DESA News Vol. 12, No. 11 November 2008



General Assembly

63rd session, New York

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

New York, 31 October-3 November

Workshop on International Economic and Social Classifications

Addis Ababa, 3-6 November

African Regional Workshop on Census Data Processing

Bamako, 3-7 November

Expert Group Meeting on International Recommendations for Water Statistics

New York, 4-6 November

Virtual Expert Group Meeting on International Merchandise Trade Statistics

5-26 November

High-level Conference on Climate Change: Technology Development and Technology Transfer

Beijing, 7-8 November

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

Vienna, 10-14 November

Expert Consultation on Women’s Control over Economic Resources and Access to Financial Resources

Bangkok, 12-14 November

DESA-ESCWA Workshop on Electronic and Mobile Government in Arab States

18-20 November, Beirut

7th Coordination Meeting on International Migration

New York, 20-21 November

UNGAID Conference on Digital Solidarity

Lyons, 24 November

DESA-ECLAC Latin American Regional Workshop on Census Cartography

Santiago, 24-27 November

World E-Parliament Conference

Brussels, 25-26 November

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

Doha, 29 November-2 December


International Workshop on Energy Statistics

Aguascalientes, Mexico, 2-5 December

Workshop on Millennium Development Goal Monitoring

Bangkok, 10-12 December

Expert Group Meeting on E-Government Indicators

New York, 11-12 December


International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November

One in three women in the world is likely to be subjected to violence in her lifetime. Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, motor accidents, war and malaria, according to World Bank data. Over the past two decades, increased attention has been paid by governments, the UN system and non-governmental organizations to preventing and combating violence against women. However, much more needs to be done.

The General Assembly has designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and has invited governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to organize on that day activities to raise public awareness of the problem.

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Nominations for 2009 UN Public Service Awards

Public organizations and agencies at national or local levels, as well as public-private partnerships involved in public service delivery can now be nominated for the 2009 UN Public Service Awards. Nominations will be accepted online until 15 January.

Governments and civil society organizations are invited to submit for consideration public service institutions that have distinguished themselves by: improving transparency, accountability and responsiveness in public service; improving the delivery of services; fostering participation in policymaking decisions through innovative mechanisms; or advancing knowledge management in government. A special award – the UNPAN Member Excellence Award on Knowledge Sharing – will also be given to agencies that have made a significant contribution to the UNPAN network.

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