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Famine across the Horn of Africa

The famine across the Horn of Africa - in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia - has left more than 12.4 million people in desperate need and claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people - half of them younger than five. more



Strengthening Internal Audits for Child Services and Self-Assessment Workshop has kicked off in Ankara

The workshop on "Strengthening Internal Audits for Child Services and Self - Assessment" was organized in  Ankara, on September 21-23, 2011 under the leadership of the Ministry of Family and Social Policies and with the technical assistance of UNICEF. Around 200 professionals, who are decision makers, experts and inspectors responsible for child protection services at central and provincial level, attended the workshop. more




Basic Life Skills Training conducted for Migrant Youth in Antalya by IOM Turkey Mission and the Turkish Employment Agency (İşkur)

International Organization for Migration (IOM), in the context of the Joint Programme between  Turkish Employment Agency (İŞKUR) and the United Nations Agencies namely  ILO, IOM, UNDP and FAO on “Growth with Decent Work for All: National Youth Employment Program and Pilot Implementation in Antalya”, more




Digital Citizenship and Safety Workshop, Ankara 12-13 September 2011

The Digital Citizenship and Safety Workshop (Ankara 12-13 September 2011) was attended by academicians, NGOs, think tanks, government organizations, a parliamentarian who is also the head of Child Rights Monitoring Committee at the Turkish Grand National Assembly and colleagues from HQ and Turkey CO.more




UNAIDS regional Director Broun visited Ankara

Dennis Broun, Director of UNAIDS for Europe and Central Asia paid a two day official visit to Ankara on 11-12 August 2011.

During his stay in Ankara, Broun met with Minister of Health Recep Akdag, Minister of Development Cevdet Yılmaz and Foreign Ministry officials. more



High unemployment blights Palestinian lives, despite economic growth - UN

The economy of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) grew by 9.3 per cent last year, but that expansion was not enough to reduce the area's 30 per cent unemployment rate, the United Nations trade and development arm said in a new report released in August. devamı




Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) participates in a joint press conference with the Middle East Quartet (file)

UN condemns Israel's housing plans in occupied Palestinian territory

Voicing great concern at Israel's recent announcements to advance planning for new housing in Ariel and East Jerusalem in occupied Palestinian territory, the United Nations and its partners in the search for Middle East peace today called the action contrary to international law. more



Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe briefs correspondents

UN pushes for more preventive diplomacy

The United Nations further highlighted the need for preventive diplomacy to nip crises in the bud before they become more intractable and deadly. more



Events in North Africa and Middle East prove democracy a universal yearning - Ban

This year's dramatic popular support for political change in North Africa and the Middle East showed that democracy is a governance model that people of all cultures yearn for, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, noting, however, that it cannot be imposed from abroad. more




Zidane and Ronaldo target hunger in annual all-star UN charity soccer match

The soccer stars and United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane announced that proceeds from the next UN all-star charity game will go to the world body's continuing efforts to fight the food crisis in the Horn of Africa.more




Gender Equality: the Right and Smart Thing to Do - World Bank Report

Despite impressive gains in gender equality, nearly 4 million poor women "missing" each year in developing countries

Gender equality matters in its own right but is also smart economics: Countries that create better opportunities and conditions for women and girls can raise productivity, improve outcomes for children, make institutions more representative, and advance development prospects for all, says a new World Bank flagship report more




Amphetamine use on the rise worldwide, new UN report finds

The use of amphetamine-type stimulants such as ecstasy and meth is surging around the world, a new United Nations report finds, warning that the growing trade in these illegal drugs and the high profits they bring to criminals are posing an increasing threat to health and security. . more



This photograph, "East West Jubilation" by Rabin Chakrabarti, was a runner-up in UNWTO's 2011 World Tourism Day photo contest

Tourism an important force to reduce poverty and foster global solidarity - UN

Top United Nations officials stressed the importance of tourism in reducing poverty and linking countries through tolerance and solidarity as they marked World Tourism Day more




Ban warns on replacing ozone-depleting gases with greenhouse substitutes

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the international community not to replace ozone-depleting gases that are now being phased out with highly potent global warming substitutes. more




New industrial revolution needed to avert ‘planetary catastrophe' - UN report

Humanity is close to breaching the sustainability of Earth, and needs a technological revolution greater - and faster - than the industrial revolution to avoid "a major planetary catastrophe," according to a new United Nations report. more


Battle against deadly lifestyle diseases figures high on UN agenda

An unhealthy diet is one of the major risk factors for a range of chronic diseases linked to obesity

The United Nations launched an all-out attack on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), bringing together dozens of heads of State to promote the lifestyle changes needed to curb the soaring toll of a scourge that already causes over 63 per cent of all the world's deaths.more



PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (left) and SG Ban Ki-moon (right)

Tragedy of Somalia shames the world,
PM Erdoğan tells UN

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for urgent action to help Somalia alleviate its humanitarian crisis and to build peace and stability, stressing that the world cannot let the cry of the Horn of Africa nation go unheard. more

Ban urges global leaders gathered at UN
to 'shape the world of tomorrow'

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told world leaders gathered at United Nations Headquarters for the General Assembly's annual high-level debate that they face critical choices on global issues to ensure the well-being of future generations. more




Assane Diop, Executive Director, Social Protection Sector, ILO (left), Faruk Çelik, Minister, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Turkey (centre), Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, Secretary General, ISSA (right)

19th World Congress on Safety and Health at Work held in İstanbul

19th World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, jointly organized by ILO, International Social Security Association (ISSA) and Ministry of Labour and Social Security of the Republic of Turkey, was held between more



Photos are courtesy of Kerim Burucu, Riyat Gül, Musa Han ve Pelin Kihtir Öztürk

Watching Rare Birds of Çoruh Valley

Birdwatchers in late September discovered the rich bird watching opportunities in the Çoruh Valley which serves as a very important highway for the raptors. more



"Handbook on Rights at Work" has been published

In order to be a reference guide for young workers to be closely acquainted with their rights at work, "Handbook on Rights at Work" prepared by Labour Inspectors Association for ILO Ankara Office within the scope of the United Nations Joint Programme "Growth with Decent Work for All: National Youth Employment Program and Pilot Implementation in Antalya" (UNJP-YEM) has been published in Turkish. more



World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick (second from right)

President Praised Turkey's Progress on the Economy

World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick and KAGIDER President Gülden Türktan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with participation of 11 private sector representatives in support of Turkey's Gender Certification program.more



Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority,
shows a copy of the application for UN membership


Security Council refers Palestinian application to UN membership committee

The President of the Security Council referred Palestine's application to become a United Nations Member State to the committee that deals with the admission of new members.

The Council's decision to refer the application come after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas submitted the application to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who then forwarded it to the 15-member body. more




Ankara commemorated Mandela Day
From left to right: Mayor of Keçiören Mustafa Ak, Mustapha Sinaceur (FAO), Ambassador Seokolo and Meera Sethi (IOM) (second from right)

On Nelson Mandela's 93rd birthday, the Embassy of South Africa, the United Nations in Turkey and Keçiören Municipality joined a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of their time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day. more



Mourners at a memorial service in honour of the victims of the 26 August 2011 attack on the UN compound in Abuja, Nigeria. Credit: Kori Habib/UNFPA

With pledge to continue its work, UN honours those who died in Nigerian attack

With calls to persevere through adversity, the United Nations held a memorial ceremony in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, for the staff members who died when its offices there were attacked by a suicide bomber in August. .more



A UNHCR aid worker hands a blanket to a young victim of
cyclone Nargis that hit Myanmar in 2008

On World Humanitarian Day, UN pays tribute to aid workers around globe

The United Nations paid homage to humanitarian workers around the world today with ceremonies of remembrance for the fallen, and praise and songs of tribute for the hundreds of thousands of others who daily brave danger and hardship to bring aid to those less fortunate.more



Ensuring rights of persons with disabilities benefits all of society - Migiro

Persons with disabilities must enjoy full human rights and fundamental freedoms and enabling them to do so benefits society as a whole, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said at the opening of a United Nations forum that is seeking to improve their lives.more



Sergio Pinheiro

UN Human Rights Council appoints experts to probe Syrian violence

The United Nations Human Rights Council appointed three experts to probe alleged abuses in Syria, where the number of people killed since the start of the Syrian Government's crackdown on protesters earlier this year has now reportedly reached at least 2,600. more




Crisis and Change in the Middle East and North Africa

The political tumult sweeping the Middle East and North Africa since early 2011 is challenging many including the United Nations to respond effectively to historic events that have been described by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a "once in a generation" opportunity to support popular aspirations for democratic change in the Arab World. more




Let's Fight Racism
By Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

In Jackson, Mississippi last June, a group of white teenagers targets a 49-year old black man. First, they savagely beat him. Then they run over their victim with a pick-up truck and kill him. The reason for such brutality? more



Childhood vaccines to reach 37 more nations thanks to UN-backed initiative

A United Nations-backed scheme that delivers vital immunizations to those who need them the most announced that it will provide funding for 37 more developing countries to introduce vaccines against the two leading causes of death among children - diarrhoea and pneumonia. more




Donor support to help reduce poverty and improve lives still falling short - UN

Donors need to intensify their support to help countries achieve the globally agreed goals of slashing hunger, poverty, disease and a host of other social ills by the target date of 2015, says a new United Nations report released on 16 September. more




UN-backed tsunami warning system for the Mediterranean passes first test

The first test of the communication network of the United Nations-backed tsunami early warning system for the North-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean was carried out successfully, paving the way for the establishment of regional tsunami warning centres.more



Foto: UNESCO/Mark Hofler

Literacy vital for overcoming poverty and disease and reinforcing stability - UN

With nearly 800 million people unable to read or write, the United Nations marked International Literacy Day with a warning that illiteracy undermines efforts to eliminate a host of social ills such as poverty and sickness and threatens the very stability of nations.. more



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UNRC a.i. Maria Cristina Profili (second from right back row, Prof. Sadıklar (third from right, Ambassador Araki (fourth from right)

International Day of Peace World
Peace Bell Ceremony

International Day of Peace was celebrated at a ceremony to be jointly organized by the United Nations in Turkey and Turkish Japanese Foundation. more




Turkey Is Preparing For Its National Disaster Risk

The national workshop on Turkey's Disaster Risk Assessment that was organized on 8-9 September 2011 at Ankara Dedeman Hotel was participated by all relevant institutions of the country where officials evaluated Turkey's disaster risk situation.more



Project participants together

Women Friendly Cities 2

A second leg of the UN Joint Programme on Women Friendly Cities was lauched in Ankara with the participation of parliamentarians, government officials, UN representatives and NGOs. more



Turkey: UNICEF helps young activists from three regions to develop leadership skills

Thirty very active young people from sixteen countries converged on Istanbul on September 19th to develop their leadership skills and establish a network for cooperation across a region spanning the Balkans, the Middle East and the Caucasus more



On International Youth Day, UN celebrating young people's role in ousting dictators

Young people at the launch of the International Year of Youth, celebrated annually on 12 August The United Nations marked International Youth Day under the slogan ‘Change Our World,' with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscoring the "stunning" role young people have played during the past year in overthrowing dictatorships. more



Number of private security guards booming worldwide, UN survey reveals

The number of private security guards is now almost twice that of police officers, as governments around the world outsource many of their security functions, according to a new report based on data compiled by the United Nations.more




Former Yugoslav army chief convicted by UN tribunal for war crimes

The United Nations tribunal set up to prosecute the most serious offences committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s convicted Momcilo Perišic for crimes against humanity and war crimes and sentenced the former chief of staff of the Yugoslav Army to 27 years in prison.more




Alain Le Roy (second from left)

UN through the lens: Three years at the helm of peacekeeping

Demand for United Nations-led peacekeeping operations is likely to continue over the next five years and may even start to rise again as individual countries reduce their defence spending and fresh crises and conflicts emerge, the outgoing head of UN peacekeeping has said. more



Hervé Ladsous, new Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations

Ban appoints seasoned French diplomat as new UN peacekeeping chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Hervé Ladsous as the new head of United Nations peacekeeping, tasking the veteran French diplomat with overseeing the efforts of over 100,000 personnel serving in more than a dozen operations worldwide. more



Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre); Geeta Rao Gupta (right) of UNICEF
and Awa Marie Coll-Seck of Roll Back Malaria hold up mosquito net

Efforts of UN-led global anti-malaria partnership save a million lives in a decade

Global malaria deaths have dropped by about 38 per cent over the past decade, saving the lives of more than one million people, mostly children, through the efforts of a United Nations-led global partnership that put emphasis on prevention and treatment, particularly the use of insecticide-treated nets, according to a report unveiled. more




UN report outlines investment strategies to reduce water scarcity

Investments in water sector could pay huge dividends for human health and food security.

An annual investment of $198 billion, or 0.16 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP), in the water sector could reduce water scarcity and halve the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation in less than four years, the United Nations said. more




Investing in ecosystem services can boost food security, raise incomes - UN report

Investing in healthy ecosystems can boost food security, improve resilience to climate change and provide economic benefits for poor communities, says a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its partners.more




On World Population Day, Ban calls for ending poverty and inequality

As the world population approaches seven billion, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that ending global poverty and inequality is the key to unleashing the great human potential for prosperity and peaceful coexistence, while protecting the planet and safeguarding the natural resources that sustain humanity. more




Moratorium no substitute for ratifying treaty banning nuclear tests - UN officials

The current international moratorium on testing nuclear weapons, while respected by almost all States, should not delay the full implementation of the treaty calling for a comprehensive ban on such tests, two senior United Nations officials stressed.more




Ban highlights role of cooperatives in tackling youth unemployment

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the role that cooperatives can play in social and economic development, especially in tackling youth unemployment. 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

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