The African Union Women Gender and Development Directorate is hosting the 6th course on Gender Responsive Economic Policy Making in Africa. The course aims to improve and increase Member States' conceptual understanding as well as provide practical skills to mainstream gender concepts and tools into economic and social development policy and practices on the continent.
dates: 4-15 February 2013 location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The 51st session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD) is scheduled to meet from 6-15 February 2013. The session will consider as its priority theme, "Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all." The agenda also includes: follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth special session of the General Assembly; review of relevant United Nations plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups, including the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, World Programme of Action for Youth, Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002, and Family issues, policies and programmes; and the social dimension in the global development agenda beyond 2015.
dates: 6-15 February 2013 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York, US
This meeting will be attended by young people, from the ages of 15-24, and convene under the theme of health and environment.
dates: 10-14 February 2013 location: Nairobi, Kenya
This meeting, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources (ANSAB). aims to improve partnerships and collaboration between small and medium forest enterprises, service providers and national governments for the purpose of poverty reduction. The meeting will bring together partner organizations and representatives from the Forest Connect member countries of Burkina Faso, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Lao PDR, Mozambique and Nepal.
dates: 12-15 February 2013 location: Nepal
The 36th Session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will focus on the theme "The power of partnerships in advancing smallholder agriculture in developing countries". Partnerships serve smallholder farmers in many ways from expanding their operations cost-effectively to providing access to knowledge, research and technology.
dates: 13-14 February 2013 location: Rome, Italy
The Special Joint Meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Economic and Financial Committee of the General Assembly (Second Committee) on food security and nutrition is being organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP). It aims to provide a platform for experts and government representatives to discuss food security and nutrition, and promote coordinated international action to address both short- and long-term issues affecting food security. The event will: identify and address the underlying causes of food insecurity and build momentum to take action, including by building on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) commitments; present specific solutions to enhance food security and scale up nutrition; examine and draw lessons from good practice examples, including innovations that enhance food security and reduce environmental impact; and examine the role of different stakeholders, including the private sector, in enhancing food security and scaling up nutrition. The outcome of the event will be a joint summary by the President of ECOSOC and the Chairperson of the Second Committee.
date: 14 February 2013 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York, US