Yearbook of the United Nations, 2009. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 9, Social policy, crime prevention and human resources development
In 2009, 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 its priority theme “Social integration”. In July, the Economic and Social Council endorsed the Global Jobs Pact adopted by the International Labour Conference and invited Member States and international organizations to make full use of the Pact. 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 adopted further initiatives for social development at its twenty-fourth (2000) special session. The Assembly adopted a resolution on cooperatives in social development, discussed the follow-up to the tenth anniversary of the (1994) International Year of the Family and beyond, and proclaimed the year 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives. 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 1993 Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities. In December, the Assembly adopted a resolution on realizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for persons with disabilities and urged the UN system to integrate disability issues into its work. In the area of cultural development, the United Nations observed the International Year of Reconciliation; and in April, more than 1,500 participants convened at the second Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. In other action, the Assembly adopted resolutions on interreligious and intercultural dialogue, the Alliance of Civilizations, the International Federation of Association Football World Cup in South Africa, and building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal. It also designated 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day, to be observed each year beginning in 2010, and granted to the International Olympic Committee observer status in the General Assembly. In April, the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice held thematic discussions on economic fraud and identity-related crime and on penal reform and the reduction of prison overcrowding. It also considered, among other subjects, preparations for the Twelfth (2010) United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, to be held in Brazil; technical assistance for implementing the international conventions and protocols related to terrorism; international cooperation against economic fraud and identity-related crime; support for the regional programmes of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; international cooperation to prevent, combat and eliminate kidnapping; improving the collection, reporting and analysis of data to enhance knowledge on trends in specific areas of crime; and supporting national and international efforts for child justice reform. In December, the General Assembly called on Governments to criminalize trafficking in persons in all its forms; urged Member States and international organizations to develop national and regional strategies, in cooperation with the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme, to address effectively transnational organized crime; and urged Member States to strengthen international cooperation to prevent and combat terrorism. Also in December, the Assembly stressed the need for Member States to integrate human resources development into national development strategies as a means to achieve the MDGs and promote economic and social development, and encouraged them to adopt and implement comprehensive human resources development strategies to ensure strong links between education, training and employment. The Assembly also approved amendments to the United Nations University Charter to enable the University to grant advanced academic degrees.
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, 2009. v. 63; Vol. 63
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