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Judges and Public Prosecutors Support National Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women

Within the framework of the “Zero Tolerance for Violence Against Women Principle of Government” General

World Day Against Child Labour was celebrated

Since 2002, ILO has been organizing events on 12 June for “World Day Against Child Labour” in order to raise awareness on child labour. This year “World Day Against Child Labour” was celebrated under the coordination of the Department of Social Services and Child

Photograph by: UNICEF Turkey © Sema Hosta

World Day Against Child Labour Marks the Need to Tackle the Worst Forms of Exploitation
UNICEF: Educating girls is one key to the solution

On the tenth anniversary of the World Day against Child Labour, UNICEF joins its partners in calling for action to tackle the underlying poverty that leads to child labour.

Human Rights Based Approach, a UN priority

UN Turkey organizes Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) training for its staff and stakeholders between 12 June and 1 July. The training program is conducted by Mrs. Sandra Del Pino and offers in depth understanding of HRBA for participants from the UN agencies and government institutions.

International Narcotics Control Board elects Sevil Atasoy as President

Sevil Atasoy, Professor of Biochemistry and Forensic Science of Istanbul in Turkey, was elected President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). The Board held its 95th session in May.

Ban spotlights threat of alien species to global ecosystems on International Day

The spread of non-native species is harming ecosystems, livelihoods and economies around the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity.

Mr. Ban said the global decline in biodiversity “remains alarming, despite agreement at the (2002) World Summit on Sustainable Development to significantly reduce the rate of loss by 2010,” citing deforestation, habitat changes and land degradation, often linked to climate change's growing impact, as the main drivers of biodiversity loss.

But another threat – and the focus of this year's observance of this year's International Day – is the spread of invasive alien species, he said.

Ban urges people everywhere to press leaders to agree on new climate treaty

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked World Environment Day (5 June) by asking people everywhere to press their governments to “seal the deal” on a new climate agreement during talks in Copenhagen in December.

UN Chief calls for greater efforts to eradicate malaria on international day

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the international community to redouble its efforts to ensure that every person at risk of catching malaria has access to a mosquito net by 2010, in a message marking World Malaria Day.

Although more than 40 per cent of people in danger of dying from the disease now have mosquito nets and malaria deaths have been slashed by two-thirds, there is much more work to do in providing access to key malaria prevention tools and treatment to those suffering from the disease, stressed Mr. Ban.

UN committed to help African nations pursue peace, security, development – Ban

Spotlighting some of the major challenges facing African nations today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reaffirmed the commitment of the United Nations to supporting the people of the continent in building durable peace, security and

UN Turkey Newsletter board of editors (in alphabetical order)

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

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UNHCR Representative Michel Gaudé (left) presents HOPE award to Turkish mariners

Hope Refugee Award was given to the Captain, on 20th June 2009 during the annual commemoration of the World Refugee Day (WRD)…

Towards Ethical Markets

In his speech at the opening of the The Seventh Annual Local Networks Forum (ALNF), George Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Office advised that trying to reshift the obsession for short-term profit in markets without ethics is not sustainable.

Photograph by: Oktay Üstün UNICEF Turkey 2009

UNICEF Turkey Representative Reza Hossaini speaking at the opening session

Ankara hosts international symposium on children in contact with the law

Experts from four continents gathered in Ankara on April 27 for an international symposium on children in contact with the law.

Istanbul Forum: Concrete Progress Made In Building Bridges, Connecting People Across Borders
Youth, Business Leaders Spearhead Efforts at Intercultural Understanding; New Initiatives Use Technology to Break Down Cultural, Religious Barriers

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

According to a public opinion poll, global confidence in Mr. Ban is high

WorldPublicOpinion.org conducted a poll of 19,224 respondents in nations that comprise 62 percent of the world's population. .

Asma Jangahir, in a visit to Afghanistan in October 2002 during her previous mandate as Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions. Photo: OHCHR

PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS: The Role of Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council

Year in and year out, special rapporteurs and other independent human rights experts monitor, examine, advise and publicly report on certain types of human rights violations or violations in a specific country. Acting in their personal capacity, much of their work is conducted behind the scenes, and does not always receive wide attention. Some would say they are the unsung heroes of the UN human rights monitoring system.

Courtesy of Jean Plantu

More than 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

Peacekeeping in 21st century

United Nations peacekeeping is a unique and dynamic instrument developed by the Organization as a way to help countries torn by conflict create the conditions for lasting peace. The first UN peacekeeping mission was established in 1948, when the Security Council authorized the deployment of UN military observers to the Middle

Urging world to disarm, Ban kicks off countdown to UN Day

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the “WMD-WeMustDisarm” campaign, beginning the 100-day countdown to the 2009 United Nations International Day of Peace, which this year focuses on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

Over the next 100 days leading up to the International Day, observed annually on 21 September, Mr. Ban and others will raise awareness of the need to eliminate nuclear weapons by issuing a daily message, via Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, email and radio, urging the world to disarm.

The Secretary-General is taking the lead by issuing the first 10 'tweets' of the campaign.

“Over the next 100 days, the United Nations and our partners around the world will work to raise awareness of the true costs and dangers of nuclear weapons,” Mr. Ban said in a message to mark the .

Photograph by: UNICEF Turkey © 2009
Minister of National Education Nimet Çubukçu (centre) with Undersecretary Muammer Yasar Özgül (left) and UNICEF Turkey Representative Reza Hossaini (right)

UNICEF supports expansion of preschool education in Turkey

UNICEF has welcomed the Turkish government’s adoption of a plan to ensure 100% enrolment in pre-primary education among five year-olds in 32 out of the country’s 81 provinces in the 2009-10 school year.

IOM workshop

International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized Workshop On Data Collection In Combating Trafficking In Human Beings and Identification of Victims of Trafficking

Under the project “Supporting Turkey’s efforts to combat human trafficking and promote access to justice for all trafficked persons” funded by European Union, an international workshop with the aim of “improving the data collection network,

Demography and Management Towards 2050

United Nations Population Fund-UNFPA is collaborating with Turkish Industrialists’ and Businnessmen’s Association (TUSIAD) in preparing a publication named “Demography and Management Towards 2050” which will contain demographic data and information about Turkey.

Second Session of Global Platform For Disaster Risk Reduction

Second session of Global Platform (GP) for Disaster risk reduction took place between 16-19 June 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Global status report on road safety

On 15 June, Director General Dr Margaret Chan and Mr Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, launched the Global status report on road safety. The launch took place at a press conference at Peterson Hall in New York. There were approximately 80 attendees who included journalists and national and international road safety experts.

World Drug Report 2009 Highlights Links Between Drugs and Crime
Opiates, cocaine and cannabis markets flat or decreasing, synthetic drugs the rise
UNODC Director calls for greater investment in drug treatment and crime control

The World Drug Report 2009, launched on 24 June by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC),

Freedom and safety of journalists must be ensured, declare top UN officials

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has led a chorus of United Nations officials in paying tribute to all those who work in difficult conditions to ensure the rest of the world can have access to free and unbiased information, and in stressing the need to protect their freedom and safety. In message to mark the annual World Press Freedom Day, Mr. Ban said that attacks on journalists remain “shockingly high” in number.

Desertification poses security risks, Ban warns on World Day

With 200 million people projected to become environmentally-induced migrants by 2050, land degradation threatens national and regional stability, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, marking the World Day to Combat Desertification.
One-third of the Earth’s surface is affected by desertification, endangering the livelihoods and development of up to 1 billion people, Mr. Ban said in a message to commemorate the Day, which has been observed since 1995.

“Faced with long periods of drought, famine

UNIC Ankara continues its educational outreach activities

As part of educational outreach activities, UNIC Ankara staff visited several high schools and hosted university students.

From April to June UNIC Ankara staff visited TED Kayseri, TED Afyon and Büyük Kolej High School and Hacettepe University in Ankara and hosted students from Çanakkale University.

UNIC Ankara will continue with similar activities when schools will reopen in September.

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