DESA News Vol. 12, No. 01 January 2008



Expert Group Meeting on Indigenous Languages

New York, 8-10 January

Launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2008

New York, 9 January

Economic and Social Council

Election of the Bureau, New York, 14 January

Expert Group Meeting on Least Developed Countries: Refining Criteria, Graduation Process and Follow-up

New York, 16-18 January

Economic and Social Council

High-level symposium of the Development Cooperation Forum, Cairo, 19-20 January

Expert Group Meeting on Population Distribution, Urbanization, Internal Migration and Development

New York, 21-23 January

Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations

2008 regular session, New York, 21-30 January

Beijing International Conference on Combating Desertification

Beijing, 22-24 January

DESA/Republic of Korea/East-West Center: Workshop on Promoting Trust in Government through Innovations in Governance in Asia and the Pacific

Honolulu, 28-30 January

DESA/UNDP/Mauritania: Regional Workshop on the Arab/Africa Civic Engagement Network

Nouakchott, 29-31 January


Economic and Social Council

Organizational session of 2008, New York, 5-8 February

Commission for Social Development

46th session, New York, 6-15 February

Commission on the Status of Women

52nd session, New York, 25 February-7 March

Statistical Commission

39th session, New York, 26-29 February


International Year of Sanitation 2008

Proper sanitation: It’s a seemingly mundane thing 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.

To put the spotlight on this issue the General Assembly declared the year 2008 the International Year of Sanitation. The goal is to raise awareness and to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goal target to reduce by half the proportion of people without access to basic sanitation by 2015.

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