Volume 14, No.11 - November 2010

Feature articles

UN continues drive to combat violence against women


Violence against women is widespread in every corner of the globe: from the bedroom to the battlefield. Women and girls suffer many forms of violence, including genital mutilation, rape, beatings by their partners, families or killings in the name of honour. It is shocking that in women’s lifetime, up to 76 per cent are subject to physical and/or sexual violence within intimate relationships. Read more

Celebrating forests for people


The General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests (Forests 2011) to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and development of all types of forests. This October, in preparation for the Year, the official website and the International Forest Film Festival were launched, along with other advancements in preparation for Forests 2011. Read more

On 65th anniversary, UN resolves ‘to do more’ for development


This year’s United Nations Day, celebrated on 24 October, focused on the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and followed on the MDG Summit, which adopted a global action plan to achieve the eight goals by their 2015 target date. Read more

Publications and websites

Statistical compilations

The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics

The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics

This publication presents statistics and analysis on the status of women and men in the world, highlighting the current situation and changes over time. It was prepared to coincide with and in observance of the first-ever World Statistics Day, 20.10.2010. The report is the fifth in the series which has been published every five years, as called for in the Beijing Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. As in the past editions, the presentation is made in a format and language that non-specialists can readily understand. Read more

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Comings and goings

The following staff members were promoted in October:

Marie O. Antoine, Senior Staff Assistant, Office of the Under-Secretary-General

Aida Diawara, Statistics Assistant, Statistics Division

Juanita Llanto-Barnett, Programme Assistant, Division for Sustainable Development

Patience Stephens, Principal Officer, Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women


The following staff members retired in October:

Joliette Jean, Staff Assistant, Division for Public Administration and Development Management

Ramachandra Kurup, Secretary, Development Policy and Analysis Division

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