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Dr. Treki

Dr. Treki: President of the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly

Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki was elected President of the sixty-fourth session of the United Nations General Assembly more

Overcoming barriers: Human mobility and development

UNDP’s 2009 Global Human Development Report, which will be launched on 5 October, draws more


Turkish Government donates $ 200 K to UNHCR

Government of Turkey donated $ 200,000 to UNHCR, mainly to support humanitarian agency's operations in Africa. more

International Information Campaign in coordination with Turkey and International Organization for Migration

Information campaign titled as “Join Turkey’s fight against Human Trafficking!” within the framework of Turkey’s efforts to combat human trafficking aims raising awareness nation-wide and internationally on trafficking in persons. more

Migrants at sea are not toxic cargo
By Navi Pillay

Human beings adrift at sea are not toxic cargo. From time immemorial, human instinct was to save lives endangered at sea. Instead, today, on the assumption that boats in distress carry migrants and refugees, other ships pass them by, ignoring their pleas for help. Port authorities force them back to sea to certain hardship and peril if not death as though they were turning away ships laden with dangerous waste. more


Economic Crisis Affecting the Welfare of Families in Turkey

A new survey of households in Turkey’s five largest urban centers shows how families are affected by the economic slowdown and how they cope to make ends meet in difficult times more

UN health agency outlines measures to reduce impact of H1N1 flu in schools

The United Nations Health Agency outlined steps schools can take to reduce the impact of the H1N1 influenza pandemic, drawing on the recent experiences of several countries as well as studies of the consequences of school closures. more

UN takes a stand on global aid, trade and debt commitments

Global poverty-fighting commitments are more important than ever in a world facing economic, food and climate crises, the UN said on 16 September, in a report on support for the Millennium Development Goals. more

Yearbook for 2006 spotlights UN’s efforts to ‘deliver as one’

Highlighting events that include the creation of the Human Rights Council and the election of Ban Ki-moon as Secretary-General, the 2006 Yearbook of the United Nations was released in August, more

UN report says addressing climate change requires investing in low-emission, high-growth strategies for developing countries

As negotiations for a new global agreement to address climate change enter the final stages before more

Ban outlines steps to turn promise of ‘responsibility to protect’ into practice

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined a series of measures designed to prevent genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and related crimes against more

History no longer a good indicator for weather forecasts, says top UN official

With the onset of climate change, relying on history is no longer an accurate way of predicting weather patterns, the head of the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said. more

Cooperatives can help pull world out of recession

Cooperatives, based on the principles of self-help and reciprocity, have the potential to help address the global economic crisis, especially more

Secretary-General addresses General Assembly

Ban issues call for unity to world leaders as UN’s annual debate begins

The world’s most pressing challenges can only be solved when countries unite through the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told dozens of world leaders gathered on 23 September for the opening of the General Assembly’s annual high-level meeting in New York. more

Scouts support peace

International Day of Peace celebrated at Peace Bell Ceremony

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

Mr. Mustapha Sinaceur (left) of FAO , with Undersecretary Mr.Vedat Mirmahmutogullari at the signing ceremony

MARA pledges $ 10 million for FAO projects

A protocol for the implementation of 9 regional and national projects both in Turkey and in the Central Asian Republics with a budget of 4 million 50 thousand dollars, was signed by Mr. Vedat Mirmahmutogullari, Undersecretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) and Mr. Mustapha Sinaceur, FAO Sub-Regional Representative for Central Asia more

United Nations Internal Meeting on Cooperation between the UN and the Government of Turkey

A UN internal meeting was held in Ankara on 29 September 2009 with the objectives of reaching an more

Investing in women and girls: Cost-Effective and smart economics, says UNFPA

Investing in women and girls during the global financial crisis will help set the stage for economic recovery and reduce inequality and poverty, according to Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. more

UN to establish single new agency to deal with rights of women

Four United Nations agencies and offices will be amalgamated to create a new single entity within the Organization to promote the rights and well-being of women worldwide and to work towards gender equality. more

Economic, financial crises far from over, warns latest UN trade report

The global recession is unprecedented in its depth and breadth, and has left no country unscathed, according a new report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) , predicting a gloomy economic future. more

Budget shortfall threatens UN’s ability to feed millions worldwide

Millions of hungry people around the world will not receive food aid from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) due to a “dangerous and unprecedented” $3 billion budget shortfall this year, the head of the agency has warned. more

Afghan opium market plummets, says UNODC

In its 2009 Afghan Opium Survey (summary findings) released in Kabul early September, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reports that “the bottom is starting to fall out of the Afghan opium market”. Opium cultivation is down by 22%, production by 10%, and prices are at a ten year low. The number of poppy-free provinces more

Bosnian Serb cousins convicted by UN tribunal over horrific burnings

The United Nations tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts in the 1990s convicted two Bosnian Serb cousins of war crimes, including the burning alive of scores of Muslim women, children and elderly men, an act the court said ranks among “the worst acts of inhumanity that a person may inflict upon others.” more

Fact Finding Mission

UN Fact Finding Mission finds strong evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the Gaza conflict; calls for end to impunity

The UN Fact-Finding Mission led by Justice Richard Goldstone on 15 September released its long-awaited report on the Gaza conflict, in which it concluded there is evidence indicating serious violations of international human rights more

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Salam Fayad, Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority, during the international conference in support of the economic reconstruction of Gaza. Sharm El Sheikh. 9 March 2009

Palestinian economy wins boost from online programme for customs – UN

International businesses based in the West Bank are set to benefit from a state of the art web-based system for tracking goods coming in and out of the area, launched by Palestinian customs in partnership with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). more

UN chief calls for greater commitment to boost literacy on International Day

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the international community to step up efforts to slash the “staggering” number of people worldwide unable to read and write, in a message marking International Literacy Day. more


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Protecting the most vulnerable: a UN priority

August 19 was the first ever World Humanitarian Day, an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come towards the ideal that everyone in need should be helped – regardless of their nationality, race, more


The Right of Quality Education for All Children and Child Friendly Schools
Globally 101 million more children needs to go to school

At beginning of 2009-2010 education year UNICEF urges policy makers and donors to keep their promises on education by reinforcing their commitment to the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015.more

Briefing on Mainstreaming Decent Work and Employment

A briefing on Mainstreaming Employment and Decent Work was delivered to the UN Turkey Country Team more

Photo: Mustafa Baki

National efforts for a new climate deal

Shifted to the full negotiation mode in Poznan last year, the international community is getting prepared for the upcoming climate meeting in Copenhagen more

United Green League – Turkey (UGL-T) visited the Mamak Solid Waste Management Site

The United Green League – Turkey (UGL-T), a group of resident diplomatic missions including the UNDP that are working towards making their practices and operations more environment-friendly, organized a field trip to the Mamak Solid Waste Management Site more

The Millennium Development Goals Fund Secretariat in Turkey

The Millennium Development Goals Fund (MDG-F) is intended to accelerate the progress of the Millennium Development Goals, support national efforts more

It’s My World

UNFPA Turkey and Dogus Holding jointly implements “It’s My World” Project to improve young people’s knowledge about adolescent health, for three years. more

UNJP Izmir and Trabzon meetings

United Nations Joint Programme to Protect and Promote the Human Rights of Women and Girls (UNJP) Izmir and Trabzon meetings were completed. more

Rashida Manjoo

South African lawyer becomes new UN rights expert on violence against women

A South African lawyer who has also worked as an academic in the human rights field and a campaigner against domestic violence has taken over as the new more

Irina Bokova

Bulgarian diplomat to become first woman to head UNESCO

A former foreign minister of Bulgaria, Irina Bokova, will become the first woman to lead the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) more

Yukiya Amano

Japanese official chosen to head UN atomic watchdog

A Japanese diplomat with a lengthy record of working on disarmament and non-proliferation issues will be the next . more

Hiroshima memorial

Hiroshima anniversary time to renew commitment to disarm – top UN officials

The 64th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima serves not only as a reminder of the destruction wrought by more

UN increasingly involved in democracy building, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spotlighted the growing trend for emerging democracies to seek help from the United Nations, in a message marking more

International Day to focus on indigenous peoples and HIV/AIDS

In commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People which focused this year on indigenous peoples and HIV/AIDS – Deputy 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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