DESA News for October 2011

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Seven billionth world citizen soon to be born

Seven billionth world citizen soon to be born

In just a few weeks, a baby who will be the 7 billionth inhabitant of planet Earth will be born. In view of this milestone, DESA News interviewed Hania Zlotnik, who heads UN DESA’s Population Division, the unit in charge of preparing the official UN population projections that provide the basis for estimating the day when the world population will cross the 7 billion mark. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is commemorating this event by leading the “7 Billion Actions” campaign which will culminate on “7 Billion Day” on 31 October. The campaign spotlights both the challenges and opportunities …

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Building a better world with cooperatives

Building a better world with cooperatives

Over one billion people are members of cooperatives, a serious enterprise model that puts people at the heart of all business. Owned and controlled by the members they serve, they are great tools for empowering people. On 31 October, the International Year of Cooperatives 2012 will be launched at the UN in New York, setting off initiatives and events across the globe. “Cooperative enterprises are built on collective action and the principle of participation. They embody the ideal that by working together, we can accomplish more than going it alone. This approach to social and economic enterprise is a good …

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Closing the Gap

“We cannot afford to leave the poor even further behind,” stated Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the MDG Gap Task Force report was released on 16 September. Although support has increased significantly since 2000, the report shows that donors need to further intensify their development assistance if we are to attain the MDGs by 2015. Leaders from rich and poor countries have pledged to work together to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through efficient resource management, improved political accountability, debt relief and removal of trade barriers. Prepared by the UN MDG Gap Task Force, the report concludes that much more …

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