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.