DESA News Vol. 13, No. 02 February 2009



Online Discussion on Global Public Health

29 January – 26 February

Oslo Group on Energy Statistics

Ottawa, 2-6 February

Workshop on Climate Change and Development

New York, 3 February

Commission for Social Development

47th session, New York, 4-13 February

High-level Meeting on African Agriculture in the 21st Century: Meeting the Challenges, Making a Sustainable Green Revolution

Windhoek, Namibia, 9-10 February

Regional Seminar on ICT and Education

Havana, 9 February

Economic and Social Council

Organizational session of 2009, New York, 10-13 February

Expert Consultation on the 2009 World Survey on the Role of Women in Development

Copenhagen, 17-19 February

Capacity Building Workshop on Electronic/Mobile Government in Africa

Addis Ababa, 17-19 February

Commission on Sustainable Development

Intergovernmental preparatory meeting for the 17th session, New York, 23-27 February

ECOSOC Special Event on Philanthropy and the Global Public Health Agenda

New York, 23 February

Internet Governance Forum

Geneva, 23-26 February

Workshop on Capacity Building for Human Resource Development Policy & Strategy in the Public Service

Arusha, Tanzania, 23-27 February

Statistical Commission

40th session, New York, 24-27 February


Commission on the Status of Women

53rd session, New York, 2-13 March

Committee for Development Policy

11th session, New York, 9-13 March

Commission on Population and Development

42nd session, New York, 30 March – 3 April


Launch of the World Day of Social Justice

The General Assembly proclaimed 20 February as the World Day of Social Justice, inviting Member States to devote this special day to the promotion of concrete national activities in accordance with the objectives and goals of the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth special session of the General Assembly entitled “World Summit for Social Development and beyond: achieving social development for all in a globalizing world”.

The day will be observed the first time this year and will be launched in conjunction with the 47th session of the Commission for Social Development on 10 February. An interactive panel discussion moderated by Ms. Rachel Mayanja, Assistant-Secretary General and Special Adviser on Gender Issues, will explore the dimensions of social justice as they relate to the three pillars of the World Summit for Social Development: poverty eradication, social integration and decent work. Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002) will be among the panelists.

The event will be organized by DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development, in cooperation with the International Labour Organization and the Permanent Mission of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations.

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