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Private Sector for Food Security Conference held in Istanbul

Minister for Food, Agriculture and Livestock of Turkey, Mehmet Mehdi Eker opened the meeting with the EBRD President, Sir Suma Chakrabarti, and FAO Director General, Jose Graziano da Silva

The EBRD and FAO gathered together private companies and policymakers for a groundbreaking debate on increasing food production in the region from north Africa to Europe and Asia more

Cihan Sultanoğlu, Newly Appointed Assistant Administrator of UNDP, Visits Turkey

Cihan SultanogluCihan Sultanoğlu, Newly Appointed Assistant Administrator Of UNDP

Cihan Sultanoğlu, after being appointed as the Assistant Administrator of UNDP and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, has paid a visit to Turkey in July. more

International Day of Peace World Peace Bell Ceremony

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

World Population Day: Un Highlights Key Role Of Access To Reproductive Health Care

Marking World Population Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for more to be done to help those who most need access to reproductive health care. more

Turkey marks progress in fight against noncommunicable diseases

Açıklama: A man hangs a no-smoking sign at the Karum shopping mall in Ankara, Turkey

Just six years ago, more than one in three adults in Turkey used tobacco products, which greatly increase the risk of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, and chronic respiratory disease.. more

UN agencies call for swift international action to prevent repeat of world food crisis

zimFood on sale at a market in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Photo: IRIN

Coordinated international action is urgently needed to prevent rising food prices from hurting tens of millions of people over the coming months, the heads of the three United Nations food and agricultural agencies said in a joint statement. more

Ahead of International Youth Day, Ban warns of risk of creating a ‘lost generation’

 Fotoğraf: World Bank/Gulbakyt Photo: World Bank/Gulbakyt Dyussenova

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for greater and more meaningful inclusion of youth into decision-making processes around the world, while also warning of a possible “lost generation” if urgent measures are not put in place. more

Former Somali refugee to receive prestigious UN award

Hawa Aden

The United Nations refugee agency awarded the prestigious 2012 Nansen Refugee Award to Hawa Aden Mohamed for her humanitarian work helping Somalia's refugee girls and women under extremely challenging circumstances in a country battered by decades of violence, conflict and human rights abuses.more

Second Amasya Aging Forum in Ankara

On 15 September, Amasya University and World Aging Forum organized the Second Amasya Aging Forum in Ankara with the participation of United Nations Information Centre, Ministry of Family and Social Policies, Black Sea Development Agency and NGO representatives. The main objective of the forum was to advance the eldery friendly project in Amasya. more

On international day for remembrance, UNESCO chief calls for reflection on slavery

Açıklama: http://www.un.org/News/dh/photos/large/2012/April/509018-slavery.jpg Shackles used to bind slaves. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Marking the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) called for reflection on the transformation brought about by the slave trade to the world, and urged countries to protect their citizens against racism and forced labour. more

Hundreds of millions of people reached in UN campaign for World Humanitarian Day

A global United Nations campaign to highlight the impact that humanitarian acts, however big or small, can have on the world has been heralded as a success by its organizers, with more than one billion messages of hope encouraging people to do something good for someone else shared, via social media, on World Humanitarian Day. more

Amid recent spate of executions, UN calls for end to capital punishment

 High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. UN/Jean-Marc Ferré Photo: BM/ Jean-Marc Ferré

The United Nations agency tasked with defending human rights voiced renewed concern over the sudden spate of executions in countries around the world following the recent use of capital punishment in Gambia, Iraq, and South Sudan. more

Landmark ILO Convention for domestic workers to come into force

The Philippines has become the second country to ratify the ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers, thus allowing the first global standard for domestic workers to come into force in twelve months’ time. more

For International Literacy Day, UN flags key role of reading and writing in global peace

United Nations officials have stressed the importance of literacy in accelerating peace and development, calling for greater efforts to enable children, youth and adults to read, write and transform their lives. more

Amid 'time of turmoil,' Ban urges world leaders to do more to solve pressing crises

 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law. At right is Assembly President Vuk Jeremic. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Citing widespread insecurity, the squandering of vast funds on deadly weapons instead of economic development, and the growing impact of climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned the world that it is in a race against time to save itself. more

Ozone layer on track to recover over next five decades, Ban says on International Day

Implementing cost-effective measures would help reduce black carbon, methane and ozone emissions

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the efforts of the international community in protecting the atmosphere, noting that with the global phase-out of 98 per cent of ozone-depleting gases, the ozone layer is now on track to recover over the next five decades. more

Joint seminar of IOM and Turkish Government: Promoting Regional Approach against Irregular Labour Migration


The Government of Turkey continues its comprehensive reform of the migration legislation and responsible administrative structures and in support of these efforts International Organization for Migration (IOM) arranged the seminar Challenges of Irregular Labour Migration: A Regional Approach towards Sustainable Strategies together with the Turkish Government on 19-20 September 2012 in Ankara. more

Nelson Mandela International Day

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On Nelson Mandela International Day, the Embassy of South Africa, the United Nations in Ankara and the LÖSEV Foundation jointly organized an event to pay tribute to Mandela’s involvement in social activism. more

Palestine to seek UN non-Member State status, Abbas tells General Assembly debate

 President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority addresses General Assembly. UN Photo/J Carrier

The President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, whose bid for full United Nations membership failed last year, announced from the podium of the General Assembly that he would seek non-Member State status this year, accusing Israel of apparently rejecting the internationally endorsed two-state solution. more

Secretary-General urges stronger global development partnership amid declining aid levelsAçıklama: http://www.unicankara.org.tr/images/mdgban.jpgSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon (second right) launches the MDG Gap Task Force Report 2012. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged a stronger global partnership to advance progress on the development targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015, as a new United Nations report finds that significant gains risk slowing due to declining aid. more

Over 129,000 Palestinian Families To Receive Food Aid From Turkey

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A woman and her children collect firewood and paper for baking bread in Ezbet Abd Rabbo. Photo: Shareef Sarhan

More than 129,000 families will benefit from an in-kind food donation from the Turkish Government worth $6.6 million, the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees announced. more

Ban urges international community to bolster support for Palestinian Authority

Açıklama: http://www.unicankara.org.tr/images/secretarybankimoon.jpgSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the international community to strengthen its support for the Palestinian Authority, stressing that failure to do so could have a destabilizing effect in the Middle East. more

Ban appoints Austrian diplomat as coordinator for multilingualism

 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) with Peter
Launsky-Tieffenthal. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed the incoming Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, as Coordinator for Multilingualism. more

UN calls for action to reduce health and environmental risks posed by use of chemicals

  Chemical 'intensification' of economies in developing countries means greater risk of exposure to hazardous substances. Photo: UNEP

Governments must urgently act to reduce the health and environmental hazards posed by the increase in use of chemicals in industries worldwide, says a United Nations report launched 0n 5 September, which stresses that more sustainable management policies are needed to address this growing risk. more

Security Council endorses UN regional strategy to combat LRA threat

The Security Council endorsed the regional strategy developed by the United Nations to tackle the threat posed by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and called for the necessary support to ensure that it is carried out successfully. more

UN chief unveils $1.5 billion initiative to achieve universal education

Açıklama: http://www.unicankara.org.tr/images/school.jpgSecondary education. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that he has secured $1.5 billion in commitments for a new initiative to increase access to, and the quality of, education for children worldwide. more

Security Council extends UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon for another year

 UNIFIL Peacekeeper patrols the “Blue Line” that demarcates the border between Lebanon and Israel. UN Photo/E. Debebe

The Security Council extended the mandate of United Nations peacekeepers in southern Lebanon until 31 August 2013, while urging all parties to abide scrupulously by their obligation to respect the safety of the world body’s staff. more


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Guterres, Jolie in Turkey to show solidarity with Syrian refugees

JolieAngelina Jolie (in black). Photo: Anatolian News Agency

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and his Special Envoy Angelina Jolie reiterated the urgent need to help countries hosting tens of thousands of Syrian refugees after visiting two of 12 well-organized camps located near Turkey's border with Syria. more

UN World Food Programme Re-Establishes Staff Presence in Ankara

 WFP team in Turkey

The United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) is re-establishing a substantial staff presence in Turkey this month in order to support the Turkish Government provide food assistance to the Syrian population that have found temporary protection in the country. more

ILO: Youth unemployment getting even worse


Jobless rates among young people will get even worse globally as the spillover of the euro crisis spreads from advanced to emerging economies, according to an ILO paper titled “Global Employment Outlook: Bleak Labour Market Prospects for Youth” more

Turkısh Private Sector Provides Best In Class Examples For Sustainable Development Projects
gc Global Compact Türkiye Üyeleri

Led by Dr. Yılmaz Argüden the National Representative of UN Global Compact  in Turkey, Turkish firms with significant international presence participated in Rio +20 Sustainable Development Conference to share their experiences.  

Dr. Argüden said “As the Turkish firms become more global their sensitivity and ability provide solutions to global issues increases.  This is in line with the ambition of Turkey to become one of the top 10 economies in the world.” more

The World Is Over-Armed
And Peace Is Under-Funded”
By Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations

Last month, competing interests prevented agreement on a much-needed treaty that would have reduced the appalling human cost of the poorly regulated international arms trade.  Meanwhile, nuclear disarmament efforts remain stalled, despite strong and growing global popular sentiment in support of this cause. more

World must learn from Srebrenica massacre – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) visits the memorial in Srebrenica for the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb forces. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid his respects to the victims of Srebrenica and called on the world to learn the lessons from the 1995 massacre and stop the ongoing bloodshed in Syria. more

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UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development releases first global broadband report

Broadband deployment accelerating worldwide, but prices still need to come down

The Broadband Commission for Digital Development has released its first-ever country-by-country snapshot of the state of broadband deployment worldwide.

The State of Broadband 2012: Achieving Digital Inclusion for All report evaluates the roll-out of broadband around the world and tracks progress towards achieving the four advocacy targets set by the Commission in 2011 for boosting broadband affordability and uptake. It provides country rankings across up to 177 economies on economic impact, penetration, national broadband policy, and connecting people and dwellings. more

Model UN Istanbul Conference

The Model United Nations (MUN) Istanbul Conference (MUNIST) was organized at Yeditepe University with the participation of 350 students from over 40 countries.

At the conference, delegates discussed several current issues, including developments in Syria, the world food crisis, fight against drug trafficking in the Americas and disarmament.

Five-day conference was inaugurated on 6 August with the participation of the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Ankara’s Information Officer. more

Ban disappointed over lack of agreement on conventional arms trade treaty

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Describing it as a “setback,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his disappointment over the failure by United Nations Member States to reach agreement on a treaty that would regulate the conventional arms trade. more

International Day of Democracy

The International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. Democracy is as much a process as a goal, and only with the full participation of and support by the international community, national governing bodies, civil society and individuals, can the ideal of democracy be made into a reality to be enjoyed by everyone, 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
Müveddet Farrell
Nazife Ece
Nezih Tavlaş
Pınar Perçinel
Selin Ünal
Sema Hosta
Tuba Coşkun

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