|DESA News Vol. 12, No. 05||May 2008|
The recent spike in food prices has mobilized political efforts at the highest levels worldwide. The rise in prices represents fundamental underlying shifts in the supply and demand for food, rather than a mere transitory fluctuation. Most importantly, rising food prices put at risk the livelihoods and nutrition of people living in poverty, who spend up to 60 percent of their incomes on food alone.
Since the birth of the United Nations, Member States have looked to the organization as a standard setter and substantive resource for public service and public administration. The international civil service was itself modelled on the best practices in public management from around the world, as a beacon to others with the principles of integrity, accountability, transparency and diversity at its core.
Sha Zukang, DESA Under-Secretary-General, joined Ambassadors Espinosa of Ecuador, Mansour of Tunisia, and Al-Allaf of Jordan on 4 April to mark the twentieth ratification of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The treaty is deeply rooted in the UN vision of “a just and peaceful world,” noted Sha, with better standards of life in larger freedom for all. The Convention enters into force on 3 May.
This report delineates Governments’ views and policies concerning population and development for 195 countries. In particular, it itemizes policies in the areas of population size and growth, population age structure, fertility and family planning, health and mortality, spatial distribution and internal migration, and international migration.
The third revised set of sustainable development indicators contains 96 indicators, including a subset of 50 core indicators with detailed methodologies. The indicator set builds on the previous two editions, which have been improved and extensively tested by a group of experts from developing and developed countries.