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Countdown to a World of Seven Billion People

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 settembre 2011

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New York, Earth’s population will reach seven billion on 31 October, a milestone that offers unprecedented challenges and opportunities to all of humanity, according to UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. Working with a wide group of governments, organizations, corporations and individuals, UNFPA is taking the lead in the global observations of the occasion. That includes the launching of a global initiative, 7 Billion Actions, under the theme of 7 Billion People – Counting on Each Other. Based on online and off line activities, the campaign highlights individual stories behind the 7 billion figure—aiming to inspire action for social good. Select events leading up to 31 October, the World at 7 billion, will include:
• 13 September – Washington, DC: A special event, 7 Billion People: Counting on Each Other – Unleashing the Power of Women and Girls sponsored by National Geographic, UNFPA and numerous U.S. government agencies, advocates and celebrities. This 400+ person event will focus on women and girls as critical engines of change in the new reality of 7 billion people. Proceedings will take place at National Geographic Society Headquarters Auditorium, 1145 17th St. NW from 3-5 p.m. (ET) with a reception to follow.
• 14 September – New York: A panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities of a world of 7 billion people, featuring perspectives from different stakeholders. Moderated by international television host Riz Khan, the panel will include United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and representatives of the UN Member States, the private sector and civil society. The event will be held from 12:00-1:15 p.m. (ET) at Room 4 of the North Lawn Building at United Nations Headquarters.
• 24 October: Start of the Countdown to 7 Billion events, including a series of individual events organized by UNFPA’s partner organizations to mark the countdown to 7 Billion Day
• 26 October: Worldwide launch of The State of World Population 2011 report, entitled “People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion.”
• 31 October: Events and a press conference at the United Nation, New York, marking the arrival of the 7 billionth baby, to be attended by the United Nations Secretary-General and the Executive Director of UNFPA as well as global leaders and celebrities. The event will also feature young change makers and worldwide media coverage.
Other events will also be held worldwide to mark the 7 billion milestone. Observances will range from exhibitions and events on the global population, to concerts, photos exhibits and awareness campaigns in public spaces, including original performances by artists and musicians. More information will follow.

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A constitution-making handbook for peace

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 9 settembre 2011

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Today, Friday, September 9th, 2011, Interpeace launches the handbook: ‘Constitution-making and reform: Options for the Process’ a comprehensive resource for national constitution-makers and their advisors. Constitution-making is hitting the headlines. This year alone, constitutional reforms have been, or are, on the agenda in Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Nepal, Southern Sudan, Zimbabwe and now Libya. Over 150 new constitutions have been created since 1975, and as many as 20 national constitutions are reformed or adopted each year. Recent months and the ‘Arab Spring’ have proven that this development continues. A modern constitution needs to be legitimate in the eyes of the people, but achieving this is a challenge. Often national and international constitution-makers feel out in the cold as there has been no comprehensive resource on the options for constitution-making and reform. The design, implementation and management of these processes, in an inclusive way, create the foundations for lasting peace. The stakes are high. If the process goes wrong the seeds of future conflict and violence will be sown. Interpeace, an international peacebuilding organization, is now filling this critical gap.
Held at the United Nations (UN) in New York, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the UN General Assembly is providing the opening remarks. His Royal Highness Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan, Permanent Representative of Jordan to the UN and Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission Country Configuration for Liberia, will moderate a panel discussion. He will be joined by Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Director of the Center for International Conflict Resolution, SIPA, and former Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations; Nicholas Haysom, Director of Political Affairs, Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General; Jamal Benomar, UN Special Advisor and Envoy for Yemen and former Director of the UN Rule of Law Unit; and Michele Brandt, co-author of ‘Constitution-making and Reform: Options for the Process’.
Four respected experts from the constitution-making domain, Michele Brandt, Director of Interpeace’s ‘Constitution-making for Peace’ initiative, Jill Cottrell, Yash Ghai, and Anthony Regan, have united to create this ‘how to guide’ for constitution-makers around the world.
The handbook provides practical guidance on how to design transparent, nationally led and owned processes that are also participatory and inclusive. Lakhdar Brahimi, who provides the foreword for the handbook, highlights: “I wish ‘Constitution-making and reform: options for the process’had been available to the international community when I was the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan. This book asks the right questions.” The handbook will be available on line for all to access from the 9th September at 9am EST on

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