“The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!”

“I will draw upon my background in sustainable development”     Right before the opening of the 68th session of General Assembly, its President, John W. Ashe, gave a special interview to DESA News. He points out how his background may help him promote the building of Sustainable Development Goals among Member States. He also explains why he is the first PGA to extensively use social media and online communication. On 18 September 2013, John W. Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda took … [Read more...]

A new era of discussions on migration and development

For the second time in history, the General Assembly will convene a high-level event on 3-4 October, devoted to international migration and development at the United Nations. This meeting provides an opportunity for the international community to review progress since the first High-level Dialogue in 2006 and promote and advance the debate and cooperation in the field of migration and development. Governments are increasingly recognizing that partnership and cooperation are needed to leverage … [Read more...]

Advancement of Women

Women representatives of civil society rejoice at the signing of a peace accord in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Second Committee The Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) will deal with issues relating to economic growth and development such as macroeconomic policy questions (including international trade, international financial system, and external debt sustainability), financing for development, sustainable development, human settlements, poverty eradication, … [Read more...]

(UNCEEA) will be held in New York on 20-21 June

Strategies towards environmental-economic accounting The Eighth Meeting of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA) will be held in New York on 20-21 June The United Nations Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA) is composed of representatives from national statistical offices and international agencies, and provides strategic vision and direction to environmental-economic accounting and related statistics. The … [Read more...]

Building capacities in Gender Statistics, WORLD EVENTS

Workshop on improving the integration of a gender perspective into official statistics will be arranged in Chiba, Japan on 16-19 April DESA’s Statistics Division and the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) are organizing jointly a capacity building workshop on gender statistics, in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Government of Japan. The purpose of the workshop is to train national statisticians on the production and use of gender … [Read more...]

DESA: Empowering people for social change

Empowering people for Social Change Promoting empowerment of people will be at the core when the Commission for Social Development convenes for its 51st session. “Empowering individuals and social groups requires a comprehensive set of policies and institutions. From education and health care to economic and social policy, activities that seek to empower people are expected to increase opportunities and improve people’s quality of life”, said Ms. Larysa Belskaya, Vice-Chair of the … [Read more...]

DESA, Digital Bridge to a Civil Society – ‘…a collective global good’

A digital bridge to civil society “Our times demand (…) a new constellation of international cooperation – governments, civil society and the private sector, working together for a collective global good”. In line with this statement of the UN Secretary-General, DESA and its UN partners continue to enhance their services to civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) across the globe. Civil society and non-governmental organizations play a vital role as partners to the … [Read more...]

Targeting efforts to meet MDG expectations by 2015

With three years remaining until 2015, the 2012 progress report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) released today highlights progress in many important areas including poverty reduction, access to safe drinking water and reduced levels of child mortality. “‘There is now an expectation around the world that sooner, rather than later, the Goals can and must be achieved,” stated Sha Zukang, UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General. The Official MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS Goal 1: … [Read more...]

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