International Day of Non-Violence celebrates Gandhi’s Birth, Oct 2

As we celebrate around the globe this day, International Day of Non-Violence, we also Celebrate the Life of its namesake. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869 in Porbandar, a coastal town on the Kathiawar Peninsula and then part of the small princely state of Porbandar in the Kathiawar Agency of the British Indian Empire. His father, Karamchand Gandhi (1822–1885), served as the diwan (chief minister) of Porbander state. His mother, Putlibai, who was from a Pranami Vaishnava … [Read more...]

1st Annual International Day to End Obstretric Fistula, May 23

IMAGE The International Day to End Obstetric Fistula MAY 23 In December 2012, 167 countries from around the world co-sponsored a biannual resolution at the United Nations General Assembly that called on all Member States to support the activities of UNFPA and its partners in the Campaign to End Fistula. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the Campaign to End Fistula, a collaborative initiative launched by UNFPA and its partners. Check out Friends of UNFPA’s new … [Read more...]

Ban Ki-Moon speaks with Malala!

As of 5 April, only 1,000 days remain until the end of the 2015 target date for achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The eight MDGs – which range from halving extreme poverty to promoting gender equality to providing universal primary education by the target date of 2015 – form an internationally agreed blueprint which countries and leading development institutions have signed onto. Since their adoption in 2000, the MDGs have made a huge difference, helping to set global and … [Read more...]

UN chief condemns armed attacks by rebels in CAR

The armed attacks launched by rebel fighters on several towns in the Central African Republic have been strongly condemned by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The rebels are reported to have advanced towards the capital, Bangui, prompting the United Nations to temporarily relocate its non-essential staff from the country. In a statement issued late on Wednesday, Mr. Ban says he deeply regrets the loss of life and population displacement caused by the fighting. The Central … [Read more...]

United Nations is counting on active engagement of Pacific Nations

September 2012 – The United Nations is counting on the leadership and active engagement of Pacific island nations in tackling some of today’s pressing challenges, including achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), advancing sustainable development and promoting gender equality, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday. “Now more than ever, we must work to align our priorities and objectives,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks to the first-ever meeting … [Read more...]

WOMAN of ACTION – Ms. Michelle Bachelet

  A Celebration of Women is honored to Celebrate the Life of this powerhouse of a woman.    Taking on a whole new department of the United Nations, catering to the gender equity of all the women of our world, this lady is to be watched closely and supported endlessly.  Join us to Celebrate this day that her UN WOMEN CELEBRATED finally getting their own logo, as we review the day she accepted this placement below.          WOMAN of ACTION       Michelle Bachelet     The former … [Read more...]

Women’s education ‘smartest global investment,’ Ban tells world at Davos

Women’s education ‘smartest global investment,’ Ban tells World Economic Forum     Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at event for the Every Woman, Every Child initiative. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe   January 2012 – Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon called today on business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to increase their investment in women’s education and health to ensure their well-being and encourage their participation … [Read more...]

UN contest for 'best campaign' to end violence against women

19 July 2011 – Public voting is under way in a United Nations contest aimed at finding the best advertising campaign to promote awareness in Europe about the battle to defeat gender-based violence, which affects more than two out of every three women worldwide.More than 2,700 entries from 40 European countries – prepared by both creative professionals and ordinary members of the public – have been submitted in the contest, and three winners will be selected, either by a seven-member jury of … [Read more...]

UN contest for ‘best campaign’ to end violence against women

19 July 2011 – Public voting is under way in a United Nations contest aimed at finding the best advertising campaign to promote awareness in Europe about the battle to defeat gender-based violence, which affects more than two out of every three women worldwide.More than 2,700 entries from 40 European countries – prepared by both creative professionals and ordinary members of the public – have been submitted in the contest, and three winners will be selected, either by a seven-member jury of … [Read more...]

UN Global Update: Innovation‏ – GirlUp at Whitehouse

UN Foundation Board Points to Innovation Twelve of the world's leading voices for global progress and change gathered for the UN Foundation Board of Directors meeting in Norway, June 19-25. Meeting with government, corporate, and nonprofit leaders, the Board worked to build support for UN efforts to improve global health, catalyze innovations in international development, and call for global action on climate change. The trip culminated in a visit to Svalbard, Norway - the world's … [Read more...]

Ban Ki-moon , re-election as the UN Secretary General.

UN welcomes Ban`s re-election with standing ovation JUNE 22, 2011 23:22 "No challenge is too large. Together, nothing is impossible." The moment his second five-year term was confirmed by the General Assembly, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the world to continue jointly coping with the challenges of the 21st century.   The resolution on Ban’s appointment for a second term was adopted with acclamation at the General Assembly hall of U.N. … [Read more...]

Africa – UN spotlights Women’s and Children’s health improving

In Africa, UN chief spotlights progress in improving women’s and children’s health 26 May 2011 Visiting health workers in Ethiopia today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spotlighted the progress made in improving the health of women and children, while also stressing the need to do more to avoid needless deaths. “We have seen so many women and children dying needlessly from preventable diseases,” Mr. Ban told reporters at the Ambo Mesk health post in Bahir Dar, in Ethiopia’s … [Read more...]

UNESCO to launch Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education

UNESCO to launch ... Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education © Ian Berry/MAGNUM photos/"Better life, better future" Initiative. A Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education will be launched at a high level forum to be held at UNESCO Headquarters on Thursday 26 May (13:30h Room I) UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will welcome participants to the event, followed by opening remarks from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary … [Read more...]

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