Saudi Crown Prince Nayef honoured for work with UN agency on Palestinian projects

The late Crown Prince will be remembered for his commitment to humanitarian and relief work all over the world. 28 June 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN-Habitat, the agency charged with ensuring adequate shelter for all, today honoured the late Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for his support of Palestinian projects. In his speech, Mr. Ban also offered his “heartfelt appreciation” the people and leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Committees and … [Read more...]

Dublin joins UN Women in ‘Global Safe Cities Initiative’

In February 2013, the 8th WACAP Forum was held in Dublin, Ireland on the theme of Making Cities Smart, Safe and Sustainable. The Forum explored the use of smart technologies and performance measurement systems that can contribute to sustainable development and the evolution of innovative city approaches to promote safety, with a key focus on poverty reduction. The event was expected to bring together 1,000 high level delegates, including mayors, municipal civil servants, innovators at the … [Read more...]

UN Women presents the ‘Safe Cities programme’ in Costa Rica

  Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women in San José, Costa Rica   11 September 2012     President of the Republic of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, Friends, First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my thanks to you all for being here today in order to attend this presentation I am giving not only to the city of San José but to the whole of Costa Rica, with my presentation relating to the “Safe cities for all women and men” … [Read more...]


If policies to improve and enhance places are to address gender inequality, they must also take into account the issues and needs of both women and men. The policy implications are clear. Gender-sensitive urban planning starts with the needs of people in communities. The design of places and spaces needs to reflect the socio-cultural needs of women as well as men, girls as well as boys.     Existing policies and programmes need to be scrutinized to see how they can be … [Read more...]

UN Launches Initiative to Make Cities Safer for Women and Children

UN Launches Initiative to Make Cities Safer for Women and Children United Nations, New York — UNICEF, UN-HABITAT and UN Women launch “Safe and Friendly Cities for All,” a five-year programme that aims at making women and children feel safer in their local neighbourhoods, while improving their quality of life. This partnership initiative builds on prior experience that all three organizations have accumulated on preventing gender-based violence, using innovative tools for child and … [Read more...]

High Level Course on the MDGs at Sapienza Universita’ di Roma – NEW!

High Level Course on the MDGs at Sapienza Universita’ di Roma - NEW! The DESA Millennium Development Goals Report has become the main textbook of this year’s MDG Course at the Sapienza Universita’ di Roma. Academicians and scholars with senior expertise in building and design, physical planning, poverty analysis, health, education, economics, food production, statistics, sustainable development, energy, gender, demography, anthropology and development cooperation are delivering an intensive … [Read more...]

Michelle Bachelet, UN Women – 'Empowering Women Worldwide'

Empowering Women Worldwide   Speech delivered by Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women at the Women’s Foreign Policy Group Luncheon, New York, on 28th April 2011.   "Thank you. It is a great pleasure for me to be here. I realize that all of you will have much to say about women’s empowerment and women’s leadership, based on your experience in different walks of life — whether the academy, the corporate sector or international … [Read more...]

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