DESA News Vol. 12, No. 12 December 2008



General Assembly

63rd session, New York

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

Doha, 29 November-2 December

United Nations Climate Change Conference

Poznan, Poland, 1-12 December

Workshop on the Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in SADC Region

Blantyre, Malawi, 1-5 December

International Workshop on Energy Statistics

Aguascalientes, Mexico, 2-5 December

Third Internet Governance Forum

Hyderabad, India, 3-6 December

Regional Workshop on the 2010 World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses: International standards, contemporary technologies for census mapping and data processing

Minsk, Belarus, 8-12 December

Workshop on Millennium Development Goal Monitoring

Bangkok, 10-12 December

Briefing on the report of the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health

New York, 10 December

Conference on Climate Change, Development and Official Statistics in the Asia-Pacific Region

Seoul, Republic of Korea, 11-12 December

Expert Group Meeting on E-Government Indicators

New York, 11-12 December

Training Workshop on Development of Indicators for Performance Monitoring

Nairobi, 15-17 December


Economic and Social Council

Election of the Bureau for 2009, New York, 15 January

Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations

2009 regular session, New York, 19-28 January

Launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2009

Date to be determined – Early January


International Day of Persons with Disabilities

3 December

The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons, 3 December, aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. The theme of the day is based on the goal of full and equal enjoyment of human rights and participation in society by persons with disabilities, established by the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by General Assembly in 1982.

The theme for this year's observance as well as for the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is “Dignity and justice for all of us”. These are established universal principles and the United Nations has recognized that the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family are the foundations of freedom, justice and peace in the world. A seminar will be held at United Nations Headquarters in Conference Room 4 on that day at 9:30 a.m., focusing on the implementation of the digital accessibility agenda of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Permanent Missions of Australia and Hungary will sponsor musical performances starting at noon of a renowned Hungarian pianist and of a remarkable Australian indie rock band.

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International Migrants Day

18 December

Throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s will to overcome adversity and to live a better life. Today, globalization, together with advances in communication and transport, has greatly increased the number of people who have both the desire and the capacity to move. This new era has created challenges and opportunities for societies throughout the world. It also has served to underscore the clear link between migration and development.

In recognition of the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, 18 December is celebrated each year as International Migrants Day. Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations are invited to observe International Migrants Day through dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and through sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure their protection.

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International Human Solidarity Day

20 December

In the Millennium Declaration, world leaders identified solidarity as one of the fundamental values essential to international relations in this century. Global challenges must be managed in a way that distributes the costs and burdens fairly with basic principles of equity and social justice. Those who suffer or who benefit least deserve help from those who benefit most. In the context of globalization and the challenge of growing inequality, the strengthening of international solidarity and cooperation is indispensable for the realization of the Millennium Development Goals.

International Human Solidarity Day is a day to celebrate unity in diversity, remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements, promote a culture of solidarity and spirit of sharing, and encourage new initiatives for poverty eradication.

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