DESA News Vol. 11, No. 12 December 2007



Expert Group Meeting on International Merchandise Trade Statistics

New York, 3-6 December

Workshop on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in the ESCWA Region

Cairo, 3-6 December

General Assembly

62nd session, New York, 18 September-December

DESA/UNHCR Online Discussion on Women in Leadership Roles

19 November-15 December

DESA/National Association of Youth Organizations of Uganda/National Council of Swedish Youth Organizations
Workshop on the Role of Young People in Poverty Reduction Strategies

Kampala, 5-8 December

DESA/ESA Workshop to Strengthen the Capacity of Governments to Assess the Implementation of National Youth Policies

Addis Ababa, 12-14 December

Launch of the World Youth Report 2007: Young People’s Transition to Adulthood – Progress and Challenges

New York, 19 December

United Nations Climate Change Conference

Bali, 3-14 December

Forest Day: Shaping the Global Agenda for Forest and Climate Change

Bali, 8 December

DESA/ECE/UNFPA/World Bank/Italian National Institute of Statistics
World Forum on Gender Statistics

Rome, 10-12 December


Economic and Social Council

Election of the Bureau for 2008, New York, 14 January

Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations

2008 regular session, New York, 21-30 January

Launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2008

Date to be determined


International Day of Disabled Persons

3 December

The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons, 3 December, aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. The theme of the day is based on the goal of full and equal enjoyment of human rights and participation in society by persons with disabilities, established by the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by General Assembly in 1982.

The theme for this year's observance is decent work for persons with disabilities. In societies everywhere, persons with disabilities are more likely to be unemployed than others. While there may be many reasons for this, one of the most pernicious is the misperception that persons with disabilities do not make good employees. Various speakers will attend events at United Nations Headquarters, while the Permanent Mission of Japan is sponsoring an evening concert in the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium of a renowned touring group from Japan’s Institute of Piano Teachers and the Disabled Research Association.

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International Migrants Day

18 December

Throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s will to overcome adversity and to live a better life. Today, globalization, together with advances in communication and transport, has greatly increased the number of people who have both the desire and the capacity to move. This new era has created challenges and opportunities for societies throughout the world. It also has served to underscore the clear link between migration and development.

In recognition of the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, 18 December is celebrated each year as International Migrants Day. Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations are invited to observe International Migrants Day through the dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and through the sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure their protection.

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International Human Solidarity Day

20 December

In the Millennium Declaration, world leaders identified solidarity as one of the fundamental values essential to international relations in the twenty-first century. Global challenges must be managed in a way that distributes the costs and burdens fairly in accordance with basic principles of equity and social justice. Those who suffer or who benefit least deserve help from those who benefit most. In the context of globalization and the challenge of growing inequality, the strengthening of international solidarity and cooperation is indispensable for the realization of the Millennium Development Goals.

International Human Solidarity Day is a day to promote a culture of solidarity and spirit of sharing, celebrate unity in diversity, remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements, and encourage new initiatives to combat poverty.

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