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  1. 1. UN Home | UN DESA HomeApril 2013, Vol. 17, No. 4Forests – sustaining livelihoods of people worldwide| Focusing on new trends in migration| Responsive andGlobal dialogue on development: Innovate your future, The role of forests for economic development, Exploring the dynamics ofrends and analysis: A renewed global partnership for development, Promoting public administration worldwide, Role ofapacity development: Meeting knowledge and capacity needs after Rio+20, Innovations and best practices in census taking,ublications and websites | Comings and goings | Calendaraccountable public governanceinternational migrationTphilanthropic organizations beyond 2015COutlining regional consultations for the AMRPn 8-19 April, the UN Forum on Forest 10 (UNFF) will gather theFeature ArticlesForests – sustaining livelihoods ofpeople worldwideOworld community to focus on some of the pressing issues at staketo secure healthy forests worldwide. Jan McAlpine, Director of theUN Forum on Forest Secretariat, shared some of her hopes for thismajor event and beyond, in an exclusive DESA News interview.orests cover one third of the Earth’s land mass, performing vitalAs her team in the UN Forum on Forest Secretariat is gettingady for this major event, Jan McAlpine spoke with DESAtiesthe countries of the United Nationsorum on Forests,” said Ms. McAlpine, pointing out that 197tvital role of forestss. McAlpine also discussed the extent to which forests areng that is available forrnderstood, for example, that most of the clean waterf the world results from forests cleaning that water so that it isght on the role of women, who inme parts of the world make up for 70 percent of the workFfunctions across the globe. Around 1.6 billion people depend onforests for their livelihood and they are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land.reNews about some of the results she hopes will come out fromthe Forum in Istanbul, as well as some of the main opportuniand challenges at hand.“I have a lot of confidence inFcountries now belong to this universal body, which this year willfocus on economic development and forests. “I fully expect thathe forum will come out highlighting key, very important points,that economic development and forests are closely intertwined,”she added.UnderstandingMmanaged, and issues related to financiforests. “Financing for forests has been on the decline now fo22 years,” she said, stating that that this has not so much to dowith the economic downturn, but is rather related to the fact thatpeople around the world do not truly understand what forestscontribute.“Once it is uopotable, drinkable, then we have a shot at starting to see somepricing go in, where it is understood that there is a directconnection with gross domestic product, exports and income,”Ms. McAlpine underscored.Ms. McAlpine also put spotliso
  2. 2. April 2013, Vol. 17, No. 4DESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 2force, and how they collect and make use of non-timber productlike shea butter, fruits and nuts. “Forests are the pantry, the localgrocery store for many parts of the world,” she said, adding thatthese are issues also expected to be addressed by the forum anbe brought to the attention of the Economic and Social Council(ECOSOC) and the General Assembly.Opportunities and challenges promotingsd tohealthy forestss. McAlpine outlined the opportunities at hand, also emphasizingtablished.nge is that forests are managed and impacted byany, many sectors and by many, many institutions and they do,ply look atsustainable use of forests andrest products and how to balance that out economically,” Ms.d inr integrated forest datas. McAlpine also pointed to the need to address existing datapects related to forests are capturedythe private sector,” Ms. McAlpine added,social institutions, statistics, governments, do not integrate thiso we as the United Nations working as one with partners,art to identify these data areas which we need to betterwashen we talked about memories of forests and what they mean foral story. Her family moved towing years in Rwanda and Burundi, the family moved toorthern Congo where they settled in an area with beautifultropical rain forests. “I remember as a 15-year-old, a vivid momenteteractedith forests appealed to me,” Ms. McAlpine explained, alsoresed theore and more pressure is put on the land. “People hadherwhole career track, I can point back toat experience and that part of the world and seeing theonndIstanbul,” she said. Decision-makers willen gather to tackle challenges and, as Ms. McAlpine describedatch the video interview with Ms. McAlpineN Forum on ForestsMthe progress made since the UN Forum on Forests was es“We have improved an understanding, that there are the threeelements – the economic, social and environmental aspects offorests,” she said.“The biggest challemnot work together,” she explained. She described how manygovernments house forests management in the agriculture ministrywhere forests often become a small area of attention.“Environment ministries are usually separate from forests,” shesaid, adding that these different offices then tend to simtheir own areas of objectives.“They are not incorporating thefoMcAlpine said, outlining a situation where forests are addressesilos.Need foMgaps caused by how different asin isolation. For example, the Convention on Biological Diversitaddresses the biodiversity issues relevant to forests, while theClimate Change Convention looks at the carbon issues related toforests and so on.“This is mirrored in“data”.“How dstunderstand? And how do we integrate it with the policy level.Because ultimately, the United Nations Forum on Forestsdeveloped to look at forest policy comprehensively, everythingdirectly related to and impacting on forests.“Role of forests makes strong impactWher, Ms. McAlpine shared her personAfrica when she was only three months old and she lived indifferent countries in southern and central Africa until the age of19.FolloNof trekking on a long, long, walk in an area I couldn’t believe wwould ever find,” she said, describing the walk with a guide,who took her to where the local tribe was living.“They got everything for their living from the forests (…).Seeing how these people depended, interrelated to and inwreferring to a book by anthropologist Collin Turnbull, whichmade a huge impact on her. It portrayed the death of an entiretribe of people who were forced to move from the forests andtold to become farmers. “They could not survive the transitionfrom their cultural heritage to living in a very unfamiliarmanaged environment. And it destroyed their society. They wegone.”As a nine-year-old in Rwanda, Ms. McAlpine also witnescountry’s first genocide. She saw first-hand what can happenwhen mgradually gotten rid of most of the trees and then you have soilerosion, you have a lack of soil richness to be able to grow thekind of food you need. The domino starts to fall, leading tochaos and anarchy.”Ms. McAlpine described how these experiences have shapedprofessional life. “Mythinterconnectedness between forests, trees and people”. At thesame time, she also expressed thankfulness for now being in aposition as the Director of the Secretariat of the UN ForumForests, where she can actually make a difference for forests apeople worldwide.“I’m looking forward to the UN Forum on Forests 10 coming upfrom 8 to 19 April inthit with an analogy to forests, “to see what low hanging fruit canbe picked and what needs to be grown and developed over timeso that eventually we are on a real trajectory to addressing thesynergy needed between economic, social and environmentalissues”.For more information:WU
  3. 3. April 2013, Vol. 17, No. 4Focusing on new trends in migrationeople. Ahead of the upcoming Commission on Population anddsThe past 10 years have seen a steady increase in the number ofinternational migrants across the globe, now totaling 214 millionpDevelopment, which is set to focus on new trends in migration,John Wilmoth, Director of DESA’s Population Division,highlighted the issues at hand as well as other demographic trenaffecting development beyond 2015.Gathering representatives and experts from a large number of UNmber States, the Commission on Population and Developme till meet in New York from 22 to 26 of April. “It is a veryprofile5 development agenda.Migratory movements both within countries and acrossingeeting byf the current patternsdthe shape and the direction of the trends, and what webserve is that there has been an increase in the complexity, sizer cent of the world’s population,e total number of migrants is most likely higher. “If we countwe have observed over the last decades, is that migrationhen governed fairly, can make a very important contribution toth in thet iny and contribute to economic growth. Ineir countries of origin, migration can help to alleviatees to harness the variousenefits of migration and to address challenges. “I think it iste human rights of migrants as part ofe upcoming Commission,” Mr. Wilmoth added. “Migrantsetsnew trends in migration, Mr. Wilmoth pointedthe fact that there has been a large increase in the number ofore developed countries. “Innostsf the so-called global South. “There are these newoles of economic activity in the various countries that aregrowing very rapidly, for example China, Brazil, India,Mewnimportant year at the United Nations, for the discussion oninternational migration in particular, because we’re planning alsofor the High-level Dialogue on International Migration andDevelopment”, said Mr. Wilmoth, referring to another highevent scheduled to take place in October this year as part of the68th session of the General Assembly.Mr. Wilmoth also affirmed the importance of migration as part ofthe ongoing discussions on the post-201“international borders are very important examples of populationdynamics and illustrate the role of population dynamics indevelopment processes more generally,” he explained.Increased complexity in size and movementsMr. Wilmoth described the work preparing for the upcomCommission, where they intend to start off the mfeaturing a more general discussion on some oand trends, helping Member States to understand the overallsituation.“We work on documenting the size of the migratory flows arounthe world,oand changes in the direction of these flows over time,” Mr.Wilmoth explained. He also pointed to the increase in the numberof international migrants from around 155 million in 1990, toabout 214 million in 2010.Mr. Wilmoth also highlighted that even though internationalmigrants represent about 3 pethinternal migrants by any definition, any reasonable definition,we would be at over 10 percent of the world’s population,” hesaid.Contributor to social and economic development“Whatwsocial and economic development and that is true bocountries of origin and in the countries of destination,” Mr.Wilmoth said. “I am almost certain that countries would want toconsider the relationships between migration and developmenparticular,” he added.“In countries of destination, immigrants increase the productivecapacity of the economthproblems of underemployment and through remittances cancontribute to the economic and human development of thoseareas of the world,” Mr. Wilmoth said.He also shared his hope that the Commission will encouragecountries to think about practical measurbpossible that countries could institute measures that would lowersome of the costs of migration,” he said, giving the example ofallowing people to have multiple entry visas. This would make ipossible for people to migrate in circular patterns or return totheir countries of origin without fear of not being able to comeback to the host country.“I hope that countries will find an opportunity to focus on theimportance of protecting ththwhose rights are well respected are best able to participate in thbroader process of social and economic development in theirhost and origin societies,” he said. “On the other hand, migranwho have an irregular legal status are vulnerable to abuse andexploitation, and I hope that the Commission will address thisissue as well”.New patterns of population flowsWhen discussingtomigrants who move from less to mmany of the more developed countries, the per cent of thepopulation that is foreign born has increased very significantly irecent decades,” Mr. Wilmoth said, also referring to some of thechallenges that this presents for the integration process in hsocieties.Mr. Wilmoth also described movements taking place betweencountries opDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 3
  4. 4. April 2013, Vol. 17, No. 4providing an attraction for migrants from other countries of theglobal South,” he explained. “So there are new patterns takingplace in countries that don’t have the same experience of massimmigration as some of the Northern countries,” Mr. Wilmothadded. “For them it’s a particular challenge how to establisof migration policies that enables and encourages that movement.”Population dynamics beyond 2015As the world community prepares for the development agenda tosucceed the MDG framework beyond 2015, Mh a setr. Wilmoth sharedme of the important population aspects that need to be secured.e the issues related toe,populationegatrends. “These are the big mass movements of population thatageinking about policies that focus on managing those trends andsionand Developmentesponsive and accountable publicovernanceerts on public administration will focus one role of responsive and accountable public governance inso“The issues that really matter first arpopulation health, which have been well reflected in the MDGsframework that exists,” he explained, also suggesting a broaderfocus on health spanning the entire life course.“But we’ve also been talking a lot about population dynamics,” hadded. This includes migration, urbanization, population growthand population ageing, which are often referred to asmhave very important implications for social and economicdevelopment and for human well being across the board,” he said.“All of these present important opportunities for development, butalso challenges to countries as they try to find ways to manthese flows of people,” he added. “In all cases we need to beDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 4thpossibly affecting them in a desirable way, but also on policies thatallow us to adapt to those changes,” Mr. Wilmoth concluded.For more information:Watch the video interview with Mr. WilmothDESA’s Population Divi46th Session of the Commission on PopulationRgThe Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) willmeet from 15 to 19 April for the twelfth annual session. Thetwenty-four CEPA expthachieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and thepost-2015 development agenda.CEPA was established by the Economic and Social Council(ECOSOC) to support the Council’s work promoting anddeveloping public administration and governance amongember States in connection with the Internationally Agreedheity inopmentanagement (DPADM), which is calling for inputs. Then of theallengeshead for public administrations in relation to the MDGs andcond as an instrument toprove the performance of institutions and the delivery ofservices. Accountability plays a dual role in both public andMDevelopment Goals (IADGs). This year, the Committee willfocus on the areas of making public governance work for tpost-2015 development agenda; stakeholders’ accountabilpublic governance for development; and creating an enablingenvironment for development beyond 2015.To facilitate the discussion, observers of CEPA, academia andNGOs in public administration will be responding to DESA’sDivision for Public Administration and DevelMcollection of inputs will be presented to CEPA for considerationin deliberation and report in its recommendation to ECOSOC.This is part of the ongoing discussion on the preparatiopost-2015 development framework in the UN system.Public governance beyond 2015 and stakeholder accountabilityCEPA Members Margaret Saner, Hyam Nashash, and RowenaG. Bethel will present their paper that focuses on the chaother development goals beyond 2015. It examines how theemphasis on governance over the past few years has beeninterpreted at the local level. The paper focuses on the successesalong with areas for improvement.Another report by CEPA members Jan Ziekow and FrancisLongo will highlight the important role of accountability as anindicator of democratic governance aim
  5. 5. April 2013, Vol. 17, No. 4DESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 5private collaborations. Resources in such collaborative ventureshould be well-managed and efficiently used.Creating an enabling environmentCEPA members Bin Hao and Siripurapu Kesava Rao identifiedkey components in their report, which will addrsess the stepswards a successful post-2015 development agenda. The reportg environment, includinguman capital development in the public sector and performanceeemed essential for sustainable development. The Rio+20needbleust onhe meeting is also assisted by the PaperSmart initiative aimed atall for inputs: 12th Session of the United Nations Committee ofnistration (CEPA)tounderscores the need for an enablinhreporting, monitoring and evaluation of public service delivery.This need is also reaffirmed by Wu Hongbo, DESA’s Under-Secretary-General, who states, “in the recent Rio+20 Summit,democracy, good governance and the rule of law, at the nationaland international levels, as well as an enabling environment, weredSummit affirmed that to achieve sustainable development, weinstitutions at all levels that are effective, transparent, accountaand democratic.”Additionally, a conference paper by CEPA member Walter Fpublic-private partnerships in sustainable development and forsocial networking will be included in the discussion.Treducing the carbon footprint of the organization, and managed bythe Department for General Assembly and ConferenceManagement (DGACM).For more information:12th Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts onPublic Administration (CEPA)CExperts on Public AdmiPaperSmart
  6. 6. April 2013, Vol. 17, No. 4Global Dialogue onDevelopmentInnovate your futureA major online campaign has been launched asking youth to sharetheir ideas and thoughts on how science, technology, innovationand culture can help shape a sustainable worldDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 6Aimed at bringing the voices of youthinto the important discussions anddecisions of the Economic and SocialCouncil (ECOSOC) ahead of its annualmeeting in July, and to engage youngpeople on how STI and culture canfacilitate change, ECOSOC gathered youth representatives, youngcorporate leaders and opinion leaders for a Youth Forum Event on27 March.A few days prior to this event, the Council kicked off a majoronline campaign, “Innovate Your Future”, by creating a forum onFacebook to gather input from all over the world. Hashem Bajwa,CEO of DE-DE, the company behind Thundeclap, on 27 Marchalso announced a brand new ECOSOC page on their platformlaunched to seek worldwide support to help empower youth andshape future innovators.Featuring a number of planned online and offline activitieshighlighting this year’s main theme on “Science, technology andinnovation (STI), and the potential of culture, for promotingsustainable development and achieving the MDGs”, the campaignon Facebook and Thunderclap will run through 1 July when worldleaders come together for the ECOSOC annual meeting in Geneva.The goal is to help shape decisions and include the voices of youthat this important event.By signing up on Thunderclap, the online community can showthat they believe that all young people should get a solidfoundation in the sciences and that they want to help give youth thepower to transform societies, improve economies and sustain theplanet.The Thunderclap message will be released on 1 July, askingMember States at ECOSOC to help empower youth to accomplishthis.Sign up on Thunderclap today. Innovate your future. Be part of thenow.Show your support on Thunderclap: your ideas on ECOSOC’s Facebook Forum: @UNECOSOC and #InnovateYourFuture on TwitterThe role of forests for economicdevelopmentThe tenth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests(UNFF10) will take place in Istanbul on 8-19 AprilFocusing this year on economic developmentand forests, the meeting will assess the overallprogress made on the implementation of theNon-Legally Binding Instrument on all types ofForests as well as the achievement of its fourGlobal Objectives on Forests, which are criticalcomponents of the work of the UNFF.Being instrumental in providing leadership on sustainable forestmanagement policies and practices, the Forum will in addition totechnical and political deliberations on the many importantissues on the agenda, also feature the winners of the 2013 ForestHeroes Award, the International Forest Film Festival, and theInternational Forest Photograph Awards.For more information:DESA News feature article "Forests - sustaining livelihoods ofpeople worldwide"United Nations Forum on Forests 10Exploring the dynamics ofinternational migrationThe Commission on Population and Development will meet inNew York on 22-26 AprilThe Population Commission was establishedby the Economic and Social Council in 1946and later renamed to the Commission onPopulation and Development in 1994. Itsprimary role is to follow-up on theimplementation of the Programme of Action ofthe International Conference on Population andDevelopment and as a functional Commissionassisting the Council, to monitor, review and assess theimplementation of the Programme of Action at the national,regional and international levels.The Commission is composed of 47 Member States elected bythe Economic and Social Council for a period of four years onthe basis of geographic distribution. Since 1994, theCommission meets once a year.The theme this year will focus on “New trends in migration:demographic aspects”.
  7. 7. April 2013, Vol. 17, No. 4For more information:DESA News feature article - "Focusing on new trends inmigration"46th Session of the Commission on Population and DevelopmentGlobal festivities celebrates life-sustaining role of forestsThe first-ever International Day of Forests was celebratedworldwide on 21 MarchFor centuries forests have been a source offood, fibre, livelihoods, resources and water.They are also central to combating climatechange, but until today, and despite a multitudeof special days honouring or commemoratingkey elements of human life, there has neverbeen a globally recognized day for payinghomage to the world’s forests.DESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 7That has changed now that the United Nations General Assemblyhas designated 21 March as the International Day of Forests “tocelebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types offorests and of trees outside forests”.In a message for the new International Day, Secretary-General BanKi-moon said: “By proclaiming the International Day of Forests,the United Nations has created a new platform to raise awarenessabout the importance of all types of forest ecosystems tosustainable development.”“On this first International Day of Forests,” he continued, “I urgeGovernments, businesses and all sectors of society to commit toreducing deforestation, preventing forest degradation, reducingpoverty and promoting sustainable livelihoods for all forest-dependent peoples.”Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and SocialAffairs, notes that “forests are inextricably linked to our social andeconomic value, to our bonds with nature and the health ofecosystems. Hence, we cannot think of them in isolation. It is up tous to make these connections and establish the policies, laws andinstitutions required. It is up to us to implement sustainable forestmanagement.”Jan McAlpine, Director of the United Nations Forum on ForestsSecretariat, says: “The first United Nations International Day ofForests is a tremendous opportunity to celebrate our uniquerelationship to forests and trees.” She continues: “This is the dayfor the whole world to celebrate not only the gifts that forests andtrees provide us, but also to unsung heroes, those who make adifference for your forests, your trees and your communities. Findthem among you and thank them.”The International Day of Forests comes a little more than twoweeks before national ministers convene in Istanbul, Turkey, from8-19 April for the tenth session of the United Nations Forum onForests. The Forum has been instrumental in providingleadership on sustainable forest management policies andpractices. In addition to technical and political deliberations onthe many important issues on the agenda, the session will alsofeature the winners of the 2013 Forest Heroes Award, theInternational Forest Film Festival, and the International ForestPhotograph Awards.For more information:International Day of ForestsPeace Bell chimes for people andplanetTo mark the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day and the moment ofthe Equinox, Nikhil Seth, Director of DESA’s Division forSustainable Development, rang the Peace Bell at United NationsHeadquarters in New York on 20 MarchThe Equinox is the time when theNorthern and Southern Hemispheresget the same amount of sunlight anddays and nights are equal in duration.“It conjures a vision of equality andbalance in nature,” said Mr Seth. “Weneed this equilibrium between human economic and socialaspirations as well as the Earth’s carrying capacity andecological boundaries,” he stressed.He sounded the bell at precisely 7:02 A.M. Eastern DaylightTime, when the Sun started to cross directly over the Earth’sequator, and described the moment of the Equinox as a time forreflection and introspection.“It reminds us to care for our people and our planet – both undersevere stress. Awareness of these pressures and a determinationto act to alleviate pain and suffering, to address humandeprivation and the environmental crisis, have never beengreater,” he said.“The greatest challenge that humankind is facing is how to buildan equitable and balanced economy in a world of finiteresources,” he added.The Japanese Peace Bell was presented to the United Nations inJune 1954 by the United Nations Association of Japan. It wascast from coins collected by people from 60 different countriesincluding children, and housed in a typically Japanese structure,resembling a Shinto shrine, made of cypress wood.It has become a tradition to ring the bell twice a year: on the firstday of Spring, at the Vernal Equinox, and on 21 September tocoincide with the opening of the General Assembly. In 2002, theGeneral Assembly set 21 September as the permanent date forthe International Day of Peace.
  8. 8. April 2013, Vol. 17, No. 4For more information:UN Sustainable Development Knowledge PlatformOpen Working Group on SustainableDevelopment Goals holds firstsessionThe intergovernmental Open Working Group (OWG) onsustainable development goals (SDGs) called for in the Rio+20Outcome Document convened its first meeting in the UN GeneralAssembly Hall in New York on 14-15 MarchThe meeting commenced with openingremarks by General Assembly PresidentVuk Jeremić and Secretary-General BanKi-moon. The Secretary-General stressedthe urgency of the OWG’s task.DESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 8“The MDGs have united the world and inspired action, Mr. Bansaid. “We must do our utmost to focus attention and accelerateprogress.” He said that the focus of the Goals, the eradication ofpoverty and promotion of health, education, as well as economicand social development, would retain their prime importance andwould need to be addressed in the sustainable development goals.“But the sustainable development goals must go further tointegrate more comprehensively environmental sustainability, hepointed out, because, “Humanity is pressing hard against theplanet’s ecological boundaries.”He expressed the hope that the multiple strands of the post-2015process would come together and culminate in 2015 in theadoption of a unified and coherent global agenda: “One balanced,aspirational set of sustainable development goals should lie at thecore of such a development agenda.”The OWG is mandated to submit a report, containing a proposalfor sustainable development goals for consideration andappropriate action to the 68th Session of the General Assembly,which would start in September 2013. By late 2014, GeneralAssembly President Vuk Jeremić said, “Member States should bein a position to promulgate the Sustainable Development Goals–the single-most important element of the post-2015 agenda.”Various Member States expressed their views on different aspectsof the OWG and SDGs. Many underlined that the process ofdeveloping SDGs should be an open and transparent one, and moststressed the importance of integrating the economic, social andenvironmental dimensions of sustainable development. Theirstatements can be found on the Sustainable DevelopmentKnowledge Platform (SDKP).Representatives from major groups also took the floor,emphasizing that the Rio+20 Conference highlighted theimportance of engaging all stakeholders and major groups in thesustainable development process going forward. Members of theOWG were called on to design multi-stakeholder mechanisms toensure participation, transparency and accountability.The meeting was webcast and a recording of it can be viewed onthe SDKP.For more information:Statements on the Sustainable Development KnowledgePlatform (SDKP)Recording of webcasts available on the SustainableDevelopment Knowledge Platform
  9. 9. April 2013, Vol. 17, No. 4Trends and AnalysisA renewed global partnership fordevelopmentThe UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN DevelopmentAgenda just released its second report ‘A renewed globalpartnership for development’ and a Facebook chat will bearranged on 4 April, providing an opportunity to discuss andengage with the authors of the reportDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 9Following its first report ‘Realizing thefuture we want for all’, which providedinitial thinking on potential dimensionsand contours of a renewed globaldevelopment agenda, the UN SystemTask Team on the Post-2015 UNDevelopment Agenda just published itssecond report.Focusing on the global partnership, the report ‘A renewed globalpartnership for development’, provides a set of recommendationson the potential format and dimensions of a global partnership forthe post-2015 era, including the establishment of robust mutualaccountability systems.The global partnership for development, as crystallized inMillennium Development Goal 8 has played a crucial role ingalvanizing international support for development. But the world isnot the same as it was in 2000. Many pressing issues of a globalnature have emerged in recent years, which require true collectiveaction from all countries to create an enabling environment fordevelopment.Such a renewed global partnership for development to underpinany post-2015 development agenda must be broader in scope anddeeper than the current one. While existing commitments, asreflected in MDG 8 remain highly relevant, new thinking is neededon how to reflect pressing development challenges and theincreasing importance of a large array of stakeholders engaged indevelopment cooperation. In order to ensure coherence andeffective coordination a robust mutual accountability mechanismwill be needed all levels.A Facebook chat on 4 April will offer the opportunity to discusskey findings of the report directly with the authors. It will alsoprovide a chance to learn more about the future global partnershipfor development. Ask UN experts your questions and sign up tojoin the event on 4 April from 9:00 – 11:00 am EDT.For more information:Sign up to join Facebook chat!The UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN DevelopmentAgenda report ‘A renewed global partnership for development’Promoting public administrationworldwideThe United Nations Committee of Experts on PublicAdministration (CEPA) will meet in New York on 15-19 AprilEstablished by the Economic andSocial Council (ECOSOC), theCommittee is comprised of 24 memberswho meet annually at UN Headquartersin New York. It is responsible forsupporting the work of ECOSOCconcerning the promotion and development of publicadministration and governance among Member States, inconnection with the UN Millennium Development Goals.In addition, the Committee also provides programmatic guidanceto DESA’s Division of Public Administration and DevelopmentManagement (DPADM), including the annual review of its workprogramme.Since its conversion from a Group into a full-fledged Committeein 2001, CEPA has been meeting annually to provide guidelineson public administration issues related to the implementation ofthe internationally agreed development goals (IADGs), includingthe Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).It has also reported to ECOSOC on the governance and publicadministration dimensions of sustainable socio-economicdevelopment, particularly focusing on the themes of humancapital development, participatory governance, capacitydevelopment in crisis and post-conflict countries, andinnovations in public administration and governance, amongothers.For more information:12th session of the UN Committee of Experts on PublicAdministrationRole of philanthropic organizationsbeyond 2015A Development Cooperation Forum Special Policy Dialoguewill take place on 23 April to discuss how the post-2015development agenda can best draw upon the importantcontributions of philanthropic organizations to developmentIn collaboration with UNDP, theOECD Global Network of FoundationsWorking for Development (netFWD)and the Worldwide Initiative forGrantmaker Support (WINGS), DESAis organizing this special ECOSOC
  10. 10. April 2013, Vol. 17, No. 4event on the role of philanthropy in development cooperation.Building on the first such meeting held in preparation for the 2012DCF, the Dialogue will identify ways to scale up innovativeapproaches to philanthropic engagement in developmentcooperation through strategic partnerships with governments andother development actors.The one-day meeting aims to generate inputs for the ongoingpreparations for a post-2015 development agenda and for the 2014Development Cooperation Forum. It will specifically inform DCFHigh-level Symposia on the renewed global partnership fordevelopment and on the future of international developmentcooperation in the post-2015 setting. A global e-discussion willprecede the event.The policy dialogue will bring practitioners from philanthropicorganizations together with senior representatives from UnitedNations Member States, as part of an ongoing effort to encouragestrategic partnerships and collaboration. All are invited toparticipate on 23 April.The Special Policy Dialogue will take place one the day prior tothe ECOSOC Partnerships event on “Partnering for innovationsolutions for sustainable development” on 24 April, gearedtowards the theme of the 2013 annual ministerial review.For more information:DCF Special Policy DialogueSpecial Policy Dialogue for the 2012 DCF on: “Privatephilanthropic organizations in international developmentcooperation: New opportunities and specific challenges”2013 Ethiopia High-Level Symposium on “A renewed globalpartnership for development for a post-2015 era” – 6 to 7 June2013Global e-discussion preceding event on 23 AprilECOSOC Partnerships event on “Partnering for innovationsolutions for sustainable development” on 24 AprilPreparing for UN Permanent Forumon Indigenous IssuesIn preparation for its 12th session, members and the Secretariat ofthe UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues met in Brazzaville,Republic of Congo on 11 – 15 MarchDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 10Hosted by the Government of Congo andopened with a statement from thePresident, H.E. Mr. Denis SassouNguesso, delivered by the State Ministerof Transport and Civil Aviation, themeeting provided an opportunity forPermanent Forum members to meet with local ministries,diplomatic missions, the UN Country Team, as well as indigenouspeoples organizations and civil society organizations.During their consultations with indigenous peoples, Forummembers were informed on the continuing problems ofdiscrimination and marginalization. Indigenous representativesdescribed the problems they face in accessing schools anduniversities and getting jobs. Indigenous women spoke of thelack of maternal and child care, and difficulties encounteredwhile giving birth in forests.The Forum members met with parliamentarians, and withgovernment officials, including the Minister of Forests, andoffered different examples to overcome the persistent challengesfaced by the indigenous peoples.They also met with UN agencies and other partners whoprovided information on various projects and programmesdeveloped within the framework of the national action plan onthe improvement of the quality of life of indigenous peoples.The Forum members also highlighted the upcoming WorldConference on Indigenous Peoples, to be organized by the UNGeneral Assembly in September 2014, as an opportunity todefine a global action plan to implement the UN Declaration onthe Rights of Indigenous Peoples. They encouraged theRepublic of Congo to be engaged in this process.“The Republic of Congo has taken a key step in adopting LawNo 5-2011 on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights ofIndigenous Populations”, said Grand Chief Edward John,UNPFII Chair, “your country is a leader in Africa on indigenouspeoples’ rights. We hope other countries will be inspired tofollow this good practice.” The key challenge now is toimplement the law, he added.The 12th session will take place on 20 – 31 May 2013.For more information:United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous IssuesGoogle+ Hangout puts spotlight onyouth migrationAs part of the 2013 UN World Youth Report consultationprocess, the UN Focal Point on Youth organized a Google+Hangout on 6 March with a panel of experts and youthrepresentatives to discuss the theme of “Youth Migration andDevelopment: Towards Sustainable Solutions”The Hangout explored practicalstrategies on realizing youth migrants’potential, protecting their human rights,and promoting their social inclusion —and how these can be achieved throughcollaborative efforts with youthorganizations and other relevant stakeholders.Harnessing the human development potential of youth migrants
  11. 11. April 2013, Vol. 17, No. 4Migrants can be productive members of transit and destinationcountries as well as contribute to the sustainable development oftheir countries of origin. They can provide financial as well associal remittances, including innovative ideas, practices, identitiesand social capital.Young migrants, especially those in irregular situations andfemales face multiple challenges throughout the migration process– from pre-departure, in transit, post-arrival and then also in returnand reintegration. They are often ill-advised and susceptible toabuse and exploitation. “Information is protection,” remarked JoRispoli of the International Organization for Migration (IOM),who stated that migrant youth and youth organizations need to beinvolved in the three “E’s – engagement by giving them avoice/platform at meetings; enablement through skills and vocationtraining; and empowerment.”Youth participation in addressing migration’s challenges can beextremely important. Another panelist, Dynka Amorim, a youngmigrant himself and coordinator of Bué Fixe, described hisorganization’s initiative in promoting young migrants access tohealth care in Portugal. “Regular and irregular migrants aresometimes unaware of their right to health, so we work to informand engage them on a wide range of HIV/AIDS and sexualreproductive health issues using media platforms like radio andsocial media,” Dynka added.Partnerships: From grassroot level to the global arenaIn addition to grassroots projects, the panel emphasized theimportance of collaboration amongst relevant state and non-stateactors to promote the social inclusion and rights of migrants.DESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 11Social inclusion is critical to promoting community cohesion andintegration of young migrants. “The Swedish government workswith civil society partners to promote young migrants’ access tohealth care and social services for youth. Activities are undertakento combat racism, xenophobia and social exclusion,” stated DanielPettersson of the Swedish Mission to the United Nations.As migration affects all countries, a Global Forum on Migrationand Development has been created for policymakers to understandand discuss migration’s multiple dimensions, its complex impacton global development, and how challenges can be mitigated. BelaHovy, Chief of DESA’s Population Division, encouraged youth toparticipate in civil society consultations that are scheduled to takeplace in July 2013 prior to the 2nd High Level Dialogue onMigration and Development.Youth civil society representatives can provide contributionsduring global and national level consultation processes, where theywill be able to voice their most pressing issues, priorities anddiverse experiences. “Migrant is such a broad concept. We have alldifferent backgrounds and different reasons and ways to migrate.Our needs are different. So it is not going to be a standard successformula for all the migrants,” stated Lonneke van Zundert, a youthrepresentative panelist.Migration and the post-2015 agendaWith a lot more evidence on the scope, scale and impact ofmigration on development, there was also discussion on whethermigration should be included in the post 2015 agenda.Migration is seen as an enabler of equitable and sustainabledevelopment. The question remains as to how the issue can beintegrated into the post 2015 agenda. Reducing the cost ofremittances and recruitment fees as well as reducing barriers tomigration and protecting the rights of migrants are some of theways of considering migration within the post 2015 agenda. “Wehave to think collectively in terms of how these will be phrased,either in terms of goals or as an enabler of the developmentgoals,” remarked Bela Hovy.For more information:UN World Youth Report websiteDiscussing audit and advisoryactivitiesIn collaboration with the International Organization of SupremeAudit Institution (INTOSAI), DPADM organized the 22ndUN/INTOSAI Symposium in Vienna, Austria from 5 to 7 MarchThe theme of the Expert GroupMeeting (EGM) was “Audit andAdvisory Activities by Supreme AuditInstitutions (SAIs): Risks andOpportunities, as well as Possibilitiesfor Engaging Citizens”.In attendance were more than 150 participants, including morethan 40 heads of SAIs, from more than 60 countries andrepresentatives from international organizations. Mr. Wu,DESA’s Under-Secretary-General, made an opening statementon citizen engagement in public accountability in the post-2015UN development framework. He emphasized the importance ofgood governance as the fourth pillar of sustainable development,which is the core of the post-2015 development agenda:“The United Nations and the international community recognizethat economic growth, social development and environmentalprotection form the three pillars of sustainable development.Cross-cutting, effective and efficient public administration isalso critical in supporting the three pillars. Some experts suggestthat good governance is the fourth pillar of sustainabledevelopment. I agree. Good governance strengthens andreinforces the inter-linkages of the social, economic andenvironmental pillars, and ensures that the future we want istranslated into reality.”
  12. 12. April 2013, Vol. 17, No. 4The meeting concluded that by using advisory approaches inaddition to traditional government audits, SAIs can contribute tothe effective and efficient achievement of the MillenniumDevelopment Goals and influence the post-2015 DevelopmentAgenda. The participants recommended that INTOSAI, through aworking group, monitor measures to mitigate the risks of wasteand loss of public funds in order to give technical advice to theinternational community.They also encouraged UN Member States and relevant UNagencies to implement the resolution on Promoting the efficiency,accountability, effectiveness and transparency of publicadministration by strengthening Supreme Audit Institutions(A/RES/66/209).For more information:Expert Group Meeting – 22nd UN/INTOSAI SymposiumLeading government servicesDPADM and the Government of the United Arab Emirates co-organized the Government Summit, the first meeting ongovernance held in the Gulf Region, on 11-12 February in Dubaiunder the overall theme “Leading Government Services”DESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 12The Summit included a MinisterialRoundtable on “Innovation in PublicGovernance, a Ministerial Perspective”and three parallel workshops focusing on“Innovation in Public Governance:Perspectives from United Nations PublicService Awards (UNPSA) Winners” and on the sub themes of; (i)innovation in regulatory reform and administrative simplificationfor effective service delivery; (ii) innovation in public governancethrough networks and partnerships; and (iii) innovation in e-services. Each workshop featured a speaker from DPADM and apast UNPSA winner.Prior to the Summit, which was attended by over 2500 governmentofficials from the Arabic Region, both parties organized acapacity-building workshop on Innovation in Public Governance toshowcase and discuss the work and ideas of the Division on theUnited Nations E-Government Survey, United Nations PublicAdministration Network (UNPAN), United Nations PublicAdministration Country Studies (UNPACS) and the UNPSA. Thepre-Summit workshop was attended by over 250 governmentofficials from the UAE.At the close of the summit, the DPADM team, led by Mr.Vincenzo Aquaro, Chief of the eGovernment Branch, was invitedto meet with the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Prime Minister’sOffice of the Government of the UAE who expressed appreciationfor their substantive contribution towards the overall organizationof the event, and requested further support from DESA andDPADM in upcoming activities.For more information:Promoting Innovation in Public Governance for EffectiveService Delivery: A Global Perspective
  13. 13. April 2013, Vol. 17, No. 4Capacity developmentBuilding capacities in genderstatisticsWorkshop on improving the integration of a gender perspectiveinto official statistics will be arranged in Chiba, Japan on 16-19AprilDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 13DESA’s Statistics Division and theStatistical Institute for Asia and thePacific (SIAP) are organizing jointly acapacity building workshop on genderstatistics, in cooperation with the Ministryof Internal Affairs and Communications,Government of Japan.The purpose of the workshop is to train national statisticians on theproduction and use of gender statistics, as well as discuss thenewly developed UN manual: Manual for Integrating a GenderPerspective into Statistics.For more information:Calendar of events of DESA’s Statistics DivisionAssessing population and housingcensuses in AfricaConference on Assessment of 2010 Round of Population andHousing Censuses in Africa will take place in Pretoria, SouthAfrica, on 29 April – 1 MayThe event will be organized by DESA’s StatisticsDivision, United Nations Economic Commissionfor Africa, African Development Bank, AfricanUnion Commission and UNFPA.The Conference will aim at taking stock of thepopulation and housing censuses in Africa in theperiod 2005-2014 and provide a regional inputfor a global assessment of the census round.For more information:Calendar of events of DESA’s Statistics DivisionImproving public service delivery inLDCsDPADM convened an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) titled“Transfer and adaptation of innovative practices for improvedpublic service delivery in Least Developed Countries (LDCs)”,from 25 to 26 February in New YorkExperts discussed the implementationstrategy for a new project launched byDPADM in early 2013 that aims tobuild the capacity of the public sectorin Least Developed Countries (LDCs)so as to deliver quality servicesequitably through the transfer and adaptation of innovativepublic administration practices.The experts recommended that DESA and its implementingUnited Nations partners, namely, the United Nations Office onDrugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations HumanSettlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and United NationsEntity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women(UN Women), implement the project by using a collaborativegovernance approach.This approach proposes to involve actors from the government,private and civil sectors of LDCs that will be benefiting from theproject while prioritizing those innovations in public servicedelivery that are best suited to assist the recipient LDCs toachieve the MDG targets.They further recommended that, in identifying relevantinnovations, specific attention should be paid to simplicity, costeffectiveness and sustainability of recommended innovations, aswell as those innovations that have enhanced potential to employlocal human capital and encourage ownership on the part of thelocal counterparts.For more information:EGM “Transfer and Adaptation of Innovative Practices forImproved Public Service Delivery in LDCs”
  14. 14. April 2013, Vol. 17, No. 4Publications and WebsitesTechnical reportsDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 14A renewed global partnership for developmentThe second report of the UN System TaskTeam on the Post-2015 Development is nowavailable on the UN System Task TeamWebsite. Titled “A renewed global partnershipfor development”, the report assesses MDG8and provides an overview of lessons learnt,including the Monterrey Consensus. It reviewsnew challenges and trends in the internationaldevelopment landscape and suggests possible contours, alternativeformats and a robust accountability mechanism for a renewedglobal partnership.Established by the Secretary-General in January 2012, the UNSystem Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agendaassembles more than 60 UN agencies and internationalorganizations under its umbrella to provide analytical inputs to thepost-2015 process. It is co-chaired by UN DESA and UNDP.To download:A renewed global partnership for developmentStatistical compilationsMonthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS OnlineThe Monthly Bulletin of Statistics presentscurrent economic and social statistics for morethan 200 countries and territories of the world.It contains over 50 tables of monthly and/orbimonthly, quarterly and annual data on avariety of subjects illustrating importanteconomic trends and developments, includingpopulation, prices, employment and earnings,energy, manufacturing, transport, construction, internationalmerchandise trade and finance.Vol. LXVII – No. 2, February 2013In addition to the regular recurrent monthly tables, this issueincludes the quarterly and bimonthly tables: Retail price indicesrelating to living expenditures of United Nations officials;Earnings in manufacturing, by sex; Total exports and imports byregions: quantum and unit value indices and terms of trade in USdollars.For more information:Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS Online2009 Energy Balances and Electricity ProfilesThe 2009 Energy Balances and ElectricityProfiles contains energy balances for about115 developing countries, showingproduction, trade, conversion andconsumption in energy units for all energyproducts; and electricity profiles for about190 countries, providing detailed informationon production, trade and consumption ofelectricity, net installed capacity and thermalpower plant input for selected developing and developedcountries.For more information:2009 Energy Balances and Electricity ProfilesOutreach materialDESA NGO NewsInformation about the global plan adopted by the CSW57 to endgender-based violence and the fourth meeting of the High LevelPanel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 DevelopmentAgenda held in Bali, are featured in the March issue. 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 3, Volume 1The latest issue is now available online. Published by DESA’sDivision for Sustainable Development, the newsletter aims tohighlight the work carried out by Member States, the UN, MajorGroups and other relevant stakeholders in implementingsustainable development and leading the way to the Future WeWant.View full issue: Sustainable Development in ActionYouth Flash NewsletterMarch issue is now available featuring an article entitled“Google+ Hangout with Youth Representatives and ExpertPanelists Puts a Spotlight on Youth Migration”. The newsletteris published by DESA’s Division for Social Policy andDevelopment Focal Point on Youth to keep the public informed
  15. 15. April 2013, Vol. 17, No. 4DESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 15about the work of the UN on youth issues. It is prepared with inputfrom UN offices, agencies, and from youth organizations aroundthe world.View full issue at: Youth Flash NewsletterEnable NewsletterPrepared by the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights ofPersons with Disabilities (SCRPD) within DESA’s Division forSocial Policy and Development, the February issue is nowavailable highlighting the upcoming High-level Meeting onDisability and Development to be held in September. Thenewsletter features input from UN offices, agencies, funds andprogrammes and civil society.Read full issue: United Nations ENABLE newsletterOpen Government Data for Citizen Engagement in ManagingDevelopment Guidance Toolkit (OGDCE Toolkit)DESA’s Division for Public Administration and DevelopmentManagement (DPADM) has released the Open Government Datafor Citizen Engagement in Managing Development Toolkit(OGDCE toolkit). The toolkit is a practical, easy-to-understand andeasy-to-use set of guidelines for government decision makers toimplement, evaluate and sustain open government data initiativesfor citizen engagement.The Toolkit introduces the concept of open government data,strategies for designing open data programs, steps forimplementing, monitoring and evaluating the related programs,and ideas for sustaining the open data ecosystem. The Toolkit alsoprovides checklists for assessing open government data readiness,options for open data platforms and information on open dataformats.Since open government data is a fast moving field, the Divisionwelcomes contributions to the Toolkit from stakeholders and hasreleased a working version on 27 February 2013 alongside the firstedition.For more information: OGDCE ToolkitOnline Survey on Promoting Empowerment of PeopleDESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development conducted,from 8 August to 5 September 2012, a global online survey togather inputs for consideration by the 51st session of theCommission for Social Development (CSocD), which took placefrom 6 to 15 February 2013.The survey enabled the public worldwide to respond to a set ofquestions that were related to the priority theme of CSocD on“Promoting empowerment of people in achieving povertyeradication, social integration and full employment and decentwork for all”.The responses collected and selected from the first question“Empowerment: What does it mean to you?” was published in aseparate booklet.The ten questions were the following:1. When you hear the term “empowerment” what does it mean toyou?2. How would empowering people help achieve povertyeradication?3. How would empowering people improve social integration,especially of people living in poverty, youth, older persons,persons with disabilities and indigenous peoples?4. How could empowering people help achieve full employmentand decent work?5. What do you consider would be main barriers to theeconomic, social and political empowerment of people andsocial groups including people living in poverty, youth, olderpersons, persons with disabilities and indigenous people?6. Do you have any examples of successful empowerment ofpeople, including specific social groups? Please indicate them.7. What policies do you consider would further promote social,economic, political and legal empowerment of people, includingsocial groups?8. Do you consider that Information and CommunicationTechnologies (ICTs), especially the Internet has an impact onempowerment? Can you give some examples?9. How is empowerment related to inequality in societies?10. Please provide any additional comments.To download the full survey:Online Survey on Promoting Empowerment of PeopleDiscussion papersMonthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation andProspects No. 52Published by DESA’s Development Policy and AnalysisDivision, the March issue sheds light on the US automaticspending cuts referred to as the “sequester”. The briefing alsostates that while China is setting out a GDP target of 7.5 percent, India is boosting its budget spending.Download:Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation andProspects
  16. 16. April 2013, Vol. 17, No. 4WebsitesRedesign of DESA’s Population Division websiteThe new redesign of DESA’sPopulation Division website,launched on 20 March, includesnews, events and exciting features,through which both existing usersand new visitors can gain a greater understanding of the Division’sactivities and achievements.“We are very excited to launch the redesigned website. Now it willbe much easier for users throughout the global community to findthe information they need, whether it is Member States seekingpolicy-relevant analysis or fact sheets, or members of the generalpublic looking for data about population trends in their homecountries,” said Mr. John Wilmoth, Director of the PopulationDivision.To browse: Website of DESA’s Population DivisionDESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 16
  17. 17. April 2013, Vol. 17, No. 4DESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 17Comings and GoingsComingsThe following staff members were promoted in March:Oleg K. Serezhin, Senior Social Affairs Officer, Division forSocial Policy and DevelopmentJianqun Wang, Information Systems Officer, Communications andInformation Management Service
  18. 18. April 2013, Vol. 17, No. 4Conference on Assessment of 2010 Round of Population andHousing Censuses in AfricaPretoria, South Africa, 29 April - 1 MayCalendar on Sustainable Development, twentieth sessionNew York, 6-17 MayFacebook chat on global partnership for development4 April at 9 – 11am EDT Forum on Indigenous Issues, twelfth session10th session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF10)New York, 20-31 May8-19 April, Istanbul of the UN Committee of Experts on PublicAdministrationNew York, 15-19 April on Improving the Integration of a GenderPerspective into Official StatisticsChiba, Japan, 16-19 April Session of the Commission on Population andDevelopmentNew York, 22 - 26 April role of philanthropic organizations in the post-2015 settingSpecial Policy Dialogue of the UN Development CooperationForumNew York, 23 April Event on “Partnering for innovative solutions forsustainable development”New York, 24 April News is an insiders look at the United Nations in the area of economic andsocial development policy. The newsletter is produced by the Communications andInformation Management Service of the United Nations Department of Economic andSocial Affairs in collaboration with DESA Divisions. DESA News is issued everymonth. Please click here to send inquiries.DESA News | Newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 18