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...]

Women and Democracy: Past, Present, Future

Women Mobilizing the Third Wave of Democratization For the past twenty-five years, there has been a rapid increase in the number of women who are politically mobilized, a trend that has coincided with the so-called Third Wave of Democratization. These “notes for discussion” address two basic questions: What is the impact of women’s mobilization on the process of democratization? How has the process of democratization affected women’s movements and agendas? The analysis is … [Read more...]

Yoko Ono celebrates International Widow’s Day – JUNE 23

International Widows Day is a United Nations ratified day of action to address the “poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many countries”. The day takes place annually on 23 June. International Widows Day was established by The Loomba Foundation to raise awareness of the issue of widowhood. The significance of 23 June is that it was on that day in 1954 that Shrimati Pushpa Wati Loomba - mother of the Foundation’s founder, Lord Loomba – herself became a … [Read more...]

What is going to happen in Rio?

What has in the past and what is going to happen in Rio 2012?   Rio+20: from environment to sustainable development To grasp the background and stakes of Rio+20, it is useful to have a look at the Stockholm-to-Rio continuum of the Conferences, and to go through some key milestones in the long march that gave birth to international agreements on sustainable development. How did we move from Environment to Sustainable Development, what are the consequences of this move, and where … [Read more...]

Awareness and education are key to beating human trafficking

    February 2011 - In November 2010, the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking was launched to assist those most in need as a result of having been trafficked. Administered by UNODC, the Trust Fund is guided by a five-member, geographically representative board of trustees. One of the Trustees, Dr. Saisuree Chutikul of Thailand, has many years of experience in working to fight human trafficking and its related social evils, such as gender-based violence. As the … [Read more...]

A Way Forward in Egypt …..Brookings Doha Center

            On Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama edged closer to ending Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule by stating:  "It is my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful and it must begin now."     This was a turnaround in the U.S. administration's position, which a week earlier had assessed that the "Egyptian government is stable." But even this new, apparently tougher, line is still not keeping up with the chaotic events on the ground, … [Read more...]

PAMAC – UNDP Support Programme for Associations and NGOs – celebrating Christine Kafando!

  Burkina Faso: Women help stop the spread of HIV and AIDS   Women from the rural village of Gassan attend an informal discussion on HIV/AIDS. (Photo: UNDP) Burkina Faso - 27-year old Assiétou was pregnant with her third child when she discovered that she was HIV positive. “I thought it was the end of the world,” she recalls. “I immediately thought about my husband and I was very worried about his reaction. In the end, I summoned up all my courage and went to talk to him.” Assiétou’s … [Read more...]

Global Strategy to Stop FGM – WARNING ~ Graphic Content

  WARNING: The Following Article may be too Graphic for some Viewers.   This global strategy against medicalization of FGM has been developed in collaboration with key stakeholders, including UN organizations and health-care professional bodies, national governments and NGOs. The strategy is intended for a broad audience of policy-makers in governments, parliamentarians, international agencies, professional associations, community leaders, religious leaders, NGOs and other … [Read more...]

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