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Mr. Shahid Najam

Mr. Najam assumes office as UN RC

Mr. Shahid Najam assumed his office as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Ankara on 24 December 2009. more

FAO Director General fasted for 24 hours in solidarity with world's hungry

The World Summit on Food Security

The World Summit on Food Security was held on 16-18 November 2009 to give new momentum to the fight against hunger and malnutrition affecting 1.02 billion people globally. more

Food distribution in Africa

With hunger rising, food emerges as key to security, poverty and climate

An upward spike in the number of hungry people worldwide, and a realization that long-term challenges lie ahead in feeding the planet’s growing population, are pushing food security into the centre of global policy concerns for the first time in decades. more

Refugees in a camp in Chad

Academic network seminar on Asylum, Forced Migration and Statelessness

UNHCR’s “Academic Network Seminar on Asylum, Forced Migration and Statelessness” brought many scientists together on 3-4 December in Ankara. more

Persons with disabilities should be integratedinto the society

Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a priority for the UN

On November 12, a training seminar was held for the UN staff at UN House in Ankara to increase awareness regarding the rights of persons with disabilities. A group of civil society representatives working on an advocacy project to raise awareness of the issues faced by persons with disabilities in more

Ten Fine Arts Faculties talk about refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representation in Turkey initiated a unique project in early 2008. The project started to bear fruit in the summer with the participation more

A child looks at the destruction of war in Gaza

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's message on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, 29 November 2009

Sixty-two years ago, the General Assembly, in resolution 181, put forth a vision of two States. The State of Israel exists. The State of Palestine does not. The Palestinian people continue to struggle for their inalienable right to self-determination. more

UN officials call for greater State support for elderly

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon led a call for governments to build inclusive societies that emphasize participation, self-fulfilment, independence, care and dignity for people of all ages, especially the elderly. more

Women still suffer discrimination 30 years after global treaty banned it – UN chief

Thirty years after an international treaty banning discrimination against women came into force, women and girls are still suffering from the scourge, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned. more

Ban launches new Network of Men Leaders to combat violence against women

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the 10th anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (24 November) more

Discrimination only fuels HIV/AIDS epidemic, UN officials say

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 1 December  led senior United Nations officials in marking World AIDS Day by calling for an urgent end to discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS to help combat the spread of the disease. more

United States singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder – blind since birth – is joining the prestigious roster of United Nations Messengers of Peace to advocate for the Organization’s work

Empowering people with disabilities vital for achieving development targets – Ban

Efforts to achieve global development targets must include improving living standards and quality of life for everyone, including the world’s 800 million people with disabilities, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. more

Ban welcomes approval of UN budget for next two years

On 24 December, the General Assembly approved a budget of $5.16 billion for the 2010-2011 period, in a move immediately welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. more

Copenhagen: An essential beginning

Leaving some parties frustrated, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen ended with an agreement by countries to overcome the global temperature rise by committing to emission reductions and to raise funds to accelerate action to deal with climate change in the developing world.. more

UN marks its 64th birthday

The United Nations marked its 64th birthday on 23 October with ceremonies around the world, a concert at its New York Headquarters paying tribute to its blue helmet peacekeepers, and a call from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to stand up for the vulnerable, powerless and defenceless. more

Galatasaray carry “157 banner” to the football field

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) initiated activities to raise awareness within the context of Turkey’s efforts to combat human trafficking. On full run throughout Turkey through display of information materials, showing of short films on various tv channels more

State of World Population 2009
Facing a changing world: Women, population and climate

The State of World Population 2009, released by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

Climate is changing more dramatically then ever. A growing body of evidence shows that recent climate change is primarily the result of human activity. more

Women’s Shelter Project Vienna study visit

A study tour was organized to Austria during 14 -18 December 2009 as part of the ‘Women’s Shelter Project’ which is executed by the Ministry of Interior-General Directorate for Local Authorities, financed by the European Commission and technically supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). more

Tearing down the wall of caste
By Navi Pillay,
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

A group of representatives from caste-affected communities in Asia recently gave me a piece of brick from the wall of a torn down latrine.  The brick symbolised the global struggle against the degrading practice of making members of a “lower caste” clean public toilets with their bare hands. more

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with UNRWA staff

United Nations assists Palestinians over six decades

Since the General Assembly resolution 181, the international community, including Turkey, under the United Nations’ umbrella, continues to assist and protect the Palestinian people. more

Ban visits Gaza after the war

UN chief sounds warning over unresolved issues one year on from Gaza conflict

On the first anniversary of the launch of a three-week Israeli military offensive in Gaza, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 27 December  voiced deep concern that neither the issues that led to the conflict nor its worrying aftermath have been addressed. more

UNHCHR Navi Pillay (middle) with the members of the Goldstone committee

General Assembly backs findings of UN report into Gaza conflict

The General Assembly on 6 November endorsed the report of the United Nations investigation which found that both Israeli forces and Palestinian militants were guilty of serious human rights violations during the conflict in the Gaza Strip at the start of the year. more

UN marks Human Rights Day with call to end all forms of discrimination

The United Nations marked Human Rights Day today, the 61st anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, by stressing the enduring need to eliminate all forms of more

Suburban areas and gated communities have increased in number while there has also been a simultaneous increase in slums mostly in developing countries

Marking World Habitat Day, UN officials call for recharged urban planning

Mounting urban challenges – including climate change and unplanned development – highlight the need for revitalized and planning to meet the needs of city dwellers, top United Nations officials said  marking 5 October World Habitat Day. more

UN Satff observerd one minute of silence to honor their fallen colleagues

UN pays tribute to fallen staff members on second anniversary of Algiers attack

United Nations staff members remembered their colleagues who were killed and injured in a terrorist attack two years ago in Algeria’s capital more


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Year in Review 2009:
The United Nations takes on a range of tough global challenges

2009 was the year in which the world absorbed the full impact of the worst global economic setback since the Great more

Left to right: UNICEF Representative Reza Hossaini, General Director of Social Services and the Child Protection Agency Ismail Baris, Minister of State Selma Aliye Kavaf, Speaker of Parliament Mehmet Ali Sahin, Prof. Cevdet Erdöl, head of the parliamentary Child Rights Monitoring Committee, and European Commission Turkey Delegation Counsellor Ewan Marteil.

Turkish Parliament launches State of the World’s Children report and Child Rights Monitoring website

Children to help monitor child rights - via the web

The Turkish Grand National Assembly (Parliament) marked the twentieth anniversary of the Convention more

ILO's Gülay Aslantepe addresses the audience

ILO celebrated its 90th anniversary

ILO’s 90th anniversary symposium entitled “ILO Fundamental Rights Declaration and Working Life in Turkey” took place. more

As part of the project on enhancing women employment implemented by the ILO Ankara Office in cooperation with the Turkish Employment Agency (İşkur), hundreds of women have benefitted from vocational courses

The main target of the project on “Active labour market policies for advancing gender equality through decent employment for women in Turkey”, more

Social partners came together to discuss impacts of the economic and financial crisis on the Turkish economy and working life

A workshop was held on 15 December 2009 with the participation of representatives from HAK-İŞ, TÜRK-İŞ and TİSK and provincial directors more

Meeting on cooperation between the UN and the Government of Turkey

On November 4, 2009, in Ankara, Representatives of the United Nations (UN) agencies met with the State Planning more

Reza Hossaini, RC a.i. deliveres a speech at the conference

Human Rights conference at Bilkent University

On 3 December 2009, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Ankara and the Youth Section of the United Nations Association in Turkey jointly more

Buyuk Kolej students

Students support Stand Up Against Poverty campaign and the World Food Day

On 16 October, students from the Buyuk Kolej and the Sabanci primary and junior high schools, together with representatives of the United Nations Association in Turkey, Youth Section, demonstrated their more

Cross Relatives' trainer receives his award from FAO Turkey Representative Moustapha Sinaceur (left)

Cross Relative wins World Food Day Cup

Cross Relative finished the World Food Day Horse Race first. It was organized jointly by Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and Turkey Jockey Club to mark the 17 October Food Day. more

Harnessing Sustainable Linkages for Small and Medium Enterprises in Turkey’s textile sector

“MDG-F - 2067: Harnessing Sustainable Linkages for Small and Medium Enterprises in Turkey’s Textile Sector”more

Slavery remains unresolved, Ban says in call for greater efforts to defeat scourge

Contemporary forms of slavery remain a “grave” and unresolved problem across all continents, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on 2 December as he more

Ban warns of dangers of losing cultural differences as world grows closer

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 16 November cautioned against the erosion of diversity and rise of discrimination as the forces of globalization and more

Corruption major impediment to advancing development, warn UN officials

Corruption kills development and is one of the biggest obstacles to achieving the globally agreed targets to reduce poverty, hunger and other social ills by 2015,more

A young boy gives blood to be tested for diabetes

Ban urges support for developing countries in combating diabetes

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for greater support to developing countries in preventing diabetes, which kills at least one million people every year, and in increasing access to health care. more

UN Turkey Newsletter board of editors (in alphabetical order)

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

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