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Spanish Embassy Counselor Carlos Ruiz Gonzales (second from left) UNICEF Turkey Representative Dr. Ayman Abulaban (third from left),UN RC Shahid Najam (fourth from left)

A First in Public Museums in Turkey: The first Children's Museum Room Opened in Kars!

The first of the Children's Museum Rooms, aimed to be opened in all public museums in Turkey, opened its doors to children on 17 January 2011 in Kars! more

IOM Turkey's Project on "Fight Against Illegal Migration through Detection of Forged Documents"

Within the scope of the project carried out under the coordination of General Directorate of Security - Department Presidency of Foreigners Border Asylum with the cooperation of International Organization for Migration Turkey Office, a 5-day training was held concerning "Early Detection of Forged Travel Documents for the Prevention of Illegal Crossing".  more

United Nations Country Team Retreat

The annual United Nations Country Team (UNCT) Retreat was held on 12-14 January 2011 in Hilton Hotel, Adana. The objectives of the retreat were to have a better understanding of the emerging political and economic trends to contextualize UN system interventions especially the implementation more

Children and Young People Exercise their Rights through - Play, Physical Activity and Sports!

The leaders of the future are overcoming barriers with the inspirational power of sports. The International Inspiration Project is being introduced in Ankara on 4 March 2011. more

Turkey National Climate Change Action Plan

Climate Change Action Plan meeting was organized jointly by Ministry of Enviroment and Forestry and United Nations Development Programme, On 8 March in Ankara at Ambassador Hotel. more

Turkey's Exporters To Benefit From Additional Financing from the World Bank

The World Bank today approved an Additional Financing in the amount of US$300 million for Turkey's Export Finance Intermediation Loan (EFIL 4) project on 17 March. The loan will provide long-term working capital and investment finance to Turkish exporters, to help them expand capacity and improve more

World Bank says most developing countries have recovered from crisis, projects steady global growth

The world economy is moving from a post-crisis bounce-back phase of the recovery to slower but still solid growth this year and next, with developing countries contributing almost half of global growth, says the World Bank's latest Global Economic Prospects 2011 more

ILO Director-General Juan Somavia

Record highs in global unemployment likely to persist in 2011, UN reports

Despite a sharp rebound in economic growth for many countries, global unemployment in 2011 is likely to continue at the record highs of the past three years, highlighting the need for long-term policies that prioritize quality job creation, according to the United Nations labour agency. more

Navi Pillay

What David Kato's Death Can Teach the World

News of the brutal murder of Ugandan human rights activist David Kato has reverberated around the world. David was beaten to death at his home outside of Kampala on 26 January. more

Humans must change behaviour to save bees, vital for food production – UN report

The potentially disastrous decline in bees, a vital pollinating element in food production for the growing global population, is likely to continue unless humans profoundly change their ways, from the use of more

Ban calls for global revolution to ensure clean energy for all

With 1.6 billion people in developing countries still lacking access to electricity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a global revolution to address the world's energy challenges. more

Paying tribute to fallen staff members

Secretary-General urges countries to step up legal protection for UN staff

The vast majority of United Nations Member States are yet to ratify or accede to a protocol extending legal protection for UN staff beyond those serving in peacekeeping missions to all operations delivering humanitarian, political or development assistance, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. more

UN marks World Cancer Day with call for more physical activity to reduce risk

Two and half hours of moderate physical activity a week can reduce the risk of breast and colon cancers, according to new recommendations released by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) to mark World Cancer Day more

Flight Safety Foundations enters partnership with World Food Programme

The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) announced today at its 23rd annual European Aviation Safety Seminar (EASS) in Istanbul that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the World Food Programme (WFP), the world's largest humanitarian agency, to  more

Helen Clark

UNDP Administrator Clark visits Turkey

Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark has paid a visit to Turkey in March. Helen Clark, who had meetings in Ankara and Istanbul, inaugurated "UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development" and also launched a regional report entitled "Business Solutions to Poverty" in Istanbul. The UNDP Administrator also visited culture tourism projects implemented in Kars. more

The way forward: True gender equality

Gender inequality is still a global epidemic.  However, it is no longer acceptable to live in a world where young girls are taken out of school and forced into early marriage, where women's employment opportunities are limited, and where the threat of gender-based violence is a daily reality. more

17 organizations jpined forces for education

Full Support to Increasing Access to Education and Monitoring Attendance

Collaboration protocol to achieve access to education and monitoring attendance has been signed. UNICEF technical assistance and leadership of the Ministry of National Education resulted in a collaboration protocol among 17 institutions to join forces to strengthen education in Turkey to increase access to primary education and prevent drop-outs. more

UNRC Shahid Najam (third from left), Spanish Embassy Counselor Carlos Ruiz Gonzales (third from right), Deputy Governor of Kars Murat Demirci (second from right), Mayor of Kars Nevzat Bozkus (first from right), Ministry of Culture and Tourism Director General for Promotion Ibrahim Yazar (first from left).

A Culture House in Kars to facilitate the viability, transmission and promotion of the Minstrelsy tradition

The Kars Minstrel Culture House was inaugurated on 17 January 2011 in Kars with the support of the United Nations (UN) Joint Programme "Alliances for Culture Tourism in Eastern Anatolia" in cooperation with the Municipality of Kars. more

INCB: Designer Drugs are Escalating out of Control

Designer drugs are produced faster and in growing numbers, the Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) says in its Annual Report 2010, launched in Vienna. more

Create an Ad For The United Nations 2011 "No To Violence Against Women" Competition

Building on the success of the 2010 competition on the Millennium Development Goals (WeCanEndPoverty), for which over 2,000 ads from 34 European countries were received more

UN celebrates birth of powerful new agency for women and girls

Luminaries from the worlds of politics, entertainment, business, the media, music and film joined the United Nations as it celebrates the birth of a powerful new agency giving voice to women and girls worldwide. more

In Afghanistan ILO helps government to create new employment opportunities

UN calls for ‘new era of social justice' for all with basic services and decent jobs

With 80 per cent of the world's people lacking adequate social protection and global inequalities growing, top United Nations officials are calling for a new era of social justice that offers basic services, decently paid jobs, and safeguards for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized. more

Marginalization of 48 poorest countries is leading to "a future we cannot afford," UN panel reports

A blue-ribbon report released ahead of the summit on the least developed countries in May says that these countries can break out of a decades-long poverty trap, depending on determined national action and international support.  more

Global food prices rise to new highs, not expected to fall in coming months – UN

Food prices around the world surged to a new historic peak in January, for the seventh consecutive month, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported, adding that the prices are not likely to decline in the months ahead. more

UN launches year-long celebration of vital role of world's forests

Recognizing the role that forests play in everything from mitigating climate change to providing wood, medicines and livelihoods for people worldwide, the United Nations today kicked off a year-long celebration to raise awareness of the value of this important resource. more

UN launched first World Interfaith Harmony Week

The United Nations launched the first World Interfaith Harmony Week with a broad range of activities around the world, including interfaith breakfasts, film screenings and talks featuring the active participation of civil society, UN entities and other intergovernmental organizations. more

UN marks Holocaust memorial day with exhibitions and pledges of 'never again'

The United Nations honoured the memory of the estimated six million Jews and countless others who perished in the Nazi death camps of the Second World War with ceremonies around the world and pledges to wipe genocide off the face of the Earth. more


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Nimet Çubukçu, Minister of National Education

International Preschool Education Congress Held in Istanbul

The International Preschool Education Congress organized under the "Strengthening Preschool Education" project by the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) General Directorate of Preschool more

Every day, a woman is killed in Turkey in the name of "honor"

On the occasion of the 8th March International Women's Day, Dr.Zahidul Huque, UNFPA Representative in Turkey said that almost a million girls in Turkey are still not going to school and 4 million women have no formal education, 4 out of 10 women are facing violence and every day a woman is killed in the name more

Gülay Aslantepe

Director of ILO Office in Turkey retiring

The Director of the ILO-Ankara Office since 1998, Ms. Gülay Aslantepe is retiring at the end March 2011. After receiving a degree in Law  from University of Ankara, more

The Seventh Session of Model United Nations convened in Antalya

The Seventh Model United Nations 2011 Turkey Conference, organized by the Model United Nations Association Turkey with the participation of 500 Turkish and international students, was held more

A view of Tokyo after the earthquake

UN voices sorrow and assist Japan after deadly quake and tsunami

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed deep sorrow and offered the full support of the United Nations after a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan early March, killing thousands of people and destroying towns, villages and large swathes of infrastructure.more

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefs journalists

From fighting poverty to building a safer world, UN chief outlines priorities for 2011

From promoting sustainable development and mitigating climate change to empowering women to keeping nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon laid out the United Nations agenda for 2011. more

Door of No Return

I have recently visited Goree Island in Senegal, the infamous "door of no return" from which countless Africans were sent in chains to the Americas during the transatlantic slave trade. As I moved around the island where thousands of  human beings were more

Highlighting need for energy conservation, UN goes dark for Earth Hour 2011

On March 26, the United Nations turned out the lights at its New York Headquarters at 8:30 p.m. in observance of Earth Hour 2011, a global event aimed at promoting awareness of the need to take action on climate change. more

On World Water Day, UN calls for greater investment in providing clean water for all

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged governments to recognize that the water crisis facing many urban areas is the result of weak policies and poor management rather than scarcity, noting that the problem calls for increased investment in water and sanitation services. more

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (third from right is shown live weather patterns on the "Blue Marble" during his tour of the Meteo World Pavilion, at the 2010 Expo in Shanghai, China. The pavilion is funded by the UN World Meteorological Organization. 30 October 2010

Record-setting 2010 highlights global warming trend, says UN weather agency

The year 2010 ranked as the warmest on record – together with 2005 and 1998 – according to the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which added that last year also witnessed a large number of extreme weather events, including the heat wave in Russia and the devastating floods in Pakistan. more

Nowruz celebration in Iran

On International Day of Nowruz, Ban calls on world to celebrate its timeless values

The spirit of peace and harmony in Nowruz, the Persian spring festival marking the New Year, is more appropriate than ever at a time of upheaval and pressing concerns in much of the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on 21 March. more


Partnership between UN and Member States key to effective peacekeeping – officials

The success of United Nations peacekeeping depends on a strong partnership between the world body and Member States, top officials stressed, as they reported on efforts underway to deliver efficient and cost-effective operations around the world. more

UN Turkey Newsletter board of editors (in alphabetical order)

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

Meriç Ürer

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