DESA News Vol. 12, No. 01 January 2008

Features

Turbulence factor The turbulence factor

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.


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Saving indigenous languages Saving indigenous languages

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.

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Forest management: Much more than just protecting trees Forest management: Much more than just protecting trees

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.


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Publications and websites

World Economic Situation and Prospects 2008

World Economic Situation and Prospects 2008

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.


World Population Prospects 2006 on CD-Rom

World Population Prospects 2006 on CD-Rom

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.


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Comings and goings

Goings

Mr. Pekka PatosaariMr. Pekka Patosaari retired from the UN on 31 December following a distinguished career in international forestry of more than two decades. Mr. Patosaari joined DESA as Coordinator and Head of the Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests in 2002.


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