|DESA News Vol. 12, No. 09||September 2008|
Achieving the Millennium Development Goals remains a complex and enormous challenge, especially for the poorest countries. Yet, there has been real progress even in regions where the challenges are greatest. While many developing countries are on track to achieve only some of the MDGs, developing countries and their development partners have come together as never before to put the Millennium Declaration into practice.
There is more international migration today than ever before in human history and it is growing dramatically. The number of international migrants has almost doubled in the past quarter century, affecting countries of all levels of economic development and diverse ideological persuasion. Many States are now points of origin, transit, and destination rolled into one.
Speaking for Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Chairperson of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, on 8 August, Sergei Zelenev of DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development called for truth, justice, forgiveness and healing to mark the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. Reconciliation is a complex process, Ms. Tauli-Corpuz noted in her message, “through which a society moves from a divided past to a shared future.”
Important gaps remain in delivering on the global commitments in the areas of aid, trade, debt relief, and access to new technologies and to affordable essential medicines. In the countdown to 2015, urgent responses are needed to bridge the existing implementation gaps to make good on the promises made to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
This guide offers advice on actualization of the Madrid Interational Plan of Action on Ageing from two perspectives. First, effective age-specific policies that facilitate the mainstreaming of older persons’ concerns into all aspects of development and policy-making are suggested. Second, steps to implement a holistic intergenerational life-course approach that emphasizes equity and inclusiveness for all ages are recommended.
Mr. Michael Philip Guest was recently appointed Chief of the Demographic Analysis Branch in DESA’s Population Division. Mr. Guest is a demographer whose research interests include migration and fertility, areas in which he has published widely. A national of Australia, he moved to Thailand in 1992 where he was a professor at the Institute for Population and Social Research of Mahidol University in Bangkok.
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