Anyone interested in highlighting the "Second Industrial
Development Decade for Africa" will have to do so very
soon. That decade will end in two years. Apparently, June
was to be a month of special action.
Although the Economic and Social Council is no more anchored
in Geneva for its July summer sessions, Lake Leman will
still welcome visitors from New York towards the end of
June, beginning of July. There will be a substantive revue
of issues relating to poverty, five years after a Copenhagen
international conference. Government representatives, interested
NGOs and Secretariat staff will be on hand.
The Day to Combat Desertification and Drought fell
on 17 June. A special secretariat to mobilize support for
that issue is based in Castle Castagne, Bonn, Germany.
A seminar in Washington, D.C. on 27 June will feature an
unprecedented participation of senior women from the U.N.
Secretariat. New York Times U.N. correspondent Barbara Crossette
will moderate a discussion on the role of international
organization in conflict resolution.