United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015

United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 25 - 27 September 2015, New York SUMMIT WEBSITE The United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will be held from 25 to 27 September 2015, in New York and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also called Global Goals, are a proposed set of targets relating to future international development. They are to replace the Millennium … [Read more...]

WORLD WOMEN WANT – POST 2015

Development Agenda In its position paper, UN Women advocates for a stand-alone goal in the post-2015 development agenda to achieve gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment, one that is grounded in human rights and tackles unequal power relations. Along with the stand-alone goal, UN Women is calling for integration of gender equality concerns throughout the other priority areas and goals of the post-2015 development agenda, with clear targets and indicators. As the 2015 … [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...]

Global Compact of 50, focusing on Post 2015

UN Post-2015 Development Agenda With the business contribution to UN goals and objectives at an all-time high, and the UN in a process of determining its development framework as targets of the Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015; this is an opportune moment for business and the Global Compact to help shape the future priorities of the UN. The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013 - HERE Delivering a better future for all requires action by all – Governments, … [Read more...]

2014 Partners’ Forum – Johannesburg, (June 30/July1)

Violence against Women Intimate partner and sexual violence against women Introduction The United Nations defines violence against women as "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life." Intimate partner violence refers to behavior by an intimate partner or ex-partner that … [Read more...]

DESA, ‘ever changing world preparing beyond 2015’

“We need sustainable statistics to support sustainable development”   For almost as long as the UN has existed, development data has been collected, generating a crucial asset for the international community. Behind this important effort is UN DESA’s Statistics Division, led by Stefan Schweinfest. In DESA News, he shares what it takes to measure an ever changing world and to prepare for development beyond 2015.     “Statistics is one of those quiet areas where the … [Read more...]

Gender inequalities and HIV

According to the latest (2008) WHO and UNAIDS global estimates, women comprise 50% of people living with HIV. In sub-Saharan Africa, women constitute 60% of people living with HIV. In other regions, men having sex with men (MSM), injecting drug users (IDU), sex workers and their clients are among those most-at-risk for HIV, but the proportion of women living with HIV has been increasing in the last 10 years. This includes married or regular partners of clients of commercial sex, IDU and … [Read more...]

‘One Life – One Heart’, International Volunteer Day (Dec 5)

International Volunteer Day (IVD)- (December 5) is an international observance designated by the United Nations since 1985. It offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions - at local, national and international levels - to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The International Volunteer Day is marked by many non-governmental organizations, including Red Cross, scouts and others. It is also marked and … [Read more...]

UN WOMEN: Post-2015 Development Agenda and SDGs

Reminder @ UN WOMEN As the 2015 target date for reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, a wide range of activities are being undertaken by UN Member States, the UN system, civil society organizations, academia, research institutions and others on identifying the shape and priorities of a post-2015 development agenda. The MDGs encapsulate eight globally agreed concrete goals, with time-bound targets and indicators for measuring progress in the areas of: poverty … [Read more...]

MDGs AND GENDER DIMENSION, Meetika Srivastava

According to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2013, launched on 1 July by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, too many women around the world are still dying in childbirth when we have the means to save them; only 53 per cent of births in rural areas are attended by skilled health personnel. In developing regions, women are more likely than men to work as contributing family workers on farms or other family businesses, with little or no financial security or social benefits. The … [Read more...]

European Union and UN Women to fund initiatives for gender equality in Chile

Joint fund will support civil society projects to eliminate violence against women, foster women’s economic empowerment and promote women’s political participation and leadership Santiago, 14 June 2013 - The European Union and UN Women signed an agreement today establishing a joint fund to support projects from civil society organizations that promote gender equality in Chile. These projects will focus on three strategic areas: eliminating violence against women, women’s economic empowerment … [Read more...]

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