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                    United Nations
           Economic and Social Commission
                  for Western Asia
                                                                        Issue 11/52
               Weekly News                                            8 March 2004

UN Sends Under-Secretary-General to Beirut
UN Under-Secretary-General for Management Catherine Bertini visited
UN ESCWA, Beirut, on 24-27 February. Speaking to ESCWA staff, on
her first visit to Lebanon, Bertini addressed the security and human
resources issues raised and had the opportunity to shed light on
dealings at UN headquarters. Bertini stressed that she wanted to learn
more about the staff’s needs so as to be able to shape policies on issues that touch them.
In her welcome address at the general staff meeting, ESCWA Executive Secretary Mervat Tallawy
supported Bertini’s idea of meeting up individually with UN ambassadors to clarify the needed UN
human resources and insure greater understanding of their allocations.
In a whirlwind series of meetings, Bertini met with the Lebanese President and other top officials
and went on to meet with ESCWA’s security management team and staff council for more in-depth
Ms. Bertini previously headed the world’s largest food aid agency, the UN World Food Programme
(WFP). Under her direction, WFP became known for its exceptional ability to get assistance to the
hungry. Recipient of the 2003 World Food Prize Laureate, Bertini has gone on other missions for
Secretary General Kofi Annan in Africa and Asia to help further UN programs before finally taking
on the UN’s Management post in January of this year.
Train-the-Trainer Course on Technology in ESCWA
                            Following the inauguration of three Multipurpose Technology
                            Community Centres (MTCC) by ESCWA and Fares Foundation in
                            cooperation with municipalities in Akkar-North Lebanon, ESCWA
                            conducted in collaboration with Mr. Samer Serhan, expert from the
                            United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the
                            Near East (UNRWA), a “Train-the-Trainer” workshop for MTCC trainers
                            and managers. The five- day workshop was designed to enable two
staff members in each MTCC to manage the centre and deliver training material.
On the basis of training delivered, trainers will be expected to obtain the International Computer
Driving Licence (ICDL) and will begin the delivery of ICDL modules to MTCC trainees at their
respective localities.
MTCCs are essentially intended to deliver further services in 2004 to their host communities in
Akkar in order to generate employment opportunities and alleviate poverty. These services include
secretarial training, accountancy, free Internet access, hardware and software support courses, e-
commerce and web design.
Discussion of ESCWA 2004-2005 Work Programme in New York
Mr. Akil Akil, Chief of the Social Development Division at ESCWA, undertook a mission to UN
Headquarters in New York to discuss the 2004-2005 Work Programme priorities, review the
provisional agenda to be adopted at the forty-second Commission for Social Development and
participate in the session held in New York from 4-13 February 2004.
During his mission, the Division for Social Policy Development (DSPD) requested that ESCWA
designates a focal point to prepare a study on “Equity and Equality in an Independent World” for
the International Forum for Social Development in October 2004. The paper will also be a vital
input to the Secretary General’s Report on the “Review of Further Implementation of the Social
Summit and the Outcome of the 24th Special Session of the General Assembly” and the “Report on
the World Social Situation 2005”.
Mr. Akil represented ESCWA at the Commission sessions, which focused on improving public
sector effectiveness, international migration from a social perspective, as well as modalities for
the review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Ageing.
                                       New Publications
            Towards Integrated Social Development Policies: A Conceptual Analysis
                    This study provides an overview of the development of social policy through the
                    institutional form of the welfare state, focusing on the United Kingdom and
                    Northern Ireland and the US in order to outline the Anglo-Saxon liberal-
                    democratic model. It reviews the internationalisation of social policy through
                    non-state actors during the austere 1980s and the proliferation of the liberal-
                    democratic model through this process. The chapter assesses responses to
                    internationalisation in terms of the challenges facing social policy formation,
                    namely globalisation, post-industrialism and changes in family structures and
                    gender relations.
The study is divided into four chapters, the first of which outlines the development and evolution
of the liberal welfare state, focusing on the United Kingdom and the United States. Chapter two
analyses the development of this model and the impact of its implementation through
international agencies such as the World Bank and IMF. It draws a contrast between the
conventional methodologies and practices of these agencies and more recent socially responsive
approaches that address social and economic development in tandem. Chapter three goes on to
examine the globalisation of social policy, the limits of international principles and agencies and
the abilities of nation states to formulate cohesive and implementable strategies. Chapter four
wraps up by reviewing some of the lessons to be learned from the models discussed in earlier
chapters and briefly traces a number of the challenges facing various ESCWA countries today.

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UN-HABITAT Launches $370 Million Housing
Programme in Iraq
                   GENEVA, Feb 27 (AFP) - The United                     ESCWA
                   Nations said Friday it needed 369
                   million dollars over the next four           Tel: 00 961 1 981 301
                   years to fund a housing                      Fax: 00 961 1 981 510
                   rehabilitation programme in Iraq.
                                                                 United Nations House
                   UN-HABITAT and officials of Iraqi
                                                                      Riad El-Solh
                   ministries on Wednesday adopted
the "Urban and Housing Rehabilitation Programme,"                 P.O. Box 11-8575
under which the UN human settlements body will help
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promote sustainable post-war reconstruction in Iraq.
"Priority needs for international assistance to this
programme were estimated at 369 million dollars over
the next four years," UN-HABITAT said in a statement.
The programme has six components: local governance
and municipal management; poverty reduction and
slum upgrading; employment generation in the
construction sector; a housing fund; a policy and
strategy for shelter; and urban information systems.
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