DESA News Vol. 14, No. 04 April 2010

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Indigenous peoples and violation of their rights Indigenous peoples and violation of their rights

Indigenous peoples are the caretakers of some of the world’s most diverse territories. However, in many countries, they face discrimination and conflict on a daily basis. The United Nations has continually provided opportunities for indigenous peoples to have their voices heard at the international level. One of the major achievements in recent years was the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007.

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Ensuring health improvements on all fronts Ensuring health improvements on all fronts

Improving health and reducing mortality are major objectives of development, according to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). However, the health-related MDGs focus on the causes of a small share of deaths worldwide and are relevant mainly for low-income countries. Ensuring health improvements on all fronts are therefore crucial.

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Steps needed to reach development targets Steps needed to reach development targets

Investment reforms and international cooperation are among the ingredients necessary to procure the finances needed to push ahead with development in poorer countries, the Secretary-General said during the High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development on 23 March in New York. “As we meet, the world economy shows signs of recovery, yet growth remains fragile”, Mr. Ban Ki-moon said.

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International Recommendations for Tourism Statistics 2008

International Recommendations for Tourism Statistics 2008

This manual was prepared in accordance with the decision of the United Nations Statistical Commission at its thirty-fifth session held from 2 to 5 March 2004 and revises the manual “Recommendations on Tourism Statistics”, adopted by the Commission in 1993. It provides a comprehensive methodological framework for collection and compilation of tourism statistics in all countries irrespective of the level of development of their statistical systems.


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Comings and goings

Comings

Mr. Ivan Koulov Mr. Ivan Koulov was appointed Executive Officer, DESA, effective 26 March 2010. Before joining the Department, Mr. Koulov was Chief of the Human Resources Management Service at the United Nations Office in Geneva since 2006. He also served as Chief of the Administrative Services Division at the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in Beirut from 2002 to 2006.



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