Home » 31 Oct 2009 Entries posted on “October 2009”

CHINA / DISABLITIES

In many countries, people with disabilities have been seen as a burden to society — incapable of caring for themselves. But this is beginning to change in Hong Kong, where one man, determined to overcome discrimination, is changing the way society views disabilities. UNTV

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GEORGIA / RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Despite recent conflict in Georgia, the country is pushing ahead with its plans to expand food production. The agricultural sector remains well below its potential, but the World Bank is helping Georgia’s government finance lines of credit so farmers and agricultural producers can grow their businesses. WORLD BANK

30 Oct 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / FOOD SECURITY

The lack of rainfall in Southern Sudan has left farmers a very small harvest in the region. An estimated half a million people in the south are currently short of food. Bangladeshi peacekeepers are providing the IDPs in one of Maridi’s villages the opportunity to cultivate their land and train them in planting and irrigation. [...]

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UN / STAFF SECURITY

UN officials pay tribute to the five UN staff killed on Wednesday after a deadly attack in Kabul. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls for more “political, material and financial” support for UN staff security. UNTV

30 Oct 2009 | Read More »

IAEA / CANCER

As the world focused on talks to supply Iran with nuclear fuel at IAEA headquarters in Vienna last week, one floor down, a silent crisis was being discussed. Cancer – and the imminent pandemic that will hit the developing world. Within 20 years – 70 percent of cancer patients will be in low income countries. [...]

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UN / AFGHANISTAN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to brief the press after a closed meeting with the Security Council on Afghanistan. UNTV

29 Oct 2009 | Read More »

MALAYSIA / BULLYING

Through a UNICEF safe school program, students in Malaysia are learning to cope with different forms of physical and psychological bullying and prevent it from going too far. UNICEF

29 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / FOOD CRISIS WRAP

The Economic and Social Council holds food security related meetings with the participation of goodwill ambassadors Dionne Warwick and Carl Lewis. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that food aid to crisis areas should not be reduced due to budget constraints. UNTV

29 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / COTE D’IVOIRE

Following a Security Council vote extending sanctions in Cote d’Ivoire, Ivorian Ambassador Alcide Djedj says that the fact that very similar resolutions have succeeded since 2004 shows, “the anachronism of today’s decision to maintain the sanctions for another year.” UNTV / ONUCI

29 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / AFGHANISTAN REAX

Comments from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes and the Security Council condemning the attack on a guest house in Kabul that claimed the lives of at least five UN staff members and injured several others. UNTV

28 Oct 2009 | Read More »

GA / CUBA

The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly for the 18th year in a row to end to the 47-year-old United States imposed trade embargo on Cuba. US ambassador Susan Rice defends the embargo and says that “cold war rhetoric” must be left behind. UNTV

28 Oct 2009 | Read More »

KOSOVO / SCHOOLS

Kosovo, a country still recovering from civil conflict, is busy improving its schools with grants from the World Bank. The money is being used to buy essential teaching tools with local communities deciding themselves what improvements are most needed. WORLD BANK

28 Oct 2009 | Read More »

WASHINGTON D.C. / KENNEDY NANSEN AWARD

The legacy of Senator Edward Kennedy’s work on behalf of refugees will be recognized on Wednesday as he receives posthumously the Nansen Refugee Award. The wife of the late Senator, Vicky Kennedy, will accept the award on his behalf at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. UNHCR

28 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / BAN KI-MOON

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon comments on security for UN staff in Afghanistan, the IAEA talks with Iran, the special envoy to Iraq, the upcoming climate change conference in Copenhagen and the latest on the Goldstone report. UNTV

28 Oct 2009 | Read More »

NAMIBIA /BIRTH REGISTRATION

The Namibian ministry on immigration sets up an office in a maternity ward at a hospital in the country’s capital Windhoek to make sure every child born gets a birth certificate. In Namibia, 80 percent of women deliver in the hospital, but only four out of every ten children have a birth certificate. UNICEF

28 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / HUMAN RIGHTS EXECUTIONS

Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Philip Alston says that the use by the United States of unmanned drone aircraft in Pakistan and Afghanistan may be in violation of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. UNTV

27 Oct 2009 | Read More »

ISRAEL / DEMOLITIONS

Despite recent assurances from Israeli authorities to the UN that the house demolitions in the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem would cease, another wave hit Palestinian areas of the city today, destroying the homes of six families. UNWRA

27 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / PASCOE

UN political affairs head Lynn Pascoe says that although the situation in Somalia remains fragile, it is still functioning. “Unlike a few months ago when everyone was making dire predictions that the government was going to fall, that it was going to be taken over, I don’t think people are making any of that assumption [...]

27 Oct 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / AGRICULTURE

The government of South Sudan is attracting agricultural investors by giving them eight to thirty-two year renewable leases. The new deal allows investors tax free importation of tractors, seeds and other farming materials. UNMIS

27 Oct 2009 | Read More »

NEW YORK / PAKISTAN UPDATE

Marc Salvail, senior emergency specialist for UNICEF updates on the humanitarian situation in Pakistan. UNICEF / FILE

26 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN CLIMATE CHANGE / PASZTOR

Janos Pasztor, Director of the Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team, expresses concern that just weeks away from the United Nations Climate Change Conference Copenhagen, public support in the United States may be declining. UNTV / FILE

26 Oct 2009 | Read More »

KOSOVO / HEALTH CARE

Post conflict funds have helped Kosovo ensure that basic infrastructure for health services is in place for the people. Kosovo’s reconstruction has progressed since the end of the conflict there in 1999. WORLD BANK

26 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / IRAQ

The United Nations (UN) Security Council today strongly condemned the twin car bombing attacks in Baghdad, Iraq on Sunday which killed at least 100 people and wounded more than 500.

26 Oct 2009 | Read More »

ITALY / SPORT SECURITY

Security chiefs are working on developing best practices for major event security in Europe by using new technologies like electronic monitoring in crowded situations. UNTV

24 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN DAY / CITIZEN AMBASSADOR

Five “Citizen Ambassadors” selected as the winners of a groundbreaking online contest on the UN’s YouTube channel, visit the United Nations headquarters and meet with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UNTV

23 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / SILVAN SHALOM

Israel’s Minister of Regional Cooperation and Development Silvan Shalom says that the Goldstone Report should stay in Geneva and not go to the Security Council because the report is, “so unfair and so biased that it should remain there in the hands of Iran, Cuba and Saudi Arabia.” UNTV

23 Oct 2009 | Read More »

AFRICA / DISPLACED

A ground breaking convention that would offer protection to millions of uprooted Africans has been adopted by heads of State at an AU Special Summit in Kampala. Across the continent, there are an estimated 11.6 million people who’ve been forced from their homes because of violence- but remain in their own country. UNHCR

23 Oct 2009 | Read More »

ICTY / KARADZIC

The Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), John Hocking talks about the genocide trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžic set to begin on Monday. ICTY / UNTV

23 Oct 2009 | Read More »

MALI / SPACE STATION

Children from a catholic school in the village of Gao speak with the commander of the International Space Station Frank De Winne from space. UNICEF

23 Oct 2009 | Read More »

SOMALIA / IDPS

Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, DR Congo, Cote d’Ivoire and Chad have the largest numbers of internally displaced people- – these are citizens who are forced to flee because of war or persecution, but stay within the borders of their own country. In Somalia more than 1.5 million people are internally displaced. UNHCR

23 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / HUMAN RIGHTS WRAP

The UN special envoy on human rights and business, John Ruggie announces that a group of countries including China has signed up for a brainstorming session on preventing corporate human rights abuses in conflict zones, where companies can become embroiled in forced labor and genocide. The UN envoys on human rights in Myanmar and North [...]

22 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UKRAINE / IMMUNIZATION

An unprecedented vaccination crisis that started in May 2008 is putting many Ukrainian children at risk of contracting deadly diseases. Parents’ fear of immunizing their children could be the result of negative reporting in the media, rumors and misinformation. UNICEF

22 Oct 2009 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / ELECTION RUN-OFF WRAP

The UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA) reports that preparations by Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) for a second round are now in full swing. Ballot papers have been printed and delivered, polling stations kits have been packed and distribution will begin today. UNAMA

22 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterates calls to alleviate poverty, underdevelopment and lack of equal opportunity, which make people, especially women and children, vulnerable to trafficking. UNTV/ FILE

22 Oct 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / FORCE COMMANDER MEMORIAL

The Deputy Force Commander of UNMIS Peacekeeping troops Brigadier Ahmad Moin Uddin, is killed by unknown gunmen in Pakistan. UNMIS

22 Oct 2009 | Read More »

PHILIPPINES / STORM AFTERMATH

The head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) pledge the agency’s full support to the government and people of the Philippines as they seek to deal with the effects of the violent storms that devastated parts of the country last month. WFP

22 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / TRAFFICKING

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and the UN special rapporteur on trafficking in persons will brief on, “Giving Voice to Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking.” The Secretary-General will deliver opening remarks at the special event which will take place at headquarters tomorrow. UNTV / FILE

21 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / STATE OF THE WORLDS VACCINES LAUNCH

A new report by the WHO, UNICEF and the World Bank says that more infants are being immunized than ever before and vaccine development worldwide is booming. Immunization rates are now at their highest ever – with a record 106 millions children vaccinated in 2008. UNICEF

21 Oct 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / POULTRY TRAINING

A local NGO in Sudan is teaching women how to manage their own chicken farms and egg production to increase dietary protein sources, especially for children. UNMIS

21 Oct 2009 | Read More »

GEORGIA / PRIMARY HEALTHCARE

Georgia is embarking on an ambitious reform program for its health care system. With help from international donors, including the World Bank, Georgia is providing specialized training to hundreds of doctors and nurses, and revamping its primary health care facilities. WORLD BANK

21 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UNODC / UNODC REPORT ADVANCER

A new report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says that opium trafficked from Afghanistan to other countries has created a market worth $65 billion. Catering to 15 million addicts, it causes up to 100,000 deaths per year, spreads HIV at an unprecedented rate, and funds criminal groups, insurgents and terrorists. UNODC [...]

21 Oct 2009 | Read More »

AFRICA / REMITTANCES

Thirty million African migrants send more than 40 billion dollars home to their families each year, according to a new study from the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

21 Oct 2009 | Read More »

VIENNA / IRAN

Nearly three days of talks supported by the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) wraps up with a draft agreement on how to provide Iran with fuel for a civilian nuclear research facility. IAEA

21 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / HUMAN RIGHTS TORTURE

Manfred Nowak, special rapporteur on torture and other inhuman treatment who is here this week to present his report to the General Assembly will brief the press. UNTV

20 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / FEMALE RECRUITMENT

United Nations Deputy Police Adviser Ann-Marie Orler says that it is crucial to recruit female officers as women in conflict areas are often the victims of men in uniform, and female officers can help to “reach out and build trust” with victims. UNTV / FILE

20 Oct 2009 | Read More »

SYRIA / RIGHTS OF THE CHILD

Young people participate in news gathering as part of a two-day workshop designed to draw attention to the findings of Situation Analysis of Children in Syria report, which said that despite corporal punishment being prohibited, children are subject to violence at home and in school. UNICEF

20 Oct 2009 | Read More »

SG / AFGHANISTAN REAX

The Secretary-General welcomes the statement today by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, making it clear that the constitutional process regarding the Afghan elections must be fully respected.UNTV

20 Oct 2009 | Read More »

GA / SPORT FOR PEACE

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is set to be granted observer status at the UN General Assembly. UNTV / FILE

19 Oct 2009 | Read More »

OPT / MIA FARROW

During her six-day mission to the Middle East, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Mia Farrow and Mahmoud Kabil witness the impact of the 28-month blockade on children and the 22-day military attack on Gaza. UNICEF

19 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / HUMAN RIGHTS INDIGENOUS

James Anaya, special rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedom of indigenous people says that the, “challenges are significant, there are problems that are systemic and patterns of violations for centuries and those patterns are hard to reverse.” UNTV / FILE

19 Oct 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / AID WORKERS

Two kidnapped international aid workers from the Irish Agency Goal are released in Darfur after being abducted from their residence and held for more than one hundred days. UNMIS

19 Oct 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / TIRE ART

In Haiti one can find car tires everywhere on the streets. There are about 200,000 vehicles in the country, consuming on average 500,000 tires per year. But with imagination interesting objects can be made out of these tires. MINUSTAH

17 Oct 2009 | Read More »

CAMBODIA / GLOBAL RECESSION

For a decade, the lives of young Cambodian women were transformed by jobs in the textile industry. But the global economic crisis changed all that, threatening to undo ten years of progress. UNTV

17 Oct 2009 | Read More »

DR CONGO / GUTERRES

High Commissioner António Guterres compares the Congolese displacement crisis to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, urging the international community to help. UNHCR

16 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / DR CONGO

UN Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of Congo Alan Doss tells the Security Council that there is now a real prospect that the conflicts that have long blighted the eastern Congo can be ended. UNTV / FILE

16 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / STAND UP AGAINST POVERTY

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon leads students at the UN International School in “standing up” as part of the global campaign “Stand Up, Take Action, End Poverty Now!” Millions of citizens around the world are expected to take part in events over the next three days to call on their leaders to meet their commitments to end [...]

16 Oct 2009 | Read More »

HORN OF AFRICA / FOOD CRISIS

With the failure of four consecutive rainy seasons, the impact of drought, hunger and disease is not only felt in eastern Kenya and throughout the Horn of Africa. Across the region, some 24 million people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia and parts of Uganda are now in need of humanitarian aid, up from 20 [...]

16 Oct 2009 | Read More »

WESTERN KENYA / RICE FARMING

An FAO irrigation project in western Kenya shows what a difference small investments in agriculture can make. Rice is an important staple in Kenya, and demand is growing. Yet the country produces less than a third of what it needs, and relies on imports to make up the difference. Today is World Food Day. FAO

16 Oct 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL VOTE

The United Nations Human Rights Council endorses the report on this winter’s Gaza conflict, prepared by a team of human rights experts it named to look into alleged violations of human rights and humanitarian law. UNTV

16 Oct 2009 | Read More »

INDONESIA / HOLMES

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes wraps up a two-day mission to Indonesia. It has been two weeks since a powerful earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale left a path of destruction across West Sumatra, damaging houses, hospitals, schools, and infrastructure. OCHA

15 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / KOSOVO

The Security Council is set to meet to discuss the report of the Secretary-General on the UN Interim administration mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). UNTV

15 Oct 2009 | Read More »

YEMEN / FOOD SUPPLY

On the eve of World Food Day, a story on how Yemen is upgrading and diversifying its agriculture and livestock in rural areas as a way of reducing levels of poverty aggravated by the global economic crisis. WORLD BANK

15 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / WORLD FOOD DAY ADVANCER

As the number of hungry people shoots past record levels, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) calls on the world to remember the more than one billion urgently hungry people with inadequate access to food. WFP

15 Oct 2009 | Read More »

GA / NON-PERMANENT MEMBERS

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Gabon, Lebanon and Nigeria will serve two-year terms on the Security Council starting next January after winning elections to the 15-member body. UNTV

15 Oct 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay calls for urgent action to counter impunity in Israel and the occupied territories. UNTV

15 Oct 2009 | Read More »

ARUSHA / GENOCIDE

Idelphonse Nizeyimana appears before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. The former second in command in the Rwanda intelligence services was arrested last week for war crimes. ICTR

15 Oct 2009 | Read More »

INDONESIA / HOLMES

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes visits the earthquake-affected area of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. It has been two weeks since a powerful earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale left a path of destruction across West Sumatra, damaging houses, hospitals, schools, and infrastructure. OCHA

14 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / KARADZIC

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, who is accused of waging genocide against Bosnia’s Muslim population in the early 1990s, will go on trial this month, after a war crimes court ruled against two appeals. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Tribunal Registrar John Hocking comments on the upcoming trial. UNTV / [...]

14 Oct 2009 | Read More »

EAST JERUSALEM / DEMOLITIONS

Several new demolition orders have been issued in recent weeks in East Jerusalem, adding to the increasing tension in the city and Palestinian fears that the number of house demolitions will increase in the near future. UNRWA

14 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / GAZA REPORT

Following a Security Council session on the Goldstone Report, Israeli Ambassador Gabriela Shalev argues for Israel’s right to defend itself, while Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour says that “the pretext of self defense” does not give the right to collective punishment. UNTV

14 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / HUNGER REPORT 2009

The latest UN report on hunger says that the current global economic crisis has triggered a spike in world hunger which has reached the highest level in four decades. Some one billion people are undernourished – more than any time since 1970. FILE

14 Oct 2009 | Read More »

NEW YORK / DIARRHEA REPORT

Diarrhea kills more children than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. UNICEF and the World Health Organize are releasing a new report with the aim of refocusing global efforts to prevent and treat this leading cause of child mortality. UNICEF

14 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / DISASTER REDUCTION ADVANCER

Ahead of this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction (14 October), the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) says the tragedies that struck the Asia and Pacific region this month underscore the need for urgent action to better protect hospitals from natural disasters. WHO / UNTV / FILE

13 Oct 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / MEMORIAL

The UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti holds a memorial ceremony in Port-au-Prince to honor the 11 military officers killed when a plane crashed last Friday into a mountainside in the southeast of the country. MINUSTAH

13 Oct 2009 | Read More »

EU / TRAFFICKING ORGANS REPORT

A joint study launched by the Council of Europe and the UN says a new international convention is needed to prevent trafficking in organs, tissues and cells (OTC), protect victims and prosecute offenders. UNTV

13 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / COTE D'IVOIRE ELECTIONS

The Security Council meets behind closed doors to analyze the situation in Cote d’Ivoire as final preparations are made for the upcoming presidential elections scheduled to take place on 29 November this year, after a five year delay. UNTV/ ONUCI

13 Oct 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / SPLM ELECTIONS

Secretary-General of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) Pagan Amum reinforces the principles agreed in the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that Sudan’s general elections should be convened within the timeframe stipulated in the CPA. UNMIS

13 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / HONDURAS

The Foreign Minister of Honduras, Patricia Rodas calls for the international community to “remain steadfast” in putting pressure on the country’s de-facto rulers. UNTV

12 Oct 2009 | Read More »

SAMOA / POST-TSUNAMI UPDATE

Almost eleven hundred children were affected by the tsunami that struck southern Samoa late last month. UNICEF is working with the Samoan government to ensure that tsunami-affected children are able to resume their education as soon as possible. UNICEF

12 Oct 2009 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / ELECTION FRAUD

Head of the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Kai Eide acknowledges there was “widespread fraud” in the August presidential elections. One of the Electoral Complaints Commission’s (ECC) two Afghan members reportedly resigned today, citing a lack of Afghan input into the body’s decision-making. UNAMA / FILE

12 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / BOXER

California’s United States Senator Barbara Boxer (D) comments on the pace of the UN to appoint a special representative to oversee efforts to stop the sexual violence against women in combat areas. “There isn’t enough movement here at the UN and my message is that the women of the senate and the American people want [...]

12 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UNICEF / ORLANDO BLOOM

British actor Orlando Bloom is named UNICEF goodwill ambassador. FILE

12 Oct 2009 | Read More »

GUYANA / NURSING SHORTAGE

Developed countries like the United States are enticing nursing staff from around the world with higher pay, causing shortages in their home countries. UNTV

10 Oct 2009 | Read More »

PHILIPPINES / FLOODING

On her week-long visit to the Philippines, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman surveyed the damage done by Tropical Storm Ondoy, spoke with storm victims and met with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. UNICEF

9 Oct 2009 | Read More »

MEXICO / ENERGY CONFERENCE CLOSING

The global conference on renewable energy wraps its three-day conference in León, Mexico. Experts and decision makers met to come up with concrete proposals for renewable energy for developing countries in time for COP15. UNIDO

9 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / HUMAN SETTLEMENTS LAUNCH 2009

The latest human settlement report assesses the effectiveness of urban planning as a tool for dealing with the unprecedented challenges facing the 21st Century and to enhance sustainable urbanization. UNTV/ FILE

9 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / UGLY BETTY

Stars of “Ugly Betty” talk about the filming of the series season premiere episode due to air on 16 October; the first-ever television comedy series to be filmed at the UN and aimed at drawing attention to the “Nothing But Nets” scheme to combat Malaria . ABC / FILE  

9 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / NOBEL PEACE PRIZE REAX

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praises the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama, saying it, “gives the world’s people fresh hope and fresh prospects.” IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei says it was, “well deserved.” UNTV / IAEA

9 Oct 2009 | Read More »

MEXICO / TORTLLA ENERGY

While an international forum on energy was meeting in Leon, Mexico this week with some 1,000 experts and decision makers from 40 countries exchanging concepts energy efficiency, a tortilla bakery not a kilometre away was putting the ideas into practice. UNIDO

9 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / GAZA

Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority Riyad al-Malki to speak at the stakeout. On Tuesday, Libya asked for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss a UN report that condemned Israel’s military action in the Gaza Strip. UNTV

8 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / SOMALIA

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe says money received today in Somalia will have far greater impact on stability than that which arrives in three months’ time,” adding that the “extremely generous pledges” of $200 million made earlier this year need to be fulfilled immediately. UNTV

8 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / ANIMAL WELFARE

Mike Baker of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), which is lobbying for the adoption of a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare, tells reporters that the prevailing view of animal welfare as an unnecessary luxury has been “damaging and holding back” sustainable development. UNTV / FILE

8 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / UGLY BETTY PRESSER

Actors and directors from the American network ABC talk about their season premiere of 'Ugly Betty’ which raises awareness about malaria. UNTV/ FILE

8 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UNWTO / AFRICA TOURISM

As the only region currently showing growth in tourism across the globe, African leaders are now looking to get beyond the stereotypical view that the continent is just about safaris. UNWTO

8 Oct 2009 | Read More »

IRAQ / REFUGEES

While the situation in Iraq has stabilized in recent months, displacement continues. It’s estimated that more than 1.5 million Iraqis remain in exile in neighboring states and two million Iraqis are displaced from their homes inside Iraq. UNHCR

8 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / AFGHANISTAN ELECTIONS

Director of the Electoral Assistance Division of the Department of Political Affairs Craig Jenness says that anyone claiming that allegations of fraud in the Afghan presidential elections are being ignored by the UN, is “either not watching” or “has other motives”. UNTV / FILE

7 Oct 2009 | Read More »

MEXICO / ENERGY CONFERENCE

Some 1,000 experts and political leaders attend the Global Renewable Energy Forum in León, Guanajuato, Mexico in an attempt to come up with concrete proposals for renewable energy for developing countries in time for COP15. UNIDO

7 Oct 2009 | Read More »

TURKEY / WOMEN

According to a new World Bank report, getting more women into the labor force in Turkey would cut poverty and spur economic growth. WORLD BANK

7 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UNWTO / SOUTH AFRICA TOURISM BOOST

Tourism across southern African is set to be one of the major winners of the 2010 FIFA World Cup next year, as the region’s ministers put in plans to capitalize on an event that could draw up to 450,000 overseas visitors. UNWTO

7 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / PHILIPPINES FLASH APPEAL

The United Nations launches an appeal for $74 million to help 1 million flood-stricken people in the Philippines which has been hit by massive back-to-back storms. UNTV

6 Oct 2009 | Read More »

WFP / PAKISTAN REAX

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes says that the offices in Pakistan are closed throughout the country but the operations on the ground are continuing. UNTV / WFP / FILE

6 Oct 2009 | Read More »

TURKEY / ZOELLICK

The World Bank’s president kicks off the institution’s annual meetings in Istanbul, Turkey with a pledge to reform. Robert Zoellick says the World Bank needs to be more nimble and efficient to keep up with sweeping changes to the globe’s economies. WORLD BANK

6 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / GLOBAL TRAVEL

Tourism leaders from 142 countries met to endorse a roadmap for recovery in a bid to boost global travel. This comes as the industry faces one of the worst slumps in modern history. UNWTO

6 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / PROGRESS FOR CHILDREN ADVANCER

The latest Progress for Children report from UNICEF uses new data to show that some progress has been made on protecting children from violence and exploitation since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child 20 years ago. UNICEF

5 Oct 2009 | Read More »

ISTANBUL / ZOELLICK

In Istanbul, a key World Bank committee looks to sharing power with developing countries and stresses that the institution needs funding to continue its crucial work. WORLD BANK

5 Oct 2009 | Read More »

THAILAND / HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT LAUNCH

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva launched the 2009 Human Development Report in Bangkok. The 2009 report looks at migration and how it effects human development. UNDP

5 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / GLOBAL TOURISM UPDATE

As the world faces one of the worst years in history for international tourism, ministers and representatives from 142 countries met in Astana to encourage people to travel again. Confidence in the sector is now being slightly bolstered by less negative figures. UNWTO

5 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UNWTO / RIO OLYMPICS

After Rio de Janeiro won the bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games, the country and South America is now looking to the benefits that tourism will bring from hosting the event. UNWTO

5 Oct 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / PAKISTAN BAN KI-MOON

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon says that the suicide bomb attack that killed five UN employees at the offices of the WFP in the Pakistan was unjustifiable adding that it will not deter the UN from delivering much needed humanitarian assistance to over 2 million displaced people in the South Asian country. UNTV

5 Oct 2009 | Read More »

INDIA / INTERNAL MIGRANTS

Over 700 million people around the world migrate within their own countries. In India, more than 30 percent of the population migrates to urban areas in search of a higher standard of living, better health care and education for their children. UNDP

3 Oct 2009 | Read More »

TURKEY / SMALL BUSINESS

The third special report on Turkey as the World Bank/IMF meetings are underway in Istanbul, explores Turkey’s new approach to waste management. At a former dump outside Ankara, managers look on other people’s trash as a potential source of money. WORLD BANK

3 Oct 2009 | Read More »

SOUTH AFRICA/ ZIMBABWEAN REFUGEES

Thousands of Zimbabweans cross the border into South Africa every month in search of work and security. Their journey into to the cities often takes many weeks and when they finally arrive, they are not guaranteed work. UNDP

3 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UNICEF / PHILIPPINES

UNICEF Director of Emergency Programs Louis Georges Arsenault comments on the storm in the Philippines which left almost two million people struggling to cope with dangerous flooding. UNICEF

2 Oct 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / CLINTON

On his third visit to Haiti since being named UN special envoy, Bill Clinton addresses an investor conference in Port-au-Prince aimed at encouraging investment to build up the industries in the garment, agriculture and energy sectors. MINUSTAH

2 Oct 2009 | Read More »

THAILAND / MIGRANT ACCESS TO SERVICES

Thai law provides for equal treatment for all workers including migrants and registered migrants so they can access services like health care and education. UNDP

2 Oct 2009 | Read More »

INDONESIA / MIGRANTS HUMAN RIGHTS

Thousands of young Indonesian women seek work abroad as domestic help. Some use work agencies to facilitate their training, travel and placement, but many end up being abused by their employers. UNDP

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TURKEY / TRASH

The third special report on Turkey as the World Bank/IMF meetings are underway in Istanbul, explores Turkey’s new approach to waste management. At a former dump outside Ankara, managers look on other people’s trash as a potential source of money. WORLD BANK

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ISTANBUL / ZOELLICK

The World Bank kicks off its annual meetings in Istanbul Turkey with the institution’s president saying the recession may be easing, but poor countries still have tremendous needs. Robert Zoellick warned against complacency as the world economy recovers slowly. WORLD BANK

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SOMALIA / FIGHTING

Recent fighting in Somalia between rival factions has brought new violence to the southern port city of Kismayo and forced untold numbers of people to flee. A total of 145 people have been killed and 285 injured in heavy clashes in Kismayo, Beled Weyne and Mogadishu in September alone. UNHCR

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UN / HOLMES

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes comments on a string of natural disasters in Asia, including the storm in the Philippines which left almost two million people struggling to cope with dangerous flooding. UNTV

1 Oct 2009 | Read More »

UN / MOTTAKI

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says that the election regulations in his country have been made so that, “no government organ can make irregularities or do anything to change the outcome of the elections.” UNTV

1 Oct 2009 | Read More »

DR CONGO / BED NETS

Mass distribution of insecticide treated bed nets are being distributed on an unprecedented scale in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo. UNICEF

1 Oct 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / ELECTION BOYCOTT

Nearly two dozen Sudanese political parties threaten to boycott next year’s elections unless President Omar al-Bashir implements reforms. UNMIS

1 Oct 2009 | Read More »

TURKEY / HEALTH CARE

The second special report from Turkey ahead of the World Bank/IMF meetings in Istanbul looks at how Turkey is tackling health care and life expectancy. Turkey is nearly ten years below the European average and among middle-income countries, its infant and mother death rates are among the highest in the world. WORLD BANK

1 Oct 2009 | Read More »

 

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