|DESA News Vol. 13, No. 06||June 2009|
The rapidly unfolding global financial and economic crisis has severely disrupted economic growth worldwide and is setting back progress towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other internationally agreed development goals. As the crisis deepens, the impact on developing countries is rapidly worsening, particularly in terms of rising unemployment and a widening external financing gap.
UN System data and metadata are now at the fingertips of internet users around the globe thanks to UNdata, a portal linking to various UN databases covering domains from global poverty to internet usage for a specific country. The single entry point and friendly layout allows users to search for and download relevant information for free, without subscription or registration.
At the 8th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues from 18-29 May, the Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said that the Forum was meeting at a crucial time, as the world grappled with a “swarm of crises”, including intensified hunger, poverty, global warming and security threats. Indigenous peoples have a record of resilience in the face of great adversity, but they still suffer from prejudice and marginalization.
Faced with the worst recession since World War II, the United Nations baseline forecast for world economic growth has been revised downwards compared with the pessimistic scenario of the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2009 published in January. The world economy is expected to shrink by 2.6 per cent in 2009 after an expansion of 2.1 per cent in 2008 and nearly 4 per cent per year during 2004-2007.
The 2008 Report highlights the importance of civic engagement in public governance and by profiling several case studies, demonstrates how such practices gain the capacity to strengthen governance, make it more transparent and accountable and most importantly, contribute to developmental outcomes that are more sustainable, equitable and just. Printed copies of the report will be released during the observance and celebration of the United Nations Public Service Day and Awards on 23 June.
Bonn, 1-12 June
New York, 22-24 June
United Nations Conference, New York, 24-26 June
Public Service Day is commemorated each year on 23 June to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community, highlight the contribution of public service in the development process, recognize the work of public servants, and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector.