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  1. 1. UN Home | UN DESA Home March 2012, Vol. 16, No. 3 IN THIS ISSUE >>> Committed to a future we want| Taking up emerging development issues| Spotlighting challenges of today’s youth Global dialogue on development: ECOSOC and global governance, Addressing range of emergent development issues, Getting ready for Rio+20 Trends and analysis: Decent jobs and inclusive growth in focus, Catalysts for job creation Capacity development: Analyzing population and housing census data, Strengthening statistical capacity development, Improving global gender statistics Publications and websites | Comings and goings | Calendar World leaders and stakeholders of the nine Major Groups willFeature Articles and gather in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro on 20-22 June with the ultimate goal of securing a sustainable future for our sharedWebcast planet. Leading the preparations for this milestone event is Sha Zukang, who is also UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General. In the midst of intense preparations, he shares his visions and hopesCommitted to a future we want for the conference and the remaining work leading up to it.The world is counting down to one of the most important events of With less than 16 weeks to Rio+20, what is your message toour times, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. different stakeholders around the world preparing for this“Rio+20 needs to show how we can move faster towards historic conference?sustainable development, before it is too late”, says Rio+20 “As noted by the Secretary-General, we need to make Rio+20 aSecretary-General Sha Zukang in an exclusive interview for DESA great advance for human well-being. How is this done? ByNews. “My message is: come to Rio ready to commit.” delivering actions, not more words. Rio + 20 needs to show how we can move faster towards sustainable development, before it is too late. It needs to secure strong political commitment at the highest levels of government and among all sectors of business and civil society, and re-energize the global partnership for sustainable development. My message is: come to Rio ready to commit. I encourage Major Groups and other stakeholders to announce at Rio+20 over one thousand new voluntary commitments for a sustainable future.” There are a few preparatory meetings prior to the Conference, what do these sessions need to accomplish for a successful Rio+20? “These sessions need to achieve convergence on all elements of the zero draft of the outcome document so that heads of state and government can adopt it at Rio+20. The outcome document must provide a clear direction to guide action for sustainable development. The convergence of views needs to provide clarity on such issues as sustainable development goals, a sustainable development council, the strengthening of UNEP and a road
  2. 2. www.un.org/desa March 2012, Vol. 16, No. 3map for the green economy in the context of sustainable “The Rio+20 Conference concerns every woman, man and childdevelopment and poverty eradication.” on this planet and also those yet to be born. This is your Conference, even if you are not physically present in Rio. JoinWere you pleased with the zero draft of the outcome document and the global conversation. Connect with the Conference throughdo you think it will serve as a catalyst for a successful conference? social media and our website. Make your opinions known to“I am pleased with the zero draft document that the Co-Chairs your official delegations and to your favourite Major Groupshave shared with Member States. It is a balanced text that seeks to organizations. Launch initiatives of your own for sustainabletake into account the diversity of views expressed in the more than development, no matter how big or small. Pitch in to build thesix thousand pages of inputs from Member States, Major Groups, sustainable future we all want.”international organizations and other stakeholders. The zero draftrepresents the middle ground on which an ambitious outcome For more information:document can be built. I am encouraging all parties to be bold andto push the envelope as far as politically feasible to deliver an UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20outcome document that heads of state and government would beproud to come to Rio to support.” Rio+20 – the future we want campaignWe know that there are challenges ahead, but what are the main Blog by Rio+20 Secretary-General, Mr. Sha Zukangadvantages the world has now in creating a sustainable future?“It is not a question of advantages but of dire necessity.Sustainable development is not optional. Over one fifth ofhumanity is severely deprived, lacking basic goods and services,including food, water and energy. Yet, on the other hand, some 20 Taking up emerging developmentpercent of the world population is consuming 80 per cent of the issuesnatural resources. Collectively, the seven billion people on Earthare consuming each year more than 1.3 times the natural resources High unemployment is the Achilles Heel of the recovery. In fact,than the Earth can replace. This unsustainable consumption pattern most developing and transition economies are still seriouslymust stop. The future we want is a world free from these challenged by high unemployment – especially among the youth.deprivations where humanity as a whole lives within the planetary These and other matters will be addressed by the Committee forboundaries of one Earth. The long term survival of humanity Development Policy (CDP) at the annual meeting in New Yorkrequires us to commit to a sustainable future at Rio+20 and to on 12-16 March, chaired by Professor Frances Stewart.launch concrete actions and initiatives to take us there.”What makes Rio+20 different from other major internationalconferences?“The Secretary-General has called Rio+20 a once-in-a-generationopportunity. Indeed, this will be an international conference likenone other before. We are expecting some fifty to sixty thousandpeople to come to Rio de Janeiro for the Conference. The maindifference will be the sharp focus on renewing politicalcommitments and on implementation. In addition, the Conferencewill be characterized by the size and the unprecedented and strongengagement of the Major Groups of society – the non-state actorswhose role is fundamental in building the future we want.Furthermore, Rio+20 will differ from UNCED in 1992 in thatMajor Groups are now a part of the official proceedings,intervening and taking part in round tables alongside MemberStates and international organizations. At Rio 1992, Major Groupswere largely confined to a global forum for civil society in Given the renewed economic volatility expected in the year toFlamengo Park. The large gap between non-state actors and come and the persistent development challenges confronting theMember States has now been largely bridged.” world economy, the main issues to be addressed by the fourteenth session of the Committee fall under the overall theme:What would you like to say to citizens around the world aspiring to “Confronting emerging development issues.”contribute to a sustainable future for themselves and generations tocome? Providing advice on critical mattersDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 2
  3. 3. www.un.org/desa March 2012, Vol. 16, No. 3As a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Council, the Graduation implies that LDC-specific support may no longer beCDP provides independent advice on critical issues on the available for countries that leave the list. Thus, as a follow up tointernational development agenda. The Committee is also the Fourth UN Conference on LDCs in Istanbul in May 2011,responsible for reviewing the list of least developed countries CDP will also review the existing transition mechanisms as(LDCs) every three years. Comprised of a diverse group of experts, specified in General Assembly resolution 59/209. The aim is tothe 24 members on the Committee have been nominated by the UN identify how existing provisions can be further strengthened andSecretary General and appointed by the Council for a period of 3 better monitored in order to facilitate a smooth transition fromyears. At its plenary session, the CDP drafts its annual report the category.which reflects its discussions on studies prepared by members withthe assistance of the Secretariat. The report is then considered by For more information:the Council at its substantive session in July. Committee for Development PolicyAs a contribution to the Council’s deliberations on theimplementation of the millennium development agenda, the 14thsession of the CDP will analyze the promotion of productivecapacity and the generation of employment (the topic of this year’sAnnual Ministerial Review). It will also address the future of theinternational development agenda beyond 2015 and conduct thetriennial review of the list of the LDCs.Macroeconomics for developmentIn the Committee’s view, policy approaches of the recent yearswere based on an incomplete view of macroeconomic policies,which stressed nominal balances and paid limited attention tooutput and employment and to the real economy. Thus, nominalmacroeconomics must be replaced by macroeconomics fordevelopment, with particular attention to counter-cyclical policiesto minimize the volatility of growth. Effective sectoral policies arealso necessary for the generation of decent jobs, the promotion of adynamic structural transformation of the economy and forsustaining growth.MDGs agenda beyond 2015Exploring the UN’s future development agenda, the CDP arguesthat the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been thebenchmark for global development policy since 2000. The currentset of MDG targets will expire in 2015. Although progress hasbeen made, many targets will not be met, while the MDGs do notincorporate some important objectives. A pertinent question then iswhat is the most effective way to take the MDG agenda forwardafter 2015? This is a political debate as well as a technical one.Thus, the Committee considers essential to take into accountlessons from the past experience and to make recommendations forthe future, which are not only helpful in charting future directionbut also likely to be politically acceptable.The triennial reviewFinally, during the triennial review of the list of LDC, theCommittee will consider which low-income countries would beeligible to join in the category and which countries currently in thelist could be eligible for graduation. The LDC category wascreated due to the recognition of the need to alleviate the problemsof underdevelopment of those developing countries that werepersistently falling behind and to attract special internationalsupport measures for helping them to address those problems.DESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 3
  4. 4. www.un.org/desa March 2012, Vol. 16, No. 3Spotlighting challenges of today’syouth“Today we have the largest generation of young people the worldhas ever known. They are demanding their rights and a greatervoice in economic and political life,” said Secretary-General BanKi-moon as the “World Youth Report”, published by UN DESA’sDivision for Social Policy and Development, was launched on 6February.Entitled “Youth Employment: Youth Perspectives on the Pursuit ofDecent Work in Changing Times”, the report gathered responsesfrom over one thousand young people around the world in anextensive online survey. It reveals that the greatest concerns amongyouth are the quality and relevance of their education, jobvulnerability, labour migration, delayed marriage, and the ruraldivide, as well as age, gender and racial discrimination.The report also shows that youth are seeking to innovate in areassuch as green technologies and communications. “Young peopleare, in general, more conscious of global issues like climate changeand social equity. I think that promotion of green economiesamong youth is a winning solution,” says Michael, a 23-year-oldand a member of the World Esperanto Youth Organization.The Secretary-General also urges, “We need to pull the UN systemtogether like never before to support a new social contract of job-rich economic growth. Let us start with young people”.Webcast: "UNs global report on youth spotlights rising concernsover lack of job prospects"For more information:World Youth ReportPress release:World Youth Report press releaseDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 4
  5. 5. www.un.org/desa March 2012, Vol. 16, No. 3 Chaired by Professor Frances Stewart, the annual meeting of the Committee will address the following issues:Global Dialogue on Development Promoting productive capacity and employment in a socially responsible environment, forming CDP’s contribution to the 2012 Annual Ministerial Review of the ECOSOC. It argues the importance of maintainingECOSOC and global governance real macroeconomic balance beyond price-level stability and proactive policies, supported by public- private institutional arrangements, that aim atA special event will be convened at UN headquarters in New York transforming the economic structure, for creating higheron 7 March with support from UN DESA’s Office for ECOSOC productive capacity and employment;Support and Coordination  Triennial review of the list of least developed countriesThe objective of this event, themed “ECOSOC and Global and monitoring of graduating and graduated countriesGovernance”, is to identify the world’s most pressing global from the list of LDCs: it examines possible inclusionsgovernance challenges and examine how the UN - and the and graduation of developing countries into or from theEconomic and Social Council in particular - can better meet them. LDC category and monitors socio-economicPanellists will particularly discuss global financial, economic and development of the countries that graduated and aresustainable development governance, analyzing their implications graduating from the category;for the UN and ECOSOC. The Council’s relationship with the G20will be considered, as will ECOSOC’s role in the post-Rio+20  The UN development agenda beyond 2015: it providesfollow-up. a summary of the debate on the contribution of the MDG framework for global development policy and itsH.E. Mr. Gert Rosenthal, Permanent Representative of Guatemala shortcoming, and examines what would be the mostto the UN, will serve as moderator and panellists will include Mr. effective way to take the MDGs agenda forwards afterJosé Antonio Ocampo, Professor of Professional Practice in 2015, and;International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; and a high-level representative of the Government of Mexico (TBC), which  Strengthening smooth transition strategy provisionscurrently holds the G20 presidency. (CDP input to ad hoc working group of the General Assembly): it reviews the existing smooth transitionFor more information: mechanisms and identifies their benefits to graduatingUN ECOSOC countries from the LDC category and their shortcomings, and how such mechanisms can be further strengthened and better monitored.Adressing range of emergentdevelopment issues For more information: Committee for Development PolicyFourteenth session of the Committee for Development Policy(CDP) will meet at UN Headquarters in New York on 12-16 March Getting ready for Rio+20CDP is a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Council,providing inputs and independent advice to the Council on First round of ‘informal-informal’ negotiations on the zero draftemerging cross-sectoral development issues and on international of the Rio+20 outcome document will take place on 19-23cooperation for development, focusing on medium- and long-term March, followed by the 3rd Intersessional Meeting on 26-27aspects. The Committee is also responsible for reviewing the status Marchof least developed countries (LDCs) and for monitoring their The UN Conference on Sustainableprogress after graduation from the category. Development – known as Rio+20 – will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil onThe 24 members of the Committee are nominated by the UN 20-22 June with the goal of securingSecretary-General in their personal capacity, and are appointed by renewed political commitment forthe Council for a period of three years. Membership is geared to sustainable development, assessing the progress to date and thereflect a wide range of development experience as well as remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of thegeographical and gender balance.DESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 5
  6. 6. www.un.org/desa March 2012, Vol. 16, No. 3major summits on sustainable development, and addressing new unemployment” on 6 February.and emerging challenges. Priority theme: poverty eradicationOn 25-27 January, an informal preparatory meeting took place at A high-level expert panel discussion preceded the generalUN headquarters to hold initial discussions on the zero draft of the discussions on this agenda item. Delegations expressed concernRio+20 outcome document. Member States devoted three sessions about the ongoing financial and economic crisis which couldto general discussions and comments, and three sessions to further undermine the realization of the MDGs, especiallyinformal negotiations on Sections I and II of the zero draft, poverty and hunger eradication. Job creation, economic growthcovering the Preamble/Stage Setting and the objective of and people-centered socio-economic policies should be at theRenewing Political Commitment to sustainable development. core of the current macroeconomic policies to mitigate furtherMember States were invited to submit their written comments on worsening of the negative impacts.those Sections in advance of the meeting. Addressing the main causes of poverty – unemployment,The Rio+20 Bureau now invites Member States to hold the first inequality, instability and armed conflicts – remained a priority.round of ‘informal-informal’ negotiations on the zero draft. Identification of sources of innovative financing for socialDelegations are invited to submit comments on sections III, IV and development globally and mobilizing domestic resources of theV of the document by 29 February for negotiation on 19-23 March. developing countries were named among some tools to pursue,The zero draft of the Rio+20 outcome document is available on the considering the current trends to reduce public budgets. Manyofficial Conference website. delegations welcomed the social protection floor initiative.Following the week of ‘informal-informal’ negotiations, Member Review of relevant United Nations plans and programmes ofStates will be joined by Major Groups and other global action pertaining to the situation of social groupsstakeholders for the Third Intersessional Meeting of Rio+20. The Commission heard a presentation by the Special RapporteurThroughout the intervening weekend (24-25 March), an Expert on Disability, Mr. Shuaib Chalklen. The Rapporteur first briefedGroup Meeting retreat for Major Groups and other stakeholders the Commission on his work during the past year and outlinedwill be held in New York to facilitate coalition building behind latest steps in the promotion, monitoring, and implementation ofvarious themes of sustainable development identified in the zero the human rights and disability-specific instruments worldwide,draft. More information about how Major Groups are supporting with a specific focus on Africa. Mr. Chalklen stressed the needthe Rio+20 outcome document is available on the Conference for disability to be mainstreamed into all development agendas.website, please see link included below. The upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, to be held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012 and the High-Voluntary associations of NGOs will lead various thematic clusters level Meeting of the General Assembly on Disability andin order to present stronger advocacy and more effective Development, to be held in September 2013, provide suchengagement with the intergovernmental negotiating process. opportunities.Registration for the full segment of meetings is open through theCSO Net online events registration system. Youth: poverty and unemployment The Commission held a panel discussion on the topic of “Youth:For more information: poverty and unemployment”, chaired by Mr. Mohamed Elbahi,Rio+20 Conference website Vice-Chair (Sudan). The panellists discussed social andCSO-Net online events registration system economic policies to foster decent work opportunities for youngThe Future We Want – Zero draft of the outcome document people; EU’s work to prioritize youth employment within the G-Major Groups and NGO thematic clusters 20 agenda, in partnership with the ILO; ways to better align education programmes to match the actual demands of the labour markets; more careful data collection and monitoring of youth employment trends to ensure better policy responses; andPromoting social development Uruguay’s tri-fold approach involving young people, the StateThe Fiftieth Session of the Commission for Social Development and private-sector companies to address youth unemployment.took place in New York on 1-10 February Special event on financing of social developmentThis year was the policy session on the priority theme “Poverty The Commission held a special event on this topic moderated byeradication, taking into account its relationship with social the Director of UN DESA’s Financing for Development Office,integration and full employment and decent work for all”. General with presentations by representatives of the IMF, ILO, civildiscussions and a high-level panel discussion were devoted to this society and the President of the National Institute of Statistics oftheme on 1 February. A Special Event on the financing of social the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.development was organized on 3 February and a panel discussionwas held as part of emerging issues on “youth: poverty andDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 6
  7. 7. www.un.org/desa March 2012, Vol. 16, No. 3The panellists discussed ways to leverage ODA for social and Development, which will be organized by the Generalprotection systems; financing of social development as a national Assembly during its sixty-eighth session in 2013.priority that has to be country-specific; innovative strategies thatcould help finance social development, such as taxing mineral The meeting also examined cooperation between internationalexploitation, increasing social contributions, reducing non- organizations and the 2011 and 2012 editions of the Globalessential spending, taxing hydrocarbon sales and cancelling debt; Forum on Migration and Development. The Global Forum is aand finding the right balance between social and economic voluntary, intergovernmental, non-binding and informalinvestments by mobilizing national resources, regulating foreign consultative process open to all Member States and Observers ofdirect investment, establishing fair rules for world trade and the United Nations.initiating new instruments for development. Experts from international organizations and academia informedSession concludes participants about the latest research findings on globalThe Commission concluded its session by adopting seven draft migration levels and trends, remittances, and the complexresolutions for adoption by the Economic and Social Council, relationship between population, migration and the environment.covering topics that ranged from the mainstreaming of disabilityinto the international development agenda, to the priority theme for The coordination meeting allowed international organizations tothe next session. exchange information on current activities and to present major new initiatives in the area of international migration. As such,Several of the texts approved focused on organizational matters, the meeting provided a unique venue to enhance interagencyincluding the Commission’s future organization and working coherence, in particular in responding to the growing demandmethods. By its terms, the Economic and Social Council would from Member States for activities and support on issues relatingselect “Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty to the multidimensional aspects of international migration anderadication, social integration and full employment and decent development.work for all” as the priority theme for Commission’s fifty-firstsession. The outcomes of the meeting will contribute to the report of the Secretary-General on international migration and developmentOther draft resolutions approved focused on specific initiatives, for the sixty-seventh session of the General Assembly and to theincluding preparations for and observance of the twentieth preparations for the 2013 High-level Dialogue.anniversary of the International Year of the Family (1994), whileothers explored the social dimensions of existing international In a recent message, marking the International Migrants Day oninstruments, such as the New Partnership for Africa’s 18 December, 2011, Ban Ki-moon also highlighted the valuableDevelopment (NEPAD). role migrants play, “Migrants make vast contributions to host countries. As workers, they bring skills. As entrepreneurs, theyFor more information: create jobs. As investors, they bring capital…No migrant shouldCommission for Social Development be sent back to a place where he or she will be tortured. Every migrant woman should have access to health care, including reproductive health care. Every migrant child should be able to go to school.”Coordinating internationalmigration issues For more information: Tenth Coordination Meeting on International MigrationUN DESA’s Population Division organized the TenthCoordination Meeting on International Migration at the UN from9 to 10 February The coordination meeting brought together representatives from UN entities, other relevant intergovernmental and regional organizations, Member States, civil society and the research community. In total, some 120 participants attended the two-day event. The meeting discussed the contributions ofrelevant entities of the UN system and other organizations to thepreparations of the High-level Dialogue on International MigrationDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 7
  8. 8. www.un.org/desa March 2012, Vol. 16, No. 3Forest heroes honoured at closing Since its launch in February 2011, global observance of the International Year of Forests has been dedicated to raising publicceremony awareness of the vital role of people in sustainable managementPeople making special contributions towards protecting forests and catalysing actions in the development and conservation ofreceived the Forest Heroes Award at a special ceremony hosted by all types of forests.the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat to mark theconclusion of the International Year of Forests on 9 February For more information: The ceremony also featured the winners of the International Year of Forests 2011 2011 Universal Postal Union letter-writing contest, which drew entries from more than 2 million children and youth worldwide, and the announcement of the winners of the 2011 children’s art contest “Celebrate the Forests”.Film clips from the first-ever award-winning International ForestFilm Festival were also shown, as well as the launch of thecommemorative book Forests for People with 75 articles from 35countries.Jan McAlpine, Director of UNFF Secretariat and a member of thejury panel for the Forest Heroes Awards, said the well-being offorests was a concern for everyone. “Each of us, all 7 billionpeople on Earth, has our physical, economic and spiritual healthtied to forests. We launched the UNFF Forest Heroes Awards forthe International Year of Forests 2011 to identify and honour thecountless individuals around the world who are dedicating theirlives to nurturing forests in quiet and heroic ways. The programmeaims to spotlight everyday people working to make positivechanges for forests.”Through many activities, the 2011 International Year of Forestshelped promote awareness of the issues confronting the world’sforests and the people who depend on them. Forests cover 31 percent of the world’s total global land area, store more than 1 trilliontons of carbon and provide livelihoods for more than 1.6 billionpeople. Deforestation accounts for 12 to 20 per cent of the globalgreenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.The UNFF Secretariat received 90 nominations from 41 countriesand selected 15 finalists. After a long and difficult deliberation, thejury finally decided on the following regional winners: Africa’sPaul Nzegha Mzeka (Cameroon), Asia’s Shigeatsu Hatakeyama(Japan), Europe’s Anatoly Lebedev (Russian Federation), LatinAmerica’s Paulo Adario (Brazil) and North America’s RhiannonTomtishen and Madison Vorva (United States). The jury decidedto add a special award in recognition of the deceased couple JoséClaudio Ribeiro and Maria do Espírito Santo, two activiststragically murdered in Brazil while trying to protect their naturalforests.Each hero embodied innovative approaches and grass-rootsinitiatives that make a direct impact on the forests to which theyhave dedicated themselves.DESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 8
  9. 9. www.un.org/desa March 2012, Vol. 16, No. 3 Economy and Finance and ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, toTrends and Analysis be held from 22-27 March. The outcomes of the meeting will be presented during theDecent jobs and inclusive growth in ECOSOC high-level segment to be held in New York in Julyfocus 2012.The 2012 Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) e-discussion on For more information:“Jobs, Decent Work and Inclusive Growth” runs from 8 February UN ECOSOCto 14 MarchUN DESA is currently hosting this e-discussion in partnership with UN Public Service Awards seesthe UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the InternationalLabor Organization (ILO). It is an open, multi-stakeholder space nomination increasefor experts, practitioners and policy-makers to discuss a series ofquestions pertaining to the AMR theme. Mr. Stephen Pursey (ILO) The 2012 United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) hasand Mr. Selim Jahan (UNDP) are serving as expert moderators, seen an unprecedented number of 471 nominations, marking aleading participants through a discussion of public policies and 58% increase in comparison to 2011 and over 100% growthstrategies to support aggregate demand, foster enterprise since 2010development, create decent jobs and ensure inclusive growth. The United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) is the mostThe recommendations that emerge from the e-discussion will feed prestigious international recognition of excellence in publicinto the preparations for the 2012 AMR. If you are not already a service. It rewards the creative achievements and contributionsmember of UNDG’s MDG-Net, UNDP Poverty Reduction of public service institutions that lead to a more effective andNetwork, Gender or Human Development Report Networks and responsive public administration in countries worldwide.would like to participate, please register by sending a request to Through an annual competition, the UN Public Service Awardssupport.amr@unteamworks.org. promotes the role, professionalism and visibility of public service.For more information:Annual Ministerial Review The 2012 UNPSA has seen a record number of nominations. Member State participation has also increased from 57 in 2011 to 73, including 16 countries partaking for the first time, almost doubling Member State involvement which was 39 in 2008.Catalysts for job creation The 2012 UNPSA programme has been accepting nominations2012 Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) regional meeting will be from 15 September to 31 December 2011 and are now goingarranged in Addis Ababa on 25 March focusing on “Small and through the first amongst a series of evaluations which willmedium enterprises (SMEs) as drivers of productive capacity and culminate in the final evaluation to be done by the UNjob creation” Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) in April 2012.AMR is a function of the Economic and Social Council(ECOSOC) with the purpose of assessing progress made towards The increase in the number of nominations can largely bethe MDGs and the implementation of other goals and targets attributed to the intensive and innovative communication andagreed at major UN conferences and summits, forming the UN outreach strategy employed by the UNPSA team which hasdevelopment agenda. It also aims at contributing to scaling-up and engaged the Permanent Missions to the UN through threeaccelerating action to realize the development agenda, by serving briefing sessions and continuous open communication, preparedas global high-level forum with broad-based participation, where material for the delegates, who attended the 66th Session of thelessons learned are exchanged and successful practices and General Assembly, and collaborated with multiple partners atapproaches that merit scaling-up are identified. regional and national levels to sensitize public institutions in their regions.The meeting in Addis Ababa is organized by UN DESA, jointlywith the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the For more information:International Labor Organization, within the context of the Fifth UN Public Service AwardsJoint Meeting, African Union Conferences of Ministers ofDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 9
  10. 10. www.un.org/desa March 2012, Vol. 16, No. 3Understanding today’s economic resolution “Follow-up to the International Conference on Financing for Development”. The panel discussion was chairedvolatility by the Vice-Chair of the Commission, Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Elbahi (Sudan) and moderated by Mr. Alex Trepelkov, DirectorOn 7 February, the Economic and Social Council with support of FfDO.from UN DESA’s Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordinationarranged an “Interactive dialogue on the current economic and Emphasis was placed on the importance of resource mobilizationfinancial situation” for social development, as sufficient financial resources are critical to achieve progress in such key social areas as poverty“Clouds are particularly dark over developed economies,” eradication, job creation, education, health, social inclusion,remarked Mr. Rob Vos, Director of the Development Policy and food security and reduction of inequalities. In order to strengthenAnalysis Division of UN DESA while moderating the event financing of social development, challenges resulting from thefeaturing distinguished economists sharing their views on the recent global financial and economic crisis and the food andcurrent global economic and financial situation. energy crises need to be addressed.At the outset of the discussion, the President of the Council and It is also necessary to tackle long-term, structural bottlenecks. InChair of the ECOSOC Special Briefing, H.E. Mr. Miloš Koterec this context, enhancing domestic resource mobilization,(Slovakia) also stated, “With growing inequality within and among including through effective tax systems, is of critical importance.countries, it is my view that the current development model needs At the same time, domestic efforts need to be complemented byto be revisited… Studies estimate that the global crisis has caused international resources, such as ODA, innovative financingbetween 47 million and 84 million persons to fall into or remain mechanisms, FDI, trade, migrant workers’ remittances and debttrapped in poverty. Furthermore, prolonged unemployment affects relief.medium-term growth prospects due to its impact on workers’income and skills. I believe that a more inclusive and balanced The panel discussion featured four panelists. Mr. Elliot Harris,growth strategy should be adopted in order to address these IMF Special Representative to the UN, assessed comparativechallenges.” advantages of various types of financing for social purposes and suggested to use external financing predominantly for finiteThe objective of the event was to allow UN Member States to projects with measureable results.better understand the systemic and other challenges facing theglobal economy and explore possible policy responses. The Ms. Christine Bockstal, Chief, Technical Cooperation andpanellists addressed three main topical subjects: what major Country Operations Group, Social Security Department, ILO,structural fragilities still exist in the global economy and their presented findings of the CEB Social Protection Floor Advisoryimplications for recovery; what alternative development models Group, according to which some degree of basic income securitythere are for sustainable, equitable and inclusive growth and job that ensures access to essential goods and services for everybodycreation; and what are the most appropriate arrangements are for was affordable at all levels of development.effective global policy coordination to mitigate uncertainties. Ms. Eva-Maria Hanfstaengl, Director, Social Justice in GlobalThe panellists included Peter Diamond, Institute Professor and Development, stressed the role of domestic resourceProfessor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of mobilization, including through progressive taxation, taxes onTechnology and 2010 Nobel Economics Laureate, and Carmen capital gains, and repatriating stolen assets. Mr. Elias EljuriReinhart, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Abraham, President, National Institute of Statistics, Venezuela,Economics. highlighted experiences from his country in reducing poverty and inequality through public investments in key social areasFor more information: such as housing, employment, education and health.Webcast of the eventUN ECOSOC In the ensuing discussion, participants followed up on some issues raised by the panelists, including feasibility of socialFinancing social development protection floors, introduction of financial transactions tax and policies to reduce inequalities. Some participants also supported the creation of a Commission on Financing for Development andA special event was arranged within the Fiftieth session of the the upgrading of the UN Committee of Experts on InternationalCommission for Social Development on 3 February Cooperation in Tax Matters to an intergovernmental body.The event was jointly organized by UN DESA’s divisions In his closing statement, the Chair identified four key messagesFinancing for Development Office (FfDO) and the Division for of the special event:Social Policy and Development in line with the General AssemblyDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 10
  11. 11. www.un.org/desa March 2012, Vol. 16, No. 3  in the face of multiple crises, both developed and developing countries need to scale up social spending;  countries need to channel their recent prosperity into a more ambitious social development agenda;  countries should prioritize social protection financing; and  it is important to further strengthen financial inclusion and the role of cooperatives.For more information:Financing for DevelopmentDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 11
  12. 12. www.un.org/desa March 2012, Vol. 16, No. 3 extrapolation and benchmarking techniques for compilation of annual accounts for the Households Sector.Capacity development For more information: UN DESA’s Statistics Division Calendar of EventsAnalyzing population and housingcensus data Improving global gender statisticsThe Kenya Seminar on Census Data Analysis is scheduled to beheld on 19-22 March in Nairobi, Kenya 4th Global Forum on Gender Statistics will be held at the Dead The main objective of the national seminar is to Sea, Jordan on 27-29 March, back-to-back with the 6th Inter- provide an opportunity for the staff members of agency and Expert Group Meeting on Gender Statistics (IAEG- the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics to GS) on 25-26 March further analyze data from the 2009 population and housing census of Kenya on selected topics. The Forum is being organized by UN DESA’s The ultimate objective is to promote greater Statistics Division and the Department of analysis and dissemination of the data collected Statistics of Jordan, in collaboration with the from the Kenya 2009 census. After the seminar, UN Economic and Social Commission forparticipants are expected to produce thematic analytical reports, Western Asia (UN-ESCWA), the UNbased on analysis generated during the seminar. Population Fund (UNFPA), UN-Women and the World Bank. It is held as part of theThe national seminar will cover the following topics: Global Gender Statistics Programme promoted by the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS) with the purpose of enhancing the capacity  population projections at sub-national and sectoral level, of countries to collect, disseminate and use quality gender  analysis of data on international migration, and statistics.  analysis of data on gender issues. The forum will provide an important opportunity to review andFor more information: discuss new initiatives and data collection tools for the2010 World Population and Housing Census Programme improvement of gender statistics and focus on women’s empowerment, including: economic empowerment, autonomy and physical empowerment, adolescent girls, and knowledgeStrengthening statistical capacity empowerment.development The 6th Inter-agency and Expert Group (IAEG) meeting will bring together representatives of international agencies withinInternational workshop on Household Income, Consumption and and outside UN system, statisticians from National StatisticalFull Accounting of the Households Sector will be held in Beijing, Systems, and development partners, to review progress andChina, on 26-28 March provide guidance on future activities geared at advancing gender statistics.UN DESA’s Statistics Division in collaboration with the NationalBureau of Statistics of China is organizing this workshop as part of For more informationthe project to strengthening statistical capacity development in UN DESA’s Statistics Division’s site on gender statisticsChina and other developing countries in Asia funded by theChinese Government.It will present an overview of the Households Sector as an Transparency in legislaturesinstitutional sector in National Accounts and will train participantson how to compile a full sequence of non-financial accounts for it. International Meeting on “Achieving Greater Transparency in Legislatures through the Use of Open Document Standards”Particular attention will be given to the compilation of GDP by was arranged at the U.S. House of Representatives inincome approach with emphasis on the income by corporations and Washington, D.C. on 27-29 Februaryhouseholds, adjustments for the conceptual differences between theestimates derived using the results of the Household Income and The meeting was organized by UN DESA’s Division for PublicExpenditure Survey and National Accounts, and the use of Administration and Development Management (DPADM) andDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 12
  13. 13. www.un.org/desa March 2012, Vol. 16, No. 3its Global Centre for ICT in Parliament, the Inter-Parliamentary resources, knowledge management and the MillenniumUnion and the U.S. House of Representatives. Development Goals.It convened Secretaries-General and staff of Parliaments, currently For more information:using Extensible Markup Language (XML) for parliamentary UNPAN Online Training Centrerecords with a view to: a) determine how XML has beenimplemented by parliaments around the world and how it is beingused by them and by civil society organizations to enhancecitizens’ participation; b) exchange experiences about the policyand organizational challenges faced by Parliaments’ seniormanagement to increase transparency; c) identify current bestpractices and state of the art applications; d) outline projectsanticipated by legislatures over the next five years and explorevenues of possible collaborations and synergies to reduce costs;and e) elaborate policy and technical recommendations for the useof open document standards in parliaments.Other invitees included legislative and legal informatics expertsfrom a selected number of international organizations, universities,foundations and civil society organizations. Approximately 100participants took part in the policy and technical debates during thethree-day agenda.For more information:Event website highlighting “Achieving Greater Transparency inLegislatures through the Use of Open Document Standards”Public service capacity buildingThe Government of the Republic of Moldova, through its e-Government Centre (eGC), partners with UN DESA’s Division forPublic Administration and Development Management (DPADM)to make e-learning courses availableIn its endeavour to strengthen the capacity of its public service, theGovernment of the Republic of Moldova, through its e-Government Centre (eGC), recently requested DPADM to partnerwith them in making DPADM’s e-learning courses on UnitedNations Public Administration Network’s (UNPAN) OnlineTraining Centre available for their use on a larger scale and in amore systematic way.They propose to make the courses mandatory for all publicservants as part of their ambitious Strategic Programme forTechnological Modernization to bring services closer and moreaccessible to citizens and businesses and to improve qualitythrough the intelligent use of ICT. In response to this request,DPADM is working with the government focal point to develop aconcrete plan for implementation.The UNPAN Online Training Centre delivers courses on varioustopics in public administration. Its main goal is to increaseopportunities for government officials and citizens from all overthe world to access training materials on e-government, humanDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 13
  14. 14. www.un.org/desa March 2012, Vol. 16, No. 3Publications and Websites Technical reportsForests for People Disability and the Millennium Development Goals On 9 February, DESA’s UN Forum on Forests Released in December 2011, the report Secretariat launched the Forests for People book Disability and the Millennium Development as part of the special event marking the closing Goals: A Review of the MDG Process and of the International Year of Forests 2011. It Strategies for Inclusion of Disability Issues in celebrates the interconnections between people Millennium Development Goal Efforts, and forests and promotes greater understanding examines the MDGs and its relation to of their economic, environmental and social disability issues with a view to impact the values. The 300-page fully illustrated post-2015 development agenda.publication is a collaborative effort between the UNFF Secretariatand Tudor Rose publishing. The MDGs represent a concerted effort to address global poverty. Yet there is a striking gap in the current MDGs, whereThe book includes articles from 75 authors from 35 countries, persons with disabilities – the 15 per cent of the globalshowcasing best practices in sustainable forest management from population, who live with one or more physical, sensory,governments, members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests intellectual or mental health impairments – are not mentioned inand stakeholders at the local, national and regional levels. any of the 8 Goals or its 21 targets and indicators, nor in the Millennium Declaration, itself.Forests for People features statements from Ministers, and theheads of Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and other For more information: UN Enableinternational organizations. Their commentaries draw uponexperiences around the world, reflecting how people are changingtheir interaction with forests to improve their sustainability. The Global Survey of ICT in Parliaments 2012book also features a foreword by Ms. Jan L. McAlpine, Director of In 2008 and 2010, UN DESA, through the Global Centre for ICTthe UNFF Secretariat, who also authored an article highlighting in Parliament, and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, jointlyactivities conducted during the International Year of Forests 2011 published the first and second edition of the World e-Parliamentand its legacy. The informative publication features photos and Report. Praised by many parliaments, organizations and researchgraphics which help illustrate the multiple values of forests and centres, these reports have helped to advance a sharedpresent a snapshot of sustainable forest management in action. knowledge base among the parliaments of the world, to guide parliaments in modernizing their processes and to promoteTudor Rose is a professional publishing and marketing company international debate on ICT in Parliament.based in London, UK, that has collaborated on a variety ofpublications for the United Nations since 1999, including amongst The recommendations and findings presented in the World e-others UNESCO, UN International Decade for Natural Disaster Parliament Reports were based on the results of surveysReduction and UN International Year of Freshwater. conducted by the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament. The first survey in 2007 received responses from 105 parliamentaryFor more information: assemblies. In 2009, the number of responses reached 134.International Year of Forests 2011 In preparation for the World e-Parliament Report 2012, theLimited copies of the book are available upon request by Global Centre for ICT in Parliament is conducting a new surveycontacting the UNFF Secretariat at forests@un.org. which will allow to measure progress of e-parliament including the changes due to recent technological developments. The results of the survey will be of significant benefit to the world community of parliaments, which is increasingly using technology to enhance transparency and reach out to the public at large. For more information: Global Survey of ICT in Parliaments World e-Parliament ReportsDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 14
  15. 15. www.un.org/desa March 2012, Vol. 16, No. 3 To accommodate the presentation of the statistics for two reference years, in population and vital statistics tables presenting time series, the available data for reference yearsStatistical compilations 2009 and 2010 are presented side by side. As for the detailed population and vital statistics, two sets of tables, one referring toMonthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS Online 2009 and the other referring to 2010, are displayed one after the other. The Monthly Bulletin of Statistics presents For more information: current economic and social statistics for more Publications of UN DESA’s Statistics Division than 200 countries and territories of the world. It contains over 50 tables of monthly and/or bimonthly, quarterly and annual data on a Publications in other languages variety of subjects illustrating important The following publication has been translated into Arabic: economic trends and developments, including population, prices, employment and earnings, Measuring the Economically Active in Population Censuses: Aenergy, manufacturing, transport, construction, international Handbook ST/ESA/STAT/SER.F/102merchandise trade and finance. For more information:Vol. LXVI – No. 1, January 2012 Publications of UN DESA’s Statistics DivisionThis month, the following tables, which are featured in the MBSon a quarterly or bimonthly basis, are presented along with the Publications on international migrationregular recurrent monthly tables: Civil aviation traffic: passenger- The following publications are released by the Populationkm and cargo net ton-km; Total exports and imports by countries Division of DESA:or areas: volume, unit value, terms of trade and purchasing powerof exports, in US dollars.  International Migration Report 2009: A GlobalFor more information: AssessmentMonthly Bulletin of Statistics Online  The CD-ROM and an on-line version of the database Trends in International Migrant Stock: Migrants by AgeDemographic Yearbook 2009-2010 and Sex  The CD-ROM and an on-line version of the database The Demographic Yearbook 2009-2010 is the International Migration Flows to and from Selected sixty-first in a series published by the United Countries: The 2010 Revision Nations since 1948. It contains tables including a world summary of selected demographic  The wallchart The Age and Sex of Migrants 2011 statistics, statistics on the size, distribution and trends in national populations, fertility, foetal mortality, infant and maternal mortality, general mortality, nuptiality and divorce. Data are Meeting recordsshown by urban/rural residence, as available. In addition, thevolume provides Technical Notes, a synoptic table, a historical Report of the Seminar on “Challenges andindex and a listing of the issues of the Demographic Yearbook Opportunities of Participatory Governance inpublished to date. North African countries: Engaging Citizens and their Organizations in Public Development AffairsThe Demographic Yearbook 2009-2010 presents demographic through Adequate Institutions”statistics for two reference years: 2009 and 2010 in an effort tomake it as up to date as possible. Consequently, for this issue the The report on the seminar held on 20-21 October in Rabat,annual questionnaires were modified and extra worksheets were Morocco, is being released and it aims at disseminatingadded, so that data for the latest two available reference years information assisting governments, civil society and the privatecould be reported by the National Statistical Offices. sector to further reflect on effective and viable participatory approaches and institutions that may contribute to further foster development in North Africa.DESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 15
  16. 16. www.un.org/desa March 2012, Vol. 16, No. 3The seminar was organized by UN DESA’s Division for Public DESA NGO NewsAdministration and Development Management (DPADM) in The latest issue highlights the 2012 regular session of thecollaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Africa Committee on NGOs, the ECOSOC E-Discussion on Jobs, the(ECA) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Commission for Social Development, Third IntersessionalAsia (ESCWA), with the support of the Kingdom of Morocco. Meeting of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, the 45th session of the Commission on Population andThe report highlights the need for participatory governance as a Development, the 11th session of the Permanent Forum onkey concept with specific and high value for the citizens and States Indigenous Issues, the 2012 Resumed Session of the Committeeof the North African region. Its prerequisites include: access to on NGOs and Rio+20 Conference.information and enhanced transparency; interactive processes ofpublic administration to enhance participatory democracy; The online monthly newsletter provides the most up-to-dateinstitutionalization of social accountability; fight against information on news and upcoming events of interest to civilcorruption; and capacity building for governments and citizens on society at UN headquarters in New York, Geneva and elsewhere.interactive processes. The report also emphasizes the need for agreater awareness of the potential of ICT to spearhead a culture of For more information: DESA NGO Newsopenness, transparency and stronger citizen engagement.The report finally reflects participants’ call to the United Nation tosupport participatory approaches, support and accompany the Working paperstransition phase in North Africa. Super-cycles of commodity prices since the mid-For more information: DPADM seminar report nineteenth century Decomposition of real commodity prices suggests four super- cycles during 1865-2009 ranging between 30-40 years withDocumentation for the forty-fifth Commission on amplitudes 20-40 percent higher or lower than the long-runPopulation and Development trend. Non-oil price super-cycles follow world GDP, indicatingDocumentation for the forty-fifth Commission on Population and they are essentially demand-determined; causality runs in theDevelopment is now available on the CPD website (including opposite direction for oil prices. The mean of each super-cycleadvance, unedited versions). of non-oil commodities is generally lower than for the previous cycle, supporting the Prebisch-Singer hypothesis. TropicalFor more information: agriculture experienced the strongest and steepest long-termDocumentation for the forty-fifth Commission on Population downward trend through the twentieth century, followed by non- tropical agriculture and metals, while real oil prices experiencedOutreach material a long-term upward trend, interrupted temporarily during the twentieth century.Rio+20 Newsletter Focuses on Jobs To download: DESA Working Paper No. 110On 14 February, the UNCSD newsletter Rio+20: Making ItHappen released a special issue focusing on green and decent jobs, Is the Distribution of Foreign Aid MDG-sensitive?one of the seven emerging issues identified in the zero draft of theRio+20 outcome document. Today nearly 200 million people are This paper examines whether Official Development Assistanceunemployed, however 1.3 billion do not earn enough to lift (ODA) is disproportionately allocated to countries that need tothemselves and their dependents out of poverty. As job creation make the most progress on the Millennium Development Goalsremains a vital part of economic recovery, green and decent jobs (MDGs). We expect MDG-sensitive distribution of foreign aid –can play a critical role in protecting the environment, promoting or a good donor-recipient match – to be guided by the principlessocial inclusion and aiding in a transition to a low-carbon of the Global Partnership for Development. When we apply theeconomy. Also in this issue: important deadlines, the launch of the MDG-sensitivity criteria for aid allocation, the results indicate2011 World Youth Report, an e-Discussion with ECOSOC, news that ODA allocation since the Millennium Declaration hasfrom Major Groups, and upcoming events. become more MDG-sensitive – ODA is given to countries that need it most. While such trends in aid disbursements areFor more information: Rio+20: Making it Happen commendable, total aid flows, however, fall short of promised levels. To download: DESA Working Paper No. 111DESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 16
  17. 17. www.un.org/desa March 2012, Vol. 16, No. 3Discussion papersMonthly Briefing on the World Economic Situationand Prospects No. 39This issue highlights several economic trends that developed in2011. Over the course of the year, the momentum for economicgrowth faltered progressively, especially in developed countries,where unemployment remained elevated.For more information:Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and ProspectsNo. 39Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situationand Prospects No. 40The February issue covers recent events affecting the worldeconomy such as the Long Term Refinancing Operation (LTRO)by the European Central Bank (ECB). Conditions around the worldremain mixed, with slower growth appearing in a variety ofcountries. Financial markets have regained some stability recently,but credit remains tight in the real sector. Also, EU leaders agreedto a new fiscal compact enhancing fiscal discipline which must beratified by a two-thirds majority later this year.For more information:Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and ProspectsNo. 40Websites Global Gender Statistics Programme The new website of the Global Gender Statistics Programme provides a platform for the dissemination of materials and information in the field of gender statistics. It also provides aforum for the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Gender Statisticsto access and share information on their various areas of activity.To browse: Global Gender Statistics ProgrammeDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 17
  18. 18. www.un.org/desa March 2012, Vol. 16, No. 3Comings and GoingsComingsThe following staff member was promoted in February:Arlene Cezar, Programme Assistant, Office for ECOSOC Supportand CoordinationGoingsThe following staff members retired in February:Sergei Gorbunov, Economic Affairs Officer, Financing forDevelopment officePacita Montanez, Finance & Budget Assistant, Executive OfficePeter Trupia, Statistics Assistant, Statistics DivisionDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 18
  19. 19. www.un.org/desa March 2012, Vol. 16, No. 3Calendar International workshop on Household Income, Consumption and Full Accounting of the Households SectorMarch Beijing, 26-28 March http://unstats.un.org/unsd/newsletter/globalstat_unsd_calendar.ht mSpecial event on ECOSOC and global governanceNew York, 7 March 4th Global Forum on Gender Statisticshttp://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/ Dead Sea, Jordan, 27-29 March http://unstats.un.org/unsd/gender/default.htmlFourteenth session of the Committee for Development Policy(CDP)New York, 12-16 Marchhttp://www.un.org/en/development/desa/policy/cdp/index.shtml AprilFirst round of ‘informal-informal’ negotiations on the zero 11th session of the UN Committee of Experts on Publicdraft of the Rio+20 outcome document AdministrationNew York, 19-23 March and 26-27 March New York, 16-20 Aprilhttp://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.html http://www.unpan.org/DPADM/CEPA/11thSession/tabid/1505/l anguage/en-US/Default.aspxThe 2012 Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) e-discussion on“Jobs, Decent Work and Inclusive Growth” 45th Session of the UN Commission on Population and8 February - 14 March Developmenthttp://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/amr/index.shtml New York, 23-27 April http://www.un.org/esa/population/cpd/ngopart_45.htmSeminar on Census Data AnalysisKenya, 19-22 March2010 World Population and Housing Census Programme2012 Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) regional meetingAddis Ababa, 25 Marchhttp://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/3rd Intersessional Meeting of UNCSD, Rio+20New York, 26-27 Marchhttp://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?page=view&type=13&nr=46&menu=46 DESA News is an insiders look at the United Nations in the area of economic and social development policy. The newsletter is produced by the Communications and Information Management Service of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in collaboration with DESA Divisions. DESA News is issued every month. Please click here to send inquiries.DESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 19

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