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H.E. Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, M.M. elected President of the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly

H.E. Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, M.M., was elected President of the sixty-third session of the United Nations General Assembly on 4 June 2008.

Mehmet Ali Üstün © UNICEF Türkiye 2008

Mehmet Okur in new link with UNICEF

The NBA and UNICEF have been partners since 2001 as part of NBA Cares, the basketball league's social responsibility initiative.

Citizen contributions for International Day of Peace, 21 September

Messages on peace in text message, email, video and photo form were being solicited and sent around the world over “new media” channels to raise

Fight against Domestic Violence Training for NGO Volunteers

“The Training of Trainers Programme for Non-Governmental Organizations’ Volunteers on Combating Domestic Violence against Women” was organized on 22-24 September 2008

RCOs discussed UN reform in Istanbul

Turkey hosted annual Regional and Sub-regional Coordination Officers’ Meeting between September 3 – 5, 2008 in Istanbul.

Family Planning: It’s a Right; Let’s Make it Real

More than 140 countries worldwide observed World Population Day on 11 July by emphasizing the importance of family planning for the wellbeing of families, communities and nations, and by underlining the need to further integrate such services into national development plans.

Public Procurement Website Launched

UNDP’s Procurement Capacity Development Centre (PCDC) has recently launched its public procurement online resource website

Changing nature of warfare makes children more vulnerable

Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, presented her report to the Human Rights Council in September.

Growing rich-poor divide threatens child health in Asia-Pacific, finds UN report

While child survival in Asia and the Pacific – where half of the world’s children live – has improved considerably, deepening economic disparities have meant that the region’s poor are often unable to access proper health care, according to a new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Governments and Multilateral Organizations Must Do a Better Job of Answering to Women for Commitments Made, Says New UNIFEM Report

Stronger accountability needed to move from commitments to results, including achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Women must be included in all oversight processes; gender equality must become standard against which public performance is assessed.

It's not expensive to prevent repeated suicide attempts

The vast majority (85%) of deaths due to suicide occur in low and middle-income countries. While wealthy, industrialized countries provide sophisticated

UNODC Warns of Growing Abuse of Synthetic Drugs in the Developing World

A report released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) shows that the use of synthetic drugs, while stabilizing in most developed

Significant gains in preventing HIV, but not enough – UN report

While there have been significant gains in preventing new HIV infections in a number of heavily-affected countries and reducing the number of AIDS-related deaths, the epidemic is far from over in any part of the world,

A UN Peacekeeper profile: Captain Paul Ung

In many ways, Paul Ung’s life has come full circle. In his youth, the United Nations helped him when he was a refugee from Vietnam in Cambodia. Now he is working for the United Nations helping people in another war-devastated country: Liberia.

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Global leadership more vital than ever to solve today’s crises – Secretary General Ban

Minister Günay attended the ceremony

Peaceday celebrated at Peace Bell Ceremony

International Day of Peace was celebrated in Ankara at a ceremony organized jointly by the United Nations Turkey and Turkish-Japanese Foundation.

Communication Students gathered to combat violence against women

The second round of the “Gender and Media Workshop”, which aims to increase awareness of future media professionals on gender equality and domestic violence against women, has been organized between June 30th

UNICEF: Report Highlights Risk of Maternal Mortality in Developing World

Nearly all maternal deaths occur in developing countries; over 80 per cent in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Progress in achieving UN anti-poverty goals for 2015 under threat, new report finds

The world has made strong and sustained progress in reducing extreme poverty, the United Nations reports today, but this is now being undercut by higher prices, particularly of food and oil, and the global economic slowdown.

United Nations Awareness Raising Meeting

A United Nations Development Analysis Framework (UNDAF) awareness raising meeting was held at METU on Tuesday the 22nd of July.

Courtesy of Jean Plantu

Six decades ago on May 29, the United Nations Security Council established our first peacekeeping mission.

UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948

24 October
63rd anniversary of the establishment of the
United Nations
It is your world!

UN report: Significant progress in debt relief for poorest countries but trade and aid still major barriers to achieving anti-poverty goals

As world leaders prepare to review gains in global development in New York later this month, a new UN report finds significant progress in providing debt relief to the world’s poorest countries, but not in fulfilling trade

Foreign Direct Investment May Have Peaked In 2007, Annual Report Reveals

Global foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows rose in 2007 by 30% to reach an all-time high of US$ 1,833 billion, according to the World Investment Report 2008: Transnational Corporations and the Infrastructure Challenge, UNCTAD's yearly review of investment trends.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The Foundation of International Human Rights Law

The UDHR is generally agreed to be the foundation of international human rights law. Adopted almost 60 years ago, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) has inspired a rich body of legally binding international

Dignity and Justice for All of Us

“Dignity and Justice for all of us” reinforces the vision of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as a commitment to universal dignity and justice. It is not a luxury or a wish-list.The UDHR and its core values,

A Handbook for Women on Combating Domestic Violence

A “Handbook on Combating Domestic Violence” has been prepared within the framework of Combating Domestic Violence against Women Project that is implemented by the Directorate General on the Status of Women, with the technical assistance of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the financial assistance of the European Union (EU).

Ambassador Tepedelen, RC Ayub and Traeger of UNCTAD

LDC Report launched in Ankara

Launch of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) 2008 Report took place at Swiss Hotel in Ankara Turkey. UNIC Ankara facilitated the launch in cooperation with UNCTAD official who presented the report in Ankara on July 17.

Bernadette Sene, a profile of a UN field officer

It is often said that the first casualty of war is truth, but to Bernadette Sene, the first to suffer in any conflict are the children. A Child Protection Advisor from Senegal working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ms. Sene monitors and reports violations and abuses against the country’s children, including killing, rape, abduction and other forms of violence.


President Gül addresses the UN General Assembly

President Gul addressed UN General Assembly

On 25 September, in an address to the opening day of the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, Mr. Gül said “we welcome and firmly support the

World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy

Climate change affects everyone. But the worst hit will be hundreds of millions of small-scale farmers, fishers and forest-dependent people who are already vulnerable and food insecure. By affecting the availability of land, water and

New campaign to promote 157 helpline

A new national awareness campaign promoting Turkey’s 157 Emergency Helpline aims to identify and rescue victims of human trafficking through

Quality of Life in 14 Villages Is Being Improved

Quality of life will be improved in fourteen villages in the Southeast Turkey with the support of the Government of Turkey,

New figures show fewer children out of school

The Ministry of National Education’s Formal Education Statistics for 2007-8 paint the clearest picture yet of enrolment ratios at various levels of the school system - and of gender discrimination in access to education.

Peacekeeping photo exhibit

UNIC Ankara opened a photo exhibit at the UNIC's reference library to commemorate the 60th anniversary of UN peacekeeping.

Turkey Donates US $3.5 million for WFP Operations in Africa

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a donation of US$3.5 million from the Government of Turkey which will support WFP’s emergency food operations in Africa.

UN-backed conference in Bologna tackled racism in European cities

A United Nations-backed conference to fight racism and discrimination in the everyday lives of people living in European cities organized in Bologna in partnership with the European Coalition of Cities against Racism and FC Barcelona.

Navanethem Pillay

New UN human rights chief speaks of personal understanding of discrimination

The newly appointed United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says she comes to her work with a personal understanding of human rights violations, based on her experience of living in South Africa during the apartheid regime when

Opium Cultivation Down by a Fifth in Afghanistan
Situation “vulnerable to a relapse”, says UNODC

A report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) shows a 19 per cent decrease in opium cultivation to 157,000 hectares, down from a record

WHO creates new surgical tool to make operations safer everywhere

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations launched an online tool to foster active dialogue and debate among researchers, policymakers, students, and world citizens on media literacy.

Mandate of UN-African Union mission in Darfur extended by one year

The Security Council extended by one year the mandate of the joint United Nations-African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in the strife-torn western Sudanese region of Darfur.

Inequities are killing people on a "grand scale" reports WHO's Commission

A child born in a Glasgow, Scotland suburb can expect a life 28 years shorter than another living only 13 kilometers away. A girl in Lesotho is likely to live 42

WHO and World Bank Join Forces For Better Results From Global Health Investments

As delegates gather at the International AIDS Conference the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank addressed the pressing global debate around health systems and initiatives in specific aspects of health, nutrition and

UNICEF/WHO: Far Too Few Using Improved Sanitation; More People Using Drinking-Water From Safe Sources

Every day, over 2.5 billion people suffer from a lack of access to improved sanitation [1]and nearly 1.2 billion practise open defecation, the riskiest sanitary

Children at the UN day care

The World’s Most Translated Document

From the six UN official languages –Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish— spoken by billions of people, to Pipil, spoken by some 50 people in El Salvador and Honduras, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is the most translated document in the world.

UN Turkey Newsletter board of editors (in alphabetical order)

Ahmet Parla
Aygen Aytaç
Gökçe Yörükoğlu
Halide Çaylan
Meltem Ağduk
Metin Çorabatır
Müveddet Farrell
Nezih Tavlaş
Pınar Perçinel
Selin Arslan
Sema Hosta
Şehnaz Tanılkan

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