DESA News for August 2012

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“We need to eradicate poverty at a faster pace”

Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, DESA’s new Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development

Only a week into her new role, DESA’s Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, met with DESA News. “With fast changing global events, magnified by recurring crises, the UN has a unique role to play in nurturing stronger multilateral framework, based on cooperation, innovative solutions and solidarity to safeguard our planet,” she said. Shamshad Akhtar was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and she took office on 9 July. Ms. Akhtar has previously served as Governor of the Central Bank of Pakistan, Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa Region of …

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Partnering with young people to build a better world

Partnering with young people to build a better world (UN Photo/Paulo Filguieras)

“We need a top-to-bottom review so our programmes and policies are working with and for young people. We don’t have a moment to lose. We have the world to gain,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon earlier this year. Many activities are currently under way to address and involve youth, including International Youth Day on 12 August. This year’s theme is “Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth”. The theme relates to the announcement that the Secretary-General made in January, where he committed to “address the needs of the largest generation of young people the world has ever known” by making …

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ECOSOC: Placing full employment front and centre

“In 2012 as I approach the end of my term, the need for accelerated progress in sustainable development has moved to the top of the global agenda. The High-level Segment has achieved results. We now have a powerful international jobs road map, one which is affirming the world’s remarkable commitment to ending poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals,” said Sha Zukang. Mr. Sha, who retired from his post as DESA’s Under-Secretary-General on 31 July, delivered these remarks as ECOSOC’s High-level Segment was closing on 10 July. He continued praising the achievements saying, “the Declaration sets out unequivocally our collective …

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