DESA News for Apr. 2010

Feature Articles

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, which was voted for in the General Assembly in 2007. The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) was established by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) resolution 2000/22 on …

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Top executives and philanthropy leaders to promote gender equality

The United Nations launched a new effort today to expand its partnership with the private sector and philanthropies in the battle for complete gender equality and the empowerment of women. “To the private sector, we look to you to exercise even more leadership for gender equality starting from the top,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a special event at UN Headquarters, attended by some 300 representatives of foundations, private companies, academia and civil society organizations. Video (7 minutes) Full coverage (2 hours and 32 minutes) SG Statement Web site

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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. The 43rd session of the Commission on Population and Development, which takes place from 12-16 April, will focus on “Health, Morbidity, Mortality and Development”. The Commission will look at the significant reduction in mortality that has occurred over in the last five decades and notes that the reduction, and the increase in …

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