenges and opportunities of ageing, with an emphasis on empowerment, is the theme of the International Day of Older Persons for 2007. The role of older persons in economic and social development is a major feature of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, as is promoting democracy and the rights of older persons through their participation in all aspects of society. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Madrid Plan, and the launch of its first review and appraisal. Crucially, this will be based on an inclusive and participatory approach, engaging older persons themselves in the process.

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

17 October

This year’s theme is “People living in poverty as agents of change: 20th anniversary of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty”. The event will include an attempt to “stand up and speak out” to break the Guinness World record set in 2006 and the commemoration of the day including personal testimonies of extreme poverty. As part of the commemoration, an exhibit at UN Headquarters in New York will display the winning designs of an international children’s art competition.

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United Nations Day

24 October

Simply put, it is the birthday of the United Nations. On 24 October 1945, the United Nations was formally established after a majority of its founding members ratified a treaty setting up the world body. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution recommending that the day be observed as a public holiday by Member States. Traditionally, it has been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions and exhibits on the goals and achievements of the Organization.

World Development Information Day

24 October

The General Assembly instituted World Development Information Day in 1972 with the object of drawing the attention of world public opinion each year to development problems and the necessity of strengthening international co-operation to solve them. The General Assembly also decided that World Development Information Day should coincide, in principle, with United Nations Day to stress the central role of development in the work of the United Nations.