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

A landmark signature for UNDP's Istanbul Centre

An agreement between the Government of Turkey and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) regarding contribution to the UNDP Private Sector in Development Trust Fund has been signed in Ankara on 9th of December. more

Ministry of Environment and Forestry and UNIDO to phase-out Ozone Depleting Substances

Montreal Protocol on the Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer has been opened to signature on 16 September 1987, the date celebrated as International Day for the Protection of Ozone Layer, and entered into force by 1 January 1989. more

Turkey's concrete steps on adaptation to climate change

Joint Programme on Enhancing the Capacity of Turkey to Adapt to Climate Change, which has started in 2008 under the coordination of Ministry of Environment and Urbanization and implemented by United Nations has completed. more

UN Ad Competition on Water

The United Nations in Brussels, in collaboration with the Nordic Council of Ministers, today launched a European Ad Competition called "The Future We Want – Drop by Drop", that brings together water, the green economy and Rio+20. more

Left to right: Alanur Olali, Prof. Talat Halman, Kivanç Tatlitug, Dr. Ayman Abulaban, Sema Hosta

Kivanç Tatlitug, Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF…

Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ, a very successful and young actor, was declared as the Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF during a press conference held in SALT Galata. more

2011 Human Development Report Announced: Turkey Increased its Human Development Value

Development progress in the world's poorest countries could be halted or even reversed by mid-century unless bold steps are taken now to slow climate change, prevent further environmental damage, and reduce deep inequalities within and among nations, according to projections in the 2011 Human Development Report, launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). more

Volunteers are powerful force for peace and development – UN report

Stressing that volunteerism contributes to the well-being of individuals, communities and society, a new United Nations report urges countries not to forget this largely untapped asset. more

UN seeks $7.7 billion to provide humanitarian aid to millions of people in 2012

The United Nations and its partners called for $7.7 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to 51 million people in 16 countries over the course of next year, launching the largest appeal in two decades. more

Turkey: UN humanitarian fund gives more than $3 million to help quake victims

The United Nations humanitarian fund announced that it is allocating $3.4 million to provide shelter, education, health care and psychological support to thousands of people affected by the recent deadly earthquakes in south-eastern Turkey. more

Türkan Soray with children in Van

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador visits Van to support children

UNICEF Goddwill Ambassador Türkan Soray visited Van with her daughter Yagmur and UNICEF team. She visited the children living in tent camps and also went to take a look at the Child Friendly Education spaces that are being constructed by UNICEF to help children go back to school. more

With high food prices set to continue, UN agencies issue call to action

The United Nations agencies working to combat hunger  called for action to ensure long-term food security as a new report shows that high food prices are likely to continue and possible increase over the next decade. more

SG Ban (right) with Graziano da Silva (left)

FAO's New Director-General

José Graziano da Silva of Brazil was elected Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) during the biennial 191 member nation Conference of FAO in Rome. more

Education Reforms Key to Boost Innovation, Competitiveness, and Labor Productivity in Emerging Europe and Central Asia

Countries in Emerging Europe and Central Asia need to reform their education and training systems in order to provide the right skills demanded by labor markets, says a new World Bank report, Skills, Not Just Diplomas: Managing Education for Results in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.  more

Doing Business 2012 Annual Report

Turkey ranked 71st among 183 countries in the World Bank Group’s Ease of Doing Business rankings, up from 73rd place last year. more

Turkish dish joins UN intangible heritage list

Three elements from the Republic of South Korea (ROK), one from Spain and one from Turkey were added to the United Nations-backed list of the world’s outstanding examples of intangible heritage.more

UN Turkey Newsletter board of editors (in alphabetical order)

Ahmet Parla
Ayşe Selçuk-Gencer
Ayşegül Oğuz
Deniz Tapan
Emel Özdora
Faik Uyanık
Halide Çaylan
Metin Çorabatır
Nezih Tavlaş
Pınar Perçinel
Selin Arslan
Sema Hosta
Tuba Coşkun

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Speaker of Parliament Cemil Çiçek (centre), Prof. Cevdet Erdöl President of Parliamentary Commission on Health, Family, Labour and Social Affairs (right), Minister for Family and Social Policies Fatma Sahin (left) with UNICEF Turkey Representative Dr. Ayman Abulaban

Children in Turkey speak up for better, safer online access for all - UNICEF

A landmark meeting was held at the national parliament to advocate for children and young people’s optimal and safe use of Internet Communication Technologies (ICT). more

FAO country programme supports national priorities

The Country Programming Framework (CPF) is a tool used by FAO to define the medium-term response to the assistance needs of member countries in accordance with the principles of FAO and in pursuit of national development objectives, more

Minister of Education Ömer Dinçer (right) presents the certificate to UNICEF Deputy Representative Regina De Dominicis (left)

Ministry of National Education presents a Certificate of Appreciation to UNICEF for getting children "Back to School"

Ministry of National Education held a protocol ceremony on 7 December with the participation of individuals and institutions who supported children get back to school, the repair and reconstruction of schools, classes damaged in Van after the earthquake.   more

UNRC Shahid Najam (centre right) and British Council Turkey Director Margaret Jack (centre left)

UN in Turkey and British Council Turkey Office enhance cooperation in areas related to development

United Nations System in Turkey and British Council Turkey Office took an important step forward to enhance cooperation in areas related to development. more

Dr. Ayman Abulaban (left), Vedat Ahsen Cosar (right)

UNICEF Organizes Workshop to Follow up Child Rights Legislation by Civil Society and Child Rights in the Constitution

The workshop on FOLLOW UP OF CHILD RIGHTS LEGISLATION BY CIVIL SOCIETY and CHILD RIGHTS IN CONSTITUTION organized jointly by UNICEF and Turkish Bar Association (TBB) more

UN in Turkey staff visit Anitkabir

On the 66th anniversary of establishment of the United Nations Day activities, UN Turkey staff, headed by Resident Coordinator Shahid Najam visited Anıtkabir. more

Mr. Shahid Najam (second from left) receives his present from Mr. Mehmet Sahin (Heaed of Journalists and Writers Foundation Ankara Branch) (third from left), Berna Celebi (second from right) and Mr. Mustafa Yesil.

Najam: "Mawlana's teachings provide solutions to a multitude of challenges our worldface"

"Tolerance, co-existence, love, dialogue and knowledge based response still serve as panacea for resolving the multitudes of ills and afflictions within and among the community of nations" said United Nations Resident Coordinator Shahid Najam. more

UNRC Najam: "We can achive Zero HIV Target"

On 1 December, in Ankara to mark World AIDS Day, a panel discussion was organized with the participation of UN officials, parliamentarians, Turkish Ministry of Health and Hacettepe University representatives. more

Efforts to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS are yielding progress – UN report

Global efforts to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS are showing optimistic results, but transformative efforts are needed to accelerate progress, according to the latest report released by the United Nations agency leading the fight against the disease. more

Dr. Nafiz Sadik

Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia and in the Pacific visits Ankara

Dr. Nafis Sadik, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General and his Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, paid a two day visit to Ankara. more

Valerie Amos

Turkey can play vital role in humanitarian affairs – UN official

Turkey's role in humanitarian affairs is rapidly growing and has become vital for the international community, the United Nations relief chief said today, calling for stronger partnerships between the country and international organizations to provide assistance to people who have been affected by emergencies around the world. more

Horn of Africa the biggest winner at UN charity soccer match

The annual Match Against Poverty, which brings together dozens of soccer stars and United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors to spotlight the UN’s efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and help people in need, turned into an on-field goalfest on 13 December. more

UN officials call for building on momentum to promote human rights everywhere

Building on the momentum for change triggered by the Arab Spring, top United Nations officials have urged everyone, everywhere to join in the Internet and social media campaign launched on the occasion of Human Rights Day to help more people know, demand and defend their rights. more

Palestinian flag flies at UNESCO to mark admission as new member

The Palestinian flag was raised for the first time at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 13 December as the UN agency marked Palestine’s admission as a full member. more

Performance Marks International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, New York

Establishing a peaceful Palestinian State next to Israel long overdue – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon led a chorus of United Nations officials in stressing the need for a just and lasting solution to the question of Palestine and achieving a comprehensive peace in the Middle East. more

Tuberculosis on the decline for first time ever – UN report

The United Nations health agency reported that for the first time the number of people falling ill with tuberculosis (TB) each year is declining, but warned that current progress is at risk due to under-funding.

New data, published in the World Health Organization (WHO) 2011 Global Tuberculosis Control Report, in October shows that the number of people who fell ill with TB dropped to 8.8 million in 2010, after peaking at 9 million in 2005.

The report also finds that TB deaths fell to 1.4 million in 2010, after reaching 1.8 million in 2003. more


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UN needed more than ever after 'remarkable and extraordinary year' – Ban

The United Nations has "never been so needed" to deal with the planet's most pressing challenges, from the impact of climate change to growing demands for human rights to helping people facing humanitarian crises, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a year-end press conference. more

Dr. Zahidul Huque

Violence against Women is a human rights violation - UNFPA

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a new campaign was launched by inviting all men to sign the pledge declaring saying "as men, we more

UN WOMEN Director Michel Bachelet (third from right) with activits

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women Marks 15th Anniversary – New Call for Proposals Announced

To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and in tribute to grassroots activists around the world who are at the forefront of the efforts to end the pandemic of violence, the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) today announced its new global Call for Proposals to support country-level programmes to end violence against women and girls. more

UN RC Shahid Najam (centre), OSTIM Executive Board Chairperson Orhan Aydin (right)

UN and OSTİM Enhances Cooperation

United Nations and Organized Industrial Zone (OSTİM) Administration join forces to deepen the cooperation in issues related to development. Main aim of the cooperation is to contribute to the development targets of Turkey and South South cooperation. more

Gabriela Knaul

Turkey: first official visit by UN expert on independence of judges and lawyers

United Nations Special Rapporteur Gabriela Knaul carried out an official visit to Turkey from more

Turkey's National Youth Employment Action Plan is ready

The National Youth Employment Action Plan (NYEAP) whose drafting started in January 2010 to reduce youth unemployment in Turkey shared with public more

Run against hunger

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Ankara University jointly organized "Run against hunger" event to emphasize the food insecurity that poses a serious threat to mankind. more

Abdül Baki Mehreban (left) presents first prize to Emrah Karamazi

"Turkish Treasure" wins World Food Day Race

Turkish Treasure won the World Food Day Horse Race. "Ateş" came second, "Stromboli" third and "Mia Adriana" fourth. more

Turkish journalists attend Geneva Press Conference via videoconference

UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Ankara connected via videoconference to a press conference held in Geneva, for the release of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria’s report, mandated by the Human Rights Council. more

UN agency warns of danger of bird flu research and urges safety measures

The United Nations health agency has voiced deep concern that scientific research undertaken on a strain of highly pathogenic influenza could have negative consequences but also acknowledged that tightly-controlled studies needed to continue to limit the possibility of future risks to the global population. more

Disabled workers at a chalk factory in Ghana's capital, Accra

Ban urges inclusion of persons with disabilities into society

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for governments, civil society and the global community to work alongside persons with disabilities, saying their participation is essential to achieve inclusive and sustainable development worldwide. more

Time to fight back against ‘cancer' of corruption – UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging everyone to do their part to stamp out corruption, which afflicts all countries, undermining social progress and breeding inequality and injustice. more

International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania

Key organizers of Rwandan genocide jailed for life by UN tribunal

Two key organizers of the Rwandan genocide in 1994 were sentenced to life in prison by the United Nations tribunal dealing with war crimes in the country which resulted in the deaths of some 800,000 people in just 100 days. more

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo

Support for ending impunity for international crimes must grow – ICC

Eight years after assuming office as prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo spotlighted today the transformative changes taking place in international law, with countries increasing their support for ending impunity of international crimes, adding that this trend must continue to grow. more

Ban urges action to improve road safety in honour of accident victims

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for global mobilization of expertise, resources and individual commitment to improve road safety as a demonstration of honour to all those who have lost their lives in road traffic accidents across the world over the years. more

Budget related documents

Ban welcomes approval of UN budget for next two years

The General Assembly approved today a budget of $5.15 billion for the period of 2012-2013, a move that was welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a collective achievement and a commitment to "do more and better with less."more

'Active' tolerance vital during times of extraordinary change, UN officials say

Top United Nations officials stressed the importance of practising active tolerance at a time when the world is undergoing unprecedented economic and political changes, and called for countries to embrace diversity, combat discrimination and increase education efforts about human rights. more