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» An intense and fascinating debate on the legacy of colonialism and its impact on the world's indigenous peoples took place at the UN headquarters in New York last Sunday and Monday. The 11th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues focussed on the theme: ''The Doctrine of Discovery: Its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests''.
» The trials, tribulations, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the emerging new world order and the rise of the Asian century were on full display at the 68th session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap) held in Bangkok last week. While the Asian countries see great potential for integrating their enormous social, economic, demographic and cultural potential to improve the quality of their peoples lives, they are hugely concerned about being hit by forces outside their control.
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