|DESA News Vol. 12, No. 01||January 2008|
Stakes for policymakers in developed and developing countries are high in 2008. With the world economy expected to slow, governments will be faced with the challenge of avoiding a global recession and safeguarding growth against the risk of continued financial turmoil and a weakening dollar.
Some five to seven thousand languages are spoken in the world today and the majority of these are the mother-tongues of indigenous groups. Linguists fear that in the next hundred years many of these languages will simply vanish. To the indigenous groups who speak them, these languages are more than a means of communication; they confer on their speakers a sense of identity and uniqueness.
Fifteen years after discussions began on a global approach to protect the world’s forests, which are disappearing at an alarming rate, the General Assembly adopted on 17 December the Non-Legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests to safeguard this critical natural resource.
This publication discusses short-term prospects for the global economy and an overview of some key policy and development issues for 2008. According to the WESP 2008, the world economy is facing serious challenges in sustaining the strong pace of economic growth seen over the past few years.
This CD-Rom provides a comprehensive and consistent set of population data for the world’s countries and their aggregates. Information is provided for 229 countries and areas, 33 country aggregates, including the world as a whole, the more and the less developed regions, and the major areas.
Cairo, 19-20 January
2008 regular session, New York, 21-30 January
Beijing, 22-24 January