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Joseph Deiss

Former Swiss leader elected as next President of General Assembly

A former leader of Switzerland who was instrumental in his country joining the United Nations eight years ago was chosen by the world body’s 192 Member States to serve as the next President of the General Assembly. more

The MV Mavi Marmara aid-carrying ship leaving Antalya, Turkey for Gaza on 22 May 2010

Gaza flotilla inquiry must comply with standards, UN expert says

Any inquiry set up by Israel to investigate the Gaza flotilla incident which led to the deaths of nine civilians must be given a genuine capacity to find facts or it will not be considered credible, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions said. more

Flotilla incident highlights need for radical shift on Gaza
UN and partners welcome Israel’s easing of Gaza blockade

The United Nations and its partners in the search for Middle East peace welcomed Israel’s decision to allow more civilian goods into the Gaza Strip, saying that implementation of the new policy will help meet the needs of the territory’s inhabitants and address Israel’s security concerns. more

FTPP meeting

FAO-Turkey Partnership Programme (FTPP)

FTPP Steering Committee meeting was held on Friday, 28 May 2010 for reviewing the status of ongoing projects as well as reviewing project proposals under pipeline for selection and funding under this Fund. more

Secretary-General Admires Istanbul's Bosporus
(Photo: Mark Garten)

Istanbul becomes UNFPA regional hub

On 21 June, UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Obaid formally announced that Istanbul was selected more

The 1 Billion Hungry project

FAO unveiled a major online petition calling on people to get angry at the fact that around a billion people suffer from hunger. more

A New Project for Central Asia: Regional Programme for Fisheries and Aquaculture

In the framework of the FAO Turkey Partnership Programme (FTPP), the Turkish Government, through its Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) more

WHO award goes to PM Erdoğan

Mr.  Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey is awarded with 2010 WHO Director-General's Special Recognition Award for Contribution to Global Tobacco Control. more

Marking World Environment Day, UN sounded alarm on biodiversity

As millions around the globe celebrated World Environment Day, United Nations officials are warned that the incredible variety of life on Earth is in peril and urging everyone to speak out to protect biodiversity. more

Turkish Business Leaders attended the Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010

Accelerating the practice of corporate sustainability and responsibility is an urgent task in these complex times, when crises – from financial market break downs to environmental degradation – are increasingly global and inter-connected. more

Children enjoy recreational activities on the beach in Gaza

Gaza: UN officials condemn latest attack on recreational facility

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the head of United Nations relief operations in Gaza have deplored attack on a recreational facility used by children in the territory, the second such incident in a month. more

USG John Holmes (second from left)

USG Holmes visited Ankara

John Holmes, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, visited Ankara on 28 June.  more

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) addresses a joint press conference with Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed (left) and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu after closing the UN Istanbul Conference on Somalia, in Istanbul, Turkey.

Istanbul Conference urged the World to act to bring peace to war-torn Somalia

In Istanbul, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the world to move quickly to bring peace to Somalia, telling an international conference on the Horn of Africa country that a failure to act now risks expanding the violence to its neighbours and beyond. more

Christiana Figueres, new Executive Secretary for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

UN names Costa Rican as new climate change chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Christiana Figueres of Costa Rica to lead United Nations efforts to combat climate change. more

Safeguarding Earth crucial to development, human well-being, Ban stresses

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need to respect and care for the Earth, noting that safeguarding the environment will impact efforts to achieve development goals and ensuring the health and well-being of its inhabitants. more

MDG Report 2010

An annual assessment report released by the United Nations shows that while significant declines have been recorded by many countries in reducing maternal and child mortality, greater progress must be made to meet the global targets contained in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). more

Istanbul MDG +10 Regional Conference

Bringing together representatives from 22 countries from around Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a Regional Conference to review progress on the achievement of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was held in Istanbul more

Growth With Decent Work For All: National Youth Employment Program And Pilot Implementation in Antalya

United Nations Joint Programme “Growth with Decent Work for All: National Youth Employment Program and Pilot Implementation in Antalya” aims at reducing youth unemployment and increasing the participation of young women in the labour force. more

UNICEF Representative Reza Hossaini (middle) with project participants

Children First: Modelling child protection mechanisms at provincial level

The Children First Project implemented with the financial support of the European Union and the technical assistance of UNICEF in cooperation with various more

ILO celebrates World Day Against Child Labour

Since 2002, in order to raise awareness on child labour, ILO has been organizing events around the world on 12 June for “World Day Against Child Labour”. more

IOM Combats Trafficking

In the context of the project “Combating Trafficking in Human Beings through Legal Assistance to Trafficked Persons and Enhanced Judicial Cooperation”, financed by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, started on 1 December 2007, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Turkey more

UN asks for $71 million in relief appeal after ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan

The United Nations asks for $71 million to assist hundreds of thousands of people affected by ethnic conflict in Kyrgyzstan, as the top UN official in Central Asia said an international security presence may be needed to calm tensions and prevent a fresh eruption of the deadly violence that rocked the country recently. more

Opening session

As Istanbul Meeting concludes, participants back Fayyad State-Building Plan
‘Cautiously Welcome’ resumed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations through proximity talks

A United Nations meeting organized in Istanbul in support of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process stressed the importance of the two-year State-building plan put forward by Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, aimed at developing institutions and strengthening the foundation for the future State of Palestine, more

Greater awareness and understanding of autism needed, says UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked 2 April World Autism Awareness Day by appealing for stepped-up understanding of the disability that affects millions worldwide. more

Public right to information essential to good governance, Ban stresses

Everyone has a right to information affecting their lives but too often government secrecy and a lack of accountability ensure that the public are deprived of vital facts, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he called for a wholesale change in attitudes towards press freedom.  more

Women attending the June 2010 Peace Jirga in Kabul

Afghanistan needs continued global support during critical transition period – UN

While the overall security situation has not improved in recent months, Afghanistan has witnessed a number of positive developments, according to a new United Nations report, which urges continued international support for what is a critical period for the country. more

Ban urges ongoing efforts against use of landmines

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for continued efforts to rid the world of landmines and explosive remnants of war, and lauded mine action workers for their dedication despite the dangers posed by the indiscriminate weapons. more

UN agency reports phenomenal mobile telephone expansion in developing world

Nearly two billion additional mobile telephone connections were recorded across the world between 2006 and last year, the vast more

A drug-addict in Kabul

Leading drug producer Afghanistan witnessing rise in addiction – UN

Afghanistan, the world’s leading producer of opium and hashish, is seeing an increasing number of its own citizens more


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Photo: UNICEF (Rana Mullan)

Preventing Violence Against Children And Protecting Children: The need for a national strategy

The recent news reports about children victims of violence and sexual abuse, as much heartbreaking as they are, should be seen as a signal by communities and the authorities as they flag problems in the families, education and more

The UNICEF Turkey Web site has been renewed!

The UNICEF Turkey Web site, which has been renewed to reflect the new country programme of UNICEF and its counterparts, has become more interactive with a new  E-Knowledge Centre. more

Carol Batchelor (left) Muazzez Ersoy (middle) Metin «orabatir (right) at the opening ceremony

World Refugee Day 2010 Art Exhibition

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) gathered art lovers in Ankara together with two Azeri artists, for this year’s World Refugee Day. more

Embassy of Hungary hosted the charity ball

World Refugee Day 2010 charity ball

This year on occasion of the World Refugee Day; a the World Refugee Day 2010 Charity Ball was organized jointly with the Ankara Refugee Support Group at the Residence of Hungarian Ambassador on 18th of June 2010. more

Two-day workshop focused on enhancing the capacity of Turkey to adapt to climate change

A workshop on Climate Change and Agriculture for decision-makers

In the scope of the UN Joint Programme on Enhancing the Capacity of Turkey to Adapt to Climate Change, more

On World Refugee Day, UN warned that many displaced are unable to return home

The United Nations marked World Refugee Day by urging governments and individuals not to forget the 15 million men, women and children who have been uprooted by conflict or persecution and are unable to return to their homes. more

UNAIDS welcomes international labour standard on HIV

On 17 June, a landmark labour standard was adopted by governments, employers and workers at the more

2007 meeting gathered leaders from LDC countriies

LDC conference to be held in Turkey

Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries will be held in Istanbul, Turkey in June 2011. more

Re-creation of a French wall during the Second World War at the Museum for Peace in Caen

In solemn session UN marks 65th anniversary of end of Second World War

The United Nations marked on 6 may the 65th anniversary of the end of the Second World War by paying homage to the “extraordinary bravery” of those who waged the “epic struggle for freedom and liberation” and vowing to banish the prospect of a repeat of such a scourge. more

Ban encourages the youth to work for international peace

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged youth worldwide to become involved in efforts to foster and strengthen world peace, saying their aspirations for the future can only come to fruition in an atmosphere that is free of violence and conflict. more

Whole body scan of patient being reviewed to assess the spread of cancer

New cancer cases and deaths to double by 2030, UN finds

The number of new cancer cases and deaths will double in the next two decades, cancer researchers at the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced. more

On World Day, Ban spotlights health burdens on urban populations

As the world’s population becomes increasingly urbanized, so too is the poverty burden, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on World Health Day, highlighting the need to address resulting public health challenges. more

A young girl taking medicine

UN releases first-ever guidance to improve use of medicines for children

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) issued its first-ever guidance on how to use more than 240 essential medicines for treatment of children aged 12 and below. more

Change of duties

Representatives of some of the United Nations organizations operating in Ankara have been assigned to new positions and new representatives assumed office. more

Desertification is caused by climatic variations and human actions

Tackling land degradation crucial for human well-being, UN officials stress

United Nations officials stressed the need to look after the world’s drylands, which are home to more than one billion poor people and where efforts to achieve key development targets face particular challenges. more

UN Turkey Newsletter board of editors (in alphabetical order)

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

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