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United Nations signs disaster management partnership with DHL
19 December 2005 | UNDP
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) signed a far-reaching partnership agreement with international leading express and logistics provider DHL.
Message of the UN Secretary General on the occasion of the International Migrants Day, 18 December 2005
16 December 2005
"International migration is a fundamental attribute of our ever-shrinking world. Managing this migration for the benefit of all has become one of the great challenges of our age. Each year, International Migrants Day is an occasion to draw attention to this challenge, as well as an opportunity to celebrate the numerous contributions made by migrants to our societies, cultures and economies."
United Nations Convention against Corruption Enters into Force on 14 December
16 December 2005
The United Nations Convention against Corruption entered into force on 14 December 2005. The Convention, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in October 2003, has been signed by 140 countries and ratified by 38. It is the first legally binding global instrument designed to help Member States fight corruption in both the public and private sectors.
Global nuclear survey: public support for new power plants remains tentative
15 December 2005
A new 18-country opinion survey sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) found that "while majorities of citizens generally support the continued use of existing nuclear reactors, most people do not favour the building of new nuclear plants."
Disarmament Commission agrees on agenda for 2006 session
14 December 2005
After a two-year deadlock over its agenda, the United Nations Disarmament Commission last week reached agreement on a provisional agenda for its substantive session in 2006, which included an item on nuclear disarmament, and closed its organizational session for 2005.
New FAO report: agricultural trade reform offers benefits, but the poor could be left behind
12 December 2005
Only days ahead of next week’s make-or-break World Trade Organization meeting in Hong Kong, where a final push will be made to reach an agreement to liberalize agricultural trade, the FAO today warned that the benefits of trade reform may not reach the poor unless urgent complementary policies and investments are made.
Statement by Kemal Dervis, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme on the occasion of Human Rights Day, 10 December 2005
09 December 2005 | UNDP
"The international language of human rights has become widely accepted and spoken in the fifty-seven years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This was underlined in September, when global leaders at the 2005 World Summit firmly stated that human rights along with development, peace, and security are the pillars of the United Nations system."
ILO report sees wide gaps in wages, productivity gains
09 December 2005 | ILO
Global economic growth is increasingly failing to translate into new and better jobs that lead to a reduction in poverty, according to a new report issued by the International Labour Office (ILO). In the report, the ILO points out that within this global trend, different regions show mixed results in terms of job creation, productivity results, wage improvements and poverty reduction.
Message of the UN Secretary-General on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2005
08 December 2005
"Fifty-seven years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights prohibited all forms of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, torture remains unacceptably common. Recent times have witnessed an especially disturbing trend of countries claiming exceptions to the prohibition on torture based on their own national security perceptions."
Message of the UN Secretary-General K. Annan on the International Volunteer Day, 5 December 2005
05 December 2005
The past year’s natural disasters have highlighted the invaluable contributions of volunteers in our communities. From the flooded streets of New Orleans to the flattened villages in Pakistan, ordinary people have risen to extraordinary challenges. They have volunteered their time, energy and skills to save lives and to rebuild communities. Through their service, they have shown us the very best of humanity.
Message from Kemal Dervis on International Volunteer Day, 5 December 2005
05 December 2005 | UNDP
"In this, my first message on occasion of International Volunteer Day as Administrator of UNDP, I welcome the opportunity to applaud the efforts of volunteers worldwide who, together with the United Nations and the international community, are contributing to global efforts to fight extreme poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)."
New Global Community Aids Award launched
05 December 2005
A new international award celebrating community action on AIDS was launched today on World AIDS Day to honour grassroots leadership in fighting the AIDS epidemic. The first-ever Red Ribbon Award: Celebrating Community Leadership and action on AIDS will be presented at the XVI International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2006), to be held in Toronto, Canada, from 13-18 August 2006.
Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances adopts General Comment on Amnesty Laws and Impunity
04 December 2005
In response to developments in a number of countries where amnesty laws or similar measures are being adopted or considered, the WGEID issued a statement today calling upon all States to avoid creating impunity for the crime of disappearance.
Statement by Kemal Dervis, Administrator of the UNDP, on the occasion of World AIDS Day, 1 December 2005
01 December 2005
This year’s World AIDS Day follows on the heels of the 2005 World Summit where international leaders reaffirmed their commitment to intensify global and national HIV/AIDS responses. The fundamental challenge now is to ensure we all adhere to that commitment, and take the necessary actions to deliver results.
Message of the UN Secretary-General K. Annan on the World Aids Day, 1 December 2005
30 November 2005
"In the course of the past decade, the world has made considerable progress in the fight against AIDS. It has also made considerable promises. The time has come to keep them. And I believe we can. Today, we have about eight billion dollars available for AIDS efforts in developing countries annually -- compared to 300 million dollars a decade ago."
ILO to organize a series of activities based on workplace efforts
30 November 2005 | ILO
29 November 2005 – Workers and employers, in collaboration with the International Labour Organization’s AIDS programme, are to organize a wide range of activities in Geneva and around the world to commemorate World AIDS Day on 1 December.
Historic United Nations climate change conference about to start in Montreal
28 November 2005
The United Nations Climate Change Conference 2005 is helding from 28 November to 9 December in Montreal, Canada. It is expected to assemble between 8,000 and 10,000 participants, among them government delegates, business and civic leaders and environmental activists. As such, it will be the largest such meeting since the Kyoto Climate Conference in 1997.
Thirty-three countries and territories need $391 million to deal with landmines in 2006
28 November 2005
United Nations agencies, national authorities and nongovernmental organizations need $391 million in 2006 to remove landmines, assist victims and teach people in mine-affected areas how to avoid danger. The funding needs are detailed in the Portfolio of Mine Action Projects 2006, released in New York.
Message of the UN Secretary-General K. Annan on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2005
25 November 2005
"Violence against women remains pervasive worldwide. It is the most atrocious manifestation of the systemic discrimination and inequality women continue to face, in law and in their everyday lives, around the world. It occurs in every region, country, and culture, regardless of income, class, race or ethnicity."
US$ 7.5 million Grant approved for Climate Change Mitigation
25 November 2005
The UNECE Energy Efficiency 21 Project (EE21) received approval from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meeting held on 8-10 November to assist in the development and launching of an Investment Fund to reduce carbon emissions in the Commonwealth of Independent States and South-East Europe. The US$ 3 million GEF grant for ‘Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Investments for Climate Change Mitigation’ is for technical assistance in the recipient countries and for development of the Investment Fund.
Dr Jacques Diouf wins third six-year term as FAO Director-General
24 November 2005
19 November 2005, Dr Jacques Diouf of Senegal was re-elected to a third six-year term as Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He received a total of 137 votes out of 165 votes cast and was the only candidate nominated by the Organization’s 189 members. An intergovernmental organization, FAO has 188 member countries plus one member organization, the European Community.
New FAO report on world hunger urges governments to accelerate hunger reduction
23 November 2005
Hunger and malnutrition are killing nearly six million children each year – a figure that roughly equals the entire pre-school population of a large country such as Japan, FAO said in a new edition of its annual hunger report, The State of Food Insecurity in the World.
UNICEF and partners celebrate 15th anniversary of breastfeeding declaration
23 November 2005 | WHO
Celebrating the 15th anniversary of a landmark declaration promoting breastfeeding, the United Nations agencies most directly concerned with child survival listed such gains as six million infants’ lives saved per year, global breastfeeding rates up 15 per cent and thousands of hospitals in 150 countries now “baby-friendly.”
HIV infection rates decreasing in several countries but global number of people living with HIV continues to rise
21 November 2005 | WHO
There is new evidence that adult HIV infection rates have decreased in certain countries. The new UN report also indicates, however, that overall trends in HIV transmission are still increasing, and that far greater HIV prevention efforts are needed to slow the epidemic.
FAO presents new global forest figures
17 November 2005
Each year about 13 million hectares of the world’s forests are lost due to deforestation, but the rate of net forest loss is slowing down, thanks to new planting and natural expansion of existing forests, FAO announced. The annual net loss of forest area between 2000 and 2005 was 7.3 million hectares/year -- an area about the size of Sierra Leone or Panama -- down from an estimated 8.9 million ha/yr between 1990 and 2000. This is equivalent to a net loss of 0.18 percent of the world’s forests annually.
UNESCO showcases breadth of activities at 60th anniversary
17 November 2005
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrated its 60th anniversary on 16 November 2005 in Paris in the company of former directors, political leaders and luminaries such as anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss, all stressing the vast range and importance of the agency’s work.
Message of the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the occasion of the International Day of Tolerance, 16 November 2005
16 November 2005
"Diversity has forever characterized the human condition. Yet mankind’s acceptance of it has been painfully lacking. This intolerance of the “other” remains a source of great and everyday human suffering. That is why fighting intolerance in all its forms has been fundamental to the work of the United Nations for 60 years."
Remarks of the UN Secretary-General to opening Plenary Meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society
16 November 2005
Kofi Annan: "Two years ago in Geneva, the first phase of the World Summit articulated a vision of an open and inclusive information society. Our task here in Tunis is to move from diagnosis to deeds. This Summit must be a summit of solutions. It must push forward the outcome of the World Summit held two months ago at the United Nations in New York."
16 November - International Day of Tolerance
15 November 2005
Koichiro Matsura, the Director-General of UNESCO: "Ignorance and fear of others, in particular, continue to be used to stir up feelings of hatred, violence and exclusion. To counteract these trends, we must do all we can to help people learn how to live together in peace and mutual respect. UNESCO has always seen education as a bulwark against prejudice, intolerance and discrimination."
UN General Assembly endorses new approach to Chernobyl challenge
15 November 2005 | UNDP
The United Nations General Assembly yesterday adopted a resolution encouraging the international community to redouble its efforts to mitigate the consequences of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident. The body also took into account a report by the Secretary General on efforts to promote recovery in areas affected by the Chernobyl legacy.
Literacy: a right still denied to nearly one-fifth of the world’s adult population
11 November 2005
Governments and donor countries are curtailing progress towards Education for All (EFA) – and broader poverty reduction – by according only marginal attention to the 771 million adults living without basic literacy skills, says the fourth edition of the EFA Global Monitoring Report, “Literacy for life”.
Helping Chernobyl survivors face the future
09 November 2005 | WHO
UNDP is bringing together governments, international experts and business to help residents of Chernobyl-hit regions break out of the dependency culture that continues to stunt development nearly two decades after the world's worst nuclear accident.
New Chemicals for Control under POPs Convention
04 November 2005
An international scientific committee will hold its first meeting from 7 to 11 November, to determine whether five new candidates satisfy the criteria for joining the initial list of 12 toxic chemicals targeted for reduction or elimination under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).
General Assembly urges states to observe Olympic truce during upcoming winter games in Italy, use sport as tool for development
03 November 2005
The General Assembly urged Member States to observe the Olympic Truce during the upcoming Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, to be held in Turin, Italy, in February and March of next year, by one of four resolutions adopted without a vote.
UNICEF and UNAIDS launch Global Campaign to invigorate action for the millions of children affected by HIV/AIDS
31 October 2005
UNICEF, UNAIDS and other partners launched a global campaign focusing on the enormous impact of HIV/AIDS on children, saying it was a disgrace that fewer than 5 per cent of HIV-positive children receive treatment and that millions of children who have lost parents to the disease go without support. UNICEF said that children affected by the disease are the “missing face” of AIDS – missing not only from global and national policy discussions on HIV/AIDS, but also lacking access to even the most basic care and prevention services.
Secretary-General, presenting 2006-2007 budget, says ‘Business as usual’no longer an option for UN, in current environment
28 October 2005
Presenting his $3.6 billion United Nations budget proposal for 2006-2007 to the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) this afternoon, Secretary-General Kofi Annan stressed the need to push forward the management reform within the Organization, saying that “business as usual” was not an option in today’s changed environment.
"The popularity of the Court as a dispute resolution mechanism continues to grow", the President tells United Nations General Assembly
27 October 2005
The President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Judge Shi Jiuyong, told the United Nations General Assembly that, as its 60th anniversary (to be celebrated next year) approaches, "the popularity of the Court as a dispute resolution mechanism continues to grow".
Current peacekeeping operations affect lives of 200 million people worldwide
24 October 2005
Current United Nations peace operations had a direct effect on more than 200 million men, women and children whose lives had been torn apart by the scourge of war, Jean-Marie Guehenno, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) as it began its comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping operations in all their aspects.
General Conference adopts Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions
22 October 2005
The General Conference of UNESCO, meeting in Paris from October 3 to October 21, approved the Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions, an international normative instrument that will enter into force three months after its ratification by 30 States.
Governments, private sector, civil society to gather in Tunis for World Summit on the Information Society
21 October 2005
The Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), taking place from 16 to 18 November, will bring together political, business and civil society leaders to take action to bridge the "digital divide", consolidate the information society through public-private partnerships and draft a statement of political intent taking all stakeholders' interests into account.
Good nutrition critical to child health and development
20 October 2005
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman marked World Food Day by calling for increased focus on mother and child nutrition as the backbone of a healthy start in life. She said ensuring that women and children are well-nourished is essential to helping reach the Millennium Development Goals, because sound nutrition is central to health, learning, and well-being.
Some 1.1 million jobs may have been lost in Pakistan due to quake
18 October 2005 | ILO
More than 1.1 million jobs may have been lost as a result of the south Asian earthquake that devastated parts of Pakistan, the International Labour Office (ILO) said, adding that productive and labour intensive job creation programmes are urgently needed to lift millions of people out of poverty that has been aggravated by quake damage.
WHO launches global patient safety challenge; issues guidelines on hand hygiene in health care
17 October 2005 | WHO
To fight the spread of health care-associated infections, which take a high toll in human lives and affect hundreds of millions of patients worldwide each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are launching the Global Patient Safety Challenge with the theme, "Clean Care is Safer Care". As part of the launch, an advanced draft of the WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care is being made available, to encourage simple measures to prevent the spread of these infections.
Poverty is falling in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, but challenges remain
13 October 2005
Some 40 million people were moved out of poverty in Central and Southeastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union during 1998-2003 as a result of rapid growth and narrowing inequality, says a World Bank report released today. According to the report*, the number of people living in poverty in the Region in 2003 was 61 million, or 12 percent of the population. This compares with 20 percent living in poverty in 1998.
New WHO report urges global effort against chronic diseases
10 October 2005 | WHO
Currently, chronic diseases are by far the leading cause of death in the world and their impact is steadily growing. The report projects that approximately 17 million people die prematurely each year as a result of the global epidemic of chronic disease. Faced with the prospect of millions of people dying prematurely and suffering needlessly from heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes, the WHO says the global epidemic of chronic disease must be stopped.
Immunization maintains strong performance made in last quarter century
07 October 2005 | WHO
Immunization at the global level has progressed very well during the past 25 years, but further increases in coverage would save the lives of millions more who do not yet benefit from this protection, said a group of immunization partners at the World Vaccine Congress in Lyon, France.
New report: carbon dioxide storage could play major role in combating climate change, but only if key constraints are addressed
04 October 2005
A new assessment report finalized by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that capturing and storing the carbon dioxide (CO2) produced by power plants and factories before it enters the atmosphere could play a major role in minimizing climate change.
One in four infants still at risk from vaccine preventable diseases
03 October 2005
Each year since 1990, immunization with routine vaccines has reached more than 70 per cent of children world-wide. At the UN General Assembly Special Session in 2002 the international community adopted the specific target of immunizing by 2010 at least 90 percent of children under one year of age in each country.
Deserts, drylands and desertification through the eyes of children
27 September 2005
In its report, which will be presented to the General Assembly at its present session, the Conference noted that during the annual session, successive Presidents of the Conference had conducted intensive consultations and had made significant efforts with a view to reaching consensus on a programme of work.
Equity enhances the power of growth to reduce poverty
23 September 2005
Equity, defined primarily as equality of opportunities among people, should be an integral part of a successful poverty reduction strategy anywhere in the developing world, says the World Bank's annual 2006 World Development Report.
Conference on disarmament concludes 2005 session
22 September 2005
The Conference on Disarmament, the world's sole multilateral forum for disarmament negotiations, concluded the third and last part of its 2005 session after adopting its annual report. In its report, which will be presented to the General Assembly at its present session, the Conference noted that during the annual session, successive Presidents of the Conference had conducted intensive consultations and had made significant efforts with a view to reaching consensus on a programme of work.
Message of the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the International Day of Peace, 21 September 2005
21 September 2005
Peace is the paramount United Nations mission. It is the basis of our existence. The essence of our identity. The cause that animates everything we do. September 21, the International Day of Peace, is a day on which we reaffirm our commitment to this quest.
A glass at least half full
20 September 2005
K. Annan: "The “outcome document” adopted last Friday, at the end of the United Nations world summit, has been described as “disappointing” or “watered down”. This is true in part – and I said as much in my own speech to the summit on Wednesday. But, taken as a whole, the document is still a remarkable expression of world unity on a wide range of issues."
Community of Democracies welcomes new UN Fund
20 September 2005 | UNDP
United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis welcomed steps taken at the UN 2005 World Summit to strengthen democratic institutions, including the establishment of the new UN Democracy Fund, in remarks to a gathering of the Community of Democracies, a five-year old association of countries working to build democracy internationally.
FAO warns world cannot afford hunger
19 September 2005
As world leaders met at the UN Summit in New York, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called on the international community to honour commitments to cut world hunger in half by 2015. The Rome-based food agency urged governments and private sector corporations to "adequately fund actions and initiatives that reduce hunger through rural development and reduction of rural poverty, while at the same time strengthening direct access to food by the most vulnerable."
Global workplace deaths vastly under-reported, says ILO
19 September 2005 | ILO
Some 2.2 million people die of work-related accidents and diseases each year, the International Labour Office (ILO) said in a new report to be issued Monday at the 17th World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, adding this number may be vastly under estimated due to poor reporting and coverage systems in many countries.
Poor workplace nutrition hits workers' health and productivity, says new ILO report
18 September 2005 | ILO
Poor diet on the job is costing countries around the world up to 20 per cent in lost productivity, either due to malnutrition that plagues some one billion people in developing countries or the excess weight and obesity afflicting an equal number mostly in industrialized economies, says a new study by the International Labour Office (ILO).
Message of the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, 16 September 2005
16 September 2005
"In this historic year for the United Nations, it is worth reflecting on one of the undoubted success stories of international cooperation. Twenty years ago, governments signed the Vienna Convention on the Protection of the Ozone Layer -- the thin layer of gas that protects all life on Earth from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation from space -- setting into motion a process of global collaboration that has seen significant progress in addressing a major threat to human and environmental health worldwide."
Convention against corruption ratified by 30th state, will enter into force 14 december 2005
16 September 2005
The Convention is the first global instrument designed to assist Member States fight corruption in both the public and private sectors, and given the inclusion of a mechanism that allows countries to recover billions in stolen assets, is considered a landmark achievement.
On World Summit's second day, UN reform, development goals top agenda
15 September 2005
The United Nations World Summit, the largest-ever gathering of Heads of State and Government, went into its second day today with leaders stressing the need for UN reform, the fight against terrorism, and further effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of slashing a host of socio-economic ills by 2015.
United Nations Development Fund for Women released a new report
12 September 2005
A new report, released by the Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in anticipation of the 2005 World Summit, argues for closer attention to the role of women, particularly working poor women, in the informal economy, and the impact of this on efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals.
New UNCTAD surveys: foreign direct investment prospects promising for 2005-2008
11 September 2005
Foreign direct investment (FDI) will continue to grow over the short and medium term, FDI experts, transnational corporations (TNCs) and investment promotion agencies (IPAs) predict in UNCTAD's Global Investment Prospects Assessment (GIPA).
UNEP, 2006 Football World Cup organizers sign historic partnership agreement
10 September 2005
A “green team” will be taking part in next year's World Cup to ensure that football's top tournament is the most environmentally-friendly ever. An agreement was signed between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the organizers of the 2006 World Cup and the German Federal Government, aimed at making the World Cup a low pollution, eco-friendly competition.
Chernobyl: The True Scale of the Accident
05 September 2005 | WHO
A total of up to four thousand people could eventually die of radiation exposure from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (NPP) accident nearly 20 years ago, an international team of more than 100 scientists has concluded. As of mid-2005, however, fewer than 50 deaths had been directly attributed to radiation from the disaster, almost all being highly exposed rescue workers, many who died within months of the accident but others who died as late as 2004.
Imbalances pose risk for global economy, says UNCTAD Trade and Development Report
05 September 2005
The world economy is still expanding, but there are serious risks of a setback, and the moderation of growth over the first half of 2005 should serve as a warning, cautions UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Report 2005. The Report says that the main engine of growth, the US economy, may run out of steam before other countries or regions are able to take over that role.
UNCTAD points to new features of global economic interdependence
04 September 2005
The windfall profits being reaped by many developing countries as a result of surging economic growth in India and China should be used to diversify those countries' economies and prepare them for more stable economic development in the future, recommends UNCTAD's Trade and Development Report 2005. The Report notes that the East and South Asian region is well established as a new growth pole for the world economy, mainly due to the progress achieved by China and India.
Major report stresses natural resources as path out of poverty
02 September 2005 | UNDP
A report that challenges conventional approaches was released at a critical moment in the battle against poverty. The report, World Resources 2005: The Wealth of the Poor: Managing Ecosystems to Fight Poverty, stresses the urgent need to look beyond aid projects, debt relief and trade reform and focus on local natural resources to address the crisis of poverty in all parts of the globe.
Message of the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to “Beijing 2005: the 10th Anni-versary Commemoration of the Fourth World Conference on Women”, Beijing, 29 August 2005
29 August 2005
"The Fourth World Conference on Women was a milestone in international efforts to improve the status of women and achieve gender equality worldwide. Attracting the participation of almost 47, 000 women and men, the Beijing Conference and the parallel Huairou NGO Forum were, and remain, the largest-ever gatherings of government and NGO representatives at a United Nations conference."
United Nations 2005 Report on the World Social Situation Finds Much of the World Trapped in an “Inequality Predicament”
26 August 2005
Though some parts of the world have experienced unprecedented growth and improvement in living standards in recent years, poverty remains entrenched and much of the world is trapped in an inequality predicament.
Energy & Environment for Development
25 August 2005 | UNDP
UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis presented The Sustainable Difference: Energy and Environment to Achieve the MDGs. The Report makes the case that the role and costs of energy and environment should be explicitly factored into national MDG strategies. Not doing so, say the authors, will only entrench poverty, constrain the delivery of social services, limit opportunities for women, and erode environmental sustainability.
Donation of three million treatments of oseltamivir to WHO will help early response to an emerging influenza pandemic
25 August 2005 | WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes Roche's donation of three million treatment courses of the antiviral oseltamivir to a WHO international antiviral stockpile. WHO would use this stockpile to respond quickly to an emerging influenza pandemic.
States should make more effort to prevention violence against women migrants
22 August 2005
With worker migration becoming increasingly feminized, governments should provide education about the rights of women migrant workers, allow them residency status independent of men and ratify international instruments prohibiting violence against women and their trafficking, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says.
Former Turkish Economics Minister takes helm at UN Development Programme
16 August 2005 | UNDP
Kemal Dervis, a former Turkish Minister of Economic Affairs, Member of the European Convention and World Bank executive, took office today as the new Administrator of the United National Development Programme (UNDP), the UN’s global development network and its largest agency. A world-renowned economist, Mr. Dervis, 56, succeeds Mark Malloch Brown, who was appointed as the UN Secretary-General’s Chief of Staff in January.
World Bank: reaching out to the world´s youth
15 August 2005
The World Bank is embarking on an extensive range of consultations with young people around the globe, to explore the issue of their transition to adulthood and its impact on development. The move has been prompted by the decision to make young people between the ages of 12 and 24 the focal theme of the Bank’s leading publication, The World Development Report.
Committee negotiating convention on rights of disabled persons concludes current session
12 August 2005
The General Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee on a convention on the rights of persons with disabilities today concluded its sixth session after detailed consideration of draft articles addressing issues such as children with disabilities, education, accessibility and personal mobility.
New Bangkok charter for health promotion adopted to address rapidly changing global health issues
12 August 2005 | WHO
A new Bangkok Charter for Health Promotion has been adopted today by participants at the 6th Global Conference on Health Promotion, co-hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand. It identifies major challenges, actions and commitments needed to address the determinants of health in a globalized world by engaging the many actors and stakeholders critical to achieving health for all.
Message of the UN Secretary General on the occasion of the International Youth Day, 12 August 2005
11 August 2005
Today, there are almost three billion people in the world under the age of 25. More than half a billion of them live on less than two dollars a day. More than 100 million school-aged children are not in school. Every day, almost 30,000 children die of poverty. And 7,000 young people become infected with HIV/AIDS. All that can be changed, if we work together to meet the Millennium Development Goals.
Treaty to prevent water-related diseases in Europe enters into force
08 August 2005 | WHO
The Protocol on Water and Health to the 1992 Convention on Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes enters into force on 4 August 2005, following ratification by the minimum 16 countries: Albania, Azerbaijan, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Norway, Romania, the Russian Federation, Slovakia and Ukraine. The Protocol will improve health by contributing to the prevention, control and reduction of water-related diseases.
Work resumes on UN treaty to protect rights of persons with disabilities
05 August 2005
With more than 600 million people suffering from disabilities worldwide, a special United Nations committee began a new two-week session in a bid to finalize the first-ever global convention enshrining equality and non-discrimination for affected persons.
UNECE region forest products markets respond positively to globalization
04 August 2005
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) just released the UNECE/FAO Forest Products Annual Market Review, 2004-2005. It covers forest products market and policy developments in the UNECE region of Europe, North America and the CIS countries. Depending on the product, the region’s share of global production of primary forest products ranges from 73% to 82% and the share of world exports ranges from 75% to 90%.
Poor feeding for children under two leads to nearly one-fifth of child death
03 August 2005
Better infant feeding practices in the first two years of life could prevent almost one-fifth of all child deaths in the developing world, UNICEF said today at the start of World Breastfeeding Week. Currently, an estimated 63 per cent of children under six months in the developing world are not adequately breastfed. The results can be devastating. Infants who are not breastfed early and exclusively are left with limited defenses against killer diseases like pneumonia and diarrhoea and lack essential nutrients to develop body and mind.
Secretary-General appoints John Ruggie of United States Special Representative on issue
01 August 2005
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced the appointment of Professor John Ruggie as Special Representative on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises. The creation of this mandate was requested by the United Nations Commission for Human Rights in its resolution 2005/69 and approved by the Economic and Social Council on 25 July 2005.
Partnering for Poverty Reduction: The Growing Sustainable Business Initiative
01 August 2005
Widespread poverty reduction can only be achieved by improving access for the world’s impoverished to needed goods and services, as well as creating employment opportunities. Business investment in developing countries and regions can drastically improve livelihoods by establishing infrastructure, delivering access to basic necessities and generating local economic development.
First Children's World Summit for Environment sent message to September World Summit in New York
29 July 2005
Around 600 children aged 10–14 from 65 countries gathered in Aichi Prefecture, Japan for the first ever Children's World Summit for the Environment. The Summit was a follow-up to the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Its aim was to discuss how to better involve children in the implementation of the decisions from these summits. Young participants shared their experiences and voice their concerns on the importance of the environment in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
International Aids Research Conference concludes with call for expanded and integrated global response to AIDS
28 July 2005 | WHO
The 3rd International AIDS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment was held in Rio de Janeiro from 24-27 July. The biannual conference brought together more than 5,500 leading scientists, public health experts and clinicians to examine the latest scientific developments – and continuing challenges – in the global response to AIDS.
UNECE launches its Economic Survey of Europe 2005 No.2
25 July 2005
The new issue of the UNECE Survey provides an assessment of the macroeconomic situation and the short-term outlook in the summer 2005. It updates the assessment made in the Economic Survey of Europe 2005 No. 1, which was finalized in late January this year.
"Don't confuse refugees with terrorists," says UN High Commissioner for Refugees
22 July 2005
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres has urged the international community to make a clear distinction between refugees and terrorists while stressing UNHCR's commitment to protecting both refugees and internally displaced people. Guterres made these comments at his first press conference at the Palais des Nations – the UN European headquarters in Geneva – last week, five weeks after taking office as the head of the UN refugee agency.
First-ever civil society meeting on conflict prevention conducted at Headquarters
21 July 2005
With some 600 international civil society leaders gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York for a first-ever conference aimed at implementing a global conflict prevention agenda, Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for a “new security consensus,” built from the grassroots up, to respond to threats whenever and wherever they appear on the horizon.
Signatories of UN additional nuclear weapons safeguard now number 100
19 July 2005
One hundred countries have now signed an additional protocol in connection with to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), granting United Nations inspectors greater access to ensure that nuclear materials are not being diverted to weapons production, the UN atomic watchdog agency announced.
Invisible in violence – children in Europe and Central Asia
11 July 2005
The invisible faces of children across Europe and Central Asia (ECA) who are subjected to daily abuse and violence in the home, school, community and residential institutions will come into sharp focus at a conference held last week in Ljubljana, Slovenia. 'Stop Violence Against Children – ACT NOW’ run from 5-7 July and was hosted by the Government of Slovenia and organized in close collaboration with the Council of Europe, UNICEF, WHO, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the NGO Advisory Panel on the UN Study on Violence Against Children.
United Nations Firearms Protocol Enters into Force
05 July 2005
On 3 July, 90 days after the date of deposit of its fortieth instrument of ratification, the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (the Firearms Protocol), entered into force.
Towards the development of Euro-Asian land transport routes
04 July 2005
At a meeting held in Istanbul from 27 to 29 June 2005, Government representatives from 16 countries in the Euro-Asian region agreed on the main road, rail and inland water transport routes connecting Europe and Asia to be considered for priority development as well as on transshipment points along these routes.
Message of the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, 26 June 2005
24 June 2005
"The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is an occasion to reaffirm our commitment to eradicate torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, in whatever guise or manifestation they occur. It is an occasion to pause and remember torture victims who have not survived, to listen to the stories of those who have, and to support their quest for justice for torture victims and their families - including by supporting the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture."
Message of the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, 26 June 2005
23 June 2005
On this International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, we celebrate the choice that millions of people around the world have made to live healthily, and we applaud the courage shown by those who have stopped using drugs. In doing so, we send a positive message to all people who use or might be tempted to use drugs: “Value yourself... make healthy choices”.
93rd annual Conference of the ILO concludes its work
21 June 2005 | ILO
More than 3,000 government, employer and worker delegates concluded the 93rd annual Conference of the International Labour Organization 16 June following intense discussions on the need for urgently eliminating forced labour, creating jobs for youth, improving safety at work and tackling what ILO Director-General Juan Somavia called a “global jobs crisis”.
Intergovernmental Working Group Meeting will discuss ways to strengthen
20 June 2005
Protected areas are great tools for protecting biological diversity, but to accomplish this, their reach must be extended, more money will be needed for their maintenance, and their coverage and management effectiveness will need to be improved. Delegates representing the 188 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, non-governmental organizations, civil society and other stakeholders will meet in Montecatini, Italy this week to explore these and other issues.
ITU launches new development initiative to bridge digital divide
19 June 2005
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) launched a major new development drive designed to bring access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) to the estimated 1 billion people worldwide for whom making a simple telephone call remains out of reach.
Message of the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, 17 June 2005
17 June 2005
"Desertification is one of the world’s most alarming processes of environmental degradation. It threatens the health and livelihoods of more than one billion people. And each year, desertification and drought cause an estimated $42 billion in lost agricultural production. The great scope and urgency of this challenge led the United Nations General Assembly to proclaim 2006 to be the International Year of Deserts and Desertification."
Transnational corporations expected to increase dominance of clothing and textile sectors, says UNCTAD
17 June 2005
The removal of import quotas on clothing and textiles is likely to lead to greater dominance by transnational corporations (TNCs) relying on economies of scale and consolidating production in larger factories in countries where economic fundamentals are sound, an United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) study predicts.
UNCTAD proposes new ‘Trade Marshall Plan’ for least developed countries
16 June 2005
Why a “Trade Marshall Plan” for the least developed countries? One sixth of the world’s population lives in extreme poverty and 50 countries –- large and small, located in all developing regions -– are caught in a seemingly endless poverty trap. Solidarity among countries and regions, as well as each country’s self-interest in a “global enterprise” that functions properly -– suggest that a bold action in favour of the LDCs is required.
Sweden's Ambassador to the US elected president of next General Assembly session
14 June 2005
Swedish diplomat Jan Eliasson was elected today to preside over the sixtieth session of the United Nations General Assembly, which is scheduled to open on 13 September. Mr. Eliasson currently serves as Ambassador of Sweden to the United States. He is a former State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and a former UN Under–Secretary–General for Humanitarian Affairs.
Millennium Development Goals Status Report issued, as poverty takes centre stage in global negotiations
10 June 2005
A United Nations report profiles a world that has achieved unprecedented gains against poverty in Asia, but also one where mothers and children in many parts of the world are dying from causes which are treatable and preventable, and where half of the developing world lacks access to simple sanitation.
International Advisory Committee of Memory of the World Programme to meet in Lijiang (China)
07 June 2005
UNESCO and the State Archives Administration of China will host the 7th meeting of the International Advisory Committee of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme in Lijiang (China) from June 13 to 17. During the meeting, the Committee will review requests by Member States of UNESCO to inscribe documentary heritage properties on the Memory of the World Register. The 14-member Committee will recommend which properties should be added to the Register.
Environmental rights treaty body pushes forward environmental democracy agenda
06 June 2005
On the concluding day of the second meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision–making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, United Nations Secretary–General, Mr Kofi Annan, highlighted the way in which the Convention’s principles “empowered citizens to hold governments accountable and to play a greater role in promoting more sustainable forms of development.”
UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances examines cases from around the world
04 June 2005
The Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights was holding its seventy-fifth session from 26 May to 3 June, in Bangkok, Thailand to look at cases of disappearances from around the world. The Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (“WGEID”) was meeting for the first time in Asia, at the regional United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia-Pacific office.
Message of the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on the occasion of the World Environment Day, 5 June 2005
03 June 2005
"In the next quarter-century, almost all population growth will occur in cities, most of it in less developed countries. By 2030, more than 60 per cent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Such rapid urbanization presents profound challenges, from poverty and unemployment to crime and drug addiction. Already, one of every three urban dwellers lives in a slum."
AIDS epidemic still outpacing response
02 June 2005
Despite encouraging signs that the AIDS epidemic is beginning to be contained in a small but growing number of countries, the epidemic continues to expand worldwide, according to a report released by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
Working conditions, forced labour, youth employment were on the agenda 93rd International Labour Conference
01 June 2005 | ILO
Some 4,000 worker, employer and government representatives from around the world gathered beginning 31 May for the annual conference of the 178-member International Labour Organization (ILO) to discuss issues ranging from forced labour and working hours to work in the fishing industry, occupational safety and health and youth employment.
WHO urges health professionals to engage in tobacco control
31 May 2005 | WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) is encouraging health professionals to be proactive in minimizing the problems caused by tobacco addiction, consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke. As a result, this year's World No Tobacco Day on May 31st was dedicated to the important role of health professionals in tobacco control under the banner of 'Health Professionals against tobacco, action and answers'.
International Health Regulations approved by World Health Assembly
30 May 2005 | WHO
The World Health Assembly approved a new set of International Health Regulations to manage public health emergencies of international concern. The new rules will "prevent, protect against, control and provide a public health response to the international spread of disease."
United Nations Commemorates International Day of Peacekeepers
29 May 2005
The United Nations is observing the International Day of Peacekeepers for the third time on 29 May. The General Assembly established the Day three years ago, to pay tribute to “all men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage, and to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace”.
Sustainable development of world’s forests should be at top of national agendas, speakers stress, as UN Forum on Forests opens at Headquarters
20 May 2005
The United Nations Forum on Forests resumed its fifth session at UN Headquarters, with participants stressing the priority need to reinforce the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) to achieve implementation of existing agreed goals and policies and reiterating commitments to push the sustainable management, conservation and development of the world’s forests to the top of national agendas.
Message of the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on the International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May 2005
19 May 2005
"The theme of this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity, “Biodiversity: Life Insurance for our Changing World”, reminds us of the central role of biodiversity in underpinning sustainable development, and in protecting society from the consequences of unexpected shocks such as water shortages, the emergence of infectious diseases, extreme weather events and the genetic vulnerability of crops and livestock."
Secretary-General appoints Christopher Bancroft Burnham of United States as new Under-Secretary-General for Management
19 May 2005
The Secretary-General today announced the appointment of Christopher Bancroft Burnham of the United States as the new Under-Secretary-General for Management, succeeding Catherine Bertini, effective June 1, 2005. Mr. Burnham’s selection came at the end of a competitive process in which three short-listed candidates were interviewed.
Industrialized countries record steady fall in asylum claims
18 May 2005
Continuing a downward trend in asylum numbers, fewer people have applied for asylum in 36 industrialised countries in the first three months of this year compared to the last quarter and over same period last year, said the UN refugee agency. Releasing the first-quarter asylum statistics in 36 industrialised countries, UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told that the total of 81,900 asylum applications between January and March 2005 was down 13 percent compared to the last quarter of 2004, and 17 percent compared to the first three months of last year.
Message of the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on the World Telecommunication Day, 17 May 2004
17 May 2005
We live in an age in which communication between people is essential to achieving our shared goals of development and peaceful coexistence. New innovations in information and communication technologies have increased exponentially our capacity to connect with each other. It is up to us to use to harness the potential of these technologies in our work to extend the benefits of education, health care, trade and environmental protection to all.
Air Pollution Protocol takes effect on 17 May
17 May 2005
The Protocol to Abate Acidification, Eutrophication and Ground-level Ozone to the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) entered into force on 17 May 2005. It has so far been ratified by: the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United States and the European Community.
HIV/AIDS is a disease that affects families in a profound and tragic way
16 May 2005
HIV/AIDS is a disease that affects families in a profound and tragic way. When a family member, particularly a parent, becomes sick, weakened or dies, everyone in the family suffers. HIV/AIDS has greatly affected family structure and functions, disproportionately increasing the vulnerability of families living in poverty and in developing countries, which have the vast majority of people infected.
Mayors from across world to mark World Environment Day (5 June) – with urban accords
16 May 2005
A Brazilian mayor whose city has been called the “cleanest in the world”, a mayor from England where a fee to ease traffic congestion is being successfully pioneered, and a mayor from China who is grappling with one of the world’s fastest growing urban areas -- they all will be converging on San Francisco from 1 to 5 June for World Environment Day (WED).
UN report says deforestation continuing at alarming rate, as forum on forests meets at Headquarters 16 - 27 May
14 May 2005
More than 300 government officials, including 40 ministers responsible for forests will meet at United Nations Headquarters for the fifth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests from 16-27 May, in order to review the effectiveness of the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) and to consider future action on forest issues.
Report highlights challenges posed for developing countries by genetically modified organisms
13 May 2005
Developing countries pondering whether or how much to use genetically modified agricultural crops must balance many different concerns, ranging from battling domestic starvation and malnutrition and ensuring health and safety, to preserving the environment, fulfilling multilateral trade obligations and protecting and enhancing trade opportunities, a recent UNCTAD study says.
Norway, UNDP sign aid agreement for Caucasus
12 May 2005 | UNDP
10 May Zephirin Diabre, Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Jan Petersen, Foreign Minister of Norway, signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing Norway to providing $10 million for UNDP projects in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia over the next three years.
ILO releases major new study on forced labour
11 May 2005 | ILO
At least 12.3 million people are trapped in forced labour around the world, the ILO said in a new study released today. ILO Director-General Juan Somavia called forced labour “a social evil which has no place in the modern world”. The new report, entitled “A global alliance against forced labour”, says that nearly 10 million people are exploited through forced labour in the private economy, rather than imposed directly by states. Of these, the study estimates a minimum of 2.4 million to be victims of human trafficking.
General Assembly confirms Supachai Panitchpakdi of Thailand as UNCTAD Secretary-General
11 May 2005
The General Assembly confirmed Supachai Panitchpakdi of Thailand as Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Nominated by the Secretary-General pursuant to General Assembly 1995 of 30 December 1964, Dr. Supachai will serve a four-year term of office beginning on 1 September 2005 and ending on 31 August 2009.
WFP sounds alert as world food aid plummets by 30 percent in 2004
05 May 2005
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has released global food aid figures for 2004 which paint a depressing picture for hundreds of millions of malnourished people. Total food aid delivered from all sources slid from 10.3 million tons in 2003 all the way down to 7.5 million tons in 2004.
UN General Assembly unanimously confirms Kemal Dervis as next UNDP
05 May 2005 | UNDP
The United Nations General Assembly, representing 191 countries, today unanimously confirmed Kemal Dervis, a former finance minister of Turkey and senior World Bank official, as the next Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Mr. Dervis, presently a member of Turkey's parliament, is expected to officially start his four-year term on 15 August 2005. Mr. Dervis will succeed Mark Malloch Brown, who in January 2005 was appointed as Chief of Staff to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
Global education digest shows rapid growth in secondary education worldwide
04 May 2005
Four out of every five of the world’s children aged between 10 and 15 are today enrolled in lower secondary education, which is now considered as part of compulsory education in most countries, according to UNESCO’s Global Education Digest 2005. The Digest, published by UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics, presents the latest global education indicators. This year’s edition also features a special chapter on trends in participation and gender parity in secondary education.
Message of the UN Secretary General on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2005
03 May 2005
Journalists work on the front-lines of history, unravelling the tangle of events, giving them shape and giving us a narrative sense of our lives. Their tools are words and images; their credo is free expression; and their efforts empower all of us, individuals and societies alike.
Strengthening the NPT and World Security - 2005 Review Conference of Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty
02 May 2005
The 2005 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will meet 2-27 May 2005 at the United Nations in New York, to hammer out priorities to confront the spread of nuclear weapons. The Treaty, which marks its 35th anniversary this year, is seen to be at a turning point. IAEA Director General Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei says the system "clearly needs reinforcement."
UNICEF says farewell to Carol Bellamy
02 May 2005
“I have no intention of giving up the fight. I will continue,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said at her farewell party at United Nations Headquarters in New York last week. Ms Bellamy is leaving UNICEF after ten years at the helm - a period she described as ‘the most extraordinary days of my life.’ But she promised she would not stop pushing for the rights of children.
A new online education tool kit on agriculture, forestry and fisheries
29 April 2005
For the first time, a tool kit including a wide range of teaching and learning tools for the education of rural people is available on the Internet. It will provide governments, NGOs, international organizations, rural school teachers, extension agents and the public at large with the latest knowledge on how to help rural communities ameliorate their livelihoods.
Number of Work related Accidents and Illnesses Continues to Increase
28 April 2005 | WHO
Faced with a rising toll of occupational related death, injury and sickness, the International Labour Office (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) today mark the World Day for Safety and Health at Work by highlighting the need for a preventative safety culture worldwide. According to new estimates by the ILO, the number of job related accidents and illnesses, which annually claim more than two million lives, appears to be rising because of rapid industrialization in some developing countries.
UN Convention against Corruption expected to enter into force by end of 2005
26 April 2005
The imminent entry into force of the first global instrument to fight corruption would mark a milestone in years of international efforts to rid societies of that debilitating scourge, speakers in Committee II of the Eleventh United Nations Crime Congress agreed last week.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General
26 April 2005
Today marks the nineteenth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the worst nuclear power plant accident in history. Almost two decades later, the three countries most affected—Belarus, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine—continue to grapple with daunting social, economic, and environmental consequences.
Wood energy expanding due to policy promotion in the UNECE region
22 April 2005
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) just released the UNECE/FAO Forests, Wood and Energy: Policy Interactions. It examines the impacts of energy, environment and forest policy on new and traditional forest products markets in the UNECE region of Europe, North America and the CIS countries.
ILO/WHO to develop joint guidelines on health services and HIV/AIDS
19 April 2005
Representatives of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will join forces in Geneva on 19-21 April for a tripartite meeting of experts (1) to develop new guidelines to protect the safety of health workers involved in the worldwide struggle against HIV/AIDS.
Benefits and risks of globalized livestock markets
18 April 2005
Globalized livestock markets can increase national income and improve nutrition, but they are also posing potential risks to livelihoods, human health and the environment. The livestock sector, traditionally based on local production and consumption, supports the livelihoods of an estimated 600 million rural poor, FAO said in a report submitted to the agency's Committee on Agriculture, meeting in Rome from 13-16 April 2005.
New report calls for urgent action to cut global poverty and win better development
18 April 2005
Bold and urgent action is needed to reduce extreme poverty and improve people's economic and social prospects in developing countries in keeping with a set of key development targets, called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), says a report released last week by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
New UN report outlines indicators for sustainable energy use
17 April 2005
A publication outlining key indicators for sustainable energy use, jointly prepared by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the International Energy Agency, Eurostat and the European Environment Agency, was launched last week by the IAEA in Vienna.
Election of FAO Director-General - Dr Diouf sole candidate
15 April 2005
The incumbent Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Dr. Jacques Diouf, will be the sole candidate in the November 2005 election for head of the UN agency, FAO announced. Dr. Diouf was nominated by his country Senegal and co-sponsored by Mali. At the date of closure of nominations on 8 April 2005, no other country had presented a candidate.
UN Expert Group Meeting in Vienna calls for measures to stop illicit drug trade through Internet
14 April 2005 | WHO
Illicit trade of controlled drugs through the Internet was the topic of an expert group meeting organized by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) in Vienna from 11 to 13 April 2005. The meeting concluded that serious national and international efforts were urgently required to counteract the illicit trade of controlled drugs through the Internet, in order to prevent an increasing risk of misuse of controlled substances by children and adolescents, and to protect individual consumers and public health.
In Population Commission, keynote speaker calls for ‘marshall plan’ by rich countries to counter AIDS epidemic
11 April 2005
The AIDS epidemic was a public health catastrophe unparalleled in the history of mankind, and tackling it required the adoption of a “Marshall Plan” by rich countries, the Commission on Population and Development was told last week.
WHO report calls for new approach to save lives of mothers and children
08 April 2005 | WHO
Hundreds of millions of women and children have no access to potentially life-saving care with often fatal results, the WHO says in a report published last week. The report says the resulting death toll could be sharply reduced through wider use of key interventions and a "continuum of care" approach for mother and child that begins before pregnancy and extends through childbirth and into the baby's childhood.
FAO forecasts good world cereal crop for 2005
07 April 2005
For 2005 the world cereal crop is forecast at 1 971 million tonnes, including rice in milled terms, according to the April issue of FAO's Food Outlook. That is above the average of the past five years, but down slightly on last year's record level. According to the report, the forecast was based on "conditions of crops already in the ground and planting intentions for those still to be sown later this year and assuming normal weather for the remainder of the 2005 cropping seasons."
UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Report warns worsening ecosystem changes put Millennium Development Goals at risk
04 April 2005 | UNDP
A recently launched report co-sponsored by UNDP, entitled Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) Synthesis Report, reveals that 60 per cent of the ecosystem services such as fresh water, fishery and air and water regulation are putting pressure on the planet’s capacity to sustain future generations. The assessment “points the way towards the measures that all sectors of society must take if we are to eradicate poverty, sustain growth and achieve the Millennium Development Goals,” says UNDP Administrator and the UN Secretary-General’s Chef de Cabinet Mark Malloch Brown.
United Nations condemns irresponsible attack on antiretroviral therapy
31 March 2005 | WHO
A recent advertising campaign is touting the benefits of vitamin therapy above antiretroviral therapy and claiming that antiretroviral therapy is toxic. These advertisements are wrong and misleading, said the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
The Ministerial Meeting on an “Urgent Response to the HIV/AIDS epidemics in the CIS”
28 March 2005
The Ministerial Meeting on an “Urgent Response to the HIV/AIDS epidemics in the Commonwealth of Independent States” will take place on Thursday 31 March, and Friday 1 April in Moscow, Russia. The purpose of the meeting is to raise awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS in the CIS; to clarify policy and programmatic responses; to demonstrate national political commitment vis-a-vis the epidemic; and to explore options for improved programme delivery addressing HIV/AIDS in the CIS.
ILO Governing Body concludes 292nd Session considers labour rights, programme and budget for 2006-07, globalization and other issues
25 March 2005 | ILO
The Governing Body of the International Labour Office (ILO) concluded its 292nd session here today following wide-ranging discussions by tripartite delegates on issues ranging from respect of basic labour rights in Myanmar, Nepal, Zimbabwe and other countries to strategies for new partnerships to promote a fair globalization.
Eight candidates named to become UN High Commissioner for Refugees
24 March 2005
Eight nominees have been short-listed to become the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), replacing Ruud Lubbers, who resigned a month ago as chief of the refugee agency amid a media furore over allegations against him of sexual harassment, which he denied.
FAO's Committee on Fisheries adopts guidelines for "ecolabelling" of fish caught at sea
23 March 2005
Efforts to ensure the sustainability of the world's marine fisheries got a boost earlier this month when the FAO Committee of Fisheries (COFI) adopted a set of voluntary guidelines for the ecolabelling of fish products during its 26th session, held 7-11 March.
United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime receives 100th instrument of ratification
21 March 2005
Uruguay became the 100th Party to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime by depositing its instrument of ratification with the Secretary-General on 4 March 2005. The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, the first legally binding treaty to fight organized crime, entered into force on 29 September 2003.
Forestry's contribution to the informal sector must be taken into account
20 March 2005
Economic viability, including the environmental and social benefits deriving from forests, is a pre-requisite for wider adoption of sustainable forest management practices, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization said. Enhancing economic benefits from forests and trees, and their equitable distribution, are also critical factors in the development of forested areas.
Access to safe water a priority as the UN marks the beginning of International Decade
18 March 2005
As the International Decade for Action “Water for Life” begins, the United Nations and Governments are seeking to galvanise efforts to meet the internationally agreed targets of halving the number of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015. Ministers and government delegates will meet next month in New York to take policy decisions on practical measures and options to accelerate progress toward these and other water-related goals.
Eleventh United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice to Be Held in Bangkok, 18-25 April 2005
17 March 2005
The Eleventh United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, hosted by the Government of Thailand, will take place in Bangkok, from 18 to 25 April 2005. The main theme of the Eleventh Congress is “Synergies and responses: strategic alliances in crime prevention and criminal justice”, as decided by the United Nations General Assembly in resolution 57/170 of 18 December 2002.
ICAO releases preliminary safety and security statistics
16 March 2005
Because of the significantly lower number of passenger fatalities in 2004 and the significant increase in the total scheduled passenger traffic, the accident rate for scheduled air services (measured in passenger fatalities per 100 million passenger-kilometres) decreased from approximately 0.015 in 2003 to about 0.005 in 2004.
Promoting sustainable development through education
14 March 2005
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is due to launch its regional Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, on 17-18 March 2005. The Strategy is intended to serve as a practical instrument to promote sustainable development through education. The objective of the Strategy is to incorporate key themes of sustainable development – e.g. poverty alleviation, peace, ethics, democracy, justice, security, human rights, health, social equity, cultural diversity, economy, production and consumption, environmental protection, natural resource management, and biological and landscape diversity – in all education systems.
UN atomic watchdog fights not just spread of nuclear arms but counterfeit art too
12 March 2005
The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency, better known for its efforts to combat nuclear smuggling and the spread of weapons of mass destruction, is now helping countries to crack down on the illegal trade in counterfeit art, a major source of international crime ranging from ancient Babylonian statues to renaissance paintings.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan launches Global Strategy against Terrorism in Madrid
11 March 2005
United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today called on Member States to adopt a common approach to fighting terrorism. He especially urged countries to work towards a unified understanding of the threat and to overcome arguments and long negotiations about how to define it which had for too long weakened the moral authority of the Organization. Speaking to an international audience in Madrid, the Secretary-General outlined the key elements of a United Nations system-wide strategy to counter terrorism world-wide.
Democratic Governance: Linking the Security and Development Agenda
10 March 2005 | UNDP
In bringing together some 100 nations committed to supporting and promoting democracy in their own countries, globally, the Community of Democracies is today playing an important role in addressing what is one of the fundamental challenges of our time, namely, how to consolidate the wave of democratization we have witnessed in so many parts of the world over the past thirty years, and how to assist other countries and their citizens on this same liberating path of democratization.
Balance of forest sector shifts to the east: Challenges for forest and timber sector
09 March 2005
A just-published authoritative report on the outlook for Europe’s forest sector, prepared by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), shows that production, consumption and exports of forest products will all grow faster in eastern Europe and the CIS than in western Europe. Wood raw material demand will grow three times faster in the CIS between 2000 and 2020 than in Western Europe (5.3% per year, compared to 1.6%).
Record number of international patent filings in 2004
09 March 2005
In the same year that the international patent system marked the filing of the one millionth international patent application, a record number of applications, just over 120,000, were filed in 2004 using the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The United States of America continued to top the list of largest users, but the biggest rates of growth came from the Asian continent – namely, Japan, the Republic of Korea and China.
New Air Pollution Protocol to take effect on 17 May 2005
07 March 2005
Portugal is the 16th country to ratify the Protocol to Abate Acidification, Eutrophication and Ground-level Ozone, which will, consequently, enter into force on 17 May 2005. The Protocol was originally adopted on 30 November 1999 in Gothenburg (Sweden) and signed by 31 countries.
Message of the UN Secretary General on the occasion of the International Women's Day, 8 March, 2005
04 March 2005
This year marks a milestone in the movement for gender equality and the advancement of women -- the ten-year review of the Beijing Conference and Platform for Action. In 1995, women gathered in Beijing and took a giant step forward on behalf of humankind. As a result, the world recognized explicitly, as never before, that gender equality is critical to the development and peace of every nation.
Fried, roasted and baked food contaminant may be health concern, UN warns
04 March 2005 | WHO
A contaminant shown to cause cancer in animals that forms in the high-temperature frying, roasting or baking of such foods as potato chips and crisps, coffee, and cereal-based products like pastries and sweet biscuits, breads, rolls and toast, may be a public health concern, according to two United Nations agencies.
Asylum claims fall to lowest level for 16 years, says UNHCR
03 March 2005
The number of asylum seekers arriving in industrialized countries fell sharply for the third year in a row in 2004, reaching its lowest level for 16 years, according to annual figures released by the UN refugee agency. The total number of asylum seekers arriving last year in the 38 industrialized countries for which comparable historical statistics are available was the lowest since 1988, at 368,000. In the six non-European countries included in this list, the combined total was the lowest since 1986. The numbers arriving in Europe are also back down to the levels of the late 1980s, although still higher than they were for a couple of years in the mid-1990s.
Women joining migrant streams in unprecedented numbers and proportion
02 March 2005
Ninety million women currently reside outside their countries of origin, representing almost half of the world’s international migrants, according to a United Nations report launched today. Their representation among all international migrants has risen from 46 per cent in 1960 to 49 per cent in 2000, and that proportion has now reached 51 per cent in more developed regions. More recent statistics show that the trend appears to be continuing, with 54 per cent of legal immigrants to the United States reported to be women in 2002.
Some 36 countries worldwide face serious food shortages, says FAO report
01 March 2005
Worldwide, 36 countries need external food assistance, while 11 countries face unfavourable prospects for their current crops, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a report released today. “The causes are varied, but civil strife and adverse weather predominate.”
Infectious diseases capitalizing on environmental decline,UNEP finds in latest Global Environment Yearbook
28 February 2005
Scientists are linking a rise in new and previously suppressed infectious diseases with the dramatic environmental changes now sweeping the planet. Loss of forests, road and dam building, the spread of cities, the clearing of natural habitats for agriculture, mining and the pollution of coastal waters are promoting conditions under which new and old pathogens can thrive.
Global tobacco treaty enters into force with 57 countries already committed
27 February 2005 | WHO
The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) entered into force on Sunday 27 February 2005. This represents an historical moment in public health, as the Treaty gives countries more tools to control tobacco use and save lives. On the 27th, the provisions of the Treaty will be legally binding for the first 40 countries that became Contracting Parties before 30 November 2004.
World Day against Child Labour 2005 to focus on child labour in mines and quarries
25 February 2005 | ILO
The plight of children who work in mines and quarries that are often dangerous, dirty and can post a grave risk to their health and safety will be the focus of the fourth World Day Against Child Labour, scheduled for 12 June 2005, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said. The ILO estimates that some one million children work in small scale mining and quarrying around the world. What's more, ILO studies show that these children work in some of the worst conditions imaginable, where they face serious risk of dying on the job or sustaining injuries and health problems that will affect them throughout their lives.
Aarhus Convention ratified by the European Community
23 February 2005
The European Community has ratified the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The ratification, which took place on 17 February 2005, ensures that the Community will become a Party before the opening of the second meeting of the Parties to the Convention, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 25 May 2005.
UNDP Launches New Development Website for Europe and the CIS
22 February 2005 | UNDP
UNDP's Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is launching today its redesigned and revamped website. The new site represents an important step in UNDP's effort to collect, store and disseminate development knowledge on Central and Southeastern Europe and the CIS.
Eleven States, Including Belarus, Ratify Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention
21 February 2005
Eleven States (Algeria, Mauritius, Japan, Gabon, Panama, China, Central African Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, and the Republic of Korea) have now ratified the Convention on the Safeguarding on the Intangible Cultural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference in 2003. The Director-General welcomed this progress, which only 16 months after its adoption, places this UNESCO Convention among those most rapidly ratified.
ILO Regional Meeting expands social agenda for Europe and Central Asia
18 February 2005 | ILO
More than 600 worker, employer and government representatives from the European and Central Asian region, which reaches from the North Atlantic to the Pacific, adopted a set of conclusions saying “good governance, economic and social progress, and the fight against corruption rests on democratic institutions drawing their legitimacy from freely elected representation, effective social dialogue, fundamental principles and rights at work, and the rule of law”.
23rd Governing Council of UNEP Focuses on Environment and MDGs
18 February 2005
The importance of a healthy environment for realizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will take centre stage will take between 21 and 25 February when more than 100 environment ministers meet at the world headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya.
Eleventh United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
18 February 2005
The Host Country Agreement between the United Nations and the Government of Thailand for the Eleventh United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice has been signed by Antonio Maria Costa, Director-General United Nations Office at Vienna and Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and Adisak Panupong, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations (Vienna).
New ILO report sees weak global job growth in 2004, says European job growth remains static
15 February 2005 | ILO
Despite robust economic growth, the global employment situation improved only slightly in 2004, with employment increasing and unemployment down marginally, the International Labour Office (ILO) said in its annual report, Global Employment Trends. While unemployment worldwide declined from 6.3 per cent to 6.1 per cent, or from 185.2 million in 2003 to 184.7 million 2004, unemployment in Europe and Central Asia remained unchanged at 35 million, according to the ILO report and a supplementary analysis prepared for the seventh ILO European Regional Meeting to be held in Budapest, Hungary on 14-18 February.
Worldwide celebrations to mark Kyoto Protocol's entry into force, 16 February
14 February 2005
“The 16th of February 2005 marks the beginning of a new era in international efforts to reduce the risk of climate change”, said Joke Waller-Hunter, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Climate Change Convention. “The Kyoto Protocol offers powerful new tools and incentives that governments, businesses and consumers can use to build a climate-friendly economy and promote sustainable development”, she said.
WIPO and ITC publish guide on negotiating technology licensing agreements
14 February 2005
A new practical guide on how to negotiate technology licensing agreements has been published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC). The manual entitled "Exchanging Value – Negotiating Technology Licensing Agreements" provides an introduction to some of the basic issues that arise in licensing negotiations of intellectual property, particularly patents, protected technology and offers useful insights into how they may best be handled.
WHO recommends influenza vaccine composition for Northern Hemisphere 2005-2006 influenza season
11 February 2005 | WHO
Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Influenza Programme convenes meetings to analyse the global data on circulating influenza virus strains and make recommendations for the vaccine to be used for the coming influenza season. WHO also provides the vaccine manufacturing industry with prototype strains for the seasonal vaccine as well as materials to ensure and validate that global vaccine standards are met.
Annan to soon offer ideas for UN anti-terrorism strategy
10 February 2005
Responding to a recommendation by his High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change that the United Nations should work out a comprehensive anti-terrorism strategy, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has told a counter-terrorism meeting that he would soon put forward some ideas on the matter.
Private sector to adopt islands in the Maldives
10 February 2005 | UNDP
Big businesses are readying to adopt small islands in the Maldives through a pioneering effort aimed at helping people affected by the tsunami to rebuild their homes. The ADOPT AN ISLAND initiative was officially launched in the Maldives today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at precisely 9:30 am, the exact time the gigantic tsunami devastated one-third of the Maldives' inhabited islands, just over a month ago.
UN conference calls for balancing water use between agriculture and environment
09 February 2005
A United Nations conference attended by 140 countries today called for a more efficient management of the world’s “valuable and scarce” water supplies to balance the agricultural needs of producing food with the imperative of safeguarding the environment. “The tragic paradox of water is that water is a truly valuable resource of which the true value is often invisible,” the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Agriculture Department, Louise Fresco, said at the end of the five-day meeting in The Hague, Netherlands.
HIV Vaccine Global Partners strengthen collaboration to speed up progress
08 February 2005 | WHO
As new developments in the search for an HIV vaccine take place, vaccine researchers from around the world are joining forces to accelerate progress towards an effective and safe HIV vaccine, with the full and equal involvement of countries most affected by the AIDS epidemic. "With so many HIV vaccine clinical trials testing novel products ongoing and planned by a wide variety of investigators, it is time to intensify global collaboration. Lessons learned must benefit all working in this challenging, but advancing, field," said Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, Director, Initiative for Vaccine Research, World Health Organization (WHO).
International tourism obtains its best results in 20 years
07 February 2005
After three years of stagnant growth, international tourism experienced a spectacular rebound in 2004. According to WTO World Tourism Barometer, presented to the media at a news conference in Bangkok, Thailand, international tourist arrivals reached an all-time record of 760 million - an increase of 10% over 2003.
IAEA confronts Europe´s cancer scourge
04 February 2005
With the death toll from cancer claiming 1.7 million Europeans each year, Health Ministers and experts of leading oncology centers from 27 countries across the continent met at IAEA headquarters in Vienna this week to work together to combat the disease.
Women, men in developing countries are marrying later, having children later according to UN report
31 January 2005
Women and men in developing countries are marrying later, having fewer children and having them later, following the pattern earlier set in the developed world. As a result, average fertility in the developing countries has declined to under three children per woman. This is one of the major findings from World Fertility Report 2003, issued by the Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
Brown, Benn and Malloch Brown urge world community to turn words into anti-poverty action in 2005
28 January 2005 | UNDP
2005 is the crucial year for taking effective international action against global poverty, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown told a high-level development forum here on Wednesday. The forum on development, finance, debt and trade issues was co-sponsored by UNDP and the UK’s Department for International Development and featured the participation of prominent development figures including Hilary Benn, UK Secretary of State for International Development; Mark Malloch Brown, UN Secretary-General’s Chief of Staff and UNDP Administrator; Donald Kaberuka, Minister of Finance of Rwanda, and Pär Nuder, Minister of Finance of Sweden.
World Economic Situation and Prospects’ report launched
28 January 2005
In an otherwise upbeat assessment of the world economy, a joint United Nations report out last week cautioned that contrary to previous expectations, global imbalances, and the United States trade deficits in particular, would not be corrected by the rapidly falling United States dollar and would require broad international cooperation to rectify, said José Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).
700 000 people living with AIDS in developing countries now receiving treatment
27 January 2005 | WHO
By the end of 2004, 700 000 people living with AIDS in developing countries were receiving antiretroviral (ART) treatment thanks to the efforts of national governments, donors and other partners. This is an increase of approximately 75% in the total number receiving treatment from a year ago, and is up from 440 000 in July 2004.
Experts emphasize forests’ contribution to Millennium Development Goals
27 January 2005
Forests contribute directly to reducing extreme poverty and hunger and ensuring environmental sustainability, two of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a panel of forestry experts invited to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has concluded. The panel highlighted the significant contribution of forests and trees outside forests to the MDGs, emphasizing that sustainable forest management and sustainable development are closely linked, as recognized at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in 2002.
UN Secretary-General renews Dr Piot’s appointment as UNAIDS Executive Director
26 January 2005
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has renewed Dr Peter Piot’s appointment as Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations for four more years.
Nations call for safer hospitals, schools to prepare for disasters
26 January 2005
“We have to make sure that key urban functions in every community are able to withstand the shocks of natural disasters when they strike. When hospitals are destroyed, it is impossible to care for the wounded; when schools are damaged, our future generation is at risk”, said Sálvano Briceño, Director of the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction. “Hospitals and schools need to be multi-hazard resistant to avoid double disaster from occurring”, he added.
Administrator addresses Executive Board on UN reform
25 January 2005 | UNDP
The United Nations development system needs a leader in capacity development, and the most suitable entity would be UNDP, recognizing the organization’s cross-sectoral mandate and the global platform it offers. At the same time, each agency, fund and programme has a contribution in its own sector.
Too little, too late: Businesses around the world wait for rampant epidemic before addressing HIV/AIDS
24 January 2005
Businesses rarely draw up written policies to tackle HIV/AIDS until 20% of the country’s population is infected, according to a global survey on the impact of the disease on business. The findings come from the Business and HIV/AIDS: Commitment and Action? report, jointly published today by the Global Health Initiative (GHI) of the World Economic Forum, Harvard School of Public Health and UNAIDS, after a survey of almost 9,000 business leaders in 104 countries.
United Nations calls for universal effort against terrorism
24 January 2005
The United Nations will press its case for universal participation in the fight against terrorism at a meeting of more than 70 international, regional and subregional organizations in Almaty, Kazakhstan, this month (26-28 January 2005). The meeting, co-sponsored by the Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), will be the fourth since March 2003 to leverage the knowledge and capacity of these bodies to help poorer nations build more effective legislative and institutional barriers to terrorist financing, illegal weapons trafficking and other threats.
Three meetings at UNESCO to move towards universal norms on bioethics
21 January 2005
Another step towards a declaration on universal norms on bioethics will be taken when UNESCO's Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC) meets in Paris, January 24 and 25, and UNESCO's International Bioethics Committee (IBC) holds an extraordinary session, on January 28. A joint session of the IGBC and IBC will be held between these two meetings, on January 26 and 27. During these sessions the IGBC will be consulted on the outline of the text* elaborated by a drafting group of the IBC, which met six times in 2004.
New Leadership at the Universal Postal Union
20 January 2005
A Universal Postal Union that is efficient, innovative, united and open. That's the vision Edouard Dayan described for the organization, as he was officially installed as the new Director General of the United Nations specialized agency. In a rapidly-changing sector that brings together a number of players, the 15th Director General said he wanted the UPU to become a centre of excellence - a forum for high-level discussion and dialogue on postal industry matters.
WORLD FDI flows grew an estimated 6 per cent in 2004, ending downturn
17 January 2005
Global foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows in 2004 are estimated to have risen by 6 per cent to $612 billion, according to UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) data released today (see table). As in 2003, however, flows to developed countries slumped, but that decline was offset by rising flows to developing countries and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Not only did this put an end to the global FDI downturn that had begun in 2001, it also meant that investment flows to developing countries and CEE surpassed their respective previous records.
Practical Action Plan to Combat Poverty Unveiled at UN Today
17 January 2005
UN Millennium Project’s “Investing in Development” presented to Secretary-General Annan, welcomed by experts as cost-effective blueprint for achieving Millennium Development Goals by 2015
UNESCO plans global tsunami warning system for mid-2007
14 January 2005
UNESCO is working towards the establishment of a global tsunami warning system that would be operational by June 2007, said UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura. Speaking at a press conference at the Mauritius International Meeting on Small Island Developing States, Mr Matsuura said that assessment missions are already being undertaken to concerned countries as a step towards the creation of the first regional component of the global system, in the Indian Ocean, foreseen for June 2006.
State of the World 2005 calls for new approach to global security
14 January 2005
The global war on terror is diverting the world's attention from the central causes of instability, reports the Worldwatch Institute in its annual State of the World 2005. Acts of terror and the dangerous reactions they provoke are symptomatic of underlying sources of global insecurity, including the perilous interplay among poverty, infectious disease, environmental degradation, and rising competition over oil and other resources.
Address of the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the high-level segment of the International Meeting for the 10-year Review
13 January 2005
Such suffering, such devastation, is shocking in both its magnitude and the speed with which it occurred. We human beings have been humbled yet again by the power of nature to alter, in an instant, our lives and the very face of the earth... Let us declare our enduring solidarity with the survivors. The outpouring of assistance has come from everywhere, including countries with limited means or struggling through crises of their own. The United Nations will continue to do its part, sparing no effort to ensure that help reaches those who need it, quickly and effectively.
Tsunami donor session opens with UN call to pay up and not forget other crises
12 January 2005
Representatives from 70 countries, both donors and victims of last month's devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, met in Geneva on 11 January to allocate the nearly $1 billion United Nations flash appeal, with top emergency officials pleading with contributors to stand by their pledges while not forgetting the world's other crises.
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