OP-ED: True Gender Equality for Both Women and Men

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 2014 (IPS) - Numerous international and national efforts have focused on gender equality and the empowerment of women. The United Nations, for example, has convened four world conferences on women - Beijing in 1995, Nairobi in 1985, Copenhagen in 1980 and Mexico City in 1975 - and Member States have adopted various international agreements, such as the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against … [Read more...]

GLOBAL Meditation, in Support of The Yazidi People, NOV 15

The Yazidi People An Ancient Culture on the Move Art of Living and The Association of Human Values reached out to UNIFY yesterday to support a global meditation and action campaign led by Sri Sri Ravishankar. The campaign is focused on the Yazidi People who are going through a massive transition as ISIS threatens their complete extinction. Can enough of us come together as a spiritual force to meditate, create awareness, and take action to support of the Yazidi People? Sri Sri … [Read more...]

Woman convicted of murder, in killing of her rapist

Iranian woman awaits execution as global outcry for mercy grows By Reza Sayah, CNN (CNN Reports) -- An Iranian woman convicted of murder -- in a killing that human rights groups called self-defense against a rapist -- was hanged Saturday, state news agency IRNA reported. Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was sentenced to death for the 2007 killing of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security. The United Nations has said she never received a … [Read more...]

Celebrating World Food Day, October 16

World Food Day was first held on 16 Oct 1981. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations marks World Food Day each year on 16 October, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945. HISTORY BY YEAR Family Farming is the focus of World Food Day 2014 Program at Head Quarters, Oct. 16, 2014, NYC The 2014 World Food Day theme - Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” - has been chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder … [Read more...]

Anti-Slavery Day celebrated, creating awareness OCT 18

People with slaves? They don't know how to behave, so let's demonstrate ... Anti Slavery Day 18 October 2014 What do you think when you hear Anti Slavery Day? That slavery is something of the past? It should be, yet it's still rife in many parts of the world. Slavery has existed almost as long as human beings themselves, having been recorded as far back as the fifth century BC. Many people were treated as dogs - locked in chains around their hands, feet and even their necks. … [Read more...]

MDG momentum – Post 2015

Providing key information for MDG momentum UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an end to the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals while speaking at a high-level event convened by the MDG Advocacy Group on 25 September. Organized by UN DESA in collaboration with a number of partners, the event featured the launch of a new publication as well as a data tool visualizing 14 years’ worth of MDG data from UN DESA’s Statistics Division. Gathering 300 global leaders, … [Read more...]

Women at the center of Economic Activity

Professor Muhammad Yunus established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh with the objective of helping poor people escape from poverty by providing loans without collateral to support income-generating activities. From Prof. Yunus's personal loan of small amounts of money in the mid-70's to destitute basket-weavers in Bangladesh, the Grameen Bank has advanced to the forefront of a burgeoning world movement toward eradicating poverty through micro-lending. Today it has 8.4 million borrowers of … [Read more...]

Global Update: Special UN General Assembly Edition‏

As the General Assembly began the general debate of its sixty-ninth session, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented to the Assembly his annual report on the work of the Organization. UN Photo/Mark Garten 24 September 2014 – Warning that the world’s “fasten seat belt” light is illuminated, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today opened the 69th annual debate of the United Nations General Assembly with a call for decisive leadership at a time when the ghosts of the Cold War have returned and … [Read more...]

World peace?

These are the only 11 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict As new wars and civil unrests seem to be flaring up every week, we look for the only countries in the world that could be considered ‘conflict-free’. With the crisis in Gaza, the rise of Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria and the international stand-off ongoing in Ukraine, it can sometimes feel like the whole world is at war. But experts believe this is actually almost universally the case, according to … [Read more...]

UN Foundation, Elizabeth Gore

Can becoming an entrepreneur help a refugee live a better life? I recently had the opportunity to join the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for a visit to the Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda, where I met seven incredible women entrepreneurs who have formed the Twitezimbere tailoring group. And through them, I learned the answer is yes. Despite the challenges they’ve faced, these women have been able to create and grow a business serving their neighbors in the eighth largest … [Read more...]

Realizing population/development commitments beyond 2014

Civil society, the UN system and other partners will join Governments at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday, 22 September, for the Special Session of the General Assembly on Population and Development. The Governments will gather at the highest political level to follow up on the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, to assess the status of implementation of the Programme of Action and to renew political support for actions required for the full … [Read more...]

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