DESA News for December 2011

Feature Articles

The future we want

Future we want

“Sustainable development is not a luxury, it is an imperative,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the launch of the UN campaign for Rio+20 on 22 November featuring a global conversation on the future we want. The campaign aims at engaging people to contribute ideas for new visions of a sustainable future. “Opportunities like Rio+20 do not come along often,” the Secretary-General further stated. “The Rio+20 conference offers us a unique chance to discuss the challenges which we face and the solutions we can pursue…. It’s a chance to visualize and plan for the future we want.” The new campaign, Rio+20: …

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Spotlighting UN Public Service Awards winner

Spotlighting UN Public Service Award winner

Every year the UN honours winners of the UN Public Service Awards, highlighting excellence in public service delivery. In 2011, the Ministry of Public Administration of Mexico won first place for the Latin America and Caribbean region in two categories. DESA’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management, which administers the programme, interviewed Vice Minister Uriel Marquez Carrazco to discuss the winning initiatives. The Ministry of Public Administration of Mexico won the first place in Category 1, “Preventing and Combating Corruption in the Public Service” for the initiative “The Guillotine of Administrative Regulations,” an innovative regulatory reform, and in Category 3, …

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Highlighting importance of cooperatives

Cooperatives account for 100 million jobs worldwide and serve 1 billion members, putting people before profit. “Cooperatives contribute to food security, rural development, and other social services,” said General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, as the International Year of Cooperatives was launched on 31 October. Owned by people and democratically run, cooperatives improve livelihoods and strengthen economies worldwide. During 2012, their contribution to societies and development will be in the spotlight under the theme “Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World“. Sha Zukang, DESA’s Under-Secretary-General and Rio+20 Secretary-General, also highlighted their importance for the environment: “One of the two themes of …

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Publications and Websites

Calendar

  • Second Committee, New York, ongoing until December , New York, ongoing until December , New York, ongoing until December , New York, ongoing until December
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  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities, (3 December, with official commemoration events in NYC on 2 December), (3 December, with official commemoration events in NYC on 2 December), (3 December, with official commemoration events in NYC on 2 December), (3 December, with official commemoration events in NYC on 2 December)
  • Fifth High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development, (7–8 December 2011), (7–8 December 2011), (7–8 December 2011), (7–8 December 2011)