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International Human Solidarity Day
20 December 2011
This year’s observance of International Human Solidarity Day comes at a time when our world is confronting multiple challenges and opportunities. The old world is gradually but unmistakably changing, and the contours of a new one are just beginning to take shape. This year, the world population reached 7 billion people. New austerity is taking hold. New anxieties are giving rise to tensions and fears.
The Tunis Imperative: Human Rights and Development in the Wake of the Arab Spring
29 November 2011
By Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
There are moments in history when each of us is called upon to declare where we stand. I believe this is one of those moments. Over the past year, in Tunis, Cairo, Madrid, New York and hundreds of other cities and towns across the globe, the voice of ordinary people has been raised, and their demands made clear. They want human beings at the centre of our economic and political systems, a chance for meaningful participation in public affairs, a dignified life and freedom from fear and want.
Belarus: UN voices concern at sentencing of leading human rights defender
29 November 2011
The United Nations today voiced disappointment at the sentencing of a leading human rights defender in Belarus, and called on the authorities to immediately release all political opponents, activists and journalists jailed for exercising their rights. Ales Bialiatski was sentenced to four and a half years in prison last week, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
1 October Belarus Celebrated the Day of Seven Billions
02 November 2011 | UNFPA
Several months in advance, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has announced the date of humanity’s crossing of a new historic landmark. At the same time, the press has published information that an Indian boy might become the seventh billion inhabitant of the Earth, given that most of the children presently have been born in India.  However, the UN has decided against the practice of “nominating” the seventh billion person, because it is hardly possibly to find - even with low probability - the real one among those 382,000 boys and girls, who have been born daily.
New edition of "Key Indicators of the Labour Market"
19 October 2011 | ILO
Geneva – The International Labour Organization (ILO) has issued the 7th edition of its flagship “Key Indicators of the Labour Market (KILM)”, covering 18 indicators on employment and decent work with the latest available data for more than 200countries, areas or territories worldwide.
UN increases transparency in the global arms trade: The new Global Reported Arms Trade Web site brings statistics to life
17 October 2011
NEW YORK, (Office for Disarmament Affairs) —The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) will organize a special event entitled “Transparency in the Global Arms Trade” at United Nations Headquarters on 18 October, accompanying the launch of a new, ground–breaking Web feature offering unprecedented insight into the global reported arms trade.
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
17 October 2011
For decades the United Nations has worked to free people from poverty. We have made great progress — but today those gains are in doubt. Too many people are living in fear...
Message on the International Day of Rural Women
12 October 2011
This year’s International Day of Rural Women falls at a time of heightened awareness of the important contribution women are making to social progress. Women have been rightly recognized for their role in supporting movements for democracy, human rights and peace. Their contribution to sustainable development is equally significant.
Citing reported abuses, UN rights officials call on Belarus to free political detainees
20 September 2011
United Nations human rights officials today called on Belarus to immediately release all political opponents not involved in violence, voicing concern at a pattern of rights violations involving freedom of speech and assembly and “serious allegations” of torture after last year’s elections.
Global Partnership for Development: its Time to Deliver, UN report says
19 September 2011
Donors need to intensify their support to help countries achieve the globally agreed goals of slashing hunger, poverty, disease and a host of other social ills by the target date of 2015, says a new United Nations report. The annual report prepared by the UN’s Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Gap Task Force says that support has risen sharply since the targets were set in 2000, with donor countries having provided a record–high $129 billion in official development assistance (ODA) last year.
New guide to help developing countries speed up access to climate finance
16 September 2011 | UNDP
New York, 14 September 2011 —The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today launched a guide book aimed at helping decision makers in developing countries to better take advantage of the billions pledged to address climate change.
Message on the International Day of Democracy
30 August 2011 | UNDP
On this International Day of Democracy, we reflect on the human desire for dignity, inclusion and freedom which has seen millions of people across the Arab world demanding change. Many lives have been lost, and are still being lost, as regimes and their opponents have faced off against each other.
Message on the International Day of Democracy
30 August 2011 | UNDP
On this International Day of Democracy, we reflect on the human desire for dignity, inclusion and freedom which has seen millions of people across the Arab world demanding change. Many lives have been lost, and are still being lost, as regimes and their opponents have faced off against each other. 
Equator Prize opens worldwide call for sustainable development award nominations
30 August 2011 | UNDP
New York, 22 August 2011—A UNDP-led partnership that rewards communities around the world for their conservation and development solutions today launched a call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2012, to be submitted online at www.equatorinitiative.org.
Belarus: UN calls on authorities to ensure well-being of detained rights defender
05 August 2011
5 August 2011 – The United Nations today voiced its concern about the arrest of the prominent Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialatski and called on authorities to guarantee his well–being. Mr. Bialatski is the President of Viasna, a human rights centre, and Vice–President of the International Federation for Human Rights. He was arrested yesterday in the capital, Minsk, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
UN committee says executions in Belarus violate international obligations
27 July 2011
The United Nations Human Rights Committee today accused Belarus of violating its international agreements by executing two persons while their cases were still under review by the committee. The committee – an independent body supervising compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) – expressed “dismay” that the executions were the second such breach by Belarus in two years.
Ever-growing number of trade pacts poses new challenges, says UN-backed report
20 July 2011
20 July 2011 – The growing number and complexity of trade pacts between countries and within regions pose new challenges to the multilateral trading system, says a new United Nations–backed report, which also highlights the role of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in creating coherence. According to the WTO’s flagship publication, the World Trade Report 2011, almost 300 preferential trade agreements (PTAs) were in force in 2010. On average, a WTO member is party to 13 such agreements.
New transparency initiative launched at UN-backed global trade review
19 July 2011
18 July 2011 – Several United Nations agencies and their partners today launched an open information initiative designed to eliminate the “transparency gap” in world trade, as a global review of the six–year–old Aid for Trade initiative got under way in Geneva.
UN contest for best campaign to end violence against women opens for voting
19 July 2011
Public voting is under way in a United Nations contest aimed at finding the best advertising campaign to promote awareness in Europe about the battle to defeat gender–based violence, which affects more than two out of every three women worldwide.
Happiness should have greater role in development policy UN Member States
19 July 2011
The General Assembly called on United Nations Member States to undertake steps that give more importance to happiness and well–being in determining how to achieve and measure social and economic development.
Secretary-General's Message for Nelson Mandela International Day
15 July 2011
Everybody remembers – and, indeed, needs – an inspirational figure who has played a signal role in their lives. Nelson Mandela has been that role model for countless people around the world.Nelson Mandela has been a lawyer and a freedom fighter, a political prisoner, a peacemaker and president. A healer of nations and a mentor to generations, Nelson Mandela – or Madiba as he is affectionately known by millions – is a living symbol of wisdom, courage and integrity.
PROGRAM ON INNOVATION AND INNOVATIVE ENVIRONMENTS, Oct 26-28 2011 Stockholm
13 July 2011
Swedish Institute Baltic Sea Region Exchange Program (Visby Program)
The Swedish Institute hereby invites you to the Program on Innovation and Innovative Environments, focusing on the areas of environmental/energy engineering and life sciences, comprising a three–day comprehensive program of networking possibilities with Swedish university representatives, thematic study visits and participation at the conference Innovation for Growth, held in cooperation with the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA.
Challenges, Opportunities and Action in a World of 7 Billion
11 July 2011 | UNFPA
UNITED NATIONS, New York, 8 July 2011 — As world population approaches 7 billion, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, launches a global initiative on Monday to highlight the challenges, opportunities and actions that will shape our common future.
Message for World Population Day 2011
08 July 2011 | UNFPA
Youth and adolescents in a world of 7 billion
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director
This year, on October 31st, world population reaches 7 billion.  This milestone represents a challenge, an opportunity and a call to action. Today on World Population Day, I am launching a campaign called 7 Billion Actions. It will engage people on what it means to live in a world with 7 billion people and encourage action on issues that affect all of us.
World Population Day July 11, 2011
08 July 2011 | UNFPA
Op–Ed: Approaching a World of 7 Billion
On 31 October 2011, world population will reach 7 billion, according to the United Nations Population Division. This global milestone presents a challenge, an opportunity, and a call to action. Whether we can live together on a healthy planet will depend on the choices that we make now. Therefore, today, on World Population Day, UNFPA is launching a global campaign called 7 Billion Actions to create a more just and sustainable world.
UN launches rule of law indicators for countries in transition
07 July 2011
6 July 2011 – the United Nations today launched a set of rule of law indicators designed to help post–conflict and other countries in transition to strengthen governance through efficient administration of justice, effective policing and proper management of correctional institutions.
A New Nation is Born
06 July 2011
On Saturday, July 9, the Republic of South Sudan will join the community of nations. More than twenty heads of state and hundreds of foreign dignitaries will converge on its capital, Juba, as the new country raises its flag and inaugurates a first president, Salva Kiir Mayardit.
New industrial revolution needed to avert planetary catastrophe UN report
05 July 2011
Humanity is close to breaching the sustainability of Earth, and needs a technological revolution greater – and faster – than the industrial revolution to avoid “a major planetary catastrophe,” according to a new United Nations report. Major investments will be needed worldwide in the developing and scaling up of clean energy technologies, sustainable farming and forestry techniques, climate–proofing of infrastructure, and in technologies reducing non–biological degradable waste production, according to The World Economic and Social Survey 2011: The Great Green Technological Transformation
High-level meeting of UN Economic and Social Council to focus on education
01 July 2011
1 July 2011 – Making education accessible for all will be the focus of a United Nations conference in Geneva next week that will bring together representatives from governments, international organizations, civil society and academia to discuss ways of ensuring everyone has an opportunity to acquire knowledge.
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
22 June 2011
Message of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Torture is a brutal attempt to destroy a person’s sense of dignity and sense of human worth.  It acts also as a weapon of war, spreading terror beyond its direct victims to communities and societies.  On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we honour the men and women who have suffered, enduring their ordeal with courage and inner strength.  We mourn, too, those who did not survive.
UNDP joins the sustainable energy for all campaign
21 June 2011 | UNDP
Vienna, Austria – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has joined other UN agencies and partners in a call to provide every human on earth with access to modern energy services within the next 20 years.
General Assembly appoints Ban Ki-moon to second term as UN Secretary-General
21 June 2011
21 June 2011 – the United Nations General Assembly today agreed to appoint Ban Ki–moon to a second consecutive term as the Secretary–General of the 192–member Organization. Under the resolution, which was adopted by acclamation, Mr. Ban’s second term will run from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016.
Adequate Midwifery Could Save 3.6 Million Lives, New Report Shows 38 of 58 countries surveyed could miss their MDG5 targets without112,000 moremidwives
20 June 2011 | UNFPA
GENEVA/DURBAN, South Africa, 20 June 2011 – Up to 3.6 million deaths could be avoidedeach year in 58 developing countries if midwifery services are upgraded by 2015, according to a major new report released here today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and partners.   
crowdSPRINGs Global Design Community Challenged to Create a New Logo for United Nations Population Funds Worldwide 7 Billion Actions Campaign
14 June 2011 | UNFPA
The crowdSPRING - UNFPA Partnership Brings Together the International Creative Community Through a Design Competition and Creates Momentum for the 7 Billion Actions Campaign
World leaders launch plan to eliminate new HIV infections among children by 2015
10 June 2011
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 9 June 2011—World leaders gathered in New York for the 2011 United Nations High Level Meeting on AIDS have today launched a Global Plan that will make significant strides towards eliminating new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive.
Secretary-General's remarks to Security Council hearing on the Global Impact of HIV/AIDS on Peace and Security
08 June 2011
— I continue to bring AIDS to the Council's attention on scores of occasions through my reports on sexual and gender–based violence and when we highlight the important contributions of women to peace and security. Whenever AIDS is part of the equation, the United Nations is working to be part of the solution. —
UNAIDS welcomes new UN Security Council resolution on HIV and preventing sexual violence in conflict
08 June 2011
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) welcomes a new United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution on HIV which has been adopted at the UN Security Council in New York. The resolution calls for increased efforts by UN Member States to address HIV in peacekeeping missions. It also calls for HIV prevention efforts among uniformed services to be aligned with efforts to end sexual violence in conflict and post–conflict settings.
World No Tobacco Day
31 May 2011
Message of UN Secretary–General Ban Ki–moon
This year’s observance of World No Tobacco Day falls in the midst of preparations for September’s United Nations high–level meeting on non–communicable diseases.  By controlling tobacco, we can go a long way towards addressing many of these chronic ailments, including cancer and heart disease.
Leaders Gather at UN Headquarters in June 2011 for a High-Level Meeting on AIDS
30 May 2011
Thirty years into the AIDS epidemic, and 10 years since the landmark UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS, the world will come together to review progress and chart the future course of the global AIDS response at the 2011 UN General Assembly High–Level Meeting on AIDS from 8–10 June 2011 in New York. Member States are expected to adopt a new Declaration that will reaffirm current commitments and commit to actions to guide and sustain the global AIDS response.
ITU announces significant new landmarks in the fight against cyberthreats
19 May 2011
Geneva, 19 May 2011 – ITU has cemented new global partnerships designed to make cyberspace a safer, more secure place to be for consumers, businesses, and – most crucially – children and youth.
A Memorandum of Understanding signed between ITU and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at this year’s WSIS Forum event in Genevawill see the two organizations collaborate in assisting ITU and UN Member States mitigate the risks posed by cybercrime.
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
19 May 2011
In 2001, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 May as World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development to highlight the importance of the values of peace and solidarity.  The Day is meant as a signal to those who seek to sow divisions among human beings that such attempts will always be resisted by those who believe in the far greater forces of tolerance and mutual understanding.
World Population to Reach 7 Billion on 31 October
03 May 2011 | UNFPA
UNFPA to draw attention throughout the year to the significance of the milestone
UNITED NATIONS, New York, 3 May 2011—World population is projected to reach 7 billion on 31 October 2011, according to the 2010 Revision of World Population Prospects, the official United Nations population projections prepared by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
A Visit to Chernobyl
27 April 2011 | UNDP
Twenty–five years ago, the explosion at Chernobyl cast a radioactive cloud over Europe and a shadow around the world. Today, the tragedy at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continues to unfold,  raising popular fears and difficult questions.
A Visit to Chernobyl
27 April 2011
Twenty–five years ago, the explosion at Chernobyl cast a radioactive cloud over Europe and a shadow around the world. Today, the tragedy at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continues to unfold,  raising popular fears and difficult questions.
Secretary-General Saddened by Deadly Explosion in Minsk Metro
12 April 2011 | UNFPA
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary–General Ban Ki–moon:
The Secretary–General was saddened to learn about the deadly explosion today in the Minsk metro system in the Republic of Belarus, which has reportedly killed at least 11 people and injured many others. He conveys his sincerest condolences to the people of Belarus and, in particular, to the families of the victims. He wishes those injured a speedy recovery.
ITU launches global digital literacy campaign for women
07 April 2011
Geneva, Switzerland and Santiago, Chile, 7 April 2011 – ITU today launched a digital literacy partnership with Philippine–based NGO telecentre.org Foundation that over the next 18 months will train one million unskilled women to use computers and modern information and communication technology (ICT) applications to improve their livelihoods.
Urgent Action Required to Prevent Further Growth of Health Disparities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
06 April 2011 | UNFPA
From 28-30 March 2011, more than 60 international and national experts and representatives of government, civil society organizations, United Nations organizations and academia met in Istanbul for a regional Technical Meeting on Health Inequalities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia convened by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.
The 2011 ad competition
04 April 2011 | UNFPA
Building on the success of the 2010 competition on the Millennium Development Goals, WeCanEndPoverty,UNRIC has launched a new ad competition, this time focusing on gender equality. It is calling for an end to all forms of violence against women and girls.
UN Secretary-General outlines new recommendations to reach 2015 goals for AIDS response
31 March 2011
NAIROBI, 31 March 2011—Thirty years into the AIDS epidemic, investments in the AIDS response are yielding results, according to a new report released today by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Titled Uniting for universal access: towards zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths, the report highlights that the global rate of new HIV infections is declining, treatment access is expanding and the world has made significant strides in reducing HIV transmission from mother to child. 
UNFPA Joins Women Deliver in Saluting 100 Individuals Making a Difference for Girls and Women
09 March 2011 | UNFPA
UNITED NATIONS, New York—UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, today welcomed the announcement by Women Deliver of the names of the top one hundred people advancing the causes and rights of girls and women. The list of honorees includes a number of partners and supporters of UNFPA, including two of its former Executive Directors.
Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women Adopts Conclusions on the Report of Belarus
04 February 2011 | UNFPA
The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women concluded on 4 February its forty–eighth session, adopting concluding observations and recommendations on the reports of Bangladesh, Belarus, Israel, Kenya, Lichtenstein, South Africa and Sri Lanka, the seven countries it examined at this session.
Addressing World of 7 Billion, Young People's Needs, Focus of UNFPA's New Leader
01 February 2011 | UNFPA
UNITED NATIONS, New York, 1 February 2011–Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, the new Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, today put forth his vision as the Fund's leader, focusing on the challenges of a world population of 7 billion and the needs of the largest generation of young people. In his first address to the UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board, Dr. Osotimehin described a world population of 7 billion in 2011 as "a major milestone in human history," where "every person should enjoy human rights and human dignity, and have the opportunity to make the most of his or her potential."
Message on the Observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week
01 February 2011 | UNDP
The first World Interfaith Harmony Week is an opportunity to focus global attention on the efforts of religious leaders, interfaith movements and individuals around the world to promote mutual respect and understanding between followers of different faiths and beliefs.  These partners play an indispensable role in supporting United Nations efforts for peace.
Message on the Observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week
01 February 2011
The first World Interfaith Harmony Week is an opportunity to focus global attention on the efforts of religious leaders, interfaith movements and individuals around the world to promote mutual respect and understanding between followers of different faiths and beliefs.  These partners play an indispensable role in supporting United Nations efforts for peace.
Are you a young advocate?
24 January 2011 | UNFPA
The Young Advocates for Social Change Award was established by Global Health Strategies to honor exceptional young leaders and innovators working to improve the public good. The award is open to individuals 25 years of age or younger who have contributed to an advocacy or communications project related to a public interest issue. Since its founding in 2002, Global Health Strategies (GHS) has worked with an impressive group of young, talented, and committed individuals. To highlight the important advocacy work that so many young people are currently leading, GHS will award a $5,000 prize to a young adult who has contributed to a communication or advocacy project to improve the public good.
New Executive Director Reaches Out to Partners
17 January 2011 | UNFPA
NEW YORK -- During his first two weeks of duty, UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin has been busy meeting with UNFPA partners, including several government and civil society representatives, and colleagues from other United Nations agencies, since he assumed office on 1 January 2011.
UNFPA calls for increased support for women and young people in Haiti
12 January 2011 | UNFPA
UNITED NATIONS, New York, 12 January 2011—One year after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, calls for increased support for women and young people in the country’s recovery and reconstruction efforts. “After a disaster of such scale, women and youth need strong support to play a leading role in rebuilding their country,” said UNFPA’s new Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin.
 
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