Yearbook of the United Nations, 2007. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 9, Social policy, crime prevention and human resources development
During 2007, 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 February, considered as its priority theme “Promoting full employment and decent work for all”. It also reviewed relevant UN plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups and discussed the emerging issue of youth employment: impact, challenges and opportunities for social development. The General Assembly considered the implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development and the Programme of Action, adopted at the 1995 World Summit for Social Development, and further initiatives for social development adopted at its twenty-fourth (2000) special session. The Assembly discussed the follow-up to the tenth anniversary of the 1994 International Year of the Family and declared that the date of 20 February would be celebrated annually as the World Day of Social Justice. Following discussions on the theme of “The role of the United Nations system in promoting full and productive employment and decent work for all”, during its coordination segment, the Economic and Social Council, in July, adopted a resolution on the subject in which it requested members of the UN system to continue to incorporate the goals of full and productive employment and decent work for all in their policies, programmes and activities. With regard to persons with disabilities, UN bodies continued to monitor the implementation of the 1982 World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons and the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, adopted by the Assembly in 1993. The 2006 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities opened for signature on 30 March. In the area of cultural development, the Assembly held the two-day High-level Dialogue on Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding and Cooperation for Peace in October and, in a December resolution, declared 2010 the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures. In other action, the Assembly urged Member States to observe the Olympic Truce during the 2008 Olympic Games, decided to observe the International Day of Non-Violence on 2 October each year, and recognized the year from 12 September 2007 to 11 September 2008 as the year commemorating the Ethiopian Millennium. In April, the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice considered, among other things, the follow-up to the Eleventh (2005) United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and preparations for the Twelfth (2010) Congress; technical assistance for implementing conventions and protocols related to terrorism; the 2008-2011 strategy for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; the prevention, investigation, prosecution and punishment of economic fraud and identity-related crime; UN standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice; strengthening basic principles of judicial conduct; supporting national efforts for child justice reform; and the improvement of access to legal aid in criminal justice systems, particularly in Africa. In a December resolution, the Assembly urged the international community to support the efforts of developing countries in formulating human resources development strategies that promoted technological capability. In other action related to human resources development, the Assembly welcomed progress made in building partnerships between the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and other UN bodies with respect to training and capacity-development programmes and appealed to Governments and private institutions to give UNITAR generous financial and other support.
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, 2007. v. 61; Vol. 61
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