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Ban Ki-moon is the eighth UN Secretary-General
15 December 2006
Ban Ki-moon of the Republic of Korea brings to the post of the Secretary-General of the United Nations 37 years of service both in government and on the global stage. At the time of his election as Secretary-General, Mr. Ban was his countrys Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Mr. Ban has longstanding ties with the United Nations, dating back to 1975, when he worked for the Foreign Ministrys United Nations division.
Europes air is getting cleaner, UNECE report shows
15 December 2006
The meeting of the Parties of the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution this week heard about the continued success of many Parties in cutting their emissions of air pollutants. The 51 Parties to the Convention span the entire UNECE region from North America to Europe and Central Asia, a large area that has had many air pollution problems.
20 percent of animal breeds are at risk of extinction
15 December 2006
Around 20 percent of animal breeds are at risk of extinction, with one breed lost each month, FAO said. Of the more than 7 600 breeds in FAO's global database of farm animal genetic resources, 190 have become extinct in the past 15 years and a further 1 500 are considered at risk of extinction. Some 60 breeds of cattle, goats, pigs, horses and poultry have been lost over the last five years.
Annan says UN has often failed to deliver on protecting and promoting human rights
11 December 2006
The United Nations has often failed to live up to its responsibility to promote human rights, with the ongoing killing and displacement of civilians in Darfur only the latest example of how the world has not improved its act, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today as he urged Member States, organizations and individuals to make the protection of rights a reality in every country.
Message of the UN Secreatary-General K. Annan
on the occasion of Human Rights Day, 10 December 2006

09 December 2006
"Basic human rights the right to a decent standard of living, to food and essential healthcare, to opportunities for education or decent work, or to freedom from discrimination are precisely what the worlds poorest need most. Yet, by virtue of their enfeebled status, they are the ones least able to achieve or defend such universal rights."
Message of the UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis
on the occasion of Human Rights Day, 10 December 2006

08 December 2006 | UNDP
"UNDP emphasizes that a human rights-based framework is essential in bringing about more equitable development. The UN Secretary-Generals High Level Panel report, Delivering as One, published last month, argues that actions to integrate human rights into all aspects of the UNs work will help to make our development efforts significantly more effective."
Address of the UN Secretary-General K. Annan to mark Human Rights Day, New York City, 8 December 2006
08 December 2006
"Development, security and human rights go hand in hand; no one of them can advance very far without the other two. Indeed, anyone who speaks forcefully for human rights but does nothing about security and development including the desperate need to fight extreme poverty undermines both his credibility and his cause. Poverty in particular remains both a source and consequence of rights violations."
UNICEF celebrates 60 years for children
08 December 2006
Six decades after its inception as a temporary relief agency, UNICEF is marking its 60th anniversary today, celebrating its many achievements on behalf of children all over the world. Born from the ashes of World War II, UNICEFs first mission was to provide milk, food, blankets and medicine to millions of European children left hungry, homeless and weakened by war.
Message from the UNDP Administrator
on International Volunteer Day

05 December 2006 | UNDP
"On this day we wish to commemorate the spirit of volunteerism and the commitment of individual volunteers giving their expertise to improve the lives of others. We are grateful to each and every volunteer, around the world, for making a valuable contribution in advancing human development, inclusive growth and sustainable peace."
New ILO report says HIV/AIDS epidemic costing more than 1 million new jobs per yaer
01 December 2006 | ILO
The relentless advance of HIV/AIDS is markedly reducing economic and employment growth in countries hit hardest by the epidemic, jeopardizing their efforts to reduce poverty, create new jobs, especially for youth, and fight child labour, says a new report by the International Labour Office (ILO) released today.
Livestock a major threat to environment. Remedies urgently needed
29 November 2006
According to a new report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent 18 percent than transport. It is also a major source of land and water degradation.
Lecture of the UN Secretary-General at Princeton University, 28 November 2006
28 November 2006
"Almost everyone in todays world feels insecure, but not everyone feels insecure about the same thing. Different threats seem more urgent to people in different parts of the world. Probably the largest number would give priority to economic and social threats, including poverty, environmental degradation and infectious disease. Others might stress inter-state conflict; yet others internal conflict, including civil war."
EECCA region waters are increasingly polluted, new assessment finds
25 November 2006
Pollution is an increasingly serious problem for rivers and lakes in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) region, according to a newly released preliminary assessment of the status of transboundary rivers and lakes in the region. More than 80 per cent of the rivers and 75 per cent of the lakes assessed are polluted, some heavily.
UNHCR chief condemns culture of neglect and denial about violence against women
24 November 2006
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres on Friday said there was a "massive" culture of neglect and denial about violence against women. "That culture of neglect and denial exists everywhere," Guterres told staff of the refugee agency during a ceremony to launch the annual 16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Violence Against Women.
ILO calls for strengthening labour inspection worldwide
17 November 2006 | ILO
The International Labour Office (ILO) proposed a new series of measures designed to reinvigorate, modernize and strengthen labour inspectorates worldwide, in a move to boost the implementation of labour laws on the working conditions that protect the rights of millions of workers worldwide.
Message of the UN Secretary-General K. Annan on the International Day for Tolerance, 16 November 2006
16 November 2006
"Recent years have witnessed a sharp rise in intolerance, extremism and violence across our world. This disturbing trend is fuelled, in part, by a growing tendency to articulate differences in terms of identity rather than in terms of opinions or interests."
The ILO formally recognizes the newly created International Trade Union Confederation
16 November 2006 | ILO
The Governing Body of the International Labour Office officially granted general consultative status to the newly-formed International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The ITUC was founded in Vienna on November 1st by trade unions affiliated to the now dissolved International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and World Confederation of Labour joined by a number of other national trade union organizations.
IKEA, Save the Children and UNICEF joint campaign: A smile is worth so much
15 November 2006
IKEA, UNICEF and Save the Children will join forces for children worldwide again this year, following a successful 2005 effort that raised over ?2 million euro for life-saving programs through its ?1 is a fortune. . . A childs smile is worth so much campaign.
WHO and partners accelerate fight against counterfeit medicines
15 November 2006 | WHO
The World Health Organization and more than 20 international partners launched last week a comprehensive package of measures to help national authorities safeguard their populations from the dangers of counterfeit medicines.
Address of the Secretary-General upon receiving the Alliance of Civilizations Report, Istanbul, 13 November 2006
13 November 2006
"It is vital that we overcome these resentments, and establish relations of trust between communities. We should start by reaffirming and demonstrating that the problem is not the Koran, nor the Torah or the Bible. Indeed, I have often said the problem is never the faith it is the faithful, and how they behave towards each other."
H5N1 bird flu virus is changing
10 November 2006
According to a report in last weeks Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the identification of a new H5N1 virus sublineage in poultry, this new virus sublineage, called Fujian virus, appears to have become the dominant strain of the H5N1 avian influenza circulating in parts of Asia. If the report is confirmed, this does not come as a surprise, FAO and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said
Dr Margaret Chan to be WHO's next Director-General
09 November 2006 | WHO
Dr Margaret Chan of China will be the next DirectorGeneral of the World Health Organization (WHO). After her appointment, she told the World Health Assembly she wanted to be judged by the impact WHO's work has on the people of Africa and on women across the globe.
World water and sanitation crisis urgently needs a Global Action Plan
09 November 2006 | UNDP
Each year, the authors report, 1.8 million children die from diarrhoea that could be prevented with access to clean water and a toilet; 443 million school days are lost to waterrelated illnesses; and almost 50 percent of all people in developing countries are suffering at any given time from a health problem caused by a lack of water and sanitation.
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FAO head calls on world leaders to honour pledges
07 November 2006
Ten years after the 1996 World Food Summit (WFS) in Rome, which promised to reduce the number of undernourished people by half by 2015, there were more hungry people in the developing countries today 820 million than there were in 1996, FAO Director-General Dr Diouf said.
Trick or treat for UNICEF, and help a deprived child
31 October 2006
Trick or Treat for UNICEF has turned out to be one of the most successful fundraising campaigns for the United Nations Childrens Fund over the years. More than $210 million has been raised by children in the United States and Canada over the past 56 years, largely set around Halloween.
Developing world to receive access to critical global environmental research
30 October 2006
UNEP, Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers launched a new collaborative initiative to make global scientific research in the environmental sciences available online to tens of thousands of environmental scientists, researchers, and policy makers in the developing world for free or at nominal cost.
New ILO study says youth unemployment rising
30 October 2006 | ILO
The number of unemployed youth aged 15 to 24 rose over the past decade, while hundreds of millions more are working but living in poverty, according to a new report by the International Labour Office (ILO).
Diagnostics for tuberculosis: an untapped market
25 October 2006 | WHO
Most people in the world who have tuberculosis (TB), or live in TB risk areas, do not have good access to rapid and accurate testing, states the report, the most comprehensive review of the TB diagnostics market to date. Improved tests could bolster international TB control efforts and respond to a significant market demand
Message of the UN Secretary-General K. Annan on United Nations Day, 24 October 2006
24 October 2006
"For the tenth and last time as Secretary-General, I offer friends and colleagues around the world my best wishes on United Nations Day. I have spent almost my whole professional life working for the United Nations so this day, and the values that it stands for, will always be special for me."
WHO Global Task Force outlines measures to combat XDR-TB worldwide
23 October 2006 | WHO
Health experts have confirmed that the emergence of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) poses a serious threat to public health, particularly when associated with HIV. At its first meeting, the World Health Organization Global Task Force on XDR-TB also outlined a series of measures that countries must put in place to effectively combat XDR-TB.
UNICEF Executive Director accepts Prince of Asturias Award for Concord
23 October 2006
The Prince of Asturias Foundation has organized the Prince of Asturias Awards since 1981. The awards name was taken from the noble title Prince of Asturias, which has passed down through history to the Heir to the Spanish throne. The awards are handed out in eight categories, each of which has its own jury. UNICEF and Spain have enjoyed a remarkable year of collaboration in 2006.
Economy, drivers take the load of delays, says new ILO report
20 October 2006 | ILO
Excessive border delays, inefficient or corrupt border officials and drivers vulnerability to sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS put the international road transport sector at risk, according to a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Message by Kemal Dervis, UNDP Administrator, on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17 October 2006
16 October 2006 | UNDP
The theme for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2006 - "Working Together Out of Poverty" - signals that eradicating poverty requires a collective commitment to address the diverse dimensions of poverty. The United Nations Development Programme, as the UNs global development network, is committed to this endeavour.
China hosts IAEA conference on Nuclear Fusion Energy
13 October 2006
The world's total energy needs in the latter part of the 21st century and beyond cannot be met without recourse to many energy sources, including nuclear energy. The ultimate goal is to harness the energy that powers the Sun and other stars fusion energy.
New Crisis Management Centre launched by FAO
12 October 2006
Dr Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization inaugurated a new FAO Crisis Management Centre (CMC) to fight Avian Influenza outbreaks and other major animal health or food health-related emergencies.
No consensus on chrysotile asbestos
11 October 2006
Unable to reach a consensus yet on adding chrysotile asbestos to a global trade watch list, the member Governments of the Rotterdam Convention have decided to postpone a final decision to their next meeting in 2008.
ILO Director-General calls for global response to 'jobless growth'
10 October 2006 | ILO
"Whats more, this jobless growth is only the tip of the iceberg. According to the report, the number of working poor living on less than 2US$ per day, per person is eight times higher than the number of persons who are openly unemployed."
WHO challenges world to improve air quality
05 October 2006 | WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) is today challenging governments around the world to improve air quality in their cities in order to protect people's health. The call comes as WHO unveils its new Air Quality Guidelines with dramatically lower standards for levels of pollutants. WHO believes that reducing levels of one particular type of pollutant (known as PM10) could reduce deaths in polluted cities by as much as 15% every year.
UNODC unveils new toolkit aimed at combating human trafficking
05 October 2006
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today launched a toolkit to help Governments, policy-makers, law enforcement agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) tackle human trafficking more effectively.
UN-HABITAT opens new office in Warsaw for central and eastern Europe
04 October 2006
As part of its expansion programmes so as to effectively address human settlements concerns globally, UN-HABITAT officially opened a new office in Warsaw to serve central and eastern Europe. Coinciding with World Habitat Day commemorated in cities around the world on 2 October, the opening of the office in Warsaw was presided over by Polands Minister of Construction, and attended by top government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, as well as representatives of the UN and universities.
Top UNHCR official flags protection problems at annual board meeting
04 October 2006
Despite continuing efforts to safeguard asylum worldwide, half of UNHCR's 116 country offices last year raised concerns over the actual or potential forced return of refugees or asylum seekers to situations where they could face danger, according to the agency's top protection official.
2 October World Habitat Day
02 October 2006
The United Nations has designated the first Monday in October every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of human settlements and the basic right to adequate shelter for all. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.
WHO Influenza Pandemic Task Force holds first meeting
26 September 2006 | WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) Influenza Pandemic Task Force (IPTF) met for the first time on 25 September at WHO Headquarters in Geneva. The Task Force is a temporary body which will advise WHO until the International Health Regulations 2005 (IHR) come into force on 15 June 2007.
UNECE ministers tackle pressing urban challenges at meeting in Geneva
25 September 2006
Urban areas throughout the UNECE region are under strain. In West European countries, economic changes and unemployment have led to urban segregation and the emergence of deprived neighbourhoods. Residents of such neighbourhoods have limited access to public and private services, and they often feel that their personal security and safety is threatened. Tightening public budgets have resulted in less investment in housing. In a number of countries, social tensions last year led to protest and unrest.
Tracking progress on child survival
25 September 2006
Political leaders and health experts gathered in New York last week to discuss how to prevent the deaths of millions of children before their fifth birthday. The symposium called for stronger health services in countries with high child mortality, better access to medical supplies and low-cost health measures to prevent child deaths, and increased government and donor support for child survival.
IAEA website helps to keep doctors, patients informed
25 September 2006
Around the world, millions of patients benefit from diagnosis and treatment involving X-rays and radioactive substances. To help promote patient safety, the IAEA has teamed with the World Health Organization and a dozen other partners through an International Action Plan to better inform physicians, patients and care givers about the importance of radiation protection in medical care.
Chairman's Report on Assurances of Nuclear Supply & Non-Proliferation
22 September 2006
The IAEA General Conference received a report that sums up discussions at the IAEA's Special Event on Assurances of Nuclear Supply and Non–Proliferation. The report outlines possible ways forward to guarantee countries' supplies of nuclear fuel, while minimizing proliferation risks. It addresses policy, legal, and technical issues that were raised during the course of discussions.
Peace and security remain at core of UN work on International Day of Peace
21 September 2006
The twenty-fifth observance of the International Day of Peace on Thursday 21 September comes at a moment when the United Nations is engaged on several fronts to bring peace and stability to regions in conflict. It is also the last Day of Peace at which UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will ring the Peace Bell at UN headquarters.
Annan says only global action through the UN will resolve worlds greatest challenges
20 September 2006
Countries will only overcome the three great challenges of development, security and human rights if they take action together, globally and coordinated through the United Nations, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a wide-ranging speech to world leaders gathered for the opening of the General Assemblys annual debate.
Message of the UN Secretary-General K. Annan on the International Day of Peace, New York, 21 September 2006
20 September 2006
"In fact, there are fewer wars today than in previous decades. But still far too many. Every casualty of conflict is a failure, which reminds us how much more there is to do. In that spirit, I call on people everywhere to observe one minute of silence today, in the name of peace. Let us remember the victims of war. And let each of us pledge to do more, wherever we can make a difference, to bring about lasting peace."
Largely preventable chronic diseases cause 86% of deaths in Europe
18 September 2006 | WHO
Aware of the rising costs and burden of chronic disease, countries across the WHO European Region are taking a comprehensive approach to curbing the epidemic. As many chronic diseases are closely linked to lifestyles, an estimated 80% of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, and 40% of cancer, could be avoided if common lifestyle risk factors were eliminated.
New technologies will boost productivity, but also impact employment in retail, says ILO report
18 September 2006 | ILO
The report was prepared for discussion at the Tripartite Meeting on the Social and Labour Implications of the Increased Use of Advanced Retail Technologies to be held in Geneva from 18 20 September. The meeting will examine the role of new retail technologies, particularly RFID (radio frequency identification) in shaping the employment landscape in commerce.
Prince of Asturias award given to UNICEF
13 September 2006
UNICEF expressed appreciation today to Spain's Prince of Asturias Foundation for giving the children's agency the prestigious 2006 Prince of Asturias Award for Concord. The citation of the award, announced Wednesday, noted that UNICEF's contribution to improving the health and living conditions of millions of children worldwide, focusing especially on the needs of the most impoverished areas of the world.
Fighting poverty, UN reform to top General Assembly agenda, says new president
12 September 2006
As the General Assembly opened its 61st session, the bodys new president promised to focus on alleviating extreme poverty and advancing the process of UN reform undertaken during the previous session. The new president of the UN General Assembly noted that several recommendations of the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document have yet to be fully realized, such as disarmament and non-proliferation, Security Council reform, mandate review and system-wide coherence.
General Assembly review of migration and development opens 14 September in New York
11 September 2006
120 governments, with nearly 90 at the ministerial level, are signed up for the first-ever plenary session of the UN General Assembly on migration issues. The meeting will focus on ways to maximize the development benefits of migration andto reduce difficulties.
ElBaradei calls for entry into force of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
08 September 2006
The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) is a key to global security, IAEA Chief Mohamed ElBaradei remarked at the opening of a two-day symposium marking the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Treaty. Praising the organization in setting up a comprehensive monitoring system for verification, he said that the Treaty is "our best hope of stemming nuclear proliferation".
GPS the latest tool in fight against avian influenza
07 September 2006
Wearing light solar-powered global positioning system (GPS) satellite transmitters, wild swans from Mongolia are winging their way across Eurasia, while land-bound scientists tracking the birds journeys on computers say that these unique studies will shed light on how wild birds may be involved in the spread of avian influenza.
Leaders of the global ICT community to gather at ITU TELECOM WORLD 2006
04 September 2006
ITU TELECOM WORLD 2006, the leading global ICT event, will be held in Hong Kong, China from 4–8 December. This is the first time this key networking event is being held away from its traditional home in Geneva.
Developing countries need sufficient flexibility in policy making, UNCTAD report says
01 September 2006
UNCTAD's Trade and Development Report 2006 says multilateral disciplines are too narrow in international monetary and financial relations, but too broad in international trade International trade rules and conditionalities attached to aid and loans provided to developing countries should not reach the point of restricting the Governments of those countries from doing what is best for their economies, a new UNCTAD report says.
UN Working Group reiterates solidarity with disappeared persons
31 August 2006
On the occasion of the International Day of the Disappeared (30 August), the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances reiterates its solidarity with all those who suffer from enforced disappearance and pays tribute to the efforts of human rights defenders working for disappeared persons and their relatives.
Scientists with landmark study tracking 50 years of water management practices call for radical action to ease water scarcity
28 August 2006
In releasing key results from a landmark assessment of 50 years of water management practices at the 2006 World Water Week in Stockholm , scientists suggest that there is sufficient land, water, and human capacity to end hunger and protect the environment over the next 50 years if "radical" action is taken today.
UNEP launched the 16th International Children's Painting Competition
28 August 2006
The International Childrens Painting Competition on the Environment is organized annually by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment, Bayer and Nikon Corporation. It has been held since 1991 and has received over 170,000 entries from children in over 100 countries.
IAEA releases latest Illicit Trafficking Database statistics
22 August 2006
There were 103 confirmed incidents of illicit trafficking and other unauthorized activities involving nuclear and radioactive materials in 2005, newly released statistics from the Agency's Illicit Trafficking Database (ITDB) show. The ITDB covers a broad range of cases from illegal possession, attempted sale and smuggling, to unauthorized disposal of materials and discoveries of lost radiological sources.
World Federation of United National Associations global online essay competition in honor of Dr Hans Blix
21 August 2006
The aim of the World Federation is to be a peoples movement for the UN. In line with this aim, the objective of the online global essay competition is to encourage students all over the world to speak up on issues of peace and disarmament, and for the full diversity of their hopes and fears, ideas and solutions, to be heard.
New report projects later recovery of ozone layer
18 August 2006
The Executive Summary of a new scientific assessment, released today by the WMO and the UNEP and based on a full report prepared by over 250 international scientists, concludes among its findings that the stratospheric ozone layer that protects life on earth from excessive solar radiation will recover five to 15 years later than previously expected.
Sixty states have already ratified the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage*
17 August 2006
At the request of the Algerian Government, it has been decided to postpone the session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage to avoid any conflict with the end of Ramadan. The Committee will therefore meet on 18 and 19 November 2006, and consequently, it has also been decided to convene an extraordinary session of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention on 9 November.
Statement of the UN Secretary-General K. Annan to the Security Council on the adoption of a resolution on Lebanon, New York, 11 August 2006
11 August 2006
"It is absolutely vital that the fighting now stop. Provided it does, I believe this resolution will make it possible to conclude a sustainable and lasting ceasefire agreement in the days ahead. And I hope that this could be the beginning of a process to solve the underlying political problems in the region through peaceful means."
EAA and UNESCO to co-operate for the benefit of young people in Europe
11 August 2006
UNESCO and the European Athletic Association (EAA) concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on the eve of the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg. This Memorandum will provide a framework for joint projects to serve society and strengthen European Athletics.
Dutch diplomat appointed head of UN climate change convention
10 August 2006
Yvo de Boer will become the new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is responsible for gathering and sharing information on greenhouse gas emissions, national policies and best practices, and launching national strategies for addressing the issue, among other measures.
UNICEF helps children cope with the hidden effects of Lebanons ongoing conflict
09 August 2006
Children in Beirut have been deeply affected by the terrifying events they and their families have experienced. The signs of this widespread but often concealed -- anxiety vary from case to case: some children cling to their parents; others react fearfully to the sound of aircraft overhead; disturbed sleep patterns and instances of bed-wetting are being reported.
Some of the biggest victims of domestic violence are the smallest
07 August 2006
New global report reveals impact of domestic violence on children. A global study published by UNICEF and The Body Shop International reveals the devastating and lasting impact on children of living with domestic violence.
Breastfeeding: A simple way to save young lives
03 August 2006
In a developing country, a child who is breastfed is almost three times more likely to survive infancy than a child who is not breastfed, UNICEF said at the start of World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August).
WHO appeals for US$ 32.4 million as part of UN appeal
31 July 2006 | WHO
WHO is appealing for funds for the health of the people of Lebanon, who require urgent and secure access to health care. To date, the current conflict has resulted in more than1200 injured and 346 killed. Several hundred thousand people have fled their homes, including to neighbouring Syria.
UNICEF appeals for $23.8 million as part of flash appeal for Middle East crisis
28 July 2006
UNICEF launched an appeal for $ 23.8 million to support children caught in the crisis in Lebanon and Syria. The appeal is part of the overall UN flash appeal for nearly $150 million. Many of those who have been uprooted in the violence are children, said Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director.
UNHCR distributes relief aid to needy displaced Lebanese in Syria
26 July 2006
In Syria, the UN refugee agency is distributing relief supplies to communal shelters providing emergency housing for Lebanese fleeing the conflict in their homeland, while monitoring the continued outflow of people along the Lebanon-Syria border.
At mid-year, UN still needs $3.1 billion for humanitarian action
24 July 2006
Six months after the launch of the Humanitarian Appeal 2006, the United Nations and its partners still require $3.1 billion to address the urgent needs of 30 million people struck by crisis in 31 countries worldwide.
Sharp decline forecast for world cereal stocks
21 July 2006
World cereal stocks are expected to decline sharply in 2006, due to a slight decrease in global cereal output and significant growth in utilization, according to the latest forecast of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. While down about 1 percent from 2005 levels, world cereal output for 2006, forecast at 2 020 million tonnes, would still be the third highest on record and above the five-year average, the report said.
G8 commitments to infectious disease can improve global health security
18 July 2006 | WHO
At the G8 meeting the Group of Eight vowed to improve the ways in which the world cooperates on surveillance for infectious diseases, including improving transparency by all countries in sharing information. The G8 also committed to continued support to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and to eradication of polio.
UNEP Supported Polar Expedition Departs on Unique Voyage of Science and Exploration
17 July 2006
The Polar Regions are some of the most hauntingly beautiful places on Earth. They are also natures early warning systems where issues like human-induced climate change, the thinning of the ozone layer and the impacts of persistent chemical pollution continue to be registered first.
World Heritage Committee adopts strategy on heritage and climate change
17 July 2006
The World Heritage Committee last week adopted the recommendations on ways to respond to the threat of climate change to many World Heritage sites such as Mount Everest (Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal), Australias Great Barrier Reef and Venice (Italy).
Codex Alimentarius Commission adopts new standards to protect consumers and ease trade
14 July 2006
The Codex Alimentarius Commission dopted new standards on the maximum allowable levels of a number of key contaminants and food additives in order to protect the health of consumers. The standards set the maximum allowable amounts of contaminants such as lead and cadmium in certain foods. Additionally, newly adopted codes of practice will give guidance to governments on how to prevent and reduce dioxins and aflatoxins in food.
Keeping the G8s Promises to the Poor
13 July 2006 | UNDP
Kemal Dervis: "Gleneagles concluded with ambitious promisespromises which must be kept in St. Petersburg. If these summits are to have meaning, each one must lead to concrete steps towards lasting improvement in the daily lives of the worlds poor and bring us closer to effective multilateralism."
Junior 8 Youth Forum prepares to meet during G8 summit in St. Petersburg
07 July 2006
In the run-up to the G8 meeting, as government leaders fine-tune their agendas and prepare for the annual international forum, adolescents from the G8 countries are getting ready for a forum of their own. For the first time in 30 years, the annual summit hosted this year by the Russian Government in St. Petersburg from 15 to 17 July will include in its official agenda an exchange between children and G8 leaders.
Ensuring safer food for everyone Codex Alimentarius Commission meets in Geneva
03 July 2006 | WHO
The Codex Alimentarius Commission, the international food standards body of the United Nations, is conducting a meeting in Geneva from 3-7 July 2006 to consider the adoption of a number of important proposals to improve protection of consumers from disease-causing organisms and substances by reducing their contamination of foods.
UN drugs chief sounds warning about Afghan opium production, cocaine consumption in Europe
26 June 2006
UNODC's 2006 World Drug Report showed global opium production fell five percent in 2005 while cocaine production was broadly stable. Seizures of both drugs, especially cocaine, reached record highs. Consumption of cannabis, the most widely used illicit drug, continued to increase while the market for amphetamine-type stimulants stabilised. Africa is growing in importance for trans-shipments of cocaine and heroin to Europe.
The Secretary-General Message On The International Day In Support Of Victims Of Torture
23 June 2006
The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture draws attention to the suffering of torture victims, their families, and their communities, and provides an opportunity to reaffirm our collective condemnation of torture, and of all cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.
Greening our cities: municipal authorities and communities committed to urban forestry development
22 June 2006
Urban areas, home to more than half the worlds poor, are projected to account for nearly all population growth over the next 25 years, with 9 out of every 10 births occurring in cities. According to FAO, urban forestry initiatives can help offset the environmental, economic and health risks posed by rapid urbanization and poverty.
IAEA.org Wins 2006 Web4Dev Awards
21 June 2006
The Agency's public website, IAEA.org, was selected as one of three winners of the 2006 Web4Dev Awards at a video conference ceremony held 21 June 2006 which linked participants from Bonn, Geneva, London, New York, Vienna, and Washington D.C. The event was also broadcast simultaneously over the internet.
The Secretary-general message on World Refugee Day
20 June 2006
For the thousands of people forced to flee their homes each year, escaping with their lives and a few belongings is often just the start of a long struggle. Once they have found safety from persecution or war, they still face enormous challenges just trying to obtain things most of us take for granted schooling, a job, decent housing or health care.
Human Rights Council begins to take shape as first session convenes in Geneva
19 June 2006
The first meeting of the newly established Human Rights Council opens in Geneva today, 19 June, marking a new beginning for United Nations efforts to promote and protect fundamental freedoms worldwide. This inaugural session, set to last until 30 June, will bring together high-level representatives from over 100 countries.
Businesses convene in Vienna to promote corporate social responsibility in Eastern Europe & the Commonwealth of Independent States
19 June 2006 | UNDP
On Monday, 19 June over 200 representatives from the private sector and the international development community will convene at the Vienna International Centre to align social objectives with investment opportunities in Southeast Europe, the new EU member states and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
ILO 95th annual conference concludes
16 June 2006 | ILO
The 95th Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) concluded its work here today following extensive debates centred on the profoundly changing patterns in the world of work and promoting decent work in the 21st Century.
ILO adops new measures on occupational safety and health
15 June 2006 | ILO
The 95th annual Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has adopted a series of standards and measures addressing health and safety of workers and flexibile working arrangements. Delegates to the annual meeting overwhelmingly adopted a new Promotional Framework Convention or Occupational Safety and Health and accompanying Recommendation.
Wetland ecosystems conservation is essential. Closer cooperation GTOS-Ramsar Convention
15 June 2006
Conservation of wetland ecosystems is essential not only for sustainable fresh water supply but also for preserving biodiversity and ensuring other services necessary to the health and well-being of people around the world, FAO Assistant Director-General Alexander Mueller said at the signing ceremony.
New forms of violence at work on the rise worldwide, says the ILO
14 June 2006 | ILO
Violence at work, ranging from bullying and mobbing, to threats by psychologically unstable co-workers, sexual harassment and homicide, is increasing worldwide and has reached epidemic levels in some countries, according to a new ILO publication.
The UN's Moment of Truth
13 June 2006
The UN SecretaryGeneral Kofi Annan's Oped "The UN's Moment of Truth" devoted to the reforming of the United Nations.
UN declaration on HIV/AIDS will tackle the stigma that fuels the virus, says UNDP
12 June 2006 | UNDP
The UN declaration adopted by UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on AIDS in New York is a political blueprint that will strengthen the response to HIV/AIDS and tackle the stigma and discrimination that fuel the spread of the virus, according to UNDP Associate Administrator Ad Melkert.
South african elected new chairman of ILO governing body
12 June 2006 | ILO
The Governing Body of the International Labour Office (ILO) elected Mr. Membathisi Mphumzi Shepherd Mdladlana, Minister of Labour of the Republic of South Africa, as Chairman for its 200607 Session. The 296th Session of the Governing Body also considered a range of other business, including a report of the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association.
UNHCR global refugee tally at 26-year low, but more internally displaced
09 June 2006
While the number of refugees worldwide has reached a 26-year low, UNHCR's annual global count of uprooted people rose last year to nearly 21 million, according to a report released on Friday. The "2005 Global Refugee Trends" survey attributed the rise to the refugee agency's expanding role in caring for the world's internally displaced people (IDPs).
Dr. Diouf calls for economic growth in rural areas of Balkans and CIS Opening of 25th FAO Regional Conference for Europe in Riga
08 June 2006
"The European Union can play a fundamental role in improving the welfare of the countries of the Balkans and the Community of Independent States (CIS), especially of their rural populations, by facilitating the integration of trade. This is particularly important for agriculture", said FAO Director-General Dr. Jacques Diouf.
World Day against Child Labour 2006: ILO to wave red card against child labour
07 June 2006 | ILO
With World Cup fever in full swing, the International Labour Organization (ILO) will symbolically wave a Red Card against child work as part of a series of global events beginning this week to mark the World Day Against Child Labour.
Statement of the UNDP Administrator on the occasion of the World Environment Day, 5 June 2006
05 June 2006 | UNDP
"Today, on World Environment Day, we focus on the obstacles facing us in this International Year of Deserts and Desertification, and on what we must to do overcome them. Reaching the Millennium Development Goals will be especially challenging in these fragile ecosystems. Dryland populations face continued land degradation. They are both geographically and politically marginalised. They lack modern energy services. They are largely unprepared for climate change."
World needs 430 million new jobs by 2015, and more job-rich growth
05 June 2006 | ILO
More than 400 million new jobs will be required over the next decade to keep pace with growth of the labour force, mostly in the developing countries, through policies replacing jobless growth with job-rich growth, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization Juan Somavia told the ILOs annual labour conference
New ILO analysis sees growing uncertainty, accelerated change
02 June 2006 | ILO
In a new analysis designed to stimulate debate on emerging trends and challenges in the world of work, the International Labour Office (ILO) says todays labour market is marked by a widening gap between unprecedented opportunity for some and growing uncertainty for many.
95th International Labour Conference opens tomorrow
31 May 2006 | ILO
Some 3,000 government, worker and employer leaders from the world of work are to meet here from 31 May to 16 June for the annual Conference of the ILO to discuss issues ranging from changing patterns in the world of work to child labour, occupational safety and health, the employment relationship, labour inspection, and the labour situation in Myanmar and other countries.
Facing a health crisis
29 May 2006
A new World Bank report is warning many countries are facing a serious health financing crisis, with an enormous gap between meeting peoples health needs and current health spending. The report, Health Financing Revisited A Practitioners Guide, says issues such as the potential impact of avian flu and the HIV/AIDS epidemic make global health policy both a national security issue and a foreign policy issue.
Eastern Europe still facing challenges in forest management
29 May 2006
While the rest of Europe is steadily progressing towards sustainable forest management, Eastern European countries are facing many challenges, following the restitution of forests from the State to their previous owners, FAO said at the European forestry commission meeting (23-26 May) in Zvolen, Slovakia.
Little Green Data Book 2006: focus on energy and climate change
24 May 2006
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions continue to rise with a mix of old and new polluters, according to the Little Green Data Book 2006, launched today on the occasion of the Fourteenth Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-14).
Acclaimed filmmakers Jane Campion and Gaspar Noe focus on the environment and AIDS in UNDP-supported shorts
23 May 2006 | UNDP
Renowned directors Jane Campion and Gaspar Noe have trained their lenses on a new cast of stars: The United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
The World Health Organization announces new standards for registration of all human medical research
22 May 2006 | WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging research institutions and companies to register all medical studies that test treatments on human beings, including the earliest studies, whether they involve patients or healthy volunteers.
UNDP/IFES report says effective budgeting is essential to avoid political expense
19 May 2006 | UNDP
The first comprehensive analysis of the cost of elections, launched in New York, illustrates how to make the voting process more affordable, transparent and legitimate. It provides a step-by-step guide to election processes around the world.
Norway to host World Environment Day 2007
19 May 2006
Nordic country in the frontline of climate change has been chosen by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to host the main celebrations of World Environment Day 2007.
Secretary-General calls for global security in cyberspace
17 May 2006
From on-line banking to the benefits of telemedicine, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the world community to enhance global security in cyberspace so as to realize the full potential of information and communication technologies (ICT) and accelerate the pace of development.
Message of the UN Secretary-General on the International Day of Families, 15 May 2006
15 May 2006
"The theme for this years International Day of Families, Changing Families: Challenges and Opportunities, highlights the profound transformations which this basic unit of society has been undergoing in recent years. The average family size has decreased all over the world; young people are getting married at a later age; the average age of mothers at first birth has increased; infant mortality rates have declined; and couples are having fewer children."
General Assembly elects first members to new Human Rights Council
10 May 2006
The United Nations General Assembly elected 47 members of the recently established UN Human Rights Council a move immediately welcomed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan as an opportunity for a fresh start as the new body replaces the much criticized and now defunct Human Rights Commission.
Annan calls for new approaches to energy efficiency
10 May 2006
We need a revolution in energy efficiency. Conventional power stations waste 65 per cent of the energy they generate. We must capture and use that excess heat, and make greater use of hybrid vehicles and other energy-efficient technologies.
UN bird flu coordinator stresses need for countries to plan for pandemic
04 May 2006 | WHO
The top United Nations coordinator for bird flu today stressed the importance of national plans for tackling a possible human pandemic of the disease, acknowledging that while the task is difficult and complex, the effects of a human-to-human outbreak would be so dramatic it would be wrong not to make coordinated preparations.
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annans message on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2006
03 May 2006
"On World Press Freedom Day, I again declare my firm support for the universal right to freedom of expression. Many members of the press have been killed, maimed, detained or targeted in other ways for pursuing that right in good conscience. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 47 were killed in 2005, and 11 have lost their lives so far this year."
Message from Mr Koichiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2006
03 May 2006
On World Press Freedom Day, we remind the world of the importance of protecting the fundamental human rights of freedom of expression and freedom of the press, enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Freedom of expression and press freedom are central to building strong democracies, promoting civic participation and the rule of law, and encouraging human development and security.
UN Security Council considers action on Irans nuclear programme
03 May 2006
A draft resolution to rein in Irans nuclear programme was submitted to the United Nations Security Council as the 15-Member body began to consider its response to the latest report of the IAEA, which says Tehran has defied the Councils call to suspend uranium enrichment and ensure its nuclear activity was strictly for peaceful purposes as the Government claims.
FAO sees major shift to bioenergy
02 May 2006
Under the pressure of soaring oil prices and growing environmental constraints, momentum is gathering for a major international switch from fossil fuels to renewable bioenergy, according to FAO. The gradual move away from oil has begun. Over the next 15 to 20 years we may see biofuels providing a full 25 percent of the worlds energy needs, Alexander Mueller said.
New EU Member States aim to attract highly educated migrants
28 April 2006
International migration and development is the focus of the recently released World Population Monitoring Report of the United Nations Secretary-General. The Report addresses the demographic, social and economic aspects of international migration in relation to development and analyzes recent international migration trends. The Report focuses on this topic in preparation for the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, to be held in New York on 14 and 15 September 2006.
'20 years after Chernobyl: from tradegy to recovery' photo exhibition opened at UN Headquarters
28 April 2006
A photographic exhibition entitled 20 Years after Chernobyl: From Tragedy to Recovery opened in the South Gallery of the General Assembly Visitors Lobby on 28 April, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.
World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2006. New focus on HIV/AIDS pandemic
28 April 2006 | ILO
On Friday 28 April, government, worker and employer representatives will observe World Day for Safety and Health with over 100 events worldwide from the Central Asia to the Caribbean, from Armenia to Addis Ababa. The special theme of this years observance calls attention to HIV/AIDS as an occupational safety and health issue.
Statement by Kemal Dervis, UNDP Administrator, at the Special Commemorative Session of the UN General Assembly devoted to Chernobyl, 28 April 2006
28 April 2006 | UNDP
"As the United Nations Coordinator of International Cooperation on Chernobyl, I am pleased that the United Nations has been able to play a prominent role in the many commemorative events that have been held to mark this solemn 20th anniversary. It is an occasion both to remember the enormous human cost of the Chernobyl disaster and take stock of the many problems that linger two decades later."
UNODC launches manual of best practices to counter kidnapping
26 April 2006
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime launched last week a "Counter-Kidnapping Manual" to help Member States in dealing with kidnapping. With the financial support of the Government of Colombia and the contribution of experts from 16 countries, UNODC developed the Manual to give police officers and policy-makers concrete guidelines on how to respond to kidnappings effectively.
Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the 20th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster
26 April 2006 | UNDP
As we look back over the past two decades, we need to remember the selfless heroism of the emergency workers who responded to the accident; the suffering of the more than 330,000 people who were resettled from contaminated regions; the risks and fears experienced by millions of people living in surrounding areas; and the painstaking and costly measures undertaken over many years to limit the populations exposure to radiation and to mitigate the accidents impact on health and the natural environment.
Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage enters into force
24 April 2006
The Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage, adopted in October 2003 by UNESCOs General Conference, enters into force today, three months after the 30th instrument of ratification was deposited. A total of 47 Member States have ratified the Convention to date: 16 in Europe (including Belarus), nine in Asia, nine in Africa, seven in Latin America and six of the Arab States.
Chernobyl recovery is possible, says UN Assistant Secretary-General Kalman Mizsei
24 April 2006 | UNDP
United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Director Kalman Mizsei today called on the world to remember the suffering caused by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident. He also expressed confidence in the potential for the regions social and economic recovery.
Speech by Mr. Kalman Mizsei UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Assistant Administrator
24 April 2006 | UNDP
"The human impact of the Chornobyl accident has been far more disturbing than the fate of the damaged reactor. Yet the residents of the region have yet to see a comparable outpouring of international financial generosity to assist in their own recovery."
UNHCR says number of refugees at 25-year low but new challenges loom
21 April 2006
The number of refugees in the world has fallen to the lowest level in 25 years but new challenges have left the international system for dealing with human displacement at a pivotal point, according to a report on Wednesday by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees."The State of the World's Refugees: Human Displacement in the New Millennium," was launched in London by High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres and U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Hilary Benn.
Hold the caviar: UN-backed body bans export of most endangered sturgeon
20 April 2006
Only Iran will be allowed to export caviar from wild Caspian Sea sturgeon this year after the five nations sharing the basin failed to provide information needed to ensure the fishs survival to the United Nations-backed body that oversees a global treaty governing trade in endangered species.
A new bill of rights for the maritime sector: a model for fair globalization
19 April 2006 | ILO
"When the International Labour Organization adopted a bill of rights for the worlds maritime workers this February, all concerned governments, seafarers and shipowners hailed this new labour standard as a landmark development for the worlds most globalized sector."
Special Rapporteur on toxic wastes urges measures to counter harmful effects of chemicals contained in household and foods
17 April 2006
The Special Rapporteur on adverse effects of the illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights, Okechukwu Ibeanu, issued the following statement today on the occasion of World Health Day.
Ozone-friendly agricultural products - goal of new global initiative
14 April 2006
More than 5000 farms and organizations joined forces with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to accelerate the phase-out of an agricultural pesticide that damages the ozone layer, the Earths protective shield.
Chernobyls myths and misconceptions by Kalman Mizsei and Louisa Vinton
14 April 2006 | UNDP
The twentieth anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident of April 26, 1986 is prompting a new wave of alarmist claims about its impact on human health and the environment. As has become a ritual on such commemorative occasions, the death toll is tallied in the hundreds of thousands, and fresh reports are made of elevated rates of cancer, birth defects, and overall mortality.
World Health Organization report explains the health impacts of the world's worst-ever civil nuclear accident
13 April 2006 | WHO
As the world marks the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, the United Nations is renewing efforts to revitalise the social and economic life of the regions of Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine, the countries most affected by fall-out from the reactor explosion.
UN seeking accelerated action on job opportunities for growing numbers of unemployed
07 April 2006 | ILO
Concerned that impressive economic growth rates around the world are not stemming the problem of rising unemployment and underemployment, the United Nations is preparing for high-level talks this July in Geneva to find solutions to what has become a job crisis.
Forests critical for energy supply this winter?
06 April 2006
Winter 2005/2006 has been harsh in most of Europe: the Central European States and Countries in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) have suffered more than most, some have seen threats to supplies of conventional energy like gas and petrol. What could local people especially in remote and rural areas do to heat their houses and flats? Wood from the local sources has provided the answer for many people in rural parts of Europe.
United Nations Experts Meeting in Vienna encourages more accurate use of place names
05 April 2006
The 23rd session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) ended in Vienna, Austria today after six working days during which 250 delegates from 22 linguistic groups or geographical divisions around the world met at the Vienna International Centre to discuss ways to increase consistency and accuracy in the use of place names.
Worlds first environmental broadband TV channel green.tv launched
03 April 2006
Green.tv, the worlds first broadband TV channel dedicated to environmental issues, launched last week. green.tv has been developed with support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). "green.tv is a truly innovative project which will no doubt influence the field of environmental film-making and research.
Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is still a source of hazard in the center of Europe
03 April 2006
The appeal of the Heads of CIS member-states to the international community in the context of the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident was disseminated in the UN Headquarters as one of the documents of the 60th Session of the UN General Assembly. It reminds about tragic consequences of the catastrophe and stresses that the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is still a source of hazard in the center of Europe.
Global access to HIV therapy tripled in past two years, but significant challenges remain
29 March 2006 | WHO
A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) shows that the number of people on HIV antiretroviral treatment (ART) in low- and middle-income countries more than tripled to 1.3 million in December 2005 from 400 000 in December 2003.
Improved formula for oral rehydration salts to save childrens lives
27 March 2006 | WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF today announced a new formula for the manufacture of Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS). The new formula will better combat acute diarrhoeal disease and advance the Millennium Development Goal of reducing child mortality by two-thirds before 2015.
European Forum to discuss environment, market opportunities for the South
27 March 2006 | UNDP
On March 30th and 31st 2006 over 600 Senior Business Officials and CEOs, together with representatives from civil society and governments will gather in Paris to discuss the issues of sustainable development and responsible management. It will be the fifth edition of the European Forum for Sustainable Development and Corporate Responsibility organized by the French major daily economic newspaper Les Echos in close collaboration with UNDP.
Strategy to save earth's life support systems unveiled by UN Body
24 March 2006
End to Overfishing up to More Efficient Agriculture Key to 2010 Biodiversity Target A 2010 target aimed at saving the globe's biodiversity from continued decline is doable but will require greater effort world-wide. That conclusion comes from a report, Global Biodiversity Outlook 2, launched on the 20 of March 2006 in the Brazilian city of Curitiba at the eighth biannual meeting of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Largest Biodiversity Meeting in decades meets in Brazil to adopt roadmap to achieve 2010 biodiversity target and save life on earth
21 March 2006
The ecological capital city of Brazil -- Curitiba -- will be host to the largest biodiversity gathering since the World Summit of September last year when 154 Heads of State recommitted themselves to reduce the rate of loss of biodiversity by 2010. More than 3,000 delegates and 100 Ministers in charge of biodiversity will assemble in Curitiba, Brazil from 20 to 31 March 2006 for the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
WHO launches new stop TB strategy to fight the global tuberculosis epidemic
21 March 2006 | WHO
A new strategy to fight one of the worlds leading killers tuberculosis (TB) was launched last week by the World Health Organization (WHO). The new Stop TB Strategy addresses the current challenges facing countries in responding to TB how to continue scaling-up TB control activities while also addressing the spread of TB and HIV coinfection and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).
United Nations Scientific Body still tracks radiation 50 years on
20 March 2006
Just over 50 years ago, in the heat of the global arms race, concerned scientists advised their Governments about the dangers of radioactive fallout from testing nuclear weapons. From those talks, a group was born that today stands as the worlds authoritative voice on radiation levels and effects the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR).
Water: a crisis of governance, says second UN World Water Development Report
12 March 2006 | WHO
Although unevenly distributed, the world has plenty of freshwater. However, mismanagement, limited resources and environmental changes mean that almost one–fifth of the planets population still lacks access to safe drinking water and 40 per cent lack access to basic sanitation says the United Nations World Water Development Report 2.
Global measles deaths plunge by 48% over past six years
10 March 2006 | WHO
An ambitious global immunization drive has cut measles deaths by nearly half between 1999 and 2004, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund announced. Global deaths due to measles fell by 48%, from 871 000 in 1999 to an estimated 454 000 in 2004, thanks to major national immunization activities and better access to routine childhood immunization, the agencies said.
Message of the UN Secretary-General K.Annan on the occasion of the International Womens Day
08 March 2006
"At the 2005 World Summit, world leaders declared that progress for women is progress for all. On this International Womens Day, let us rededicate ourselves to demonstrating the truth behind those words. Let us ensure that half the worlds population takes up its rightful place in the worlds decision-making."
Women and decision making: meeting challenges, creating change (PDF/124Kb)
08 March 2006
As women around the world celebrate International Women's Day this year, the theme of women's equal participation in decision-making provides an opportunity to access how women's voices are being heard in boardrooms, parliaments and courtrooms.
Women still struggle to break through glass ceiling in government, business, academia (PDF/86Kb)
08 March 2006
International Women's Day marked with focus on women's participation in decision-making
Statement by Kemal Dervis, UNDP Administrator, on the occasion of the International Womens Day, 8 March 2006
08 March 2006 | UNDP
"Newly-elected women leaders give hope to women worldwide that from the highest political level to the most personal, equality between women and men is a goal that can be achieved. On this International Womens Day, UNDP reaffirms its commitment to ensure that we help to provide women with the capacity to make this goal a reality."
Applications invited for United Nations Journalism Fellowships
06 March 2006
The Dag Hammarskjold Memorial Scholarship Fund announced that it is accepting applications for its 2006 Dag Hammarskjold Fellowships, which will be awarded to four journalists from developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. The application deadline is Monday, April 17.
Secretary-General appoints Mark Malloch Brown as Deputy Secretary-General
03 March 2006 | UNDP
Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced the appointment of Mark Malloch Brown, his current Chef de Cabinet, as Deputy Secretary-General. Mr. Malloch Brown will assume his new functions upon the departure of the Deputy Secretary-General, Louise Frechette.
First ever scientific assessment of the impact of avian flu on wildlife and biodiversity launched
02 March 2006
The first ever scientific assessment of the impact of avian flu on wildlife and biodiversity will be carried out by international experts from around the world in conjunction with the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, to be held in Curitiba, Brazil, from 20 to 31 March 2006.
New UN Council a unique opportunity to boost human rights protection
27 February 2006
"In the coming days the international community will have the chance to start putting in place a reinvigorated system for the protection of human rights around the world. This unique opportunity comes in the form of a blueprint for a new global rights watchdog now awaiting approval by the UN General Assembly. The initiative deserves our support."
International Essay Competition 2006
27 February 2006
Young people are not only the future, they are the now. More than one fifth of the worlds population is between the ages of 12 and 24, with 1.3 billion young people living in developing countries.
Avian influenza spread of the virus to new countries
24 February 2006
The occurrence of the disease in India, reported last week, is part of a recent pattern of rapid geographical spread of the virus in wild and domestic birds. India is one of 13 countries that have reported their first cases of H5N1 infection in birds since the beginning of February.
ILO adopts sweeping new Charter for maritime sector
23 February 2006 | ILO
The International Labour Organization today overwhelmingly adopted a comprehensive new labour standard for the worlds maritime sector, in what ILO Director-General Juan Somavia called a landmark development in the world of work.
Focus on Deserts & Desertification in Algiers 2006 World Environment Day
20 February 2006
For the first time the official celebrations of World Environment Day (WED) will be held in North Africa. At a press conference in Algiers, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today that the city would host the official celebrations. This year's theme is Deserts and Desertification
Rising energy prices had triggered a more popular and positive view of nuclear power
17 February 2006
Rising energy prices had triggered a more popular and positive view of nuclear power . As consumers are hit by escalating oil and gas costs they are taking a renewed look at nuclear energy, Mr. Peterson, Vice-President of Communications at the Nuclear Energy Institute, told the annual Conference on Public Information Materials Exchange (PIME) in Vienna, 12-16 February 2006.
UNECE reforms will be discussed at the sixty-first annual session of the Commission
16 February 2006
At their annual session, on Tuesday 21 February 2006, the 55 member States* of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will decide on ways and means to implement the reform which they adopted last December.
Energy Efficiency: The Antidote to the Energy Crisis
10 February 2006
Rapid and global improvements in the energy efficiency of buildings, factories and cars are needed to overcome the worlds over-dependency on fossil fuels, environment ministers said at the end of an international gathering, held on February 9.
UNICEF welcomes new Special Representative for children and armed conflict
09 February 2006
UNICEF congratulated Radhika Coomaraswamy on her appointment as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict. Ms. Coomaraswamy succeeds Olara Otunnu, who completed his term in July 2005. Mr. Otunnu was the first person to serve as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.
WHO, UNESCAP launch Chronic Diseases Report
07 February 2006 | WHO
World Health Organization (WHO) projections show that globally 388 million lives will be lost in the next 10 years to chronic diseases and close to 270 million of these deaths will be in the UNESCAP region. The WHO's global report Preventing chronic diseases: a vital investment, will be jointly presented on 14 February 2006.
Carbon emissions reduced by United Nations project
06 February 2006
Eastern European countries have taken a small but very significant step in reducing greenhouse gas emissions according to the final report of their United Nations project issued today. The energy efficiency investments participating countries have shown how energy savings in their cities, power stations and factories can help achieve the global aims of the Kyoto Protocol under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
World Cancer Day: Global action to avert 8 million cancer-related deaths by 2015
03 February 2006 | WHO
Cancer is a leading cause of death globally: an estimated 7.6 million people died of cancer in 2005 and 84 million people will die in the next 10 years if action is not taken. The World Health Organization (WHO) has proposed a global goal of reducing chronic disease death rates by 2% per annum from 2006 to 2015.
Trade in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union is boosting prosperity, but 'behind-the-border' reforms need to be accelerated
31 January 2006
Most countries in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union are benefiting from their reintegration into the world trading system, but to take full advantage of greater liberalization, they must push ahead more strongly on domestic reforms, according to a new World Bank study released.
'Landmark' book offers tools to manage global risks
30 January 2006 | UNDP
Innovative financial mechanisms that could dramatically reduce the cost of managing global risks can now be implemented by governments across the world, according to a ground-breaking book launched at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos last week by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
UNICEF seeks $805 million for humanitarian emergencies
27 January 2006
UNICEF appealed to donors today to provide $805 million to assist children and women in 29 humanitarian emergencies. Emergencies undermine basic services and protections for children, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said.
Actress Nicole Kidman Joins UNIFEM as New Goodwill Ambassador
26 January 2006
The United Nations Development Fund for Women today appointed Nicole Kidman, Academy Award winning actress, as its Goodwill Ambassador to help the organization champion women's rights and improve women's lives. The announcement, made by UNIFEM Executive Director, Noeleen Heyzer, at a press conference at United Nations Headquarters in New York, was timed to kick off UNIFEM's 30th anniversary year.
ILO Annual Jobs Report says global unemployment continues to grow
25 January 2006 | ILO
The number of people unemployed worldwide climbed to new heights in 2005, as robust economic growth failed to offset an increase in people seeking work especially among the vast and growing legion of jobless youth, the International Labour Office (ILO) said in its annual Global Employment Trends.
Promoting biodiversity as a powerful instrument to achieve lasting peace and shared prosperity for all nations of the world
23 January 2006
Officials from the 188 members of the Convention on Biological Diversity will gather in the historic city of Grenada, Spain from 30 January to 3 February 2006 to make progress on one of the three pillars of the Convention on Biological Diversity, aimed at promoting access to genetic resources and ensuring fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the use of genetic resources of this planet.
Win UNEP's Jackpot for Young Environmentalists
23 January 2006
The International Childrens Painting Competition on the Environment is organized annually by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE) Bayer AG and Nikon Coporation. It has been held since 1990 and has received over 160,000 entries from children in over 100 countries.
Bird flu virus could spill over to Africa and Europe in springtime
20 January 2006
The avian influenza virus could become entrenched in the Black Sea, Caucasus and Near East regions through trade and movement of people and animals and it could be further spread by migratory birds particularly coming from Africa in the spring, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned.
Making Data Meaningful: a new guide for bringing statistics to life
20 January 2006
The UNECE today released a practical tool for helping managers, statisticians and media relations officers, from statistical agencies, bring statistics to life through the use of effective writing techniques. Making Data Meaningful: A guide to writing stories about numbers is packed with valuable tips for preparing texts, tables, graphics and maps, whilst respecting the principles of impartiality.
UN calls for added statistical capacities to back-up push for womens rights, development
18 January 2006
Continued improvement in data collection and reporting are key factors not only in charting the situation of the worlds women, but also in advancing their situation, says a report released today by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
UN agency warns bird flu virus could become endemic in Turkey
11 January 2006
Bird flu could become endemic in Turkey and poses a serious risk to neighbouring countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned. The virus may be spreading despite the control measures already taken, said Juan Lubroth, Senior Animal Health Officer at the Rome-based agency.
World Business Awards deadline extended
10 January 2006 | UNDP
With the nomination deadline extended to 20 January 2006, companies and business associations around the world have an extra few weeks to enter projects for the 2006 World Business Awards in support of the Millennium Development Goals.
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