Say Thanks on International Day of UN Peacekeepers‏

Earlier this year, I visited the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, where I met a mother who fled South Sudan with her four children amid the country’s ongoing violence. Sadly, her story is not unique. More than 1 million people in South Sudan have been displaced, and while some have fled to other nations, most of them remain in the country. In the midst of this brutal conflict, United Nations peacekeepers are on the ground, working to protect vulnerable civilians. As this International Day of UN … [Read more...]

International Day of Non-Violence celebrated OCT 2

International Day of Non-Violence The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. According to General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007, which established the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to "disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness". The resolution reaffirms … [Read more...]

CANADA, further support to those affected by the violence in Syria

PM announces further support to those affected by the violence in Syria September 6, 2013 St. Petersburg, Russia Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced further Canadian support to help address the worsening humanitarian situation in Syria. “The Government of Canada stands with the people of Syria as they continue to face unfathomable hardships at the hands of the Assad regime,” said Prime Minister Harper. “Canada’s support, together with that of its allies, will help … [Read more...]

VDAY ‘Takes Action’ on Syria!

V-Day Statement Against Possible U.S. Military Intervention in Syria The situation in Syria is dire with 100,000 dead, over 2 million having fled the country (half of them children), and 4.25 million internally displaced. V-Day calls on you, our community, to rise and make our voices heard against military intervention, as such an action would simply bring about more violence and suffering. Today, we call on the U.S. to uphold the unconditional right of the Syrian people to … [Read more...]

University for Peace course Costa Rica (July 22-27, 2013)

Headquartered in Costa Rica, the United Nations-mandated University for Peace was established in December 1980 as a Treaty Organization by the UN General Assembly. As determined in the Charter of the University, the mission of the University for Peace is: “to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to … [Read more...]

29 May is the, International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

Peacekeepers Day 2013 On 29 May, UN offices, alongside Member States and non-governmental organizations, hold solemn events to honour fallen peacekeepers. Since the first UN peacekeeping mission was established in 1948, more than 3,100 military, police and civilian personnel have lost their lives in the service of peace as a result of acts of violence, accidents and disease. The day has two purposes: to honour the memory of the UN peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the cause of … [Read more...]

UN peacekeeping, Women on the front lines to End Violence Against Women

March 2013 – “I know what it means to lose your house, to be looted. To look a child in the eye and say, 'If they come for me, you need to run'," said the newly appointed United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. "I know what it means to give testimony and to investigate the documents.” These words came from Zainab Hawa Bangura, former health minister of Sierra Leone and a survivor of that country’s civil war, who has just completed six months in office and is … [Read more...]

ADELE BUTLER – Women of Spirit: Attack on Female Protesters

  Attack on Female Protesters     I was shocked when I read about the attack on the female protesters in the Ivory Coast. Thousands of women were protesting because of President Laurent Gbagobo’s refusal to step down when tanks showed up and soldiers opened fire. These women were unarmed. They didn’t stand a chance against these tanks. Seven of the demonstrators were shot—six died on the spot while one died on the way to the hospital. Gbagobo has crossed the line and over “to a new level … [Read more...]

‘Women, Peace and Security’ ~ Michelle Bachelet speaks in Norway

Women, Peace and Security Remarks of Michelle Bachelet United Nations Under-Secretary-General Executive Director of UN Women at panel discussion on 'Women, Peace and Security'. Litteraturhuset Oslo, Norway, 14 October 2011. Ladies and Gentlemen, The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded last week to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, her compatriot Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen: three women who courageously and tirelessly promote peace and democracy. The Nobel … [Read more...]

PMO: Canada-Kuwait Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement

PM announces signing of new investment agreement with Kuwait Government delivers on commitment to create the right conditions for Canadian businesses to compete globally   Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, right, make their way to a signing ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld) September 26, 2011 Ottawa, … [Read more...]

Margot Wallström, UN envoy hails Congolese to pursue rape cases …

    UN envoy hails Congolese move to pursue rape cases against top military officers    Special envoy Margot Wallström, visiting the DRC in October 2010, listens to the public about rapes     The official spearheading United Nations efforts to combat the scourge of sexual violence during war today welcomed the decision of authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to prosecute several high-ranking military officers accused of rape. DRC authorities have initiated judicial … [Read more...]

UN Women Celebrates Launch as Powerful Driver of Women’s Equality TODAY!

  UN Women Celebrates Launch as Powerful Driver of Women’s Equality     On 24 February 2011, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet spoke at the celebration of the launch of UN Women, the UN's newest organization. Luminaries from the worlds of politics, entertainment, business, civil society, the media, music and film packed the UN General Assembly in New York. Photo: UN Women/JC McIlwaine  Calendar of Events Launch of UN Women 24 Feb 2011 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM United Nations … [Read more...]

UN Study – Greater Action needed to include Women in Peacekeeping

      Greater Action needed to include women in peacekeeping – UN study     Female police officers serving in UN peacekeeping operations in Haiti  February 2011 – Ten years after the Security Council called for greater involvement of women in peacebuilding, United Nations peacekeeping missions have a mixed record and need to deploy greater efforts to reach the goal, according to a study launched yesterday.   “The impact study is a call to action to the senior leadership of … [Read more...]

Celebrating United Action: Are YOU One in a Million?

  A Celebration of Women has been one of those supporters of this hard working group of people, strategically placed in places globally that need help the most. It is an honor and privilege to support some of the most selfless people on this planet; some of which in our last few years even lost their lives during duty to the Human Race, through the United Nations.            A Celebration of Women says:  Take Action!   Click Here  Join us in making the world a better place through … [Read more...]

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