DESA News for January 2012

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Creating visibility for forests worldwide

Mr. Carsten L. Wilke, President of the German Forestry Association presents the Fernow Award to Ms. Jan McAlpine, Director of the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat

As the International Year of Forests 2011 draws to a close in February 2012, the Director of UN Forum on Forest Secretariat, Ms. Jan L. McAlpine, shares her thoughts about an eventful year. Thanks to the year, she says a clear message has been conveyed that “all 7 billion people on earth have their economic, spiritual and physical health tied to forests.” In an interview with DESA News, Ms. McAlpine, who leads the work of the UN Forum on Forests Secretariat, talks about the highlights of the year and the work of the Secretariat promoting the management, conservation and sustainable …

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Report warns of heightened risk of new recession

World Economic Situation and Prospects 2012

On 17 January, the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2012 (WESP) will be launched in multi-city locations around the world. The first chapter of the report on the “Global economic outlook”, pre-released on 1 December 2011, reveals that persistent high unemployment, the euro area debt crisis and premature fiscal austerity have already slowed global growth and factor into the possibility of a new recession. The forecast has been significantly downgraded compared to six months ago and predicts that the global economy will “muddle through” with the growth of world gross product (WGP) reaching 2.6 per cent in the baseline outlook …

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities commemorated

“Raise your voices, share your ideas, and reach for your goals. They are our goals too. Together we can realize them,” said Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, calling on the international community of persons with disabilities as the international day was officially commemorated in New York on 2 December. The theme for the day was “Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development” and the Director of UN DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development, Daniela Bas urged, “To ensure people with disabilities do not remain invisible, we must strengthen the foundation of development policies …

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