DESA News Vol. 13, No. 02 February 2009

Publications and websites

Technical reports

Report of the Sixth United Nations Public Service Day and Awards Ceremony DayReport of the Sixth United Nations Public Service Day and Awards Ceremony Day

The United Nations Public Service Awards Programme (UNPSA) is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service. It rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions to development in countries around the world. Through an annual competition, the UN Public Service Awards Programme promotes the role, professionalism and visibility of public service.

This report provides an overview of the UNPSA Programme, and presents information about the 2008 UNPSA nominations and categories; the 2008 UNPSA winners and finalists, as well as about the UN Public Service Day.

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Achieving Sustainable Development and Promoting Development CooperationAchieving Sustainable Development and Promoting Development Cooperation

In its 2008 High-level Segment held in New York from 30 June to 3 July 2008, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) organized a series of panels and roundtable discussions on the theme of its second Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) on "Implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to sustainable development". The Council also convened its first Biennial Development Cooperation Forum (DCF).

The material gathered in this publication provides a comprehensive view of the 2008 High-level Segment. It brings together the proceedings - statements, issues papers, summaries of roundtables and other discussions - of the ECOSOC session as well as the preparatory meetings of the DCF and the outcome of the 2008 NGO Forum. This publication serves as a resource and a vehicle to review the work of the Council in fulfilling its mandate to monitor and follow up on the implementation of internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs as well as the new functions of the Council.

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Statistical compilations

Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS OnlineMonthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS Online


The Monthly Bulletin of Statistics presents current economic and social statistics for more than 200 countries and territories of the world. It contains over 50 tables of monthly and/or annual and quarterly data on a variety of subjects illustrating important economic trends and developments, including population, prices, employment and earnings, energy, manufacturing, transport, construction, international merchandise trade and finance.

Vol. LXII – No. 12, December 2008

Quarterly and bimonthly tables included in this issue: Retail price indices relating to living expenditures of United Nations officials; Fuel imports of developed economies (unit value indices, volume indices and value); Indicators on fuel imports of developed economies; Registration of new motor vehicles; External trade conversion factors; Manufactured goods exports (unit value indices, volume indices and value); Selected series of world statistics. Publication symbol is ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/432.

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Working paper

Role of media in curbing corruption: the case of Uganda under President Yoweri K. Museveni during the “no-party” system

The author of this paper argues that free, independent and hard-hitting media can play an important role in curbing corruption. Media in Uganda has enjoyed considerable freedom in this regard since Museveni came to power in 1986. The evolving power structure and a changing media landscape, however, have presented both challenges and opportunities for media’s watchdog role on corruption. This paper will explore how this environment defined such role between 1986 and 2006 during Museveni’s “no-party” rule. It argues that, although media won important battles to promote accountability in public offices, the regime’s complex power structure has consistently challenged their role as an instrument of public accountability.

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Re-designed United Nations Development Account WebsiteRe-designed United Nations Development Account Website

The Development Account is an integral part of the technical cooperation activities of the economic and social entities of the United Nations. Projects aim at capacity-building through sub-regional, regional and interregional economic and technical cooperation among developing countries. To date, 138 projects have been approved by the General Assembly out of regular budget funds for a total amount of USD 91 million.

The updated website allows users to retrieve detailed information about proposed, active and completed projects and provides guidelines for project managers. The Documents section contains General Assembly resolutions, including mandates, reports by the Secretary-General as well as budget fascicles, and Advisory Committee on Administrative & Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) reports. The calendar provides information on upcoming meetings and events as well as proposed timelines and deadlines for implementing entities.

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