Why 2014 is a key year for women’s rights!

Why 2014 is a key year for women's rights and gender equality Help us create a global platform for discussion that amplifies the voices of women's rights advocates around the world Volunteers at a sexual harassment and counselling group in Susiya, a bedouin village in the West Bank. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian Over the past few decades, the often tireless work of the women's movement around the world has brought positive change. There has been a growing recognition … [Read more...]

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...]

 International World Water Day, March 22

22 March each year is International World Water Day. It is a mean of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The theme in 2014 is Water and Energy Date: 22 March 2014 Location: Worldwide Organizer: United Nations International World Water Day tries to remind people about the significance of fresh water and to promote sustainability for fresh water resources' management. . The first proposal for the … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Millennium Development Goals, for people of all ‘abilities’

Opening the door for people of all abilities The global community took a giant step forward during the High-level Meeting on Disability and Development in September to break down barriers for the more than 1 billion persons living with some form of disability. With a historic outcome document adopted, this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, aims to kick-off an action-filled course towards an inclusive society, embracing all human beings. 'About 15 … [Read more...]

December 3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability! Around the world, persons with disabilities face physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers that exclude them from participating fully and effectively as equal members of society. They are disproportionately represented among the world’s poorest, and lack equal access to basic resources, such as education, employment, healthcare and social and legal support systems, as … [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...]

16 Days of Activism Campaign, Debi Nova

For the 16 Days of Activism Campaign, I am taking action with my friends at Say NO – UNiTE to end violence against women and girls. I wear orange because I want women in violent relationships to know that there’s a way out. It can happen to anyone! I was in a relationship that was violent. It took me years to speak about it. I got out, because I have a great support system in my family. A lot of people don’t have this kind of support, and I want to let them know that they are not alone. … [Read more...]

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