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Syrian Refugees Receive 20,000 Family Hygiene Kits

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Turkey has announced that they will deliver 20,000 additional hygiene kits for displaced Syrian families before the end of 2012. more

Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS.

UNDP and Government of Turkey Reviews Their Strategic Partnership

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Turkey held the first high-level consultation to discuss the progress and plans for the future regarding the strategic partnership agreement concluded between UNDP and Turkey. more

From left to right: Dr. Ayman Abulaban, UNICEF Turkey Representative; Ms. Fatma Sahin, Minister of Family and Social Policies; Ms. Marta Santos Pais, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children; Mr. Ahmad Ghanizadeh,

United Against All Forms of Violence Against Children

More than 250 officials and experts from all over 27 European countries gathered in Ankara to discuss what more can be done to stamp out violence against children. more

Removing Barriers to Create Equal Opportunities For All Children at the International Day of Persons with Disabilities!

Children with disabilities should enjoy all the rights that other children do and be an integral part of the society - this was the main message of the two-day conference -“Life without Barriers for Every Child”- organized by the Ministry of Family and Social Policies and UNICEF and dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. more

UNIDO - ECA Customs Cooperation Meeting On ODS

The Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Customs Cooperation Meeting on Ozone Depleting Substances (ODSs) and ECA Ozone Protection Award for Customs and Enforcement Officers which is organized more

UN Joint Programme on “Harnessing Sustainable Linkages for the SMEs in Turkey’s Textile Sector” ended in December 2012

UN Joint Programme on “Harnessing Sustainable Linkages for the SMEs in Turkey’s Textile Sector” implemented in cooperation with ITKIB (Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters’ Associations) has come to a close with a final conference more

A Web-Based Animation of “Rights at Work Handbook” Developed by ILO

A web-based animation of the “Rights at Work Handbook” has been developed and is now available. more

UN Day Celebrations

The UN Information Centre in Ankara celebrated UN Day in six cities throughout Turkey with concerts, school visits, exhibitions and educational outreach activities. more

Victims of Transatlantic Slave Trade Exhibit

As part of the UN Information Centre (UNIC) Ankara's efforts to reach a larger audience in commemorating the victims of transatlantic slave trade, a UN traveling exhibit more

Assoc. Prof Abdülrezak Altun during his presentation.

UNCG Members Attend Strategic Communication Workshop

United Nations Communication Group members in Turkey attended the Strategic Communication Workshop more

UN in Turkey Staff Visit Anitkabir

On the 67th anniversary of establishment of the United Nations Day activities, UN in Turkey staff, headed by Resident Coordinator Shahid Najam visited Anitkabir. more

On International Day of Tolerance, UN Flags Key Role of Understanding in Countering Extremism and Ignorance

United Nations officials stressed the importance of building tolerance and understanding to counter ignorance and extremism, adding that differences and diversity should be a source of strength and not fear. more

UN Chief Spotlights Road Safety as Traffic Accidents Claim 1.2 Million Lives Each Year

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the importance of road safety in preventing more than one million people from dying and many more from getting injured each year in traffic accidents. more

New Report Examines Risks of 4 Degree Hotter World by End of Century

The world is barreling down a path to heat up by 4 degrees at the end of the century if the global community fails to act on climate change, triggering a cascade of cataclysmic changes that include extreme heat-waves, declining global food stocks more

On International Day of Rural Women, Ban Calls for More Empowerment and End to Discrimination

Highlighting the role in women in producing much of the world’s food and caring for the environment, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, more

Global Economy Risks Falling Into Renewed Recession, Warns UN Report

World economic growth has weakened considerably during 2012 and is expected to remain subdued in the coming two years, says a new United Nations report, which calls for policy changes to spur growth and tackle the jobs crisis. more

On International Day, Ban Leads UN Call for Action to End Violence Against Women

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is leading a United Nations call on world leaders to "make good" on pledges they have made to end violence against women, a scourge that affects millions of women and girls worldwide. more

UN Flags Need for 1.7 Million More Teachers to Reach Universal Primary Education by 2015

Some 1.7 million more teachers are needed to achieve universal primary education by 2015, the second of the eight anti-poverty more

UN Calls for New Push to Improve Access to Society by Disabled

Highlighting the need to guarantee disabled people equal access to services and opportunities worldwide, more

Somali refugee children at the Buramino camp in Ethiopia. Photo: WFP/Jiro Ose

Nearly 870 Million People Chronically Undernourished, Says New UN Hunger Report

Almost 870 million people, or one in eight, are suffering from chronic malnutrition, according to a new United Nations report, which shows a sharp decline in the number of undernourished people over the past two decades, but warns that immediate action is still needed to tackle hunger particularly in developing countries. more

Civil Society Demonstrate Growing Appetite to Drive Global Internet Agenda

The four-day Internet Governance Forum held in Baku, Azerbaijan came to a close on 9 November. The 2013 IGF will be held in Bali, Indonesia following the Government of Indonesia's bid to host the annual conference more

Former Italian Prime Minister to Lead UN Response to Crisis in Africa’s Sahel Region

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi as his new Special Envoy for the Sahel region in West Africa. more

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits Islahiye camp in Turkey.

On visit to Islahiye camp, Secretary-General Renews Call for Stop to Killings in Syria

Amidst a visit to a refugee camp in Turkey for people displaced by the ongoing violence in neighbouring Syria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed once more to all sides in the conflict to stop the killing, according to his spokesperson more

Mr. Ahmet Lütfi Akar, the President of Turkish Red Crescent (left) and Ms. Carol Batchelor, UNHCR Turkey Representative at the signing ceremony.

UNHCR to Buy 18,500 Tents at a Cost of 15.4 Million USD From Kızılay

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) signed an agreement with Turkish Red Crescent Society (Kızılay) to buy 18,500 tents at a cost of USD 15.4 million to provide shelter to 92,500 Syrians in Turkey. more

A Thematic Group Meeting on “Growth and Employment” Was Held in the ILO Office for Turkey As Part of National Consultations to Shape Post-2015 Development Agenda

National consultations continue at different levels to shape the United Nations (UN) global development agenda after the target date of Millennium Development Goals at end-2015. more

Match Against Poverty Broadcasted Live For The First Time in Turkey

UNDP’s Tenth Annual Match Against Poverty was broadcasted live for the first time in Turkey from Brazil by CNN Turk. UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Ronaldo and Zidane have invited many world-renowned footballers some of whom also played in Turkey. more

Right to Fair and Fast Trial for Children Who Are Going Through Legal Processes

In order to protect the rights of children who are going through legal processes, their right to fair trial should be guaranteed and these rights should be implemented” This was the common objective and the main message of the International Justice for Children Symposium, more

What Future Do You Want?
Turkey Is One of the Countries to Help Create the Global Development Roadmap Towards 2015 and Beyond

The commitments, made by virtually every country at the UN-sponsored Millennium Summit in 2000, are organized around the eight targeted Goals of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger; achieving universal primary education; promoting gender equality more

New Horizons Podcast Is Number One in iTunes Turkey Store

New Horizons podcast became number one in Government and Organizations category in iTunes Turkey store which is officially launched on 4th of December. more

LDC Report 2012 Launched in Ankara

Least Developed Countres Report 2012, "Harnessing Remittances and Diaspora Knowledge to Build Productive Capacities" was launched in Ankara. more

Christos Heyns (right)

Turkey: “Significant Progress in Securing the Right to Life, a Long Way to Go on Accountability”

“Turkey has made significant strides in securing the right to life in recent years, and continues to take further positive measures in this regard,” said United Nations independent expert Christof Heyns at the end of his official visit to the country more

Photo: Press Centre of Ankara Metropolitan Municipality/Ergani Gulbitti

WHO Raises Public Awareness in Turkey on International Day of Older Persons

The first of October each year has been designated by the United Nations as International Day of Older Persons. Celebration of this day in 2012 with the slogan "Longevity: Shaping the Future" more

Photo: Yonca Yildirim

National Platform Established in Ankara to Say No to Child Marriages

More than 50 NGOs, unversitites and foundations joined forces in Turkey to say no to child marriages. more

Photo: Nezih Tavlas

Nobody Not Even the Rain Has Such Small Hands

A photograph by Nezih Tavlas, Communication Officer of United Nations Population Fund in Turkey is selected to be featured in UN Plus 2013 Calendar. more

Photo: Yavuz Sariyildiz

Turkish Photographer Wins 2012 CGAP Photo Contest

The winner of the 2012 CGAP Photo Contest is Yavuz Sariyildiz of Turkey. His photo won out over 2,500 entries from professional and non-professional photographers from over 80 countries around the world. The photo, “Smoke of Charcoal,” depicts men separating charcoal to scale in order to sell at a local market.more

President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas addresses the General Assembly.

General Assembly Grants Palestine Non-Member Observer State Status at UN

The General Assembly voted to grant Palestine non-member observer State status at the United Nations, while expressing the urgent need for the resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians leading to a permanent two-State solution. more

Palestinian fishermen collect their nets on the Gaza shore.

UN Chief and General Assembly President Call on Israel and Palestinians to Resume Talks

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Israel and the Palestinians to find the “political will and courage” to move ahead with talks aimed at establishing a lasting peace between them through Palestinian statehood and security for Israel. more

On UN Day, Ban Calls for Renewed Commitment to Building a Better World for All

On the occasion of United Nations Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on individuals and the international community to reaffirm their commitment to building a better world, while also highlighting the importance of cooperation in these efforts. more

World AIDS Day: UN Officials Urge Greater Efforts to Combat Epidemic

United Nations officials marked World AIDS Day with a call for building on recent successes and pressing ahead to get to zero – zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths – by 2015. more

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right), accompanied by Chef de Cabinet Susana Malcorra, returning to his usual office at the completion of renovation. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Secretary-General Returns to Renovated, Eco-Friendly Headquarter Offices After Five Years

Returning to his usual office for the first time since the United Nations Headquarters’ major restoration project began almost five years ago, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed excitement for the “historic” and eco-friendly renovations which have revamped the 60-year old Secretariat building. more

On Human Rights Day, UN Officials Highlight How Every Voice Counts

United Nations officials marked Human Rights Day by declaring that everyone has the right to be heard and to shape the decisions that affect their lives and communities. more

Children Account for Almost a Third of All People Trafficked Globally – New UN Report

Some 27 per cent of all victims of human trafficking officially detected around the world between 2007 and 2010 are children, up seven per cent from the period 2003 to 2006, according to a new report released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). more


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Year in Review

WFP and the Turkish Red Crescent Launch Food E-Card Assistance To Syrians In Turkey

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) launched a food Electronic Card programme in partnership with the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) to assist thousands of Syrians who are under international protection in Turkey. more

FAO Representative Mustapha Sinaceur at the Food day event.

World Food Day Marked in Ankara with Joint Activties of FAO and Yenimahalle Municipality

UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Ankara's Yenimahalle Municipality organized an event to mark the World Food Day in Yenimahalle's Ragip Tuzun Park on October 15. The theme of this year's World Food Day celebrated worldwide on October 16 was Agricultural cooperatives - key to feeding the world. more

Second annual "Walking for the Cure" event, 11 November 2012, Istanbul, Turkey. WHO rep. Dr. Maria Cristina Profili (centre in blue hat) Photo: Riccardo Masetti

Turkey on the Move to Reduce Breast Cancer

Thousands of people walked across the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul as part of the second annual "Walking for the Cure" for breast cancer more

Mr. Michel Kazatchkine, United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS (left) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, received by Recep Akdag, Turkish Minister of Health

UN Envoy for HIV/AIDS Asks Turkey to Take Leadership on HIV/AIDS Matters

Mr. Michel Kazatchkine, United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, visited Mr. Recep Akdag, Turkish Minister of Health, in his office more

Training on Applied Entrepreneurship for Young People Held in Antalya

As a part of the United Nations Joint Programme “Growth with Decent Work for All: National Youth Employment Programme and Pilot Implementation in Antalya” and in cooperation with ISKUR, more

Successful Implementation of Montreal Protocol by Turkey and UNIDO Was Shared at 13th Ozone Panel

Since the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol stand as the first treaties in history to have achieved universal ratification, the eyes of the international community have been turned to the Protocol more

Post-2015 Development Agenda “Food Security and Nutrition”

United Nations Development Group aims to facilitate an all-inclusive and long lasting consultation process in more than 50 specifically selected more

UN Resident Coordinator Shahid Najam and FAO Assistant Rep. Ayşegül Akın during the visit

UN Resident Coordinator Najam Visits Antalya

UN Resident Coordinator Shahid Najam realized a field trip to Antalya in where the UN Joint Programme “Growth with Decent Work for All: National Youth Employment Program and Pilot Implementation in Antalya took place. more

UN Joint Programme “Decent Work for All” Ends

United Nations Joint Programme “Growth with Decent Work for All: National Youth Employment Program and Pilot Implementation in Antalya” (UN Joint Programme) that aims to reduce youth unemployment and increase the participation of young women in the labour force ends. more

On world’s First International Day of the Girl Child, UN Calls for End to Child Marriage

The United Nations marked the first International Day of the Girl Child by calling for an end to child marriage, and stressing education as one of the best strategies for protecting girls against this harmful practice. more

Oscar Niemeyer, one of the original architects of United Nations Headquarters in New York, going over plans for the building on 18 April 1947. UN Photo

UN Officials Mourn the Death of Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer

United Nations officials mourned the death of Oscar Niemeyer, a world-renowned Brazilian architect who was also a key figure in the design and building of the world body's headquarters in New York. more

UNESCO Names Writer and Philanthropist Metin Arditi as Goodwill Ambassador

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared writer, academic, businessman and philanthropist Metin Arditi as its newest Goodwill Ambassador. more

United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste Completes Its Mandate

The strong partnership between Timor-Leste and the United Nations dates back to the Organization’s support for this nation’s struggle for self-determination and the historic Popular Consultation in 1999. more

Ankara Discussed Needs of an Aging Population

To mark International Day of Older Persons, Turkish Older Persons Platform organized a panel discussion at Hacettepe University, in Ankara. more

UN Urges Countries to Address Needs of Ageing Population

A new United Nations report released calls on governments to address the needs of older persons, who are now the fastest growing population segment worldwide, stressing that they will require adequate policies, strategies and laws to ensure their well-being. more

Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, Republic of Korea and Rwanda Obtain Non-Permanent Seats on UN Security Council

The United Nations General Assembly has elected Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, the Republic of Korea and Rwanda to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2013. more

UN Highlights Needs for a Holistic Approach to Helping Word’s Poor

With inequalities growing dramatically both within and between countries over the last 10 years, the United Nations marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty with calls to tackle not only the material aspects of the scourge but also its social and educational dimensions and the unequal access to justice. more

Patients at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, Delhi, India. Photo: WHO/P. Virot

Depression is an Under-appreciated Global Health Crisis

Terming depression, which afflicts 350 million people worldwide, an “under-appreciated global health crisis,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon more

Credit: WTO

Record One Billion tourists in 2012 Can be Force for Good, UN Tourism Agency Says

As the estimated number of tourists travelling in 2012 hit a record one billion, the United Nations agency focused on world tourism unveiled a more

From left: Hakan Altiany of the Brookings Institution; and the winners, Vatsal Vasudev (National Law University, India); Sevgi Ceyda Sairoglu (Sabanci University, Turkey); and Chwala Wallace (University of Nairobi, Kenya).

Winners of United Nations Academic Impact/Brookings Institution Speechwriting Contest Met Secretary-General At Headquarters
Sevgi Şairoğlu of İzmir was one of the winners

The three winners of a speechwriting contest organized jointly by the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) of the Department of Public Information and the Brookings Institution were at Headquarters to meet with the Secretary-General. more

UN Turkey Newsletter board of editors (in alphabetical order)

Ahmet Parla
Ayşe Selçuk-Gencer
Ayşegül Oğuz
Deniz Tapan
Faik Uyanık
Halide Çaylan
Irmak Kurttekin
Metin Çorabatır
Nazife Ece
Nezih Tavlaş
Selin Arslan
Sema Hosta
Tuba Coşkun
Yonca Yıldırım

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