DESA News Vol. 11, No. 11 November 2007



General Assembly

62nd session, New York, 18 September-December

Launch of the Report on the World Social Situation 2007: The Employment Imperative

New York, date to be determined

DESA/ILO Expert Group Meeting on Measuring the Economically Active Population in Censuses

New York, 5-9 November

Congress of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions – UN Panel on Public Accountability

Mexico City, 9 November

Workshop on Integrated Economic Statistics and Informal Sector for Economic Cooperation Organization Member Countries

Tehran, 10-13 November

Workshop on International Exchange of Experience in Underground Coal Gasification Technologies and Sustainable Energy Development

Almaty, 12-13 November 2007

Expert Group Meeting on Integrating Climate Change into National Sustainable Development Strategies

New York, 12-13 November 2007

Project LINK Fall Meeting 2007

Addis Ababa, 12-14 November

Sub-regional Workshop on Census Cartography and Management

Rabat, 12-16 November

DESA/ECA Workshop on Compilation of International Merchandise Trade Statistics

Addis Ababa, 12-16 November

DESA/UNDP/Indonesia Regional Forum on Transparent and Accountable Governance in Asia

Jakarta, 14-16 November

Committee for Development Policy/Stockholm Environment Institute/'Development'journal Expert Group Meeting on Strengthening International Cooperation for Development to Address the Climate Change Challenge

New York, 19-20 November

DESA/UNDP/UNCDF/MDP Pan African Conference of Ministers of Local Government – Leadership Capacity Building for Decentralized Governance and Poverty Reduction in Africa

Monrovia, 20-22 November

Sixth Coordination Meeting on International Migration

New York, 26-27 November


Launch of the World Public Sector Report 2007: People Matter, Civic Engagement in Public Governance

New York, 11 December


Launch of the International Year of Sanitation 2008

New York, 21 November

Proper sanitation is a seemingly mundane activity that most people in the developed world take for granted. But at least 2.6 billion people – some 41 percent of the global population – do not have access to latrines or any sort of basic sanitation facilities. As a result millions suffer from a wide range of preventable illnesses, such as diarrhoea, which claim thousands of lives each day, primarily young children. On 21 November, the global launch of the International Year will take place in New York with an unveiling of the IYS logo, presentation of a UN publication on sanitation, and viewing of a special public service announcement.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November

The General Assembly has designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and has invited Governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to organize on that day activities to raise public awareness on the problem.  Women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981.  The date came from the brutal 1961 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo.

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