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  1. 1. UN Home | UN DESA HomeIN THIS ISSUE >>>Shaping tomorrow’s innovators| Towards a renewed global partnership for development| Successes and way forwardafter Rio+20Global dialogue on development: Tackling emerging challenges for development, Innovation Award: Call for Stories on People’sEmpowerment, Global celebration of forestsTrends and analysis: E-discussion on “Building the Future We Want with Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) and Culture”,Join Google+ Hangout on youth migration and development, Advancing the post-2015 sustainable development agendaCapacity development: Meeting knowledge and capacity needs after Rio+20, Innovations and best practices in census taking,Outlining regional consultations for the AMRPublications and websites | Comings and goings | CalendarMarch 2013, Vol. 17, No. 03Feature ArticlesShaping tomorrow’s innovators“Empowering young people is crucial. Half the world is under 25years of age. Young women and men everywhere want decent jobs.They want dignity. They want a greater say in their own destiny,”said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently. With the purpose ofleveraging the potentials of youth in solving global challenges,ECOSOC is arranging a Youth Forum on 27 March.The number of young people in the world has never been higherwith 1.2 billion being between the ages of 15 and 24. As a group,they are among those most affected by the economic, social andenvironmental challenges facing the world today.The youth employment crisis is worsening: young people’sungtooking beyond these serious hurdles, the United Nationsitiesrshe Secretary-General has given priority to working with andtialeveraging the potential of young peopleculture have thel asJuly 2013, UN Member States, policy-makers, civil society,academia and private sector representatives will meet in Geneva“represent 40 per cent of the jobless worldwide,” said DESAUnder-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo as he addressed theCommission for Social Development in February. “Thistranslates in numbers to almost 74 million unemployed yopeople, whose ranks continue to grow. These are not just merestatistics. Behind the numbers are lives affected, livelihoods losand opportunities missed,” Mr. Wu added.LEconomic and Social Council aims to spotlight the possibilavailable for the world’s youth to harness. There is a willingnessamong youth to take the lead in transforming societies. Theirhunger for jobs, education and desire to engage in world mattehas also put a growing spotlight on global youth issues.Tfor young people in his 5-year Action Agenda and theinternational community is also looking to them as potenpartners in designing effective responses to developmentchallenges around the globe.LScience, technology, innovation (STI) andpower to transform and improve societies. They propel andsustain development efforts by generating knowledge as weltechnological and social innovations that meet the demands ofnations across the globe.In
  2. 2. www.un.org/desa March 2013, Vol. 17, No. 03for the high-level segment of the United Nations Economic andSocial Council (ECOSOC). “Science, technology and innovation,and the potential of culture, for promoting sustainable developmentand achieving the MDGs” will be the main theme for the AnnualMinisterial Review (AMR) this year.To bring the voices of youth into these important discussions andengage young people on how STI and culture can facilitatet onoration with UNESCO, UNICEF,NDP, ITU, UN-HABITAT and with the support of “New Yorkhe Youth Forum will highlight a range of topics including onn in science; youth as an engine for creativeE,odium 15-year-old Adoravitak, an internationally published author, teacher, speaker,arksentthe event on 27 March, ECOSOC and DESA will launch acial media campaign calling all youth innovators across theo this event, to meet and be inspired bye voices of young people as they share their ideas for the futureor more information:novators: Leveraging science,owards a renewed globalnthe global partnership for development that underpins thetochange, ECOSOC is gathering youth representatives, youngcorporate leaders and opinion leaders for a Youth Forum Even27 March. Arranged under the theme “Shaping tomorrow’sinnovators: Leveraging science, technology, innovation and culturefor today’s youth”, the event intends to bring attention to thepotential of young men and women as problem-solvers, innovatorsand actors for development.Organized by DESA in collabUTech Meet Up”, the forum will also provide a platform to discussthe development agenda beyond 2015. It will address barriersfacing today’s youth, critical areas requiring special attention aswell as appropriate actions to move development forward.Innovating the futureTgirls and young womeeconomy; and using social media to make ideas happen. BesidesSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon, ECOSOC President NéstorOsorio and DESA’s Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo, otherprominent speakers will include Hashem Bajwa, CEO of DE-DMatt Mahan, CEO of Causes.com, Mandë Holford, Co-founder ofthe World Association of Young Scientists, Internet activist andcomputer engineer Wael Ghonim and Mashable.com’s ChiefMarketing Officer Stacy Martinet.The event will also welcome to the pSDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 2activist and World Food Programme youth representative. Ms.Svitak will set the stage for the day, following the opening remby the Secretary-General, who not long ago also underscored thimportance of stepping up efforts for young people, saying “wemust support them. And for that, we must step up our efforts. Istrongly believe the priorities of youth should be just as prominein our meeting space as they are in cyberspace,” said Ban Ki-moon.Prior tosoglobe to share their ideas for a sustainable future. More details tofollow on the ECOSOC Facebook page as well as on the eventpage listed below.“I very much look forward tthwe want,” says ECOSOC President Néstor Osorio.F“Shaping tomorrow’s intechnology, innovation and culture for today’s youth”ECOSOC on FacebookECOSOC on TwitterTpartnership for developmeTMillennium Development Goals (MDGs) was captured as astandalone goal (MDG8) in 2000. It has played a crucial role inthe achievement of the MDGs by facilitating resources and anoverall environment conducive to development. A reportassessing MDG8 will be released early March and laterfollowed by a chat on Facebook.s the conversation gears towards the 2015 developmentofe,he UN System Task Team (UNTT) on the Post-2015 UNeipsAagenda, there is great interest to learn from the experienceimplementation of MDG8 and ways to strengthen the globalpartnership for development in the post-2015 era. In this sensthe Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Personswill place this important issue at the centre of its upcomingmeeting in Indonesia at the end of March.TDevelopment Agenda has prepared a report on globalpartnership which will be published in early March on thUNTT website. Titled ‘Towards a renewed global partnershfor development’ the report presents an assessment of MDG8and it reviews new challenges for the global economy as well anew trends in development cooperation. The report proposespossible contours, alternative formats and a robust accountabilitymechanism for a renewed global partnership for the post-2015era.
  3. 3. www.un.org/desa March 2013, Vol. 17, No. 03Recognizing new challengest advocacy tool to stress thethes wereloing forward, a renewed global partnership for developmentandon toustainability at the corecharacteristics of the post-2015bes, theoday, 75 per cent of the poor live in middle-income countries andofdeshaping donor-recipient relationshipsmove away from thewed globalhen speaking at an event recently, Secretary-General Ban Ki-hearticipate in live chat on Facebooknd and the need forheraddition to the publication of the report, DESA’s Division for11 amtoor more information:uccesses and way forward aftern 12 February, the first in a series of Google+ Hangouts wasthatMDG8 served as an importanimportant role of the international community in achievingglobally agreed development goals outlined in the MDGframework. Based in the context of 2000, when the MDGconceived, the focus of MDG8 is primarily in the areas of OfficiaDevelopment Assistance (ODA), debt relief, trade, technology andaccess to essential medicines. It also gave special attention to theneeds of the least developed and most vulnerable countries.Gneeds to recognize the challenges of the world we live in todayformulate adequate global efforts that corresponds with globalchallenges in the areas of climate change, rising inequalities,changing population dynamics, and remaining governance andhuman rights deficits. Fragile countries have seen the leastprogress in terms of MDG achievement and thus any attentimost vulnerable countries needs to include fragile states.SIn the discussion about thedevelopment agenda, there is broad consensus among allstakeholders that sustainability must be at the core of the newagenda. Larger financing needs can be anticipated which cannotmet by ODA alone. While ODA commitments will continueplaying a key role supporting the development efforts of thepoorest countries, the recent years have seen the rise of a moremulti-polar economy leading to a significant shift in globaleconomic balance. Given the rise of middle-income countrieface of poverty has changed significantly.Tfurther progress to eradicate poverty will require greater policycoherence at global and national levels. Based on the emergencenew economic powers, South-South cooperation has increased anda large array of non-governmental actors (including the privatesectors, philanthropy and civil society organizations) have engagein various forms of global partnerships, often focusing on specificsectors, mainly in the areas of health, education and food security.RA renewed global partnership will need totraditional donor-recipient relationship that characterized MDG8and consider a wider range of actors and mechanisms to make themost effective contribution to global development. Unlike MDG8,the new agenda should also build a robust accountabilitymechanism to address, on a continuous basis, possibleshortcomings from commitments made as part of a renepartnership for development.Wmoon also described the need for renewed global partnership. “Tcurrent global partnership for development needs to be rebalancedand redefined – taking into account emerging economies, South-South partnership, private sector engagement and innovativefinancing,” he said.PLooking at the various challenges at haconsistent global responses with participation from multipleactors, the discussion about the characteristics of a renewedglobal partnership for development in the post-2015 era is ratcomplex. The report of the UN System Task Team provides anoverview of the key challenges involved and makesrecommendations on ways to address some of these questionswith clear suggestions about the format and the contours of arenewed global partnership.InPolicy Development and Analysis together with UNDP, inviteyou to talk to the authors of the report directly through aFacebook chat taking place on Thursday, 14 March at 9 –EST. This will be an opportunity to ask questions directly tomembers of the UN System Task Team. Check back on theDESA Facebook page closer to the date for more details andsign up to the event.FUN System Task TeamDESA’s Facebook pageSRio+20Ohosted by DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development,outlining key outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference and theactions taken to realize promises made. “The message ofinclusion, engagement, integration of decision-making, allcame out very strongly from Rio,” said Nikhil Seth, Director ofDESA’s Division for Sustainable Development.s the first panelist to take the stage in this online discussion,eAMr. Seth, who also headed the Rio+20 Secretariat, described thevent in Rio de Janeiro as one of the largest UN conferencesDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 3
  4. 4. www.un.org/desa March 2013, Vol. 17, No. 03DESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 4ever, bringing together 50,000 people representing governments,civil society, media and academia. “The major concern that cameout at Rio, was the fact that we are heading towards a set ofeconomic, social and environmental crises,” he said. “The onlyway to change things is to rethink development. That was thefundamental message from the Rio outcome,” Mr. Seth added.e underscored the importance of engagement of people in ther. Seth also highlighted one of the main messages conveyed,..lizabeth Thompson, former Minister for Energy and EnvironmentThe challenges that small island developing states encounter areegaddition to outcomes related to sustainable agriculture,makeeupplying real time informatione International Institute forislaceinRio+20 builds on 20 years of involvement via NGOs, now,ior. Goree also explained that it was at that meeting in Nairobi.ommitments for specific actionsce of these big internationalofeSome of these commitments were real game-changers,” he said,tichIn addition to the negotiated outcome document, The Futuretay tuned for more hangoutsocial Media Focal Point withinome concerned the progress of the Sustainable Developmentsfter the hangout had concluded, Mr. Seth shared his thoughtsdheor information about this and upcoming hangouts:turing “Sustainable development inaction” Post-Rio+20 Hangout on 12 February 2013Hfollow up process. “We need to give it real meaning in the way wework and the way we focus on implementing, to realize the futurewe want,” he said.Mnamely that people are important, “but equally important is theplanet on which the prosperity of these people depends,” he saidThe role of young people as “architects of the future we want”, aswell as the significance of developing the so called sustainabledevelopment goals were other outcomes underlined by Mr. SethEof Barbados and the Executive Coordinator for Rio+20, outlinedsome of the main challenges that Small Island Developing States(SIDS) face and what the conference has meant for them. “The Rioconference was very important for SIDS, as one of the outcomeswas an agreement to host a UN conference specifically for SmallIsland Developing States,” Ms. Thompson said, referring to theevent scheduled to take place in 2014.“very, very difficult and complex and there are a number of itemson the agenda at Rio which treat particularly to their issues –climate change, issues of oceans and the blue economy, marinbiodiversity and sustainable energy,” she explained, underscorinparticularly the vital role of sustainable energy.Insustainable tourism, water and sanitation, Ms. Thompsonunderlined the importance of capacity building in order toSIDS competitive, as well as partnerships. “I hope that we will secoming out of this, an increasing number of partnerships as part ofthe mechanism in which the benefits for small islands developingstates can be achieved and can be leveraged,” she said.SKimo Goree, Vice-President of thSustainable Development Reporting Services (IISD), shared hperspective covering the conference. IISD provided real timeinformation on the negotiations and most other events taking pin Rio. “IISD continue to track the negotiations after Rio andwe’ve been providing reports on the negotiations taking placethe General Assembly and the establishment of the open workinggroup for the development of sustainable development goals,” Mr.Goree added.“referred to as Major Groups in international discussions onsustainable development,” he said. He shared his experiencedating back to the preparations for the first Earth Summit in Rin 1992, when Mr. Goree was one of the handful of NGOsparticipating in a preparatory meeting in Nairobi.M23 years ago, that a decision was made allowing NGOs to attend“It set precedent for unprecedented NGO access,” Mr. Goreeexplained. “NGOs were at the table and not in the streets,” headded.C“I have seen the value and importangatherings in stimulating attention to probably the biggestchallenges we as humans face,” said Jacob Scherr, Directorglobal strategy and advocacy for the Natural Resources DefensCouncil (NRDC). An environmental lawyer and advocate formany years, Mr. Scherr attended the original Earth Summit inRio de Janeiro in 1992 and he also took part in preparations forlast year’s event.“mentioning multilateral development banks, which made acommitment to invest 175 Billion USD to green urbantransportation and the pledge of 40 of the world’s largesmanufacturers and retailers, to make their supply chaindeforestation free within the next eight years. “Microsoft, whhas operations around the world, said that they would make theirown facilities carbon neutral by the end of next year,” Mr.Scherr further added.“We Want, there were hundreds of these commitments for veryspecific actions,” he explained. “And those are the ones that wethink will be the real legacy of Rio.”SModerated by John Romano, SDESA’s Division for Sustainable Development, the discussionalso responded to online questions posted via social media.SGoals and the possibility for civil society to interact in theprocess. Others focused on how we could make local actionimpact on an international level for the future we want.Asaying, “the Google+ format helps you have a conversation. Andif we are hoping to change things, if we are hoping to inspirepeople, we have to talk to them, and listen to their concerns anbe responsive to them,” he said, also pointing out that hisDivision looks forward to hosting more of these events in tnear future.Fhttp://bit.ly/RioHangoutFull on-demand video fea
  5. 5. www.un.org/desa March 2013, Vol. 17, No. 03Global Dialogue onDevelopmentTackling emerging challenges fordevelopmentThe Committee for Development Policy (CDP) will convene for itsfifteenth annual meeting to be held in New York on 18-22 MarchThe year 2013 is a year of transition. Time is fastclosing to the end of the period the internationalcommunity assigned to itself to implement theMillennium Development Goals (MDGs) whilediscussions on the contours of UN developmentstrategy for the post 2015 era have alreadystarted.The Committee for Development Policy (CDP) will address theseand other emerging development issues at its fifteenth annualmeeting, which also marks the first time the new CDPmembership, nominated last year by the Secretary-General, meetsin plenary.A source of independent advice on critical mattersAs a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Council, theCDP provides independent advice on critical issues on theinternational development agenda. The Committee is alsoresponsible for the triennial review of the list of least developedcountries (LDCs).Membership is composed of twenty-four experts nominated by theSecretary-General on the basis of their personal for a three-yearterm. At its plenary session, the CDP drafts its annual report whichincludes the main conclusions and policy recommendations of thediscussions on studies prepared by members with the assistance ofthe Secretariat. The report is then considered by the Council at itssubstantive session in July.Science, technology and innovation for achieving sustainabledevelopmentAs a contribution to the Council’s deliberations at its high levelsegment of its substantive session, the CDP will analyze science,technology and innovation, and the potential of culture for theachievement of the MDGs – the topic of this year’s AnnualMinisterial Review.It will also consider the vulnerabilities and development needs ofthe Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and continue with itswork on the future of the UN development agenda beyond 2015focusing, this time, on emerging issues in the global environmentThe Committee will examine the role of science, technology, andinnovation policies in the context of national developmentstrategies, and the potential contribution of internationalcooperation in the area of technology transfer and capacitybuilding.It will focus the analysis on answering the following questions:what policy measures should countries undertake at differentcatch-up stages while climbing up the technological ladder?What can countries at the bottom of the technological hierarchylearn from the experiences of countries currently at higherlevels?More importantly, are these experiences still applicable intoday’s context? As protection of intellectual property rights isstrengthened at the global level, the acquisition of new productsor production methods has become more restrictive and morecostly. In this regard, there is need to consider alternativestrategies and new ways to engage international cooperation,particularly by countries with greater technological capabilitiesand resources, to best support catch-up efforts.Emerging issues in the global economy: implications for thepost-2015 development agendaThe world has changed significantly since the adoption of theUN Millennium Declaration: an increasing heterogeneity amongdeveloping countries, the rise of new powers coming from thedeveloping world, the new geographical patterns of globalpoverty, the heightened importance of international public goodsfor national development, and the increasing relevance of privateactors in the international environment.This changing landscape is raising fundamental questions onwhether the current global rules and structures allow the buildingof effective responses against international problems and thepromotion of a fair distribution of development opportunitiesamong all countries and to identify the necessary policyresponses to that end. The Committee will discuss this issue tocontribute to framing a renewed global architecture toimplement a post-2015 international development framework toachieve an inclusive, sustainable and equitable development asenvisaged by the Declaration.Development needs of Small Island Developing States (SIDS)The Committee will examine the vulnerabilities anddevelopment needs of SIDS and possible policy responses,focusing on how to further the full and effective implementationof the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA) and the MauritiusStrategy.In particular, the Committee will consider whether there is needto refocus efforts towards a more results-oriented approach andestablish whether improved and additional measures might beneeded to more effectively address the unique and particularvulnerabilities and development needs of SIDS. In this regard,while a wide range of measures in critical areas are already inplace or under development, there is a need to fully implement,scale up and continuously improve these measures, in particularto reduce the occurrence and magnitude of external shocks, toenhancing copying mechanisms by the provision of necessaryDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 5
  6. 6. www.un.org/desa March 2013, Vol. 17, No. 03resources in the aftermath of negative shocks, and to establish arobust and effective global monitoring framework for therategy., the Committee will be holding aussions on the various agendaments will be posted in the UN Journal.lopment Policyople’s EmpowermentDESA’s Divisionto find and bringempowerment arYou can nominatperson you admir powered youand therefore you unique and specialhis innovation award represents DSPD’s commitment to theelopmentehe deadline for submitting your stories is 14 May 2013.– 1.000 words maximum for your written story (in English)glishh subtitles)ll for Storiesoraise awareness of the importance of all typesneral of DESA,nt stakeholders,naccessible from the Unitedn on their planned activities for the International Dayimplementation of the BPoA and Mauritius StDuring the week of 18-22 Marchseries of briefings and panel discDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 6items. AnnouncePeFor more information:The Committee for DeveInnovation Award: Call for Stories onfor Social Policy and Development (DSPD) seeksto scale the most incredible stories on people’sound the globe. Stories like YOURS!e yourself, or anothere who emrstory. We truly believe that the majorsocial challenges of our time can besolved only with the full participation ofpeople at all levels of society.Tpromotion of people’s empowerment and social devglobally. It is administered by DSPD as part of its mission topromote more equitable growth, seeks to identify innovativapproaches for poverty eradication, social integration, fullemployment and decent work for all.TOnce the selection process is completed, we will be honored toannounce the final six winners on our website. Winners will alsoreceive an award certificate from the United Nations.To submit your story, please complete the online form following 2basic rules:12 – 10 minutes maximum for your recorded video-story (in Enor with EnglisEmpower yourself and inspire the world!To submit your story, please visit:Innovation Award: CaGlobal celebration of forests21 March has been declared to be the International Day ofForests by the United Nations General AssemblyThis new global celebration of forests builds onthe successes of the International Year ofForests in 2011, and provides a platform tof forests and of trees outside forests.Activities expected to take place on theInternational Day include tree-planting andother community-level events, and national celebrationsincluding art, photo and film as well as social media outreach.The launch of the International Day will take place in manycountries. Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-Gealong with Chinese government officials, will be launching thInternational Day of Forests in China at a ceremony in Beijinegon 21 March.DESA’s United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariatwas designated by the General Assembly to facilitate theimplementation of the International Day, in collaboration withFAO, Governments, and other members of the CollaborativePartnerships on Forests and international, regional andsubregional organizations as well as relevaincluding civil society.The UNFF Secretariat is working with the UN Graphic DesignUnit to develop a logo for the International Day, which will belaunched in time for the first celebration of the Day this year o21 March. In addition, a mobile App on Forest facts, as well asother social media products will be launched by the UNFFSecretariat on the International Day of Forests.A webpage for the International Day of Forests is currentlynder development and will beuNations Forum on Forests website at www.un.org/esa/forests.How will you celebrate the International Day of Forests?Governments, international, regional and sub-regionalorganizations, and relevant stakeholders are encouraged to shareinformatioof Forests by contacting the UNFF Secretariat at forests@un.org.
  7. 7. www.un.org/desa March 2013, Vol. 17, No. 03Five draft resolutions approved topromote people’s empowermentDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 7rangefrican development.er theriority theme “Promoting empowerment of people in achievingnd full employment andivil society advocates fromstimulate job creation,ties, with a view tolicy session next year, and moreroadly, the global development agenda beyond 2015.,”roviding the necessary toolsnd capacity-building opportunities. Decent work was also vital tosocialclusion, she added.r bodyould produce a policy outcome on the priority theme. Afternd resolve”, exercised in a spirit of cooperation, whichltations.he critical importance ofmpowering people and of their participation in advancing socialor more information:1st Session of the Commission for Social DevelopmentOn 15 February, concluding its fifty-first session, the Commissionfor Social Development (CSocD) approved five draft resolutionsfor adoption by the Economic and Social CouncilThe resolutions cover aof issues crucial to theromotion of societies rootedpin respect for the dignity ofevery individual, from youthand disability, to ageing andAThe Commission’s approval of the texts capped two weeks ofnegotiations, panel discussions and general debate undppoverty eradication, social integration adecent work for all”.Representatives of Governments and caround the world described efforts tocombat poverty and create inclusive socieinforming the Commission’s pob“We have just concluded eight intense and fruitful days of workCommission Chair Sewa Lamsal Adhikari (Nepal) declared inconcluding remarks, noting that delegates had affirmed theessential role of Governments in creating and enablingenvironment to empower people, by papromoting empowerment, reducing poverty and enhancinginThe Commission had laid the foundation for the fifty-secondsession, Ms. Adhikari continued, saying the 47-membewrecapping the work accomplished, she thanked delegates for their“flexibility ahad facilitated the consensus approval of all the texts underconsideration. She also thanked the facilitators for their “extremepatience” in guiding consuSeveral of the texts approved highlighted tedevelopment.F5
  8. 8. www.un.org/desa March 2013, Vol. 17, No. 03TDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 8rends and Analysise Want with Science, TechnologyTI) and Culture”cess for the ECOSOC 2013 Annualding an e-discussion from 18Arranged in partnership with UNDP andnintergovernmental negotiations on theGing held inHangout on youthuthevent will offer an opportunity for youth,the UN and Member States to discuss theYouth will have the opportunity to ask questions related tostrategies for enhancing the development potential of youthmigration while mitigating associated risk in the migration process(i.e. pre-departure/departure, in-transit, arrival, post arrival, returnor no return).It also aims to explore the nexus between youth migration andkey issues such as access to basic social services, socialintegration, remittances, migrant rights, the post-2015development agenda and environmental change.“The phenomenon of migration has profound impact on youngmigrants as well as origin, transit and destination countries. Weneed to work together to enhance the development potential ofyouth migration while mitigating its risk. I encourage youngpeople and other relevant stakeholders to participate and submitquestions for the panellists to answer live in this upcomingGoogle+ Hangout,” said Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, the UNSecretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.The Google+ Hangout will also feature a 20-minute live Q&Asession with the panelists. Tweet your questions for panelists to@UN4Youth using #youthmigration, post your questions on theUNyouthyear Facebook page or submit your questions on theUN World Youth Report web platform.This particular Google+ Hangout is aimed at young people (15-35 years of age), as well as members of Permanent Missions,UN staff, the private sector, academia and civil societyorganizations, interested and working in the field of youthmigration and development.For further information on the UN World Youth Report Google+Hangout, please visit: www.unworldyouthreport.org or email theUN Focal Point on Youth at youth@un.org with the subject line:Youth Migration Google + Hangout.Advancing the post-2015sustainable development agendaThe international NGO conference on the post-2015 sustainabledevelopment agenda will take place on 20–22 March in Bonn,GermanyThis event, focusing on reconfirmingrights, recognizing limits andredefining goals, will bring togetherabout 250 civil society activists andstakeholder representatives to gatherinputs into the sustainable developmentand post-2015 discussions.At present, a multitude of discussions and consultation processesare taking place worldwide. Some in the context of the Rio+20process, others preparing for the post-2015 agenda. Some with aspecific sector focus, others on national or regional level. Whilewide-ranging and participatory processes are welcome, we needto gain a better overview on civil society perspectives anddemands in order to advocate more effectively for theirimplementation.The event aims at providing such an overview by bringingtogether key actors and helping them to exchange information,E-discussion on “Building the FutureWand Innovation (SAs part of the preparatory proMinisterial Review, DESA is holFebruary to 19 MarchUNESCO, the e-discussion serves as aopen, multi-stakeholder forum forpractitioners, experts and researchers toshare new ideas and formulate criticalpolicy messages to the UNpotential of STI and culture forsustainable development solutions.This year, expert moderators from UNDP, UNESCO and the MDAchievement Fund will facilitate the e-discussion. The outcomeill feed directly into the Annual Ministerial Review bewGeneva during the Substantive Session of ECOSOC in July 2013.If you are not a member of UNDG’s MDG-Net, UNDP PovertyReduction Network, Gender or Human Development ReportNetworks, please visit https://one.unteamworks.org/AMR2013 torequest an invite and participate in this e-discussion.Join Google+migration and developmentAs part of on-going activities for the forthcoming UN World YoReport 2013, the UN Focal Point on Youth is organizing aGoogle+ Hangout on 6 March at 11:00 EST on the UN Google+Account, featuring key experts on youth migration anddevelopment.Under the overarching theme “Youthmigration and development: towardssustainable solutions”, the web-basedissue of youth migration and development.
  9. 9. www.un.org/desa March 2013, Vol. 17, No. 03leDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 9arn from each other, benefit from our sector’s diversity and agreeon joint demands and strategies where this is possible.conomicCooperation and Development (BMZ) and DESA, the conference5 ustainabe development agendaChallenges anindigenous yo“Indigenous Youth: Iden17, 21 and 25 of the UniIndigenous Peoples” wa nund thesingpe: Articles 14,the Rights ofracy rates,and other i dicators and they tend to experiencelower enrollment ratios, gher unemployment rates and lowerincomes. Indigenous youidentities, maintain theirlanguages,” Ms. Akhtar sWith youth representativmeeting also analyzede morer roleorknderscored theportance of rejuvenating indigenous languages to protect the, so ifve to know our ownulture, our own language”, she explained.raditions and cultures,”id Tuomas Aslak Juuso, President of the National Finnishnoususetinue traditional livelihoods.or their community ifeir vitality and vigor is appropriately unleashed and they cans destiny. Youthallenges and hope: Articles 14, 17, 21 and 25 of thets of Indigenous PeoplesSupported by the German Federal Ministry for Eis being shaped by a Steering Committee composed of many of themajor international civil society networks such as CIVICUS,Beyond 2015, Development Alternatives with Women for a NewEra (DAWN), Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP),lobal Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA), Social Watch,GVENRO and the Baltic Sea Forum.For more information:Advancing the post-201 sd hope for world’suthtity, Challenges and Hope: Articles 14,ted Nations Declaration on the Rights ofs in focus for an expert group meeting iNew York on 29-31 JanuaryThe world has never faced such a large youthpopulation as the one inhabiting the globe today,with about 40 per cent of the world populationunder the age of 25. With the recent economiccrisis and high unemployment rates, there aremany challenges facing today’s younggeneration. The world’s 67 million indigenousyouth face even greater challenges, but have bighopes.To address these issues, indigenous youth experts from aroworld gathered for an expert group meeting in New York focuon “Indigenous Youth: Identity, Challenges and Ho7, 21 and 25 of the United Nations Declaration on1Indigenous Peoples” on 29-31 January.Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, Assistant Secretary-General for EconomicAffairs in DESA, outlined some of the main challenges as sheaddressed the meeting. “They face higher levels of illitedrop out rates nhith struggle to develop and define theircultures and preserve and revitalize theiraid.es from countries including Australia,Canada, Finland, Peru and Uganda, the meeting looked closer atsues of identity, challenges and hope. Theishow international human rights standards and policies can bresponsive to advancing the rights of indigenous youth. Vastdocumentation is available online from seven indigenous youthexperts examining these topics.Meenakshi Munda, who is an indigenous youth from the Mundacommunity of Jharkhand, India, attended the meeting in heas President of the Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Netw(APIYN). Speaking with UN Radio, Ms. Munda uimidentity of indigenous communities and the rich culture andwisdom preserved in this way.Describing the knowledge the elders in her community has inmedicine and plants she said, “this knowledge is intact in mothertongue. If we want to learn that, we have to learn indigenouslanguage. Also, our oral history is intact in mother tonguewe want to know our own history, we hac“It is of course important that the UN now puts more focus onindigenous youth because if we look at indigenous peoples as awhole, the youth are the most important group. It is ourresponsibility to continue our language, tsaSámi Youths, as he spoke with UN Radio. Mr. Juuso, who hasbeen promoting the rights of the Sámi in Finland over the pastdecade and who is also the co-chair of the Global IndigeYouth Caucus, emphasized the importance of being able toyour own language and to conAt the meeting, Ms. Akhtar described youth as “our globalasset” and their role as critical for both social and economicstability. She further stated that a “younger generation ofindigenous population can be promising fthtransform the overall indigenous community’drives idealism, creativity, entrepreneurship and withappropriate support can help make the world a better place”.For more information:International Expert Group Meeting on Indigenous Youth:Identity, chUnited Nations Declaration on the Righ
  10. 10. www.un.org/desa March 2013, Vol. 17, No. 03Capacity developmentMeeting knowledge and capacityneeds after Rio+20Expert consultation on knowledge and capacity needs forsustainable development in the post-RDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 10io+20 era will be organizedn 6-8 March in Incheon, Republic of Koreanumberof initiatives aiming at providing knowledge andeollowing the Rio+20 Conference,s, programmes, and trainingns Office for Sustainablepolicy-making exspectrum of orgameets the knowleThe ConsultationCommittee meetttee will red out during 2013.nnovations and best practices inlrogramme,2010 round in the Member Statesf the OIC. It will also provide a discussion forum for the countriesR), putting aotlight on “Science, technology and innovation (STI) andndegional meetings are key preparatory activities leading to then atonge ofthetlined as follows:2012). The meeting was hosted by the Government ofJordan in cooperation with UNESCWA, UNDESA, andUNESCO. Mr. Navid Hanif, Director of the Office ofECOSOC Support and Coordination delivered astatement on behalf of the ECOSOC President.For more information: Regional Preparatory Meetingfor Western Asia on “Science, technology andinnovation for sustainable development2012, Ammano Latin America: “Science and technologydevelopment” (Lima, Peru, 9 January 2meeting was organized by DESA in cooUNCTAD and was held in the context omeeting organized by UNCTAD. Mr.of the Policy Coordination Branch/OESCon behalf of DESA.oOver the past decades, there have been acapacity building in the field of sustainabldevelopment. Fseveral platforminitiatives were launched, quickly making itchallenging to determine who does what, andhow.rranged by the United NatioADevelopment (Uaddress this chalNOSD) in Incheon, the consultation aims tolenge, among others. It will bring together seniorperts representing governments and a broadnizations to develop a framework for action thatdge and capacity needs of the post-Rio+20 era.is preceded by UNOSD’s second Steeringing, which will be held on 5 March. TheCommi eview the progress made and discuss activities toe carribFor more information:United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD)Icensus takingSeminar on Population and Housing Census Practices of theOrganization of Islamic Countries (OIC) Member Countries wilbe held on 6-8 March in Ankara, TurkeyAs part of its programme on the 2010 Worldopulation and Housing Census PPDESA’s Statistics Division will participate in andcontribute to the Seminar on Population andHousing Census Practices of the OIC MemberCountries.The objective of the Seminar is to discuss lessonslearnt and share national experiences in innovations and bestractices in census taking for thepoon the likely future of their censuses for the 2020 round and onways to enhance future cooperation among the Member States incensus taking.For more information:2010 World Population and Housing Census ProgrammeOutlining regional consultations forthe AMRFour regional consultations have been scheduled on the 2013theme of the Annual Ministerial Review (AMspculture for sustainable development and the MDGs”DESA’s Office for ECOSOC Support aCoordination (OESC), in collaboration withrelevant UN Regional Commissions and UNagencies have planned four regional AnnualMinisterial Review consultations to take placein Africa, West Asia, Asia and the Pacific,Latin America, and Europe.RECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review (AMR). They focus otopic related to the AMR theme that is of particular relevancethe region hosting the consultations and facilitate: a) exchaviews among different stakeholders; b) review of regionalprogress and challenges; c) sharing of good practices; d)generation of action-oriented recommendations; and e)identification of regional perspectives to be reflected inAMR.The schedule has been ouo West Asia: “Science, technology and innovation forsustainable development”, (Amman, 26 November,”, 26 Novemberfor013). Theperation withf the CSTDNeil Pierre, Chiefparticipated
  11. 11. www.un.org/desa March 2013, Vol. 17, No. 03DESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 11o Asia and the Pacific: “Science, Technology andInnovation (STI) for Promoting Renewable Energye eventnd incooperation with ESCAP and DESA and held inhen to the meeting of the High-Level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda on” to beency Affairs int. A pre-recordedmessagemeetingFor mor forAsia anfor promsustainao Africa: esSalaam, rch, 2013). The meeting will be organizedby World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) inf Tanzania,ef,Africa on “Innovation for Sustainable Development”, 14COSOC AMReldision in cooperationitedunities (Eurostat) isop on InternationalWorkshop willsed activity andiew the currenttion and use of national activity and productional Standardtheductions and address implementation issues inonnection with the revised classifications.tudiesnd discuss measures to facilitate cooperation in the field ofclassifications, including coordination of work on regional/subWorkshop on International Statistical ClassificationsTechnologies” (Bangkok, 13 March, 2013). Thwill be hosted by the Government of Thailaconjunction with ESCAP preparatory meeting for tAsia and Pacific Energy Forum (14-15 March). It willprovide a direct contributio“means of implementation and global partnershipheld in Bali, on 26 March. Mr.Thomas Stelzer, ASG forfor Policy Coordination and Inter-AgDESA, ill represent the departmenwfrom the President of the ECOSOC will open the.e information: Regional Preparatory Meetingd Pacific on “Science, technology and innovationoting renewable energy technologies forble development”, 13 March 2013, Bangkok“Innovation for sustainable development” (Dar14 Macooperation with DESA and the Government owhich will host the meeting. H.E. Mr. Néstor Osorio, thPresident of ECOSOC will participate. Mr. Wu Hongbo,DESA’s Under-Secretary-General and Mr. Navid HaniDirector OESC/DESA, will represent the department.For more information: Regional Preparatory Meeting forMarch, 2013, Dar es SalaamFor more information:2013 Regional Meetings on EClasssifying activities and productsWorkshop on International Statistical Classifications will be hin Kishinev, Moldova, on 19-21 MarchDESA’s Statistics Divwith the Statistics Division of the UnNations Economic Commission forEurope and the Statistical Office of theEuropean Commorganizing a WorkshStatistical Classifications.Arranged primarily for CIS member countries, thefocus on the implementation of the recently reviproduct classifications and will in particular revmplementaiclassifications and their relationship to the InternatIndustrial Classification of all Economic Activities (ISIC) andCentral Product Classification (CPC) in the region.It will also provide information on methodological changesrelated to the application of the classification, such as outlined inthe revised introcThe workshop will address country experiences and case saregional cooperation in classifications.For more information:
  12. 12. www.un.org/desa March 2013, Vol. 17, No. 03DESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 12Publications and WebsitesTechnical reportsTowards a renewed global partnership for developmentOn March 6, the UN System Task Team onthe Post-2015 Development Agenda willpublish its second report withrecommendations on a global partnership forassesses MDG8 and provides an overview oflessons learnt, including the MonterreyConsensus. It reviews new challenges andtrends in the international developmentdevelopment in the post-2015 era. The reportstem Task Teamtatistical compilationscurrent economic and social statistics for morethanworland/on aeco gpopconstruction, international merchandise tradelandscape and suggests possible contours, alternative formats and arobust accountability mechanism for a renewed global partnership.Titled “Towards a renewed global partnership for development”,the report will be available on the UN System Task Team Websitefrom 6 March. Established by the Secretary-General in January2012, the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UNDevelopment Agenda assembles more than 60 UN agencies andinternational organizations under its umbrella to provide analyticalinputs to the post-2015 process. It is co-chaired by UN DESA andUNDP.For more information: UN SySMonthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS OnlineThe Monthly Bulletin of Statistics presents200 countries and territories of thed. It contains over 50 tables of monthlyor bimonthly, quarterly and annual datavariety of subjects illustrating importantnomic trends and developments, includinulation, prices, employment and earnings,energy, manufacturing, transport,and finance.Vol. LXVII – No. 1, January 2013In addition to the regular recurrent monthly tables, this issueincludes the quarterly table: Total exports and imports by countriesor areas: volume, unit value, terms of trade and purchasing powerof exports, in US dollars.For more information:Monthly Bulletin of StatisticsOutreach materialDESA NGO NewsThe February issue featHangout on sustainable development, the Committee oures among other things the Google+n NGOsand the e-discussion on Building the future we want withscience, technology and innovation (STI) and culture. The onlinemonthly newsletter is published by DESA’s NGO Branch,providing the most up-to-date information on news andupcoming events of interest to civil society at UN headquartersin New York, Geneva and elsewhere.Read full issue: DESA NGO NewsSustainable Development in Action – Issue 2, Volume 1The latest issue is now available on the SustainableDevelopment Knowledge Platform website. The newsletter aimsto highlight the work carried out by Member States, the UN,Major Groups and other relevant stakeholders in implementingsustainable development and leading the way to the Future WeWant.View full issue: Sustainable Development in Action NewsletterYouth Flash NewsletterThe February issue features an article on “Tracking the Promiseson Youth Participation: UN High Level Panel on Post-2015Development Agenda”. The newsletter is published by DESA’sDivision for Social Policy and Development Focal Point onYouth to keep the public informed about the work of the UN onyouth issues. It is prepared with input from UN offices, agencies,and from youth organizations around the world.View full issue at: Youth Flash NewsletterBooklet on “Empowerment: What does it mean to you?”Published by DESA’s Division forSocial Policy and Development, thebooklet represents a collaborativeeffort, made possible by the answersreceived from people all over theworld on the Empowerment theme.A great number of young individuals, persons with disabilities,older persons, and people working for various institutions andorganizations committed to social development issues, provided
  13. 13. www.un.org/desa March 2013, Vol. 17, No. 03inDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 13put. Their keen interest on empowerment was a testament to theconstantly growing importance this topic has in society.Discussion papersMonthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation andProspects No. 51Published by DESA ysis Division,the February issue stadopted by major ecsituation in global fiincreased depreciatio ies,due to the new moneo. 51new website has been launched for the 2014 Third InternationalSmall IslandDeveloping States (SIDS),up to Rio+20n June last year. Thewebsite contains a wealth ofe upcomingevent to be held in 2014 in Apia,amoa.To browse:2014 Third Internati ingStates (SIDS) websiDownload: Empowerment: What does it mean to you?’s Development Policy and Analates that a number of new policy initiativesonomies have measurably improved thenancial markets. The report also highlights then of the yen against other major currenctary policy stance in Japan.Download:Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and ProspectsNWebsitesLaunch of website for Small Island Developing States (SIDS)conferenceAConference onfollowingConference iinformation on thSonal Conference on Small Island Developte
  14. 14. www.un.org/desa March 2013, Vol. 17, No. 03Comings and GoingsDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 14Tribute to Ms. Haiyan Qianopment Management, a devoted wife,the Knowledge Management Branch before becomingirector of the Division for Public Administration andagement (DPADM) on 1 February 2009. PriorMs. Qian worked for other United Nationsagencies, including the Centre for Science and Technology fordevelopment and served in the C theUnited Nations based in New Yo onsSecond Committee on EconomicAs noted by Mr. Hongbo Wu, UnEconomic and Social Affairs, “Hat asset to the UN. Her dedicated sen’s goals is a source of inspiration to us all.”s and others in the field of publicadministration from around the world.Ms. Qian received her Bachelor of Arts in Beijing, China and herMaster in Public Administration from the Kennedy School ofGovernment, Harvard University, USA.Messages of condolence to Ms. Qian’s family, friends andcolleagues can be posted at http://haiyan.unpan1.orgA Chinese web site created by a few UN Chinese colleagues canbe found here: http://qianhaiyan.last-memories.com/ComingsThe following staff members were promoted in February:Joshua Del Duca, Team Assistant, Division for Social Policy andDevelopmentMarilou D.Vicente, Computer Systems Assistant, PopulationDivisionFederica Pietracci, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Divisionfor Sustainable DevelopmentMaria Cynthia Sicangco, Finance & Budget Assistant, ExecutiveOfficeNatalie Ollier-Stolzenbach, Editorial Assistant, PopulationDivisionNadezhda Demidova, Finance & Budget Assistant, ExecutiveOfficeLydia Debbie Gatan, Secretary, Development Policy andAnalysis DivisionGoingsThe following staff member retired in February:Serguey Ivanov, Population Affairs Officer, Population DivisionMs. Haiyan Qian, Director of DESA’sDivision for Public Administration andDevelloving mother and dedicated International CivilServant for the United Nations, died on themorning of 18 February 2013 at the age of 57after a heroic battle with cancer. Throughout thepast 33 years, Ms. Qian dedicated her career toglobal public policy, governance, science and technology, publicdministration and development.aSince joining DESA, Ms. Qian served as Chief Manager of theUnited Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN) andhief ofCDDevelopment Manto joining DESA,Development and UNEP’s Centre on Environmentally SoundTechnology in Japan.Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Qian worked for theChinese Government in the area of science and technology forhinese Permanent Mission tork, covering the United Natiand Social Affairs.der Secretary-General foraiyan was a wonderful colleagueand a gre rvice to theOrganizatioMs. Qian has left a legacy founded on hard work, dedicated serviceand loyalty. She was a visionary leader who was admired andrespected by all her colleague
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