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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right), with Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Kadir Topbas driving hyrogen car. Photo/UNIC Ankara

Ban Sends Sustainable Energy Message to the World From Istanbul

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the world to support the sustainable development effort during his visit to Istanbul, between 31 May-2 June. more

Mrs. Ban with children at the Dreams Academy

UN’s First Lady visits Youth and Dreams academies

The wife of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Mrs. Ban Soon-taek visited Dreams Academy and International Youth Academy on 31 May and 1 June. more

From left to right: Prof. Guven Sak, UNRC Shahid Najam, ESCAP expert Dr. Hussain Malik.

Further slowdown in Asia-Pacific growth in 2012 on declining exports,
but region to remain growth pole of world economy

Asia and the Pacific faces another year of slowing growth as demand for its exports falls in developed nations and capital costs rise, but the region will remain the anchor of global economic stability, according to latest United Nations projections released in Ankara. more

ILO Director Ümit Efendioglu (third from right) attended the workshop.

Joint Workshop held on Preparation of Legislation on Children Working in Cultural and Artistic Activities

A workshop on a draft by-law regulating children working in cultural and artistic activities was held on more

Photo by UNICEF

Situation of Children’s Rights in Turkey Under Review

Turkey’s efforts to promote and protect children's rights has been reviewed by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva. more

ILO’s training programmes for workers and employers in textile and clothing sector

Within the framework of the UN Joint Programme on “Harnessing Sustainable Linkages for the SMEs in Turkey’s Textile Sector”, the first phase of the target group training programmes for workers and employers in Malatya, Adiyaman, Gaziantep and Kahramanmaras has been completed and a second phase is on-going. more

UN “Public Service Award” Presented to the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Turkey

Since 2003, the United Nations Public Service Award (UNPSA) has been given to achievements of public service institutions that lead to a more effective public administration. This year’s Award Ceremony was held in New York on 25 June 2012. more

A refugee camp in Gaza.

Top UN humanitarian official urges lifting of Israeli blockade of Gaza

With the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip now entering its sixth year, the top United Nations humanitarian official today called for its immediate lifting, citing the devastating impact it has had on the lives and livelihoods of 1.6 million Palestinians living in the area. more

A view of Jerusalem.

Warning of renewed deadlock, UN official urges further Israeli-Palestinian talks

A top United Nations official stressed the need for Israelis and Palestinians to renew dialogue and make real progress towards a two-State solution, warning that recent developments threaten to roll back the gains made in recent months. more

On World Environment Day, UN officials highlight need to ensure sustainability of resources

Marking World Environment Day, United Nations officials highlighted the need for a change in thinking and approach to ensure the sustainability of the Earth’s resources as the world population grows. more

Corporate Sustainability commitments in Rio

Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum clearly demonstrated that the private sector is ready to take the lead for sustainable development, for the sake of the sustainability of their businesses, too. more

On biodiversity day, UN chief calls for greater protection of world’s oceans

Marking the International Day for Biological Diversity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the fragile state of the world’s oceans, urging greater protection for marine biodiversity. more

Guy Ryder

New Director General elected at ILO

The ILO elected Guy Ryder as its tenth Director-General in an election held on 28 May 2012. Mr. Ryder is currently the ILO’s Executive Director for International Labour Standards and Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. more

Angelina Jolie meets schoolgirls in a village in Afghanistan. Photo: UNHCR/J. Tanner

UN Refugee Agency Names Angelina Jolie As Special Envoy

The UN refugee agency announced that actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie will take on a new and expanded role as a Special Envoy of its High Commissioner, Antonio Guterres. more

Special Envoy for Women and Girls in the field of technology, Geena Davis. Photo: ITU Pictures

Oscar-winning actress to promote technology for women and girls in new UN role

The United Nations telecoms agency has designated Academy Award-winning Hollywood actress Geena Davis as a special envoy to promote the empowering role technology can play in the lives of women and girls. more

Work-family balance benefits families and society at large, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has highlighted the need for work-family balance for the benefit of families and society at large, adding that while flexible working arrangements are becoming more widely available, there is much room for improvement. more

Autism Awareness Day should spur action to combat discrimination, says Ban

The annual observance of World Autism Awareness Day should spur global action to combat the “unacceptable” discrimination, abuse and isolation that people with the disorder and their loved ones face, according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. more

Noting growing abuse, Ban urges greater respect and protection for society’s elders

Highlighting the growing problem of elder abuse, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for better strategies and stronger laws to protect the rights and dignity of older persons worldwide. more

Jeffrey D. Feltman

Ban Names United States Diplomat As New UN Political Affairs Chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Jeffrey D. Feltman of the United States as the top United Nations official dealing with political issues, as part of an ongoing series of changes to his senior management team initiated at the start of his second term in January. more

UN hails commitment of public servants to bettering their communities

Marking United Nations Public Service Day, UN officials hailed the vital role played by those who dedicate their lives to public service and work diligently to make a positive difference in the lives of millions worldwide.more

A look inside the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the site of the Khmer Rouge’s infamous Security Prison S-21 where torture was routinely practised. Photo: UN/M. Garten

Secretary-General calls on States to provide concrete support for victims of torture

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on countries to provide concrete support for victims of torture and prove their commitment to fighting a cruel and dehumanizing practice that remains pervasive. more

From left to right: Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Rio summit

Rio+20: UN Urges World Leaders to Build on Sustainable Development Commitments
Turkey: Development should provide prosperity for all

Countries at the Rio + 20 summit must work together on a "people-based" approach to social, economic and environmental sustainability on both the international and local level, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark told a high-level forum at the Rio conference. more

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with Turkish journalists. Photo Metin Pala, Anadolu News Agency

UN Secretary General met Turkish journalists

Pointing out the strategic importance of Turkey, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that Turkish leadership is strongly dedicated to international peace and security and human rights. Turkey is one of the few countries that are on the rise, a rasing global leader, accordint to Ban. “I hope that Turkey will continue to play the role it has been playing and remain a strong partner of the UN”, Ban said .more

Phot: Sevgi Ayyildiz

Bicyclists send a strong message

On 10 June, United Nations in Turkey and the Delegation of European Union to Turkey, in cooperation with the Bicyclists’ Association, organized World Environment Day bicycle tour in Istanbul. The tour which started on the European side of the city and ended on the Asian side send a strong message to the world leaders to on sound solutions for our world and create the world we want. more

Regional Training Workshop on Land Use Mapping and Land Degradation Assessment Tools

As land degradation is a serious threat to food security in the sub-region, and support to countries for the promotion and development of sustainable land management and planning has been considered as a priority of the work programme on land and water resources in Central Asia. more

Werner Haug (sixth from left) with UNCT and UNFPA staff. Photo: Nezih Tavlas

Werner Haug: New UNFPA Regional Director

Werner Haug appointed as the Regional Director for Eastern Europe-Central Asia Office located in Istanbul.

Haug, after he assumed office visited Ankara to have meetings with government officials and stakeholders. During his visit to Ankara he also met with the UNCT members at a working lunch. Haug said that UNFPA Regional will look forward to have close working relationship with the UNCT in Turkey. UN Resident Coordinator Shahid Najam said that he and his colleagues would be more than happy to contribute to the Regional Office.

“Effective Outreach, Matching and Placement Services” Training Seminars for ISKUR Job and Vocational Counsellors Completed in Antalya

Within the scope of United Nations Joint Programme “Growth with Decent Work for All: National Youth Employment Program and Pilot Implementation in Antalya”, ILO Office for Turkey organized two training seminars more

UNIDO Director Süleyman Yilmaz

UNIDO REAP Training in Istanbul

UNIDO Responsible Entrepreneuship Achievement Programme - REAP is a CSR-based management and reporting tool that supports Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in implementing CSR concepts, thereby aligning economic, social and environmental aspects of business namely the “Triple Bottom Line Approach”. more

Special Rapporteur François Crépeau (centre) with UN Resident Coordinator Shahid Najam (right) and UNCT members. Photo: UNIC Ankara

Migrants and The Mediterranean, Next Stop: Turkey UN Expert Continues Study On EU External Borders

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Francois Crepeau, visited Turkey from 25 to 30 June as part of his yearlong study on the management of the external borders of the European Union, which will take him to key transit countries and entry points into the EU. more

Success Stories from FAO Projects

Sturgeon fisheries throughout the world have experienced substantial decline over the last few decades. Loss of habitat, degradation of spawning areas, pollution and over-fishing has contributed to the decline. more

Vuk Jeremic

UN Assembly elects Serbian Foreign Minister to serve as President of 67th session

The United Nations General Assembly elected Serbia’s Foreign Minister, Vuk Jeremic, as the President of the upcoming 67th session of the Assembly. more

UN Officials Stress Importance of Healthy Soils To Sustainable Development
Ankara also marked the International Day

Top United Nations officials have called for greater efforts to preserve the soils on which human subsistence depends and to halt and reverse land degradation. more

Tepebasi Mayor Ahmet Atac and UNIC Information Officer Ahmet Parla together with the children. Photo: Tepebasi Municipality

Children Have a Message: We Want To Create The Future We Want

Children in Eskisehir sent a meaningful message to the world saying they want to take part in creating the future they want. more

Drop by drop celebrated in Paris, Copenhagen, Moscow
Turkish designer received public prize award

The top ads in the UN European ad competition on water, The Future We Want - Drop by Drop, went on display in more than a dozen countries as European activities in the run-up to Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil, 20-22 June, kicked off with events in Copenhagen, Paris and Moscow. more

101st International Labour Conference concludes in Geneva

The International Labour Organization held its 101st International Labour Conference in Geneva from May 30 to 14 June, 2012. more

UN Highlights Role of Press Freedom As Catalyst For Social And Political Change

United Nations top officials highlighted the power of press freedom to spark social and political change and to hold governments accountable, stressing that this vital right must be ensured across the world by creating the conditions that allow journalists to perform their work safely. more

Did you know?

According to ILO, two million people die every year from work-related accidents and diseases, 160 million people suffer from work-related diseases, 270 million fatal and non-fatal work-related accidents occur every year, and four per cent of the world's annual gross domestic product (GDP) is lost as a consequence of occupational diseases and accidents.

For millions of workers, safety and protection from disease and injury arising from their employment is not yet a reality. UN is particularly concerned about the exposure to these hazardous substances of children and pregnant women, and calls for protection measures to be strictly enforced.

Mine workers at Greenside Colliery, an Anglo American thermal coal mine in South Africa. UN Photo/The Global Fund

Global jobs crisis expected to continue for some time, warns UN report

The global employment situation is alarming, says a new United Nations report, which also warns that recovery is not expected any time soon. more

European debt crisis remains biggest threat to world economy – UN report

The European debt crisis is currently the biggest threat to the world economy, according to a United Nations report released, which warns that the austerity measures followed by countries in the region will plunge them further into recession, and calls for a shift in fiscal policies to stimulate growth. more

New UN-backed report calls for action to prevent millions of preterm births

Some 15 million babies worldwide – more than one in ten births – are born too early, according to a new United Nations-backed report, released, which calls for steps such as ensuring the requisite medicines and equipment and training health staff to promote child survival. more

Secretary GeneraL Ban Ki-moon at net distribution ceremony.

UN chief calls on countries to intensify efforts to combat malaria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on countries to intensify their efforts to combat malaria, stressing that despite remarkable progress in recent years, much more needs to be done to end the “monumental tragedy” of one child dying every minute from the disease. more

Foot-and-Mouth Disease, which affects most cloven-hoofed mammals, has devastating effects on meat and milk production. Photo: IRIN/James Hall

UN calls for increased efforts to stop spread of foot and mouth disease in Middle East

The United Nations food agency called for an increase in efforts to stop foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) from spreading in the Middle East and North Africa after a new case of the disease was detected in the Gaza Strip. more

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and PGA Al-Nasser, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu together with the attending leaders.

End of transition period represents ‘historic starting point’ for Somalia – Ban

The end of the transition period in Somalia and the adoption of a new provisional constitution represent an “historic starting point” for the East African country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said , calling on the international community to provide support to the State in its next political phase. more

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the Alliance of Civilizations meeting.

At Alliance of Civilizations meeting, Ban calls for tolerance and cooperation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for tolerance and cooperation amidst the global economic crisis and the political transitions taking place in several Arab countries, and called on countries to strengthen their partnerships and engage in dialogue. more

Description: UNICEF ve Unun Zenginlestirilmesi Girisimi Demir Eksikligi’nin Unun Zenginlestirilmesi Yoluyla Azaltilabilecegini Savunuyor

UNICEF and the Flour Fortification Initiative Support Improving Iron Status through Flour Fortification

UNICEF and the the Flour Fortification Initiative organized a workshop in Ankara between 12-15 June 2012 to raise awareness about micronutrient (vitamin and minerals) deficiencies and interventions to address them, specifically food fortification, share experiences of the impact of fortification programs and gain support for fortification efforts. more

Ms. Aysegul Akin, Assistant FAO Representative for Turkey makes a presentation

FAO contributes to UN Joint Programme Growth With Decent Work For All:
National Youth Employment Program and Pilot Implementation In Antalya

A Letter of Agreement was signed with Antalya Provincial Food, Agriculture and Livestock Directorate for organization of a training session on Plant Protection, Use of Pesticides and Agricultural Business Management especially for Women Farmers coming from different regions of Antalya. more

UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi and UN Resident Coordinator Shahid Najam Photo:UNIC Ankara

UNRWA Commissioner-General Visited Ankara

The UNRWA Commissioner-General, Mr. Filippo Grandi, paid a two-day official visit to Ankara on 25-26 April. He met with UN Resident Coordinator Shahid Najam at the UN House as part of his visit. more

Description: UNICEF Bölge Konferansi: Çocuklarin Refahi için Ailelerin Desteklenmesinde Toplum Hemsirelerinin Rolü: Ev Ziyaretlerinin Önemi

Regional Conference on Supporting Families for Young Child Wellbeing: The Role of Community Nursing, Home Visiting, and Outreach Services

The Regional Conference on Supporting Families for Young Child Wellbeing focusing on the Role of Community Nursing, Home Visiting, and Outreach Services was organized in Turkey between 14-17 May 2012 as a result of the strong cooperation between the Ministry of Health of Turkey and UNICEF in the area of child health and development. more

UN House in Ankara

United Nations Development Cooperation Strategy (UNDCS) First Level Thematic Group Meetings completed

Under the framework of Monitoring of UNDCS First meetings of the UNDCS thematic groups held between May 25th - June 13th. more

Transatlantic Slave Trade: Honouring The Heroes, Resisters and Survivors

As part of the global activities to commemorate the victims of transatlantic slave trade, a UN traveling exhibit is opened in Ankara. more

UNIDO in Cleaner Production in the Textile Sector Symposium

Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation has organized a symposium on “Cleaner Production in the Textile Sector” more

UN's Young Professionals Program Open To Turkish Young Professionals

The United Nations will conduct the Young Professional Programme Competitive Examinations in Turkey along with other countries. more

RC Najam giving an interview

UNRC: Preventive diplomacy is not optional; it is a necessity

“We in the UN firmly believe that better preventive diplomacy is not an option; it is indeed a necessity. Let us join forces to fully make our world a better place for all”, said United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC) Shahid Najam. more

UNIDO in Clusters as Drivers for Economic and Social Development in the Mediterranean Area TCI Network Conference in Izmir

UNIDO supported the Clusters as Drivers for Economic and Social Development in the Mediterranean Area Conference in Izmir on 14-15th June 2012. more

Jumping head first from high altitudes is 87-year old Helmut Wirz's passion. The former pharmacist discovered bungee-jumping at the age of 75. Photo: Karsten Thormaehlen/WHO

On World Health Day, UN Calls For Adequate Health Policies For Older Citizens

United Nations officials stressed the importance of providing adequate health services to older citizens and called on countries to commit resources to help their ageing populations lead a healthy and active life. more

UNDP proposes human development measure of sustainability

In a high-level forum at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) presented the conceptual groundwork for a future “Sustainable Human Development Index,” which would recognize the cost of human development to future generations. more

UN human rights experts speak out on World Day Against Child Labour

On the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour, two United Nations independent human rights experts highlighted that of the 215 million children working throughout the world, more than half are subjected to the worst forms of child labour, including sexual and labour exploitation. more

UN Announces 'List of Shame'

The United Nations has named 52 parties on its annual 'list of shame' of those who recruit and use children, kill and maim, commit sexual violence or attack schools and hospitals, including four new parties in Sudan, Yemen and Syria. more

A woman watches children working at a stone quarry, Zambia, in March 2007. Photo: IRIN/M. Deghati

Almost 21 million people worldwide are victims of forced labour, UN finds

Almost 21 million people worldwide are trapped in jobs into which they were coerced or deceived and which they cannot leave, according to new estimates released by the United Nations labour agency. more

New UN Report Shows Record 800,000 People Became Refugees In 2011

The United Nations refugee agency reported that a record 800,000 people were forced to flee across borders last year, more than at any time since 2000. more

Malian refugees in Mbera camp. Photo: UNHCR Mauritania

Marking World Refugee Day, UN spotlights plight of millions forced to flee their homes

The United Nations today marked World Refugee Day by focusing on the more than 42 million people worldwide who have been forcibly displaced from their homes, and raising awareness of the dilemmas facing this vulnerable group of people. .more

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor awaiting verdict on April 26, 2012. Photo: UN Webcast video

Special Court sentences former Liberian leader Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison

The United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) today sentenced convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison for planning and for aiding and abetting crimes committed by Sierra Leonean rebel forces during the country's decade-long civil war. more

Demining engineer of the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan clears an anti-personnel landmine. UN Photo/UNMACA

On World Mine Awareness Day, UN Chief Highlights Global De-Mining Efforts

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the work of United Nations mine action personnel around the world in preventing landmines and unexploded ordnance from causing harm long after conflicts have ended, and transforming danger zones into productive land. more

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