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Don’t wait for disaster
By Ban Ki-moon

No country can afford to ignore the lessons of the earthquakes in Chile and Haiti.  We cannot stop such disasters from happening. But we can dramatically reduce their impact, if the right disaster risk reduction measures are taken in advance.more

Good news for children

UNICEF welcomes the proposed amendment to the Anti-Terrorism Act, also known as the draft law on “children throwing stones,” which would allow all children under age 18 to be tried in juvenile courts. The proposed more

Increased agricultural investment is critical to fighting hunger

Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger is the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for a reason: none of the other MDGs can be met without food security and economic development. Because 75 percent of the poor in developing countries live in rural areas, more

Dictionary Distribution project for asylum-seekers and refugees

Last year, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees launched a project with the collaboration of a charity group, composed of French speaking women in Ankara called ‘Bonjour more

Closure meeting of UNJP

On 20 January, the closure meeting of United Nations Joint Gender Project  was held 2010 at Hilton Hotel, Ankara. more

Ban urges global alliance to save biodiversity as UN launches International Year

As the United Nations officially launched the International Year of Biodiversity Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the failure to protect the world’s natural resources a “wake-up call” and urged each country and each person to more

2010 International Year for the rapprochement of cultures

The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2010 International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures and designated UNESCO to play a leading role in the celebration of the Year, capitalizing on the Organizationʼs invaluable more

Window of opportunity to tackle the climate problem closes rapidly
Yoe de Boer

In December, the nations of the world and most of its leaders met in Copenhagen to agree ambitious and immediate global action to combat climate change. That complete vision did not emerge. The task has therefore become more, more

Staffan de Mistura (left), new Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, meets President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai at Lancaster House, the venue for "Afghanistan: The London Conference", in London, United Kingdom. To the right of Mr. Karzai is Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Top UN official for Afghanistan arrives in Kabul to begin work

The experienced international diplomat Staffan de Mistura arrived on March 14 in Kabul to take up his post as the top United Nations official in Afghanistan, saying he was starting work at a “very critical period in Afghan history.” more

Buzkashi participants gather for a tournament in
Mazar-i-Sharif on the occasion of Nowruz.

Time to talk
Kai Eide

The largest military offensive since 2002 is now underway in the Helmand province in Afghanistan. At the same time, a consensus is emerging that the conflict in this country can ultimately not be solved by military means. I have consistently advocated the need to prepare more

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad speak to reporters

In Middle East, Ban pledges to help settle all key issues within 24 months

Visiting Ramallah on March 20 where he witnessed the challenges Palestinians face first-hand, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his commitment to help the Israeli and Palestinian sides reach a settlement in the next two years. more

Children in an UNRWA school in Beit Lahiya, Gaza, which suffered a direct hit from IDF fire on 17 January 2009 (file)

Israel compensates UN for damages during last year’s Gaza offensive

Israel has paid the United Nations $10.5 million for damage to the world body’s properties in Gaza during last year’s Israeli offensive against Hamas. more

UN Police Adviser Ann-Marie Orler

Ban announces appointment of new UN police chief

On 8 March, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed an experienced female Swedish police officer as the top United Nations police official. . more

Nearly 8 million Afghan children benefited in latest UN polio vaccination drive

United Nations agencies and the Afghan health ministry conducted a three-day campaign aimed at vaccinating an estimated 7.7 million children under the age of five against polio in March. more

Millennium Development Goals must be met,
UN Secretary-General says ahead of September Summit

With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for the adoption of a global action agenda for accelerating progress towards the Goals, when world leaders meet at a UN Summit in New York in September. more

“Further Decent Jobs for Women” project completed

The pilot Project for promoting women’s employment conducted by the ILO Ankara Office in cooperation with İŞKUR since January 2009 came to end with closing meetings held in March in Ankara, Gaziantep and Konya. These closing meetings were attended by the representatives of related governmental organizations and agencies including İŞKUR, UN organizations and social partners as well as trainees who were supported under the project. more

UNIDO supports two new projects

In 2010,  United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) extends its support for two new projects funded by Global Environment Facility (GEF) and MDG-F Spanish Fund more

ILO high-level Bipartite Mission visits Turkey

An ILO high-level bipartite mission, consisting of the Employers’ and Workers’ spokespersons of the International Labour Conference Committee on the Application of Standards, Mr. Ed Potter and Mr. Luc Cortebeeck, respectively, accompanied by Ms. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, Director of the ILO International Labour Standards Department ILO Geneva, Ms. Oksana Wolfson, legal officer of the same department, and Ms. Gülay Aslantepe, Director of the ILO Office in Ankara, more

Abuse of ‘date-rape drugs’ on the rise, UN anti-narcotics panel finds

Governments need to give greater attention to fighting drug abuse, particularly the so-called “date-rape drugs” whose use is on the rise, warned the independent United Nations body tasked with monitoring the production and consumption of narcotics worldwide. more

International Women's Day calls for equal rights, equal opportunities and progress for all

Fifteen years ago at the Fourth World Conference on Women, Governments pledged to advance equality, development and peace for all women everywhere by adopting the landmark Beijing Declaration.  It has guided policy making and inspired new national laws.  It has sent a clear message to women and girls around the world that equality and opportunity are their inalienable rights. more

Ban together with ICTR judges

Former Rwandan colonel gets 25-year sentence from UN war crimes tribunal

The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up in the wake of the 1994 Rwandan genocide sentenced a former top officer in the country’s armed forces to 25 years of imprisonment after being found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. more

UNESCO raises flag on rising number of murdered journalists

Increasing numbers of journalists are being killed worldwide, mostly in countries that are at peace, the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) says in a new report, calling for an end to impunity in the murders of media professionals.  more

Secretary-General led UN tribute to colleagues killed in Haitian quake

On 9 March, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon led United Nations staff and the family and friends of personnel who perished in the Haitian earthquake in honouring the memory of the 101 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of the Organization more

Earthquakes the deadliest of all disasters during past decade – UN official

Earthquakes were the deadliest natural disasters in the past decade, accounting for 60 per cent of deaths caused by such hazards, a senior United Nations official said yesterday, stressing the importance of investing in disaster risk reduction. more

Secretary General Ban (middle) at the press conference

Mutually beneficial solution to the Cyprus problem ‘within reach,’ Ban says

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – who as a citizen of the Republic of Korea says he understands the “emptiness” of a country divided into north and south – stressed that a solution to Cyprus’ long-running problems is “within reach,” calling for the leaders of the two communities on the Mediterranean island to step up their efforts to reach agreement. more

ILO Director-General Juan Somavia (left) presents an award to artist Shakira (right) for her contributions to enhancing social justice.

Social justice more important than ever in global economic crisis, Ban says

Social justice based on the values of fairness, equality and respect for diversity is more important than ever amid a global financial and economic crisis that has significantly increased unemployment and poverty and is straining social integration, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. more


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Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Sustainable development tops UN chief’s priorities for 2010

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined seven priorities for 2010, beginning with the urgent need for a renewed focus on sustainable development, including advancing efforts to achieve the more

A new climate page

In the post-2012 climate regime, Turkey also plans to become an important player in combatting one of the most important challenges of the 21st century, climate change. During negotiations more

IOM is assisting stranded migrants in Turkey

The International Organization for Migration, in close coordination with the Turkish Government is implementing a six-month, £207,000 pilot project which is funded by the Embassy of the United Kingdom. The project will support the Government of Turkey to establish efficient .more

United Nations Country Team Retreat

The annual United Nations Country Team (UNCT) Retreat was held on 11-12 February 2010 in Koru Hotel, Bolu. The objective of the retreat was to overview the results achieved in 2009 by the United Nations (UN) system in Turkey as well as plan for the 2010 common results. In addition to internal planning, discussions on establishing coordination, implementation and monitoring mechanisms were held. more

Michel Gaudé

The Retirement of UNHCR Turkey Representative

Since 2008, has been the High Commissioner’s Representative to Turkey. As a graduate of the Faculty of Law, Mr. Gaudé has served UNHCR for twenty-nine years in a number of functions in several countries, including in Africa and the Middle East, as well as at UNHCR’s Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Upon Mr. Gaudé’s retirement by the end of March 2010, Ms. Carol A. Batchelor has been appointed as the UNHCR Representative in Turkey. Ms. Batchelor will take office in the following weeks.

Organizing Committee successfully run the conference

The sixth session of Model United Nations convened in Antalya

The Sixth Model United Nations 2010 Turkey Conference, organized by the Model United Nations Association Turkey with the participation of 600 Turkish and international students, was held in Antalya-Kemer between March 1-5, 2010. The aim of the conference was to help the delegates develop negotiation, public speaking, academic, diplomatic and organizational skills. more

Fotograf: Nezih Tavlaş

21 March International Day of Nowruz

On March 21, the first International Day of Nowruz was celebrated around the world. In February, The United Nations General Assembly recognized the International Day of Nowruz, a spring festival of Persian origin.

The resolution was drafted by Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan where Nowruz is celebrated nationwide.   more

Unsafe water kills more people than war, Ban says on World Day

More people die from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for better protection and sustainable management of one of the Earth’s most precious resources on the occasion of World Water Day. more


Ban announces independent review of UN-backed climate body

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the head of the United Nations-backed panel tasked with preparing regular scientific reports on the impact of climate change announced that the body, which is facing growing attacks from global warming sceptics, will undergo an independent and comprehensive review. more

Stories of Holocaust survival must be shared and preserved – UN officials

Top UN officials have stressed the importance of sharing the stories of the men, women and children who survived Nazi death camps as a way to encourage respect for diversity and human rights.

No room for racism at this year's soccer World Cup, UN chief says

Marking the 50th anniversary of the massacre of protesters taking a peaceful stand against apartheid in South Africa, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said more

Indigenous boomerangs in the rain forest of Australia

UN report paints grim picture of conditions of world’s indigenous peoples

The world’s 370 million indigenous peoples suffer from disproportionately, often exponentially, higher rates of poverty, health problems, crime and human rights abuses, the first ever United Nations more

UN Turkey Newsletter board of editors (in alphabetical order)

Ahmet Parla
Aygen Aytaç
Ayşe Selçuk-Gencer
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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