|DESA News Vol. 12, No. 08||August 2008|
One of today’s greatest development challenges is turning policies into practice. In the area of gender equality and the empowerment of women we are witnessing a paradox: universal commitments to gender equality and very slow progress in the implementation of those commitments. While commitments are important first steps, alone they have no impact on the every day life of women.
Preparations for the Doha review conference on financing for development are taking place in a radically changed and more complex and turbulent global monetary, financial and trading scenario than that of the 2002 Monterrey Conference. Today, developing countries generate over fifty percent of world output in purchasing power parity terms. Emerging economies are also less dependent on growth in the developed world and have accumulated massive current account surpluses and international reserves.
Speaking at a General Assembly meeting on the global food and energy crisis in New York on 18 July, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that the current insecurity is not a short-term issue. In 2030, world food demand will have risen by 50 percent, and by 2050 the world’s population will increase by a third.
In recent years, most developing countries have grown faster than the developed economies. This volume of analytical studies seeks to explain major differences in economic performance in recent decades by considering the dynamics of international economic growth, diverging growth rate, economic structures, and sources of demand, successes and collapses in the developing world, recent episodes of real income stagnation of countries.
The DESA Division for Sustainable Development recently launched a new website dedicated to the Marrakech Process, a global initiative to support the elaboration of a ten-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production. The process aims to assist countries in their efforts to green their economies, help corporations develop greener business models, and encourage consumers to adopt more sustainable lifestyles.
Mr. Paul Cheung, Director of the DESA Statistics Division, was awarded an honorary doctorate on 30 June from the National University of Mongolia in recognition of his work in advancing the global statistical system and facilitating the improvement of national statistical systems in developing countries. Established in 1942 in Ulaanbaatar, the institution is the country's oldest and only comprehensive university, and is a leading centre of science, education and culture.
Ouagadougou, 4-8 August