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2015: Time for Global Action NEW website!

Time for Global Action 2015 logo2015 will be a critical year for the global community and the United Nations. It is the year we face several decisions – on disaster risk reduction, financing for development, sustainable development and climate – that will shape our collective futures for generations to come. Earlier this year the Department of Public Information launched “2015: Time for Global Action”, the UN system-wide campaign that aims to build public Continue reading

Youths are vital to the success in fighting corruption

Young people can bring about cultural change in attitudes and behaviours towards corruption, have the vitality and perspective that needs to be heard, and the creativity and innovation that is needed to address this complex agenda. Osnat Lubrani, UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, made these comments during the opening of the Pacific Youth Forum Against Corruption in Nadi this week. Continue reading

New software keys in on fins to save sharks

Shark pictureSharks may be able to swim more serenely one day thanks to a handy new digital technique developed by FAO that allows for the quick identification of species of the iconic fish. The new iSharkFin software will help protect endangered shark species and combat illegal trade in shark fins. It is a tool for custom officers and inspectors at fish markets as well as Continue reading

WHO urges governments to increase investment to tackle neglected tropical diseases

WHO urges affected countries to scale up their investment in tackling 17 neglected tropical diseases in order to improve the health and well-being of more than 1.5 billion people. This investment would represent as little as 0.1% of current domestic expenditure on health in affected low- and middle-income countries for the period 2015-2030. Neglected tropical diseases cause blindness, disfigurement, permanent disability and death, particularly among the poor. WHO’s new report, “Investing to overcome the impact of neglected tropical diseases”, outlines an investment case and essential package of interventions for these diseases. Continue reading

Pacific youth to discuss ways to address corruption at regional forum

Over 40 representatives from 15 Pacific Island countries will gather in Nadi, Fiji from 22-24 February 2015 for the Pacific Youth Forum Against Corruption, a unique event that will bring together young Pacific leaders between the ages of 18 to 25 to examine possible ways to address corruption. The forum will provide youth the opportunity to raise awareness on corruption and its negative impacts in their respective countries; express their views about practical ways to fight corruption; form an intra-regional network for active participation and engagement; and provide participants with the tools and incentives to become strong supporters and advocates of anti-corruption initiatives. Continue reading

Tuvalu’s record on women’s rights to face scrutiny by UN Committee

Tuvalu’s record on women’s rights will be examined by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Friday 20 February in meetings that will be webcast live. Tuvalu is one of the 188 States parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and so is required to submit regular reports to the Committee of 23 independent experts on how it is implementing the Convention. Continue reading

World Radio Day 2015: Youth & Radio

World Radio Day bannerWorld Radio Day was first proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference in 2011 following a proposal from Spain, with the goal of raising greater awareness among the public and the media of the importance of radio; encouraging decision makers to establish and provide access to information through radio; as well as enhancing networking and international cooperation among broadcasters. Continue reading

2015 Fellowship program for journalists from developing countries

The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from developing countries for its 2015 fellowship program. The application deadline is March 16, 2015. The fellowships are available to radio, television, print and web journalists, age 25 to 35, from developing countries who are interested in coming to New York to report on international affairs during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.  The fellowships will begin in early September and extend to late November and will include the cost of travel and accommodations in New York, as well as a per diem allowance. Continue reading

UN joins global call to boost online safety for children

ITU photo N joins global call to boost online safety for childrenThe United Nations today joined the global call for child online safety, with human rights experts flagging the need to tackle online child sexual abuse and the head of the UN agency for information and communication technology urging greater worldwide collaboration to ensure what has become a priority for many countries. Continue reading