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From left to right: President of KA-DER Çigdem Aydin, Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, Nicole Pope, newspaper columnist from Mr. Zahidul Huque, United Nations Gender Equality Chair and UNFPA Representative, Ms. Yeliz Filiz, Economic Status Acting Director, Women's Status Directorate General; and Ms. HalimeGüner, President of the Flying Broom Association.

Together for Women Panel

On the occasion of 8 March, International Women's Day, the United Nations in Turkey and the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey jointly organized a panel entitled "Together for Women” at Ankara University European Research Centre (ATAUM) more

Violence against women continues to persist as one of the most heinous, systematic and prevalent human rights abuses in the world

Worldwide, among women, acts of violence cause more death and disability than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined more

Ornamental Plant Breeding Training Program organized in Antalya

Ornamental Plant Breeding Training Program organized by United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Turkey Business Association (ISKUR) in collaboration with the Provincial Directorate of Antalya was organized. more

From left to right: Martin Raiser, Minister Fatma Sahin and Dr. Maria Cristina Profili (Photo by Disabled and Elderly Affairs Directorate General)

Unlock the potential of people with disabilities

The World Disability Report, prepared by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank, was launched at an event organized jointly by the Ministry of Family and Social Policy of Turkey, WHO and the World Bank. more


UNICEF and Ministry of Family and Social Policies continues the Psychosocial Support Training Programme

UNICEF and the Ministry of Family and Social Policies continues the Psychosocial Support Training in Ankara. more

Al-Nasser (centre raw second from left) with RC Najam and UNCT members. Photo by: Tuba Coskun

UN General Assembly President meets UNCT Turkey

Between 24-25 February, in Turkey, President of the United Nations General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser attended a UN backed conference on international mediation. more

Valerie Amos

UN relief chief visited Turkey

The United Nations relief chief visited Turkey as part her tour of the region. more

World Bank Group continues strong partnership with Turkey

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on 27 March discussed and welcomed a new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) of the World Bank Group with Turkey for 2012-2015. more

Boosting Domestic Savings – A Key to Sustainable Growth in Turkey

The World Bank launched a new flagship report, “Turkey Country Economic Memorandum (CEM) on Sustaining High Growth: the Role of Domestic Savings” at a conference in Ankara, organized jointly with the Undersecretariat of the Treasury and the Ministry of Development. more

On the way to sustainable cities in Turkey

Over the past five decades, Turkey has dramatically transformed itself from a rural agrarian economy into a globally competitive industrial economy. more

Ünsal Ünlü addresses the UN staff

Workshop for UN Agencies in Turkey

On March 13, a “Media Spokesperson Workshop” was organized, by the United Nations Communication Group (UNCG) in Turkey. more

UNIC Ankara continues its outreach activities

United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Ankara continues its outreach activities for introducing United Nations to different age groups from primary school students to college students and to youth and elderly, more

Protestors in the United States

Ban calls for global economic model that promotes greater social justice

Calling on people to tap into the spirit of recent public protests worldwide against inequality, corruption, repression and a lack of decent jobs, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for economic development to ensure greater social justice for everyone. more

UN: $50 million urgently needed within 90 days to help Horn of Africa farmers

The United Nations food agency urgently appealed for $50 million within the next 90 days to help farmers in the Horn of Africa more

Photo: UNHCR/B. Bannon

Somalia’s humanitarian crisis demands world’s continued attention

Eight months after famine was declared in parts of Somalia, humanitarians are calling on the world not to forget the plight of four million Somalis in urgent need of assistance. more

Thomas Lubanga Dyilo

In landmark ruling, ICC finds Congolese Warlord guilty of recruiting child soldiers

The International Criminal Court (ICC) found Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo guilty of recruiting child soldiers, in a landmark ruling hailed by United Nations officials as an important step in the fight against impunity. more

New UN report shows sharp rise in Palestinians uprooted by Israeli demolitions

Almost 1,100 Palestinians, over half of them children, were displaced due to home demolitions in the West Bank by Israeli forces in 2011 – over 80 per cent more than in the previous year – according to a United Nations report. more

Jan Eliasson, appointed Deputy Secretary-General. UN Photo/EskinderDebebe

Ban appoints veteran Swedish diplomat as new UN Deputy Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Jan Eliasson of Sweden, a veteran in the fields of diplomacy and foreign relations, as the new Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. more

Humanity can avoid a devastating future

Global Sustainability Panel Says a “Future Worth Choosing” must be based on true costs to people and the environment

Now more than ever, leaders need to focus on what matters most - the long-term resilience of people and the planet - the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability urged in its report presented to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Addis Ababa. more

UN food relief agency partners with Hunger Games film

The United Nations food relief agency announced its partnership with the producers of the upcoming film The Hunger Games, based on the best-selling science fiction novels, to raise awareness about hunger around the world. more

UN postal union acquires world’s first postage stamp issued in 1840

The United Nations postal union reported that it has acquired what is probably the world’s best-known stamp – the Penny Black – which was issued 172 years ago and shows a profile image of United Kingdom’s Queen Victoria on a black background. 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
Irmak Kurttekin
Metin Çorabatır
Nezih Tavlaş
Pınar Perçinel
Selin Arslan
Sema Hosta
Tuba Coşkun

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Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan addresses the conference

Istanbul Declaration urges bold action at UN Rio+20

Delegates to the first Global Human Development Forum unanimously adopted an “Istanbul Declaration” calling on the world community to take bold action against global social inequities and environmental deterioration at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio this June. more

The Istanbul Declaration

Nüvit Gülcüoglu (left) receives her certificate from UNRC Shahid Najam. Photo Nezih Tavlaş

A bid farewell to Nüvit Gülcüoglu

Friends and colleagues gathered at the UN House in Ankara to bid farewell to Nüvit Gülcüoglu. more

UNRC Shahid Najam (second from right) addresses the opening session of the retreat

The Annual UN Country Team Retreat held in Ankara

The annual United Nations Country Team (UNCT) Retreat was held on 2-3 February 2012 in Swissotel, Ankara. more

Panos Moumtzis, UNHCR’s Regional Refugee Coordinator, visited the Hatay tent sites for Syrians

UNHCR’s Regional Refugee Coordinator Mr. Panos Moumtiz visited Turkey

On 28 March, Mr. Panos Moumtzis, UNHCR’s Regional Refugee Coordinator, visited the Hatay tent sites for Syrians and held consultations the day following in Ankara with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. more

UN calls children and youth to contribute to world peace

UN Office for Disarmament Affairs launched a disarmament education contest for young people, to run until 30 April. more

JSE Kofi Annan (left) met Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan(right) Photo: Office of the Prime Minister

UN-Arab League envoy visits Turkey

The Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Kofi Annan, visited Turkey after his visit to Damascus on ending the ongoing crisis in the country. more

Photo: Tuba Coskun

Social Media Workshop for UN and BC staff in Ankara

On 19 March, United Nations and British Council staff in Turkey learned together about the amazing world of social media in a workshop organized jointly by the two organizations, in Ankara, Turkey. more

Photo: Tuba Coşkun

2012 International Year of Cooperatives launched in Turkey

2012 International Year of Cooperatives declared by the United Nations was officially launched in Ankara, with an opening ceremony announcing the activities planned for the year. A large group of participants, nearly 500 people attended the meeting. more

UN launches Year of Cooperatives with spotlight on development

The United Nations launched the International Year of Cooperatives with the General Assembly President underlining their role as catalysts of socially-inclusive development and capacity to empower communities through jobs and income generation. more

Ambassador Gürcan Türkoglu (left) at the signing ceremony with Irina Bokova (right)

Turkey signs agreement to formalize Its contribution to UNESCO

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Turkey to UNESCO, Mr. Hüsnü Gürcan Türkoglu, signed an agreement formalizing Turkey’s contribution, amounting to $5 million, to the Multi-Donor Emergency Fund that was launched more

INCB: We Must Stop Drugs Being Sold to Kids via Social Media

INCB Annual Report highlights the connection of drug abuse and social exclusion, warns of illegal Internet pharmacies targeting young audiences via social media and highlights regional trends more

Cities are failing children, UNICEF warns

Urbanization leaves hundreds of millions of children in cities and towns excluded from vital services, UNICEF warns in TheState of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World. more

Sustainable energy for all, a UN priority

Energy is central to nearly every major challenge, and opportunity the world faces today. Be it jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes , access to sustainable energy for all is essential for strengthening economies, protecting ecosystems and achieving equity. more

Holocaust victims commemorated in Istanbul

As part of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, Turkish Jewish Community conducted a ceremony at Neve Shalom Synagogue in Istanbul. more

UN Report: World youth voice concern over employment prospects and call for investment increase

Young people around the world are deeply concerned about a lack of job opportunities and are calling for an increase in investment in this area, according to the latest World Youth Report more

Ban Ki-moon

UN Chief outlines five-year action plan to build 'The Future We Want'

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined a series of actions he believes the global community must take over the next five years to build “the future we want.” more

World meets goal of boosting access to clean water but lags on better sanitation – UN

The goal of reducing by half the number of people without access to safe drinking water has been achieved, well ahead of the 2015 deadline for reaching the globally agreed development targets aimed at ridding the world of extreme poverty, hunger and preventable diseases, the United Nations said more

European debt crisis, high unemployment threaten to slow down global economy – UN

Countries throughout the world will experience an economic slowdown this year as the sovereign debt crisis in Europe continues to unfold, according to a United Nations report launched that also warns that governments must urgently address high unemployment rates, particularly among youth. more

Ertharin Cousin. Photo: WFP/GiulioD'Adamo

Ertharin Cousin of United States appointed as head of UN World Food Programme

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed the appointment of Ertharin Cousin of the United States as the new head of the Rome-based agency. more

Minister Fatma Sahin, UNCEF Representative Dr. Ayman Abulaban, UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States, Marie-Pierre Poirier and Parliamentary Commission on Children's Rights Chair Prof. Dr. Cevdet Erdöl with children. Photo: UNICEF

Children put their mark on the drafting of Turkey's new constitution

Turkey is at pivotal point in the country's history. Parliamentarians are poised to make fundamental changes to their constitution and children will have a rare chance to leave their stamp on it. more

Dr. Maria Cristina Profili (right) reveives the award from Health Minister Recep Akdag

WHO Turkey Office receives Special Recognition Award 2012

Maria Cristina Profili, on behalf of World Health Organization (WHO) received 2012 Special Recognition Award for contributions to the anti-tobacco campaign in Turkey. more

Asim Gölker Keskin (ISKUR), ILO Director Ümit Efendioglu, Asim Yüksel (Ministry of Development)

ILO: Young people across Turkey discussed decent work in Ankara

“Decent Work for Youth: National Youth Employment Conference” which brought together the policy-makers, social partners, youth NGOs and other related stakeholders to discuss decent work agenda in Turkey took place in Rixos Hotel, Ankara on 29 March 2012. more

UNIDO: Support activities for the phase-out and destruction of ozone depleting substances is ongoing.

The activities on the phaseout of the Ozone Depleting Substances (ODSs) and destruction of the unused substances are ongoing under the projects implemented by UNIDO more

UNFPA Turkey Representative Zahidul Huque (right) and UNICEF Representative Ayman Abulaban (left) with award winning students. Photo: Tuba Coskun

Peace Poster Contest

To mark the 67th anniversary of the partnership between the UN and Lions Club International, and as part of the 34th "Annual Lions Day at the UN", a “Peace Poster Competition” for children between the ages of 11-13 was launched globally. more

UNICEF Deputy Rep. Regina de Dominicis (second from left), UNICEFRep. Dr. Ayman Abulaban ( third from left) Minister of Health Recep Akdag (sixth from left) Photo: UNICEF

Turkey boosts UNICEF humanitarian appeal for children in 2012

Turkey is joining forces with UNICEF to ensure that children are protected in emergencies by appealing for US$1.28 billion to fund the UN body's humanitarian operations in 2012 assisting more than 25 countries globally. more

Model United Nations Seesion in Antalya, Turkey.

Resident Coordination Officer Halide Çaylan attended to the 8th Annual Session of Model United Nations Turkey

The Eighth Model United Nations 2012 Turkey Conference, organized by the Model United Nations Association Turkey with the participation of 650 Turkish and international students, more

Ministers join forces towards child-friendly justice in Turkey

The Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Family and Social Policies, as well as several other partners such as the Justice Academy of Turkey, are joining forces to roll out a 3,15 Million “Justice for Children” project, funded by the EU and supported by UNICEF, to enhance the protection of children’s rights within the justice system. more

UN honours heroes and survivors of transatlantic slave trade

The United Nations has been hosting a series of events to pay tribute to the men and women who bravely fought against the transatlantic slave trade and those who continue to stand up against modern forms of slavery. more

Nowruz celebrations in Bamyan, Afghanistan

On International Day of Nowruz, UN officials call for renewed unity among cultures

The spirit of peace and unity that lies at the core of Nowruz, the spring festival marking the Iranian New Year, is especially important at a time of global change and uncertainty, United Nations officials said. more

Water sources have to be protected

International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. more

Judge Peter Tomka

UN World Court elects President and Vice-President for three-year terms

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, elected a new President and Vice-President, who will each serve a term of three years. more

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and wife Yoo Soon-taek meet a TB patient during their visit to the Institute of Respiratory Medicine. UN Photo/E. Debebe

Ban urges countries to step up efforts to stop tuberculosis

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged countries to step up their efforts to prevent tuberculosis (TB), including by increasing access to treatments and improving the quality of their health services to be able to “stop TB in our lifetime.” more

UN expert warns of global public health disaster caused by unhealthy foods

Globalized food systems and the spread of Western lifestyles has spawned an international public health disaster with over a billion people suffering from undernourishment while another billion remain overweight or obese, an independent United Nations expert warned more

A man employed through the "Cash for Work" programme clears rubble from the streets of Carrefour-Feuilles, Haiti. UN Photo/Sophia Paris

World needs 600 million jobs for economic growth over the next decade – UN report

The world needs to create 600 million new jobs over the next decade to sustain economic growth and maintain social stability, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) said in its annual report on global employment unveiled. more

UN warns about link between racism and conflict

Top United Nations officials warned about the dangerous bond between racism and conflict, urging the international community to address grievances before they explode into catastrophic conflict. more

Getting down to business

The Working Group’s central responsibilities are to promote the dissemination and implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. more

Development is a human right

Widening poverty gaps, food shortages, climate change, economic crises, armed conflicts, rising unemployment, popular unrest, and other pressing challenges confront our world today. more

Rauf Denktash (left) at the UN. 09 July 1997

UN officials mourn passing of Rauf Denktas

Top United Nations officials have voiced sadness at the passing of RaufDenktash, the former Turkish Cypriot leader who died in Nicosia. more

UN launches web portal to help young women pursue technology careers

The United Nations launched a new web portal in March, focusing on helping girls and women access job opportunities, training and career advice in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector. more


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