|DESA News Vol. 12, No. 02||February 2008|
If women are to benefit fully from development, policies and actions need to be sustainable, gender-sensitive and people-centred. But are national strategies and plans actually looking at development cooperation from women’s perspectives? With just a few months to go before a comprehensive review of the implementation of the 2002 Monterrey Consensus, the evidence suggests that on the whole they do not.
All institutions that conduct research and analysis are faced with the challenge of conveying what they have discovered to those who can put this knowledge into practice to make a difference in the lives of people. For decades, the keyword in the United Nations for such sharing of knowledge among countries was technical cooperation. Now it is capacity development which focuses on outcomes in the form of stronger institutions, better working methods and better trained personnel.
Addressing the largest bloc of developing countries at the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that development should not be "a privilege of the few, but a right for all." That right has been made clear over the past two decades, as the world agreed on a set of ambitious, but achievable, development goals,” Mr. Ban told the Group of 77 developing countries and China – commonly known as the G77 – at a ceremony on 11 January at which the group’s chairmanship was handed over from Pakistan to Antigua and Barbuda.
On 28 February, DESA and the Inter-Parliamentary Union will release the World e-Parliament Report 2008. The report provides an overview of the emerging trends and common challenges in the use of ICT in parliaments and serves as a baseline for review of the further application of ICT to lawmaking, parliamentary oversight, and representation.
While many governments and civil society organizations have committed themselves to promoting public governance, there are few practical tools available to guide them. This title provides advice on programme formulation and evaluation for social mobilization along with step-by-step methods for implementation. Drawing lessons from successful cases around the world, the toolkit lays out concrete strategies for expanding public participation in policy-making, budgeting, and other areas of concern.
Ms. Najet Karaborni is set to retire at the end of February following a distinguished fifteen years with the United Nations. A senior adviser to national governments on the complexities and challenges of public administration, Ms. Karaborni has guided DESA technical cooperation projects in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East in such diverse areas as governance, civil service reform, ethics, gender mainstreaming, NGO capacity-building, and human resources development.