|DESA News Vol. 11, No. 11||November 2007|
Social concern can be good business strategy. For over 150 years, cooperatives have been demonstrating just this principle. Cooperatives employ a hundred million people around the world and, with over 800 million member owners, play an important part in community well-being and promotion of decent work. In remote areas, cooperatives provide livelihoods for millions who might otherwise be mired in poverty.
Something as easy as washing hands with soap and water can save lives. And improve health and nutrition in the process. Yet 2.6 billion people still live without even basic sanitation. Every twenty seconds, a child dies as a direct result. That is 1.5 million preventable child deaths each year. To promote better hygiene and speed up progress on securing this basic human right, the International Year of Sanitation 2008 will be launched on 21 November.
17 October marked the 20th anniversary of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Speaking on behalf of Under-Secretary-General Sha Zukang, Ms. Rachel Mayanja, Assistant Secretary-General, stressed that the path to poverty reduction is development, particularly the creation of productive employment and decent work. Winners of the International Children’s Art Competition on poverty eradication were presented with awards.
The 2007 edition of the Report on the World Social Situation, which will be launched in November, covers the crucial role of productive employment and decent work in reducing poverty and promoting social development.The report examines global trends in employment and work, as well as the socio-economic environment that has formed a backdrop for the world of work over the last twenty years.
The DESA Division for Development Policy and Analysis has reorganized its website on global development trends, issues and policies. Among other things, DPAD produces the annual World Economic and Social Survey as well as the Report on World Economic Situation and Prospects, and provides support to the UN Committee for Development Policy.
Mr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, has been awarded the 2007 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought, by Tufts University. Mr. Jomo K.S. has been honoured for his contribution to development economics, together with economist Stephen De Canio, who was recognized for his work on climate change.
New York, date to be determined
Addis Ababa, 12-14 November
New York, 26-27 November