UN Women responds to girl’s death

The Asia and the Pacific region contains some of the world’s most powerful economies—and two-thirds of its poorest people. Rich in political, cultural and other forms of diversity, it faces common challenges from stark socioeconomic disparities, including those linked to gender. Many countries have made formal commitments to gender equality, but implementation is undercut by a variety of factors, from limited resources to inconsistencies in upholding laws to upheaval from natural … [Read more...]

Veil of Tears Movie – Take Action!

This gripping new documentary film tells the untold story of millions of women in India who are culturally oppressed for no other reason than the fact that they are women. However, despite the centuries of oppression, there are those who are reaching out and trying to change the culture towards women, from the inside out. These are the faces of true survivors. Those who have withstood a lifetime of adversity in the face of a culture stacked against them. Take a heartfelt journey … [Read more...]

A global upturn in 2014, Simon Baptist

Once a month, The Economist Intelligence Unit produces a comprehensive forecast for the global economy. It's popular with our clients, and also provides a useful opportunity for me to step back and look at the bigger picture. What is driving growth, or impeding it? What are the risks to watch out for? In this month's forecast, newly published, we have identified two opposing but related forces as key to the economic outlook in 2014. On the one hand, the upturn in the rich world, … [Read more...]

Commission on the Status of Women, 10 to 21 March 2014

The fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 to 21 March 2014. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by Council resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946. The CSW is instrumental in … [Read more...]

Athena Gepte, Emergency Response Coordinator ACCORD

I'm writing today because I want to coordinate a surprise for my colleagues and volunteers responding to the typhoon here in the Philippines and I'm hoping to get your help. All you need to do is hit reply to this email to send a note of thanks to those who are giving their time to help. Just let them know what their work means to you. I'll make sure your note gets delivered into their hands where you're sure to boost spirits all around. One of the most remarkable aspects of working … [Read more...]

DESA, Key events for development in 2014

Looking ahead at key events for development in 2014 As 2013 came full circle, DESA News got an exclusive interview with the department’s Under-Secretary-General, Mr. Wu Hongbo, who shared some of the past year’s gains as well as some highlights for an eventful and action-packed new 2014. “We will discharge our mandates […] and do whatever we can to make our work a success next year,” said Mr. Wu. During an intense and activity-filled 2013, UN DESA has worked in many … [Read more...]

The Courtney Project (501c3) is Taking Action !

SUPPORT The Courtney Project(501c3) Today! The cause of PML is a type of polyomavirus called the JC virus (JCV), after the initials of the patient from whose tissue the virus was first successfully cultured. Recent publications indicate 39% to 58% of the general population are seropositive for antibodies to JCV, indicating current or previous infection with virus. The JC virus or John Cunningham virus (JCV) is a type of human polyomavirus (formerly known as papovavirus) and is … [Read more...]

Post-2015 Development Agenda, Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator

Helen Clark: Statement at the High Level Plenary Meeting on The role of good governance and the Post-2015 Development Agenda Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator Opening statement at the High Level Plenary Meeting on The role of good governance and the Post-2015 Development Agenda on the occasion of the commemoration of International Anti-Corruption Day 2013 UN HQ, New York, 9 December, 9:30am "It is a pleasure to join all present at today’s event to mark International Anti-Corruption Day – a … [Read more...]

Gender and Corruption

Is corruption different for men and women? For decades, gender sensitivity has been part of project design in a range of international development and assistance programmes, including anti-corruption efforts. The concept simply acknowledges that different policies and programmes have differing impacts on men and on women. But has enough been done to make programme design practices gender-sensitive? And do we need women-specific anti-corruption projects? The UN Development Programme … [Read more...]

Voices of Our Future 2013 Program is coming to an end!‏

The 2013 Voices of Our Future Program has come to a close, but our journey together to empower and lift one another's voices continues. Over the past six months, 31 courageous grassroots women have made the journey of a lifetime to become empowered leaders and loudspeakers for their communities. They have been emboldened by the powerful connections they have made with one another and with our amazing Editorial and Vision Mentors. The commitment and dedication that we have witnessed is a … [Read more...]

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