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From left to right: (fourth) Güler Sabanci, (fifth) Minister Fatma Sahin, (sixth) Shahid Najam, (right) Matilda Dimovska

United Nations Joint Programme aims at empowering women

United Nations and the Sabanci Foundation once again join forces to promote the human rights of women in Turkey. more

UNICEF: Lives of thousands of children have changed with TL 25

Within the scope of Strengthening Pre-School Education Project, implemented by the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) with the financial assistance of the European Union and the technical assistance of UNICEF, more

ILO supports preparation of a by-law for children involved in cultural and artistic activities

The ILO Office for Turkey in collaboration with the Actors Union of Turkeyis continuing to provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security more

Minister Çağlayan ( second from left) and Ertharin Cousin at a refugee camp in Turkey. WFP/Abeer Etefa

WFP Executive Director visit Syrian refugees in Turkey

The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, visited Turkey to monitor WFP’s food assistance operation for Syrian refugees and to hold meetings with senior government officials in Ankara and Istanbul. more

UNICEF Rep. Ayman Abulaban and Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Kadir Topbas (back row) at the meeting.

Put young children at the centre of global development efforts, say experts

Experts and practitioners from Turkey and neighbouring countries will this week invite World leaders to put Early Child Development at the centre of sustainable and equitable global development. more

Photo: UNIC Ankara

Turkey to host the sixty-third session of WHO Regional Committee for Europe

Turkey will host the sixty-third session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in the city of Izmir on 16–19 September 2013. The session was originally planned to be held in Portugal. more

Sweden joins ILO efforts on women's employment in Turkey

The ILO and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) have signed a project cooperation agreement amounting to US$ 3.5 million more


Dr Ilker Selekoglu, Public Health Directorate, Adana Province, Turkey asks a question during a Q&A session. Photo: WHO

Turkey holds its first FETP national scientific conference

National and international public health leaders gave speeches and lectures – covering an overview of field epidemiology in Turkey, more

UN officials join global call to end violence against women and girls

United Nations officials today joined millions of people around the world who are taking a stance against violence against women as part of the ‘One Billion Rising’ campaign. more

UNIC Ankara joins One Billion Rising Campaign

In Ankara, several NGOs, universities, journalists and activists took streets, campuses and parliament to dance and protest the violence against women. more

Michelle Bachelet addresses participants at a CSW side event. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon looks on. UN Photo/E. Debebe

UN commission on women ends with adoption of global plan to end gender-based violence

Top United Nations officials welcomed an agreement by more than 130 Member States on the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls, and urged governments to translate the outcome of the 'historic' gathering into concrete actions to protect and promote women's human rights and fundamental freedoms. more

Ban urges intensified efforts to empower persons with Down syndrome

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for intensifying efforts to empower persons with Down syndrome, who often face stigma and segregation, physical and psychological abuse, and lack of equal opportunities. more

Ambassador Mahiga (center) with journalists

Secretary General’s Special Representative for Somalia Ambassador Mahiga visited Ankara

Ambassador Augustine Philip Mahiga, Secretary General’s Special Representative for Somalia, visited Ankara to attend the Somalia Core Group meeting. more

Millions of domestic workers worldwide lack social protection, says new UN report

Millions of domestic workers around the world are not protected under general labour laws and are highly vulnerable to exploitation, says a United Nations report released, which calls on countries to extend social protection to them. more

Michael Kors

Renowned fashion designer Michael Kors partners with UN to combat hunger worldwide

The United Nations food relief agency announced a new partnership with United States designer Michael Kors to raise awareness of global hunger throughout the fashion community and beyond. more

A promise is a promise:
Time for action to end violence against women

Violence against women and girls is still a global epidemic, that inflicts all segments of societies and communities regardless of geography or economic develepment level. The shocking crimes of violence against women and girls come from around the world on almost a daily basis. What is worst is that in some cases the victims are punished for the crimes they fell prey for. more

UNFPA: “Women of the Opera”

Women of the Opera, a concert that brings the women violence victims of our lives together with the ones who share the same destiny in the Opera was organized by the Ankara State Opera and Ballet with the technical support of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) more

ILO Country Director Ümit Efendioglu delivers her speech at the meeting.

"National Conference on Decent Work for Domestic Workers" was held in Ankara

As part of ILO’s global efforts on the promotion of the ILO Convention No.189 on Domestic Workers and the supplementary Recommendation No.201, which was adopted more

Mayor of Keçiören Mustafa Ak (second from right) and UNRC Najam (left) atb the opening ceremony

UNIC Ankara opens "Transatlantic Slave Trade: Honouring the Heroes, Resisters and Survivors" exhibit

As part of the global activities to commemorate the victims of transatlantic slave trade, a UN traveling exhibit was hosted in Ankara. On 25 March, the exhibit was inaugurated at Ankara’s Antares Shopping Mall by UN Resident Coordinator Shahid Najam and Keçiören Mayor Mustafa Ak. The exhibit can be visted for a week more

IOM: “Technical Assistance in Migration and Health – Enhancing National Public Health Standards in Migration Management”

The Turkish Migration and Asylum Bureau, Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Health, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration, hosted a National workshop more

2013 Human Development Report launched

The report, titled "The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World", was presented by President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. more

Podcasts Produced by UNDP Turkey published into an E-Book

The transcripts of first fifty episodes of New Horizons Podcasts which is produced by UNDP are compiled into an e-book with the title of “Innovative Development Stories Told Through Innovative Communication”. Both English and Turkish versions of the e-book are available. more

High Commissioner António Guterres meets a Syrian refugee family during his visit today to Turkey's Nizip Camp-11 March 2013

UNHCR welcomes Turkey's registration of Syrians in urban areas

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres hailed Turkey for its assistance and policy towards tens of thousands of Syrian refugees, including the launch of a government operation to register refugees in urban areas. more

Istanbul will host second International Jazz Day, UN announces

Istanbul will be the global host city of the second International Jazz Day, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Government of Turkey announced. more

Quinoa Year aims to ease food insecurity and transform the global diet

Quinoa, a highly nutritious grain-like crop that has made its entry into the food basket of culinary connoisseurs has been a staple for centuries in South America, among pre-Columbian Andean farming communities from Columbia to Ecuador. In fact, most of the world's quinoa is grown on the altiplano, a vast, cold, windswept, and barren 14,000-foot Andean plateau spanning parts of Peru and Bolivia. more

UN kicks off year promoting international cooperation on water management

The United Nations launched the International Year of Water Cooperation, which seeks to provide a platform for countries to collaborate in the management of this precious resource in the interest of peace and development. more

Photo by Yavuz Sariyildiz

UN chief calls for policies that tackle inequality and ensure social justice

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for policies that promote inclusive development, adding that only by addressing inequality can countries achieve social justice. more

Courage to fight for a better world honoured at UN Holocaust commemoration

Those who risked their lives to save Jews and others from mass extermination in the Second World War are inspiration for the courage to fight for a better world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other United Nations officials said. more

UN Turkey Newsletter board of editors (in alphabetical order)

Ahmet Parla
Ayşe Selçuk-Gencer
Barış Deyirmenci
Deniz Tapan
Dilek Yücelen
Faik Uyanık
Halide Çaylan
Irmak Kurttekin
Metin Çorabatır
Murat Çevik
Nazife Ece
Nezih Tavlaş
Selin Arslan
Sema Hosta
Sevcan Hacılar
Tuba Coşkun
Yonca Yıldırım

Web design by İlker Bekarslan

RC Najam retires from public sevice

United Nations Resident Coordinator Shahid Najam retired on 31 March after more than three decades of public service. more

Post 2015 development agenda revealed at the UN meeting attended by Topbas

The initial findings of the Turkey Post 2015 national consultations were shared with public on March 7, 2013 during a meeting in Ankara attended by United Nations Turkey Resident Coordinator Shahid Najam and Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Kadir Topbas. more

http://www.unicankara.org.tr/v2/media/cb.JPG Carol Batchelor (left) and AFAD President Fuat Oktay (right)

UNHCR and AFAD have conducted a joint press conference on Syria Emergency

Data received from UNHCR’s offices in the Syria region shows that the number of Syrians either registered as refugees or being assisted as such has now reached the one million mark. more

http://www.unicankara.org.tr/v2/media/kamp-yuva.jpgAmos with children at a refugee camp

UN Humanitarian Chief visits Turkey

UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos, paid a two-day visit to Turkey, meeting Syrian refugees at a camp in southern Anatolia. Speaking at the start of her visit to the southern province of Kilis on 13 March, Amos expressed support for a political solution to the Syrian crisis. She also praised Turkey for hosting Syrians fleeing violence in their country. more

FAO mission visited Turkey as part of their regional tour

The escalation of the violence in Syria has led to a considerable increase in the number of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq since the beginning of 2012. more

Focusing on the employment aspect of the Green Economy, ILO’s “Decent Work in the Green Economy” Project takes off

Climate change ,the overuse of natural resources andsaving over 1.3 billion people from the vicious cycle of poverty all make global and national efforts of transition to a greener economy and a more more

Training on Labour Migration Management, an approach from emigration to immigration

A training on Labour Migration Management was held in Ankara. This Training was jointly organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) more

UNIC Ankara continues its outreach activities

UNIC Ankara, as part of its outreach activities continues to partner with universities and high schools. more

Adiyaman commits to become women-friendly

The municipality of Adiyaman, located in south-eastern Turkey, in January joined a group of cities committing themselves to women-friendly urban planning. more


WFP scales up food assistance to reach 2.5 million people to meet growing needs in Syria

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up its food aid operations inside Syria to reach 2.5 million people in the coming months.more

Photo by Nezih Tavlas

Marking International Day of Nowruz, Ban calls on cultures to protect environment

The Persian spring festival of Nowruz celebrates not just the diversity and unity of cultures, but is also a reminder to protect the environment, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, adding that this holiday offers a chance to reflect on the beauty of nature. more

This full view of the giant asteroid Vesta was taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Threat of space objects demands international coordination, UN team says

In the wake of a meteor impact in Russia that shattered windows over a wide area, injuring hundreds of people and terrifying thousands, a United Nations team called for international cooperation to face the threat of near space objects. more

A signpost at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, indicating different sections of the hospital. Photo: WHO /Chris de Bode

Survey by UN health agency shows major gaps in cancer control and care

The United Nations health agency launched a survey showing that more than half of all countries are struggling to prevent cancer and to provide appropriate long-term treatment and care to avoid human suffering and protect countries’ social and economic development. more

On first International Day of Happiness, Ban calls for inclusive human development

Marking the first ever International Day of Happiness, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to commit to an inclusive and sustainable human development that will improve the well-being of those who lack basic services needed to pursue happiness. more


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