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Statement from UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on the Occasion of International Human Rights Day
10 December 2009 | UNDP
One of the founding principles of the United Nations is our faith in the dignity and worth of every person, without distinction on the basis of race, colour, sex, language, religion, property, birth or other status. Today, however, on International Human Rights Day, we are reminded that discrimination in all its forms continues to undermine this principle.
Human Rights Day 2009
09 December 2009
Message of the UN Secretary-General
No country is free of discrimination. We see it everywhere, in many forms: old and new, covert and blatant, public and private. It may appear as institutionalized racism, as ethnic strife, as episodes of intolerance and rejection, or as an official national version of history that denies the identity of others. Discrimination targets individuals and groups that are vulnerable to attack: the disabled, women and girls, the poor, migrants, minorities, and all those who are perceived as different.
Message of the UN Secretary-General on International Anti-Corruption Day
08 December 2009
The theme of this year’s observance of the International Anti–Corruption Day — “don’t let corruption kill development” – highlights one of the biggest impediments to the world’s efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals. When public money is stolen for private gain, it means fewer resources to build schools, hospitals, roads and water treatment facilities.
Statement by Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator on the occasion of World AIDS Day
02 December 2009 | UNDP
The international community observes World AIDS Day each year on December 1st.  On this day we focus this year on the need for effective HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment, and support. Data released by UNAIDS this week in its 2009 AIDS Epidemic Update suggests that new HIV infections around the world have been reduced by seventeen percent since the 2001 signature of the United Nations Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS. 
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
06 November 2009
On 5 November 2001, the UN General Assembly declared 6 November of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict (A/RES/56/4).  Though mankind has always counted its war casualties in terms of dead and wounded soldiers and civilians, destroyed cities and livelihoods, the environment has often remained the unpublicized victim of war.
ILO says economic crisis eroding real wages for second year running
03 November 2009 | ILO
GENEVA (ILO News) – Global growth in real wages slowed dramatically in 2008 as a result of the economic crisis and is expected to drop even further this year despite signs of a possible economic recovery, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said today. “The continued deterioration of real wages worldwide raises serious questions about the true extent of an economic recovery, especially if government rescue packages are phased out too early.
The Secretary-General Message on UN Day
21 October 2009
On this United Nations Day and every day throughout the year, the United Nations is at work — for the planet, for jobs, for “we the peoples”. We deliver more humanitarian aid than anyone – and to the toughest places.  We vaccinate 40 per cent of the world’s children.  We feed more than 100 million people and are helping more than 30 million refugees, most of them women and children fleeing war and persecution.  We are deploying more peacekeepers than ever — more than 115,000.
Statement by Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
14 October 2009 | UNDP
As we mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, millions of people across Asia and the Pacific are trying to pick up the pieces of their lives after being hit by a relentless barrage of tropical storms, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Sadly many people died in these disasters.
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Older Persons: Towards a Society for All Ages
30 September 2009
This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Older Persons.  
ver the past decade, we intensified our efforts to build a “society for all ages” and to promote international commitment to the United Nations Principles for Older Persons.  The Principles are founded on the need to build an inclusive society that emphasizes participation, self–fulfillment, independence, care and dignity for all. To transform them into deeds, we have campaigned for policies that will enable older persons to live in an environment that enhances their capabilities, fosters their independence, and provides them with adequate support and care as they age.
International Day of Democracy is observed 15 September
14 September 2009
On 8 November 2007, the General Assembly proclaimed 15 September as the International Day of Democracy, inviting Member States, the United Nations system and other regional, intergovernmental and non–governmental organizations to commemorate the Day.  The International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. Democracy is as much a process as a goal and only with the full participation of and support by the international community, the national governing bodies, civil society and individuals, can the ideal of democracy be made into a reality to be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere.
Trade and Development Report 2009 Released Today
07 September 2009
The Trade and Development Report 2009 presents a gloomy global economic outlook in the context of the ongoing global financial and economic crisis. It looks at the channels through which this deep crisis, which originated in developed countries, is spreading to developing and transition economies: through financial flows, international trade and commodity prices, migrants remittances and external debt. The Trade and Development Report 2009 examines in some detail the short–term policy responses taken to tackle the immediate effects of this crisis. These include fiscal stimulus packages, monetary policy easing, and support for ailing financial institutions.
Working with Religious Leaders, Families and Communities to Improve Maternal Health and End Gender-based Violence
02 September 2009
MINSK, Belarus — Fifty religious leaders and representatives of faith–based organizations (FBOs) from Europe and Central Asia gathering here this week were confronted with the grim fact that every minute, one woman dies giving birth and 20 more suffer injury, infection or disease, despite the fact that 80 per cent of all maternal deaths are preventable. They also concluded that regardless of almost universal antenatal care coverage and the high percentage of deliveries attended by skilled health personnel in many countries of the region, progress towards reducing maternal deaths has been very slow.
The World Economic and Social Survey 2009 Released Today
01 September 2009
NEW YORK, 1 SEPTEMBER — As negotiations for a new global agreement to address climate change enter the final stages before the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference this December, the United Nations is issuing a report today that analyzes the growing demands on developing countries as threats from a warming world are added to longstanding development challenges.
World Humanitarian Day
19 August 2009
Today is the first World Humanitarian Day, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly. It is, above all, a day on which we renew our commitment to help vulnerable, voiceless and marginalized people wherever they may be.  That is the abiding mission of the humanitarian community.
Biggest-Ever Youth Gathering on Climate Change to Call for Real Action in Copenhagen
20 July 2009 | UNDP
Daejeon (Republic of Korea)/Nairobi(Kenya), 20 July 2009 – Emerging leaders representing three billion people – the children and youth of the planet – will converge on the Republic of Korea to voice their demands for action on climate change at the Copenhagen meeting. The Tunza International Children and Youth Conference, in Daejeon (Republic of Korea) on 17–23 August, will be the biggest youth gathering on climate change before the UN climate conference in December.
Ban Ki-moon to appoint Ad Melkert as Special Representative for Iraq
07 July 2009 | UNDP
The Secretary–General has informed the Security Council of his intention to appointed Ad Melkert of the Netherlands as his Special Representative for Iraq. Mr. Melkert currently serves as the Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and will replace Staffan de Mistura, who has taken up his duties at the World Food Programme (WFP).  The Secretary–General is grateful for Mr. de Mistura’s valuable leadership in a challenging security environment in Iraq.
11 July - World Population Day
06 July 2009
UN Secretary–General Message
In the midst of the worst global economic crisis in generations, we must find the most effective ways to continue progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.  There is no better path than the focus of this year’s World Population Day: investing in women and girls.
Millennium Development Goals Report 2009
06 July 2009
Recent gains in eradicating hunger and poverty endangered by economic and food crises.
More than halfway to the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),
major advances in the fight against poverty and hunger have begun to slow or even reverse as a result of the global economic and food crises, a progress report by the United Nations has found.
The assessment, launched today by UN Secretary–General Ban Ki–moon in Geneva, warns that, despite many successes, overall progress has been too slow for most of the targets to be met by 2015.
The first International Millennium Festival will be held in Brussels
08 June 2009 | UNDP
The Festival has been created to promote documentary films and their authors – a cinema scene reflecting social and cultural, economic, humanitarian and environmental issues. It is dedicated to documentary films that reflect the broad objectives of the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
World Environment Day Statement by UNDP Administrator
05 June 2009 | UNDP
Today, World Environment Day, is a reminder to us all to treat our planet better and lighten our carbon footprint. Climate change is a threat to everyone. But without action, the brunt of the impact would be felt by poor and vulnerable people in developing countries. With little capacity to cope, many more would become malnourished and in some circumstances struggle to find water, and even be displaced. This highlights just how intertwined the tasks of addressing climate change, reducing global poverty, and reaching the Millennium Development Goals.
Heads of State, government and leaders from the world of work tackle the global jobs crisis
05 June 2009 | ILO
Some 4,000 representatives of government and employers’ and workers’ organizations are to meet here on 3–19 June to search for an effective response to the growing impact of the economic and financial crisis on employment, social protection and the world of work.
Message of the Secretary-General on World Environment Day
05 June 2009
The economic and financial turmoil sweeping the globe is a true wake–up call, sounding an alarm about the need to improve upon old patterns of growth and make a transition to a new era of greener, cleaner development.  The theme of this year’s World Environment Day – “Your planet needs you” – is meant to inspire all of us to do our part.
International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May 2009
21 May 2009
Message of the UN Secretary-General Ban-ki-Moon
The global decline in biodiversity remains alarming, despite agreement at the World Summit on Sustainable Development to significantly reduce the rate of loss by 2010.  The main causes include deforestation, changes in habitat and land degradation, often linked to the growing impact of climate change.  Another threat – the focus of this year’s observance of the International Day for Biological Diversity – is the spread of invasive alien species.
Message of the Secretary-General on the International Day of Families
14 May 2009
This year’s International Day of Families, being commemorated under the theme, “Mothers and Families: Challenges in a Changing World,” focuses on the important role of mothers for families and communities around the world. Mothers play a critical role in the family, which is a powerful force for social cohesion and integration. The mother–child relationship is vital for the healthy development of children. And mothers are not only caregivers; they are also breadwinners for their families.
Secretary-General's remarks to Member States on Influenza A (H1N1)
06 May 2009
At a time of global concern about a new strain of influenza — A (H1N1) — it is necessary and right that the United Nations comes together to discuss what is happening. People the world over are worried about the health of their friends, families and children. Today our thoughts must be with all the communities that have been touched by the virus. In particular, our hearts go out to those where there has been loss of life.
Helen Clark unanimously confirmed as new head of UNDP
06 April 2009 | UNDP
The United Nations General Assembly this afternoon unanimously approved Helen Clark of New Zealand as the new Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) for a term of four years. Secretary–General Ban Ki–moon nominated Helen Clark last week to replace outgoing Administrator Kemal Dervis of Turkey.  
Higher death and school drop-out rates threaten poor countries as they face the global economic crisis
31 March 2009 | UNDP
The current global economic crisis, which began with the severe strains on the financial and banking system in parts of the developed world, now risks triggering a human development catastrophe in the world’s poorest countries. As the leaders of the richest nations set off to London for the G–20 summit this Thursday, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) warns that those most vulnerable to the crisis are living outside the spotlight and their predicament should be addressed at the table.
EU and UNDP help Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus reduce illicit drug trafficking
25 February 2009 | UNDP
KYIV, 25 February 2009 – Drug control Conventions have reached major achievements, but face many challenges, the participants in a joint EU–UNDP Final Conference of the Programme for the Prevention of the Drug Abuse and the Fight against Drug Trafficking in Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova (BUMAD) stated today in Kyiv.
The Secretary-General Message on Social Justice Day, 20 February 2009
16 February 2009
Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants.  We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.
Secretary-General message on International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of Holocaust - 27 January 2009
26 January 2009
Today we remember the millions of victims of the Nazis — nearly one third of the Jewish people and countless other minorities — who suffered atrocious acts of discrimination, deprivation, cruelty and murder. New initiatives in Holocaust remembrance and education have given us an authentic basis for hope.  That hope is the theme of this year’s observance.
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