Newsletter of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Volume 20, No.12 – December 2016

With the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the world started a new chapter for the one billion people living with a disability. It formalized the obligation of Member States to guarantee the rights of persons with a disability, and provided a framework for people to claim their equal human rights and inclusion in society.
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HIGHLIGHTS

Today, the Internet seems to have an impact on just about every walk of life. It has undeniably sparked innovation and entrepreneurship, created new forms of public engagement and economic activity that helps people connect, organize and act towards a common purpose. However; two out of three households in developing countries lack Internet access and 200 million fewer women than men have access to browse the web. Security, privacy and human rights online need to be protected.

The 13th session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters will be held in New York from 5 to 8 December 2016, followed by the ECOSOC special meeting on international cooperation in tax matters on 9 December. This upcoming session of the Committee will focus on the issues related to the next update of the United Nations Model Double Taxation Convention between Developed and Developing Countries.
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During one full week in June 2017 (5-9 June 2017), the United Nations will devote special attention to the health of our oceans and seas by organizing a Conference dedicated to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.

In December 2016, the world will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). We spoke with Daniela Bas, Director of UN DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development, on the impact that the CRPD has had for people with disabilities worldwide.

The first-ever United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference concluded in the Turkmen capital on 27 November, with more than 50 countries endorsing the ”Ashgabat Statement on Commitments and Policy Recommendations,” with a view to supporting cleaner, greener transportation – from local transit systems to worldwide multimodal networks.
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