DESA News Vol. 12, No. 10 October 2008



London Group on Environmental Accounting

13th meeting, Brussels, 29 September-3 October

General Assembly

63rd session, New York

DESA-UNDP Expert Group Meeting on Crisis Prevention and Recovery

Accra, 2-4 October

Expert Group Meeting on Equal Sharing of Responsibilities between Men and Women

Geneva, 6-9 October

Workshop on Statistics of International Trade in Services

Kiev, 7-9 October

DESA-IASIA-SSPA Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Redesigning Public Administration Training

Rome, 13-14 October

UNCRD Workshop on Construction of Earthquake Resistant Buildings

Banda Aceh, 13-16 October

Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters

4th session, Geneva, 20-24 October

GAID Global Innovation Forum for Education and Development

Yerevan, 21-24 October

Advisory Committee of the Marrakech Process

2nd meeting, Paris, 23 October

Project LINK – Expert Group Meeting on the World Economy

New York, 23-24 October

Inter-agency Meeting on MDG Indicators

Geneva, 28-30 October

Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

New York, 31 October-3 November


African Regional Workshop on Census Data Processing

Bamako, 3-7 November

DESA-ESCWA Workshop on Data Dissemination, Meta-data and E-commerce

Dubai, 4-7 November

Ad-hoc Expert Group on a Voluntary Global Forest Financing Framework

Vienna, 10-14 November

DESA-ECLAC Latin American Regional Workshop on Census Cartography

Santiago, 24-27 November

Follow-Up International Conference on Financing for Development to Review Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus

Doha, 29 November-2 December


International Day of Older Persons

1 October

In recognition of the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the theme of this year’s International Day of Older Persons is the rights of older persons. Promoting the independence, participation and dignity of older persons has long been on the agenda of the United Nations and is central to implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing.

In many parts of the world, the rights of older persons are violated every day. Older persons often face age discrimination at a workplace. In social environments, they may experience a lack of recognition and respect. They may be deprived of full inclusion and participation in social, economic, cultural and political affairs. Most disturbingly, in many countries, incidences of neglect, abuse and violence against older persons are not at all rare or isolated events. This international day provides an opportunity to reflect on such inequities and to champion the full participation of older persons in society for the benefit of all.

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

17 October

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty will also take on a human rights dimension this year with the theme of human rights and dignity of people living in poverty. The observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty can be traced back to 17 October 1987. On that day, over a hundred thousand people gathered at the Trocadero in Paris, where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948, to honour the victims of extreme poverty, violence and hunger. They proclaimed that poverty is a violation of human rights and affirmed the need to come together to ensure that these rights are respected. These convictions are inscribed in a commemorative stone unveiled on this day. Since then, people of all backgrounds, beliefs and social origins have gathered every year on 17 October to renew their commitment and show their solidarity with the poor.

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United Nations Day

24 October

Simply put, it is the birthday of the United Nations. On 24 October 1945, the United Nations was formally established after a majority of its founding members ratified a treaty setting up the world body. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution recommending that the day be observed as a public holiday by Member States. Traditionally, it has been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions and exhibits on the goals and achievements of the Organization.

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World Development Information Day

24 October

The General Assembly instituted World Development Information Day in 1972 with the object of drawing the attention of world public opinion each year to development problems and the necessity of strengthening international co-operation to solve them. The General Assembly also decided that World Development Information Day should coincide, in principle, with United Nations Day to stress the central role of development in the work of the United Nations.