Yearbook of the United Nations, 2003. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 9, Social policy, crime prevention and human resources development
In 2003, the United Nations continued to promote social, cultural and human resources development, and to strengthen its crime prevention and criminal justice programme. The Commission for Social Development, in May, considered as its priority theme national and international cooperation for social development and adopted agreed conclusions on the theme, which were endorsed by the Economic and Social Council. The General Assembly considered follow-up to the 1995 World Summit for Social Development and to the Assembly's twenty-fourth (2000) special session, which adopted further initiatives, and preparations for the observance of the tenth anniversary of the International Year of the Family in 2004. In December, the Assembly endorsed a June decision of the Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities to establish a working group to prepare a draft text for the convention, which would be the basis for negotiation by Member States. The Assembly proclaimed 2005 the International Year for Sport and Physical Education, as a means to promote education, health, development and peace. As preparations gathered momentum for the twenty-eighth (2004) Olympic Games, the Assembly urged Governments to observe the Olympic Truce while the Games were under way. In the area of crime prevention, the Assembly, in October, adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption, which was opened for signature (December, Merida, Mexico). The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime entered into force in September, as did its Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children in December. Preparations continued for the Eleventh United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, to be held in 2005. The Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice considered trafficking in persons, transnational organized crime, preparations for the Eleventh United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the work of the Centre for International Crime Prevention of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, international cooperation and technical assistance in preventing and combating terrorism, urban crime, kidnapping, crimes against cultural heritage, UN standards and norms in crime prevention, the Commission's functioning and illicit trafficking in protected species of wild flora and fauna. The Secretary-General, in September, described the need to increase investment in human resources development and to promote strategies for information technologies. Also calling for increased investment, the Assembly recognized the importance of developing human resources as a means to promote sustained economic growth and eradicate poverty.
UN - UN. Economic and Social Council - UN. General Assembly - UN. Commission for Social Development - UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice - SOCIAL POLICY - CRIME PREVENTION - PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES - ORGANIZED CRIME - TRANSNATIONAL CRIME - CULTURAL COOPERATION - LANGUAGES - HUMAN RESOURCES - TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2003. v. 57; Vol. 57
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