DESA News Vol. 12, No. 03 March 2008



DESA/UNDP e-Discussion on Achieving Sustainable Development

Online 4 February-14 March

Commission on the Status of Women

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

Economic and Social Council

Informal Global Preparatory Meeting for the 2008 High-level Segment

New York, 6 March

Workshop on Debt, Finance and Emerging Issues in Financial Integration

New York, 6-7 March

Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development

Preparatory review session on the Monterrey Consensus, New York 10-12 March

Workshop on Implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing

St. George’s, Grenada, 11-14 March

Committee for Development Policy

10th session, New York, 17-20 March

GAID Meeting on New Media, New Entrepreneurs, and New ICT Opportunities in Emerging Markets

New York, 25-26 March


General Assembly

Thematic debate on achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015

New York, 1-2 April

International Conference on Strengthening Integration of the Economies in Transition into the World Economy through Economic Diversification

Geneva, 2-4 April

Commission on Population and Development

41st session, New York, 7-11 April

Special High-level Meeting of the Economic and Social Council with the Bretton Woods Institutions, the World Trade Organization and UNCTAD

New York, 14 April

DESA/Eurostat/World Bank/Norway Conference on Climate Change and Official Statistics

Oslo, 14-16 April

Committee of Experts on Public Administration

7th session, New York, 14-18 April

Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development

Preparatory review session on the Monterrey Consensus, New York 15-16 April

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

7th session, New York, 21 April-2 May

Economic and Social Council

2008 organizational session (resumed), New York, 29-30 April


International Women’s Day

6 March

The theme of International Women’s Day 2008, celebrated on 6 March, will be investing in women and girls. At United Nations Headquarters, the day will be commemorated with appearances by Secretary-General Ban, Ana Vilma Alvarez de Guth, Vice President of El Salvador, Geraldine Fraser, South African Minister of Public Service and Administration, and Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs.

A high-level panel on investments in women and girls will follow, with Muriel Siebert, the first women to become a member of the New York Stock Exchange, joining the discussants from national, bilateral and multilateral institutions. The UNHQ event is being organized by the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality, a committee of gender focal points from across the UN system.

In adopting its resolution on the observance of Women's Day, the General Assembly wanted to recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women. At the same time, the world body acknowledged the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.

For the women of the world, the day's symbolism has a wider meaning. It is an occasion to review how far they have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development. It is also an opportunity to unite, network and mobilize for meaningful change.

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World Water Day

20 March

World Water Day 2008 will be celebrated by the UN on Thursday, 20 March. This year, the spotlight will be on the issue of sanitation coinciding with the International Year of Sanitation being observed through December. People around the world are encouraged to celebrate the day to draw attention to the world's sanitation challenge. Of special note, HRH the Prince of Orange will attend celebrations in Geneva.

The General Assembly declared 22 March as World Day for Water in 1992 to promote awareness of the extent to which water resource development contributes to economic productivity and social well-being.

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