|DESA News Vol. 11, No. 12||December 2007|
A new era of mobility has given rise to nearly 200 million migrants around the world. While the ebb and flow of migrants is as old as human history, globalization and advances in communications and transportation have greatly increased the number of people moving across borders. Many still perceive migrants as a threat but the fact is they are crucial for the success of economies and the welfare of people in developed countries.
For 25 years, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, established under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, has been serviced by the Division for the Advancement of Women in DESA. As of the first of January 2008, responsibility for servicing the Committee will be transferred to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.
The 2007 Report on the World Social Situation was launched on 28 November. According to Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, employment and decent work need to be seen as central objectives of development strategies, and not as by-products of economic policy. Workers with low education and low skills have been hit particularly hard.
Progress and challenges in young people’s transition to adulthood is the theme of the 2007 World Youth Report to be launched on 19 December. The report stresses the need to enhance youth participation in all areas of social and economic development for the sake of young people and the communities in which they live. While youth face different challenges in different regions, a common thread is the lack of opportunity to become involved in development.
In preparation for the Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development to be held in Doha in 2008, the DESA Financing for Development Office has revamped and expanded its website. The new site is more accessible, easier to navigate, and includes a printer-friendly option on all pages. All documents and information related to the 2008 Doha conference will be made available here.
Mr. M. Aslam Chaudhry was appointed Chief of the Water, Natural Resources and Small Island Developing States Branch in the Division for Sustainable Development as of 5 November. He has seventeen years’ experience as a senior UN adviser on water resources management specializing in formulation and implementation of water management projects, and analysis of global water issues.