DESA News Vol. 13, No. 04 April 2009

Features

Forests and climate change Forests and climate change

Climate change poses a serious threat to forests and to the millions who depend on them for their livelihoods, food, water and shelter. Forests cover about 30 per cent of the world’s land area and contribute to the livelihoods of at least 1.6 billion people. Some 60 million people, mainly indigenous communities, live within forests, and another 350 million people are highly dependent on them.

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People shaping public services People shaping public services

Capacity-building in public service needs to take into account personnel leadership, institutions, structures, systems, procedures and processes. Achieving national development objectives and the internationally agreed development agenda, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), requires that countries have the capacity to produce and provide public services in the right quantity and quality and to ensure fair, just, affordable and equitable access to them for all.

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‘One-stop-shop’ on violence against women ‘One-stop-shop’ on violence against women

A new database on the extent and consequences of all forms of violence against women and means to combat it was launched today by Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro. “This is the first global ‘one-stop-shop’ for information on measures undertaken by Member States to address violence against women in terms of legal, policy and institutional frameworks,” she said.

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World Population Prospects: The 2008 Revision

World Population Prospects: The 2008 Revision

This publication covers the official UN estimations and projections of population for all countries of the world for the period 1950-2050. The 2008 Revision reveals that the world population is projected to reach 7 billion early in 2012, up from the current 6.8 billion, and surpass 9 billion people by 2050. Most of the additional 2.3 billion people will enlarge the population of developing countries, which is projected to rise from 5.6 billion in 2009 to 7.9 billion in 2050.


Secretary-General’s Database on violence against women

Secretary-General’s Database on violence against women

On 5 March, during the 53rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the database was launched by Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, hailing it as a first global “one stop shop” for information on legal, policy and institutional measures by member states to address violence against women. She states further that this database will give critical impetus for action in the framework of the “UNiTE to end violence against women” campaign.

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