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UNICEF Turkey Representative Dr. Ayman Abulaban (third from left), State Minister Selma Aliye Kavaf (fourth from left), Ambassador of Belgium Pol de Witte (fifth from left)

Towards developing a National Action Plan for the Prevention of Violence Against Children

The Social Services and Child Protection Agency, together with the technical support of UNICEFand the financial support of the Belgian Federal Government, who currently has the rotating Presidency more

“Towards 2015 Targets” Panel Discussion By ILO Ankara

The ILO Ankara Office organized a “Panel Discussion” on 20 December 2010 in Ankara. The theme more

Turkey ranks 83rd in Human Development

In the 20th anniversary edition of the Human Development Report, the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) newly adjusted Human Development more

UN RC Shahid Najam at the HDR launch

The 2010 Human Development Report is introduced in Turkey

UNDP’s 2010 Human Development Report titled The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development was introduced at a seminar organized in the scope more

UN House

UN House in Ankara attracts visitors

UN House in Ankara continued to attract visitors in 2010. According to the UNDSS, almost 13.000 people visited the UN House throughout the year. more

Monique Coleman

Actress Monique Coleman named first UN ‘Youth Champion’

United States actress Monique Coleman, best known for playing Taylor McKessie in the “High School Musical” movies, was appointed the first ever ‘Youth Champion’ by the United Nations to raise awareness about the challenges facing young people. more

Global food prices may be even higher next year, warns new UN report

Global food import bills may pass the $1 trillion mark in 2010, a level not seen since food prices peaked in 2008, says a new United Nations report, which warns that harder times could be ahead without a major increase in food production next year. more

UN chief urges business leaders to denounce and fight corruption

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged business leaders across the world to denounce corruption and institute measures to combat the vice, in line with the United Nations convention against graft, saying corruption distorts markets and hinders economic growth. more

Empowering people with disabilities will help battle against poverty – UN officials

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations human rights chief have called on governments to do more to support people with disabilities, stressing that they play a vital role in efforts to reach the globally agreed anti-poverty targets by their 2015 deadline. more

People walking in the ruins of collapsed houses after a quake in northwest China's Qinghai Province, 14 April 2010

Curbing disaster risk is ‘everybody’s business’, Ban says

With the world’s cities never having been so at risk of disruption by disasters as they are now, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the need for wide parti-cipation in bolstering the resilience of urban areas to hazards. more

Former Rwandan businessman sentenced to 30 years by UN Genocide Tribunal

A former businessman accused of supervising the massacre of some 2,000 Rwandan Tutsi civilians taking shelter in a church was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison by the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the 1994 genocide. more

Natural disasters and conflicts displaced many people in 2010

In biggest appeal ever, UN seeks $7.4 billion for humanitarian efforts in 2011

The United Nations appealed for more than $7.4 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to 50 million people suffering from the effects of conflicts and natural disasters in 28 countries over the coming year. more

Number of Internet users to surpass 2 billion by end of year, UN agency reports

The number of Internet users worldwide has doubled in the past five years and will surpass the 2 billion mark in 2010, with the majority of the 226 million new users this year coming from developing countries, the United Nations telecommunication agency reported more

Half of road fatalities each year are pedestrians, bicyclists, and people on motorcycles

Marking annual observance, Ban calls for improving road safety worldwide

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for improving road safety around the world, saying it is the best way to honour the victims of traffic accidents.

An estimated 1.3 million people die on the world's roads every year with around 50 million injured or disabled by accidents, with accidents costing countries up to four per cent of their Gross National Product (GNP) yearly.  more

Science is…UNESCO!

The UNESCO World Science Day for Peace and Development celebrated annually on 10 November is an occasion to celebrate SCIENCE. It is also an opportunity to reflect upon the impact of science on society and its role in fostering international cooperation, encouraging more

UN chief spotlights role of job creation in fighting poverty

Marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined the crucial role of decent and productive work in building peaceful and stable societies. more

On World Diabetes Day, Ban urges early diagnosis and treatment

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that early diagnosis and effective treatment are critical to the management of diabetes, saying it is “unacceptable” that people with the condition die because they lack infor-mation, treatment or access to life-saving medicines. more

UNRC Shahid Najam (centre right) and Ambassador Mithat Rende (centre left) at the signing ceremony

UN and Turkey sign Development Cooperation Strategy

Turkish Government and the United Nations System in Turkey signed the United Nations Development Cooperation Strategy (UNDCS) on 27 December at a ceremony at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. more

Children with parliamentarians

The 11th Children’s Forum emphasizes the importance of child participation in political decision making

Children who are child rights advocates met in Ankara on 26 November 2010 at the Turkish Grand National Assembly to talk about their rights and participate in political decision more

AIDS Day activities in Istanbul. Photo: Sinan Targay, Galata Fotoğrafhanesi Photography Foundation

In Turkey and around the globe, World AIDS Day was marked by several events

In Turkey, government officials and NGOs, with the support of the UN, carried out activities in various cities. more

Risky Business: HIV knowledge, attitudes and behavior among at-risk mobile workers in Turkey

On 6 December, the Government of Turkey launched a report analyzing the HIV knowledge, attitudes and behavior among at-risk mobile workers in Turkey that was prepared jointly by the UN more

On 65th anniversary, UN resolves ‘to do more’ for peace, development

Marking its 65th anniversary, the United Nations has reaffirmed its commitment to promote peace, development and human rights, pledging enhanced action to achieve its global mission at celebrations accross the world. more

UN Day concert by Bilkent Symphony Orchestra

On the occasion of the 65th birthday of the United Nations, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, in cooperation with the United Nations in Ankara, performed the Yunus Emre Oratorio Op. 26 by Ahmet Adnan Saygun (1907-1991). more

Palestinian chldren at summer games organized by UNRWA

Ban urges Israelis, Palestinians to show courage needed to make peace

The United Nations marked the 29 November International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People with a challenge from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to both Israelis and Palestinians to show the statesmanship and political courage needed to reach peace. more

Ban addresses Cancun Conference

UN officials hail climate change deal reached at Cancún conference

The United Nations climate change talks in Cancún have concluded with a package of decisions to help countries advance towards a low-emissions future, delivering what the world body's top officials have hailed as a victory in the battle against one of today's biggest challenges. more

UN report urges changes in support structures for poor countries

Current international support measures for the least developed countries (LDCs) have failed to acce-lerate their growth and development and significant changes are needed to ensure better support structures for the poorer States, according to a United Nations report unveiled  more

Research and development: USA, Europe and Japan increasingly challenged by emerging countries, says a UNESCO report

While the USA, Europe and Japan may still be leading the global research and development (R&D) effort, they are increasingly being challenged by emerging countries, especially China. This is one of the findings of the 2010 UNESCO Science more

An interactive event, "We are Family: Educating Our Children for a Safer World" to connect young people worldwide, on the occasion of the International Day for Tolerance took place at UN Headquarters

Ban stresses tolerance among communities for global peace and harmony

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of tolerance among people and communities, saying it is the foundation for a global harmonious society with shared values.

“It is a virtue and a quality, but above all, tolerance is an act – the act of reaching out to others and seeing differences not as barriers, but as invitations for dialogue and understanding,” Mr. Ban said in a message to mark the 16 November International Day of Tolerance. more

Ban calls for end to discrimination and scaled-up treatment for mental disorders

Days after the United Nations issued new guidelines to facilitate treatment of depression, alcohol abuse, epilepsy and other common mental disorders, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on world governments to step up to the plate and deliver the necessary services. more

On first-ever World Day, UN hails statisticians’ contributions to development

The United Nations marked its first-ever World Statistics Day to pay tribute to the work of sta-tisticians worldwide and spotlight their essential work in promoting development and peace. more


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UNHCR Turkey Representative Carol Batchelor delivers her speech.

“Young Artists Talk About Refugees”
UNHCR and Fine Arts Faculties cooperate for refugees...

Young artists from universities, talk about the meaning of being a refugee through art. The art pieces more

One Billion Hungry project press conference (Left to right: Muzaffer Aydemir of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, FAO Turkey Representative Mustapha Sinaceur, TOBB Vice President Faik Yavuz, UN Resident Coordinator Shahid Najam)

On World Food Day, UN calls for united front against hunger

With nearly one billion people still suffering from food shortages around the globe, the world must take a united stand against hunger, the United Nations said, marking World Food Day. more

A new era for Central Asian fisheries and aquaculture

Since November 2009, the Central Asian and Caucasus Republics have been supported in the rehabilitation of their fisheries and aquaculture sector by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). more

UNICEF Turkey Representative Dr. Ayman Abulaban (third from left), Health Minister Recep Akdag (fourth from left), Minister of National Education Nimet Çubukçu (fifth from left)

Early childhood development: the earlier the better

The Conference on Early Childhood Development was organized in Ankara with the participation of Turkish Minister of National Education, Nimet Çubukcu, and Turkish Minister of Health, Recep Akdağ. more

UNICEF Pakistan conducted a field visit to Turkey to learn more about the Child Protection System

UNICEF Pakistan reviewed the system in Turkey to protect the increased number of children and young people living/working in the streets affected by the devastating floods.more

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefs journalists at end-of-year press conference

Looking back, Ban calls 2010 ‘a big year for the United Nations’

In his end-of-year “state of the world” news conference on 17 December, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called 2010 “a big year for the United Nations,” with progress on issues from biodiversity to more

UN volunteers pack donated sports clothes for refugees in Asia

Ban lauds millions of volunteers helping to build better world

From working in their own communities on climate change adaptation and poverty reduction to supporting global causes of peace, justice and development, the millions of volunteers around more

The Champions of Human Rights
By Navi Pillay
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

On December 10, Human Rights Day, we celebrate the brave human rights advo-cates, some famous, many unknown, who speak out against discrimination, more

Global effort to halt and reverse HIV/AIDS showing results, finds UN report

Global efforts to halt and even reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS are showing welcome results, with the number of people newly infected declining and AIDS-related deaths falling, according to the latest report from the United Nations agency leading the fight against the disease. more

Security Council

Five new countries elected to two-year terms on UN Security Council

The United Nations General Assembly today elected Colombia, Germany, India, Portugal and South Africa to serve on the Security Council for two-year terms, beginning 1 January 2011.

They will replace Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and Uganda, whose two-year terms come to an end on 31 December. more

Greenhouse gases reach record levels, could rise further, warns UN agency

The main greenhouse gases have reached their highest concentration levels since pre-industrial times, according to a United Nations climate research body.

The World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) 2009 Greenhouse Gas Bulletin warned on 24 November  that carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide have all increased their presence, increasing their burden on the earth’s atmosphere. more


UN calls on corporate sector to help eliminate violence against women

The corporate sector must engage more closely in the fight against the global pandemic of violence against women and girls, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, stressing the important role of business leaders in eliminating the scourge. more

Marking International Day, Ban recognizes vital contributions of rural women

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon high-lighted the vital contributions of rural women to development, while calling for their enjoyment of a full range of rights from property ownership and inheritance, to health and education. more

UN chief urges countries to ratify legal treaties to fight slavery

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery by urging States to bring into force all the legal instruments necessary to eradicate the scourge. more

Refugees and migrants risk their lives travelling from Africa to Europe

UN officials call for respect for rights of migrants and their crucial economic role

With mounting unemployment spurring discrimination and the politics of pola-rization on the rise, United Nations officials have decried the human rights violations, xenophobia, and exploitation more

On International Day, Ban urges governments to enhance support for older persons

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged governments to institute measures to provide greater support to a growing number of older people, saying they played an important role in more

UN Turkey Newsletter board of editors (in alphabetical order)

Ahmet Parla
Ayşe Selçuk-Gencer
Ayşegül Oğuz
Deniz Tapan
Ece Ergen
Emel Işıl Ünal
Faik Uyanık
Halide Çaylan
Metin Çorabatır
Müveddet Farrell
Nezih Tavlaş
Pınar Perçinel
Selin Arslan
Sema Hosta

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