DESA News for Jun. 2010

Feature Articles

Women’s suffering in times of conflict

Empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors and throughout all levels of economic activity is essential to build strong economies and establish more stable and just societies. It also propels countries to achieve their internationally agreed goals for development, sustainability and human rights as well as improve the quality of life for women, men, families and communities. The 2010 Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) will try to assess the progress made towards achieving some of these goals which are part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other goals and targets agreed at major UN conferences and …

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Honouring the champions in public service

The United Nations Millennium Declaration emphasizes the role of democratic and participatory governance in assuring the rights of men and women to “live their lives and raise their children in dignity, free from hunger and from the fear of violence, oppression, or injustice”. It also notes that good governance within each country is a prerequisite to “making development a reality for everyone and to freeing the entire human race from want”. With that vow in mind, the United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) continues to recognize excellence in public service. One of the most prestigious international awards, UNPSA rewards the …

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Global economic recovery too slow to spur job growth

The global economy is slowly rebounding from the worst of the recession but the recovery remains too anaemic to create enough jobs to replace those lost so far, says the updated 2010 World Economic Situation and Prospects, released on 27 May. Speaking at a Headquarters press conference to present the updated report, Rob Vos, Director of Development Policy and Analysis, said “growth was projected at 3 per cent in 2010 and 3.1 per cent in 2011, if countries continued their fiscal and monetary stimulus activities.” World gross product started to grow again in the early months of this year after …

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