|DESA News Vol. 12, No. 07||July 2008|
A major achievement of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development was to bring balance to the triangle of economic, social and environmental development policy and to treat the three dimensions together. This month, the Economic and Social Council will hear from countries around the world about what they are doing to promote an integrated approach to international development goals.
As climate change moves to the top of the agenda, world attention is returning to the role forests play in moderating atmospheric conditions. But, perspectives on forests vary among different groups of countries. Mega-diverse developing countries – those with large tropical forests and the bulk of the world’s flora and fauna – see forests on their sovereign territory as a source of livelihoods for current and future generations. Industrialized countries, meanwhile, rely on raw materials and biodiversity from forests for production while using forests as carbon sinks to offset greenhouse gas emissions. Is there room for both views?
Speaking at the opening of the first Development Cooperation Forum in New York on 30 June, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, Thomas Stelzer, said that the Forum would have a special niche in both form – through its inclusive participation and broad ownership – and function, adding that all stakeholders should take full advantage of the rich set of views and perspectives on offer. Mr. Stelzer was delivering a statement on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Economic insecurity arises from the exposure of individuals, communities and countries to adverse events, and from their inability to cope with and recover from the downside losses. The attention brought to the presence of heightened economic risks and compounded threats has often been met with the response that the forces behind them are autonomous and irresistible, and beyond our collective control. This flagship report from DESA argues that a strong social contract is needed to provide predictability and stability for individuals, households and communities and, at the national level, that space is needed for conducting effective macroeconomic and social policy.
The DESA Office for Economic and Social Council Support and Coordination has recently launched a best practices site for the informal regional network of UN affiliated NGOs commonly known as UN-NGO-IRENE. The website allows organizations in consultative status with the Council to share success stories and take an active part in reviewing and rating projects. Photo galleries and map-based presentation of project locations are featured.
Mr. Oscar de Rojas, Director of the DESA Financing for Development Office, has been appointed as the Executive Secretary of the Follow-Up International Conference to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus, which will be held in Doha from 29 November to 2 December. Mr. de Rojas joined DESA in 1999 as head of the financing for development programme bringing 27 years’ of Venezuelan foreign service expertise with him. Among his main achievements is the organization of the first International Conference on Financing for Development held in Monterrey in 2002.