DESA News Vol. 13, No. 08 August 2009



Workshop on the 2010 World Programme on Population and Housing Census

Asuncion, Paraguay, 3-7 August

9th UN Regional Cartographic Conference for the Americas

New York, 10-14 August

Transport for Sustainable Development: Analysis of trends, issues & policy options

Expert Group Meeting, New York, 27-28 August

Joint UNSD/UNECE Meeting on Environmental Indicators

Geneva, 31 August – 2 September


Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Conference of the State Parties, New York, 2-4 September

Annual Meetings of GAID and Global Forum on ICT and Innovation for Education

Monterrey, 2-4 September

General Assembly

64th session, New York, 15 September-December


International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

10 August

The day will be observed at the United Nations Headquarters on Monday 10 August from 2 - 5 pm. The event will be organized by the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in cooperation with the NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples and the New York office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The theme of the observance at UN Headquarters will be indigenous peoples and HIV/AIDS.

Events will include messages from the United Nations Secretary General, the Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs and the Chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, performances by indigenous artists, and a panel discussion related to HIV/AIDS.

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International Youth Day

12 August

The theme for the International Youth Day 2009 on “Sustainability: Our Challenge, Our Future” encourages us to work with and for youth to achieve truly sustainable development. It encourages all of us, including young people, to look at how our economic, environmental and social attitudes and behaviours work together to ensure that the generations of today and tomorrow can live happy, healthy and comfortable lives. The United Nations Programme on Youth (UNPY) will be hosting two events at headquarters in commemoration of International Youth Day 2009.

From 4-14 August, delegates, staff and visitors to the UN conference room area will be able to view a photo exhibition, hosted in collaboration with the Shoot Nations annual photography competition. The exhibition will explore the challenge of sustainability through the varied lenses of young women and young men around the world. They show how each gender experiences economic, environmental and social life, and their varied reflections on the challenge ahead.

On 12 August, UNPY, in collaboration with DPI, Discovery Education and UNEP-Region of North America, will be hosting a commemorative panel discussion on the theme of the day. Around 200 inner-city youth will see presentations from the winners of the "We Can Save the World Challenge", Planet Green and the UNEP RONA youth network. The event will also feature performances by New York-based NGO, Directions for Our Youth. The event will be held in Conference Room 3 from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.

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