World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) 23-24 May, UN Women

The Issue Disasters kill more women than men, and hit women’s livelihoods hardest. According to UN reports, 60 per cent of all maternal deaths take place in humanitarian settings and all forms of gender-based violence against women and girls spike during disasters and conflict. Experience and research show that when women are included in humanitarian action, the entire community benefits. Despite this, women and girls are often excluded from decision-making processes that shape the … [Read more...]

Ripple Effect of protest in Turkey felt around the globe …

The 'ripple effect' from the protests springing up in Turkey is being felt across Europe. VIDEO HERE The heavy-handed policing seen in Ankara and Istanbul has prompted a show of solidarity across the diaspora, including Germany, with its significant Turkish population. The sentiment among those gathered outside the Turkish embassy in Berlin is clear. “The police were too violent with the demonstrators,” said Hakan Tas, a local councillor. “There is talk of a thousand injured, some … [Read more...]

Rose Mukankomeje Takes Action in Rwanda!

Taking Action in Rwanda, inspiring positive change! April 2013 – As her nation emerged from crisis, and in the face of great personal tragedy, Rose Mukankomeje took the initiative to bring Rwandans together to protect their natural resources and, in the process, restore communities devastated by conflict. She is one of five individuals from around the world honored this week with the Forest Heroes Award by the United Nations Forum on Forests for their efforts to sustain, protect and … [Read more...]

Turkish programme to register Syrian refugees

12 April 2013 – The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed a new Turkish law on foreigners as an important advancement for international protection and pledged continued backing to the authorities as they implement it. The law incorporates key elements of international humanitarian and human rights law, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Spokesperson Melissa Fleming told a news briefing in Geneva, stressing that High Commissioner António Guterres welcomes it as a reflection of … [Read more...]

EGYPT, Cairo – Landmark Cairo Population Conference

ISTANBUL—Lawmakers from 110 countries reaffirmed today their support to the principles and goals of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), emphasizing their continued centrality to efforts to reduce poverty and safeguard people’s health and rights, including sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. At the fifth global parliamentarians’ conference on population and development, held here on 24-25 May, some 400 delegates, including more than … [Read more...]

UN Women Events: LDC IV, Istanbul, TURKEY, MAY 9-12

UN Women Events at the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV), Istanbul, Turkey, 9-13 May 2011 | Events | Exclude from Frontpage | Media Advisories The newly established UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) will be co-hosting several events at the LDC IV Conference in Istanbul. The events will highlight the contribution of women, particularly rural women, in the least developed countries, and … [Read more...]

END WATER POVERTY – Global Manifesto Signed @ Istanbul, May 2011

"... 4000 children die every day from diarrhoea caused by unclean water and poor sanitation." Organizations sign Global Manifesto to demand Action at the UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries in Istanbul, May 2011 Organisations working against poverty have joined together to demand change at the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV) in May 2011 in a manifesto released today. Read the LDC Manifesto here ( 546KB), in both English and … [Read more...]

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