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...]

Marina wanted to a NUN, ended up in the Sea of Brazil

The Brazilian Socialist Party plans to launch environmentalist Marina Silva as its presidential candidate next week, replacing party leader Eduardo Campos who was killed in a plane clash, a senior party official said on Saturday. The PSB, as the party is known, has agreed to rally around a Silva candidacy after she pledged to honor the party's program and its regional alliances, said Beto Albuquerque, a party congressman from the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. "She will be the PSB … [Read more...]

Jane Goodhall speaks out loud, World Peace Day 2014

As a UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Goodall makes it a priority each and every year to observe and celebrate the annual International Day of Peace on September 21. Dr. Goodall always helps us see how important it is that we strive to create a more peaceful world for all people, as well as the natural world which we share. With this year's theme, "Right of People's to Peace," Dr. Goodall wrote the following message. A Celebration of Women™, in Toronto, Canada is celebrating live on … [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...]

What is ‘Human Trafficking’ ?

Human Trafficking Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. UNODC, as guardian of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and the Protocols thereto, assists States in their … [Read more...]

Survival reveals ‘five faces of genocide’, UN Indigenous Day

Survival reveals ‘five faces of genocide’ for UN Indigenous Day Aché woman shortly after she was captured and brought out of the forest in 1972, Paraguay. © A.Kohmann/Survival To mark UN Indigenous Day on August 9, Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, reveals five tribal peoples who have been victims of genocide during the 20th century – and warns of a potential genocide in the 21st. Tribal peoples subjected to genocidal violence include*: - The … [Read more...]

Culture of Peace, consistent with Women’s Movement …

WOMEN AND A CULTURE OF PEACE Since the 1970s the United Nations and other international women’s conferences have adopted 'Equality, Development and Peace' as an organizing theme and framework for women's activities in development. Women would not only benefit from peaceful structures, as opposed to violent structures which oppress them, but they also have a role to play in building peaceful relationships and structures, and cultivating values, attitudes, relationships and structures which … [Read more...]

UN launches Gaza Crisis Appeal, keeping schools out of conflict!

Keep schools out of the conflict says UNESCO Director General as UN launches Gaza Crisis Appeal Paris, August 2014 - On Friday 1 August, the United Nations launched the 2014 Gaza Crisis Appeal in order to respond to urgent humanitarian needs in Gaza. Education facilities and schools are on the front line of this crisis. A large number of civilians in Gaza have sought shelter and safety in schools, which are overcrowded and where living conditions are increasingly harsh. At least seven UNRWA … [Read more...]

Global Breast Feeding Week ~ celebrating AUG 1-7

This year's WABA World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) theme asserts the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding - in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) countdown, and beyond. We call on all celebrants of WBW to Protect, Promote and Support Breastfeeding: it is a vital Life-Saving Goal! If you are organising an event please let WABA know by making a PLEDGE for your event. Download and fill the simple Pledge Form, email it to WABA, so we … [Read more...]

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