Archived Recent Additions (July-September 2009)
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons. In his message for the day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon states "We must put an end to age discrimination, abuse, neglect and violence against older persons. I urge States to put the necessary legal protections in place, and I urge all partners to help countries develop the capacity and institutions to achieve this objective."
60th Anniversary of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
On 8 December 2009, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) will have its 60th anniversary. A week of events to commemorate the anniversary of UNRWA’s establishment by the General Assembly is taking place 18 – 25 September in New York
The second Report of the MDG Gap Task Force comes out at a critical time. The global economic crisis continues to threaten efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. In the Preface, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the report "demonstrates how to deal with existing and emerging gaps between commitment to and achievement of Millennium Development Goal 8, which is to develop a global partnership for development."
The second International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to once again review the state of democracy in the world. In his message for the Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon notes "Democratic principles are woven throughout the normative fabric of the United Nations. On this International Day, let us rededicate ourselves to those principles, and to promoting peace, development and human rights through the consolidation of democracy and the rule of law."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convening a Summit on Climate Change at UN Headquarters, to focus Heads of State and Government on the need for urgent action, and to mobilize the highest level political will needed to reach a fair, effective, and scientifically ambitious global climate deal at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, which begins 7 December 2009.
In his message, the Secretary-General says he “draws hope from the renewed engagement of the international community on the issue of nuclear disarmament” and notes “That is why I have launched the 'WMD-We Must Disarm!' Campaign. As long as such weapons exist, no-one is safe.”
The Presidency of the Security Council during the month of September is held by the United States. The Presidency rotates monthly based on the list of Member States of the Security Council, in the English alphabetical order of their names.
The UN tries to make sure that stories that do not necessarily grab the headlines are not forgotten. The Department of Public Information (DPI) has launched a list of stories that unfolded in the last year that the world may wish to hear more about. The stories seek to highlight issues that may not have made it to many people’s radar screens.
With International Literacy Day approaching, the Secretary-General notes that literacy is not just about reading and writing; it is about respect, opportunity and development. In his message for the Day, he urges all partners to "strengthen their commitment to promoting global literacy and to back this support with the resources needed to achieve real progress".
The Vienna International Centre, one of four main UN Offices worldwide (along with New York, Geneva and Nairobi), is marking its 30th anniversary this year. Two special publications to commemorate the occasion are available: 30 Ways the United Nations in Vienna Makes a Difference and an information kit.
For only the second time in its six-decade history, the Conference is being held outside UN Headquarters in New York. This year's Conference in Mexico City aims to highlight effective ways in which civil society can contribute to the advancement of disarmament, peace and development at the international, regional, national and local levels..
The humanitarian community’s ability to respond rapidly, effectively and predictably to crises, natural or man made, has improved beyond all recognition in the last 20 years.This is due largely to the dedication of the many thousands of aid workers who have devoted their lives to humanitarian work, matching idealism with action, and principles with practice. Their selfless and non-political endeavours are vital for the necessary acceptance by all concerned that assistance to the needy should be provided impartially and neutrally, without reference to religion, gender, or race.
Hailing young people as key partners in sustainable development, the Secretary-General said "Young people often lead by example: practising green and healthy lifestyles, or promoting innovative uses of new technologies, such as mobile devices and online social networks. They deserve our full commitment - full access to education, adequate health care, employment opportunities, financial services and full participation in public life. On International Youth Day, let us renew our pledge to support young people in their development. Sustainability is the most promising path forward, and youth can lead the way. " .
News on gender equality from around the UN system is now available at the UN Gender Equality Newsfeed, which automatically collects gender equality-related news from individual RSS news feeds in the UN system and displays a combined up-to-date news list on a single web page. Users can subscribe to the RSS feed.
The Presidency of the Security Council during the month of August is held by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The Presidency rotates monthly based on the list of Member States of the Security Council, in the English alphabetical order of their names.
The International Day of the World's Indigenous People is observed each year on 9 August. The date marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. This year, the observance of the Day takes place Monday, 10 August 2009, at UN Headquarters, with the theme "Indigenous Peoples and HIV/AIDS".
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a multiplatform campaign under the slogan "WMD – We Must Disarm" to mark the 100-day countdown leading up to the International Day of Peace on 21 September 2009. During the 100 days of the campaign, the United Nations will raise awareness of the dangers and costs of nuclear weapons by issuing a reason a day on why nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation are so crucial, via Twitter and the social networking sites Facebook and MySpace.
On this year's World Population Day, the Secretary-General calls on decision makers to protect women’s ability to earn income, keep their daughters in school, and obtain reproductive health information and services, including voluntary family planning.
The ECOSOC Innovation Fair was held 6-9 July 2009, during the high-level segment of the Economic and Social Council in Geneva. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Fair, which is designed to showcase innovative projects and practices in the area of global public health by a wide range of stakeholders in support of successful global public health activities. The Fair was organized around three themes, ICT tools for health, innovative partnerships for health and development, and improved access to health for vulnerable populations.
The Report finds that more than halfway to the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), major advances in the fight against poverty and hunger have begun to slow or even reverse as a result of the global economic and food crises, and warns that, despite many successes, overall progress has been too slow for most of the targets to be met by 2015.
The Presidency of the Security Council during the month of July is held by Uganda. The Presidency rotates monthly based on the list of Member States of the Security Council, in the English alphabetical order of their names.