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UNFPA Welcomes Extension of ICPD Programme of Action Beyond 2014
22 December 2010 | UNFPA
UNITED NATIONS, New York, 22 December 2010—UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, today welcomed a decision by the United Nations General Assembly to extend the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) beyond 2014. “While much has been accomplished to implement the consensus agreement and reach the ICPD goals to reduce maternal and child death and achieve universal education and universal access to reproductive health by 2015, much remains to be done to implement this unfinished agenda,” said UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid.
UN human rights chief condemns post-electoral violence in Belarus
21 December 2010
21 December 2010 – The United Nations human rights chief today voiced deep concern about the violence that erupted after Sunday’s presidential election in Belarus, including the abduction of opposition candidates, and called for the immediate release of those detained. “I am very much concerned by the use of force against demonstrators who were not participating in hostilities, violence against and abduction of opposition candidates and their supporters, detention of opposition activists and human rights defenders, and searches and harassment of independent non–governmental organizations,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stated in a news release.
Secretary-Generals Message on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
02 December 2010
The abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in the 19th century did not eradicate the practice globally.  Instead, it took on other forms, which persist to this day: serfdom, debt bondage and forced and bonded labor; trafficking in women and children, domestic slavery and forced prostitution, including of children; sexual slavery, forced marriage and the sale of wives; child labour and child servitude, among others.
Statement by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on the occasion of World AIDS Day 1 December 2010
01 December 2010 | UNDP
‘Universal access and human rights’ is the theme of this year’s World AIDS day, reminding us of the critical importance of both in effective responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
UNDP Administrator's message on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
23 November 2010 | UNDP
Violence against women is global in scale, spread, and impact. Up to six out of every ten women will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. This violence is rooted in unequal power relations between men and women, and is a clear violation of women’s human rights.  While the serious human impact of these violations is incalculable, the economic and social costs are staggering, impeding economic growth, human development, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
UNDP Administrator's message on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
23 November 2010 | UNDP
Violence against women is global in scale, spread, and impact. Up to six out of every ten women will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. This violence is rooted in unequal power relations between men and women, and is a clear violation of women’s human rights.  While the serious human impact of these violations is incalculable, the economic and social costs are staggering, impeding economic growth, human development, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
International Forest Film Festival
15 November 2010
To celebrate Forests 2011, the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat (UNFFS) is working in collaboration with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival to organise the International Forest Film Festival (IFFF). IFFF winning films will be presented to delegates of all 192 countries at the launch of the International Year of Forests 2011 at United Nations Headquarters, New York in February, 2011. The launch of the International Year will take place as part of the official programme of the ninth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF). Subsequently, the winning films will also be screened around the world.
Call for proposals from civil societies
22 October 2010
The United Nations Democracy Fund invites civil society organizations to apply for funding for projects to advance and support democracy. Project proposals may be submitted on–line between 15 November 2010 and 31 December 2010 at www.un.org/democracyfund, where applicants can also find guidelines, FAQs and lessons learned from previous rounds at http://www.un.org/democracyfund/Applicants/applicants_index.html. Those who plan to apply are strongly encouraged to visit this page as soon as possible to familiarize themselves with what is required.
UNDP Administrator's message on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
14 October 2010 | UNDP
From Poverty to Decent Work: Bridging the Gap
The human development approach asserts that development is about far more than just increasing GDP per capita. Fundamentally, development must also be about improving people’s ability to shape their own lives. The global recession forced many millions of workers into unemployment, or into less secure and more vulnerable employment. The number of workers struggling to survive on under $2 a day is estimated to be as high as 1.4 billion worldwide.
UNDP Administrator's message on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
14 October 2010 | UNDP
The human development approach asserts that development is about far more than just increasing GDP per capita. Fundamentally, development must also be about improving people’s ability to shape their own lives. The global recession forced many millions of workers into unemployment, or into less secure and more vulnerable employment. The number of workers struggling to survive on under $2 a day is estimated to be as high as 1.4 billion worldwide.
International Day for Disaster Reduction
12 October 2010
UN Secretary-General message
Biggest, deadliest, worst ever.  We have seen those words in the headlines too often this year.  We have used them about earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and forest fires, about loss of life and income.  Those words are likely to be heard for years to come, as the climate changes and hazards multiply.  To complicate the picture, just as weather patterns have altered, so has human society.  We are more urban.  If earthquakes, floods or storm surges were deadly in the past, they are deadlier still in an increasingly urbanized world.
UNDP puts forward new approach to speed up progress on anti-poverty goals
22 September 2010 | UNDP
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) presented today the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Acceleration Framework, an innovative approach designed to help countries identify and resolve barriers to eradicating extreme poverty, and achieving sustainable development. 
Human rights central to achieving global anti-poverty goals, says UN official
20 September 2010
A top United Nations official today told world leaders gathered in New York that they are more likely to accelerate progress to achieve the set of anti–poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) if they take a human rights approach to their commitments.
How can we end Poverty? Join the Global Conversation with UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on Facebook
09 September 2010 | UNDP
In the run–up to the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit in September, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark will host a live, online Facebook conversation on the global fight against poverty and the actions required to achieve sustainable development. The conversation, the first of its kind to be hosted by UNDP, aims to engage the public on the MDGs and the action plan that will be discussed by world leaders during the upcoming Summit. 
United Nations Joins One Day on Earth to Capture Peoples's Stories across the Globe
08 September 2010 | UNDP
New York, 8 September 2010—On October 10, 2010, people across the world participating in the “One Day on Earth” project will capture an unprecedented global video snapshot of a single 24–hour period. Participants, ranging from teenagers with cell phones to Academy–Award nominated documentarians using the latest HD cameras, will film the world from their own perspective.
Denouncing slavery in the modern age, UN launches plan against human trafficking
31 August 2010
The United Nations today launched a global action plan to combat human trafficking, with senior UN officials urging that governments worldwide take coordinated and consistent measures to try to defeat the scourge. The plan, launched at a high–level meeting of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York, calls for integrating the fight against human trafficking into the UN’s broader programmes to boost development and strengthen security around the world.
Secretary-General Message on the International Day against Nuclear Tests
26 August 2010
In 2009, at the sixty–fourth session of the General Assembly, the Government of Kazakhstan put forward a proposal calling for the establishment of an International Day against Nuclear Tests.  The idea won unanimous support, reflecting the international community's deep concern about the dangers posed by such tests. The first observance of the Day will be on 29 August 2010.
Secretary-General's Message for International Year of Youth 2010
12 August 2010
This year’s commemoration of International Youth Day also marks the launch of the International Year of Youth, under the theme “Dialogue and Mutual Understanding”. Today’s challenging social and economic environment warrant a special focus on youth. Eighty–seven per cent of people aged 15 to 24 live in developing countries. The global economic crisis has had a disproportionate impact on young people; they have lost jobs, struggled to find even low–wage employment and seen access to education curtailed. As economies slowly begin to stabilize, the needs of young people should be paramount.
The United Nations Academic Impact initiative
30 July 2010
United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is a programme of the Outreach Division of the Department of Public Information. Membership to UNAI is open to all institutions of higher education granting degrees or their equivalent, as well as bodies with scholarship and research responsibilities.
New issue of the ILO-Moscow Newsletter released
08 July 2010 | ILO
New issue of the ILO–Moscow Newsletter released. The Newsletter is produced four times a year in English and  in Russian, by the ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
New campaigns on maternal and child mortality buoyed by progress reported on Millennium Development Goals
24 June 2010
Development Goals (MDGs), released today, the number of deaths among children under the age of 5 has dropped from 12.6 million in 1990 to an estimated 8.8 million in 2008, corresponding to a decline in the mortality rate from 100 deaths per 1,000 live births to 72 in 2008 (a 28 per cent decline). But progress is falling short of the MDG target under Goal 4, for a two-thirds reduction in childhood mortality rates between 1990 and 2015, and millions of children continue to die each year at a tragically young age.
UNDP puts forward eight-point action agenda to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development
17 June 2010 | UNDP
New York, 17 June 2010 — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched, today, an extensive assessment of what must be done to advance sustainable development and reduce global poverty.  The report, titled What Will It Take To Achieve The Millennium Development Goals? An International Assessment, identifies a concrete action agenda to be included in the outcome of the World leaders’ MDG Summit in New York, this September.
Drogba and Zidane launch There are no spectators, we are all Players TV Spot
14 June 2010 | UNDP
New York/Cape Town, South Africa, 14 June 2010 — To kick-off the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassadors, Didier Drogba and Zinedine Zidane, launched an anti-poverty TV spot appealing for the world to live up to the challenge and join the team that will beat poverty.
Message of the Secretary-General on World No Tobacco Day
31 May 2010
This year’s observance of World No Tobacco Day focuses on "Gender and tobacco, with an emphasis on marketing to women". Although fewer than one out of ten women are smokers, that still adds up to an estimated 200 million women around the world.  Moreover, that number could grow, since the tobacco industry is spending heavily on advertisements that target women and associate tobacco use with beauty and liberation.
2010 World Business and Development Awards Launched
19 May 2010 | UNDP
London, New York, 19 May 2010 —The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) are pleased to open nominations for the 2010 World Business and Development Awards in support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – eight internationally-agreed goals to alleviate poverty by 2015.
UNDP launches We Can End Poverty photo contest
14 May 2010 | UNDP
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with Olympus Corporation and the Agence France-Presse (AFP) Foundation, launched the second annual Picture This photo contest today in Johannesburg, South Africa. The contest, titled Picture This: We Can End Poverty, seeks to show the inspirational work that is being done in many countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight goals agreed on by world leaders to halve extreme poverty by 2015. 
International Day of Families
13 May 2010
This year’s commemoration of the International Day of Families focuses on the impact of migration on families around the world. Rising social and economic disparities create both pressures and incentives for people to leave their homes in search of better opportunities. Many migrate out of necessity due to poverty, unemployment, political or armed conflicts or violations of human rights.
Standing at Ground Zero, by Ban Ki-moon
29 April 2010
A few weeks ago, traveling in Kazakhstan, I had the sobering experience of standing at Ground Zero. This was the notorious test site at Semipalatinsk, where the Soviet Union detonated 456 nuclear weapons between 1947 and 1989. Apart from a circle of massive concrete plinths, designed to measure the destructive power of the blasts, there was little on the vast and featureless steppe to distinguish this place.
Statement on the 24th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster
23 April 2010
Today we mark the 24th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and honour the sacrifices made by those who died, and those who survived. We remember the hundreds of emergency workers who responded to the accident; the more than 330,000 people who were uprooted from their homes; the thousands of children who later contracted thyroid cancer.
Message of the Secretary-General on the World Health Day
07 April 2010
“Urban Health Matters”, - UN Secretary-General
For the first time in history, more people live in cities and towns than in rural areas.  In a parallel trend, the burden of world poverty is also shifting from sparsely populated rural areas to densely populated cities.  By mid–century, urban dwellers will count for seven out of every ten people.  Most of this explosive growth is occurring in developing countries.  Rapid, unplanned urbanization is expanding slums and informal settlements and municipal authorities are struggling to cope.
Message of the Secretary-General on the World Water Day
21 March 2010
Water is the source of life and the link that binds all living beings on this planet.  It is connected directly to all our United Nations goals: improved maternal and child health and life expectancy, women’s empowerment, food security, sustainable development and climate change adaptation and mitigation.  Recognition of these links led to the declaration of 2005–2015 as the International Decade for Action “Water for Life”.
Antonio Banderas appointed as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador
18 March 2010 | UNDP
Geneva/ New York-17 March 2010—The United Nations Development Programme today announced the appointment of Spanish actor Antonio Banderas as a Goodwill Ambassador for the fight against poverty. In his new role as an advocate for the poor, Antonio Banderas will set his sights on the Millennium Development Goals, a set of eight globally agreed targets that seek to halve world poverty by 2015 by combating hunger, disease, illiteracy, environment degradation and discrimination against women.  
Millennium Development Goals must be met, UN Secretary-General says ahead of September Summit
16 March 2010
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK, 16 March – With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UN Secretary–General Ban Ki–moon is calling for the adoption of a global action agenda for accelerating progress towards the Goals, when world leaders meet at a UN Summit in New York in September.
More women choosing to work, but gender equality remains a long way off
08 March 2010 | ILO
Despite signs of progress in gender equality over the past 15 years, there is still a significant gap between women and men in terms of job opportunities and quality of employment, according to a new report by the International Labour Office (ILO). The report, entitled Women in labour markets: Measuring progress and identifying challenges, says that more than a decade after the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing adopted an ambitious global platform for action on gender equality and women’s empowerment, gender biases remain deeply embedded in society and the labour market.
Statement by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on the occasion of World AIDS Day 1 December 2010
01 February 2010 | UNDP
‘Universal access and human rights’ is the theme of this year’s World AIDS day, reminding us of the critical importance of both in effective responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Message of the Secretary-General on the International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
27 January 2010
The theme of this year’s commemoration at UN offices around the world is the legacy of survival. Countless men, women and children suffered the horrors of the ghettos and Nazi death camps, yet somehow survived. All of them carry a crucial message for all of us.  A message about the triumph of the human spirit.  A living testament that tyranny, though it may rise, will surely not prevail. Survivors also play a vital role in keeping the lessons of the Holocaust alive for future generations.
ILO Global Employment Trends 2010
27 January 2010 | ILO
GENEVA(ILO News) – The number of jobless worldwide reached nearly 212 million in 2009 following an unprecedented increase of 34 million compared to 2007, on the eve of the global crisis, the International Labour Office (ILO) said in its annual Global Employment Trends report. Based on IMF economic forecasts, the ILO estimates that global unemployment is likely to remain high through 2010. In the Developed Economies and European Union unemployment is projected to increase by an additional 3 million people in 2010, while it will stabilize at present levels, or decline only slightly, in other regions.
Ban Ki-moon: Haiti is not Alone
19 January 2010
The disaster in Haiti shows once again something that we, as human beings, have always known: that even amid the worst devastation, there is always hope. I saw that for myself this week in Port au Prince. The UN suffered its single greatest loss in history. Our headquarters in the Haitian capital was a mass of crushed concrete and tangled steel. How could anyone survive, I thought? Yet moments after I departed, with a heavy heart, rescue teams pulled out a survivor – alive, after five days, buried, without food or water. I think of it as a small miracle, a sign of hope.Disasters such as that in Haiti remind us of the fragility of life, but they also reaffirm our strength. We have seen horrific images on television: collapsed buildings, bodies in the streets, people in dire need of food, water and shelter.
In Haiti, Secretary-General vows support for quake victims
17 January 2010
The UN “will continue to stand behind the Haitian people,” Mr. Ban said in Port–au–Prince, the city hardest hit by the 12 January tremors, which are believed to have impacted one third of Haiti's 9 million people. Addressing reporters in the capital, the Secretary–General outlined three top priorities.Touching down in the capital of Haiti, which was devastated by this week's catastrophic earthquake, today, Secretary–General Ban Ki–moon today pledged the United Nations' support for the victims of the disaster.
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