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Event:Africa Global Business Forum 2013 Date 01/05/2013 City Dubai Country United Arab Emirates }} Event:Statistical Challenges on Monitoring Development Indicators beyond 2015 Date 02/05/2013 City Pretoria Country South Africa }} At the March 2013 Conference of African ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development that was held in Abidjan, African Ministers requested the Economic Commission for Africa, the African Development Bank and the African Union Commission to set up a Working Group that would come up with indicators aimed at following up on progress made in reaching the post 2015 development agenda in line with the Africa Common Position. In this regard, the three institutions are jointly organizing a meeting, themed: Statistical Challenges of Monitoring Development beyond 2015 in Pretoria, South Africa on 2-3 May 2013. The objective of the meeting is to provide an opportunity to officials from the national statistical systems and other statistical organizations in the region to learn about the on-going policy work on the post-2015 development agenda at international and regional levels; initiate development of indicators and prepare a clear roadmap for meeting the statistical challenges through a balanced understanding of the likely data demand beyond 2015. Regardless of the nature of post-2015 development framework that is finally adopted, the issues and challenges of monitoring progress against regional and national goals and targets through robustly measurable indicators still need to be seriously addressed. Further, while the policy work is in progress, it is hoped that the statistical community in Africa can start engaging in discussions on development of indicators; setting of goals and targets; as well as measurement issues for monitoring purposes. The discussion should also include the various statistical challenges currently being faced by the countries with regard to obtaining regular data for monitoring of development indicators, including those in the MDGs. Clearly, statisticians should prepare themselves to meet greater data demands in future. For more information, visit the [http://www.uneca.org/media-centre/stories/experts-address-statistical-challenges-monitoring-development-indicators-beyond website of the conference]. World Economic Forum on Africa 2013: Delivering on Africa's promise Date 08/05/2013 City Cape Town Country South Africa }} With an expected annual growth of 5% in 2012-2013, sub-Saharan Africa continues its transformative journey from a developing continent to a hub of global growth. According to the World Bank, almost half of Africa’s countries have attained middle-income status. At the same time, the continent’s positive outlook is threatened by fluctuating commodity prices, rising inequality and youth unemployment. To build on its achievements, Africa’s leaders need to strengthen the continent’s competitiveness, foster inclusive growth and build resilience in a volatile global environment. Accelerating economic diversification, boosting strategic infrastructure and unlocking talent are critical success factors in this new leadership context. Under the theme “Delivering on Africa’s Promise”, the 23rd World Economic Forum on Africa will provide an important platform for regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society to deepen the continent’s integration agenda and renew commitment to a sustainable path of growth and development by addressing the following themes: * Accelerating Economic Diversification * Boosting Strategic Infrastructure * Unlocking Africa’s Talent For more information, please visit the website of the event, [http://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-africa-2013 here] Tackling corruption: can citizens make a difference? Date 14/05/2013 City London Country United Kingdom }} ''Over the past decade, there has been growing enthusiasm in international development circles about the transformational power of citizen participation. An informed and aware population who can participate in political processes, hold the state to account, and exercise rights and responsibilities effectively is seen as indispensable to strengthen the quality of (democratic) governance and the nature of state-society relations. Yet, the evidence base linking “political voice” to improved governance and development outcomes remains much debated. This event will seek to address this debate by analysing innovative civil society initiatives to combat corruption and promote greater transparency and accountability. Drawing on research and experience from a variety of settings across the developing world, the panel will explore whether and how citizen participation has made a difference, and, critically, why. The discussion should also generate some important lessons and messages for improved donor engagement in this area. This event contributes to ODI’s growing body of work on the politics of public goods and service delivery and democracies in transition, including the implications for citizen’s participation. Pierre is the author of a new book entitled Citizens against Corruption: Report from the Frontline (Matador, 2013) and Fredrik has an upcoming working paper entitled “The Fix-Rate: A Key Metric for Transparency and Accountability”, Integrity Action (May 2013, forthcoming). '''''Speakers:''''' '''Pierre Landell-Mills''' - Director, Partnership for Transparency Fund '''Fredrik Galtung''' - Chief Executive, Integrity Action '''''Discussant''''' '''Mark Robinson''' - Chief Professional Officer, Governance, Social Development, Conflict and Humanitarian, DFID. '''''Chair''''' [[Category:Governance and Civic Engagement]] [[Category:Networks and Partners]] '''Alina Rocha Menocal''' - Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute'' To visit the website of the event, click [http://www.odi.org.uk/events/3195-tackling-corruption-can-citizens-make-difference#details here] To watch the event online, register [http://www.odi.org.uk/events/3195-tackling-corruption-can-citizens-make-difference#livevideo here] Event:World Telecommunication and Information Society Day Date 17/05/2013 City Global Country Global }} The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide. 17 May marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union.
'''World Telecommunication Day''' World Telecommunication Day has been celebrated annually on 17 May since 1969, marking the founding of ITU and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865. It was instituted by the Plenipotentiary Conference in Malaga-Torremolinos in 1973.
'''World Information Society Day''' In November 2005, the World Summit on the Information Society called upon the UN General Assembly to declare 17 May as World Information Society Day to focus on the importance of ICT and the wide range of issues related to the Information Society raised by WSIS. The General Assembly adopted a resolution (A/RES/60/252) in March 2006 stipulating that World Information Society Day shall be celebrated every year on 17 May.
'''World Telecommunication and Information Society Day''' In November 2006, the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Antalya, Turkey, decided to celebrate both events on 17 May as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. The updated Resolution 68 invites Member States and Sector Members to celebrate the day annually by organizing appropriate national programmes with a view to: *stimulating reflection and exchanges of ideas on the theme adopted by the Council *debating the various aspects of the theme with all partners in society *(formulating a report reflecting national discussions on the issues underlying the theme, to be fed back to ITU and the rest of its membership
ITU Website: '''http://www.itu.int/en/wtisd/Pages/default.aspx'''
Event:World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development Date 21/05/2013 City Global Country Global }} In 2001, UNESCO adopted the [http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID Event:International Day for Biological Diversity Date 22/05/2013 City Global }} [[File:International day biological diversity 2013-logo-en.png]] The [[United Nations]] has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29 December (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity), was designated The International Day for Biological Diversity. In December 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted 22 May as IDB, to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity. This was partly done because it was difficult for many countries to plan and carry out suitable celebrations for the date of 29 December, given the number of holidays that coincide around that time of year. Event:Global Platform for Risk Reduction Date 23/05/2013 City Geneva Country Switzerland Summary The Global Platform for Disaster Reduction was established in 2007 as a biennial forum for information exchange, discussion of latest development and knowledge and partnership building across sectors, with the goal to improve implementation of disaster risk reduction through better communication and coordination amongst stakeholders. The Global Platform is organized by UNISDR, the UN's office for disaster risk reduction and secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. Event:African Development Bank Group Annual Meeting Date 27/05/2013 City Marrakech Country Morocco Summary The theme of the 2013 meetings will be ‘Africa's Structural Transformation’. Event:OECD Forum 2013 Date 28/05/2013 City Paris Country France }} Event:Workshop on Measuring Progress at a local level Date 28/05/2013 City Pisa Country Italy Summary The workshop “Measuring progress at a local level”, organised by the University of Pisa Child Indicators in a Globalized World: Implications for research, practice, and policy. ISCI Conference 2013 Country Seoul City Korea Date 29/05/2013 Summary ISCI Conference 2013 in Seoul