Heeding lessons of Rwanda, 20 years later – Ban

Commemorating “one of the darkest chapters in human history,” United Nations officials paid tribute this morning to the 800,000 men, women and children – overwhelmingly Tutsi, moderate Hutu and Twa – that were systematically killed 20 years ago in Rwanda, and urged the international community to work together and remain vigilant to prevent such atrocities from ever happening again. “The blood spilled for 100 days. Twenty years later, the tears still flow,” said Ban Ki-Moon, in an address … [Read more...]

DESA, The role of partnerships beyond 2015

“Together, nothing is impossible; if we strengthen these partnerships among governments, business communities, civil organizations and philanthropists, then I think all these powerful partnerships can bring us towards the right direction” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Strengthening the global partnerships for sustainable development for the post-2015 development agenda will be the main topic of a thematic debate and Forum on Partnerships jointly convened by the President of the … [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...]

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...]

Somalia: Don’t Jail Women for Getting Raped

Somalia's treatment of rape is unacceptable and must be changed. Sign the petition and urge the Somali government to pursue true justice-no matter who the accusers or the accused are. Target: President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud Goal: Stop the imprisonment of rape survivors and the journalists who report their stories in Somalia Rape is a touchy subject all over the world, and rape victims are unfortunately often subject to suspicion, skepticism, and blame. Somalia, however, has … [Read more...]

The Whitehouse, A moving tribute to a legendary figure

Nelson Mandela's struggle against South African apartheid inspired millions. And his great call for justice and equality continues to resonate around the world, as new generations of young people pursue the ideals he embraced. On December 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, President Obama paid tribute to a hero and a leader -- and spoke about the path that's still ahead. President Obama delivers remarks at a national memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela. … [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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